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Title: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:20:20 AM
Around Easter of 2014 i bought a "new to me" 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata

2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 #3693
GT Package
Flyin' Miata - FM2 Kit
Hydra Nemesis
FM Level 2 Clutch and 10.3lb Flywheel
HardDog Sport M2 Roll Bar
and a whole bunch of other goodies that i dont feel like typing at this present moment haha


(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121775&dateline=1409144562)



Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:21:39 AM
a week after buying the car, I spun a bearing on Easter (we are guessing due to low oil from an unknown at the time blown rear main seal).
It set in my garage for a several months while i figured out what to do, but in July i started the rebuild....
i decided to just replace the bearings and try to get it back on the road this summer so i can atleast hit one or two autocrosses and learn the dynamics of the car, a full blown rebuild with forged internals may happen down the road but for right now its just not in the budget.

(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121776&dateline=1409144705)

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got the engine out and found the rear main was shot, the clutch and flywheel were about shot, so they got added to the list for replacement.
I have a FM level 2 Happy Meal Clutch kit with 10.3lb flywheel on its way, should be here Monday

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once the motor was on the stand i started to tear it down

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the damage....
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Crank was still good, little dirty but no damage...

(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121794&dateline=1409144705)

put the new bearings in, polished the crank and she was ready to start going back together (yes everthing was measured and checked, i just dont have pics of any of that stuff haha"

(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121795&dateline=1409144705)

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:22:00 AM
decided while im waiting on a few parts to come in, i would put the stock belts back in to give me the option of harnesses or oem seatbelts, mainly because harnesses arent technically legal in PA, but it also it allows easier use if i just want to go for a little stroll in the car, i kept the harnesses in for when autocrossing.
and while doing that i decided to do the foamectomy to the drivers side seat

(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121797&dateline=1409144926)

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I decided to cut straight across the bottom of the "seam" between the bolsters and the middle, took an 1-1.5" out and it seems much improved so far definitely lowered me in the car a little which being 6-1 ill take all i can get haha

the finished product, cant really tell too much from looking at it that i took much out but i could tell the difference when sitting in the seat
(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121799&dateline=1409144926)

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:22:58 AM
Well this past weekend started the "get the miata back up and running" part of the whole phase

The motor is as buttoned up as can be and ready to go in the car
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Almost there!
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Got the motor in finally Saturday evening, put the hood back on and figured id start fresh sunday with all the electrical stuff, and reinstalling everything else
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Got almost everything hooked up, there are some electrical gremlins that wont allow the car to start right yet BUT its close! just hope i can figure out what it is soon cause ive been aching to drive this car since it broke over Easter...


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:24:16 AM
SHES ALIVE!!!!!

First start - YouTube (http://"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw-f9UsIQ80&list=UUlomFubLozqUPGQhlgUFtsg")

this car is a bit of a rough start normally but that was only enhanced by this first start... ill get all that figured out in due time but for now, she runs!!!!!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 08, 2014, 12:25:32 AM
little weekend update...
new Coil packs came in Saturday, installed them and proceeded to take the car for a drive. it idles better and runs a good bit better as well, still something slightly off on the car BUT the coils drastically improved the car, could just be the gas at this point (its set since Easter and thats still crappy winter blend time in PA haha)

got the laptop set up yesterday to connect and monitor stuff on the Hydra, looking forward to learning more with that and seeing what its capable of.

So far the car has gotten 50 miles on the new motor and as long as there isnt too much rain this week ill drive it as much as i can to get some miles on the rebuild.

also tore into the dash and pulled a couple dummy lights out of the gauge cluster that no longer needed to be there to keep them from flashing at me.
(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=122267&dateline=1409665698)

did a little restoration on the plastic cover of the cluster, looked like Armor_All got sprayed on it and never cleaned off and as a result always looked dirty. wet sanding with 1000-3000 grit took care of all that with a light polish to finish the job.
(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=122268&dateline=1409665698)

the final product
(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=122269&dateline=1409665698)

After that i wanted to start working on a way to clear up a little more room, i started toying with the idea of removing the door handle and seeing what for leg room i could gain. I gained a solid inch of leg room without the door handle and that got me digging on here where i found a writeup where the guy used NA door tops and fabbed up his own door cards with ABS Plastic in his 10AE, i think that will be the next step for me, Id like the added room and i think his actually looks really good as well.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on November 08, 2014, 12:30:32 AM
Nice work. Where in PA? I'm a fellow Pennsylvanian. Trying to organize a meet in the Spring.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: darkcambria on November 08, 2014, 03:13:44 AM
He's out by Pittsburgh. Hopefully he'll be in this spring for Ken to tune him though. We have an autox grunge match to attend to!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Nevyn72 on November 08, 2014, 03:30:52 AM
What are those wheels you have got on this car?
Size/offset?

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 10, 2014, 05:38:58 PM
Nice work. Where in PA? I'm a fellow Pennsylvanian. Trying to organize a meet in the Spring.

He's out by Pittsburgh. Hopefully he'll be in this spring for Ken to tune him though. We have an autox grunge match to attend to!

Like Shawn said, I live on the other side of the state in the Pittsburgh Area, I plan to get the miata out to Ken this spring for him to tune it and as long as work allows im game for a roadtrip for a meet haha


What are those wheels you have got on this car?
Size/offset?

