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Old 04-03-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

Figured I'd make a first official post and introduce myself. First a little background. My name is David. I'm 27 years old and live in the D.C. metro area.

I just bought my first miata after playing with the idea of owning one. I used to race in ITA(with an Integra) so I'm no stranger to seeing what miata's are capable of.

I've owned many boosted cars in the past ranging from DSM's and an Evo(still own), to a sr20det 240sx(currently track car for my dad and ongoing project) and a few Hondas sprinkled in there as well. I picked up a 92 miata with some nice mods done to it. I believe the previous owner/s posted on this site as there are a couple of stickers on the front windows.

I bought the car running and drove it for a week and got my first speeding ticket ever that week haha; cop came outta no where, I swear. Pulled it in the garage and was going over it and decided to clean it up and ended up with the head off and now planning to rebuild the bottom end. Plans for the car include many track weekends, trying to keep up with my dad's 240 and just a fun weekend car.

Just wanted to say hi and I'll try and get some pics up of the car and its current state when I get a chance.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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w00t!

pics of ride please.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #3
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Best I can do right now:

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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ah looks like neogenesis's old ride.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #5
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Cool, anymore info on its history?
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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it was touched by my godly hands.
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And mine. The paint definitely looks like neo's. As for history... it once laid down an awesome smoke screen on I-95.
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where in DC metro

oh hey my hands were on that car too. lowering it. and also showing a previous owner how to make timing not constantly 10 degrees.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #9
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Haha nice. I'm in silver spring, md.
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I'm a little bit up 29.

I drive a nat aspirated 99 miata, stage 3 subie FXT, and a borg s300sx miata.

Details on EVO and 240sx please!!!!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:55 PM   #11
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Oh nice, I'm in the Glenmont Metro area.

Evo is pretty much stock(turboback exhaust, jdm rear bumper) and sitting in storage right now on jackstands. Bought it with low miles and want to keep it that way. Its my baby.

240 is my dads now and he's planning to run in time trials. Pretty basic setup:
sr20det(rebuilt last year with stock internals, just ARP hardware), GT28r at 15psi, 300zx maf, 550cc injectors, enthalpy tuned ecu, blah blah, 6-point cage, everything replaced suspension wise, wilwoods, etc. Working on aero for this year. Got an APR GTC200 wing and looking to make a front splitter. Weighs around 2600 lbs without driver.

Here are some pics of the miata and 240sx:



Old pic of the 240 when I used to daily it. Its changed quite a bit haha.

Evo:

Also if anyone is a Grassroots Motorsports reader me and my buddies make up the OMGWTFBBQ team, we placed 7th last year with a 1g dsm and have one a few awards with our Supra and the talon in the past. Engine bays are our specialty I guess you could say. Here are some pics of those:




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holy freaking craps. Awesome!!!!! There are a few other GRM 20XX contenders on this forum. I think someone from hon-durr was on here plus a bunch others. Also lemons racers.

If you have any miata related questions hit me up. I have learned everything the hard, dumb way. :P
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #13
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It lives! I always wanted to have that engine bay resprayed, but who has the time for that. I've wasted more money on that car then I ever care to think about. I loved the color, that's why I originally bought it, but there were lots of little nagging cosmetic things I always wanted to fix, but never had the time or money to do. It was always go fast, make it look better later. All the go fast stuff kept breaking though because I would try to squeeze to much out of it. If I ever do it over again it will be with a mint starter car, and probably just have an LS1 in it.

Good news is, you shouldn't have any trouble removing pretty much any bolt on the car as they've all been anti-seized at one time or another.

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And mine. The paint definitely looks like neo's. As for history... it once laid down an awesome smoke screen on I-95.
Ya, that sucked epically. Just glad I was able to both get all the way back home, and then able to drive to Lars' garage in NoVA a week after that to fix it.

For those that weren't there. I put down like 250ish (? don't remember exactly) at a dyno day in DE. Car was running great all day and at the dyno. Then on the way home, not more than 10mi from the shop, on an on ramp on to I95 the motor goes BOOM. Epic smoke screen. I was able to limp it all the way home to Fredericksburg VA on what ended up being 2 or 3 pistons with broken ringlands. Rebuilt the motor a couple weeks later in Lars' garage. Sold it shortly after that as I was tired of spending money on it.

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where in DC metro

oh hey my hands were on that car too. lowering it. and also showing a previous owner how to make timing not constantly 10 degrees.
In my defense, I didn't remember setting that and it was an out of the way checkbox.
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For those that weren't there. I put down like 250ish (? don't remember exactly) at a dyno day in DE. Car was running great all day and at the dyno. Then on the way home, not more than 10mi from the shop, on an on ramp on to I95 the motor goes BOOM. Epic smoke screen. I was able to limp it all the way home to Fredericksburg VA on what ended up being 2 or 3 pistons with broken ringlands. Rebuilt the motor a couple weeks later at Lars garage. Sold it shortly after that as I was tired of spending money on it.

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it was my garage, or wait, was this after you decided to just go back to stock? i thought that was the epic weekend where we both swapped blocks.


oh no, this was you putting in the built bottom end (before it blew), and I took your stock one.
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Correct, that pic is pre-dyno day when I gave you my good stock bottom end. There are no pics of the aftermath that I know of. Either because Lars has no camera, or he was just too busy up in his room playing LFD and not helping me at all.
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Wow, thanks for the history. Definitely can tell the car has had a "fun" life haha. I'm looking forward to getting it back out on the road with fresh rebuild and paint in the engine bay. Planning to paint the rest of the car later this year, the same color of course and just drive it and do some track events.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:34 PM   #17
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Bringing the thread back because the car is finally getting to the point where I'd like to get it tuned. Started it up for the first time with the built motor last night and sounds healthy. Need to go through break-in and would like to dyno and tune at 15psi as a base.

Any one have any recommendations as to where I should take it?

The tune that it is on now seemed nice but had some partial throttle hesitation so seems that partial throttle could use some work. Any ideas would be great.

Will try and post pics of the last 7 months worth of work tonight!
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Excellent taste in cars. I have pretty much the same line up: evo ix, sr powered coupe, and a miata. Lets see some more pics you do nice work. Those engine bays are amazing!
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Thanks man, definitely a great set of cars to have. So, finally was able to upload some pics of the build process and will have some final pics next week.

Heres the rundown of what was done:

-Trackspeed Engineering widebody
-Autokonexion v1.5 trunk
-Wilwood 11" brake kit
-resprayed Ford Metallic Grey inside/out
-Engine was rebuilt with .040 wiseco pistons/manley rods
-All ARP hardware
-Boundary Street/Strip pump
-Cometic headgasket
-New seals, gaskets, blah blah
-Reused the FMII kit that came with the car.

The list goes on of all the random stuff that was replaced with OEM stuff and aftermarket. It was a 7 month build and finished just in time for the winter lol. Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the talking:














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Old 12-04-2012, 09:25 PM   #20
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The return line didn't stay like this, so no worries.



Wiring fun, deleting the air bag harness:




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