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Title: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 23, 2011, 07:30:54 AM
I have finally started my build thread!

Looks or performance? I think I ask myself that question every payday. And every payday it doesn't matter because I just buy whatever comes to mind  :laugh:

So I started this build thread hoping to gain some organization and document my car's life. I don't expect for this build to move too fast (I'm a little busy with school & work) and it doesn't help that some of my Japanese parts have already been on backorder for months! This will be my first time modding/upgrading a car, I look forward to it.



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 25, 2011, 03:23:33 AM
I've got car #1923, bought it with 5 miles on the clock in 2005 I think I got pretty lucky.

My car is pretty stock with the exception of minor cosmetic changes like McCulloch H.I.D. lights, clear side markers, a CD7000 Eclipse stereo, and some Kicker 6x8 speakers on the doors, nothing too crazy. For years I promised not to "touch" my car, I wanted to keep it in Mint condition forever...

lol yeah right! 8)

Here she is:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6144/5972911996_702cc83d95.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: jmikbo on July 25, 2011, 12:31:54 PM
Looking forward to watching your build,with the info you can get here,you can make a great car an awesome one! thumup


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 25, 2011, 09:28:23 PM
No kidding jmikbo! Not only is there helpful information and great support on this site, but there's a ton of upgrades I want to steal from other members. It seems like every time I log in, this web-site is flirting with my wallet... and my wife doesn't like that lol

So, for months I was looking for the Garage Vary Winding Dancer Rear Lip

http://www.vary.co.jp/wd.html                 {you need to click on the NB8C/REAR link}

(http://www.vary.co.jp/wd/nb_sr/1b.jpg)


-No luck! I tried to get a group buy together and I asked vendors to procure it for me (since I don't speak Japanese) but no one was willing to ship such a fragile item from Japan. Just as I was about to give up, I found AIT Racing selling it in the States.

Purchased!

http://www.aitracing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=35_282&products_id=328

(http://www.aitracing.com/images/large/pMazda/MM99HIWIZRB_Mazda_Miata.jpg)


It arrived today, pictures will be up tonight!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: vplukas101 on July 25, 2011, 10:04:48 PM
Hi i just got my red 04 msm 2 months ago, im wondering do you have gold flake on ur paint?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 25, 2011, 10:57:49 PM
Yes Sir! I have the Velocity Red Mica as well  thumup here's a close-up shot for ya:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5975444419_0bdca46c4f.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: vplukas101 on July 25, 2011, 11:02:23 PM
thank god for a while i thought my car was repainted  ;D


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: bigx5murf on July 25, 2011, 11:35:54 PM
A few detailers refused to believe my paint was stock.  They kept telling me to stock lying, and it was definitely a custom paint job  :lol:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 26, 2011, 09:14:04 AM
If I had a penny for every time I get asked if this is a stock paint job….  :roll: $$$

As soon as I got home, I opened the box and proceeded to happily inspect it's contents.

The lip is made of FRP and feels super light weight, it definitely flexes and looks tough. Here's a top shot:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5976889246_86a7c8fc64_b.jpg)

The sides look like they will flow perfectly with the car, I love all the detail on it, this is an awesome piece!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6125/5976326415_1d59cde035_b.jpg)

The hole in the back measures 3" tall and about 6" wide, I haven't looked at any exhaust systems yet but I'll have to find something before I install this kit, something just as sexy as the Winding Dancer lol

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5976326059_6046411373_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 01, 2011, 05:43:48 AM
While waiting for my steering wheel to ship from Japan, I proceeded to buy the Boss/Hub needed for the installation. I purchased a Works Bell Short Boss, part #910S for the MSM. It's 55mm tall, includes mounting hardware, airbag defeat circuits, and a plastic cover along with instructions in Japanese that I can't read  :P

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6129/5988894809_cf68beb615_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6141/5989459048_fbfa83bcb6_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/5988881543_cc51626ded_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6147/5989452262_7bcf3701f0_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5988888095_c4d5e5daf4_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/5988884585_26e2788a86_z.jpg)


The Hub has a 70mm PCD bolt pattern which is for Momo steering wheels. Nardi's steering wheel bolt pattern is 74mm PCD which sucks because the steering wheel I bought has a Nardi bolt pattern. I don't want to buy an adapter so I think I'm going to take this thing to my machine shop and get them to drill some holes in it  :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 03, 2011, 06:09:47 AM
OEM Small Side Skirts are pretty common but every time I see them on an MSM, I think they look sick!

Before purchasing, I always wondered how side skirts looked. It seems that every time I want to see car parts on-line there's an old, faded, 2 megapixel, maybe even disposable camera picture, that was scanned by your grandpa's old DOS computer and pasted on the internet for you to figure out if you like or not.

For those of you interested in buying skirts but want to know what they look like before hand, here's some higher resolution/megapixel pictures:  

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6139/6004253682_7261bbbb5a_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/6003723935_db2884c849_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6132/6003712035_eeea33c40c_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/6003715845_bd01047cef_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/6004265146_651a608c51_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6141/6004273616_b010471736_z.jpg)

Yeah I know, these are black and my car is VR but it was difficult to find them. I wish my car was black  :angry9:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: dvdreith on August 03, 2011, 09:59:31 AM
There are some people on here with side sills...only a small amount with the oem large...(QQQQ) ...the omega has some in his sig..just look it up... I have some if those low res shots you speak of lol. I think with all the other oem msm lips the sills look like they belong...perhaps mazes should have had them standard on all speeds!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: concealer404 on August 03, 2011, 03:31:39 PM
Did you just stick them on with double sided tape?  Or are you going to use the factory mounting method and drill some holes?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 03, 2011, 07:40:09 PM
Did you just stick them on with double sided tape?  Or are you going to use the factory mounting method and drill some holes?

I haven't installed anything on my car yet... I will probably color match before installing. Most likely, I will use the factory mounting method.

perhaps mazes should have had them standard on all speeds!

Agree 100% Mazda SHOULD have slapped them on the MSM, they gave it the front lip, rear lip and spoiler, then the sides are like  :(  ....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 03, 2011, 09:58:44 PM
Got an e-mail from Bill Wilner at Miataroadster.net today, looks like the shifters are getting ready to ship:


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/6006262731_44f143e9b2_z.jpg)


Can't wait to get mine!  :lol:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 10, 2011, 11:30:41 PM
Met up with Bill Wilner (from miataroadster.net) at KINOD over the weekend to pick up my SSK. If you think he's cool on-line, you'll think he's way cooler in person :) Thanks for the Short Shifter Bill!

This thing is sick! Easy to install and a great improvement over stock, I won't bore you with any more reading as you probably already heard this thing is great. On with the pics:

Stock shifter was sad and raggedy
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6181/6029062195_713a7d73a7_z.jpg)

Started installation...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/6029616200_f15605f394_z.jpg)
 

Side by side comparison... FWD >> x2
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6029062291_00dced5ef1_z.jpg)

Pause > Play> Installation was so easy, I was able to get an ice cream cone
while in the process... (not really)
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/6029616264_473cefb656_z.jpg)

Dump this sucker in...
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6029062409_9deceaa955_z.jpg)

Installed!
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6074/6029616284_53803c436a_z.jpg)

I've had it for one day and I can't stop thinking about going out to drive, upgrade is awesome  drivingss

Thanks again Bill!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 11, 2011, 02:50:20 AM
I have been fighting a speeding ticket forever! Today is the due date though, I'm keeping my fingers crossed so that I can use that money for Project -Zero Four-  8)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/5989039326_413e5f3742.jpg)

Thanks to my buddy and co-worker Todd Cameron (at speedingticketdude.com) I beat a ticket I got on Valentine's Day (who gives a ticket on Valentine's?). Damn COPS ruined my romantic dinner, I couldn't even stomach the food that day, had to hide it from my wife or she would flip if she found out!

-moderators feel free to remove the site if this isn't allowed-

I've learned my lesson, no more speeding, but if anyone around the LA area needs help, I'd ask this guy for advice.

On a more exciting note!
 
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6023037655_d76068f3d0_z.jpg)


Received a mysterious package from Japan, will post pictures of the contents as soon as I get the chance....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rotary Heart on August 11, 2011, 04:24:32 AM
Aaaaa dude now I will be cheking the site every minute to see whats on the "Mysterious Package"  :laugh:  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 12, 2011, 05:29:09 PM
Don't raise your expectations too much Rotary, I don't want you being disappointed in the end  ;D

The pictures from the SSK look like I'm in "Blue Land" or something, I'm hoping to get a better camera soon... sorry to keep you wondering lol



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on August 12, 2011, 06:02:35 PM
f bomb alert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=_66lcCwBAk4

Looking forward to your build btw :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 14, 2011, 07:11:44 AM
That made me laugh  thanks for following my thread guys.
   
Sorry it took so long to upload pictures of the "mysterious box" items… I was planning to update sooner than this!
   
I found Key!s items on a bunch of on-line stores but no one had them in stock. I ended up ordering from Nengun and it only took 90 days to arrive, not even Key!s had them in stock. They made my shift knob when I ordered it, here's what was inside the box:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6079/6037255173_bd814c0de6_z.jpg)
   
Not kidding, I opened this box and it filled up my room with an extremely strong  "new car" smell which I thought was cool. Like a dork I sniffed the box  and it made me dizzy lol
   
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/6037257441_e96d0cfd98_z.jpg)
   
The shift knob is perfectly crafted and feels extremely comfortable in my hand. I would go as far as to say it is ergonomic, but I won't know till I use it.
   
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6080/6037261127_f01e0c8250_z.jpg)
   
You might not be a fan of the big Key!s logo, but everyone I've showed this to loves the stitching. I think it's sickkk
   
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6124/6037813814_8863f92376_z.jpg)
   
It's a universal shift knob so it comes with inserts for Nissan, Toyota, blah… blah… blah… all I care about is Mazda but I say: screw these nylon inserts, I'll make my own aluminum one later.

   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6070/6037259133_79763bac93_z.jpg)
   
   Don't be fooled by the picture (sorry about the dust) these things are shiny as heck and really cool looking, I hope my girl doesn't say the stars are "cute" (she probably will)
   
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/6040764922_75b743db1a_z.jpg)
   
Here's a family picture excluding some of the hardware and instructions provided….
   
   (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6037758958_c55750facb_z.jpg)
   
I probably will not be posting any updates until I get a new camera, all of my pictures have been crap so far. I don't know… I feel that if my pictures suck, this thread also sucks! (Or maybe it just sucks period lol) I'll see you all once I upgrade.  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on August 14, 2011, 07:49:38 AM
Haha nicee! Good looking knob. can't wait to see it on there.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 29, 2011, 05:51:17 AM
As promised! New camera
Dropped by Aspec over the weekend and met up with Candi to pick up my Works Bell Rapfix II QRS. I've got to say, they have some awesome customer service, they really care about their customers.

The RapFix II comes with PCD for both MOMO and NARDI type steering wheels so it doesn't matter what kind of steering wheel you decide to buy, it'll bolt on to this QRS.


This is what the steering wheel bolts on to:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/6084727750_dd8cec6556_z.jpg)


A view from the back, once it's removed from the "Plug". This would be the bottom part of your steering wheel:
 
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6084733796_e14ae2e1c8_z.jpg)


This is the bottom of the Plug, the part that goes to the Hub:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6084745488_0746d748bf_z.jpg)


And here's what your steering wheel attaches to:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6084194529_b6bf427f9d_z.jpg)

 
Pictures make this thing look like it's heavy but since it's forged, it's pretty damn light -not to mention strong. Still, there are a ton of "use at your own risk" labels all over the instructions… any owners of this product ever have issues with it? I'll give my review once installed but I doubt it will be any time soon, school starts tomorrow. No more time to buy crap or work on car……..

