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@Bryan: I can see how that can be annoying BUT I think you would put them after removing them and feeling the difference without them.
 

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06-10-19: First my thoughts/observations on the delrin door bushings. They made MUCH more of a difference on Misfire then they did on Warbird BUT given the amount of bracing(mentioned in my previous post on the door bushings) Warbird had plus the Fat Cat Motorsports coilovers this doesn't surprise me.

The biggest difference is the noise when you go over bumps/potholes/etc. where as before there was all kind of rattles, no you just here the suspension working(not very well in this case) and feel the bump.

Misfire "feels" more rigid and while some might doubt this when you think about what the OEM bushing was doing, allowing the door to be a flex point, and now with the delrin door bushing greatly reducing that flex point on the chassis then it makes sense. I definitely recommend these for ANYONE just be aware that the doors do require more effort to close but it is a trade off that is well worth it, IMHO.

Now on to the reason for the post today. A little over a month ago I bought back a part from Warbird's part out, which I THOUGHT was the 949 Racing rear subfame brace as it works on a NA or NB. When the package shows up it was in a square box that said Beatrush.

Apparently there was a miscommunication and I got the Beatrush PPF brace which turns out is NA specific and was about a 1" or so too long as I can only presume the NA PPF is shorter.

No big deal. I sold the Beatrush NA PPF brace and was trying to get the NB version and when talking to Goodwin Racing I found out they made a version of their own in their Roadstersport line, had it in stock and it was over $20 cheaper, so I ordered it and it showed up a few days later.


Right away I noticed that the welds look MUCH better than the Beatrush version which had pretty lousy looking welds where as the Roadstersport has "dime stacks". I know many don't think this matters but hey if I am paying for it then I want it as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Beyond that and the color they essentially are indistinguishable.

I wasn't fond of the silver and already had plans to use a similar gold hue to what Beatrush uses on various parts so I pressed out the bushings and sleeves from the Roadstersport PPF brace....


...and then took it to work and used the media blasting booth to blast it.


Then I took it to the powder coating shop that my work uses and I had already identified a color that I wanted to use.




The color is called "Sun Gold" and comparing it to pics and my memory it looks identical to the color Beatrush uses.

Installing the brace was just a matter of getting Misfire on jack stands, removing the two 19mm bolts from the rear subframe/ladder brace and the two 17mm bolts that go thru the PPF brace.

For whatever reason the brace didn't want to line up as easily as I thought it had on Warbird but I found that by first starting the PPF bolts and then the rear subframe braces it went in but still took some manual alignment to get the rear subframe bolts started.

If it wasn't for the alignment issue it would be a 30 minute job start to finish. Now for some more pics!










Again no driving time yet so will report back with some feedback on the PPF brace once I have some miles with it on Misfire.
 

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Oh you've been bussssssssy, nice work!

Maybe I missed it, did you ever end up figuring out your "misfire" issue, or still happening and just dealing with it?
 

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@Crazyblackman: More like slow and steady, Dedin, but thanks! :) Thankfully yes, several weeks later. Lousy wiring to the fuel card for injector #2.
 

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07-30-19: Misfire and I have started a new adventure, involving these items(plus alot more as money allows).




The starting tools/supplies of GreaseMonkey Detailing! I have always wanted to start a business but I am certainly nervous! Decided Misfire should be my first customer so after about 10 hours of detailing that including the following:

Exterior
-Rinse(x3), foam, wash, clay(including glass, on both sides), a coat of wax with a DA on the paint(3hrs right there), a coat of Xpress spray wax on paint, dressing on the tires, Xpress spray wax on wheels, polish exhaust tips and muffler, hydrophobic coating on all glass and soft top, dressing on trim/rubber

Motor
-Wash, clean, apply a dressing to the engine(plastic, rubber and bare metal), apply hydrophobic coating to paint

Interior
-Vacuum(x2), agitate/clean with APC, steam clean and apply a dressing to all surfaces(minus carpet as I only had one can of fabric guard)

Here are SOME(took over 30 pics) of the before/after pics:







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I have a whole new appreciation for TRULY detailing a vehicle because in all honesty I have never performed this extensive of a vehicle detail, ever. Thankfully with the help of professional detailers and their YouTube videos I have collected a good amount of information in the 30+hours of videos I have watched and hopefully learned a lot, which will hopefully reduce the instances of "learning the hard way".

Misfire in all honesty has been neglected far more than Warbird as Misfire wasn't as well taken care of previously so I just didn't get as concerned with keeping Misfire as clean as I tried to keep Warbird.

I plan to attempt to keep Misfire up much better than I have because I really don't have a excuse now that I have most of things I need to do so and the fact Misfire is garaged. I tip my hat to all of you out there that keep up your vehicles constantly, definitely not a easy task.
 

