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Old 05-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Name: Rob
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I recently purchased a 1999 bone stock miata 5 speed with 58k miles on it. Drove it for about 2 weeks stock before jumping in with both feet and ordering a "few" upgrades. This car will be a DD for trips through the mountains of the southeast, casual auto cross (oxymoron?), occasional track days, but mostly just something I enjoy being behind the wheel of. So onto the...few upgrades...

FmII turbo kit with hydra ecu
Fm 3in exhaust system
Upgraded clutch/light weight flywheel
V-maxx coilovers and fm sways
M2 hard dog roll bar
6UL 15x9 wheels
Hankook ventus rs3s
Hps pads

Maybe few wasn't the best word, but moving on. So far my only item to arrive yet is my roll bar, so I'm quite anxious waiting for all my parts. What I was aiming for with this set up is solid performance and handling without sacrificing too much comfort (my wife will be riding shot gun most days)and as much power as possible without having to build the engine or replace too many parts (rear end, transmission, rods, etc).

I look forward to being a part of such an informative, no nonsense community and am prepared to learn as much as I can, hopefully avoiding learning the "hard way" whenever possible.

I know people will have different opinions on ideal set-ups, but does it appear I've overlooked any obvious bits or pieces?

Thanks in advance and here I go on what I'm sure is just the start to a long journey...
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Wow, talk about jumping right in. Awesome
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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Welcome to the site Davinfelth, thanks for joining up!
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Radiator + fan shroud + make sure both of your fans work
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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Yeah, I figured that would be the item recommended. Even though stock "should" cut it, I imagine it's not worth risking my engine over such a (relatively) inexpensive part. Any brand suggestions? (I'll be searching, but if anyone is board enough to drop a suggestion feel free!)

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Top recommendation would be here:
http://trackspeedengineering.com/sto...f8a1f2df0ec357
This radiator will keep your car cool, and three of your buddies' cars cool at the same time. One problem though, no idea when they're going to get some back in stock. Savington might know.

Alternatives seem to be godspeed, koyo, ebay....
Most of the forum sponsors sell good radiators.

Once you get a good radiator in, you're also going to want to do some ducting, but that doesn't require much more than running to your nearest lowes/home depot for the materials, then spending a full day under the nose of your car.
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Welcome to the site Rob. I'm in Cleveland, right down the road from you
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Hey. I'm in Chattanooga. Welcome to the board.
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Very nice! Glad to see some locals
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Why are there no meets? I know there are a bunch of us in the area..
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