(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=121802&dateline=1409144965)


all i know is they are 5zigen wheels, 16x7 and roughly a 40 offset. they came on the car when i bought it.  i will hopefully be replacing them spring with a set of 15x9 wheels (still unsure whether to go for 6ul's, TRM C3m's or something else)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 26, 2015, 06:59:58 PM
wheels (jongbloed Aero 500, bronze, 15x9s) and a handful of other parts came in yesterday, im pretty excited to get tires and see these on the car.

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 13, 2015, 07:50:21 PM
Since the rebuild last year i had been struggling to fix a misfire that i just couldnt track down, well i found what i thought was the issue over the winter and tore into the car to replace the damaged Timing wheel. I have no doubts that this was the major cause for the misfire
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new timing wheel is in and the misfire is substantially decreased.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 15, 2015, 01:42:24 PM
not a fancy update but an update none the less haha

plastidipped the hardtop latches to see if i liked them black, plan will be to get them powdercoated matte black down the road.
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started pulling all the emblems, I am bleaching the front and rear mazda logos and then painting them black. a few pics of during and after all the tape residue removal
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After all that i decided to start cleaning and polishing the stock radiator cowl cause it was filthy. you can see the during and and after in these pics
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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 16, 2015, 12:55:11 PM
Painted the heat shield for the intake black, did some serious scrubbing/cleaning in the engine bay and sanded all the side markers smooth so that they look good with the tint film I'm going to put on them. With the car down while the headlights are getting blacked out I've killed time tinkering with little things the past few nights

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2 days down on the bleaching, i think another day should have them ready to be prepped for paint
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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: humming on April 16, 2015, 01:36:45 PM
does the bleach just eat away the "chrome" and leave the plastic?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: millsj on April 16, 2015, 01:45:15 PM
Are the emblems on the trunk glued on?  How did you get them off? Heat gun or just pulled them off?  I have a non-MSM trunk lid that I would like to paint one day and will need to remove them for painting.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 16, 2015, 01:54:32 PM
does the bleach just eat away the "chrome" and leave the plastic?

yeah ive had them in bleach for 2 days now, the bleach does eat away at the chrome. Each morning I wake up and wash them off and put them in fresh bleach, the bleach will be black when you dump it out. it will take 3-4 days to do. Ill chronicle the remaining days and do a little write up on the remaining prep work to remove all the chrome so they can be painted


Are the emblems on the trunk glued on?  How did you get them off? Heat gun or just pulled them off?  I have a non-MSM trunk lid that I would like to paint one day and will need to remove them for painting.

they are stuck on with two sided tape,  you can use fishing line, floss and ive even seen people use a credit card or shopping card as well, once you get the letters off, goo gone and alot of elbow grease will remove all the residue. it will take a while to do it. If you have more questions feel free to ask, ill do my best to explain how i did it


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: millsj on April 16, 2015, 02:02:38 PM
Thanks.  It's not on the top of my list to do at the moment, but I at least have an idea of how to do it.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 19, 2015, 01:27:31 PM
made my own windshield washer bottle, car didnt have one and the relocation kit i got with the car didnt work cause of the blow off valve placement.

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emblems are ready for paint too!
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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on April 19, 2015, 03:34:27 PM
Did you use silicone around the whole you cut?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on April 19, 2015, 03:40:52 PM
Hey I forget how close you are to this but there's a season opener meet in NJ a week from today at the Cheesequake rest area. Car is coming along nicely.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 19, 2015, 08:51:22 PM
I'm going to put silicone around it but I tested it as is and since the hole is the size of the pump and not the side of the rubber grommet it wasn't leaking I my test run but silicone won't hurt haha

And thanks NJ is about a 5.5-6 hour drive from Pittsburgh but maybe some weekend I can make the road trip out.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 20, 2015, 12:44:05 PM
Painted the Emblems Black Mica with touch up paint i had leftover from my 3..
(http://www.miataturbo.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=138182&dateline=1429533674)

lamin-x on the bumper reflectors or whatever you want to call them haha
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baked the headlights open, then blacked out the housing instead of the old black chrome that was on them.
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^ thats the best i can do with the car in the garage, hopefully i can get it out for some proper pics this week


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: humming on April 20, 2015, 01:49:06 PM
the blacked out lamp housings look amazing! I may need to copy you.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 20, 2015, 02:01:54 PM
thanks man, and go for it! i think its just a far more attractive look than the "black chrome" ever was. I can give you all the information you would need to do it when you are ready


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 23, 2015, 05:26:18 PM
and here's two more pics of the headlights and emblems and turns signals
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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: MSMzer04 on April 27, 2015, 05:17:40 AM
Those headlights are sick! Does your car have a clear bra?


Title: Re:
Post by: barmato on April 27, 2015, 07:13:44 AM
You should do a "How To" on that headlight mod.  Looks Great! 


Title: Re:
Post by: thejeans on April 27, 2015, 12:12:40 PM
Those headlights are sick! Does your car have a clear bra?

Thanks! the car did have a clear bra then about 15k miles ago the previous owner hit a deer and had to get a new front bumper and hood, the body shop never put one back on. I would like to get a new one put on down the road but who know whether it actually happens or now haha

You should do a "How To" on that headlight mod.  Looks Great! 

ill try to work one up this week for you guys


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: mic5423 on April 27, 2015, 03:28:41 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5457ulpHuaM

How to vid for opening headlamps.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: mic5423 on April 27, 2015, 03:29:24 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5457ulpHuaM

How to vid for opening headlamps.

