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Old 07-12-2016, 03:34 AM   #61 (permalink)
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I contacted Adam from RevLimiter a while ago to ask him if he could make me a custom set of gauge faces as I wanted something which would make the cluster fit the retro theme. I decided to go with the RS-Products Type RS gauge faces but with a little bit of customisation, such as higher red line on the tach and green backlit on the faces. As always, workmanship is second to none and the end result looks fantastic! Always a pleasure dealing with Adam.

Also grabbed the RevLimiter low reflective/low glare lenses for my RS-Products cluster. The glass, as nice as it is, reflects too much with the top down on a sunny day and makes it hard to see the gauge cluster. Hopefully by replacing them with these it will improve it.

RevLimiter Type-RS Gauges + Revlimiter low glare lenses.

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Latest pick up from YJA.

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02/08/2016

Mazdaspeed Induction Box + Mazdaspeed Panel Air Filter
I was extremely lucky to have scored this Mazdaspeed Induction Box from Yahoo Japan. I've wanted one ever since a friend showed me a picture of it. Given the fact that it's a pretty rare item made it that much more appealing. I still have the ARC Induction Chamber and the ARC Induction Box too and they are very nice items as well. I decided to hold on to these items for the time being in case I decide to get another MX-5 in the future. Who knows, right?

Mazdaspeed Induction Box.



ARC Induction Box VS Mazdaspeed Induction Box.



ARC Panel Filter VS Mazdaspeed Panel Filter





Before.



After. Goes well with the rest of the gold/green bits in the engine bay.






OEM Panasonic Battery Replacement
The car wasn't starting as well as it used to and I was pretty certain the culprit was the battery. It came with the car when I received it so I have no idea how long it's been in there for. However, I was able to score a genuine OEM Panasonic battery and proceeded to swap it out.

Old battery.



Genuine OEM Battery Part number.



Old vs New comparison.



Installed.



What I used to get the bolt off from the negative terminal. 10mm deep socket and a longass extension haha!




Also, I received this from Japan. BeatRush aluminium under panel tray. The box was massive! Will be installing this when the car goes in for its next service. It's blue because it hasn't had the wrapping film peeled off it yet.






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Couple of photos from a recent meet.





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Depo Clear Front Indicator Lamps
I noticed that my passenger side front indicator lamp (driver side for you folks in the US) was getting condensation quite badly and it wasn't going away any time soon. I do have a spare set of OEM lamps I picked up for cheap second hand but I managed to get my hands on a set of these Depo clear front indicators. They look OEM and instead of using an orange reflector inside the lamp, these use an orange bulb. These came with a set of chrome bulbs which blink orange when activated.

Condensation building up on the OEM lamp.



OEM and Depo comparison.



Before.



After.





I didn't take any photos of this step but it did require me to do a bit of soldering as the OEM parker light wires needed to be cut and the Depo parker wires needed to be soldered mainly because the fittings were not transferrable.

Overall, I think it looks fantastic. Still has the OEM look without the orange reflectors.
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Car will be going into the shop next week to get a minor service done and some new parts put in, namely a new clutch and flywheel, slotted rotors and some new pads among other things. Also had the intake manifold and rocker cover reconditioned and painted in satin black so they will also get replaced along with new gaskets.

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After.



Decided to take advantage of some awesome weather Sydney has been having lately. Met up with some friends and went for a drive before it goes in for its new parts.

Same same but different. NA6CE "91-BRG" and NA8C "96-BRG"



Dan's awesome NA6 filling up at the petrol station before the drive.





RS-Watanabe's with soft top and BBS Mahle's with hard top.



Middle of nowhere.



Cooling off.



Engine bay.



Sublime Point Lookout.

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Care package from K.G. Works Japan. Since I'm going for the classic vintage roadster theme with my MX-5, I've always wanted to get the K.G. Works rear view mirror as I think it looks amazing and fits the vintage theme very well. The NA8 MX-5's from 1996-1997 has the rear view mirror mounted on the windshield and the K.G. Works vintage rear view mirror were only made for the NA6 MX-5's and the early NA8's where they have theirs mounted on the frame of the car in the middle, which incidentally is where the interior dome light is in my car.