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11-04-19: Wow over three months since a update! Well unfortunately nothing had happened in that time frame. :(

Although I wanted to comment that the full interior/exterior detail lasted over two months with just weekly wipe downs, thanks to a combination of garaging and my relatively low miles I put on Misfire. My wife has been driving Misfire the last few weeks so another full detail is in order and I believe some minor paint correction is in order.

So the reason for this post is due to the passenger side brake light going out. I had removed the taillight to check before ordering because I couldn't recall if I had LED's or incandescent bulbs installed. I found that it was a LED bulb and still worked but was "dying".

I had been looking at a "strobe/pulse" module for the rear brake lights to add a little more "rear end deterrent" when I came across LED bulbs that had this feature built in so it was a win-win. Thankfully Amazon Prime got me the bulbs here by the next business day.


Alla Lighting LED strobe brake bulbs. They pulsate three times then stay on unless you release and reapply the brakes.


Alla Lighting LED strobe bulb vs old LED bulb.

As you can see the new bulb has twice as many side bulbs which are the running lights, unfortunately this doesn't help Misfire any as I currently have the wire for the running lights unhooked since I have the LED halo rings as running lights.

I couldn't get the video to work properly thru Flickr for some reason but here it is on Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/B4eFQSTnHcs/
P.S.-I am going to try and keep up Misfire's build thread but I CAN'T STAND the new format of this forum and will more than likely only come back to update the build thread. So my apologies to everyone else as I doubt I will visit beyond doing this and it certainly is nothing against anyone but this forum is being killed, imo.
 

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Haven't been CR much lately, good to see you back in a Miata. You've cleaned it up a lot.
Long time, no post! Glad to see you on! Thanks, I appreciate it. :)
 

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12-02-19, Mileage- 121,410: A few months(3-4) back i was checking Misfire out and noticed that the clutch master reservoir was a bit low(probably by about 1/3 from full) so I picked up some brake fluid, topped off and have kept my eye on it since.

I think I would have to add some about every other month, maybe 30% of the reservoir so I knew i needed to get a master and slave cylinder. Well in the past week and a half it had gotten to the point to where it needed about half the reservoir filled every day. :suicide:

You think at this point I would have ordered them right? Nope. Stupid me waited until it got to the point where it would empty itself in one drive. of course this was last Wednesday...the day before Thanksgiving.

I went to order it from Amazon, nope couldn't find either that would ship next day with Prime. I then checked with Rock Auto and couldn't get them till 12/02 or 12/03 with regular ground shipping.

So i checked online with a local parts store and they had both and with a online coupon ended up being only about $8 more than Rock Auto but they weren't Exedy like I wanted. Of course I waited too late to get them that day and I thought they were open part of the day on Thanksgiving as they were last year but nope.

To make a long story not quit as long, I didn't get around to doing it today. With new parts now in hand, i got into it.


Upon closer inspection of the exterior and interior firewall where the master cylinder mounts, it was clear it had been leaking.

You can see the bubbling paint around it, I totally don't recall seeing this before.


I don't recall seeing this before either when I replaced the rubber clutch pedal stops.

Once I removed the master cylinder it was clear that it was bad.


My oldest and youngest granddaughters was at my house and of course Onyx(oldest, 5yrs old) wanted to help as she always does ANYTIME I am working in the garage.


Not long before her youngest sister June(2 yrs old) wanted to join in on the fun.


Funny thing the middle girl, Opal(3 yrs old), was watching me upload the pictures on Flicker and asked if she could help next time as she wasn't here then. Back on the subject at hand.

With the old master cylinder off, I took the new one and filled it with brake fluid and "bled it" by placing my finger over the outlet hole and using a screwdriver to press the "piston" a few times till fluid started to push out and then installed and reused the old "gasket" for what it was worth.


Moving onto the slave cylinder I got Misfire up on a jack stand and removed the front passenger wheel to get easier access to it, behold the only note worthy rust on Misfire.

One reason I love living in Texas, typically cars are rust free.


Swapped in the new slave cylinder and put on some Shin Etsu grease on the end for good measure.


Upon inspecting the old slave cylinder, I removed the boot and filthy brake fluid poured out right into my lap...well that was dumb of me but honestly wasn't expecting it as both my previous slave cylinders were fine, it was just the master cylinder that was bad on both...iirc. Definitely glad I got both but for less than $30 for both and the biggest pain being bleeding the system, it only makes sense to do both.

Moved onto bleeding the system which actually took more fluid than expected, probably about 6 ounces or more, and half way thru I notice that the inlet fitting was leaking so I snugged it up and that took care of that, thankfully.

Took Misfire out for a drive and all was good! Unfortunately I have concluded that the throw out bearing is going out as there is a slight "howling" that goes away once the clutch is depressed but comes back once the clutch is released.

Hopefully it will hold over till I have the money for a clutch(need to decide it I will go puck again or stick with a full face...it has to be able to handle at least 250ft/lbs for future power...probably a SuperMiata clutch either way) as I am not pulling the transmission just for that and not replacing the clutch at 121k miles, of course rear main seal and other transmission gaskets will get replaced too.
 
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