On a sexier note, here's a tease shot of my steering wheel lol

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6070/6084177041_7dc5c2ce60_z.jpg)

Enjoy the new camera pics!


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Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on September 02, 2011, 06:04:42 AM
Just throwing my steering wheel pics here for you to enjoy.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6105221512_127a536af6_z.jpg)

This build thread thing is cool, but strange in a way... you don't know if people are either loving your style  :mrgreen:
or think WT* is this guy doing to his car  ::) ??  Well, I don't know about you guys but I think this looks pretty badass:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6104798335_4f1f4f078c_z.jpg)

Today was a beautiful day to take pictures, to bad I was interrupted by McFly -my dog. I was chillin' outside enjoying
the sun when he decided to jump on my steering wheel and do a flip, he landed on his head and started crying so I had
to stop the photo shoot. Poor little guy, I think he gets excited for car parts as much as I do.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6104914457_726f88711d_z.jpg)


He's doing better now, I promised him a spot on the next photo shoot.  drivingss See you all next week!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 07, 2011, 05:12:31 AM
Walked into my house with a hardtop today and gave it a quick clean. I'm going to need some good security for it, these things are $$$$

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6235/6219460228_4b0bee9c0b_z.jpg)

I know, I promised an update a week later and It's been over a month, time flies!

Speaking of flies, I told you about my pesky dog McFly right? As soon as I bring a car part into my house he acts like it's his. After 2 minutes of dancing around my hardtop he stood perfectly still and I snapped this shot:


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6240/6219492286_31bab2bb4d_z.jpg)

I should have never trusted him, he licked the camera lens right after I took the picture. I was like  :shockeyes:

I don't have the top latches for the hardtop but as soon as I get them it'll go on... pictures to follow.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 09, 2011, 09:07:28 PM
Ok, so… I've been collecting stuff since I was a kid, from Battle Beasts, to Megaman games, to Comic Books, to music CDs, to ultimately my car –the rare MSM ;)
 
Its parts are no exception, so when I saw the OEM Mazdaspeed Adjustable (Floating Type) Spoiler, the hunt was on. I must have talked to everyone about it, looked at every forum, asked every vendor, even vendors in Japan about such part but no luck.
 
Almost a year later here it is. Some people said I spent a lot on it, some said I could have bought something else, blah… blah… blah… it doesn’t matter, it’s what I enjoy doing –collecting stuffs :P
 
So, on with the Miata porn:

I was lucky enough to get it Minty fresh In Classic Red -too bad such a rare part will have to be re-painted eventually….

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6037/6224721766_b9060c8292_b.jpg)

The wing made of ABS resin and comes with aluminum brackets that bolt on to your trunk:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6224727322_b530dd367f_b.jpg)

It is adjustable at 3 different height/slant positions, another 3 if you reverse the wing's mounting piece:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/6224777122_189ec8a3e8_b.jpg)

I was always curious to see how it would look from inside the car, I didn't know if it would obstruct the view too much but nah, it's cool:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6230/6224260603_23daefcacb_b.jpg)


So that's it! I'm really happy with it, I hope you enjoy this thread as much as I enjoy collecting stuff (I doubt it) lol. I hope I can get SOMETHING installed by the end of the year! But as you can probably already tell, I find more fun in buying than installing  ;D




Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: magnus on October 09, 2011, 10:28:27 PM
Great thread, I'm not a wing guy personally but that one looks nice. Looking forward to pictures of it installed! :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 17, 2011, 04:39:42 PM
Thanks! Everything's been kinda' hectic for me right now, too much work/homework, partying/drinking, laziness, etc.... I can't find time to play with my car, but yeah I'm anxious too see it on as well  :) 


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rotary Heart on October 17, 2011, 05:05:32 PM
The first time that I saw the spoiler I didn't like it, but now it looks kinda nice. Waiting to see everything installed. :P


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on November 23, 2011, 06:11:23 PM
You guys need not to worry, this spoiler/wing is going to look sexy :P   


Soooo... this is not really an update, but I am happy to say I beat my second speeding ticket. More $ to burn on my car!!!

I've got to warn you speeders out there... traffic school hasn't been available in California since June of 2011. That means points on your record if you lose, the cost of your insurance going up over the course of 2 years is $1800, that's what the Judge told me before going on trial. All of a sudden a $345 ticket sounded like pennies.

The officer said I was going 98mph on a 65mph Highway.... no I wasn't  :angel1:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6227/6389941715_bb852cd04f_b.jpg)

Thanks to the  :police:  for holding on to Project -Zero Four-'s moneyyyyy!





Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: imclumzy on November 25, 2011, 03:12:47 PM
Pause > Play> Installation was so easy, I was able to get an ice cream cone
while in the process... (not really)
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/6029616264_473cefb656_z.jpg)

MSMzer04, what is and where did you get that pocket under your aftermarket headunit?  Is that one of the Scosche install kits?  I have a single-din that's waiting to go into the MSM but I've been hesitant because I don't have a pocket to fill the space. 

Jerry


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on November 25, 2011, 10:55:33 PM
I've been holding on to this for about 6 years now.... Last week I was about to toss it to the trash thinking: "I'm never going to need this!" I thought wrong lol

Here you go Jerry:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6402020529_3847952f99_b.jpg)

I guess it's not trash after all!

 :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: imclumzy on November 26, 2011, 04:42:00 AM
Definitely worth holding onto the instructions :) I'm gonna be looking for one of those. Did you get it at Best buy? Autozone?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on November 30, 2011, 07:34:32 AM
I got it free when purchasing the stereo at Crutchfield but I googled the name of the item "scosche 142-MA1537" and found it for $9.99 on-line: http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_2046_Scosche-MA1537B-MA1537.html I hope this helps!

I also hope I have time to install SOMETHING in my car lol

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6429506427_4e393cda35_b.jpg)

Who knows? Maybe by the end of the week there will be something occupying this empty space....



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 05, 2011, 01:01:56 AM
Got it done! Even though these are on stock rails, they fit so damn well. I'm not complaining about my back anymore and I look forward to driving my car more than ever :)

I'm waiting for Bride to ship my rails so I can go on the lowest seating position, currently they are kind of high:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6456366003_190cc09007_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6456363631_708e83225c_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6456369005_546367f704_b.jpg)

One piece of advice, don't let your fat friends sit on these, the cloth on your seats will wrinkle on the sides like on the third pic  ;D


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 28, 2012, 05:44:40 PM
Been a while since an update, it feels like the more expensive parts get, the longer it takes to post something :)

I just ordered a set of new wheels, hoping they ship soon  :tool:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Maduh on February 28, 2012, 07:07:39 PM

One piece of advice, don't let your fat friends sit on these, the cloth on your seats will wrinkle on the sides like on the third pic  ;D

LOL! I let me one 210ish friend sit in my passenger and he went to get out of the car and grabbed the back of the seat to pull himself up and SNAP! The whole upper part past the harness slots bent! I was sooo pissed... I managed to fix it though. It didn't crack clean through, it moreso just bent. So I was able to fab a metal brace to run along the seat and JB Welded it in. You can hardly tell it happened now... But yea, I learned my lesson.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: magnus on February 28, 2012, 08:07:11 PM
Been a while since an update, it feels like the more expensive parts get, the longer it takes to post something :)

I just ordered a set of new wheels, hoping they ship soon  :tool:

Nice! What kind?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 28, 2012, 08:41:06 PM
Oh hell noooo!  :laugh:

I had a 200ish sit on it and there was squeaking galore, I had to tell him to get off the seat before he breaks it (and to stop eating at Chick-Fil-A every day). Damn, I hope those weren't your Lotus seats.... Sadly, I will have to get rid of these Bride seats. My wife totally hates them, and I mean HATES them lol I need to find something more comfortable for her. 

Oh well, back to the drawing board  :sad1:

Nice! What kind?

Ordered RPF1 from good-win-racing. It's amazing, I avoided these wheels for years. I really wanted some TE37 but they are impossible to get for a decent price. In the end, I started liking the look of the Enkei wheels, I can't wait to see em on.



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Maduh on February 28, 2012, 09:12:02 PM
Oh hell noooo!  :laugh:

I had a 200ish sit on it and there was squeaking galore, I had to tell him to get off the seat before he breaks it (and to stop eating at Chick-Fil-A every day). Damn, I hope those weren't your Lotus seats.... Sadly, I will have to get rid of these Bride seats. My wife totally hates them, and I mean HATES them lol I need to find something more comfortable for her.  

Oh well, back to the drawing board  :sad1:

Nice! What kind?

Ordered RPF1 from good-win-racing. It's amazing, I avoided these wheels for years. I really wanted some TE37 but they are impossible to get for a decent price. In the end, I started liking the look of the Enkei wheels, I can't wait to see em on.



It was my Lotus seat...  :(


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 05, 2012, 07:46:51 PM
Dude, that sucks so much! If I would not have bought my wheels I would have picked these up instead:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6956704243_69b948e03c_z.jpg)


Found em' on Ebay for $500 a seat. Damn....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 05, 2012, 08:08:37 PM
New shoes!

Enkei RPF1 16x8 +38:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/6810628188_95924ae6fa_z.jpg)

I slapped on 205 45 16 Federal 595 RS-R tyres on them:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6810631674_5c266cd53e_z.jpg)

Hubcentric rings:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7199/6810634218_534efaf28d_z.jpg)

These suckers are going on the car!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6956748487_282b52d95e_z.jpg)

To be continued...


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 27, 2012, 05:58:57 PM
New shoes!

I finally washed the MSM and have some pictures for you
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/6873780316_00840698d0_z.jpg)

I really like how these wheels look on the car, but those rusty rotors are an eye sore
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/7019889171_d636a4c40a_z.jpg)

Yeah... car definitely needs to go a little lower
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/7019887577_dec567ed64_z.jpg)

A shot of how the offset fits the car
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7019885657_4eb295bc14_z.jpg)
Since installing the wheels, I've had a lot of people giving me props on the car :mrgreen:
I can't wait until it's lowered......


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Stumpy on March 27, 2012, 08:16:22 PM
Great Wheels!  Very nice purchase!   :mrgreen:

..


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 02, 2012, 10:29:30 PM
Thanks! I'm really happy with the wheels but I can't get over the rotors getting all rusty. Every time I go for a spin and they happen to get wet, I get rust splattered all over my wheels  :angry9:  sucks, it'll be a while till I upgrade also...


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 03, 2012, 05:59:49 AM
Had some time to burn today, so I wrapped my stereo's bezel with 3M Dinoc.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6894982272_99da3eafb8_z.jpg)

It's not perfect so I think I'll re-do it later  :roll:

I never installed my shift knob because it was wayyy too light. It came with some flimsy plastic inserts and made shifting feel stiff (because it's so light?). After reading how to make an insert on m.net I decided to create my own. Hopefully a heavier one....

I bought a 2" stainless steel spacer from McMaster Carr and I am going to figure out how to make it work tomorrow  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: broken on April 03, 2012, 06:44:48 AM
Would you please provide a link for insert on m.net .  Thanks!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 03, 2012, 04:45:58 PM
So I went ahead and ordered this stuff from McMaster:

1. 92320A7201 Each18-8 Stainless Steel Unthreaded Spacer, 5/8" Od, 2" Length, 1/4" Screw Size

2. 92320A7111 Each18-8 Stainless Steel Unthreaded Spacer, 5/8" Od, 3/4" Length, 1/4" Screw Size

I added the 3/4" spacer to fill in the shift knob completely.

