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Old 09-20-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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hi guys my name is nick im 20 years old and a proud member of the united states air force. i currently own a 2010 mazdaspeed 3 but am searching for a miata project car. im from New York wantagh long island to be exact but will be in shepard texas for 6months for tech school. i love doing all my own work and hope to be able to build a complete track ready miata anyone who can give me anytips of what i should look into as far as building the motor and or where i can find parts it would be much appreciated i am currently running my genpu speed3 in the low 13s basically fully bolted but decided not to further mod due to it being my daily driver and having a fail of front wheel drive.

i hope i will be able to bring some positive info i have gained from other car forums here and help some guys out

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Old 09-20-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Are you looking for a dedicated track car or a street driven car that will also be tracked? If you plan on driving the car a lot then you may want to look into a second generation car (NB). If not, I'd go with a first gen NA8 (NA is first gen, NA6 is the 89'-93' 1.6L and NA8 is the 94'-97' 1.8L), the difference being the NA8 has the bigger engine, better brakes, etc. If you live in or plan on living somewhere that requires emissions checks then you'd want to look for 94'/95' cars because there OBD1. If you plan on doing suspension, brake, etc. work then you kinda negate most of the downsides of a NA6 car, except of course the extra .2L of displacement.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:44 AM   #5
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i plan on making it a dedicated track car i like the first generation and would prefer the NA6 due to price i will be doing complete internals bottom up and will be installing aftermarket brake and suspension kits thanks for the info was defiantly helpful

is it possible to do a swap and drop the 1.8 in place of the 1.6 or is the fabrication not worth the gain if i come across a shell of an older NA6 and need to purchase a motor
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Ya, you can. It'd be worth it to check out cars for sale in the classifieds here because a lot of them have a lot of the work you are panning to do already, for cheap. Also, you need to swap out the rear differential on a NA6 for one from a NA8 because there made of glass.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:16 AM   #7
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thanks as for motors do you know anything about how trackspeed engineering built motors are it seems for the price i can send away and have it built to my specs while i finish the body suspension and brakes and have the whole car done basically by next spring /summer
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I don't, but there are undoubtedly some users here who do.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:36 AM   #9
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thanks for your help and hopefully within the month i can find a nice miata to start working on
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:15 AM   #10
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #11
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hey chris where do you track your car around here other then englishtown i have been trying to find more local tracks but have been having trouble
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Haven't tracked the Miata, other than AutoX at the Coliseum, which they just repaved. I may try and get out there in the next few weeks. I've driven the SE-R (well, actually multiple SE-R's and NX2000's over the years) on a bunch of tracks, Lime Rock, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, and Bridgehampton way back in the day before they closed it. I haven't made it down to NJMP in Millville NJ yet. I'm heading up to Watkins Glen at the end of the month, but haven't decided if I'm running or watching yet.

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Old 09-20-2011, 03:40 PM   #13
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i might run my speed3 at the coliseum in the next few weeks just to see how it does but im hoping to find a good miata soon so i can enjoy driving on track and not beat on my dd
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I'm pretty excited that they repaved the lot, it was really bad.... 10 years ago! If I go, it'll be either 10/9 or 10/15. Maybe we'll see each other.

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http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread...28#post5371428

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i would be going the first because i deploy the next week but you never know if i get delayed i would defiantly try and go if it means meeting some fello mazda guys
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