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Discussion Starter #82
I would definitely be more enthusiastic about the steelies if they were wider and/or with spacers. However, 14" RPF1's are calling me... need to sell the 6ULs.
 

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Another SLMP adventure. Very small turnout, very laid back.

Not much to report. Was very slow (crappy mis-matched no name all seasons) but consistent. The tires were a definite lesson in smooth inputs so that really wasn't a bad thing, learned a fair bit from that. Had a blast and the car never missed a beat. If anything it's improved since the air bag light went from flashing to staying on steady, much less annoying that way.

Onto some pics! These few are not mine.



(me in the blue t-shirt)







Micah at the helm:


Friday night while everyone else had gone to get food and I had the entire place to myself I grabbed a few pics.

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Miata 6-19-14 (1) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (2) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (3) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (4) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (5) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (7) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (8) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (9) by thestig99, on Flickr

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Miata 6-19-14 (10) by thestig99, on Flickr
 

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^I agree. I have some steelies that someone painted black :/

I'm going to refinish them soon, but I'm considering re-barreling them. I found a place locally that'll do it and they will warranty them as well. It isn't cheap; $150 per wheel, and I'm still at a 14" wheel unless someone knows where to source a 15" barrell that'll fit a 14" wheel center.
 

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A nice evening cruise in the Lake Champlain Islands. Still enjoying the cheapo "new" lens :D

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr

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Lake Champlain Islands 9/7/14 by thestig99, on Flickr
 

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The car finally demanded some maintenance - front brakes. New cheapo $15 rotors and Hawk HPS pads. I've had it it three years and 30k+ miles now and had never even touched the brakes.

Then we went back to SLMP! The Hawks held up a whole lot better than whatever was on there before, very impressed so far.

Ended up dropping down from mid 64 seconds at the past couple events to a 63.3. I previously ran a 62.3 with the 6UL's and 205/50/15 Star Specs all around, now I'm 1 second off that pace with steelies and 185/60/14 allseasons, no real changes to the car otherwise. The driver mod is starting to show some progress :)



General Altimax HP's aren't really meant for this...



Grabbed a couple pics with my friend Jeremiah at the wheel (after unfortunately putting his Golf R32 into the scenery)

Miata @ SLMP2 2014 by thestig99, on Flickr

Miata @ SLMP2 2014 by thestig99, on Flickr

Between the beach last Monday and this... in seven days the car has covered over 1000 miles, including 2 days on the track, all without a single hiccup. I guess that means my goal of a fun, reliable, all around multi purpose car seems to be working out! :)
 

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Well, it only took over a year and four attempts... but my T1 Torsen is finally in! Along with some Energy Suspension poly bushings. The bushings noticeable tightened up the shifter (which is definitely getting sloppy, time to rebuild) and are fine around town, but the gear whine is pretty obnoxious on the highway so I'll probably end up replacing them with OEM.

Shitty picture for the occasion:

 

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Got the car out of storage a few weeks ago. Threw a new coil pack at it to cure the hesitations it's had forever, and raised the suspension up an inch to accommodate my new location on top of a mountain up several miles of dirt roads.



Then decided I wasn't going to buy any car parts.

Then a friend messaged me to say a friend of his was selling a set of 14" Panasports.

Sigh.

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5/12/15 by Brian, on Flickr

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Another weekend of BBQing, craft beers, and bonfires at SLMP. And driving.



The car did great. Only real change between now and the last event is the LSD and what a difference that made! The car felt better everywhere but especially exiting hairpins. Still on the same set of shitty General Altimax HP all seasons, dropped over a second off my previous best time down to a 62.1 on Saturday. Might be about time for some real tires :)

I was a little outgunned...


Altimax's did not appreciate any of this


Some pics that are not mine:









Lots more here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ay7bxjm0nwixwgf/AABOsaaTco6qS9KWq_1sfhrSa?dl=0
 

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Decided to paint the Panasports as they had more than their fair share of cosmetic issues. However, while waffling about the color I made an interesting discovery - crappy Saab center caps snap right in to these wheels. My girlfriend was able to print me the decals you see here and off I went. Also came up with a set of non rusty lug nuts.

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Miata 8/31/15 by Brian, on Flickr

Miata 8/31/15 by Brian, on Flickr

Miata 8/31/15 by Brian, on Flickr

Miata 8/31/15 by Brian, on Flickr

Miata 8/31/15 by Brian, on Flickr


I'll end up redoing the wheels, probably over the winter, and do a nicer job on the paint prep... but for now I'm pretty pleased!
 

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Have you noticed any rust on the M edition when driving it through the winter? I'll have mine out for the first winter - 97 Miata.
 

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Have you noticed any rust on the M edition when driving it through the winter? I'll have mine out for the first winter - 97 Miata.
Well, yes. But remember that thing was death trap ROTTEN from day one, and most of the big holes that formed were from previous bondo "repairs".

That being said, you're gonna have a lot of fun. I still want to build a dedicated winter Miata. : 3gears:
 

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These are a little older, but just found them and thought I'd share. Someone once told me Miatas were impractical....











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Did some leaf peeping because Vermont.

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IMG_2775 by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (3) by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (4) by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (6) by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (9) by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (10) by Brian, on Flickr

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Miata 10-15-15 (7) by Brian, on Flickr
 
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