I feel like I made it through the awkward adolescence of my Miata's mods. This thread is meant to be a trip down memory lane for the evolution of my Jumbata.
There have been a few choices along the way that have needed reversing but I'm really, really happy with the car as she stands today. I purchased the car a little over two years ago, bone stock and having been in a collision, sitting at 194,000 miles. The crank pulley was wobbling, rust on the rockers, front right frame damage, non-functioning soft top, non-functioning radio, four different brands of tires (all worn) etc. I paid what I thought the car was worth, about $300 under the sellers asking price.
I bought this car specifically to learn the platform and to get my hands dirty. The first thing I did was replace all the hoses, the radiator and the timing belt & tensioners, plugs & wires. A couple weeks later a new OEM clutch & motor mounts. Then I found a Wizdom body kit front and rear bumpers plus sideskirts all for less $$ than a new OEM bumper. No brainer for me since I didn't like the mouth on the NA anyway. My wife gives me a roll bar for Valentine's day (she rocks)
and soon after I pick up FM frame rail reinforcements and a RB front sway along with a Cobalt under-panel. The OEM panel was missing entirely.
Over the holidays I picked up a Carbon Fiber hard top. Had to learn how to mount the rear lexan window, which was challenging.
Recently installed Garage Vary hardtop rain rails:
Next came a Magnaflow and cat delete - which I love seeing through the cut-out in the rear bumper.
I'm not a huge fan of the mesh but after more than a year... it has become a lesser priority.
After a few thousand miles of consistent daily driving and a couple of oil changes, I tracked the car for the first time with 196,000 miles on the clock. I spent three hours on track, 30 minutes on, 1 hour off continuously until I had six 30 minute sessions - never a single issue with the car, save a little clicking from the right rear CV joint on hard corners which has since been rebuilt.
Just after installing Megan coilovers. Having adjustable height and dampening means everything to me - I love these and how they feel for daily driving the car.
At a local Miata Tech day - we raised the ride height three collar turns - doing so stopped the scraping I had experienced for about six weeks. It has been at this height for more than a year now - dialed in by my standards.
Installed the Moss LoPro headlight kit - I feel like it compliments the stylizing of the car with the aftermarket bumpers and hard top.
Under the hood-
I picked up an extra intake manny and Valve cover, "shaving" them over a period of months in my garage. Entirely by hand - no power tools. This includes polishing the inside of the runners and port matching the runners o the manifold gasket and block ports. Manifold and Valve cover got a rattle can with metal primer followed by wheel paint, finally clear coated with engine enamel.
Add those to some Fidanza cam gears, Black Gold Glitter powdercoated Carbing 3pt STB and ARC intake chamber, a DIY heat shield & cone filter, eBay engine damper, modified NRG NB rad cooling panel, Billet oil cap, Koyo radiator cap, black silicone hoses... and here's the engine bay as she sits today
On to the interior...
Dynamat on the doors and in the trunk - 20lbs total here and worth every ounce for my daily drives.
Polk db651 in the front, powered by the Kenwood headunit. Rear channel 6x9 speakers are sitting on the parcel shelf, wired to the amp/crossover/sub combo in the trunk.
Been slowly installing Redline goods leather trim pieces. Again a first for me - a lot of reading and youtube watching gave me enough confidence to attack everything EXCEPT for the tombstone bezel, which I have heard horror stories about. I paid a local shop $25 to have them mount the trim. Revlimiter's retro HVAC panel installed.
In this shot you can see the eBay seat covers, gauge bezel surround, shift ****, eBrake handle (all rattle can metalcast red), Redline goods: arm rest, ebrake boot, shift boot, upper door panel, tombstone bezel and gauge hood trim. Sparco 330 two button wheel with Momo hub and new floor mats complete the interior update. I love driving my 45 minute highway commute each way every day.
ILM pedal set on this shot.
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