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I figured I'd start a thread of my own to catalog my plans for my 2002 Laser Blue, otherwise known as The Tick:



I just paid him off at the beginning of the month and am thinking of mods that I'd like to do to "finish" him off. Of course, I can't just go mod crazy. My philosophy is to make the car that Mazda should have sold from the factory: simple but thoughtfully equipped, well-handling but comfortable. I talked about this awhile ago. The build will use as many OEM parts as possible and will not result in drastic changes to the car's appearance. To me, this philosophy is what makes my Roadster my own, not until I get bored with it, but until its twisted carcass is carted away after my one of kids crash it on the way to the prom 20 years from now (weird analogy, I know!).

I call it...OEM Plus(tm)

To start, here's what I have so far (lots of parts came on the car):

Suspension:
*FM Stage 1 Kit (FM Springs + Tokico Illuminas) - these replaced Tein HA's
*Rear Sway disconnected

Chassis:
*Added OEM ladder brace and crossbar

Wheels/Tires:
*16x7 +42 5Zigen FN01R-C with Riken Raptor ZR 205/45/16

Exhaust:
*Replaced cracked Roadstersport with OEM muffler

Interior:
*99-00 Seats (OO had installed Mazdaspeed Type F's, but had the dealer install these when the car was sold)
*Speaker setup includes an MB Quartz crossover box in each door going to an MBQ tweeter, woofer in the door speaker spot, and a kick panel speaker on each side
*Raceland Windblocker - Cheap but surprisingly effective!

So...here's what I have in mind. I have no idea how long it'll take to get this all done, but if I don't write it down none of it will happen. I realize that this "build" will not be extreme, trick, dope, or whatever you want to call it. Most folks may not give my car a second look, and that's OK. It'll be the car everyone wishes they had at one point or another XD

Feel free to drop constructive criticisms!

Wheels, Tires, & Suspension:
*Upgrade front swaybar to Mazdaspeed Miata unit.
*Re-do alignment.
*Flip tires. Will be going to stickier stuff next year hopefully.
*Replace brake rotors.
*Install Axxis Ultimates.

Interior/Chassis:
*Add the OEM Shock Tower Bar to tighten up the front end (mostly for NVH reduction).
*Upgrade driver's seat to Elise seat. It'll let me sit lower in the car (important if I want to look into a rollbar), support my back better, and give me a real headrest for once. Adam has some ideas.
*Once the head height problem is solved, get a rollbar for safety. I'm thinking a Hard Dog M2 Sport (no diagonals).
*Buy an iPod adapter kind of like this one.

Aesthetic Clean-ups:
*Fix the slight rust issues in The Tick's trunk.
*Clean up The Tick's cloudy headlamp lenses.
*Get the wheels refinished.
*Paint The Tick's valve cover in red crinkle-coat. Looks something like this. Come to think of it, Harvey (my Civic)'s valve cover could use a similar treatment this summer.
*Replace the antenna base with something a little less swept.
*Paint the calipers and rotor hats.
*Clean up the engine bay.

Maintenance:
*Replace the timing belt.
*Fix the wiring mess that is my current OEM/Aftermarket stereo setup.

Drivetrain:
*Move to 1.6L clutch/flywheel. Possibly upgrade to stiffer clutch.
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

you seriously keeping the riken's?
I put them on when I drove the car home from Florida to Ohio because I discovered after driving to Atlanta that at least two of tires that were currently on the car were almost completely bald and one had a good sized chunk of metal in it. In short, I needed something cheap and relatively sticky.

The Raptors are...adequate. That's as good as I'll give them. They've lasted since April 2008 and will likely need to be flat out replaced next year.
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

Considering how little mileage I've gotten out of them, there are several other comparable tires out there in price and performance that would last a little longer.
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

So clean and a great colour.

My fav. NB is the td-1001r's from D - Tech. Lots of nice additions, but nothing over the top. Oem plus (plus)

Details on the car here: http://d-technique.co.jp/d_tec_en/td1001r_top.html

Love the interior details, and the whole package.
Ahhhh yes...I'd forgotten about that. Probably the one body kit that'd make me want to tear everything up and start again. Simply beautiful. It's probably the closest thing to what I'm thinking for this car.
 

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If you're looking for an exhaust, the RB with the resonated midpipe is TOTALLY OEM Plus. Very quiet, yet shiny and free flowing. A great daily driver exhaust IMHO.

And welcome to the build thread section!!! :) We'll get you in an Elise seat yet.
 

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If you're looking for an exhaust, the RB with the resonated midpipe is TOTALLY OEM Plus. Very quiet, yet shiny and free flowing. A great daily driver exhaust IMHO.

And welcome to the build thread section!!! :) We'll get you in an Elise seat yet.
I have this, I dont think Bryan likes it much.

I have the cleaner and polish you need for the lenses.
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

If you're looking for an exhaust, the RB with the resonated midpipe is TOTALLY OEM Plus. Very quiet, yet shiny and free flowing. A great daily driver exhaust IMHO.
I've always liked the RB muffler on NB's, but don't know if I really want to invest in an exhaust (or even an header and intake, for that matter).
I have this, I dont think Bryan likes it much.
You've got the midpipe and muffler? I thought you had something a little more...risqué.
And welcome to the build thread section!!! :) We'll get you in an Elise seat yet.
Thanks :oops:
 

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I've always liked the RB muffler on NB's, but don't know if I really want to invest in an exhaust (or even an header and intake, for that matter).

You've got the midpipe and muffler? I thought you had something a little more...risqué.

Thanks :oops:
Yup, resonated mid and axleback. Haha, you are gonna love this, I want to change the exhaust on mine as well, might be for sale, haha! I'm pretty sure you could walk up to me and offer a reasonable amount of cash for any part on my car and I will say "yes".
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

hey bryan, I've got the OE muffler off my 99 and the OE MSM in my garage, i'm sure we can work something out if you're interested.
I've already got OEM on it now. From what I understand the MSM muffler is a little loud on a N/A car, so it's most likely out for me. Thanks, tho!
 

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Thats a great color, pretty much wide open for white, CF, or whatever parts (CF trunk lid!), and wheel colors. The 01+ oem header is already good, put one in my 99.
 

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Bryan, please add an OE or Vary lip to the front end, it looks so bare :cry2:

...and the Roadstersport is still alive and well on the '99 :domo:
 

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Re: The Tick aka OEM Plus(tm)

http://www.vulcantire.com/azenis_rt615_t.htm

these are cheap.

anything, and I do mean anything is better then raptors.
I'm looking at my options. The main problem with the Azenis is that, unlike their $45/tire predecessors, I can't really afford to be replacing them once a year. They're just too low a wear rate for a car that I don't get to drive HARD very often.

Bryan, please add an OE or Vary lip to the front end, it looks so bare :cry2:

...and the Roadstersport is still alive and well on the '99 :domo:
Glad to hear about the Roadstersport. I figured it'd do fine once someone cleaned it up and fixed the crappy welds. I just wasn't really willing to be that person :)

As for the body treatment, I really don't want to spoil the looks of the car by throwing on a lip. I've even considered removing the Buck's grille and replacing it with something a little less...conspicuous. I've always kind of liked the looks of the open-mouthed stock-bodied Mk. 2.5 NB. Its looks kind of speak for themselves. Something like the TD1001R just makes for a completely different (but not to be embellished on) look. In short, if I change something on the exterior, I really will be looking to completely change things up, and I really don't want to (yet).
 
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