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Old 01-26-2017, 12:15 AM   #91 (permalink)
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26/01/2017

JDM Eunos Fog Lights
What better way to spend a public holiday than to get some stuff done to the car. Finally fitted the JDM Eunos fog lights. I'm not sure if the Australian delivered MX-5's had these but in Japan, some Eunos Roadster were fitted with these as a factory option. The fogs came with the wiring harness and the OEM fog light switch for the interior which made things a lot easier. To be honest it was pretty much all plug and play but there were a few extra things needed such as some 15 gauge wires (red, black and green to keep it consistent with the factory wiring), a 2-way and 6-way plug socket, blade fuse wire tap adaptor, a 20A yellow fuse, some zip ties, wire stripper, soldering iron and heatshrink, black electric tape and some wire shroud to keep it all neat and factory looking in the engine bay.

The fog lights only turn on when both the car and the headlights are on. Normally you can turn the parkers and headlights on with the car off but the fogs won't operate unless the car is up and running. Took about 3-4 hours for the install. Massive thanks to Gabriel who helped me get some parts from Jaycar and to Sari for helping me install these. If it wasn't for him I think it would have taken a lot longer since my electrical knowledge and know how is extremely limited and he's actually installed a set himself thus he knew exactly what to do so thanks again mate!

JDM Eunos Fog Lights + other stuff you will need. It came with Japanese instructions which were useless for me since I couldn't read.



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On and operational!

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Old 01-29-2017, 08:54 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Nothing better than going for a drive on a Sunday...

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Old 01-29-2017, 01:26 PM   #93 (permalink)
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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.
I'd say that's really good - iirc, new ones were going for ~$400 a few years ago
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:53 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Sunday sunrise over Palm Beach. Sydney, Australia.

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Old 02-10-2017, 02:24 AM   #95 (permalink)
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Update on a few parts which came through

Received a set of billet aluminium HVAC A/C button, knob dial, trim ring and selector covers made by RS-Products Japan. I bought these because it compliments the interior with other parts the car currently has at the moment, such as the rings on my KG Works cluster, the Garage5 vent rings and it will also tie in when I fit the Nakamae door cards and fit the polished LE speaker panels as well as the Nakamae door handles. These pieces will go nicely with the custom HVAC panels I will be ordering soon from Adam from Revlimiter.net. I haven't yet decided on a HVAC panel design but I do know that I want the font for the numbers on the fan speed dial to be matching my gauge faces and the illumination on the panel to be green, thus keeping everything consistent.



I also received my Mazdaspeed competition diff mounts. These provide about 40% stiffness over the OEM rubber mounts. I'm planning on upgrading my diff to a Torsen 4.1 unit as well as refreshing all suspension bushings to Mazdaspeed, therefore I also wanted to refresh the diff mounts. I didn't go with polyurethane or delrin mounts for fears of increased NVH so hopefully this will be a good happy medium.



After backlogs, christmas and new years holiday periods and waiting for about 4 months, I finally received my order of Samco Silicone hoses from Williams Race Services (WRS) who are the official Australian distributors for Samco Sport. These are my cooling hoses which will replace my failing hoses that I purchased from Carbon Miata. Never again.

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Old 02-10-2017, 01:16 PM   #96 (permalink)
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Awesome build! I really appreciate the quality and effort you put into your roadster. Replacing oem nuts, bolts, and rubber is really telling of a car enthusiast and fine taste! Respect!
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:45 PM   #97 (permalink)
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Awesome build! I really appreciate the quality and effort you put into your roadster. Replacing oem nuts, bolts, and rubber is really telling of a car enthusiast and fine taste! Respect!
Thanks for the kind words mate! much appreciated!
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:18 AM   #98 (permalink)
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A car enthusiast who pays a shop to get all the work done on his car?
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:56 AM   #99 (permalink)
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The OEM speakers and sound system in the MX-5 aren't the best. The sound isn't as crisp or as clear as other factory systems I've heard. Not only that, Mazda decided it was a good idea to remove the speakers from the headrests and instead substitute it with tweeters on the door cards instead.

I'm not a huge audio guy but I do like listening to music on drives so I wanted to upgrade the factory speakers to something which was quality and that would give me the crisp sound I was after but wasn't overly expensive. After a bit of research, I opted for these Polk Audio DB651 6.5" 2-way coaxial speakers. This should be a pretty decent upgrade over the factory units and should pair nicely with the Nakamichi headunit. I should mention that I do not plan on using those speaker covers that came with the speakers. They're beyond hideous!

