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1997 Mazda Miata 1.8. Montego Blue over tan. Popular Equipment package with Leather.

Picked her up from a man down the street who didn't drive it often, and didn't want to pay for fixing the issues on the car. I purchased it with 185k miles for a whopping $1400. Had to put a starter in it to get it to move, but it has been my daily for a few months now.

Time for pics! Excuse my noobness, I'm not forum literate enough to figure out the image button apparently...:haiguyths:





Currently looks like this:


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Current modifications as of 4/4/16:

Exterior:
Autokonexion Fastback
Autokonexion V1 front flares
Autokonexion GT Widebody rear over fender
GV rep lip
Jetstream headlights
Garagestar licence plate bracket
Blackbird Fabworx front tow strap for EP bumper
Eunos badges
Lexan triangle windows, driver side includes NACA duct
Artcentermiata style bumper cut
Bomex side mirrors
Car Make Corn*s badge
Blackbird Fabworx CSP spoiler
Project G side skirts (NB)

Interior:
Blackbird Fabworx Single diagonal in High intensity gloss white
Beatrush hardtop side latches
Project G Shift boot
Project G E brake boot
Momo Monte Carlo 350mm, white leather
Club NA Swarovski horn button-white
NRG 2.5 Quick Release in black
Miata Roadster tall angled shift lever, crinkle black
Maruha shift knob
T3 delrin JGTC style shift knob- white
T3 75mm hub spacer
AWD "Japan-V" gauge faces.
AWD billet needle stoppers
Carbon gauge panel
Blue gauge lights
Pro-bolt USA titanium steering wheel bolts, anodized gold
Garagestar door bushings

Wheels/tires
Front: Racing Service Watanabe R-type 14x8 -6 on Toyo R888 205/55 14
Rear: Racing Service Watanabe R-type 14x8.5 -13 on Toyo R888 225/50 14

Suspension/chassis:
Ohlins PCV coilovers 8k front, 6k rear
Mazdaspeed Miata 23mm front sway bar with Energy Suspension Poly bushings
OE rear sway bar with Energy Suspension poly bushings
949 Racing endlinks front and rear
Energy Suspension rear control arm bushings
Energy suspension differential mount bushings
Beatrush PPF brace
Cusco carbon shock tower brace
949 Racing stainless braided brake lines front and rear
Boss Frog Frog Arms
Carbotech XP8 front pads
Carbotech XP8 rear pads
Wilwood brake bias adjuster
ATE Super Blue DOT4 brake fluid.
ARP wheel studs; front
949 Racing lug nuts
Manual steering rack
P/S delete pulley

Engine/Trans:
Sonic Motors Alloy radiator
Mishimoto NB radiator hoses
Beatrush shifter collar
Cobalt short shifter
Project G Precision Series 1.1 Oil Cap in Watanabe Gold
Car Make Corn's cat back 3-piece exhaust
Enthusa test pipe
Project G TSS (True Straight Shot) braided clutch line
Mazda Competition Engine mounts
S2000 size Wix oil filter. Added capacity and filtering.
Mazdaspeed A-spec airbox (gold finish)
Gates Racing Timing belt
Maruha Motors carbon timing cover
ARP valve cover bolts
949 Racing Super Miata damper.

Parts in the pipeline 6.1.15:
Omori oil temp gauge (purchased, not installed)
No name oil cooler (purchased, not installed)
1.6 oil pressure sender (purchased, not installed)
Engine overhaul (new block purchased)
No name JDM engine torque damper (seriously, it came from Japan. purchased, not installed)
Install Cobra Evolution S seat


94 Miata. Laguna Blue. SOLD
 

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anyways, what are your plans with the car?!?!?
Next step are some decent coils, but I'm looking into selling my Vette and getting an FD RX-7 so the wild ideas I had for this car may be put on hold.

Was going to sell the Vette anyway and going for a similar look to Coupeloop's car. But Im not sure if i can stand having just one car. Especially one with that kind of mileage. #firstworldproblems
 

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do tell more on the headlights... what kind and where could i find some like that????

