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Realized I have not posted my build thread here :) Reaching the 3 year mark on the ownership of my Miata and the journey has been an eventful one!

The current list of mods on her are:

1. Handling
a) Bracing
- Carbing front shock tower brace with master brake brace
- Hard Dog M2 roller
- Hard Dog door bars
- Thompson Automotive front LCA brace
- Ultra Racing 23mm front anti-roll bar
- Boss Frog Arms
- Spoon Rigid Collars


b) Suspension
- FM Vmaxx Classic


2. Wheels
- SSR Type C semi solid forged in gun metallic 15x7.0J 4x100 PCD +35mm offset
- Bridgestone RE002 195/50/15 @29psi


3. Brakes
- NB8 sports front on Centric rotors and PosiQuiet pads
- NA8 rear on Centric rotors and PosiQuiet pads
- TechnaFit brake lines


4. Drivetrain
- B6 Exedy OE clutch + pressure plate
- B6 Toda Racing 3.5kg chromoly flywheel
- 6 speed gearbox
- Rebuildable driveshaft
- 1.6 VLSD with 4.30 final drive
- MS Competition differential mounts


5. Engine
a) Head
- HKS 256 duration intake and exhaust camshafts
- Supertech +1mm oversized intake and exhaust valves
- Toda Racing adjustable cam gears
- CNC ported and polished


b) Block
- Flyin Miata/Wiseco high compression pistons+rings
- Cometic MLS head gasket
- Long nose crank conversion


c) Misc.
- Oil cooler
- Oil filter relocated
- 55mm triple core Koyo radiator
- Maxim Works header
- Larini cat-back exhaust
- Coolant reroute
- Walbro 195lph fuel pump
- Haltech Sprint 500 standalone ECU
- Capri valve cover powdercoated red
- Project-G oil cap
- Maruha cam timing cover
- 265cc fuel injectors
- Jenvey ITB with 40mm trumpets and sausage filter
- GarageStar water pump and alternator pulleys in satin finish
- MS Competition engine mounts


6. Fluids used
- Engine: Castrol Edge 5w50
- Transmission: Motorcraft XT-M5-QS
- Differential: Redline 75w90
- Coolant: Nissan coolant + Redline Waterwetter + distilled water
- Brake: DOT4
- Clutch: DOT3


7. Exterior mods
- OEM front lip from Rspeed
- RS Active Type 2 low profile headlights
- NACA driver side fiberglass headlamp lid
- Jass Performance black TSIs (Turn Signal Indicators)
- Zoom Engineering Autoblaze SS door mirrors



8. Interior mods
- Zoom Engineering instrument cluster hood
- RS Refine hand-turned SS gauge rings
- Ebay aluminium gauge center caps
- revlimiter gauge faces
- Nardi Classico 350mm steering wheel
- Nardi Evolution shift knob
- Ebay chrome-plated A/C vent rings, interior lights
- RS Products hazard/light combo switch copy
- ARC rear view mirror
- Sazaire ignition cover
- Isotta handbrake lever + Momo leather boot
- Aerodramatics door handles + lock buttons
- Insulated transmission tunnel and floorpan with Reflectix
- Teflon window guide rollers
- Defi DIN gauge
- East Bear Sports Sigma driver seat + rail (6kg in total)
- OEM passenger seat in Alcantara/leather combo
- White LEDs for A/C panel and interior lights
- RS Products A/C panel
- Zoom Engineering pedals
 

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^^Used to have lots of pics but a lightning storm struck my NAS and I lost nearly the whole collection...Now have to slowly rebuild the set but I lost quite a fair bit especially when my car was M45 S/C and numerous DIY installs like RS Active, window rollers, Frog arms, dash tidying etc. Ah well... :)
 

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thats a pretty awesome car you've got there! Any videos of your itb setup? Where abouts in Asia are you from? And since I'm asking questions, did the Ultra Racing bracing do much? I'm thinking of getting some for my car. Oh and one more thing, how do you like the depowered steering rack? Worth doing?
 