I drilled the insert to open the 1/4" hole to an 11/32" size, threaded it with an M10 x 1.25 tap, and slathered some bonding material on the inside of the knob.

I screwed the insert to the shifter first to see where it stops and to make sure my shift knob is glued to the insert correctly. I wanted to avoid the shift knob stopping in an incorrect position  once screwed in and bonded.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7041070639_51f4c731a9_z.jpg)
 
Below is the finished product:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/6894978802_42c7efaf41_z.jpg)


Just for kicks, I decided to weight the shift knob and compare it to the stock one. I should have weighed the Key!s knob before, I know it was lighter than stock!

Stock SK weight 144 grams:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7041075765_0236a9eb33_z.jpg)

New Key!s SK weight 210 grams:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7041076989_764a583eb1_z.jpg)

Not bad, as long as it weights as much as the stocker is fine with me. I'm going to wait for this thing to dry for 24hrs (following instructions like a geek) and then I'll try it out. I will let you all know if it's any good :)   


broken, here is the link I was talking about:
http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=415721

Check it yo!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 13, 2012, 11:02:57 PM
Got some GV stuff in the mail today, yeah!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5316/6928794260_a47a80512c_z.jpg)

 I love Garage Vary  :P

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/6928786986_92b1c7c931_z.jpg)

It is raining today, but that won't keep me from going outside to test fit!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5035/7074915483_ca6a2d1886_z.jpg)

Sorry about the cellphone pics  :roll:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5194/6928851714_4a6f970390_z.jpg)

I've always wanted these things, I dig the look

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7074928695_6104272f5d_z.jpg)

Garage Vary "Eyebrows" are getting more and more difficult to find. They are expensive, but collecting rare car parts is awesome  8)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: scotty b on April 14, 2012, 12:27:02 AM
Sorry about the cellphone pics  :roll:

Pretty good pics actually, good res for a phone.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 14, 2012, 04:06:27 AM
 :lol: That's funny they are pretty good looking pics! Just curious Scotty, what ever did happen to your MSM? It feels like something bad always happens to TI MSMs....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on April 14, 2012, 05:04:05 AM
TI curse... haha. I always saw low TI's for sale. But I could never bite on one. Only two colors i would go with are BM or LO

ANd I love those eye lids. Just can't spend that much on those parts right now.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: scotty b on April 14, 2012, 07:06:41 AM
:lol: That's funny they are pretty good looking pics! Just curious Scotty, what ever did happen to your MSM? It feels like something bad always happens to TI MSMs....

As far as I know it's MrMightyMouses MSM still, and know of nothing wrong


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: NastyNate on April 16, 2012, 02:00:21 AM
Is that pre Dell Alienware I see?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 16, 2012, 06:31:09 AM
TI curse... haha. I always saw low TI's for sale. But I could never bite on one. Only two colors i would go with are BM or LO ANd I love those eye lids. Just can't spend that much on those parts right now.
Yeah what the hell with the TI curse? I just bought some taillights from a crashed MSM, it was a TI! And yeah GV eyelids would look killer on your ride, especially because it's black, I wish my car was a BM... I've never seen that color up close, does it "glitter" like the VRM or LO?

As far as I know it's MrMightyMouses MSM still, and know of nothing wrong
I'm glad MrMightyMouse is taking care of it and nothing wrong happened to it. I read your signature and automatically assumed it was toast.

Is that pre Dell Alienware I see?
I wish! back then I wouldn't have been able to afford any laptop lol it's an M11x R3. It's small, lightweight, and fast as hell! (like the MSM  :dink: )

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7058/7083046011_db4ca96521_z.jpg)

Loos cool in orange too :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: schmoo on April 16, 2012, 04:54:04 PM
When are you going to install that steering wheel and QR hub?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: scotty b on April 16, 2012, 07:33:09 PM
As far as I know it's MrMightyMouses MSM still, and know of nothing wrong
I'm glad MrMightyMouse is taking care of it and nothing wrong happened to it. I read your signature and automatically assumed it was toast.

What's that supposed to mean?  The last time I was in a collision I was 7 or 8.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 18, 2012, 07:25:07 AM
What's that supposed to mean?  The last time I was in a collision I was 7 or 8.

There's been a lot of talk about the "TI curse" lately and I was curious to see if your MSM was another casualty. I'm glad it wasn't because that would suck!

When are you going to install that steering wheel and QR hub?

If it was up to me I would have done it already, but the wife is extremely concerned that something would happen to me if I crash with no airbag in the steering wheel. I'm thinking if I get a harness, I can explain to her that it is safer and she will be cool with it. Currently I am deleting my soft top and installing the hardtop :tool:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: scotty b on April 18, 2012, 08:35:08 AM
There's been a lot of talk about the "TI curse" lately and I was curious to see if your MSM was another casualty. I'm glad it wasn't because that would suck!

IMO all the cursed ones have already fallen victim, so the rest of the Ti are now safe, making Ti the luckiest color (for the survivors)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: schmoo on April 18, 2012, 12:44:32 PM

When are you going to install that steering wheel and QR hub?

If it was up to me I would have done it already, but the wife is extremely concerned that something would happen to me if I crash with no airbag in the steering wheel. I'm thinking if I get a harness, I can explain to her that it is safer and she will be cool with it. Currently I am deleting my soft top and installing the hardtop :tool:

is it your understanding that the trim around the ignition will remain in place once that swap is done?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 25, 2012, 07:27:28 AM
IMO all the cursed ones have already fallen victim, so the rest of the Ti are now safe, making Ti the luckiest color (for the survivors)
 
But wait, how lucky are you (a TI owner) who doesn't have his TI anymore? Did you fall victim? (Since you don't have a TI anymore) :laugh:  :P

is it your understanding that the trim around the ignition will remain in place once that swap is done?

Yeah, this is not the product I bought but it should look something like this:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/6962581436_e138e3e932.jpg)

From the WorksBell Website


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: scotty b on April 25, 2012, 12:14:43 PM
IMO all the cursed ones have already fallen victim, so the rest of the Ti are now safe, making Ti the luckiest color (for the survivors)
 
But wait, how lucky are you (a TI owner) who doesn't have his TI anymore? Did you fall victim? (Since you don't have a TI anymore) :laugh:  :P

Yeah, to finances and kids.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 17, 2012, 07:22:23 AM
Don't worry scotty kids are better than any car  :mrgreen:

Soft top is out!
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7214002882_3ee7924aca_z.jpg)

I detached the rain rail and put it back in the car just in case:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/7214003456_2b34563c72_z.jpg)

Lookin' sexier every day  :tool:
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/7213456646_806337a41a_z.jpg)

I was about to pull the trigger on my suspension but it will have to wait due to some unforeseen expen$es :buck2:

I'll have to see what I do next (that doesn't break the bank)....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on June 11, 2012, 07:39:15 PM
Bought a headlight restoration kit at Walmart and used it on one of my headlights, I ran out of sandpaper before I got to the other one  >:(

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/7175629167_547b86cf5b_z.jpg)

I also restored my clear sidemarkers and made them high power LED sidemarkers. Made a a how-to located here:

http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,26227.0.html


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on June 14, 2012, 05:28:24 AM
I finally got the QRS installed and along with it, the Key!s steering wheel.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7180725835_0ff5d2abf0_z.jpg)

Installation of the boss kit was fairly simple, I can't read the instructions but the pictures helped figure out where the airbag defeat circuit goes and how to disconnect your stock wheel. There is a positive connector provided that just slips in where the stock one was at, and I just grounded the kit to the steering column.
   
The QRS end goes on top of the boss, I plugged the connectors together and screwed it on with some thread lock to prevent it from loosening.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/7365947536_5812718bc8_z.jpg)

The ball locking mechanism has holes for both Nardi and Momo type steering wheels, all I had to do was rotate the wheel to where it fits and screw it in, no need to drill holes like I thought I had to. Once the wheel is screwed in, QRS is ready to go :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7365950410_94e44c9cf7_z.jpg)

Here's a side view for you schmoo:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7365943140_29a3270039_z.jpg)

Steering wheel attached:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7365937124_6d967abe5a_z.jpg)

And detached with a push of a button:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7180713659_a14de6a66d_z.jpg)

I've driven it a little bit and so far I'm very happy with it. This thing feels solid and grips like hell, sounds pretty cool when it locks.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: schmoo on June 24, 2012, 07:07:25 PM
Thanks very much for the pics!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on July 14, 2012, 01:20:17 PM



It is adjustable at 3 different height/slant positions, another 3 if you reverse the wing's mounting piece:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/6224777122_189ec8a3e8_b.jpg)

Hi I'm enjoying your posts with excellent photos.  I've managed to get one of these adjustable spoilers, but don't have any instructions.  Please could you let me know where you got yours from or could you send me a copy of your instructions.

Thanks,
George


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on July 22, 2012, 09:44:44 PM
 :lol: Cool you managed to find one! I don't have any instructions but it's pretty easy to figure it out once you disassemble the whole thing. Just try messing with it, I'll post pictures once installed I just haven't made up mi mind on what to do as far as my trunk goes... get a new one or pay to cover up holes on my current one  ::)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on July 23, 2012, 08:42:12 PM
Hi,
Thanks for the reply, I'll take some careful measurements and probably make a template of the base to position holes before I drill.  My spoiler came with a stronger boot (or trunk) spring to help open with the extra weight.  There is some rust on one of my supports, so I'm thinking about painting them Ti to blend them in, when I get the spoiler painted.  I don't think that I'll be adjusting the angle, as I don't drive fast enough to need extra down force and adjusting might scrap the paint off the supports.
If you use yoor MSM every day and you can pick up a good secondhand trunk, then it might be a good option to get one and spray/fit spoiler for a quick chanage over.  You might then be able to sell your existing trunk and spoiler to balance against the cost of the new trunk.   


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on September 19, 2012, 08:50:44 AM
I took your advice and I almost bought a new trunk lid but I want to see if I can find one used. I know it's out there, I just have to keep looking.

There's some damage my car's accumulated over the years. Mostly small dings and scratches, one small rear end hit and there are a few things I need to repair/repaint on my car:

Hardtop
Floating Spoiler
Trunk lid
Diffuser
Side Sills
Left Quarter Panel
Rear Bumper
Front Lip
GV Eye Lids

The problem is, as much as people love VR -I don't. I don't want to spend money painting all this stuff red. I want to paint my car black in the future but not now, right now I want to spend my moolah on other cool stuff. I plan on painting it after I get some Tein coilovers and an FMBE at least.

So, to paint these parts black and install but make my car (BLK/RED) look funky as hell?

Or, to leave as is, get the coilovers + FMBE (progressively) and just wait to install parts till the whole car can be painted?

Tough decision my friends….

I plan on starting back up next year since I'm in the middle of switching jobs, sucks being an adult I wish I could have all the time to play  :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on October 28, 2012, 10:31:09 PM
Hi.
I hope your new job is going well.  I've seen pictures of red cars with black hoods and black hard tops (after all most soft tops are black) - I've seen a grey one with the windscreen frame painted black.  A black trunk & spoiler should be OK especially with deck panel between roof & trunk painted black.  I'm not sure about other panels though, why not try playing with photoshop to see what colour options might look like?  If you spray panels at different times, then will you be able to get a good match?  Will you also paint hidden areas black, eg engine bay?  You have put a lot of time and energy in your car, but have you thought of swopping it for a black Mazdaspeed? if you still have original parts, then you could put your favourite parts onto the new car.  Sorry to be a bit negative but it might be better cost option if you're not too attached to your current car.  If your car is a keeper, then I think I'd do the fun bits first and paint latter.  My car is my daily ride and quickly picks up new stone chips.
I finally got my spoiler painted Ti and fitted it this weekend.  I got the support brakets painted Ti as well, as mine had some rust.  I spent a long time measuring and checking before I drilled my holes, but it was well worth the effort and I'm pleased with the final result.
Good luck with your new job and with whatever you chose to do next with your project.  George


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 31, 2012, 09:05:12 AM
Thanks! New job is going alright, I'm still hunting for a new one though :)

I will be painting the whole car including the hidden areas, and I don't mind all the work associated with it as I have tools and manpower to help me prep before getting it professionally painted. Since I got my wife a 95M a few weeks ago, there's a nice 'lil Bimmer sitting in the garage that no one drives so the MSM is not my daily anymore. Working on it will be A LOT easier now.

