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NA 1.6L Miata; Number 126,513; Born in November of 1989 in Hiroshima, Japan; Bought on 8/26/2015; My First Car

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*I may not post a lot on here, but rest assured, this first post will stay up-to-date*

Here's a pic!:



Maintenance List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zhnVYea2cncIm8AqPw6E-Ji6oTbJcCMVtSjG9bTnZpg/edit?usp=sharing

Current Mods:

Mechanical
  • Exedy Clutch (OEM Replacement?)
  • KYB Excel-G OE Replacement Shocks (Front | Rear)
  • DNJ water pump replacement with timing belt and timing pulleys
  • eBay 4-2-1 header
  • eBay testpipe
  • Tsudo cat-back exhaust
  • extended o2 sensor wire - extended o2 connector wire on harness
  • Exedy Clutch Master cylinder (949 Racing Kit)
  • Exedy Clutch Slave cylinder (949 Racing Kit)
  • Stainless steel braided hose (949 Racing Kit)
  • Mishimoto High Pressure Radiator Cap (Summit Racing)
  • Dinosaur Can Removed
  • Custom Truck Opener (keyway was drilled out)
Exterior
  • Rear Bumper Cut
  • Rear Spoiler (Supposedly a Dealer option? Only seen on two other Miatas)
Interior
  • NRG wood grain steering wheel
  • NRG quick release 3.0
  • NRG short hub
  • Console Delete
  • STOCK great condition shift knob
  • Custom Horn Button
  • Condom-less Bulbs for Gauge Cluster
  • Interior LEDs (LEDGlow kit) with wired remote. Connected to headlight switch and dimmer
  • Revlimiter JNC Gauge Faces (revlimiter.net)
  • Radio/Cubby Delete (to be replaced by custom switch panel)
Current Wheels

  • Summer: TRMotorSport C1 15x7 +42 with Dunlop Direzza DZ102 205/50-15
  • Winter: Stock 14" Daisies with Firestone Winterforce 185/60-14s
Current Oil and Filter

  • Rotella T6 5w-40 Synthetic
  • K&N HP-1008
To Do

  • Replace Valve Seals (leaky)
  • Replace Brake Master Cylinder (leaky)
  • Replace eBay header with Raceland header and new gasket (doesn't fit)
  • Replace Speedo-Cable (worn)
  • Clean rear tow/subframe area and paint some sort of gray
  • Patch rust hole in passenger side floor
Graveyard
  • Front Lip - Ripped off by snow
  • Rear Lip - Cut off to match front
  • Dinosaur Can - Removed
  • Tombstone - What remained was accidentally kneed and shattered
  • Alarm System - Old, Usless, and Ripped Out
  • License Plate Bracket - In the way; Looks gross; Not Aerodynamic; Stupid Government; Placed in Window
  • Strange Riveted Side Skirt - Looked ridiculous. No rocker rust!!!
  • Modified Stock Exhaust. "Farewell Screamer." - Upgraded to better exhaust
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Ordered some shocks today. Don't think I need new springs (guess I could've gotten new ones, but I'm kinda on a budget), and going to clean the old boots because I forgot to buy new ones! :cry2:



Also noticed while driving that if I push the clutch all the way, I can always switch gears to any gear I want. However if I let off the clutch even a little and then push it all the way back down, it is impossible to switch gears. I really hope it's just something about it being a new clutch or something. :sweatdrop:
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

winlowe, Roo3, humming and i say welcome to CR.


(Sigh) i've seen this Miata driving around quite a bit before you purchased it. Please don't make it worser.
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

I like the tongue. As far as the shifting problem goes you should check that the clutch slave cylinder isn't leaking and that you have enough fluid.
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

I like the tongue. As far as the shifting problem goes you should check that the clutch slave cylinder isn't leaking and that you have enough fluid.
Yeah I'm going to do that with my dad hopefully this Sunday if not then during the week.

winlowe, Roo3, humming and i say welcome to CR.


(Sigh) i've seen this Miata driving around quite a bit before you purchased it. Please don't make it worser.
If anything, I just finished removing the gross plasti-dip from the rear finish. After putting it on I noticed the also gross dent thing that slightly warped the top center of the bumper causing the rear finish to also warp and slightly crack.



Also repainted the tongue for a more vibrant red and added a line down the center to give it more detail, lol, going to finish putting it on tomorrow (Edit: I'm just going to keep it off and only use it for pictures). I think once I can get all of the fabric out from under the bumper and in the splash guard, I'll find a new grill / refinish the old one.

Last but not least, I plan on removing all of the gross plasti dip from the Bottom of the Rear Bumper, Rear Lip, Lower portions of doors, and side skirts. Then after that re-paint the side skirts and rear lip black like they were before (or orange I've also thought about, but idk I'll figure it out). XD

I was actually thinking of doing a new color scheme of blue, orange, and black, but I'm not sure how to pull it off. Might do some photo shop to spring new ideas. ^_^
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

The rear bumper hump may be able to be fixed or at least improved by using a heat gun carefully on the raised area and use a clean rag to push and hold down the hump. But first you need to make sure the metal support under it isn't bent upwards as well which requires removing the bumper to see. Here is a picture of the support:
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

The rear bumper hump may be able to be fixed or at least improved by using a heat gun carefully on the raised area and use a clean rag to push and hold down the hump. But first you need to make sure the metal support under it isn't bent upwards as well which requires removing the bumper to see.