From what RustRat tells me, I need to fabricate a plate and forgo my interior light to install this awesome piece. It will add to the vintage look for sure.







What it will look like when installed. Should look great!

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Friend of mine recently took delivery of this : An NA6CE JDM Eunos Roadster with an M45 Jackson Racing supercharger! Funny how things have a way of working themselves out. This very car was the car that made me initially fall in love with MX-5's. I had come across the previous owners build thread which started back in 2010. I had been quietly following his build and was impressed at his attention to detail, OCD and also the obvious love he had for his car.

Check out that thread by clicking here.

Anyway, come September 2015 I was in the market for one and although this specific car was not up for sale, I decided to send him a PM on the forum saying that if he wants to sell it, I'd be willing to buy it from him. However, he had been inactive on that forum for a while and he never responded to my PM and I had no other way to get in contact with him. Then, December 2015 came and I purchased what is now my 1996 NA8 BRG MX-5.

One day I was having a chat with a close friend of mine when he asked me whether I had any plans for the motor; whether it was to go forced induction by either supercharging or turboing the car or keeping it NA by going ITB's. I told him that I initially really wanted a particular MX-5 which was supercharged but told him I sent a PM and didn't get a response and couldn't get in touch with the owner. I showed him the build thread and as it turns out, my friend was friends with the owner! Small world indeed. He told me that the owner of the blue MX-5 had moved on to Porsches but from what he knew, he still had the MX-5 in his possession but it hardly got driven. Eventually I was introduced to him in person by my friend when we all met at a Porsche Concours Event which was being held by the Porsche Club of NSW. I finally got to meet the owner of the MX-5 which made me initially want to get one in the first place!

I told him the full story and he tells me that he had actually been wanting to sell for about two years or so as he was renovating his house and he simply didn't drive the car anymore since his work got relocated and was using public transport most of the time anyway. He said that he would probably be putting it up for sale soon and the reason why he didn't do it earlier was because he just got lazy. As all this was being told to me, I had another friend who was also looking to buy an MX-5 as well. He had been doing a little bit of research and had seen a couple of MX-5's already but most were banged up and not in good condition at all. I told him about this supercharged NA6CE which could potentially be up for sale. Long story short, I introduced the owner to my friend who was looking for the MX-5, a deal happened, and now my friend is the new owner of a supercharged NA6CE (which comes with a lot of goodies including that supercharger); the car that could have potentially been mine had I known my close friend was friends with the owner!

Anyway, took some snaps for a quick impromptu photoshoot. Proper photoshoot still to come.





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Testing and playing around with the new camera, lense and equipment.







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The car will be going in for service. Aside from the usual minor service, some extra bits will be going on the car, mostly replacing OEM items with fresh new ones or upgraded to a better brand. Although the car has been very reliable up until now, there is always room for improvement. The key focus is reliability and being proactive rather than reactive. Plus, most of the factory parts currently on the car are 20 years old now and could do with a replacement and refresh.

In no particular order :

- OEM Rocker Cover Gasket
- OEM Throttle Body Gasket
- OEM Intake Manifold (Satin Black)
- OEM Valve Cover (Satin Black)
- OEM NA6 Oil Pressure Sender
- OEM NA6 Valve Cover Bolts
- OEM Thermostat Cover
- OEM Timing Cover
- OEM Upper Timing Belt Cover
- OEM Lower Timing Belt Cover
- OEM Clutch Master Cylinder
- OEM Clutch Slave Cylinder
- OEM Rear Main Oil Seal
- HKS Sports Oil Filter
- Goodridge Braided Clutch Line
- RacingBeat Sway Bar End Links
- Mazdaspeed Engine Mounts
- GarageStar Lightweight Alternator Pulley
- GarageStar Lightweight Water Pump Pulley
- Toda Sports Clutch Disc
- Toda Sports Clutch Cover
- Toda Lightened Flywheel (4.5kg)
- Dixcel Type SD Slotted Front Rotors
- Dixcel Type SD Slotted Rear Rotors
- Dixcel Type M Front Brake Pads
- Dixcel Type M Rear Brake Pads
- Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid

She should be running very nicely after this!

