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mrpham
15-10-11, 11:54 AM
Hey all.

My previous car was a Nissan S15 (http://forum.jdmstyletuning.com/showthread.php?26278-My-S15-)), built for track and street duties. Served me well but I sold so I could get an RX-7. Well instead of doing that, I've invested the money and bought an MX-5 instead. Should keep me entertained for the next 6 months or so, that's when I'll hopefully get my rotary fix.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/DSC_0920-545x361.jpg
http://forum.jdmstyletuning.com/showthread.php?26278-My-S15-)

My blog - http://omgpham.com/

Modifications so far:

1.6L Engine from the NB6 (solid lifters, cam/crank angle sensors, etc...)
Extensively ported head
280 degree camshafts with 10.5mm lift
Oversized valves
Stronger valve springs
Toda adjustable cam pulleys/gears
HKS headers
Toyota AE101 ITBs
Garage Star/T3 ITB adapter
T3 Velocity Stacks
UNI filters
Outwears filter booties
Innovate MTX-L
Relocated brake prop valve
NB 5-Speed gearbox
Lightened flywheel 3.5kg
Cusco 1.5way LSD
4.778 diff ratio
Every nut and bolt re-zinc plated
Painted block
MegaSquirt DIYPNP ECU
Bluetooth ECU Connection
Custom ECU mounting
Toyota COPs
CNC cut COPs bracket
OBX dual feed fuel rail
Aeromotive FPR
Short shifter
Custom wiring harness, body and engine
FD3S RX-7 fuse folder
Dedicated engine fuse/relay panel
Flex-a-lite 16" thermofan
42 Draft Designs Catch Can
GarageStar radiator cooling panel
52mm aluminium radiator
MX-5 Plus custom exhaust
Yellowspeed Racing coilovers
Broadway Mirror
Frame Rail Braces
Low-Profile Headlights
Garage Vary front lip
Project-G Bikini Top
Carbon fibre side mirrors
Side Skirt Diffusers - http://omgpham.com/mx-5-miata-side-skirt-diffuser
R-Package rear lip
MX-5 Plus offset number plate bracket
Genuine hard top
Hard top brackets
KG-Works cluster
Vented front window
Momo Team 280mm steering wheel
Sparco Sprint V fixed back seat
MX-5 Plus Tall Boy roll bar
Whiteline sway bars
Genuine strut tower brace
Hankook RS-3 225/45/15 tyres
OG-San 15x8 +25mm with 5mm spacers to make it +20mm


My blog - http://omgpham.com/

How she currently sits (page 9):

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/evoblitz01-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/evoblitz01.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_5143-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/mx-5-build)

mrpham
15-10-11, 12:14 PM
Thought I'd take a few photos of the interior to show off. I spent half the day cleaning it up with a friend and it turned out pretty good. Kudos to the original owner for maintaining the interior so well.

http://omgpham.com/interior-shots-mx-5

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4381-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4381.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4382-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4382.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4383-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4383.jpg)

benoityip
15-10-11, 12:35 PM
why change from S15 to MX5, MX5 has no power compared to S15 unless u put a turbo in

mrpham
15-10-11, 12:38 PM
why change from S15 to MX5, MX5 has no power compared to S15 unless u put a turbo in

Was meant to be S15 to RX-7, but decided to invest the money I got from S15 instead. Bought the MX-5 to keep me entertained until I get my RX-7, around 6 months time.

Anyway, it's not always about the power =)

snappy
15-10-11, 01:06 PM
so how do you rate it?

mrpham
15-10-11, 01:20 PM
slow in a straight line, revs nicely, it's very fun to drive, handles crazy good, very light, good on fuel =)

CallMeKay
15-10-11, 01:21 PM
Nice!

hawkeye
15-10-11, 02:07 PM
also i hear it comes with a GHD :P

love MX5's and from the teaser shots there this one looks quite immac.
enjoy it!

dave2221
15-10-11, 03:20 PM
I have found the key to enjoying the MX5 isnt to focus on speed.