Great starting spot... when you do the timing belt let me know how difficult it is... ive got to do mine soon and ive heard it should be cake with all the tools needed and if nothing breaks
 

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i like this alot already, nice hardtop. Those lights are gonna be sick! any idea what suspension route you'll be taking?
If I stay a 1-car fleet, then Xida's. If i get the FD, then something cheaper.

do tell more on the headlights... what kind and where could i find some like that????

Great starting spot... when you do the timing belt let me know how difficult it is... ive got to do mine soon and ive heard it should be cake with all the tools needed and if nothing breaks
They were made by MiddTenn and have been out of production for more than ten years. I found them on another forum's classifieds.

The timing belt is pretty straightforward if you have basic mechanical skills. It makes a big difference on how smooth the motor is. Try and buy the best kit you can afford. I made the mistake of buying a Rock kit and ended up getting a defective tensioner that rode against the belt and broke the belt. The Gates kit is high quality and has good instructions. While I was in there I did the plugs, front main, water pump, all belts, and flushed all the old coolant out. I also suggest getting the Flyin Miata tools they sell. Really makes it a breeze.
 

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If I stay a 1-car fleet, then Xida's. If i get the FD, then something cheaper.



They were made by MiddTenn and have been out of production for more than ten years. I found them on another forum's classifieds.

The timing belt is pretty straightforward if you have basic mechanical skills. It makes a big difference on how smooth the motor is. Try and buy the best kit you can afford. I made the mistake of buying a Rock kit and ended up getting a defective tensioner that rode against the belt and broke the belt. The Gates kit is high quality and has good instructions. While I was in there I did the plugs, front main, water pump, all belts, and flushed all the old coolant out. I also suggest getting the Flyin Miata tools they sell. Really makes it a breeze.
Yeah I've got the gates kit just waiting for some time to get it all taken care of... Ill deff invest i the flyin miata tools though
 

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Looks a bit off with those headlights, but I'm sure that once you lower the car and get some sort of front valance that it will look great. Any thoughts on trying to reclear or restore the clear on your hood?
 

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Looks a bit off with those headlights, but I'm sure that once you lower the car and get some sort of front valance that it will look great. Any thoughts on trying to reclear or restore the clear on your hood?
I agree, It looks kinda silly now. Im considering overfenders and a drop of course. I knew I wanted flush headlights from the get go so I had to pick them up when I saw them. I'm either going to move the fogs somewhere else or just get rid of them. They work great, but the look isn't right.

I'll get the car painted eventually. Its on the list. I could just get a carbon one though haha.
 

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Guys, I need an opinion on which direction I should head on the interior. It has a tan interior that is pretty beat up. I like the contrast with the blue paint it has, but it needs to be freshened. I want to keep it classy in the interior with a fairly racy exterior. Im planning on some good sized flares as well.

Maybe I can find some tan Elise seats.

Opinions? :icon_cheers:
 

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That would be the best route for the direction you want, just realize you aren't going to find them for much less than $1200/set, and that is if you are lucky. Then consider mounts ~250ea. They are quite an expensive option. I am not sure of your budget on this build, but they are out of budget for a lot of miata builds from what I have seen, especially with a lot of people paying less than that for their car haha.

Also if you are a small guy, they might not be the best fit. They seat you low, at least with the ryokurob or flipside brackets(the two readily available options). They are the seats most bigger guys use to make more room because the seat is so thin.
 

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That would be the best route for the direction you want, just realize you aren't going to find them for much less than $1200/set, and that is if you are lucky. Then consider mounts ~250ea. They are quite an expensive option. I am not sure of your budget on this build, but they are out of budget for a lot of miata builds from what I have seen, especially with a lot of people paying less than that for their car haha.

Also if you are a small guy, they might not be the best fit. They seat you low, at least with the ryokurob or flipside brackets(the two readily available options). They are the seats most bigger guys use to make more room because the seat is so thin.
I know i will pay more for mods than what i payed for the car, but that is how the best builds turn out it seems.

I sat in Woolery's car, which really opened my eyes to them. Im about 6'0 so i found them really comfortable. I'm just trying to figure out the style I like and if the Lotus seats fit the image I have in my mind.
 

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Gotcha, I by no means am saying don't get them or discouraging them in anyway. Just make sure to bring your wallet. I'd do it in a heart beat if I could swing them. Hands down favorite seat for our cars, although I'm really digging the carbon version in our classifieds right now.
 
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