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Old 03-24-2015, 08:40 AM   #61 (permalink)
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primary reason some owners go with 45 sidewall instead of 50 (on 15s?) is it mostly for aesthetics or are they actually considering how the diameter change affects gearing?

and does anyone elses car feel faster on 50/15 as opposed to 60/14? or is it just me..

Because a 225/50 is too tall.
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obviously that's not what you would do on an oil pan, so the grinding and filing are his options.
I don't really see the issue, the pan is aluminum and the fitting is near the bottom, away from the gasket and all.
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I don't really see the issue, the pan is aluminum and the fitting is near the bottom, away from the gasket and all.
I wouldn't heat it that much for fear of warping it or changing the temper of the material. just my .02.
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primary reason some owners go with 45 sidewall instead of 50 (on 15s?) is it mostly for aesthetics or are they actually considering how the diameter change affects gearing?

and does anyone elses car feel faster on 50/15 as opposed to 60/14? or is it just me..
I would think a 14 inch wheel and tire might be lighter overall then a 15 inch wheel and tire, depending on the set up. Most people go with the 15 because there are more tire options readily available compared to a 14. A lighter wheel and tire combo would would have less unsprung weight and would be faster. Finding good sticky tires in a 14 is rather limited though.
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primary reason some owners go with 45 sidewall instead of 50 (on 15s?) is it mostly for aesthetics or are they actually considering how the diameter change affects gearing?

and does anyone elses car feel faster on 50/15 as opposed to 60/14? or is it just me..
Mine feels so much slower in a straight line on 205/50-15 NT05s than when I had 185/60-14 Blizzaks. That also could be some overheating/minor head warping issues or 200TW tires vs winter tires...
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I'm debating basically the same thing right now... considering ditching my 14x7 RPF1 + 195/60 Azenis for 15x8 Storm + 205/50 Rivals or similar
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The 40 sidewall is stiffer than a 50 sidewall.
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My car felt a little slower when I went from 185/60's on stock wheels to 195/50's on 12.7 lb 15" wheels, but wasn't sure if it was my imagination or not.
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My 1999 Mazda Miata blew the "engine" fuse during some aggressive driving last night. In fact it blew immediately after a hard 1-2 shift. I put another fuse in and the car drove fine but the fuse just blew again within a few miles. This would most likely be a bad ground or cut wire/short somewhere right? I haven't found any loose grounds or shorts yet,, any tips? Thanks guys
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Loose battery and or battery connection that grounded out on a hard turn or shift.
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Embarrassingly, I noticed the tread on my front tires goes the opposite from my back tires. I assume my picture shows the correct direction, but wanted to confirm. If so I'll need to swap my rear tires to opposite sides.
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If that is the driver's side looking forward, yes that is the right direction. Sometimes there is an arrow on the sidewall that says rotation to let you know which way they should go.
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If that is the driver's side looking forward, yes that is the right direction. Sometimes there is an arrow on the sidewall that says rotation to let you know which way they should go.
did not even know this!

Anyways, yeah, drivers side looking forward. So my rear tires need to swap sides.

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did not even know this!

Anyways, yeah, drivers side looking forward. So my rear tires need to swap sides.

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right now my timing is at 14 btdc. I'm buying a voodoo II this year. do I need to worry about putting my timing back to 10 or just bolt it on and go?
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right now my timing is at 14 btdc. I'm buying a voodoo II this year. do I need to worry about putting my timing back to 10 or just bolt it on and go?
Put it back to 10.
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Would a lower ignition timing (8 degrees at 1000rpm) make my car misfire and have less power on the low end?

Exhaust has a lower note to it, and in neutral, if you blip the throttle, its hesitant.

I ask because I am 80% sure its set at 10 degrees, but the car has been acting weird since i replaced the CAS.
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It's possible. I'd suggest checking the timing with a timing light.
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It's possible. I'd suggest checking the timing with a timing light.
Yeah, I checked it, looks like its at -10, so it should be fine. I'll advance it a smidge anyways and take it for a drive and see what happens. Also looking at vacuum leaks as being the culprit.
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Is it Spring yet?
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Can anyone who has experience with tuning take a look at my timing and AFR maps? They are basemaps provided by the tuning company i got my MS2 from. They are supplied as "safe to drive". Any suggestions?
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PM ShadowMX5 and provide more intel on your set-up. I trust him 100% when it comes to MS tuning.
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I have a 97 Miata that is throwing a P0300 random cylinder misfire. I have checked CPS gap on all four teeth, replaced spark plugs and wires, cleaned my MAF hotwire, cleaned my TB and air intake, checked my timing belt, checked my CAS (and replaced the O-ring), and ran a bunch of lucas through several tanks. My only auto symptoms are an occasional smell of gas and I get 21mpg on the highway. The code is intermittent and usually pops up when cruising around 70-80 mph. What else is left? I checked and cleaned coil pack leads.
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I'd suspect the coil packs, they tend to go out slowly.
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I have a 97 Miata that is throwing a P0300 random cylinder misfire. I have checked CPS gap on all four teeth, replaced spark plugs and wires, cleaned my MAF hotwire, cleaned my TB and air intake, checked my timing belt, checked my CAS (and replaced the O-ring), and ran a bunch of lucas through several tanks. My only auto symptoms are an occasional smell of gas and I get 21mpg on the highway. The code is intermittent and usually pops up when cruising around 70-80 mph. What else is left? I checked and cleaned coil pack leads.
I've never had a '97 but do remember they have a wonky ECU. This thread might help.

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Is there a way to check a coil pack with a multimeter before I dump 100 bucks on a Beck Arnley?
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Is there a way to check a coil pack with a multimeter before I dump 100 bucks on a Beck Arnley?
do you know someone local with a miata that you could swap with to test if it is your coilpack causing the issue?
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