I plan on painting the whole car at once, but that's after getting coilovers and some engine mods. I just don't know if I should go ahead and install the black diffuser, side sills, and spoiler right now. Maybe I'll wait... unless it looks good on Photoshop.

It would be great if you could post pictures of your spoiler installed! If you can post instructions on how you installed it, it would be crazy awesome!!

Thanks again for the kind wishes, I'm glad you are enjoying this thread. I hope next year I can get some more fun stuff to post pictures of and add more to the MSM community  drivingss


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on October 31, 2012, 10:13:28 PM
I've posted some pics on:-
http://s244.beta.photobucket.com/user/rover_000/library/MX5%20Spoiler
As you can see it ain't a MSM, so it didn't seem right posting on here.  I've just put the hard top on but I've also took some photos with soft top up & down.  Let me know it you would like any other photos, close up or bolts from inside trunk and I can add them to the above location.  Sorry I didn't take any photos when fitting the spoiler
I fitted my stronger trunk spring ages ago. I assembled the spoiler, removed the fixing bolts and polished it.
I put some masking tape on the trunk in the area where the brackets would be.  The bracket feet are shaped to fit the trunk curves and have one good fit position, so I put a couple of pencil marks for this position on the masking tape.  I measured marks from the side edges of the trunk and adjusted to centralise and also measured down from the hard top deck chrome brackets (only square fixed points in this area) to check both sides were the same distance. I put the spoiler back on the trunk new marks to check fit was still good and drew all round both brackets.
I made a template of the brackets from cardboard (I used a cereal box but this was too weak and the bolt hole positions tore so were too big), by gently tapping the egde with a small hammer and then cutting out arround the outline left. I put the templates on the masking tape drawings and marked the bolt holes. I tried to check the hole positions by putting some marker fluid around the bracket bolt holes and positioning on the masking tape.  I tried chalk, boot polish, toothpaste and nail varnish as the marker fluid but none were very much good. I spent a long time checking and rechecking bolt positions before drilling initial small pilot and then making full size holes for the bracket bolts.  The rear hole is close to the edge of the trunk and hole is outside of the the rubber seal.
I tried a dry assembly in case I needed to make small adjustments to the hole positions and then removed burs with a quick surface skim with a much larger drill. I removed the original masking tape, positioned spoiler and masked the trunk around the brackets and the bottom of the brackets. 
Painted the holes in the trunk with an ear bud (I've seen Ed China do this on Wheeler Dealers), and put sealant on bracket base including bottom of bolt holes and washer on front bolts.  then finally bolted on spoiler.  I removed masking tape when sealant was semi-dry, cleaned and admired my work.
Sorry about taking over your post as above a bit long winded a few pictures would have helped. 
Good luck with job hunt and future mods I look forward to your posts.  I pleased you are doing the fun jobs, as for me thats what driving a MX5 is all about.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on October 31, 2012, 10:18:43 PM
That photo link is no good.

Try using the Gallery provided as part of this website.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on November 01, 2012, 06:05:32 AM
I searched for the pics on photobucket, I think these are it:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8324/8143797089_2144cc734f_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8330/8143796097_11e2d4d7de_z.jpg)

I really appreciate all the details on your installation! I'll be doing this myself so this really comes in handy  :mrgreen: 

I tried uploading pictures to the gallery but it says I am "locked out" I will contact an administrator so see if I can gain access. And I believe your car IS a "Mazdaspeed Miata" just not a United States version. I bought the spoiler off of a European "2002 Mazdaspeed MX-5" is what the guy said, he actually found me here and offered it for sale. I guess this website is popular in Europe! The car that I first saw this spoiler on was from some guy Paul on CR.net his car is what jump started my MSM build thread  :laugh:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7885717918_2ac54233d1_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7885717150_0ea6e7ca8f_c.jpg)



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on November 05, 2012, 10:15:34 PM
Sorry the photo link didn't work (works for me but thats no good if it don't work for anybody else).  MSMzer04 thanks for tracking down my photos and putting them in your post.  I hope my write up helps when you come to fit your spoiler and you can learn from my mistakes.  I forgot to mention that after bolting on the spoiler I cleaned the excess sealant from the little notch at the back to help drain any water that could collect from under the bracket.
That red car looks good - it has a black roof like you are considering.  It has a UK number plate and is RHD, but I've not seen it on any of the UK forums I check.  I don't think that Mazda sold a turbo/Mazdaspeed version of the NB FL MX5 in the UK, so as we don't see the real thing then it might explain why the adjustable spoiler wrongly gets called a Mazdaspeed (a blue 'Mazdaspeed' adjustable rear spoiler has just been sold on the MX5OC forum).   


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 29, 2013, 07:11:32 AM
Rover, sorry it took forever for me to respond. With all the holidays and searching for a new job I couldn't find the time to post a response, all I could do was read this website daily like I always do :) but I'm happy to say I am back!

I can't believe it's almost three months since the last message on this thread. Hell, I can't believe it's more than a year since I started this thread. At the rate I'm going, it'll probably be years before I finish.

Right now, my car is a mishmash of color. I got a "new" trunk lid and I was lucky enough to find it in black. Yeah, my car is three colors now. I can't say I like the multicolor look, but it's only temporary so I will put up with it for the time being. No pictures to show for now. My car is filthy and I'm sick as a dog. It's cold outside, like 55F. I'm freezing.

I've been reading through some of the suspension threads and at first I wanted some Tein, then V-maxx Coilovers, then I wanted FM's Tokico Illumina Shocks with GC springs 425/300

THEN!

Thanks to Mr_Hyde and bigx5murf, I am now saving my pennies for XIDA CS. I've just heard good things about em' non-stop, I am sold.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 18, 2013, 06:33:31 AM
Got a Shift-I in the mail :tool:

I've been wanting a sequential shift light for a while but I kept going back and forth on whether to get it or not, it sounds expensive for 12 LEDs but for me: coolness always beats penny pinching lol

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8474505783_22def118cc_z.jpg)

It's not really just LEDs, for those of you interested in more details here's a PDF of the user manual:  http://www.ecliptech.com.au/downloads/shifti/docs/shift_i_user_manual.pdf




Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Zoli007 on March 09, 2013, 12:58:22 AM
Sorry to resurect this thread, but what Bride seat was that in the earlier part of your post?  Specifically what model?

Your car looks great! 


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 09, 2013, 08:33:42 AM
This thread is far from dead!  It's only been inactive because I'm saving for XIDAs  :dink:

I was about to buy some COBRA seats when Larry (Silvermiataracer) suggested I get these since I don't need FIA certs. The seat is a BRIDE ZETA III replica which I picked up at sonicmotor.com --"VS3-Full Bucket Seat"

I figured if I really liked the seat, I would get both originals along with rails... well, that' didn't work because my wife (main passenger in my car) couldn't fit her butt in the seat  :laugh: --literally. These seats are really snug.

I might be getting Lotus Exige reps later. If you don't need certs, you might want to check em out:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8540531839_2ee780357c_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8540534897_654641912d_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8541636394_4664e1aecd_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8541637098_f77720ba63_z.jpg)



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on March 09, 2013, 12:45:56 PM
Just to clear the record I'm pretty sure it wasn't me suggesting those seats.  I'm covering myself because I don't want your wife mad at me.   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: broken on March 09, 2013, 02:27:02 PM
sonicmotor.com   Yet another wallet lightening website.  ::)

Nice prices.  :) 

Nice looking seats.  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 12, 2013, 07:38:09 AM
Just to clear the record I'm pretty sure it wasn't me suggesting those seats.  I'm covering myself because I don't want your wife mad at me.   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Haha you my friend are guilty as can be! Damn good deal though, too bad she didn't fit. Oh well, I prefer a big booty over cool seats any day :lol:



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 12, 2013, 07:42:17 AM
sonicmotor.com   Yet another wallet lightening website.  ::)

Nice prices.  :) 

Nice looking seats.  :mrgreen:

Heck yeah, when I went down to the store they had so many seats in the display room. You can sit on every seat from Recaro, Bride, Sparco, etc... you don't even have to buy anything to try em out, so cool.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 18, 2013, 08:26:03 AM
I was fooling around a few nights ago and thought it would be cool to put the shift light in the front center of the dashboard...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8568265318_afa697a2a3_z.jpg)

So I figured out a way to get the wires in through the back (see green wire) ^-^

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8567148865_5a5827f04e_z.jpg)

Drilled some holes the next day:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8567181649_29f4708f6e_z.jpg)

I followed FM's instructions and installation was a breeze

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8567192591_5de1eb4209_z.jpg)

I ran the wires to the connectors on back of the instrument panel

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8567182669_01a7ef6317_z.jpg)

Pressed down and pulled on the wires mentioned on the instructions

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8568282998_7a2bd2080c_z.jpg)

Stick the new wire in and crimp

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8098/8567191475_a2691ace01_z.jpg)

Put everything back and....... done!

I love the way this thing looks and works. It gives me my battery voltage, I can pick how I want the lights to progress and program at what RPM they will turn on/blink, etc... lot's of other stuff. Super cool little device, I'd totally suggest every MSM owner to get one! 


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: millsj on March 18, 2013, 01:32:11 PM
Got a picture of the lights installed?  I have the same shift lights mounted in front of my e-pod gauge and as you say, they are very cool.   :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: VolCrew on March 18, 2013, 11:36:36 PM
Got a Shift-I in the mail :tool:

I've been wanting a sequential shift light for a while but I kept going back and forth on whether to get it or not, it sounds expensive for 12 LEDs but for me: coolness always beats penny pinching lol

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8474505783_22def118cc_z.jpg)

It's not really just LEDs, for those of you interested in more details here's a PDF of the user manual:  http://www.ecliptech.com.au/downloads/shifti/docs/shift_i_user_manual.pdf


Yes, I want one, too.  I wanted to connect it so on low oil pressure, all the lights would flash red!





Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 21, 2013, 06:35:50 AM
Got a picture of the lights installed?  I have the same shift lights mounted in front of my e-pod gauge and as you say, they are very cool.   :mrgreen:

Sorry about the crappy cell phone pic, can't really shoot with my Nikon while driving lol:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8572179611_b1fd182f60_z.jpg)

Maybe I should just have someone take the picture while I drive, here's a night shot:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8571367084_b108f5218c_z.jpg)

Yes, I want one, too.  I wanted to connect it so on low oil pressure, all the lights would flash red!

