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Old 11-30-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Hey Team,

I have been reading this forum for some time now and I must say I like the no nonsense approach with a blend of very experienced members.

After sifting through many posts I have decided to join the community so that I can also contribute rather than just leech. This is my first MX5 as the last one was actually the wife's but I enjoyed driving it so much that when my AWD TX3 (Escort GT) blew it's second gearbox I thought enough is enough and proceeded to purchase a 1989 Eunos Roadster! The madness truly begins there.

I will post up my build thread below. I am keen to learn and as I don't have much of a budget left for the car I will be looking at cheap ways to drop my lap times.

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Old 11-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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This car has cost me more time and dollars than sense, it is ridiculously painful to work on especially when it is on the ground and given that I will never escape the hairdressers car comments a lot of people would ask the question...Why?
Because Race Car!

The Car
1989 NA6 Eunos Roadster Import (MX5 for short)

Engine - Currently 251hp @ 16Psi
Mazda 323 GTX 1.8L BPT (East West converted to North South)
MX5 1.8 Sump modified to fit the 323 GTX sump baffle
Belfad H-Beam rods
ACL Bearings
Pistons (83.5mm @ 8.4 compression)
Oversized Valves (1mm)
Double springs
Titanium seats and retainers
Custom Steampipe Manifold
Garret T2876R
Blanked off 5 bolt 2.5" Downpipe
3" exhaust to a 4" cannon
C-Spec 60mm external gate
Sard 800cc Twin Spray
OBX Fuel Rail
Sard Fuel Pressure Reg
Bosch 040 Fuel Pump
4x LS1 Coils
Custom Powertec Leads.
600x300 Intercooler
15 Row Oil Cooler with remote filter
Twin Core Alloy Radiator
Custom rear thermostat outlet
Haltech Platinum Sport 2000

Light Weight Billet Flywheel coupled to an Organic H/Duty Exedy
1.8 NA8 Gearbox
1.8 NA8 Torsen Diff

4 Piston Wilwood Calipers and Rotors on the Front
1.8 NA8 Rear brakes

Suspension & Wheels
Carbing Engine Brace
Lost Dog Springs (not sure of the rates but they are fairly low)
16x8 Gunmetal Rota Grids currently wrapped in 205x45 Nexen's

It's got Momo's in it bro ... Deep dish suede wheel
Ultrashield Seat for the Driver
3" OMP 4 Point Harness
Brown Davis Half Cage
Assorted Stereo gear for additional ballast.

Chopped rear bar (for the Cannon)
Soon to be chopped front bar (For the 2 Coolers)
Front air dam
Removed the pop up lights and fitted focal projectors
HID's for the above low beams

Future Mods
New Race Seat <- Done
Oil Accumulator <- Not sure on this one ... open to advice
Replace High beams with reflectors < --- done just needs final cowl to be made
Semi Slicks <---- Done
RacePak IQ3 Logger Dash
Fit my Solid Billet Diff & Engine Mounts
Suspension & Nolthane / pineapple kit
Front Sway Bar
Precision 5858 Ceramic with .64
New Cams ~272* and Solid Lifters to suit
Brake Bias Adjuster
Lots of Fibreglass and Carbon bits

The Old 1.6 NA

BPT 1.8 (Ver I) Original Turbo and Manifold were Ebay Spec

The New 1.8 Sub frame and running gear before I let the kids paint it

I need as much assistance as I can get because building this thing out of my shed in Collie has left me with a lack of support in town. Unless its got a V8 and drops skids they can't help...

Well the car is finally back together and managed to survive 2 days of abuse at this weekends ADGP weekend. Luckily I had some great advice from Leon at Beyond Custom who had highlighted the potential danger of my water lines over the turbo. While it was safe for day to day driving going hard on the track would result in those hoses cooking and bursting causing more heartache!

Given my lack of experience, early braking (trying not to end up like the Hasslehof) and considering I was running a maximum of 15psi on the day I know the car has quite a few more seconds left to drop.

I thought I would also take the opportunity to get it on the scales and it came back at a heavy 1156kg track ready (with me in it) at half a tank.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Excellent intro post. Slick looking setup, too.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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Welcome! Awesome post, noob.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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404 - Gaz, congrats on signing up at the best site on the web!
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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Welcome. Nice intro
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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Thanks guys!

I am looking forward to contributing and participating in this forum!
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:54 AM   #8
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Welcome good sir! Excellent car!
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