Infiltrate & Extract

I wasn’t looking forward to what I needed to get done today. I needed to get the Flyin Miata “wings” off the car, To do this I needed to remove a lot of gear. So straight after work I got straight into it.

Here’s half way through.

I love my lotus seats and all, But damn they are a royal pain in the ass to mount and remove. I finally managed to get them out, and I started removing the cage.

I don’t think I’ve taken a picture of the Mazdaspeed imprinted on the rollcage … A nice touch I think.

So I managed to get the seats, cage and all the other little things out of the car, And begun to loosen the bolts that hold the wings.

I will say this, What a pain it was to do, here I was rolling around in the rain trying to get these damn things off the car, and thankfully I finally did.

So I was to the point where I needed to reinstall and tighten everything, During doing this I heard a loud crack sound, At first I thought I snapped one of the FM chassis brace bolts, Upon further inspection it was my socket.

A few minutes later, I found another 13mm socket and resumed. Thankfully, Everything went rather smoothly from this point on.

The Driving Sports skidpan day is on this Friday. I will be attending and putting the RG MX-5 through its paces.

Stay tuned!


FM Butterfly Brace Install

Today I headed off to Dahtone Racing, to get the Flyin Miata butterfly brace installed. All went rather smoothly until we got to the centre section of the butterfly. The exhaust is too far to the left, So I’ll need to hit up Adan to adjust the exhaust … again. Regardless, the frame rails alone made a dramatic difference to the NB’s rigity, Reducing the infamous scuttle shake.

Got Dem Nutz!

I saw a set of lug nuts for sale on JDMST last night, And decided to get a closer look, They are similar to the blue on the Superlites so I snapped them up!

All I need now are a set of tyres.

Tomorrow, the car will be hanging out at Dahtone Racing, where Anthony and I will be installing the Flyin Miata butterfly brace.

Stick around!

Sneak Peak

Well today I decided to take the cage and passenger seat out, ready for the upcoming Flyin Miata butterfly brace install. Whilst I was doing that, I placed the Superlites on the hubs of the RG MX-5 to get an idea of how they would look. Needless to say I rather like how they turned out, and brighten the rest of the car up. It’s wierd how the blue changes colour with different lighting though.

On The Way

So just a little update on the RG MX-5, the Flyin Miata butterfly brace has been a success, I have made payment for my brace and it will be picked up on the weekend. This should be installed within a few weeks time.

Other news, my Jaycar DFA has almost been configured, It should be complete and at my door step next week. Which means I can lean out my AFR and grasp some more power.


Finally, I have sold my OEM “small” sideskirts, So I’ll be on the look out for some Bomex (Fomex, whatever) replacements.

Roadster Of The Week – Mike’s NB Miata

This weeks Roadster is yet another from the American forum,

Mike’s NB has always been a favorite of mine, and when the opportunity came to feature it, I jumped straight on it!

He is no stranger to the NB Roadster, owning one before this silver beast (which was supercharged mind you). He wanted to gain more out of the Miata, and when the Titanium SE went up for sale, he couldn’t resist the temptation to own it.

The main thing(s) that drew Mike into the purchase of this MX5 was the whole package created by the P.O, Willwood brakes, Flyin Miata  FMII Turbo Kit, undercarriage Bracing and Ohlins suspension all tied together to create a type of car that he wanted his NB8A to become.

“my car at the time was an emerald green 99 Miata that had just about every bolt-on possible, It wasn’t a fast car. Quick, yes, but I wanted more.” 

The car was purchased as a good package to begin with, but Mike couldn’t help himself to further modifying the Miata.

Cosmetic changes consist of the Garage Vary bumper, Bomex mirrors, OEM large side skirts, OEM small rear mudflaps, Mazdaspeed headlights and spoiler, to name a few.

Mike has installed an array of factory parts in the interior like 10AE seats, 2003 Miata Sinshen Edition door panel inserts, and a NB8A cluster.

The Engine sure packs that punch Mike has looked for, for so long. It is running the FMII kit with an upgraded intercooler, 550cc injectors, 3 inch turbo back exhaust and  Hydra Nemesis ECU. Cooling is aided with a PWR Radiator and Custom coolant reroute.

Suspension has been upgraded with Ohlins coilovers, Flyin Miata swaybars, flyin Miata rear cannon brace and a Beatrush PPF and Diff brace.

Braking is happily looked after by the Brembo Gran Turismo 12.5″ 2 piece rotors and 4 piston calipers.

The Titanium NB makes roughly 270hp at the wheels, with stock internals. Whats more impressive is that this is Mike’s daily driver, and it occasionally sees Auto X, track days and even a little bit of drifting.

To get in contact with Mike, view more photos, or see how his build, his user name is “Doppelganger”. You can also find him on cardomain and his pictures on Flickr

Congrats Mike, you are this weeks ROTW!