Ooooh that sounds dope, I wonder if it would work... Though, you won't get ALL red, the first four are green, two are amber, and the very last light is red :(


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Zoli007 on March 21, 2013, 06:43:44 PM
So I have an interesting question regarding those lights. I have it installed in my car by the previous owner. On track, when the temp gets really high, the lights dim to maybe half their original intensity.  Any ideas what would cause this?  When the temps go back down to 225 or lower they come back to brightness.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: millsj on March 21, 2013, 09:02:53 PM
Any chance the shift lights are thinking it is dark outside and are self-dimming?  I have the same shift lights and I think they dim at night.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 22, 2013, 08:01:33 AM
It's temperature protection, I only know this because I read the manual several times before installing. This reminds me of when I was a kid... I would buy a video game, spend 1 week reading the manual then play. Yes I am nerd.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8579436048_83c5a8a51a_c.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 24, 2013, 05:43:25 AM
I pulled out this dusty old thing to do some test fitting. It never got installed because I didn't know what color my car would be down the road. Since I decided on black, I might try to paint/install it soon...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8087/8541645456_6b2193e3aa_c.jpg)

I thought this lip would "drop" down a lot but it drops no lower than the stock rear lip. The fit is perfect, I'm itching to paint it and get it installed but I must save my cash for those coilovers. Installing this on my 4x4 of an MSM would not look cute. Almost baby, almost!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 02, 2013, 06:09:18 AM
I think I might be going on a ride height of 12" front 12.5" rear, my car already feels low as it is and with so many bumps around here, I think some FM Frame Rails will not only stiffen my chasis, but also add protection to the bottom of my car.

I received these a while back but with too much time on my hands I decided to spray them Torque'N Teal:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8598689965_727d0d68ca_z.jpg)

Lettin' em dry out in the sun :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8599789298_7c452175d8_z.jpg)

The color looks cool, too bad I won't get to show em' off hahaha

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8598513423_d0bc7e977d_z.jpg)

With more sunlight and better weather, hopefully I can install these next Saturday  thumup


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on April 02, 2013, 02:03:05 PM
Thought About spraying some a different color as well.  Nice job. 


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on April 02, 2013, 05:13:51 PM
Let us know how they stiffen the car up, if any.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 07, 2013, 07:17:26 AM
Thought About spraying some a different color as well.  Nice job. 

Paint em' bright ORANGE! It feels good that someone agrees with me on painting them, FM should sell them in that blueish/purple FM color. You know if these were JDM they'd be all colored up.

Let us know how they stiffen the car up, if any.

I didn't have time to install today because I had to work but I will definitely post my review here once they are on my car. Currently my hardtop wiggles and makes all kinds of noise when going in and out of driveways, I'm hoping these can help.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 28, 2013, 08:06:06 AM
Rails installed!

Do they make a difference? In my experience, yes. I will try my best to explain.

First thing I noticed was a little more vibration. Nothing too crazy, just a little more than usual when warming up the car. Makes sense since the stiffer an object is, the more vibration it will transfer. My HT doesn't crack when going in and out of my driveway anymore, I'm thrilled about that!

It feels easier to go faster on curves, I feel that I can push the car more than I used to. The car feels like one solid unit whereas before, the car felt like it flexed a lot. That's the thing about the rails, most of what I notice is an improvement to stuff I didn't previously pay attention to. FM describes it as 30% stiffer, I describe it as 30% sexier!

That's my review, though not a professional one, I hope it can shed some light on anyone wondering about them. If anyone wants to chime in on their experience, you are more than welcome to! I like them a lot and I think they are worth every penny.

I still have to hit the holes with rubberized undercoating, once I do that I will have a DIY and a link to it here :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: FlyinMSM on April 29, 2013, 07:08:56 PM
nice rear bumper!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 01, 2013, 05:51:05 AM
Thanks Flyin! I've had it for a while but then decided I wanted to change the color of my car, so it's taken forever to install. As soon as I get my coilovers I'm getting a color change  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on May 09, 2013, 07:52:05 PM
Hi Zero Four,
Have you got any more black paint on yet? That rear bumper will look the part with your bottom lip fitted. 
I thought you might be interested in the 2001 Japanese import Mazdaspeed I just found for sale in the UK on MX5OC forum:-
http://www.mx5oc.co.uk/forum/forums/t/58935.aspx
Nice rear spoiler fitted! 
The weather in Yorkshire has finally warmed up, so hard top is now off for some top down motoring.
Keep up the good work.  I hope you post next update soon.



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 12, 2013, 05:38:40 AM
Wow only two of these in the UK? I like finding more and more info about the 2001 Mazdaspeed Special Edition Roadster. Only 200 made, and only for the Japanese market, such a rare car! Previous to getting my spoiler, I would occasionally bump into really old pictures of Blue NBs with gold wheels finally a high res shot of it :lol: I must post these pics here:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/8730970208_56a72335bc_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7352/8730969872_9902945486_z.jpg)

Nice find! If I was in the Uk, I'd jump on this car in no time absolutely beautiful. It's nice you finally get some good weather, I am considering getting a new soft top as my old one was old and torn already. But given that my car was being harassed at work, I'll hold off until I find a new job. I have the money for the coilovers already, I just haven't pulled the trigger yet. No black paint on it besides the new trunk lid, but it's still in the plan :)



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on May 22, 2013, 09:50:08 PM
Hi,
I agree it is a lovely MX5. It is the May 2013 photo in the MX5OC Callander, so I have been enjoying looking at it all month at work.
I've just found a video that I think was taken in Cyprus of a turbo MX5 with our adjustable spoiler (also has link to still photos):-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2zayFgYtE8
I'm not sure about the colour, and it looks a bit low for my local pot holed roads, but the driver appears to be enjoying his drive. 
I hope you don't mind me posting these links on your thread, please feel free to move or delete, as this is your build thread.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Woofster on May 22, 2013, 10:08:09 PM
Talking from experience, the frame rails will not be the first thing to scrape if your car is really low.  The cross braces sit lower and the bend at the front of the FM DP is particularly vulnerable.   :'(


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 23, 2013, 04:44:55 AM
Hi,
I agree it is a lovely MX5. I hope you don't mind me posting these links on your thread, please feel free to move or delete, as this is your build thread.

I don't mind at all, I welcome all the pics/videos and any feedback. I'm glad I made this thread it's helped me learn a ton from all of you :) Cool video, yeah I'm not too sure about the color on that car either and it's too Slammed for me, there's something weird about the headlights also. Nice to see a video of that spoiler, now if I can only get mine installed...

I like how people either hate the spoiler or love it. You, this guy, and me are probably the few of the hardcore spoiler followers, I like the comment:

jaster87jaster
"so nice it would be without wing...."

SPIDEYCY
"I've been looking for this wing 2 years. Pretty rare piece. Its a Mazdaspeed JDM wing that were on Japanese Mazdaspeed Roadster 2001 and only 200 were made."

Hahaha! I think there's only a few of us who know that, or care  :laugh:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 23, 2013, 05:00:06 AM
Talking from experience, the frame rails will not be the first thing to scrape if your car is really low.  The cross braces sit lower and the bend at the front of the FM DP is particularly vulnerable.   :'(

No way!!! Is there anything that can be used to add protection, like maybe the Butterfly Brace? XIDAs max out at 12.5" rear and 12" front I hope that isn't crazy low... I haven't seen MSMs at that height in person :/


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: tomas88 on May 23, 2013, 04:39:56 PM
I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: bigx5murf on May 23, 2013, 06:04:24 PM
I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????

It's actually a JDM/EUDM mazdaspeed piece I believe.  Extremely rare, and difficult to find.  They usually go for $700-1000 when they do show up on the market (plus shipping from UK, NZ, AU, JP).  There's a non-adjustable one that's still available I believe.

http://www.japanparts.com/db/parts_detail.php?submit.x=74&submit.y=8&NUMBER=00000342&VOLUME=067-009-005&DEALER=6&CAR=98&MIDDLE=2&SMALL=11&MAKER=1&VOLKEY=&SEARCH_DEALER=6&SEARCH_CAR=98&SEARCH_MIDDLE=2&SEARCH_SMALL=11&SEARCH_MAKER=&SEARCH_VOLKEY=&SEARCH_page=2


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on May 23, 2013, 07:20:15 PM
'there's something weird about the headlights also. Nice to see a video of that spoiler, now if I can only get mine installed... '

I think this mk2 has had the chrome headlight reflectors painted black (put in oven to melt sealant, pull off the lens, paint reflector and reassemble, pop back into the oven to reseal).  I've been thinking about this on my mk2.5 to get a retro twin headlight look (also it'll look more like a Mazdaspeed!).

It might be worth holding off fitting the spoiler for a while. If we keep up the promotion work, then you might be able to get some good money for it!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on May 23, 2013, 08:06:23 PM
'I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????'

The angle can be adjusted with 3 settings, by removing the back bolt and pivot the back up on the front bolt and refit back bolt in the alternative position.  I read somewhere that this spoiler improved stability over 100 mph.  I don't do track days, so don't reach that speed on the road, but it does feel good in strong cross winds (air speed probably over 100mph).  I don't have any F1 fluorescent paint to check air flows, but on dirty roads only the end tips of the spoiler outside the supports get dirty, so I think the ends are the effective parts (most of the other MX5 rear spoilers I've seen don't have similar wing tips).

These spoilers are as rear as hens teeth, although one was on eBay a couple on months ago and went very quickly for £120.  You could buy the lovely blue MX5 above and get the spoiler for free!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 24, 2013, 06:41:46 AM
I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????

It's actually a JDM/EUDM mazdaspeed piece I believe.  Extremely rare, and difficult to find.  They usually go for $700-1000 when they do show up on the market (plus shipping from UK, NZ, AU, JP).

Yup, bigX5 hit it right on the mark! That's exactly the price range I ran into with the few people I managed to talk to (in the UK).... If you can't find a seller, post a WTB add. Just remember that you will have to be in the "$700-$1000" range + shipping. I think it would be difficult to find anyone willing to part with it for less.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 24, 2013, 06:53:30 AM
I've been thinking about this on my mk2.5...
No don't paint, just get some real MSM headlights (if you can find them for a good price).

It might be worth holding off fitting the spoiler for a while. If we keep up the promotion work, then you might be able to get some good money for it!

And no way, I am not selling my spoiler lol I am kind of glad it wasn't installed when my car got vandalized at work, I would have lost my mind!!!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on May 24, 2013, 04:30:14 PM
'I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????'
Hi,
I've done quick google and found this:-

rev9autosport.com/mazdaspeed-japan-spec-rear-spoiler.html

Might be old advert so might not available, but cost as indicated above


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 24, 2013, 05:10:54 PM
'I really like that rear spoiler, looks like a stock spoiler with adjustable spacers. Is that an aftermarket set up??? If so, does anybody know where to get it from????'
Hi,
I've done quick google and found this:-

rev9autosport.com/mazdaspeed-japan-spec-rear-spoiler.html

Might be old advert so might not available, but cost as indicated above

Wow, and that's not even in good condition, its scratched and faded.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on June 14, 2013, 06:29:43 PM
I've been thinking about this on my mk2.5...
No don't paint, just get some real MSM headlights (if you can find them for a good price).
I've never seen MSM lights in UK and if I could get from USA then they would dip to the right (need set for RHD in UK). However, there must be some magic on here cos one mention of item on my wish list and it appeared, so I've bought a spare pair already painted.   Now how about a lottery win to buy a MSM!

If you want more info on 2001 MSM and can read Japanese have a look at:-
http://www.mx5nutz.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=125303
I wish I knew how get all that power from a NA I thought need Turbo or SC.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: ViriiGuy on June 16, 2013, 12:03:00 AM
Hi,
I agree it is a lovely MX5. I hope you don't mind me posting these links on your thread, please feel free to move or delete, as this is your build thread.

I don't mind at all, I welcome all the pics/videos and any feedback. I'm glad I made this thread it's helped me learn a ton from all of you :) Cool video, yeah I'm not too sure about the color on that car either and it's too Slammed for me, there's something weird about the headlights also. Nice to see a video of that spoiler, now if I can only get mine installed...

I like how people either hate the spoiler or love it. You, this guy, and me are probably the few of the hardcore spoiler followers, I like the comment:

jaster87jaster
"so nice it would be without wing...."