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12/10/2016

Major Service 2 : Completed
Received the car back from service today. As mentioned previously, along with a minor service changing the oil and oil filter there were a few things which were going to be upgraded/refreshed.

No major issues and the service went quite smoothly, except for one thing which was the front calipers seizing. I've replaced the front calipers with NB8A items for the time being (same as NA8C) and will probably look at getting the original calipers pulled apart and rebuilt so I can put it back on next time. Brand new injectors were also replaced. Needless to say, the car feels so nice to drive now, especially with the new clutch and flywheel! The clutch will be bed in properly for the next 500-1000kms or so and will also bed the new brakepads in as well. Mazdaspeed engine mounts were installed and there was no discernable increase in NVH which was awesome.

Now that the majority of the engine suspension and brakes have been tended to, there's only a few more things which I'd like to get done for the next service.

- Torsen 4.1 LSD
- Mazdaspeed Suspension Bushes Replacement
- Refresh Control Arms
- FM Chassis Frame Rails
- Maxim Works 4-2-1 Headers
- Fujitsubo Catback Exhaust
- Denso Fuel Pump + Bag
- SAMCO Silicone Hoses in BRG
- KG Works Retro Rear View Mirror

For now though, I can get back to focusing on the interior. I've ordered some Nakamae parts and they will be coming in shortly.

- Nakamae Quilted Sidestep Interior Trim
- Nakamae Quilted Transmission Tunnel Trim
- Nakamae Quilted Upper Package Tray Trim
- Nakamae Quilted Lower Package Tray Trim
- Nakamae Quilted Beltline Trim

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17/10/2016

Nakamae Quilt Mat Interior Trim Set
Received the Nakamae interior trim set today. I've been a fan of the trim pieces ever since seeing it on Adam's NA "Sharka" and also on Gianni's NA6. I had opted to keep it simple by not going too crazy on the quilted mat look so for now I decided to just get the transmission tunnel, side step, rear parcel upper and lower and the beltline done and see how it looks. I'm going to get the Nakamae seat reupholstry kit with new covers and quilted centre to match but for the doorcards, I might just go the plain Nakamae ones and utilise the door pulls instead and replace the arm rest. I think this will give it a cleaner look overall. These will be the next big items interior wise.

For now though, it looks really good! Install was pretty simple and I decided to take the seats out of the car to make it easier for me. To my surprise there was dead leaves and other crap under the seat so it's a good idea to remove the seats once in a while and give it a nice vacuum and cleaning.

Automotive archaeology. Finding random bits of crap under the seat.



Result.


















In other news, I think the silicone hoses I bought from CarbonMiata are failing on me after less than a year. They seem to be cheap chinese copies and the hoses have discoloured as they were probably manufactured without quality assurance in mind. Not only that, there's a smell of coolant coming from the engine bay and after going through my checklist of what it could be, I've deduced it must be the hoses. So I've contacted the Australian distributor for Samco silicone hoses and will be getting full coolant and ancillary replacement hoses in BRG. Should look good once done!
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Good lord, every post I was just getting more and more excited, I love that you've covered basically every angle of the car but still see room for more. The Nakamae takes the interior to a completely new level. Ugh. I can't get over this car.
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Good lord, every post I was just getting more and more excited, I love that you've covered basically every angle of the car but still see room for more. The Nakamae takes the interior to a completely new level. Ugh. I can't get over this car.
Thanks for your kind words!


Engine bay as it currently stands.

Definitely need to install the headers!

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Car is gorgeous and I love your color profiles in some of the photos!
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06/11/2016

OEM Mazda Genuine Front Lip + Sunday Drive
Exterior got a minor cosmetic update, namely a genuine OEM Mazda front lip. Most of the front lips I've seen on other NA's are OEM replicas or copies. With this being a genuine part, it has the part number as well as having "Made In Canada" stamped inside the lip. Since it's a genuine original item, there were no fitment issues either. However, to be fair, I have test fitted an OEM replica front lip and the only difference from what I could see is that you'd probably want to use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat it up to get the lip to bend and form into shape to make the polyurethane more malleable as the fitment isn't 100%. It does take slightly more work but once it's on, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the genuine and replica lip. Given that the genuine lip would probably cost an arm and a leg if purchased brand new from Mazda, the replica is a cost effective way of achieving the same result for a fraction of the price and there's plenty of these going around second hand. Normally I'm against replica or fake parts but for something like a front lip, I'm okay with it. I just got lucky that I managed to score an original part!

