Front Bumper Hybrid In Production


Autokonexion are currently designing a new front bumper for the NA series Roadster. It consists of a NA bumper, And an NC bumper grafted together. Yep, sounds odd but it’s looking quite promising!  Check out the thread going on at CR.net here.

Getting There

 

Well, What a day I’ve had! I got up at 7am this morning to head to my mates studio, And I got back at 10pm! We spend a whopping 12 hours making a track.  Anyway, As soon as I got home, I really wanted to get the sideskirts painted so they could be fitted tomorrow. So I did just that, And they came out great ! They are a very similar colour to the car which is a good thing. I don’t know if it’s my tired eyes, But I think the bumper needs a few more coats of paint. I’ll need to buy another can tomorrow.

Prep Work


Well today I decided to get some paintwork on my body kit. So off I went to the local Peps auto parts to get some paint made up. I then headed off to Repco to get some other goodies.

So I spent the night prepping the skirts and bumper for paint tomorrow. I started off with a 400 grit, then worked up to a 800 grit, Finishing it off with a 1200 grit wet and dry sand paper.

I then gave the bits a wipe over with some wax & grease remover and hit it with the primer. Tomorrow I should be able to lay a few layers of paint on the kit.

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.

It’s Offcial!


It’s Official guys! I’ve ordered myself a Bomex front bumper, and Mazdaspeed A-Spec sideskirts from Japan.

I’ve always liked the Bomex front bumper, and I’ve finally bitten the bullet to get one. It will give the car a fresh look for 2010.

Unsure on arrival dates yet, shouldn’t be more than 2 months.

So on that note, my OEM front lip, and side skirts are now for sale. Considering how hard these are to get in Australia nowadays (as Mazda Australia no longer stock them). I think what I am after is reasonable. I’m willing to let the lip go for $225, and the side skirts for $375, and I will sell both for $550.

More info below.

http://mx5cartalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=38967