Edit-if that doesn't work try this http://youtu.be/5457ulpHuaM


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 29, 2015, 05:10:11 PM
good lookin out on the vids. watching a video is always easier than reading font and pics for me to get what to do. ill sit down and watch the videos tonight and see if i can add anything else to what the videos said.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 04, 2015, 05:54:55 PM
well... shes gonna be down for a while :'(

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Title: Re:
Post by: barmato on May 04, 2015, 06:20:01 PM
Oh no!   What happened?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on May 04, 2015, 06:29:13 PM
 :shockeyes: no! what happened?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 04, 2015, 07:06:06 PM
girl was sitting facing my lane of traffic, she pulled out across my lane to turn onto an highway on ramp, she claimed she thought i was merging onto the ramp (i had no turn signal on, and was already past the on ramp entrance for my traffic direction) so she "turned to the on ramp, then realized i was coming straight, panicked and braked." her exact words. so she was sitting broadside in my lane 50' in front of me, i had enough time to curse, stand on the brakes and brace for impact.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Maduh on May 04, 2015, 07:14:09 PM
Awe man... I just audibly gasped at seeing that. Sorry to see man. Hopefully there's no frame damage.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 04, 2015, 08:18:50 PM
you and i both....


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 11, 2015, 12:12:48 PM
Tow truck came saturday and shes off to the body shop to get fixed

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on May 11, 2015, 12:27:54 PM
 :( hope she gets better soon!!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 11, 2015, 12:35:14 PM
im gonna have a big mod day as soon as the car gets back from the body shop. i have all kinds of parts waiting to go on the car.

also gonna do a little tweaking to the car since its in the body shop now and see if i cant get the front bumper emblem shaved and then another surprise or two ;)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on May 11, 2015, 01:23:15 PM
Was it undriveable that you had it flat bedded??


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 11, 2015, 02:07:52 PM
it is kinda sorta driveable... alot of the inner wheel well and things like that all got pushed back and were rubbing the front passenger tire, instead of trying to limp it 20 miles away to the body shop or worrying about whats  rubbing and if it could cut a tire, i figured it was just best to get the flatbed and haul it there.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on May 11, 2015, 02:09:57 PM
Just wondering  It looked nasty but not undriveable nasty.  The fact that it was inner body work stopping you from driving it is a good sign over the fact if it had been suspension stopping you from driving it.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on May 11, 2015, 02:13:39 PM
Just wondering  It looked nasty but not undriveable nasty.  The fact that it was inner body work stopping you from driving it is a good sign over the fact if it had been suspension stopping you from driving it.

yeah for sure! i had no issues moving it around in the driveway, i just figured i would rather be safe with getting it towed. the Hawk HP+ pads did a good job of slowing the car down enough to where the impact wasn't catastrophic for the car


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 11, 2015, 12:08:56 PM
got a phone call the car should be ready for pickup tonight or tomorrow. Im ready to have it back. then its time for the coilovers, wheels and tires to go on the car


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on June 11, 2015, 02:14:58 PM
 thumup awesome! you thinking about coming out to the races this year at all, LRP, the glen?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 12, 2015, 11:29:18 AM
thumup awesome! you thinking about coming out to the races this year at all, LRP, the glen?

id like to, ill have to see when they are.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 13, 2015, 06:06:15 PM
Miata came home from the body shop yesterday. Its been an eventful 24 hours!
heater core under the dash blew out as i got the car home so i had ALOT of coolant to clean out of the drivers footwell. bypassed the heater core for now so i can still drive it this summer.
Tracked down a vacuum leak that helped idle, and the car seems to run a bit better now too!
Ordered tires for the Jongbloeds and got confirmation they shipped this morning, thinking i should have the new wheels and tires on the car tuesday or wednesday!
going to see my good friend in Lancaster, PA (darkcambria) next weekend and we will be installing Tein Super Streets, Mazdaspeed (Accessory) Rear Diff Mounts, and new rear brakes. some fun changes coming for the msm

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: svetki on June 13, 2015, 07:41:41 PM
Looks like the bodyshop did a good job, but they forgot your black (M)!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 13, 2015, 08:10:58 PM
i had them fill the holes from the logo. i wanted no front emblem


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: darkcambria on June 14, 2015, 12:52:39 AM
I prefer the clean look without the emblem, looks even meaner


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 15, 2015, 01:44:56 PM
I prefer the clean look without the emblem, looks even meaner

yeah i think it looks a bit meaner as well


Installed my new (to me) Mitsubishi Eclipse vents. work substantially better than the eyeball vents did, and IMO look a lot better as well

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3819/18805209886_9b1caf1f70_c.jpg)

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3678/18834136111_4ccdc13be0_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on June 15, 2015, 03:17:18 PM
I prefer the clean look without the emblem, looks even meaner

yeah i think it looks a bit meaner as well


Installed my new (to me) Mitsubishi Eclipse vents. work substantially better than the eyeball vents did, and IMO look a lot better as well

+1


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 17, 2015, 01:42:14 PM
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3953/18704599879_80cdec117e_c.jpg)

the tires came in the mail yesterday, dropped them off to get mounted and balanced with the jongbloeds. Ill pick them up after work and get pics tonight after i get them put on the car


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: mic5423 on June 17, 2015, 03:58:08 PM
Are your vents able to rotate in place?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 17, 2015, 05:13:32 PM
Are your vents able to rotate in place?