SPIDEYCY
"I've been looking for this wing 2 years. Pretty rare piece. Its a Mazdaspeed JDM wing that were on Japanese Mazdaspeed Roadster 2001 and only 200 were made."

Hahaha! I think there's only a few of us who know that, or care  :laugh:

I have this wing in Red on My miata.

I also still have the install Templates and original instructions, if you do not have yours. I have now had my wing on two Miatas, the first one, I did not use the templates for, just Centered my holes in the cutouts on the underside of the trunk. The second time, yesterday, I cut out the template and used it. It was tons easier without the template :D But.. If you happen to need the template let me know, I will scan it and email it to you.

You are in a pretty rare club as you know. I only know of 2 others in North America that have that wing!! And just a handful in the UK.

Also, here is a photoshoot with the 01 MS Roadster that just happened last week.....
http://www.pgdesigns.co.uk/blogInner.php?blogID=15&id=15


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on September 22, 2013, 08:54:12 AM
I've never seen MSM lights in UK and if I could get from USA then they would dip to the right (need set for RHD in UK). However, there must be some magic on here cos one mention of item on my wish list and it appeared, so I've bought a spare pair already painted.

That's funny, I remember talking about the Mazdaspeed spoiler on this website and the next day someone contacted me and offered to sell it to me. No kidding about this forum's magic lol

I have this wing in Red on My miata.

I also still have the install Templates and original instructions, if you do not have yours. I have now had my wing on two Miatas, the first one, I did not use the templates for, just Centered my holes in the cutouts on the underside of the trunk. The second time, yesterday, I cut out the template and used it. It was tons easier without the template :D But.. If you happen to need the template let me know, I will scan it and email it to you.

You are in a pretty rare club as you know. I only know of 2 others in North America that have that wing!! And just a handful in the UK.


ViriiGuy, I sent you a PM a while back I can't believe it was June? Sheesh, time flies!

As far as progress on my car, there are a few things I added but nothing major. I kept getting vandalized at work and it slowed my progress so much this year, it sucks. I finally got the heck out of that place, it's too bad my coil over money is slowly decreasing right now, I hope I can be back in financial shape so I can slap those XIDAs on my car and finally start the painting process.

This thread needs pictures, tomorrow they shall be up!  :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: ViriiGuy on September 22, 2013, 01:18:57 PM
Yes, I am really sorry about that. My work sent me out of town for a while on a major project, right after I posted.

I have been trying to find those instructions that I promised, but I fear my wife they them away.
However, the wing is VERY easy to install. When you open the decklid, there is a hold and an indent on each corner of the lid. That is where the holes come out. If you used the template, it puts the holes dead center in each of those.

And the way the wing mounts are shaped, they will sit flush on the deck lid when you have them in the right spot.
I will however keep looking. I am doing a MAJOR garage cleaning next weekend, pulling everything out into the driveway and cleaning, then organizing. If they still exist I WILL find them.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on September 23, 2013, 08:17:27 AM
Hmmmm.... I'm going to try that tomorrow and see if I can get it mounted. I wasn't very interested in installing it when I was at my last job, if someone at work would have damaged it, I would've had to KO someone for sure >:( lol

Don't worry about the instructions too much, It would have been cool if you had them on hand. I get what you are saying about positioning the stands, they sit flush against the curves of the trunk lid.

My car was running around naked (no carpet) for a few weeks and I decided to do something about the noise/heat coming from the floor/transmission tunnel. I laid down some Reflectix on the transmission tunnel and covered everything under the carpet with Quiet Walk:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9892324336_b356421a5b_z.jpg)

These pictures were taken at the beginning of the project, by the end there were about 3 more layers of the sound deadening stuff and I even wrapped the transmission tunnel with it:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3771/9892403195_56a0e449dc_z.jpg)

Sooo... once I put everything back together, it occurred to me that I could install speakers in the rear parcel shelf  :roll: I took everything apart again, this time I pulled the stereo to get to the speaker wires. I also had to run the speaker wires under the carpet... almost going crazy by this point.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7291/9892486016_02f7a14312_z.jpg)

I quickly cut out some speaker holes, didn't worry too much about accuracy since I was just going to force the speaker in and seal it with silicone in the end:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/9892471544_436084d833_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5480/9892582656_9c50a32507_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5350/9892721583_eb81d57b81_z.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/9826814845_cdfd31de5a_z.jpg)

I hope I can finally put all the carpet back in next week and I'll have a better shot of the end product. Right now I can say that this sound system is incredibly loud (for having no amp) and sounds like I have a sub woofer box in my trunk which is kinda' cool.

My trunk lid is also rattling like crazy if I raise the bass, I have to find out what I can do about it as I want to stay away from using stuff like Dynamat.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on October 02, 2013, 01:02:21 AM
Since you mentioned Orange. .. I will do it, no one will see them anyway.  Nice work on the rear parcel shelf.  You putting something behind them to cover them?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 02, 2013, 07:28:52 AM
Are you talking about painting the frame rails orange? If so, that would be awesome for Halloween. Talking about orange, today I was messing with my stereo and I tried making a red graphic but it came out orange so I just left it that way. It looks cool I guess...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7449/10050178613_9c179001f0_z.jpg)

I plan to put the carpet back on the parcel shelf but these speakers didn't come with grill covers, I will have to buy some since I lost the ones that came with the 6x8 components I have on the doors. I'll post pics as soon as I finish.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: GR_MSM on October 10, 2013, 04:09:56 AM
Can't wait to see more on this build  thumup


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on November 07, 2013, 08:13:13 AM
Thanks GR_MSM,

I've been having fun zoomin' in the MSM, haven't updated in a bit but I have done a few things to the Miatas. I hope I can upload pics soon, as I've got some catching up to do  drivingss


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on November 07, 2013, 03:31:58 PM
yes, please upload!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on December 03, 2013, 08:24:53 PM
Hi,
I thought you might be interested in this (copied from MX5OC forum)
http://www.atelier-nii.com/cars/rs_catalog/index.html
There are some good photos and probably interesting data (wish I could read Japanese).
Check out the 2001 Mazdaspeed and 2004 Mazda Roadster Turbo.
How are your mods doing?  Looking forward to your next photos.
George


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 05, 2013, 06:29:17 AM
Wow that's so cool, it's a whole collection of brochures I'll make sure to download them all that's pretty sweet!

So yeah, right after I posted my last message I had just finished installing new Jass headlights on the 95M, I know it's unrelated to this site but I thought it would be cool to post pictures here. I installed my JDM wing and my side winkers on the MSM. I also acquired some pretty rare TSIs for the 95M that I got from Japan (I don't even know what brand they are? I just know they are sexy.) I still have to sort through a lot of pictures but I really don't have time to do so.

After I posted my last message, I got a call from the same person that hired me at my last job, the job where my MSM got "dissed" lol

For those of you that don't know the story see: http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,27548.0.html

She called me up and offered a job I couldn't refuse. Working from home, updating pictures on a website (kinda' like I do here for free! hahaha). The pay is crazy, and I get to work as much as I want so yeah, been working non-stop to get that moolah :)

My assignment should end by December 20th, and that's why I am taking advantage of it right now. Hopefully by then I will have more time, and who knows? More parts?

By the way, if anyone here lives around the LAX airport, is an excel spreadsheet nerd and has 40hrs+ to dedicate to this job shoot me a PM I have one position available. Mods - I don't know if this is allowed, just showing my MSM buddies some love  sssmilely

Thanks for your interest in my thread ya'll, I can't wait to update some more, until next time  drivingss

 




Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: gregmiata on January 02, 2014, 02:36:54 AM
I'm assuming you're all put back together now. Any feedback on the sound treatments? Did they have a noticeable effect?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Maduh on January 02, 2014, 07:15:04 PM
Do you ever plan on installing a rollbar? I wonder if those speaker holes will effect it.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 05, 2014, 07:20:25 AM
I'm assuming you're all put back together now. Any feedback on the sound treatments? Did they have a noticeable effect?

Yeah, everything is back together. The sound is great, I've had several different set ups and this is the best by far. I used to run two 8" woofers in boxes in that same parcel shelf with a 400w rms amplifier (200w for the front component and 100w for each woofer) the sound was alright but I like feeling bass vibration in my seats like I do now, I couldn't get that before. A lot has to do with sealing your speakers, and cancelling out the rear sound waves. I installed 6x9 speakers in my friend's car and it sounds like he's got a box hiding somewhere. It's a lot of work, but worth it.

Do you ever plan on installing a rollbar? I wonder if those speaker holes will effect it.

Definitely plan on installing a rollbar, I don't know how it will be affected but I will post my notes here of course. I probably should have put the speakers more towards the center, but it's too late for that. I plan to go with a single diagonal Blackbird Fabworx if they are still available, their website is down right now  :(   


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 07, 2014, 07:16:59 AM
Just my luck, went to 949 Racing's website today ready to get some Coilover love. They are not shipping XIDAs until March...... I was thinking about getting some Vmax from FM while I wait, so my car doesn't look like a Jeep. I can always put the Vmax on the 95 miata right?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 08, 2014, 09:40:57 AM
I received my FrankB tank a while back, awesome product and it looks great! Many thanks to ozbrock for providing M-S with his contact info.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/11833473375_833f049e7b_z.jpg)

Washer bottle fits perfectly on the curves of the body, and even extends on the edge to allow the most fluid in the tank!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/10064720155_9dae0fa766_z.jpg)

The product looks very nice and it is very well made, my spray nozzles are now more powerful than ever! It would be nice if our nozzles sprayed rather than shoot a stream though… this kit should come with Protégé Nozzles ;) I'll be picking some up soon.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/11834277506_8efeac4830_z.jpg)

Thanks again FrankB!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on January 09, 2014, 01:07:04 AM
Love the build. That lip is impressive. What kind of wood?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 09, 2014, 06:40:38 AM
Thanks for the props man... it means a lot comin' from dope members like yourself hahaha I can't wait to see your car once the engine is back on!

Yeah, if I could just keep my mind on one thing, the rear lip would have already been installed. Instead I'm always all over the place, I just finished getting some new wheels  ;D

The floors are not wood it's bamboo, cheaper & "greener" looks fantastic after 5 years of installing and clean up is a breeze, way easier than cleaning tile. We got it at Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Legend-Horizontal-Toast-5-8-in-Thick-x-3-3-4-in-Wide-x-37-3-4-in-Length-Solid-Bamboo-Flooring-23-59-sq-ft-case-BAFL24TO/100497046?N=brfe#

Here are the wheels I just acquired, sorry about the crappy cellphone pic:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/11849902944_fc8b4c4c16_z.jpg)

Finally I can join the TE37 crowd, these wheels feel a ton lighter than the RPF1 I had, I love em'.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 09, 2014, 08:07:54 AM
Here are the Aston Martin side markers I got a while back. Adding style points little by little ;) 

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11850658866_f0caee1fce_z.jpg)

Wiring them up!
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/11849914385_aed4434f77_z.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/11850912196_d2d19e99f6_z.jpg)

I think they look good on the speed, they grew on me after I couldn’t find OEM ones:
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11850442594_e1ea3b3f36_z.jpg)

At this point I was neglecting my wheels, cleaning that baked brake dust off of the wheels every day was a pain, sorry for the eye sore. Someone on here said the Enkei MAT Process (rolled wheels, not heated) makes it easier for brake dust to bake on wheels, I believe it. Getting it off took ages of scrubbing, they had to go.