OEM front lip and OEM rear lip. Managed to get the rears for free from a mate!



OEM front lip attached.



It was an absolutely gorgeous day today so I decided to take the MX-5 out for a drive. With the front lip now fitted, I decided to slightly raise the front so it wouldn't scrape. I do wish the car was a tad lower to rid the slight gap between the fender and wheels but as far as exterior goes, I'm very satisfied. Will need to book in a wheel balance and alignment soon. Driving through Bells Line of Road is always an absolute blast and the car as it stands is amazing to drive. All the major things have been tended to and the little niggles have been ironed out so everything is now strong and reliable and is now such a fun car to drive, more than ever. I do have a few other bits and bobs which will be refreshed but all in due time.

It's days like today that make those late nights working on the car worthwhile...



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Shame about those "carbon Miata" Cooling hoses. Proper jealous that you have two sets of ARC intake boxes... Seeing this car get good suspension and brought down a few cm's would be awesome...

Lastly, you upgraded to MS Engine mounts, think about matching the differential mounts also, it'll feel much better.
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Shame about those "carbon Miata" Cooling hoses. Proper jealous that you have two sets of ARC intake boxes... Seeing this car get good suspension and brought down a few cm's would be awesome...

Lastly, you upgraded to MS Engine mounts, think about matching the differential mounts also, it'll feel much better.
Yeah, stay away from those Carbon Miata silicone hoses. They're rubbish. Get genuine Samco ones if you want to upgrade the hoses to silicone. My ohlins coilovers are doing the job very well for now Might consider getting some Nitrons later on and putting on the frame rails from Flyin' Miata. That should stiffen everything up and make it a little nicer!

Yep! Already got the MS diff mounts ready to go but I'm going to put those in at the same time I put my 4.1 Torsen in. The whole "two birds, one stone" thing.
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20/11/2016

Sunday Drive : Old Pacific Highway + Wisemans Ferry Rd
What a fantastic day for a drive today was. Gorgeous weather on a Sunday means taking the MX-5 and going for a spirited drive. The last time I went for a drive it was through Bells Line. Today, I decided to drive through Old Pacific Highway and then head back via Wisemans Ferry Rd. Have to say that the NA didn't skip a beat and ate up the black top like nothing. So much fun going through corners and for majority of the way, foot was flat to the floor. No cars, no traffic, just me and the road. Crossed the Hawkesbury River via the cable ferry and couldn't resist taking advantage of the amazing scenery at Wisemans Ferry so I decided to take a few sneaky photos.












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06/12/2016

OEM Replacement Parts

Replacing worn bolts, screws and other parts of the car and refreshing them with brand new genuine OEM Mazda parts. Ended up replacing from the engine bay most of the bolts and screws with new OEM items, new OEM soft top striker plates and bolts, new OEM soft top end caps, and a few other parts like rear tail light gaskets, exhaust hanger rubber mounts, plastic headlamp surrounds, etc. It's slowing all being refreshed just like how it was when it rolled off the factory floor at Mazda all those years ago.

OEM goodies!



New soft top latch screws. Old ones were oxidised and looking tired.



Replaced soft top latch end caps as the ones I had before had broken.



New bolts for the engine bay.



New soft top strikers with new bolts.



Replaced both driver and passenger arm rests as both had one cigarette burn each on it. Picked these up for $20.00 a pair from a wreck.



For me, it's always a great feeling removing those tired, worn, old, rusted, oxidised items and replacing them with new ones. Some may question me doing this and would argue that as long as it's working why change it? Well, my answer to that is, it's a 20 year old car. If you have the chance and opportunity to change them out, why not?


