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Mufasa in Training
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Water and dirt can get onto threads and rust.
Fair enough. Since most of the fancy stuff is open-ended, do you know of any high-end closed end lug nuts?
 

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Murse Magnet
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Fair enough. Since most of the fancy stuff is open-ended, do you know of any high-end closed end lug nuts?
I think the ones Goodwin racing sells are closed ended.
 

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Thanks! Didn't realize they had some.

Speaking of which: this seems like a good purchase for the future.
Maybe?
It would depend on how much you want a 20 year old airbag or not.

If you are open to removing the oem airbag, I'd suggest going with something like a momo montecarlo for your car. I'd also repalce the seatbelt reels with those from an NA8 and i'd remove the safety loop stitching.

If you want to keep the oem airbag by all means necessary, then go with that spacer.
 

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Yeah, plan was to keep the airbag. I went without it on the old car and always felt sketchy about it. Stock NB2 wheel is nice enough. Just be nice to get the wheel off my thighs.
 

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First Things First I'm The Realist
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Run whatever lug nuts you want. It doesn’t matter for the amount you drive the car. Just be happy.

And run whatever wheel you want. The stock airbag is a relic. If you’re in a position where you need it then it probably won’t matter. The steering wheel is one of your vehicle inputs. Make it count.
 

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Mufasa in Training
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Discussion Starter #949
Main reason for switching lug nuts was getting rid of my spine drives because I don't like having to keep an adapter.
 

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Creak is back, but not as bad as it was. Only really noticing it up until I pull out of my neighborhood.

I installed the new head unit and even got the kids involved!

Started with the Metra adapter that Crutchfield sent along with the harness from Pioneer. I also bought a $10 Parking Brake Bypass off Amazon and wired it in:

20201016_154128 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

My son listened as I explained all the functions, then went back to Minecraft:

20201016_154133 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

When I finished, there were three unused wires. On the Metra adapter, the Blue wire for the powered antenna was left out because it's not on the Pioneer harness. On the Pioneer harness, the Mute and Reverse Gear (for backup camera) wires were left off because of course the Mazda harness doesn't have those. I taped them off.

20201016_171617 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

Starting to look a little less messy...

20201016_194906 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

This morning, I started on the install. My son was going to help me by holding the light and screwing things in. His sister got word that we were working outside and wanted in. Since I had nothing for her to do at the moment, she read quietly.

20201017_104859 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

I did a test fit and made sure everything worked. Once that was done, I taped up my new main harness:

20201017_110617 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

I didn't take a picture, but my daughter helped me by running the wire for the microphone through the dash to the back of the radio cavity. With that done, here are the four inputs: Mic, Antenna, Main Harness, and USB.

20201017_115345 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

My son had to run in to eat lunch and get dressed for hockey practice, leaving me to button everything up. Here's the finished product!

20201017_121436 by Bryan Wyatt, on Flickr

Thanks to the long USB cable, my phone got relocated to the console out of sight. I ran the cable the length of the console and popped it in under the switches for the trunk and gas lid. Now I have nothing in front of my hands or the radio (which means that fancy ProClip mount I paid like $80 for is now useless, lol)!
 

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Looks good. :)

Lemme get that proclip mount pls kthx.
 
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