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^^Thanks for the feedback :) I am in Singapore and Malaysia.

I only have one which I took earlier today with my digital camera. Not really great but here you go. Err..i have no idea how to embed the video here so this is the direct link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8eSwD8tF_QQ

The UR bracings I inherited from my previous owner. They are made in Malaysia. Works like any other branded bracing but it is heavy since it is made from steel.

I only went the de-powered route as my PS pump started to fail and since it is difficult to find used ones where I am and new ones cost a pretty penny plus I don't trust the supposedly refurbished units I came across locally, I took it out instead :) I have grown accustomed to the weighty feeling and great feedback but you must have light rims/tyres combo and run less caster than typical else it is a struggle. I daily drive my Miata and so far no issues running it de-powered!
 

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^^Thanks for the feedback :) I am in Singapore and Malaysia.

I only have one which I took earlier today with my digital camera. Not really great but here you go. Err..i have no idea how to embed the video here so this is the direct link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8eSwD8tF_QQ

The UR bracings I inherited from my previous owner. They are made in Malaysia. Works like any other branded bracing but it is heavy since it is made from steel.

I only went the de-powered route as my PS pump started to fail and since it is difficult to find used ones where I am and new ones cost a pretty penny plus I don't trust the supposedly refurbished units I came across locally, I took it out instead :) I have grown accustomed to the weighty feeling and great feedback but you must have light rims/tyres combo and run less caster than typical else it is a struggle. I daily drive my Miata and so far no issues running it de-powered!
Hmm I'll see how I go but I think I'll just end up with UR braces, they seem to be fairly affordable.

As for the de-powering, that'll all depends on what wheels I finally decide on. Id love to get some 14" rpf1s with sticky tires but I think my love for more pretty dished wheels is greater :(
 

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^^Yea the UR braces are truly affordable. I would avoid getting the middle lower brace though as it lowers the car significantly and if your ride is less than 12.5"F, you will hit the brace going over road humps.

I think de-powered steering with deep dished wheels will be a pain to handle at low speeds especially for smaller framed/sized people like myself :)
 

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You are the only person I have seen with the spoon collars, can you share your opinion of them please? Was there noticeable slack removed after installation? Do you have any pictures of them or the install?
 

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cool car! I'm kinda jealous. Guess i have to make mine just as good.
 

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This is how the collars look like:


Some pics of them being installed on the front right sub frame:




Installed collar on rear sub frame:



The chassis is much tighter after the install considering I already had all my other bracings installed and I managed to get matching alignment figures between the right and left side as I had a 0.15 difference between the two sides previously. The collars also helped to smoothen out the ride when going over pot holes, bumps, humps and uneven road surfaces.
 

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Haha, this is not a competition :)

It has taken me 3 years and $$$ to get the car to this stage. On top of that, such cars in my country cost a pretty penny and have a limited life span (renewable every 10 yrs though if you can afford the premium) so you guys have it better :D

cool car! I'm kinda jealous. Guess i have to make mine just as good.
 

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not trying to compete :)

just hoping i'll be able to have as much dedication to my car as you! haha


Also. i didnt know Spoon made parts for miatas?
 

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^^It's my one and only vice (plus my motorbike of course) :D

Spoon owns Rigid Collar (the company) that also makes similar products for other car makes as I understand it!
 

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Oh!
i thought Rigid collar was the name of the product. i wasn't aware it was the name of the company.
thank you!
what type of motor bike?
 

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Coming from you Geoff, that is high praise! I only went down the ITB route after reading your build :)

The car is running well enough but I guess some fine-tuning is still needed to be optimal! Starts, idles well but still have that issue on the accelerator hmmm


Keep us posted on the progress getting the Jenvey set-up tuned. Awesome build!
 

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Yea, it is the product brand and name all-in-one!

It is a small 2-stroker Aprilia RS125, just like the Miata, nippy and handles great!


Oh!
i thought Rigid collar was the name of the product. i wasn't aware it was the name of the company.
thank you!
what type of motor bike?
 
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