Its like a go-kart...

They genearlly arnt super fast, but its the connection you get driving it.

A S15 might be fast, but that can get a bit old......

A MX5 is about the driving experience, and the best thing is, you get to enjoy it at speeds which are often around the posted speed limits.

There is NOTHING better than driving a well balanced sports car on a beautiful day with the roof down......

That all being said, speed and HP are awesome, but when your talking about a daily driver, i'll take roof down over HP anyday.

thomsontrang
15-10-11, 04:07 PM
Sweeeeeeeeeeet!
So many mx-5's these days!
I'm just eager for you to get your rx-7. Then it would be mad fun. >:)

nigs
15-10-11, 04:23 PM
Nice!
I wanted a MX-5 after the Cefiro but nobody approved.
So now I'm stuck in a Honda.......

clutch-monkey
15-10-11, 04:58 PM
i quite enjoy mx5's, just not the way they sound :(

mrpham
15-10-11, 05:24 PM
I have found the key to enjoying the MX5 isnt to focus on speed.

Its like a go-kart...

They genearlly arnt super fast, but its the connection you get driving it.

A S15 might be fast, but that can get a bit old......

A MX5 is about the driving experience, and the best thing is, you get to enjoy it at speeds which are often around the posted speed limits.

There is NOTHING better than driving a well balanced sports car on a beautiful day with the roof down......

That all being said, speed and HP are awesome, but when your talking about a daily driver, i'll take roof down over HP anyday.

Definitely agree mate, it's just about enjoying the interaction you get when driving this thing. There will be a time when I'll want power, but that's when the RX-7 comes in. For now, I'm a happy camper =)


Nice!
I wanted a MX-5 after the Cefiro but nobody approved.
So now I'm stuck in a Honda.......

Who cares what people think and their approval! Just do it!


i quite enjoy mx5's, just not the way they sound :(

Yeah I drove a few MX-5s before picking this up and they can sound crap, this one doesn't sound too bad with the MX-5 Plus exhaust system. When cruising you can't hear anything, but once you step on the throttle, it lets out a nice note.


also i hear it comes with a GHD :P

love MX5's and from the teaser shots there this one looks quite immac.
enjoy it!


Nice!


Sweeeeeeeeeeet!
So many mx-5's these days!
I'm just eager for you to get your rx-7. Then it would be mad fun. >:)

Thanks for the comments guys =)

cobby
15-10-11, 05:24 PM
How do you find the ysr coilovers? I'm considering them as my next purchase. I recognize that plate too, I think I've see it at an eomm

mrpham
15-10-11, 05:35 PM
Had all four guards rolled yesterday, so the inner lip is now flat. Work was done by FineFitment (http://www.finefitment.com/) and I can definitely recommend them to anyone that needs some extra clearance for wheels.


http://omgpham.com/guards-rolled-wheels-arrived

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0737-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0737.jpg)
Car jacked up ready for some guard work =)

Also took a quick photo of the MX-5 Plus exhaust, love the lobster tail TIG welding!
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0738-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0738.jpg)

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Guard roller mounted up ready for action.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0740-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0740.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0742-272x454.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0742.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0746-272x454.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0746.jpg)
Before and after shots of guard inner lip.

MY BRAND NEW WHEELS!!!!! Axis OG-San 15x8 +25
I ordered Axis OG-San (http://www.axiswheels.com/view-wheel/ogsan) wheels from JDMYard (http://www.jdmyard.com/), they were by far the cheapest I could find. Email response was fast and shipped out the next day. Definitely recommend them =) . The Axis OG-San wheels are replicas of the SSR Formula Mesh, which are the replicas of some BBS wheels. I ordered them in 15x8 +25 gold finish.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0747-545x325.jpg
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4372-272x204.jpghttp://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4373-272x204.jpg

For tyres, I've again chosen to go for maximum rubber instead (like my S15) of the stretched look. But I also wanted to avoid getting semi-slicks or R-Compound tyres for a car that I will most likely drive on a daily basis. So I decided on the Hankook R-S3 (http://www.hankooktyre.com.au/Product/product_main.aspx?pageNum=1&subNum=1&ChildNum=1&FnCode=01) in 225/45 R15. These were hard to source in Australia and they sell for $335AUD, compared to $110AUD from TireRack (http://www.tirerack.com/) in the US. After shipping and other fees, the tyres cost me just under $200AUD each landed at my door. Total saving of $540!!


