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Old 04-20-2012, 03:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What it looks like currently:


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Okay so I'm convinced to start a build thread of my car, and if you guys have been looking at some "post your white/NA" threads, you'll so my car posted on there. The car initially had bigger plans but because of different priorities, things have changed a little.

My previous car before the red miata was a 92 Honda civic dx. It's the car that taught me many things, including wrenching and basic car knowledge.




The car that I have now is a 95 miata with around 180kms on the clock. (110-120k for miles?) I'm the second owner, and the car has never been into any major accidents. We checked with a paint thickness meter and all panels are oem specs except for the driver's front fender. We worked out a reasonable price from the original owner. I have to thank Beck from clubroadster.net for coming along and making sure it's a sound purchase. Check out his build thread here: (Beck's CM-1027 (Chikara + Maruha + M2))

This would be the third miata in the family. First was a red 90 rust bucket that my brother owned. The second was a red 90 as well but that was later sold in pursue for the cleanest miata for myself.

A picture of the car when the original owner sent me before I went to see it:


Over the year, there are little things done here and there, but nothing major. The biggest mod was probably the flyinmiata frame rails and tein flex 7/6 coilovers. This car will be prepped for track but so far the setup is not proper. Then again I'm trying to enjoy driving and keeping it simple than building it to break records (my driving would probably not cut it either).

Here is how the car looks like right now:


I like how the car sits right now. The rear will probably drop a little bit more with the roll bar installed. I spent countless hours researching on Xida CS coilovers and was pretty firm on buying them until a set of used good condition Tein Flex popped up in the used section on buy and sell. I know they're a huge difference but these will do for now.

Over the next few weeks I'll try to post more things on the build thread, as I'm usually busy with shooting weddings and cars. I'll try my best to keep this up to date!

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very clean. Wheel specs?
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! I've seen a bunch of your pics before. Nice to know you're a local guy!

Just a heads up, I'm gonna try and flake off some of your white paint out if pure jealousy
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Your eg looks ace, good luck with the roadster build
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damn that was a nice eg. looks like your getting a good start on that miata too. Good luck .
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice! I've seen a bunch of your pics before. Nice to know you're a local guy!

Just a heads up, I'm gonna try and flake off some of your white paint out if pure jealousy
remember? i was the guy who almost bought the car that you got haha.
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Love the Civic! Your Miata is also lookin' good so far. You set my expectations for this build pretty high though with how clean your Civic turned out
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey I think I bought your old Tein basics from ya! Nice clean car bro.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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another vancouverite. right on. keep updating yo!
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Hey I think I bought your old Tein basics from ya! Nice clean car bro.
yes haha and the front lip too!
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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tried plasti dip to see what the big deal is all about. painted my cluster cover so it won't be as reflective, and wow, these stuff scratches really easily. It's pretty much spray on rubber. Dust sticks on and really hard to come off. Oh well
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^Did you break any clips? I was thinking of the same (1/4 bulb on cluster is out) but broke a clip the first time. I sprayed my center tombstone and console, it is of course stickier, but dust didn't seem to get stuck to it much .
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hmm no clip breaking, but i did break the area where the screw goes though lol. Had to use super glue
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Let the plastidip dry for a few days. Did you sand the surface before hand? The RX7 guys swear on this stuff for their plastics and everyone says it is very durable.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
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hmm lol shit too late. I just sprayed some flat black paint on top of it hahaha. I don't want to sand it because it defeats my purpose of using plati dip haha
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Welcome! That civic was looking awesome, similar plans for the roadster ?
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 AM   #17 (permalink)
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This is very minor but i may as well post it up. My cluster was pretty scratched so I decided to polish it lol

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After. The cuts are pretty deep so I did the best I could.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:28 AM   #18 (permalink)
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lookin good!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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OMG I came
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So the next thing I got are these gauge rings from Rspeed. Joe at Rspeed was great help replies quickly. He called me and I was very pleased with his service. Recommended for sure!

2 versions, the chrome and the diamond tooled ones

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chrome



these are the ones I end up going with. The diamond tooled ones look better in my car imo and so they're here to stay. I'm jealous of 1.6L owners with the better looking dash but i have to say these are pretty clean and definitely makes the car more classy.


and an artsy shot of the steering wheel
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:17 AM   #21 (permalink)
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update: went to pickup these yesterday. Bought them from cww180 on mazdaroadster.net

I'm still deciding if I should keep these because they don't go well with my car.




Second was this. I'm actually quite shocked of what I got from the mail.



And this is what he posted on the for sale thread:


I was not very pleased when I first looked at it. They're very beat up and not the exact ones he posted. I'm just waiting for cww180's reply now as he said he'll follow up for me.
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so problem resolved with cww180. We settled it down and I end up keeping the set. He was very kind so I won't make a big deal out of it. May be I'll restore those badges. We'll see.
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Thanks Matt for the door sills and vent rings! I'll put them to good use
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I lucked upon a set of those sills in a junk yard and got them off the car for free. Looking good inside! It's crazy the number of honda guys moving on to miata's.
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Thanks Matt for the door sills and vent rings! I'll put them to good use
No problem! Kinda sad that they don't look good in my car

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I lucked upon a set of those sills in a junk yard and got them off the car for free. Looking good inside! It's crazy the number of honda guys moving on to miata's.
yeah I've noticed that too. Hopefully more motorsport side than rice and stance :\
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Don't count on it. Lol. By wheel specs I meant the model, I haven't seen any of those before. They almost look like volks but correct me if I'm wrong. Quality build though.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:10 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Don't count on it. Lol. By wheel specs I meant the model, I haven't seen any of those before. They almost look like volks but correct me if I'm wrong. Quality build though.


yeah they're volks. Just cleaned them yesterday!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:26 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Long story short. I've decided to keep the badges, but because they're so beat up, I am going to refinish it to make it look more unique.

so i got to work

The oem paint is no good so I probably have to strip everything down and repaint it. I have something in mind already


stripped till it's clean. Never seen a clear v-special badge haha


another shot


and I painted it white!


The front. I think the oven cleaner was too strong for the plastic, so it made a few hairline cracks on it. Oh well


it's going to look better hopefully lol
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:17 AM   #29 (permalink)
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one photo before bed time! Finally got a hard top. Took forever to find one.

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need a photoshoot for local miata people!!
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