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So I've had my car and lurking cr for over a year now and I've never made a build thread on this forum. I wish I would have started this earlier but I have a few pics from when I first got her till the present day. So this is how my Miata journey begins...

I bought Miaka at the end of March 2011. I was in search of a fun to drive project car and was open to many types of cars. I was originally looking for an oldskool Toyota Corona or TE corolla. The reason I was looking for this type of car is because they were the types of cars my family had when I was a child. After realizing that finding an old 2 door corona would be almost impossible and finding a 1980's corolla in good condition would not be cheap, I decided to search for other options. There begins my craigslist search for a Miata.
I found Miaka on a Saturday afternoon on craigslist. She had 111k miles and I picked her up for 2700.



I made arrangements with the owner to drive out to socal to pick her up the next day. I got to Cali on Sunday and found the car had a back plastic window that was completely destroyed (I did not bother to ask the owner about this before leaving Vegas). Her interior/exterior and engine bay were in great shape so I thought wth I already drove out here, let's take her home. Miaka made it from North Hollywood, CA all the way to N. Las Vegas and as soon as I exited the freeway the clutch goes out (throwout bearing failed).
At this point in time, I thought I was sold a junk car but I did not want to give up on my project so quickly. I soon replaced the clutch with an Exedy OEM clutch kit. After replacing the clutch, I drove the car around for a few weeks and noticed I had a slight oil leak. Soon after that, I changed the valve cover gasket and spark plugs but had no success resolving the leaks. Finally, I pinpointed the leak to a cam seal which was replaced along with a dried out accessory drive belt.
It was late May 2011 and this is when the modification bug hit me...



First thing I did was get a new steering wheel. The guy who sold me the car had a deep dish NRG on the car but had it bolted directly on to the short hub. He told me he couldn't get the horn to fit lol. I went and got a gen II quick release and woodgrain wheel. I thought it looked much better.
A few weeks later, one of my coworkers was selling his Alpine CDE 9xxx CD player with an HD tuner for $100 and I thought it was a pretty good deal. I installed the deck but didn't install the HD tuner. Maybe one day I'll put it in but for now it is collecting dust in the garage. I also found some 5.5in Infinity speakers I installed in the doors. It was a major jump from the stock speakers! The headrest speakers are blown but i'll get them replaced later on.

I started looking for wheels and found a used set of xxr513's they were on 185/55 tires so went ahead and purchased them.

Monster truck

The same night I installed the wheels, I got a little sticker crazy (don't ask me why it was just a phase).



The start of June 2011, I started to look in to purchasing coils. After doing some research on budget coils, I figured I'd give the racelands a shot. Me and my old roommate put them on the car. Everything went smoothly until I took the car for a ride afterwards. My coils rear coils were making contact with the half shafts! So I took them off and dremels a little off of the coil collar. Haven't had a problem since!


Around the middle of June, I started looking for a hardtop for the car. Summer in Vegas can be brutal especially with a car that has no back window. Thankfully I called project-g at the perfect time and they has a red hardtop for sale that they didn't even post to there sight yet. I made arrangements to pick it up that weekend. Another roadtrip! While I was out in Cali, I picked up a Touge Run lip too.


How she looked after i got her back and put the wheels on:


I decided to upgrade to HID's but I got the worst housings (black projector) They looked great but were poop when it came to light output. I smashed the HID harness after a month of driving. Apparently there isn't much room in the headlight for extra stuff.




So after a month or so driving the car around, I got bored of the wheels. I wanted something a little different and really liked Work Equips but didn't have the funds to buy them. I thought the drag dr-20's were nice, but I wanted 15x8's. I found the stance emotions and I was hooked. I sold my XXR's and got new wheels in August. They were 15x8 +25 offset with 195/50 nitto tires



Around the same time I found a Nardi steering wheel that I thought would be a great upgrade to my interior.


I wanted to change my turn signals and get some LED's. I found a company called V-LED's and purchase their switchback 1157 bulbs. Found a set of smoked housings and reflectors that went perfect with the car.


I also had a local shop install a magnaflow catback exhaust. I can tell a little bit of difference in power and throttle response and it's a tad bit louder than stock. I'm pretty happy with it but the only drawback is he welded the exhaust straight to the cat


I wasn't very happy with the fitment and wanted to be a little more flush. In September, I had motorsport tech make me some 20mm adapters. Had to cut the stock studs to run them tho :-( I was alot more please with the stance after installing them.


Then I installed the R package rear lip to complement the front lip:


I went to visit my brother in Cali at the end of Sept. and I thought it'd be a perfect time to take Miaka. I wanted to pick up a G-wing anyways. I ended picking up more than the wing that weekend. I found a set of rear mudflaps and a new center console piece. I really wanted the Project-G sideskirts and planned on picking them up by the end of the year. My girlfriend (who is my voice of reasoning) said "well you might as well get the sideskirts now so you can save on shipping costs!" This is how Miaka looked when I drove her back to Vegas.