yeah they rotate, not the easiest rotation but it can be done. Ill try to get a video tonight while im working on the car tonight


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 17, 2015, 11:04:05 PM
wheels are on! no major clearance issues, some rubbing at full lock but thats not the end of the world and can be fixed down the road pretty easily

Obligatory comparison pic of the wheels that were on and the wheels going on the car.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/272/18283605043_346e97eb5f_z.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5470/18716603228_d1437c7da5_c.jpg)

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5460/18877987406_64dd6fa76d_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thomsoad on June 17, 2015, 11:23:19 PM

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5460/18877987406_1da6f3b67c_c.jpg)

Theres something seriously wrong with this picture!
New tires AND the cars parked?!!  ;D


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 18, 2015, 01:06:21 AM

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5460/18877987406_1da6f3b67c_c.jpg)

Theres something seriously wrong with this picture!
New tires AND the cars parked?!!  ;D

Haha I took them for a spirited ride as soon as I finished taking some pics. I'll get plenty of time tomorrow behind the wheel with my 4.5 hour road trip to see some friends and family


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: ozbrock on June 18, 2015, 01:49:22 AM
I bet you are stoked to have it back! Enjoy the new sticky rubber.

Where do you think they are rubbing at full lock?  With the TRM 15x9's and 225's I only had rubbing going in reverse at full lock from the inside shoulder of the tire to the spring on the stock Billies, stock fenders and liners were clear.  I've read some stories of rubbing on the control arms with the Jongbloeds.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 18, 2015, 02:23:05 AM
I think it's rubbing the spring, only did it parallel parking the car. But coils should fix that this weekend


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: svetki on June 19, 2015, 01:35:40 AM
I liked the 5zigens but the jongs are even better looking!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 26, 2015, 04:28:13 PM
thanks man!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on July 14, 2015, 10:32:16 PM
more goodies came in today! im pretty happy with it all. cleared up legroom and sits and feels a lot better than the stock location and stock wheel

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/281/19512436098_9d2daed01f_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/296/19077905754_2d1bbcdc77_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/533/19512482130_d5e0a6e360_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/319/19512483120_a7bf52c497_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/528/19693332772_1c914dca76_c.jpg)

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Mazdaspeed003 on July 15, 2015, 12:13:31 AM
how hard was the install?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on July 15, 2015, 02:23:09 AM
Was actually pretty easy!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SeniorMoment on July 15, 2015, 12:40:39 PM
Which model NRG wheel is that?  Being older, stiffer, a lot less flexible and with the roof up I have difficulty getting in and out!!  It looks as though you have created a fair bit more knee room under the wheel.  What's the story with the airbag?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on July 15, 2015, 01:02:37 PM
Which model NRG wheel is that?  Being older, stiffer, a lot less flexible and with the roof up I have difficulty getting in and out!!  It looks as though you have created a fair bit more knee room under the wheel.  What's the story with the airbag?

that is the Flat Bottom Steering Wheel, 2.0 Quick Release and Short Hub. There is a a bit more legroom and the wheels sits a little closer to you, as opposed to the stock location.
The airbag was just disconnected. I have a hyrda and from the time i bought the car the airbag light used to always flash so in the cluster. I just pulled that light from the cluster, for me it wasnt much of an issue. for others im sure its a bit more of a pain.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on September 08, 2015, 01:05:46 PM
Installed my phone holder, put a new shift nob on and picked up 97 NA Door Cards, and snagged this seat. I plan to retrofit the door cards with some "custom" fabwork to the MSM, and the Seat will get reupholstered and made to look like new again.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5711/21055742458_b30b43a293_c.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5733/21217438906_5d7334e11b_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: tuckermon on September 08, 2015, 09:43:39 PM
What size is the wheel?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on September 09, 2015, 12:41:20 PM
What size is the wheel?

flat bottom 330mm wheel


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: omnislashx82 on September 18, 2015, 04:38:14 AM
ever figure out the reason for the spun bearing? im in that boat for a while now and just getting around to working on it. hoping to do the same thing and replace the bearings and slap it back together


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on September 21, 2015, 03:36:36 PM
ever figure out the reason for the spun bearing? im in that boat for a while now and just getting around to working on it. hoping to do the same thing and replace the bearings and slap it back together

yeah,
my rear main seal went, lost lots of oil into the bell housing of the trans and spun the bearing cause of lack of oil


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 11, 2015, 08:28:03 PM
planning a bunch of things for the miata this winter... should be fun!

NA door cards that i will retrofit onto the car.
going to move/relocate and add gauges.
planning the rebuild of the motor this winter with forged internals
want to track down another 6 speed as the previous owner broke 2nd gear and proceeded to swap an NA 5 speed into the car.
planning to order the NC Singular hood Vents and get those onto the hood
Vinyl wrapping the windshield frame Matte Black
while the motor is out, im planning to paint the engine bay Matte black, and clean up alot of the wires/hoses (partial wire tuck)
had the heatercore blow out on me and would like to replace that. while i have the entire interior ripped out ill look to shed a bit of weight where i can and probably do a bit of heat control around the drivers footwell
gotta bake open and repaint the headlight since one got trashed from the accident.
Install my vented wing windows
also trading my "custom" 3" straight piped exhaust for the 3" FM exhaust. i want something a little less obnoxious and a buddy of mine wants something more obnoxious for his hill climb car.

