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Old 07-25-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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well... I have been instructed by the higher ups to post to the meet and greet thread before i dive into the forums. It seems appropriate so i will do as he asks.

My name is Jeff.
I am an ASE Certified Master Technician,
I race with NASA Organization and have been doing so for the last 8 years. I own and operate 2 track cars. Primary is a 90 miata, the back up is a 94 Civic hatchback. Both cars are Performance Touring E class but the Civic also legal for Honda Challenge H3 and H4. My home tracks are VIR, Summit Point Raceway and Road Atlanta. Below will be some pictures of my miata. Civic pictures are irrelevant for this site. I am new to this site, but not new to miatas, cars and performance.

I have experience in engine performance, suspension tuning, track alignment specification, control electronics, AEM electronic hardware, AEM data acquisition, roll cage fabrication and in depth auto diagnostic and repair. Also information in regards to track info and driver instruction.

As for why I am here....
There's a lot I do not understand when it comes to the manipulation of electronic sensor components to make an engine work properly.

I'm best in diagnostic and repair. That is how I afford the things I love. I could tell you why your car failed but I couldn't write the software parameters by which is operates. I suppose I will leave that to those more inclined than me. I've never had a teacher to show me what's important and how it works.
As a driver, car enthusiast and technician I can only split my energy in so many ways. I choose to be the best at what I do know rather than spread myself to thin while trying to learn everything.

but to be honest. I'm just a mechanic trying to learn more than I do now.

-Jeff

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Old 07-25-2014, 12:53 AM   #2
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Hi Jeff and welcome.

You sir have quite some knowledge and I sure hope to gain some insight in the near future.

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Old 07-25-2014, 08:18 AM   #3
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I believe it's best if you created your own thread as this is mine and others won't be able to follow and greet you.
^ I've got this.

Welcome to the forum. I run in HPDE4 with NASA in Florida and instruct. Are you coming to Sebring in October or Daytona in November? How about Road Atlanta for the Toy Run? I'll be doing the first two for sure.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:53 AM   #4
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Nice! You came to the right place for sure. Tell us a bit about your car, I'm loving the engine bay pic.
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Welcome,

Point sheets for both cars?

And post pictures of the Honduh, that's totally acceptable here. Heck, my build thread has more pictures of Subarus and Hondas than my stupid Miata.

I haven't done any NASA events in a couple years but I raced in PTB and HC1 in 2011. I'll probably do some NASA-SE events soon so maybe I'll see you around.

What part of NC? I'm in Waxhaw (south of Charlotte)
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:14 AM   #6
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Wiseco 11 to 1 Compression 84.5mm pistons
Eagle Rods
Supertech Valvetrain
Webb Cams 400lift
Port & Polish
5 angle valve cut
Fidanza cam gears
Gates racing Timing belt
AEM EMS
AEM smart coils x4
Full Wiring harness Reroute
MSD Streetfire wires
Mishimoto Radiator
Engine Torque damper
Mtuned Dual Feed Fuel Rail
Mtuned FPR
Walboro 255lph
Aeromotive -6an Filter
Moroso -16an Catch Can
Custom Coolant reroute
Exedy 3 puck
fidanza flywheel

Eibach SM suspension
Hawk brakes blue compound
SS Lines.

Kirkey aluminum seat
G force 6pt harness
AEM Aq1 data acquisition
Sampson radio ptt

I'm sure I left something out. But I built this car for performance and reliability. That being said, this is racing and parts break. My current situation has left me with a blown engine from detonation.

I will provide pictures and point sheet in just a bit
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I'm in Boone, NC. About 2hr north of Charlotte. I usually do the road Atlanta toy run but I'm not fond of racing with the NASA-se division. Personal reasons I suppose.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:33 AM   #8
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If the pic quality is bad let me know, I'll resize the original and repost

Thank you all for nice introduction to Miata turbo. but like I said new to the forum so bear with me if I don't do things right
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Welcome to the forum Jeff. You seem like you will fit right in here. Your passenger foot well is giving me blue *****. Props to you Sir
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I vastly prefer Florida region to SE region for management style and various rules. Jon Felton from Mid-A runs Florida region and he's got the right mentality about it. Make it fun, keep it safe, and maximize track time. He runs local yellows instead of full course yellows or reds whenever feasible.
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Were you dyno reclassed to stay in PTE?

If you look around on this site there is a lot if info on how to build a nationally competitive PTE Miata.

I've never been to a NASA-SE event before. I have done a couple events with the mid-Atlantic crew and they seemed pretty decent. That was a few years ago though.

How much would you charge for a cage in a Miata or a civic?
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welcome. We regularly are out with nasa SE and MA. hope to see you at the races.
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Welcome to the forum Jeff. You seem like you will fit right in here. Your passenger foot well is giving me blue *****. Props to you Sir
Haha, Ive never heard it put quite like that. Thank you for the compliment.

The material for a cage is roughly $250-300 for 1.50 in x .120 ESW tubing. That is base pricing material, there are always better options that are priced accordingly. With base material the time to build one usually brings the total bill to around a 1000. Assuming of course you want a full competition 6pt cage. If your car weighs over 2500lbs the tubing changes to 1.75 inch, which is only a bit more expensive.

I like Jon Felton, I met him once at a UTCC event. I doubt he remembers me but that's ok, he meets people just like me everyday.

My dyno reclass for the Miata is 2425 @ 140hp, so to prevent DQ my actual numbers are [email protected] The civic is point indexed to PTE. I had to add a million mods to get there but it will be a good competitor.
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jandjracing_58, congrats on signing up at the best site on the web!
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is that a hyper reroute?! in the wild!
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is that a hyper reroute?! in the wild!
Uber-reroute! I know it runs near hot side of engine but the temp gain is minimal. And it allowed me more room to install water temp sensors.

I used a KIA sephia water outlet in the back with a gutted thermostat installed.
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