Got the side panels painted and the is what she looked like. I ditched the crummy black projectors and got a new set of HID's.


Interior bits: LE door speaker cover, Miata door sills and revlimiter vent rings and window switches, garage star shift knob.


I found myself looking for another set of wheels... Again... I wanted something classy and something I wouldn't want to get rid of so quickly. BBS wheels were it. I started looking for wheels on vwvortex and found some RM006's with tires for a decent price. I knew I would be refinishing these wheels if I bought them. After a month of waiting (I honestly thought I wasn't going to get them and someone stole my money) they finally came! this is the test fit of the gold bolts:


Plan for the wheels: gold bolts, powdercoat barrels silver, half height centers with red caps. The plan came to fruition in December!
 

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Plan for the wheels: gold bolts, powdercoat barrels silver, half height centers with red caps. The plan came to fruition in December!

15x8 front, 8.5 rear. 195/45 Falkens all around

This is the most current pic of Miaka. Dapperlighting classic kit and runabout type II fuel door installed. Got a nice clay bar/polish and paint sealant done too.


Well it's been a while since I've done anything with Miaka. Still driving her to the meets and the Vegas guys just got done with a nice cruise to hoover dam and boulder city. Here's a quick video I made of our cruise.

http://youtu.be/tyQ5Y4sWqgc

I've pick up a nice "gently used" radiator and a set of hood lifts from a local Miata used parts seller. This should be going on the car soon. Koyo 53mm radiator


I also found a 1.8 gtx valve cover I'm getting powdercoated red to color match the car. The raised portions will be silver but the letters will be gold. More pics to come after getting it back from powdercoating. Still trying to figure out how to fab a bracket for the coil pack but it shouldn't be too difficult.


So I filed my income tax early this year and the state of Ohio is definitely on point with getting me my money in a hurry and by last Sunday the majority of it has been spent! Here's what I've purchased so far and should be here by the end of the week:

Racing beat intake



My plan is to get the intake powdercoated wrinkle black and polish the racing beat logo and ridges. I think there will be fitment issues with this intake because of my strut tower brace so the brace will probably be coming off.

Jackson Racing ceramic coated header



I found this on craigslist and thought this would be a great upgrade to stock. The seller of this header is also willing to sell me the jr catback setup as well so that will possibly be another install coming in the near future.

Gomiata also started selling the euro rear finish panel that I've been waiting to purchase from slick auto. I picked this up as well and I'm very excited to get it on the car!

http://www.gomiata.com/slick-auto-mazda-mx-5-miata-rear-finish-panel-euro-uk-1990-1997.html

Here's a couple pics after installing the Koyo radiator and cleaning up the wheels.





I was contacted by Ben from Dapper Lighting asking me for high def pics of Miaka. I snapped a few pic for him and a few weeks later I found my car on gomiata advertising the Dapper Lighting headlight kit!


I decided to take the radiator cooling panel and polish it up a little bit:


These came in the mail at the start of the month. Using the "V" badge for the nose and the eunos badge on the rear. Gave the roadster badge to a fellow roadster owner:


I was invited to the Project-G grand opening and took a few pics and made a short video! Was very honored to be parked next to the cars that I have been drooling over for the last year now! Met some awesome people which I hope to see again. Here's a link to the video:
http://youtu.be/evXsRjNm0nI

A few pictures I took. I have a lot more but haven't had a chance to go though them:










Won a Garage Star cooling panel at the Project-G event!


When me and the gf got back from California, I was surprise by UPS with the delivery of the euro rear finish panel!


Better pictures of the new panel will be taken as soon as the weather in Vegas starts clearing up. It's been raining the last day or two!
 

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A much better shot of the new rear end.



Installed the Racing Beat intake and Garage Star cooling panel this weekend as well.



There have been a few changes to Miaka this month. After getting the car back from the rear end collision I had at the start of the month, it was time to start installing some parts. JR header and exhaust have been install. There's definitely a difference in performance and I am happy with it for DD purposes. The Ralco short shifter that was installed in the car was starting to annoy me and it was time to search for a replacement. I didn't mind the notchy feeling of the shifter but the plastic bushing on the shifter broke so I could actually rotate the shifter and it just didn't feel right. After some searching for a SS kit, decided miataroadster SS kit was the way to go. Bill definitely sells some top quality products



And install was a breeze...



My girlfriend surprised me with my B-day gift and got me a Hard Dog Hardcore roll bar. My girlfriend is super badass...

The install went okay. There were a few of us there so it got done in a few hours.