Ill try my best to take pics while the whole thing goes down. Once its all broke in ill be making the trip in the spring to the eastern side of PA for Ken Hill to tune the car and of course Dyno sheets will follow getting the tune


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: darkcambria on November 12, 2015, 05:57:28 AM
Hey what can I say, I like the obnoxiousness. You have a nice amount of work to do this winter but I can't wait to drive it again once it's tuned properly


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: sfcarbone on November 12, 2015, 06:16:51 PM
I don't really understand why the trend is to paint engine compartments black.  Drop a bolt or tool and it is GONE.  My engine builder prefers White for that reason.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Maduh on November 12, 2015, 07:23:47 PM
I don't really understand why the trend is to paint engine compartments black.  Drop a bolt or tool and it is GONE.  My engine builder prefers White for that reason.

As someone with a black mica car... I can agree with this.  :roll: I can't count how many times I've left a socket or bolt or something in the engine bay, only to hear it fly out from under the car 5 seconds after getting down the street.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 12, 2015, 08:27:57 PM
I don't really understand why the trend is to paint engine compartments black.  Drop a bolt or tool and it is GONE.  My engine builder prefers White for that reason.

As someone with a black mica car... I can agree with this.  :roll: I can't count how many times I've left a socket or bolt or something in the engine bay, only to hear it fly out from under the car 5 seconds after getting down the street.

Every car I've ever owned before the Miata was either black, dark gray or dark blue. the longest in that stretch was a Black Mica Mz3 that was one of the more heavily modded N/A setups when first gens came out.
I've never really had an issue losing tools in dark engine bays. I've lost a bunch of bolts but that's more because they land somewhere on the subframe and i cant get my hands back to grab them haha.
Since I've bought the car, its never had the splash shield on it. If i drop something its more than likely falling through to the ground with the miata
The one guy helping me build the motor has a shop and in return for his help i will be putting the car in a few shows at his stand/tent/booth. The matte black bay will make all the red and polished pieces under the hood really stand out and "pop" for show purposes.
I personally don't care what color the bay is, im building the car to become an autocross/track slut haha


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on November 14, 2015, 01:25:22 AM
planning a bunch of things for the miata this winter... should be fun!

NA door cards that i will retrofit onto the car.
going to move/relocate and add gauges.
planning the rebuild of the motor this winter with forged internals
want to track down another 6 speed as the previous owner broke 2nd gear and proceeded to swap an NA 5 speed into the car.
planning to order the NC Singular hood Vents and get those onto the hood
Vinyl wrapping the windshield frame Matte Black
while the motor is out, im planning to paint the engine bay Matte black, and clean up alot of the wires/hoses (partial wire tuck)
had the heatercore blow out on me and would like to replace that. while i have the entire interior ripped out ill look to shed a bit of weight where i can and probably do a bit of heat control around the drivers footwell
gotta bake open and repaint the headlight since one got trashed from the accident.
Install my vented wing windows
also trading my "custom" 3" straight piped exhaust for the 3" FM exhaust. i want something a little less obnoxious and a buddy of mine wants something more obnoxious for his hill climb car.

Ill try my best to take pics while the whole thing goes down. Once its all broke in ill be making the trip in the spring to the eastern side of PA for Ken Hill to tune the car and of course Dyno sheets will follow getting the tune
Ken is an awesome tuner and an overall great guy. He's done lots of work on my car (2 tuning sessions and 1 wiring job) and I can't say enough great things. You won't regret the trip out there, probably the same distance for you as me. Maybe when you're up there, I'll take a ride out.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on November 14, 2015, 11:30:35 AM
Dude, I'm swapping out my 6 speed, you can own it cheap if you want it.


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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 15, 2015, 02:16:33 PM

Ken is an awesome tuner and an overall great guy. He's done lots of work on my car (2 tuning sessions and 1 wiring job) and I can't say enough great things. You won't regret the trip out there, probably the same distance for you as me. Maybe when you're up there, I'll take a ride out.

heck yea man, i know that Shawn (darkcambria) will likely be around im out there. Hes helped me do a good bit to the car and we are both friends with the previous owner and always wanted this car to reach its fullest potential.

Dude, I'm swapping out my 6 speed, you can own it cheap if you want it.

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 17, 2015, 02:56:28 PM
well the list of things to do grew this week.
got offered a hell of a deal on a FM cross flow rad, and airflow fan setup. got SS brake lines and hood props as well.
looks like im going to have to add the coolant reroute to maximize the upgrade.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on November 17, 2015, 03:40:07 PM
well the list of things to do grew this week.
got offered a hell of a deal on a FM cross flow rad, and airflow fan setup. got SS brake lines and hood props as well.
looks like im going to have to add the coolant reroute to maximize the upgrade.

You need to do some checking on that with those that have done the reroute.  I beleive the last thinking is with the OEM headgasket don't do it.  Read and ask first.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 17, 2015, 03:52:44 PM
You need to do some checking on that with those that have done the reroute.  I beleive the last thinking is with the OEM headgasket don't do it.  Read and ask first.