Awesome thanks! I think I'll try that when I get rid of the silly plasti dip from the sides and rear to repaint the rear lip and side skirts. In the morning tomorrow I'm going to try to remove the excess fabric that is somehow tied into the splash guard and front bumper. Also noticed that the front bumper is secured by one top center screw, one driver side screw, one passenger side screw, and a clearly loose zip tie job covered up by the tongue. :haiguyths: Learned today after work that what I thought was my shocks that arrived today was actually my shoes because those shoes apparently aren't sold in stores anymore. :( Besides that going to schedule an appointment when the shocks arrive to get the shocks put in and an alignment done.

Also need to get a lamp for the passenger side. I hope they sell them in stores so I don't have to wait for one. Also saw a nice red NA pass me on my way home from a family party. :D

Getting registered on Monday!!! :bouncin: : 3gears:
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Congrats on the car purchase. Are you planning to leave the tongue on there?
Thanks! Speaking of which, I cut it off the fabric that was "holding it in," last night. Then today I was able to remove the splash guard (almost completely) to get at the 3 zip ties holding it in as well as the random zip tie that was unnecessarily around the front lip. I am keeping the tongue for photos. :haiguyths:



Also put in new headlights (Sylvania H6024 "Performance" Bulbs) that work great. I noticed while doing so that the covers for the headlights are ALSO PLASTI DIPPED! I'm okay with it though because it does look very good with the black instead of blue, adds a nice contrast for that part.

I'm thinking about painting the grill orange... not sure though. I really want to add some orange accents that are visible but not defeating to the rest of the car's color.
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Hey Guys! Sorry for the late update. Last Monday I got registered and have officially driven over 100 miles already! I got the shocks and am making an appointment to get them put in. So far the car is great but still need to bleed the clutch :stare:. I have ideas to put a better suspension, sway bars, and exhaust system in by the end of next summer.



Here's a picture next to my friend's lifted "moose" (I know it's a truck but whatever, it doesn't offend me :mrgreen:):

 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Hey All, sorry again for a late post. I removed the plastidip from the doors with a plastic puddy scraper and a bottle of goo gone. Still need to get the shocks replaced, still need to bleed the clutch, and I'm looking at a set of replica BBSes for $100 that I may be able to paint black. :mrgreen:



 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

WooT! Rusty Screws!!!

Just finished removing the front lip because I generously received:

  • 2 Ton Hydraulic Jack
  • x2 - Rusty Jack Stands
  • Set of Car Ramps
So this Saturday, after talking with my dad, we are going to bleed the clutch and replace the shocks in the morning. I'm very excited to properly work on my car. Also going to sand and repaint front lip because there are small discolorations from either scratches or misc.
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Also forgot to mention, CD Player AND Cassette Player both don't work! They read it for a second then eject as though it can't read it. I read that this is a common issue with the original system, so I am going to look for a new one. I read that there is a specific model (recommended by another forum to this other guy) that is almost the same but gets the job done and is cheaper than trying to get a specialist to fix it.
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

After some talking, me and my dad are currently in the process of replacing the shocks. After 7 hours of finding online guides, multiple trips to auto-zone, and using a breaker bar on multiple bolts, we finally got the driver side front shock done! Lol

I feel like the ride height is a little higher, but I have to assume that's because they are brand new and we didn't do any others yet. We're going to do the rest tomorrow since we have an idea of what we're doing. We're also going to bleed the clutch tomorrow. More updates to come!

Whole "Shocks" Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhb7Qpn


 

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Miata Shocks: PART TWO!

It's finally done. :bouncin::icon_cheers::mrgreen:

Me and my dad finished putting the shocks in and man it paid off. The ride is as smooth as butter, very nice. There were a couple of bumps in the road (hehe, puns) but we were able the finish the last three in a record breaking 7 hours (compared to last time)!

I'm hoping to get new springs to lower the car, but I'm not sure. I want to lower it about 1.5 inches in the rear, and 1 inch in the front (because the rear sits strangely high). Height after about 50 miles:



The notch in the rear passenger shock cap that keeps the rod straight was worn and the nut was rusted to the bolt so we had a fun time with that. We compressed the spring, cut the rod in half, and then put it in the vice with a pair of vice grips and finally got the cap off. We ended up re-using the cap since it wasn't horrible.