I'm really happy about the way the side markers turned out, to me they look great and I am no longer invisible at night  :lol:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/11850628904_396d54fa13_z.jpg)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2886/11850516193_d9fa28b82d_z.jpg)



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on January 10, 2014, 02:50:34 AM
Haha thanks guy. However my car hasn't really driven yet so right now it's just a collage of expensive parts. Plus nothing we have really done is like the lip you made. It takes a lot of very careful planning and measuring to make it all work the way you wanted to. I am really very impressed. Did you ever build a mouth duct piece? I need ideas for mine.

You can gain a few horsepower if you get your mazdaspeed oil cap parallel to the front of the car and not the side. Secret trick! Haha. I miss having a stockish engine bay.  Why no intake? A Bolton miata is a very fun car usually yields around 200whp safely. Not the best powerband though.

How much were those markers?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: magnus on January 10, 2014, 05:44:34 AM
Thanks for the props man... it means a lot comin' from dope members like yourself hahaha I can't wait to see your car once the engine is back on!

Yeah, if I could just keep my mind on one thing, the rear lip would have already been installed. Instead I'm always all over the place, I just finished getting some new wheels  ;D

The floors are not wood it's bamboo, cheaper & "greener" looks fantastic after 5 years of installing and clean up is a breeze, way easier than cleaning tile. We got it at Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Legend-Horizontal-Toast-5-8-in-Thick-x-3-3-4-in-Wide-x-37-3-4-in-Length-Solid-Bamboo-Flooring-23-59-sq-ft-case-BAFL24TO/100497046?N=brfe#

Here are the wheels I just acquired, sorry about the crappy cellphone pic:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/11849902944_fc8b4c4c16_z.jpg)

Finally I can join the TE37 crowd, these wheels feel a ton lighter than the RPF1 I had, I love em'.

Yayyyy!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 13, 2014, 09:22:51 AM
Haha thanks guy. However my car hasn't really driven yet so right now it's just a collage of expensive parts. Plus nothing we have really done is like the lip you made. It takes a lot of very careful planning and measuring to make it all work the way you wanted to. I am really very impressed. Did you ever build a mouth duct piece? I need ideas for mine.

You can gain a few horsepower if you get your mazdaspeed oil cap parallel to the front of the car and not the side. Secret trick! Haha. I miss having a stockish engine bay.  Why no intake? A Bolton miata is a very fun car usually yields around 200whp safely. Not the best powerband though.

How much were those markers?

Oh no, I didn't make that lip. It's a replica of a Garage Vary "winding dancer" body kit. I tried testing it out but it looks like it will need some work as it does not fit perfectly. There are bumps and uneven parts that will have to be sanded down, etc... long road ahead since I am pretty busy. But you are right, it all takes a lot of planning.

The side winkers were around $35 shipped from www.astonmartinbits.com

You are right about the intake I could really use one lol, now I'm just waiting for my paycheck to come in so I can pick one up  :laugh:

Yayyyy!

That's what I said! I always wanted some but never actually got them because the only sizes available for our cars (4x100) are 7" wide and +42 offset. Volk must think the only people buying these wheels are Honda drivers, I know a lot more people with Miatas would be wearing these had they been produced in a lower offset. But yeah, these wheels feel incredibly light, I don't know if I'll ever want to switch to anything else :mrgreen: 


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on January 15, 2014, 02:32:28 PM
Rota Grids. Or some sweet XXRs bro.  ;D



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on January 30, 2014, 07:50:58 AM
 ;D

I actually almost got Rota or XXR a few times, just couldn't justify paying so much for something I wouldn't be happy with in the end. What attracted me most to the TE37 was the light weight and strength. After seeing pictures of cracked Rota wheels on-line, I decided not to go that route....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 17, 2014, 07:36:05 AM
Got a little something to fix the offset on my wheels :) thought I'd get rid of the rusty ol' rotors while I'm at it:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/12583305535_9472aced4a.jpg)

Didn't even get one wheel done today, installation of the extended studs is not easy when you don't know what the heck you are doing  :buck2:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 12, 2014, 09:49:51 PM
Whew! Finally finished installing the studs, my car's wheels look sexier than ever  :laugh:

Posted a How-To here:

http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,29519.0.html

I didn't install my rotors because my current pads still have a lot of life left in them, I'd rather wait and install these when I need new pads  :roll:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/13113395385_863d72a0bc_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: GR_MSM on March 21, 2014, 11:00:27 AM
No pics of the wheels installed?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 22, 2014, 06:18:36 AM
No pics of the wheels installed?

Sorry I didn't see your post until now. Exactly one month later! I do not have good pictures of the wheels installed yet! After I finished installing the extended studs:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/13941614016_871959e267_c.jpg)

I started having fun with the wife's Miata:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2904/13964362545_1ae5a0bd9a_c.jpg)

(and by fun I mean repairs, repairs, and more repairs....)

But I did get to do some fun stuff such as, taking out the froggy eyes :)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3795/13141769033_6c0071054d_c.jpg)

Just finished installing some sexy new Low Pros, my wife's gonna' look even cuter driving her car lol

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/13141943004_d924926194_c.jpg)

I hope I can get some pictures of the wheels installed soon. But I also hope I can get my coilovers first, they keep getting pushed back because I spend my money elsewhere. And when I do have money, 949racing is out of stock on the XIDA CS..... :roll:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 01, 2015, 08:15:11 AM
Suffered a casualty and lost the 95m, but that just means I can focus on the MSM a little more. I've ordered a clutch happy meal from FM, some Vmaxx coilovers, and I started to remove the anodized finish on my wheels.... i never liked that bronze color blah  :buck2:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8588/15972461944_5425ca577a.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/16593994452_fd6e975ab4.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/16593996892_857d7745c7.jpg)

I also ordered some new tires, the ones on the pictures are what came with the wheels when I bought them. I'll be installing new tires once the wheels are refinished.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 01, 2015, 11:41:58 PM
Instead of filling up this thread with pictures of my wheel progress, I'm creating a separate thread instead. Please follow here:

http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,30919.0.html


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 06, 2015, 09:15:19 PM
Ordered a few goodies for my wheels, they should be arriving on Monday. Ordered new stickers, valve stems/caps, and new (to me) GT Carbon high version center caps. Also scored some Project Mu lug nuts on craigslist for really cheap, pics to come  8)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Rovergeo on March 06, 2015, 11:09:15 PM
Hi MSMzer0,
Did you get the rear spoiler fitted, any photos?
I used a rattle cans to spray on an old set of 15" wheels black, which have my winter tyres fitted.
George


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 07, 2015, 07:59:50 AM
Yes I did install the spoiler! I must have forgotten to post the how to here. The installation was exactly as you described and I didn't even need the templates, I ended up drilling holes in the trunk's guide as you  said

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/13142192264_4b48b88ff2.jpg)

I'll have to get more pictures tomorrow, I think I got enough pics of the installation in order to make a How-To here, though I doubt many will need it  ^-^

On another note, I got some Lotus Exige replica seats from Infinit Fab along with Ryoku Rob brackets.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/13141819503_b6ff4ee518.jpg)

Brackets installed:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/13142038204_38f280c7e8.jpg)

I don't know... these are pretty good seats but I think I'd rather have the original Lotus seats:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7376/13142029724_b1bb7d7ea9.jpg)

The reason why I would prefer original stuff is because these don't feel like they will last, they are kinda' flimsy and flex a lot. I'll take the Brides over these any day....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 07, 2015, 08:24:52 AM
No pics of the wheels installed?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Tried to get a pic for you, sorry about it being a cell phone shot. This is before I decided on painting the wheels. Also, my car was not running due to a need for a new coil pack it sat there till Fab9 started shipping COP kits again, loooong wait for me :(

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8584/16019243983_394c27ec29.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on March 22, 2015, 10:27:57 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7603/16889772792_93194acc11_c.jpg)


I installed my check valve today, made a "How-to" here:

http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,31006.0.html



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 09, 2015, 05:07:45 AM
My car threw out a CEL so I grabbed a $20 code reader from amazon, turned out to be a P0106 code. My symptoms were similar to the stock throttle body inlet pipe popping off.... My car was pretty much turning off on every highway at any speed. I was able to fix the problem thanks to BenB, many thanks!

I upgraded this little solenoid with an aftermarket Valworx one, code cleared and my car runs smooth again :)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7721/17046483646_3a273aa62e_c.jpg)

This is a must for every MSM owner, you don't want to get caught off guard like I did.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: humming on April 09, 2015, 01:30:00 PM
1. Where did you pick up the infinit fab seats? I thought they were out of business... If you are willing to part with them, shoot me a PM.
2. That green tube when everything else is black would drive me nuts, I have 1 random blue tube I keep meaning to replace.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: retooferab on April 09, 2015, 02:23:48 PM
...
I upgraded this little solenoid with an aftermarket Valworx one, code cleared and my car runs smooth again :)
...
This is a must for every MSM owner, you don't want to get caught off guard like I did.
Thank you.  I'm interested in more specific information on "an aftermarket Valworx one" if you have time to share.
humming, all those tubes and connectors in that area drive me nuts, haha, but the green would bug me too.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 10, 2015, 04:00:49 AM
Pm sent! Green hose doesn't bug me, and yeah if it were up to me I'd have nothing there.

Info on the Valworx replacement can be found here:

http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,30330.0.html

There's an 8 day wait on the solenoid. I ordered the barb fittings from mettleair, and the annoying hose well.... Is just a very annoying samco hose lol

But yeah, definitely replace it if you are at around 100k miles like myself, the stocker is almost guaranteed to fail from what I've heard.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: retooferab on April 10, 2015, 06:57:19 PM
Thank you thumup
I'm around 85k so will add this upgrade to "the list"

...the hose isn't that annoying, haha, I'm just angry about that whole nest


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 10, 2015, 09:54:47 PM
Awesome, I'm the sure we all have "the list" I would order that aftermarket version instead of the stock replacement, more reliable and less expensive.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 27, 2015, 07:55:06 AM
I got one wheel down today, sneak peek:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7698/17090935710_b91c315eb2_c.jpg)

Also, pulled out my new coilovers from the garage. I think the weather is nice enough to do some suspension work, I better do it before it gets too hot out here. I liked my car having 4x4 abilities like entering drive ways and going over speed bumps found EVERYWHERE in LA... Oh well, so long to that. I want to be cool like the rest of you  8)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 31, 2015, 08:40:12 AM
I've been trying to figure out something for my taillights, I tried putting a 120mm SMD halo in there but I don't like the "dotted" look those boards give out. I'm trying to look for something that looks a little cleaner, until then I guess I'll keep messing with these...

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7728/17445149243_cbd85c74aa_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on June 23, 2015, 08:11:59 AM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/378/18877332290_65c3acd4f7_z.jpg)

In the last couple of months I’ve installed an AEM intake, Fab9 COP kit, a new double din stereo, non-matching (black) side skirts, and bought a 1997 M Edition.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/320/19064605265_23dae4e6bc_z.jpg)

Right now I think I have everything ready for the tails I just need a little more time.