I appreciate the heads up but from what I've read the 01-05 head gasket was designed to alleviate the cooling issues but it still doesn't do as well as the reroute.
I know the 01-05 head gasket doesn't work too well with the reroute and the 94-00 "BP26" head gasket is suggested. Since I'm ripping the motor apart to forge the bottom end this winter, it wont be too hard to swap head gaskets at that time to try to help maximize the efficiency in cooling.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on November 17, 2015, 04:16:05 PM
That's a different story than I got the radiator and need the cooling kit to get the most from it!   thumup


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on November 17, 2015, 04:39:53 PM
That's a different story than I got the radiator and need the cooling kit to get the most from it!   thumup

haha sorry should have worded that better.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on November 20, 2015, 02:40:21 PM
Before people said you basically HAD to change the headgasket with the re-route. Now people are saying that it's only recommended. If your head is off anyway, swap in the thicker FM headgasket and you  never have to worry. Can't hurt to de-compress a bit either ;)

This is the one I am using
https://www.flyinmiata.com/1994-00-40-thousand-metal-head-gasket.html


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 14, 2015, 04:33:06 PM
Got the vented wing windows installed yesterday
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5668/23636489302_0f57a76b70_c.jpg)

also got around to building my own LED Blanking Plates, wired them up to the map lights to make the car alot nicer to get into (excuse the potato quality photos, i promise i will get better pics of them soon)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/778/23377032659_4dcc37f4ab_c.jpg)

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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: SilverMiataRacer on December 14, 2015, 07:31:29 PM
I'm sorry but I have to ask.  Why would you put vent windows in a convertible.  And again I'm sorry but those are really nasty looking to me.  JMHO


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 14, 2015, 08:14:54 PM
I'm sorry but I have to ask.  Why would you put vent windows in a convertible.  And again I'm sorry but those are really nasty looking to me.  JMHO


no offense taken, i think they are ugly myself but they are a function>form type mod. I have no AC/defrost and the windshield tends to fog up on those cool spring and summer mornings and evenings.
I have and LOVE the cool breeze scoop that moves alot of air down onto my legs while im driving the car, and i figured if these move similar air that i can either direct towards my face or towards the windshield that i can fix alot of my fogging issues.  If they dont work like i hope, its an hour or two to put the stock glass back in. Its worth a shot


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: darkcambria on December 14, 2015, 08:54:56 PM
Air directed at you feels awfully nice rather than just air running over your head. We have similar setup on our lemons car and it's a lifesaver


Title: Re:
Post by: Maduh on December 15, 2015, 03:34:49 AM
I like the vent windows, but why are there so high up? All the ones I've seen sit much lower.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 15, 2015, 01:30:04 PM
just the design (miataroadster vented wing windows)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Maduh on December 15, 2015, 02:03:04 PM
Ah, I've only ever saw these ones: http://projectgla.com/gvents.html


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 15, 2015, 02:14:58 PM
Ah, I've only ever saw these ones: http://projectgla.com/gvents.html

yeah i had read that if you are taller that the project G hit you more in the chest than the face so i opted for the higher MiataRoadster ones. i wont know til spring where they vent the air to you. car is down for a full rebuild this winter.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Maduh on December 15, 2015, 02:16:43 PM
Be sure to update! I've been wanting to do this mod for a while now just never really had a good reason too. I'm curious to see if they make no air conditioning bearable enough.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 15, 2015, 02:17:43 PM
i will definely keep you posted. do you have the cool breeze scoop?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Maduh on December 15, 2015, 04:31:42 PM
I'm one of those folks that's torn out his softtop and permanently attached a hardtop. But I did have a coolbreeze scoop years ago before it broke. It was very nice.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on December 15, 2015, 08:43:34 PM
I'm one of those folks that's torn out his softtop and permanently attached a hardtop. But I did have a coolbreeze scoop years ago before it broke. It was very nice.

ahhh. gotcha!


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 11, 2016, 04:54:27 PM
Installed my Track Dog Racing Hood lifts last weekend, no more stupid hood prop!!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1469/24864678371_5a31f12899_c.jpg)

also started to rip out the interior to prep for the new seat. I have some work to do still getting the dash out so i can replace the heater core and to get the carpets out but atleast the projects are moving along...
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1458/24662501290_ebf31db1dc_c.jpg)

there are a bunch of goodies that will arrive at my house today, pics will follow


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 11, 2016, 07:47:13 PM
left the office at lunch to work from home this afternoon and these goodies showed up...

The new Seat rail
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1453/24335900403_29653f145c_c.jpg)

the new seat!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1720/24962746605_2622f6a4dc_c.jpg)

Parts for my LS Coil setup.
Wires
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1583/24962746725_c29cb7a821_c.jpg)

Plugs
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1453/24936445596_b12012f242_c.jpg)

the bracket to hold it all together, I need to tweak this a bit but here is a pic so far
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1564/24667257430_10cb53806d_c.jpg)

Deatcshwerks 700cc Injectors
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1481/24844778422_8c9d2763b1_c.jpg)

Track Dog Oil Pressure sender to make the cluster gauge actually work more accurately
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1498/24936443826_00e716a8ea_c.jpg)

Garage Star Delrin Door Bushings... Ive heard alot of mixed things but figured what the heck!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1557/24869433971_eac17c75ef_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: JCALD on February 14, 2016, 01:02:18 AM
I have that same seat but opted to make my own rails.  Surprisingly comfortable.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 15, 2016, 02:45:30 PM
I have that same seat but opted to make my own rails.  Surprisingly comfortable.

i saw those, i need to have the seat as low and as far back as i can... Im actually thinking of modifying the Track Dog Racing Seat to get me even lower and further back than i am with the test fit.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 17, 2016, 03:40:00 PM
got the carpets out, test fit the seat, i have to start tweaking the rail to get me lower and further back cause i dont like the current location. I practiced my vinyl wrapping skills on the center console around the radio and shifter for future projects, plus i covered up that hideous silver

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1515/24710646590_3c772b4f4d_c.jpg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1664/24375541344_be9dffb1a0_c.jpg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1502/24720767349_c30630497e_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: Fantasticmaxx on February 17, 2016, 03:43:57 PM
Man, the hood props and the LED's are nice touches! looks good, been on the fence about ordering a set of those props....


