Random Snap – 014

Still sorting out the ride height, But heres a decent picture with all the wheels mounted.


Stance Complete

Today was a busy day! I managed to get enough time at work to call around the local tyre shops, Hoping to score some cheap tyres. Thankfully I did.

So after work, I rushed home and grabbed the pair of superlites, I then fitted up. I also lowered the rear a tad too.

I did try the 7mm spacers at the rear, but there wasn’t enough thread to safely tighten the lugs.

Final offsets are -1 front and +4 rear.

I’ll see how the current height goes before I get a wheel alignment.

Not So Fast

So I was convinced that was the Problem, so I was going to take the rotors off for machining. But I thought I’d check if it would make the same sound with my shitty wheels. surprisingly it didn’t, So it got me thinking about the bearings not taking the extra load etc. But that also didn’t make any sence.

Anyway I decided to check the back of the wheel and there I found the problem, the base of the wheel was hitting the damn caliper! I have never heard anyone with an MX5 have this problem before with the superlites.

Anyway I rang Adan and stole some of his spacers. (thanks bro <3). So the problem has been sorted, effectively making the wheels -1 offset. Those brakes explain another problem I’ve been having too actually, but they can wait a bit.

So were back on track, Now it’s time to find some more tyres.

Friday Night Carnage

So this morning I woke craving a Big Mac meal from Maccas, I love eating these suckers when I have a hang over. I get ready, Jump in the car and start driving. Until I heard a real nasty grinding sound coming from the front left of the car. I stopped, turned around and had a look at what it might be. I jack the car up and have a look around to find a few love marks from the external wastegate I hit on friday night.

I wasn’t the only car that hit that damn thing, But I had a look at it afterwards and surprisingly it was still intact!

So anyway, I ripped out the pads on the passenger’s side to have a look, and look what I found.

That’s not all, the rotor has more nasty indents too.

Those pads had plenty of meat on them too, Spewing! Looks like I’ll be riding my bike for a few days.

I never got that Big Mac meal either.

Full Steam Ahead

The Driving Sports twilight drift event was awesome! I had an absolute blast. Great atmosphere, low waiting times, and lots of sliding is what It’s all about. Adan and I squeezed in at least 10 runs on the night, And it had us begging for more. I was the lone MX-5 at the event, and the only car rocking top down all night. I’ll be at next months event for sure, hopefully I’ll be a little more prepared next time too.

So anyway, the night managed to mangle my rear tyres pretty badly. I thought about it briefly and figured I’d get some second-hand tyres for the Superlites. I managed to get a pair of Fire Stone’s for under $100 … Score!

As soon as I got home, It was time to mount them to the car. I’m pretty happy with the result, The blue goes well with the car colour, and the tyre profile is just a tad bigger then the 195/50’s. It was just what I was after. Saying that though, It needs to go a tad lower.

That’s not all I did today, I ended up fitting the bomex bumper too. Fitment is … ok, The passenger side’s fitment is pretty spot on. The driver’s side isn’t so good. Still, it’s good enough for me, Hell the factory bumper didn’t even line up properly.

Oh yeah, Yesterday the sideskirts rocked up at work. These weren’t so bad fitment wise, but needed to be trimmed down in a few places.

All fitted up using nothing more than a bunch of cable ties, And race tape. I want to see if I have any problems with the way I have fitted it before I paint the kit.

I’ll be looking for another pair of second-hand tyres for the Superlites, sort out the height and get a wheel alignment. Paint the kit and do some more skids.

Stick Around!

Finally Here!

I was halfway through lunch when an unusual truck stopped out front, I had a sneeking suspision that it was the Bomex bumper, and I was right!

I opened it up straight away to have a look, everything seemed in check, now I needed to wait until I finished work to have a closer look.

Here’s a comparison photo of the Bomex and OEM bumper.

I managed to get the bumper dummy fitted, to see how well it would actually fit. It’s not “too” bad, It needs some work to say the least though.

The bumper looks great on the MX-5, It gives the car a very aggressive look.

The Bomex bumper hangs a lot lower than OEM, that’s for sure!

One thing that’s good about the Bomex bumper, is that you don’t need to remove the reinforcement bar behind the OEM bumper. I can also use my beatrush number plate bracket too. Unfortunately, I’ll need to redesign another tow hook, as the Renenmetal one interfere’s with the Bomex bumper.

 Hopefully I’ll get to play around with it a little more on the weekend.

Random Snap – 013

Roadster Chamois 3000!