Garage5 Brushed Aluminium Vent Rings

For a while now I've had Adam's Sharka Vent Rings in gloss black installed. As much as I loved it, I decided to try Garage5's vent rings. Unlike the Sharka vents which go over the OEM plastic rings, these are a full replacement for the plastic rings. Also, I'm not 100% sure but have heard that these were now discontinued? Anyway, decided to give these a go. Also gave me a chance to swap out the vents to brand new ones as three of the four vent balls were drooping. I'll fix those up and keep them as spares.

Garage5 Vent Rings and brand new OEM vents with plastic ring removed.



Vent ring test fitted along with the little vent grab handle fitted also.





Comparison of the Sharka vent ring VS Garage5 vent ring.



Fitted in tombstone.



Installed with vent grab handles.



Comparison shot without the centre grab handles.



I will be upgrading the HVAC soon too and I'm really liking Benpophams HVAC upgrade. I think with the Garage5 vents, a HVAC to something similar like what he has done will tie the rest of the interior in very nicely.

Benpophams HVAC upgrade. Photo by Ben.



I think for now I like the grab handles. It matches well with the ring and once I update the gauge cluster faces with the needle caps and upgrade the HVAC, it should freshen it up just that much more.
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12/12/2016

One Year Ownership Anniversary
Today marks exactly one year since I took delivery of my NA8C MX-5. What a year its been! I bought this vehicle from the second owner, who had purchased it back in 2005 and had kept it for ten years until he decided to part ways with it. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me), the car was kept dormant most of the time in his garage with a car cover over it. The previous owner only clocked a total of approximately 2,000kms whilst in his possession as he only took it out a couple of times a year down to the shops and back as well as down to the mechanic for it to get serviced and to get its pink slip. When it was presented to me, it was 100% stock, zero modifications, zero rust, zero accident history, original paint from factory which still had a lot of depth, the paintwork had never been exposed to rain water and it only had one other owner prior to the previous owner before me; both of whom were elderly gentlemen in their 60's. Quite simply, it was (and still is) the cleanest MX-5 I have ever seen with this model being the more powerful NA8C with 1.8 motor as well as it sporting the limited edition British Racing Green with tan interior colour scheme. I was very lucky indeed.

It's not quite so stock anymore but I have tried to keep the modifications period correct and sticking as close to the retro/vintage theme as possible as well as updating and refreshing those wear and tear parts which would have worn down with OEM Mazda or ever better quality aftermarket parts. The MX-5 gave me a smile when I first picked it up and it still gives me a smile to this day.

This car yearns to be driven...and when driven, it's massively rewarding.

Throwback photo from when it was bone stock.



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20/12/2016

JDM NA8C 180km/h Cluster + Revlimiter Gauge Faces + ArtWorks DEWA Needle Caps

The OEM cluster finally reached the magic number : 166,386kms. This is the same number as what my JDM cluster has and therefore it now means that I can finally swap the clusters over and go about installing the custom "Type Smith" gauge faces made for me by Adam from Revlimiter.net​. I also had some billet aluminium needle caps I was going to install which were made by ArtWorks DEWA Japan. I was lucky to get these because the founder and creator Ryoichi Dewa passed away a few years ago and since then, ArtWorks DEWA is no more, so their products are getting harder to source and rarer to find.

Anyway, the gauge face install wasn't too hard but just time consuming. I wore powderless gloves at all times to make sure I didn't smudge the faces with any finger prints. To go through what I did step by step is too much to write but basically, I closely followed the DIY tutorial which was written in detail by Adam. It tells you exactly how to go about tackling the install of the gauge faces with detailed explanations and photos to accompany them. You can find it here :

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Testing the JDM cluster to make sure everything works and I'm pleased to say it does. Not only that, the NA6 oil pressure gauge I fitted works too.



166,386km reading on both clusters.



Cluster cover off, ready for surgery.



OEM gauge faces and needles off.



OEM centre panel indicator off.



Cutting away at the three indicator lights as per instructions by RevLimiter. This is done so that the bottom of the tachometer face from the 7:00 back to 4:00 position will light up.



New RevLimiter "Type Smith" gauge faces installed.