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 17, 2016, 03:50:39 PM
Man, the hood props and the LED's are nice touches! looks good, been on the fence about ordering a set of those props....

thanks man! i love the hood props, it makes you commit right away cause you have to drill holes and then tap the holes into the hinges for the hood, but its a pretty easy install.
the LED's were a pretty easy thing to make, a little bit of back and forth to get them how i wanted, but im very happy with the result. Ive been thinking about making a handful of sets to sell but just havent gotten around to it yet. Maybe this summer.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 25, 2016, 02:47:19 PM
so i am not very pleased with how low the "LOW" TDR seat rail is. if you look in the pic up a few back, you can see it bends up, its honestly no lower than my current foamectomied stock seat. So i taking the seat rail to a buddy who's going to help me modify the rail to get me lower (heat up the metal and beat the bend out of it to just bolt on and go straight back, or drop down).

i also am buying a new-to-me 6 speed and MiataRoadster short shifter to replace the "i have no clue how its never broken" 5 speed that was put into the car from the previous owner. seriously that 5 speed is a magical unicorn transmission, its from an early 90s, has around 250k on it, spent most of the last 80k on two boosted miatae, and neither of those drivers are easy on cars hahaha. will be nice to have the 6 speed back in the car.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 2004 msm on February 25, 2016, 07:17:53 PM
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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: JCALD on February 25, 2016, 10:56:02 PM
I have that same seat but opted to make my own rails.  Surprisingly comfortable.

i saw those, i need to have the seat as low and as far back as i can... Im actually thinking of modifying the Track Dog Racing Seat to get me even lower and further back than i am with the test fit.

I thought the rail from track dog was too flat and needed to be higher in the front to make it comfortable.  A friend welded brackets directly to his spec Miata seat to get it as low as possible.  Only problem is that most cannot weld aluminum.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 26, 2016, 01:17:56 AM
I have that same seat but opted to make my own rails.  Surprisingly comfortable.

i saw those, i need to have the seat as low and as far back as i can... Im actually thinking of modifying the Track Dog Racing Seat to get me even lower and further back than i am with the test fit.

I thought the rail from track dog was too flat and needed to be higher in the front to make it comfortable.  A friend welded brackets directly to his spec Miata seat to get it as low as possible.  Only problem is that most cannot weld aluminum.

Im 6'1"and 250lbs (long torso and tree trunk legs).... i need/want every inch of room i can get. As it currently sits with the TDR Low rail, its no lower than my foamectomy stock seat was... Ill figure something out for the seat bracket up and then likely have to get the BFH out and massage the tunnel on the drivers side to get the seating position i want.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on February 27, 2016, 02:22:35 PM
Is that the Ultrashield Rally seat with TDR logo on it?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: JCALD on February 27, 2016, 10:52:39 PM
Yes.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: drizzay222 on February 28, 2016, 12:21:38 AM
Jcald will your rails work with that seat?


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Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on February 28, 2016, 01:12:00 PM
Is that the Ultrashield Rally seat with TDR logo on it?

it is. if you order it from Track Dog Racing, you get their cover instead of the ultashield cover.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: JCALD on February 28, 2016, 06:27:21 PM
Jcald will your rails work with that seat?


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I don't see any reason why they would not work.  I have one of the track dog seats but a different rail set for it.  The stock seat lowering rails don't have as much tilt as my racing seat rails.  The track dog seat has a 10 degree back angle.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 07, 2016, 02:07:38 PM
Got a bit more work done over the weekend...

Installed the bluetooth stereo, and the freshly wrapped center surround
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1652/25559699096_b535550aaf_c.jpg)

BYE BYE loud "custom" 3" with fart cannon.... HEEELLLOO 3" FM exhaust
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1681/25218276279_d084f9b4e0_c.jpg)

such a cleaner and more unassuming look, im really happy with how it looks now
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1592/25467220692_9f05acd080_c.jpg)

HELLO LS Coils setup! (FM Big Spark)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1630/24955336944_9f7dca4041_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on March 07, 2016, 02:19:09 PM
Let me know when you're out around Shawn's way and we can all meet up.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 07, 2016, 02:23:52 PM
Let me know when you're out around Shawn's way and we can all meet up.

oh for sure! shawn showed me the pic of you hood yesterday. it looks great and confirmed that i definitely want to do it down the road for my car haha


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on March 07, 2016, 02:27:15 PM
Let me know when you're out around Shawn's way and we can all meet up.

oh for sure! shawn showed me the pic of you hood yesterday. it looks great and confirmed that i definitely want to do it down the road for my car haha
He said he's selling his NB ones to get the NC variety now lol


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 07, 2016, 02:57:46 PM
Let me know when you're out around Shawn's way and we can all meet up.

oh for sure! shawn showed me the pic of you hood yesterday. it looks great and confirmed that i definitely want to do it down the road for my car haha
He said he's selling his NB ones to get the NC variety now lol

haha yeah... 


