Bits And Pieces On Standby …

Tomorrow, work commences on the MX-5, today I did some running around in getting some vital parts for the conversion.

I finally got my hands on this nice piece of kit, the ORC racing clutch/flywheel combo.

It’s a used piece that came out of Zi’s (the JDMYard) MX-5, the new owner wrote it off on at the Royal national park … but thats another story all together.


Plenty of meat left on it, and should hold up quite well, similar to the old clutch I had, it is also a 6 puck sprung setup.

Thinking long and hard about what gear knob I wanted, a mate of mine (Xhonda_boy) offered me his old one … which I adored I didn’t pass the opportunity to take it.

Its a bit battered, but it’s still good, it’s still good!


Trust Grex gear knob … it feels great, and offers a very smooth shift.

Still need to take this piece out of the Micra, a Jaycar DFA … I’ll be using this to lean out the fuel and hopefully gain a bit more power out of the MX-5.

And finally, I figured, we need to take of the headers to rip the gearbox out, and I have a new exhaust system, I might as well finish it off with some decent headers. Now the Npower headers aren’t ideal … they are like a OBXR/Raceland equivalent, but I am sure they will squeeze out that bit more power then my standard headers. Considering that the outlet Diameter is 2.5 inch, it matches the rest of my setup perfectly!


Still trying to track down a few more parts … I am currently after an NB tailshaft so if anyone has any idea where I could find one, holla at me.

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MX-5 Now At Dahtone Racing!

Well as some may know, I have recently sold my Nissan Micra to a friend of mine, however the Micra will be in my possession for a few more weeks, so while I still have the oppurtunity to drive the Micra around I figured there wouldn’t be a better time to get the MX-5 back on the road.

I decided to take the MX down to Anthony at Dahtone Racing, he is a very good mechanic, and is pretty much the only person I trust with my cars.

We have decided to finally finish the manual conversion, removing power steering, modify the diff, and complete the wire tuck on the engine bay, along with other various little bits and pieces.

I am still searching for last-minute parts, as I didn’t expect for this to happen so soon.

You see, I actually took the micra of the market, but my mate offered me pretty good coin for it, and i will still have it until the Mazda is back on the road, I couldn’t resist, and here we are.

The Roadster  is currently resting at Dahtone, and work will commence on monday the 1st.

To get in contact with Dahtone Racing, or simpily to see what kind of work they do, click the link below

www.dahtoneracing.com

I really can’t wait to start driving him again!

Beatrush Number Plate Bracket

So in the 28th, I was woken by a pleasant surprise! It was the courier with my Beatrush number plate bracket.

I ordered this on the 22nd of January from “335laile” on Ebay Australia. They are Beatrush, all the orders come out of their own factory, they are not a vendor of Laile/Beatrush, these guys are the real deal.

http://myworld.ebay.com.au/335laile/

This number plate bracket is different in design to many others, normally the offset number plate brackets are mounted to the front tow hook, (or baby teeth as some like to call them). The Beatrush number plate bracket mounts on the reinforcement bar.

Due to this design, the Beatrush number plate bracket is a lot more stable then the tow hook attached counterparts.

They have really got this product right, it is over engineered for its purpose, and the quality is second to none.


Above is how the item was packaged, and below is what it looks like out of the box.


Beatrush quality isn’t cheap, this piece is advertised on Ebay for $70 + $40 shipping.

Some may say that this is too expensive for a simple number plate bracket, however having the cheaper variants and having the hassle of needing to tighten the single bolt every few days became very annoying. The positioning of the tow hook variants aren’t as nice as the beatrush bracket either, finally, you don’t need to keep the baby teeth on with this bracket either!

Roadster Of The Week – Nate’s Slammed NC

As most know of the infamous “Slammed Thread” on Clubroadster.net, there are plenty of dope Miatas that pop up.

But there is nothing like Nate’s slammed NC, see, Nate was the very first NC to be slammed … thats right, and what a way to set the benchmark!

In this case, sometimes the simple things can set the tone for the whole car.

As it stands, this NC is rolling on some BBS’s in some pretty spastic sizes, 16×9 with an offset of +8 and + 28 sounds pretty rad, don’t you think? These are wrapped around in some Falken 512 tyres with 205/45/16 sizing.

Nate has performed the basic bolt on mods, like coilovers and exhaust, he also tinted the tail lights red, it looks better then factory IMHO.

Nate plans to space out the wheels, and get the offset lower to +3 and +8, I cant wait to see that!

Congrats Nate, you are the RoadsterGarage ROTW!




RSR In Its Final Stages!

Well the past few days have been pretty epic! Adan came past yesterday and we finalised the mounts and got everything welded.

We then used some Septone engine enamel flat black and sprayed the whole setup. The Results are below.

The complete exhaust all painted. Notice the de-cat has the standard cat shield on it.


Bolted onto the car for the last time, yes we kept the RS*R badge and mounted back in a similar place from factory.


We kept the standard badge and remounted it into a similar position as what it came out of the factory.

It sounds great, and gave a vast performance increase … I really couldn’t be happier.

To have a listen, check out RoadsterGarage on YouTube, or click the link the below. I will try to get a better video up ASAP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52uzdBwFrAE

Next I will be completing my intake setup, so stick around!

RoadsterGarage Now On YouTube!

I just thought I’d let everyone know, that we are now on YouTube!

Expect to see a sound clip of the new exhaust setup later today!

We can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/RoadsterGarage

New Intake Setup

I bought a inclosed carbon intake last month for my daily driver, unfortunately it didn’t work out well so I put it up for sale.

Then i thought about it, and figured I could use it on the MX-5. Deciding where it would go, proved to me another challenge all together.

I wanted it as far away as possible from the extractors, and somewhere it could obtain cold air from Via headlight Removal. I ended up coming to the conclusion of running it as a short type setup, running towards the passenger side of the engine bay.

So i went on the hunt for a nice 3 inch 90 degree bend, and i just happened to be at JustJap at the time (they sell them for $20 each), so i took the chance and bought it.

Knowing it would be too long for my application, I gave Adan a ring to see if he could cut it down for me (I really need to fix my angle grinder!). Success! everything will work out perfect.


Below is a picture of how the intake currently sits,We still need to trim part of the piping still so the carbon inclosure can rest further away from the radiator.

“Your intake is running straight into the power steering reservoir”, I know, I will be removing my Power steering from the MX-5, i have grown to love the feel of a car without power steering, I jump into the MX-5 and it feels almost lifeless due to me being so used to muscling the car around corners. Its also another thing i wont need to worry about at the track, it will free the engine a little bit, and save weight.

Here are some pictures of the intake alone, If you want to run a bigger intake on your MX-5/Miata, try getting some electrical duck tape and wrapping it tightly around the pipe work/AFM etc. That way, you will not need to run a reducer from the AFM to the piping.


To top it off, i have ordered a BPI Velocity/Flow stack to go on the end of the intake, this should help with velocity and flow.


The engine bay needs a bit of a touch up, i think i will go with a black and blue scheme, that shinny pipe will be painted black once complete.

I would love to get a dyno comparsion of this intake and a stock setup, i’ll be sure to post it when i do.