I have been talking to Rod from Tetsuya Garage about sourcing some parts for me. My funds have been completely depleted because of this. First thing was the OEM fogs. Rod had a set complete with harness/relay and switch. Couldn't help but to pick these up.



These install a little differently on USDM cars since the drivers side is on the left. The relay and ground was mounted on the left side close to the relocated cruise control assembly.



Miaka did not have the harness for the foglights just the unused bullet connector that powers the switch in the interior. Redid the bullet connector and installed switch in the interior.



Power was tapped from the fuse box. 30 amp fuse in to the ABS (my car has no ABS)



And now we have light!

 

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Tetsuya Garage also sourced this HVAC panel and needle caps for me. The finish was a little dull but nothing a little polish couldn't fix.



AWD>OEM



Little tape...



Had to dremel some of the back of the lowest HVAC knob of cuz it kept snagging the front plate



Aaaaannnndddd Done!



As soon as I can find some gauge rings and the gauge faces come in the mail, this is whats next on the to-do list:



Bikini time in Las Vegas!



AWD gauge transformation is finally complete! Sourced some AWD gauge rings from a fellow MR member. Props goes out to vote4pedro for selling me his gauge rings. Definitely makes a huge difference in the finished product. Props also goes out to revlimiter for making beautiful gauge faces.

This:



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This:



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Cracked the clear front piece of the gauge cluster though so it looks like I will be calling up Project-G to source a new one.
 

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Went on a trip to San Francisco at the start of the month. I found a craigs ad for a miata swap meet and decided to stop by. Found a set of Nielex stainless headlight cover and it turned in to an impulse buy. I also picked up a set of used tein flexes. Most recent shot of the car:





Teins should be installed this weekend. 7k/6k spring rates. Picked up some danscreation tophats and fatcat bumstops for the rear. Going to go 1/2 lower and get another alignment. More to come!
 

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Your build thread just blew my mind. NICE car dude. The stainless steel headlight covers are kinda meh and I personally don't care for foglights on NAs even if they are the OEM lights but hah you have excellent taste in mods. I can't wait for your updates. I'm actually gonna be in Vegas on June 6th thru 11th for EDC... It's a huge rave.
 

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thats a pretty sick car, nice collection of parts too! Good job on the build keep it going!
Awesome progress, the cars looking great.
Thanks guys! I had my build thread posted on mazdaroadster but I've been a member of cr a little longer. Miaka would not be what she is today without research and ideas from this website which I am fortunate to have as a resource.

Your build thread just blew my mind. NICE car dude. The stainless steel headlight covers are kinda meh and I personally don't care for foglights on NAs even if they are the OEM lights but hah you have excellent taste in mods. I can't wait for your updates. I'm actually gonna be in Vegas on June 6th thru 11th for EDC... It's a huge rave.
Thanks babyhands. I have gotten mixed reviews about both the foglights and the headlight covers but I kind of like them :) I want to have a retro inspired theme but still have the look of a modern-ish car. Still lots to do though. New seats or nakamae seat covers are next as well as a full 1.6 dash swap will be done when I get back from socal next month.

Have fun at EDC! make sure you drink lots of water it's pretty effin hot out there!
 

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Forgot to add these pics:

Roadster mats!


Silouhette key To be different


Retro Nevada plates!


I couldn't tell you how many blank stares I got driving my car to Phoenix looking like this


Coils ready for install!
 

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:slayer:Any plans for a new bumper in the future? I think a Racing Beat Type 2 would suit your car perfectly, and it makes it look slightly more aggresive as well :D

Your car looks amazing just the way it is right now, though. :slayer:
 

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Started ehhhh ended quite nicely.
Haha yeah... I'm glad I got my sticker bomb phase out of the way early in this build. This build hasn't ended yet though. Still more to do. It seems like right when I feel content with my build i always find other things I can modify.

:slayer:Any plans for a new bumper in the future? I think a Racing Beat Type 2 would suit your car perfectly, and it makes it look slightly more aggresive as well :D

Your car looks amazing just the way it is right now, though. :slayer:
Thank you! I've been thinking about a new bumper setup and the racing beat is a possibility but I was unsure if I could run a front lip with that style bumper. I may revert to an R-lip later on. I was even contemplating a pit crew front since there's a guy in Vegas who is thinking about selling his but it's a little out of budget right now (he wants 3k)
 

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So the Tein coils were installed today. The rears sit pretty good with the danscreation tophats but the front coils did not go as low as I had planned. 6mm spacers were also installed on the front wheels and a new alignment was done with almost the same specs as before. I may get some ISC tophats next month for the front coils to get a little lower. I feel like the front of my car sits higher than the rear right now even though my ride height is even. The ride is definitely stiffer than the racelands I had previously so that will take some getting use to. I'll post pics in a few just being lazy right now :D
 
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