Whole Shock Album: Miata Shocks: Part 2


Also! Literally just finished adjusting the clutch. I moved the Master Cylinder Rod under the dash and it now engages at a very reasonable height and isn't disengaged at the top for about an inch, so I think it's great! However, if I keep the clutch in for about 5-7 seconds at any speed or stopped it will start to catch and basically engages fully. I'm sure that it's a hydraulic leak of some kind, but then again, it's consistent and regains "normal" pressure after it's released and pushed in again, very strange. I can at least get it into reverse with no issues now. :D

But wait there's more!!! When I went under the car, I noticed where the fork that the clutch slave connects to there is a rubber boot surrounding it that isn't and doesn't want to fit properly, almost as if it's too big. Along with it was a little bit of oil on the bottom of the bell housing that seemed very much like brake fluid.

Last but not least, I notice that when I'm decelerating in any gear that there is a small rattling sound from the transmission, it also happens faintly when accelerating in fourth gear. I wonder, is the transmission going? Sure hope not. :cry2:
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Just ordered a HOK Kit from 949 Racing as I saw many people regard it to work well and I think it will solve my pressure loss problem with my clutch.

I was also in a parade this Saturday for my High School with my car. I put the tongue and front lip back on it for the occasion. Lol

EDIT: That moment when the Principal quite literally hops into your car...

 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Still waiting for the hydraulic kit, but hey here's a new one. It got dramatically cold today (about 55º down from 75º) and my clutch was amazing... What?

I had about an inch off the floor before the clutch engaged (not normal in this case) and it was fully engaged about an inch before the top (normal in this case). I have to assume that because of the colder weather the oil is thicker making it harder for it to leak out of something the same size as before? I mean it was fun and amazing but freakish at the same time, almost as if someone went out with my car overnight and burnt the clutch a fair bit. Hopefully it gets here before Tuesday so I can work on it after school and before it gets colder.
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Clutch got bad again... but now it's better!

Got the kit a couple days ago and yesterday I spent a few hours installing it and bleeding it (by myself, lol). Turns out a brick can come quite in handy with bleeding stuff!

I forgot to take pictures since I just wanted the damn thing in already, but man it feels like a whole new car. I am so happy that it was the slave that was the issue and not something critical.

I think the next step will either be exhaust or seats w/ ARB. Besides that a new battery is needed and a new radio / CD player + speakers would be nice. ^_^
 

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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

Sorry that I've been absent lately, a lot of "preparing for college" stuff is happening.

So some stuff has happened:

  • My friend ran into my driver side fender and headlight assembly with his truck
  • My friend is paying for a new fender and headlight assembly and for them to be painted
  • I got a new battery!
  • I wired in a "Custom Mod" as they say: a horn button!
The only thing about that battery install was that the ancient Prestige alarm system went off (thankfully it's not connected to the horn). I spent about 5 hours working on it with my dad until my mechanic brother suggested to "rip it out." So I unclipped it, and voilà, the engine starts! With the new battery in it starts so much better now. ^_^

Also with the custom button for the horn: I would've connected it to the NRG horn button, but I didn't have any confidence in it since it was sticking in the casing. Last thing I want is my horn to go off all day in the parking lot. :roll: So I found a "clip" to the right of the dash dim slider that housed four random wires connected to nothing. I did some fabrication and got a fancy new $5 hardware store button in there for all my horny needs. :haiguyths:

I can't upload pictures right now, but when I get that chance later today I will.

Next up is:

  • Oil Change
  • New Inspection
  • Snow Tires! (Getting the Firestone Winterforces soon)
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Re: 1990 Mariner Blue Miata - My First Car

I don't even know where to begin. I guess in order?

  • First things first, The whole fender situation was worked out. My friend got me a new OEM replacement and got it painted. It isn't a 100% match, but it's my daily and I don't have the money to go 100% with it (yet). I am still working out a way to get a headlight assembly, but that should be here soon.
  • I did an oil change with that same friend. We found some great things, for example, metal specs and, wait for it... about half inch metal shards! In the Summer, I want to take the engine apart, but I might just end up getting a 1.8 instead. When I have the money (funny joke right?), I want to do a supercharger, maybe a turbocharger, and from everything I read, the 1.8 is better for this kind of thing.
  • I found a strange leak from a hose going into the passenger side of the valve cover. It doesn't look crazy, nor does it look fresh on most occasions, but it is there.
  • I also, in the past month, have begun to hear a whine (like a small supercharger) at around 3200-3800 RPM. After asking around, I hear it might be a timing belt which at 105,000 miles probably makes 100% sense.
  • I, yet again, have heard a low-pitched "ruuuuuuuurrrrr" noise that dips at a low pitch when at idle. I have a feeling it is my power steering starting to give up as it is starting to screech quietly in parking lots (even when moving slow). Oh, speaking of giving up, my A/c still doesn't work, but then again, this car is a convertible. :mrgreen:
  • Last but not least, my awesome parents got me a set of Firestone Winterforces which are sadly not seeing any action yet as it is still dry and warm in New York... It's so warm and the forecasts are so bad that I haven't even put them on yet. :cry2:

    Besides those things, I hope to keep the car in good condition the best I can, and when I have the money (still a joke) I will go to town to make it great! :haiguyths:

    EDIT: It is this month, but to remind myself: Need to do Inspection!
 
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