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Old 05-24-2011, 06:31 AM   #1
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My name is Stephan, I am 21 and live in Mississauga Ontario, Canada. I recently bought my first Miata.

I come from a Mazda background owning two 1988 323 GTX's. I sold those two cars and have recently picked up the Miata as the new daily driver.

It's a 1991 that had 192,000kms when I bought it. I've owned it for 5 months and love it. I have two track days on it. One at Cayuga, and one at Mosport DDT. I have put a lightened flywheel in along with a better clutch. As well as I swapped in the torsen rear end, installed Megan EZ street coilovers and hawk HP plus pads.

I have also bought majority of a turbo setup. All I am missing is a FMIC setup, or an intake setup in general. However, two days at the track have proven the last thing I need behind me is more power. My car with the setup I have now proves to be great fun, as well as showed me I have a lot to learn in terms of driving. For an example if anyone is familiar with the cayuga circuit with my setup I ran a 1:30.9 on falken zeix tires.

Plans for the future:
Proper track rims/tires
Roll bar setup asap.
Turbo setup over the winter.

I am currently a student so funds are limited. I plan on picking up as many small tips and tricks to have a little bit better setup working with what I have.

I also plan on competing in a time attack series held at Shannonville in June. I hope to have some good experience and a well set up car by then. I have a few track days booked between now and then so hopefully I can be competitive.

I would like to believe my mechanical skills are pretty good. They are at the point where changing headgaskets, clutches, differentials, suspension, are manageable by me. But, I still have lots left to learn.

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Track day at Mosport.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hey I recognize you from clubprotege! Welcome!

I think you're on the right track with holding off on the turbo kit. The biggest problem I have with my turbo miata on the track is brakes and I cant afford to get proper track brakes right now. This is the biggest reason I haven't been to the track in a while. Try and overbuild everything else before you get into boost.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:57 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what I'm doing. Upgrading the clutch, and swapping in the torsen rear end was to build in 'reliability' at the track.

I don't seem to have any issues yet with braking. I put on brand new Part Source cheapie rotors, and Hawk HP Plus pads all around and seem to have NO issue with overheating/fade. I only get a spongy pedal feel which I predict is the old fluid in the system. I have a brake proportioning valve as well which is yet to be installed. I am afraid to try and crack the bleeders. I'm going to have to bite the bullet at some point and do it because the spongy pedal after 3-4 hard laps at the track isn't very confidence inspiring.

I plan on doing ducting/coolant upgrades before the turbo setup goes on as well. (Which I've been doing lots of reading on).
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Thats exactly what I'm doing. Upgrading the clutch, and swapping in the torsen rear end was to build in 'reliability' at the track.

I don't seem to have any issues yet with braking. I put on brand new Part Source cheapie rotors, and Hawk HP Plus pads all around and seem to have NO issue with overheating/fade. I only get a spongy pedal feel which I predict is the old fluid in the system. I have a brake proportioning valve as well which is yet to be installed. I am afraid to try and crack the bleeders. I'm going to have to bite the bullet at some point and do it because the spongy pedal after 3-4 hard laps at the track isn't very confidence inspiring.

I plan on doing ducting/coolant upgrades before the turbo setup goes on as well. (Which I've been doing lots of reading on).
Man you have got to get that fluid changed. I wouldn't do a track day without changing the fluid before and after.
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