RS Products cluster cover put back on.



Installed in the car.



Lit up.



After putting the needles back on, the only needle which was self-zeroing is the speedometer. The rest of the needles need a bit of trial an error and need to be installed while the engine is on. The water temp was easy to set and so was the fuel gauge as I had filled the tank to the brim so I could set the needle just slightly past the "F". For the tachometer, I had written down a few readings prior to me taking the OEM cluster off. They were :

- 2nd gear at 40km/h, tach reading at exactly 3000 rpm
- 3rd gear at 60km/h, tach reading one needle width over 3000 rpm
- 4th gear at 80km/h, tach reading one needle width over 3000 rpm
- 5th gear at 80km/h, tach reading at exactly 2500 rpm

It would have been easier if I had a Haltech ECU or something because that way, I can just plug a laptop in and monitor the engine speed and adjust accordingly. But because you can't really plug anything in to the stock ECU, this method was the only way. I also downloaded a digital speedometer app on my phone as an extra tool to test whether the tachometer needle was reading correctly. The app uses the GPS to determine how fast you are going.

After putting on and taking off the cluster multiple times, all five gauges were correctly calibrated and it goes without saying that I'm super happy with the results. The gauge faces look great and fits the vintage retro theme very nicely. I'll also be upgrading the HVAC panel to something similar so that it matches with the gauge face and everything ties in, but that will be for another day.
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29/12/2016

Anniversary Photoshoot
It was a great day for a photoshoot today (albeit the temperature being in the mid to high 30's. Sydney summer is in full swing). Always good to meet up with Daniel​ and Joseph​ to take a few photos and as a novice photographer, always willing to learn from experienced guys like these two.

Exactly one year ago to the day is when I met up with Joe and we did a photoshoot of my then bone stock NA8. I had owned the MX-5 for a total of sixteen days when we met up. It just so happened that he and I were both free and when I told him I had bought an MX-5, he was keen to see it and take some photos of it. Not only that, he had purchased a new lens earlier that week, so it was the perfect opportunity to test it out.

One year on and approximately 10,000kms later, the car is still going stronger than ever and it still gives me a smile ear to ear whenever I drive it. There are still a lot of things I'd like to do with this car but for the immediate short term, it'll just be top down driving until the end of summer.

2017 will see a couple more additions to my NA8. In order, here's what is planned :

* Maxim Works headers.
* Fujitsubo Legalis R catback exhaust.
* 4.1 Torsen LSD.
* Samco silicone cooling hose replacements.
* Nakamichi CD400 Headunit.
* Retrofit JDM Eunos Roadster fog lights.
* Refreshing all OEM suspension components and control arms.
* Mazdaspeed suspension bushings replacements.
* Mazdaspeed differential mount bushings replacements.
* Retrofit OEM NA8 A/C unit with all component parts.
* CocoMats Sisal custom floor mats.
* Maruha faster power window regulators.
* Nakamae tan plain doorcards with tan door pull straps.
* Nakamae tan quilted seats with the seats re-foamed and re-upholstered.
* Robbins cloth soft top with glass rear window, no demister lines.
* Wilwood 4 pot front brake calipers.
* BBS Mahle 14x6 +13 wheels in silver (second set of wheels).

The photo set includes photos of Joe's limited edition Lexus IS200 as well as Daniel's Jackson Racing supercharged NA6CE MX-5.







































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Happy new year everybody! Wishing everyone a prosperous 2017 with nothing but happiness and success!

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Not sure how I've missed this build. Car looks great! Love the interior and engine bay.


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Top notch build with quality parts! Jealous
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Nakamichi CD400 Headunit + OEM Mazda Silver Twitters + OEM Mazda 93LE Speaker Grilles
The NA6 came with speakers in the seats headrest, but in the NA8 the speakers were replaced with a tweeter on each side of the door. To be honest, it wasn't an effective replacement and later on, I will be looking to put in some aftermarket speakers in the headrest to improve sound quality while driving with the top down. To match the theme of the interior I have in mind, I knew that some of the Japanese Eunos Roadsters came with tweeters which had a silver plastic ring whereas the Australian delivered NA8 MX-5's had just plain black. I wanted these as it would match the overall colour scheme I had in mind for the interior which is tan, black and silver. I had asked on a US-based Miata forum where I could source one but it seems like the answer was Japan.