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 16, 2016, 01:25:34 PM
started fabbing the "custom" NA door cards last night, have a little more to do on each door but at least they are going in the right direction

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1589/25532781870_f270e983de_c.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: ozbrock on March 16, 2016, 01:55:28 PM
Looking good!

I like that you went with the '97 uppers.  I have a passenger side upper sitting here from a '97, waiting to find a good deal on a drivers side one before I start working on panels.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on March 16, 2016, 02:04:14 PM
Looking good!

I like that you went with the '97 uppers.  I have a passenger side upper sitting here from a '97, waiting to find a good deal on a drivers side one before I start working on panels.

thanks man, to be completely honest, i only went with the 97's cause they were the cheapest and easiest to find locally haha. that being said they are starting to grow on me a little bit.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 06, 2016, 12:38:26 PM
You know you are getting close to being done when the laptop is out! I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25997830090_82a544ca15_c.jpg)

still have a large list to get done before tuning on May 21st but i am ready to fire and calibrate all the sensors this weekend.


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 11, 2016, 12:46:15 PM
got the car started Saturday, it idles beautifully and for partial throttle, revs pretty quickly... it was 30 and snowing Saturday so the shakedown has to wait til Wednesday or Thursday this week once the weather gets a little nicer. Cant wait to see what this can can do on the road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maZJKgJ3Odo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maZJKgJ3Odo)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: 04TitaniumGrayPhilly on April 12, 2016, 01:54:46 AM
Excited to see this thing this summer. We should find a 3 lane highway,  drivingss drivingss drivingss


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 13, 2016, 11:28:07 AM
Excited to see this thing this summer. We should find a 3 lane highway,  drivingss drivingss drivingss

haha yeah it will be fun.. i have alot of work to still do to get it ready for tuning next month...


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on April 20, 2016, 01:59:35 PM
Since i cant update the first post with the new and improved "mod list" figure ill just put it here

Performance:
Flyin' Miata - FM2 Kit (GT2560 Turbo)
Hydra Nemesis 2.7
FM Level 2 Clutch
FM 10.3lb Flywheel
FM 2.5" Stainless Steel Exhaust
FM 36-2 timing wheel (to be installed)
FM Big Spark (LS3 Coil) Ingintion
700CC Deatschwerks Injectors
FM Cross Flow Radiator and Stage 1 Airflow kit (to be installed)
Hawk HP+ pads with slotted rotors (front) Blank Rotors (rear)
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (to be installed)
Tein Street Advance Coilovers
NA 5 speed transmission (stock 6 speed with Miata Roaster Short Shifter to be installed)
949 Racing Extended SS Clutch Line
Mazdaspeed Acc Motor Mounts
Mazdaspeed Acc Diff Bushings
Track Dog Oil Pressure sender (to be installed)

Interior:
Ultrashield Rally Sport Seat and TDR Low Seat Rail
Greddy Weighted Shift knob
HardDog Sport M2 Roll Bar
Custom LED Blanking plates and Visors removed
Custom NA door Cards
Moss Miata Iphone Mounting System
Garage Star Delrin Door Bushings
NRG Quick Release Hub and NRG Flat bottom Wheel

Exterior:
16x7 5Zigen Imperio M05 (gold) (winter storage wheels)
15x9 Jongbloed Aero 500 wheels (bronze) with 225-45-15 Hankook RS3's
Blacked out Headlights, Emblems, and Hardtop Latches
Front Emblem shaved.
Moss Miata Protective Grille
Moss Miata Rubber Antenna
Miata Roadster Vented wing windows
Lamin-X Yellow Foglight Covers
Lamin-X Smoke Covers on Front and Rear Bumper reflectors
Matte Black Vinyl Wrapped Windshield Frame (coming soon)

Others:
Custom Windshield Washer Bottle Relocation haha


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: HELLIONMX5 on June 26, 2016, 04:58:33 PM
Do you use that TDR seat as a daily?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on June 27, 2016, 12:17:57 PM
Do you use that TDR seat as a daily?


i have a 2014 CX-5 AWD GT that i daily, the miata is the weekend/fun car haha. but what do you want to know about the seat?


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on July 18, 2016, 02:51:01 PM
https://youtu.be/uY8d3pPD7ls

met up with a local over the weekend to discuss mazdaspeed Miata's, and got a quick video, its the first time ive heard it from anywhere other than behind the wheel


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on October 17, 2016, 01:46:12 PM
recalibrated the o2 sensor yesterday (i didnt do it 100% correct when i did it in the spring)
shes running ALOT better now. drove it over 600 miles this weekend going to Lancaster PA to see some friends. the Ultrashield seat is surprisingly comfy even on long drives.

oh and someone liked my car at the Lancaster Cars and Coffee event yesterday
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8610/30384731785_53d391a841_o.jpg)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on October 18, 2016, 06:44:33 PM
little 3rd and 4th gear pull. little by little this car is getting better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2c1dR7XqIk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2c1dR7XqIk)


Title: Re: thejeans 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata #3693
Post by: thejeans on October 19, 2016, 06:06:39 PM
couple more pics from Sundays Cars and Coffee.... my friends have way cooler cars than i do. Hillclimb MSM and a hillclimb ITB mazda3

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8562/29801139144_805b34dd36_c.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5512/30315371272_8e0425bc97_c.jpg)