A word of advice, be careful if you are trying to open up tail lights as they crack very easily. Luckily these are spares:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/553/19059412332_ba5efda54e_z.jpg)

The turn signal all wired up:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/295/18876900288_357a5d2e1a_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/324/18442064354_4ba44aa57d_z.jpg)

Yes I know... I overshot the size of the LEDs in the stop light, I'm going to have to shorten them a little. Also, something about my wiring isn't working correctly, these LEDs are dim other times they are too bright. I'm still trying to figure it out:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/442/19067802471_8ae99c864f_z.jpg)
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3888/18876874410_8ecefa9dfa_z.jpg)

I got some new jack stands thanks to reading revlimiter's blog, the shortest level on these is the highest level on my old ones. I love em':
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/502/18876896718_0cebb55566_z.jpg)

I finally decided to install some coilovers, they are Vmaxx so they are just temporary. It's my first time doing this so I don't understand how to install, I feel like whatever I buy from FM takes me a year to install only because I don't understand their instructions  :laugh:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on October 19, 2015, 12:30:18 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/745/20857977488_de78a7a11e_z.jpg)

Finished installing some SS brake lines from 949Racing, not only do these things look great, my braking system feels better than ever! I also picked up some end links from them, my car is on it's way to be a Supermiata  :laugh:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/700/20424798673_1fa4bf5417_z.jpg)

I can't say the same thing about my calipers and rotors, I think it's time to get them replaced  :buck2:

My rear coilovers are installed, I will install the front ones soon... got a chance to install my sideskirts as well but I found a huge oil leak on the driver's side of the engine ugh. I think it's part number BP8J14260 PIPE, OIL OUTLET I guess I'll be installing that soon too....


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 11, 2015, 11:14:33 PM
My car hasn't been running ever since that oil leak from the broken turbo drain pipe. I don't know much about replacing it but I think removing the downpipe and other pieces around that area is needed in order to switch it out. Since I'll be working on that soon, I went ahead and purchased an FM Little Enchilada.

I feel like I'm the only person on this site that still is running on a stock (almost stock) car regarding engine modifications. Expect to see some activity here finally  :lol:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: joeereid on December 12, 2015, 03:08:56 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/745/20857977488_de78a7a11e_z.jpg)

Finished installing some SS brake lines from 949Racing, not only do these things look great, my braking system feels better than ever! I also picked up some end links from them, my car is on it's way to be a Supermiata  :laugh:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/700/20424798673_1fa4bf5417_z.jpg)

I can't say the same thing about my calipers and rotors, I think it's time to get them replaced  :buck2:

My rear coilovers are installed, I will install the front ones soon... got a chance to install my sideskirts as well but I found a huge oil leak on the driver's side of the engine ugh. I think it's part number BP8J14260 PIPE, OIL OUTLET I guess I'll be installing that soon too....

Is that line in the pic for the front? I have an old set of Goodridge lines and they don't have that bend incorporated into the banjo fitting. I've never really been happy with the design, although they seem to work fine, but the don't orient themselves properly especially when you lower the ride height. Had to zip tie them to keep them from rubbing on the new Nittos


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 12, 2015, 07:59:50 PM
That photo is for the rear, the fronts do not have the bend but they've worked perfectly for me. I did lower my car and didn't find myself using zip ties or anything, I suggest these to everyone I know that drives a Miata.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: joeereid on December 12, 2015, 09:47:16 PM
That photo is for the rear, the fronts do not have the bend but they've worked perfectly for me. I did lower my car and didn't find myself using zip ties or anything, I suggest these to everyone I know that drives a Miata.
Thanks for clarifying that. Was hoping someone finally got around to making a more OEM fitment for the front. Just make sure you confirm no rubbing at full lock. Mine were fine until I lowered to 4.5 pinch weld. Zip ties are just a stopgap until I get around to pulling the lines and re-orienting the twist at the hardline/bracket.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 13, 2015, 12:13:57 AM
I can confirm no rubbing at full lock, My height is at 12" front and 12.5" rear, fender to hub. I have pics of the install I will go ahead and upload tonight so you can check it out.


Title: Re:
Post by: Tickittyboo on December 13, 2015, 12:27:25 AM
I have these as well. Had to try them a couple of different ways while installing but no rubbing,  no zip ties. I'm also lowered.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Mazdaspeed003 on December 16, 2015, 06:46:08 AM
hey since you ordered your Little enchilada, will you still have your AEM intake?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on December 16, 2015, 02:33:39 PM
I will not keep the AEM intake, I'll post it for sale as soon as my FM arrives. PM if you're interested  :smiley6600:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 18, 2016, 01:39:25 AM
I put the car up in the air and sprayed the DP bolts with some rust buster, I'm getting ready to install the FMLE. Yes I know it's California, and yes that's why the license plates are blanked out  :police:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1612/24800938890_263ea2f6b0_z.jpg)

Instructions for the FMLE kit are almost non-existent at this point, probably because either most people already have one installed, or they are pros and don't need any filthy instructions... either way, I'm documenting my install here. I hear that Downpipe is fun to remove, I can't wait to start the job.

On another note, I ordered a NUE Front Under-diffuser for the Mazdaspeed Miata (what feels like a long time ago) and today I received an e-mail from Rev9:

Why does every photo that comes from Japan look like it was shot some time in 1978?

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1659/24802175030_33033c80f2.jpg)

ETA @ Japan Warehouse : February 27th

I don't know what that means, is it arriving to Japan or is it arriving to my address?  :P



Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: joeereid on February 18, 2016, 01:50:56 AM
Interested on your thoughts on that NUE when it arrives. I saw that a few months back when I was researching splitter options.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 18, 2016, 02:43:00 AM
 Yeah for a while I looked at the track dog air splitter, I was about to purchase it when I saw this one up for sale and thought, why not bring it to the U.S. for testing? It'll go on the car once I finish my current install. Pics will be up as soon as it arrives.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: KaiserM715 on February 22, 2016, 07:42:11 PM
Instructions for the FMLE kit are almost non-existent at this point, probably because either most people already have one installed, or they are pros and don't need any filthy instructions... either way, I'm documenting my install here. I hear that Downpipe is fun to remove, I can't wait to start the job.
Subscribing for updates.  This is on my to-do list as well, your install will be a good reference when I do it.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 23, 2016, 10:05:45 AM
FM DP & Exhaust installed!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1508/24584196403_29d1f372f2_z.jpg)

I wouldn't call it a "How To" it's more like my experience.... Still, some may find it useful:

 FM DP/Exhaust  (http://www.mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php/topic,32123.0.html)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on February 28, 2016, 07:13:47 AM
I finished installing my DP and exhaust today. Removing those rusty bolts on the downpipe while having an oil leak in the transmission is no joke! And wow, smelling the grease and degreaser under the car is not something I want to do again, add taking photos to that! Now I know why a mechanic is so expensive  :buck2: in my case Mechanic/Photographer.

The thing about this car though, is that I don't do my own work to save a penny, I do it because I love this car and I love working on it. I haven't driven it in about 1 year but I love it so much, I'm happy enough having it sit in my driveway, waiting for me to get home so I can start figuring what to do next. I think after the FMLE install, it's time for a roll bar, or maybe a paint job so I can put all that body parts on? I'll have to figure it out but for now, I think I have enough to work on :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 04, 2016, 07:58:59 AM
Finished my FMLE install  ^-^

Took some pics of my boost gauge install:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1620/26226936315_b5ec8aedf3_z.jpg)


And my o2 mod:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1571/26201009366_a8541c2702_z.jpg)


Annnnnnddd I made a stand for my MBC :)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1613/26134475152_9eb7f42e46_z.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1563/26160633711_f124f2a8e5_z.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1598/25954045690_bd9212ce8f_z.jpg)

 
This is where I grabbed my boost/vac source for the boost gauge and O2 signal Modifier:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1650/25954046390_b7c51e9fe2_z.jpg)

The side to the o2:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1539/25954321550_2064e9c676_z.jpg)

The other side that goes to the BPV
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1653/26226929885_cda9e3ba55_z.jpg)

Through the firewall, under the steering wheel, this is where I inserted the line to the Boost Gauge, I also zip tied the T to a perfectly placed bolt near by:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1596/26134477712_ccc9c2ecd2_z.jpg)

Boost gauge installed:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1709/26134478292_753c87d832_z.jpg)

Tools needed for o2 mod:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1629/25624262513_667075208f_z.jpg)

Start by stripping the white wire:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1704/26226930745_35ee85930a_z.jpg)

Locate the o2 wire location identified by FM:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1680/25622171434_d8366abea0_z.jpg)

Cut 2 ends like so, and make an incision down the middle:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/26201009016_076fd8e4da_z.jpg)

Remove insulation:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1687/25624265173_9b99390476_z.jpg)

And twist and turn it:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1679/25624264433_fa35a63905_z.jpg)

Remember to clean it with alcohol, and wrap it with insulation tape:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1472/26161209191_d37c839738_z.jpg)

Repeat for the ground side and done!


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 03, 2016, 03:48:50 AM
I ordered some RyokuRob front and rear tow hooks.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: drizzay222 on May 03, 2016, 06:38:43 PM
I ordered some RyokuRob front and rear tow hooks.


From where?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 03, 2016, 08:08:47 PM
Project G in Los Angeles, I contacted them through e-mail and I was able to get the front one. They are very friendly and helpful but they are pretty busy as well, you have to be patient in waiting for a response. As they say: "good things come to those who wait".

Someone contacted me about the v.3 rear tow hook (MSM rear lip compatible) and offered to sell his, but hang tight, I am in the process of fitting my rear skirt (diffuser) and I am not 100% sure that it will fit. I don't know if it's any lower than the MSM lip. If it doesn't fit, I'll let you know  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Mazdaspeed003 on May 04, 2016, 02:18:55 PM
you sell that intake yet?


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 04, 2016, 02:55:30 PM
I have not, let me know if you want it :)


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: drizzay222 on May 06, 2016, 03:06:23 PM
Project G in Los Angeles, I contacted them through e-mail and I was able to get the front one. They are very friendly and helpful but they are pretty busy as well, you have to be patient in waiting for a response. As they say: "good things come to those who wait".

Someone contacted me about the v.3 rear tow hook (MSM rear lip compatible) and offered to sell his, but hang tight, I am in the process of fitting my rear skirt (diffuser) and I am not 100% sure that it will fit. I don't know if it's any lower than the MSM lip. If it doesn't fit, I'll let you know  :mrgreen:

Cool thanks for the info!  Got the Garage star red steel ones but the rear doesn't fit well with the MSM bumper and really want to find the RR ones for convenient rear jacking point.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on May 06, 2016, 03:20:44 PM
That's one of the main reasons why I chose this hook. Lowered car and FM exhaust, even the lowest profile jack is difficult to stick in there to raise from the differential. I usually have to use ramps up front, jack on 1 of the rear jacking points, then a jack on the differential pumpkin. I'm hoping this can help make it easier.


Title: Re: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: Tickittyboo on May 07, 2016, 10:38:56 AM
That's one of the main reasons why I chose this hook. Lowered car and FM exhaust, even the lowest profile jack is difficult to stick in there to raise from the differential. I usually have to use ramps up front, jack on 1 of the rear jacking points, then a jack on the differential pumpkin. I'm hoping this can help make it easier.
Buy a 99 cent hockey puck, cut a groove down the middle of its face deep enough for your pinch weld to sit in. Put it on your floor jack lift plate, and jack your car up from the sides. Works like a charm and you shouldn't need to ramp your car before you jack it up anymore.


Title: Re: Project -Zero Four-
Post by: MSMzer04 on August 08, 2016, 03:54:56 AM
I hit the 99c store several times but I could not locate the hockey puck, I did get a set of FM tools though and a jack adaptor was included!

I've been up to nothing but boring stuff lately.... After installing all the FMLE goodies I blew the Fab9 COP kit, purchased the stock stuff for an insane amount at the stealership and blew the coil pack on Cyl 4 in about 2 weeks, got the car up and running again and now it's sitting in the garage.

With the car down, I realized I have to rely on a second car to get to work. I don't mind since I want to stop putting so many miles on my MSM, that and my wife is almost due. I picked up a Jeep Renegade since I wanted something that could fit my family, my dogs, and my son :)

I've been a bit busy and my funds have taken a bit of a hit, but I did get a new rollbar. I would have loved a big brake kit but a baby seat and stroller will do for now lol