That's when MikeA contacted me. He saw on the forum that I was after a pair of these tweeters and he sent me a message letting me know that he saw a set on YJA and whether I still wanted them. I did. He offered to purchase it for me and after a few messages exchanged, we agreed and I would send him the money. Mike and I have never met before. He lives in New Zealand and so there's no chance he and I would meet at a local gathering here or anything. But it was his kindness and willingness of wanting to do something for someone who was basically a stranger to him was what really got to me. It's fantastic and amazing being part of the MX-5 community with a group of motoring enthusiasts who share the same passion as you do and that everyone looks out for one another like this, regardless of where in the world you may be. Thanks again Mike! Much appreciated! Let me know if there is anything you're after for your MX-5 and I'll be sure to keep an eye out myself.

I also received my Nakamichi CD400 headunit to replace the Sony one that my car came with. This is one the last of the true Japanese designed Nakamichi headunits with an emphasis on audio and sound quality. In early 2012, a new range of chinese made Nakamichi branded units became available and both the build and sound quality of these headunits dropped significantly. These don't come up often and this one was purchased on eBay for roughly $130.00 including delivery from London, England, which was pretty good. Even though it was second hand, it was very clean and almost brand new. Luckily, the FM frequency is the same as Australia's (87.5 - 108.0 MHz) and this means it will pick up all the FM radio channels here. I have known friends who purchased headunits from Japan and since the FM frequency in Japan is different (76.0 - 90.0MHz), you would need an FM frequency converter for the headunit to be able to be used here and it won't pick up all the channels.

With the majority of the exterior and engine mods somewhat complete for now (it's never finished, let's be honest), I decided that this year I'll be focusing on suspension, interior and cleaning/refreshing parts of the car not seen by the naked eye.

Nakamichi CD400 Headunit.









93LE Speaker Grilles.



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OEM Mazda Rear Parcel Shelf + Fuel Line Cover + Fuel Pump Cover
Today was the One Millionth Mazda MX-5 FanFest day at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne. I was so bummed out that I couldn't make this event even though I was personally invited to go as it seems like it was a really awesome day. So, given the fact that I couldn't be with my friends who drove down to MX-5 FanFest and got the opportunity to drive on some amazing roads on the way, I decided to ease my sorrow by working on the car. I mentioned in my previous post that this year I'll be focusing a lot on cleaning and refreshing/restoring different parts of the car, even the parts that you can't see, and get it factory fresh and as close to how it would have looked when it rolled off the assembly line some 21 years ago.

My first step towards the refresh/resto was to replace the metal fuel pump and fuel line cover, the ECU cover and the metal lower bulkhead parcel shelf. Now, this is all underneath the rear carpet and the ECU cover is under the carpet on the passenger side so you will never see it but it is something which can be prone to rust and oxidisation overtime, especially since the MX-5 is 21 years old. I was actually inspired by my friend Sari when I came across his build thread. Sari owns a very neat and tidy red NA8 and is also looking to clean up his MX-5 by refreshing a lot of parts and restoring it back to its former glory as well as preventative measures along the way; all traits that I can fully appreciate and respect.

I haven't yet checked the status of my covers but regardless, I ordered the required parts from Amayama. If my stock ones are still fine, I'll still be replacing them but I'll probably just give them a clean and either keep them as spare parts or sell them off. Either way, I find it's somewhat therapeutic putting in fresh new parts. To prevent any possible rusting in future, I also gave it a few coats of VHT silver flameproof enamel paint. This was also inspired from Sari's build thread. He recently restored his covers as he found that his were in less than acceptable condition. I have also done the ECU cover but it just isn't pictured here. All in all, it came out great and can't wait to get these on and replace the old stuff.

Metal rear bulkhead parcel shelf, fuel pump cover and fuel line cover.



Giving it a few coats of VHT silver flameproof engine enamel paint.







This is what can happen overtime. Not a pretty sight.

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