The later model NA8 did not come factory with headrest speakers like the NA6 but from what I'm told, the cutouts for the speakers are there. It's just that there's nothing in them except foam, so the option of putting aftermarket speakers in is definitely a viable option. I'm planning to install speakers in there and keeping with the same brand, I've decided to get the Polk Audio DB351 3.5" coaxial speakers. Since the sound will have to travel out from the headrests once installed, the Nakamae seat covers I plan on getting will also need headrest speaker perforations.

Hopefully these upgrades will make driving even more of an experience, listening to my favourite tunes while tackling the twisty stuff on the blacktop.



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Old 03-11-2017, 08:07 PM   #100 (permalink)
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Absolutely glorious day today in Sydney which was rare because for the past few weeks it's been miserable with rain and thunderstorms, so seeing the sun was a welcome change indeed. Perfect day to go for a bit of a drive but instead I decided to do some DIY, namely replacing the fuel pump and fuel line cover as well as the metal lower bulkhead parcel shelf.

In a previous post, I mentioned that this year I was going to focus on refreshing and restoring the things on the car you can't see with the naked eye. First step towards accomplishing that goal was to replace these covers. Now a bit of a recap: I ordered these parts from Amayama and since these covers were metal, I gave it a few coats of VHT silver flameproof enamel paint to prevent any possible rusting in future. They were ready to be installed.

Much to my surprise and amazement, when I took the rear parcel shelf carpet off to access the covers, they were still in excellent condition. Slightly oxidised but zero rust! Not bad for a 21 year old car! I had seen other peoples covers which had rusted to bits and gone very bad but mine were still minty fresh. Even the bolts were still shiny! I could have left the covers as they were to be totally honest with you but I had the parts out ready to install so I decided to go ahead with it anyway. It was also a great opportunity to inspect the soft top rain rails as well as cleaning the grime/dirt/dust which had accumulated on the parcel throughout its lifetime. There's something therapeutic about cleaning that I enjoy and it's a great feeling knowing that after a good clean, given the proper treatment and maintenance it should last for at least another 21 years.

Original covers. Still in amazing condition! Zero rust!



Fuel pump cover.



Fuel lines cover.



Closeup of fuel pump cover. Slightly oxidised and very tiny bit of rust but nothing too crazy.



Closeup of the fuel lines cover. Oxidised but otherwise in excellent condition.



Rear bulkhead parcel shelf. Looks brand new!



Old covers at the top, new covers on the bottom.





Always use a trim removal tool to get to the plastic clips.



Out of the 20+ plastic clips, only one broke. It was already half broken when I pried with the trim removal tool.



NA8 seat with holes in the foam for headrest speakers. I will be putting some speakers in there and doing a DIY but thats for another day...



New covers installed and rear parcel shelf cleaned. No more grime/dirt/muck.



Carpet vacuumed and cleaned before putting the seats back in.



Overall, this wasn't really a hard DIY to do as all it involves are to remove some plastic clips, remove the rear parcel shelf carpet, unbolt the old covers from the car, pop the new one on, bolt them back down and you're done. Just need to take your time and be patient with it, especially with the rear bulkhead parcel.

Also went ahead and decided to spray the exhaust manifold heatshield in high temp flat black. I will be changing the headers over later on but for the time being, I decided to clean it up a little bit and make it more presentable in the engine bay.

OEM exhaust manifold. Has definitely seen better days...



OEM Heatshield.



The inside of the heatshield had a lot of surface rust. Got the dremel out and coarse sandpaper and sanded it back down before wiping it all away with wax and grease remover before spraying.



A few coats of VHT flame proof high temp enamel paint.





Installed back in the engine bay.



New bolts to keep the heatshield in check.

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Old 03-12-2017, 04:47 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Sunrise vibes...

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Old 03-12-2017, 12:09 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I forgot how much I like this car. The fogs look excellent!
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:28 AM   #103 (permalink)
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What a beautiful car. Great job all round BRGNA8.

Love that sunset shot on Palm beach. That is reminiscent of a catalogue brochure shot.

The engine bay looks so clean and the black heat shield fits right in. Class act.

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