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ventus_rs3-545x726.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ventus_rs3.jpg)

mrpham
15-10-11, 05:39 PM
How do you find the ysr coilovers? I'm considering them as my next purchase. I recognize that plate too, I think I've see it at an eomm

They seem OK, only other coilover I can compare to is the Bilsteins in my mates MX-5. But the YSR are still great through various corners, much nicer for a daily too.

chewyryce
15-10-11, 07:54 PM
SUBSCRIBED!!.. even though i see it every week :P

Nemo
16-10-11, 03:04 AM
Nice looking car. Wasn't this car sold with SSR Meshies though?

Stoogey
16-10-11, 03:42 AM
Thread needs more piccies of said car.



Welcome to the hairdressers club :)

chewyryce
16-10-11, 03:44 AM
LOL. is anyone on JDMST who owns an MX5, an actual hair dresser?

Stoogey
16-10-11, 03:56 AM
LOL. is anyone on JDMST who owns an MX5, an actual hair dresser?

Hmm...

Challenge.

Accepted.

mrpham
16-10-11, 06:28 PM
Thought I'd take a few photos of the interior to show off. I spent half the day cleaning it up with a friend and it turned out pretty good. Kudos to the original owner for maintaining the interior so well.


http://omgpham.com/interior-shots-mx-5

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/P1040313-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/P1040313.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/P1040315-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/P1040315.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4381-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4381.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4382-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4382.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4383-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMGP4383.jpg)

mrpham
16-10-11, 06:30 PM
Nice looking car. Wasn't this car sold with SSR Meshies though?

Yeah but I didn't buy the car with the wheels, they were 14x6 with regular tyres and would've added $2000 to the price.


Thread needs more piccies of said car.

Welcome to the hairdressers club :)

haha thanks mate!


LOL. is anyone on JDMST who owns an MX5, an actual hair dresser?

I'm no hair dresser but I'd be more then happy to cut someones hair, can't be that hard :P

moneypit
16-10-11, 07:28 PM
nice one john, look forward to see the progress of it.

charlie_s13
16-10-11, 10:33 PM
was waiting for this thread to pop up :D good choice on wheels and tires.. Ive seen this car... extremely clean.. exhaust is nice also ;)
i just ordered the exact same tires as u :)

Will be keen to catch up one day. Give me a shout if u wanna help me reassemble my car :D :D

kev.inc
16-10-11, 10:58 PM
Nice buy. I also jumped from S15 to MX5 and it's then you realise power isn't everything. Though having power is nice. :P

mrpham
17-10-11, 12:06 AM
nice one john, look forward to see the progress of it.

Watch this thread =), just gotta investigate these leaks and put wheels/tyres go on. Then it's off to Lakeside!


was waiting for this thread to pop up :D good choice on wheels and tires.. Ive seen this car... extremely clean.. exhaust is nice also ;)
i just ordered the exact same tires as u :)

Will be keen to catch up one day. Give me a shout if u wanna help me reassemble my car :D :D

Man if only we both knew we were ordering the same tyres, could have saved a bit on shipping. And yeah I'm keen to give a hand, just PM/MSG me.


Nice buy. I also jumped from S15 to MX5 and it's then you realise power isn't everything. Though having power is nice. :P

Definitely agree with you there =)

BURST
17-10-11, 12:32 AM
Looking good so far, and wow that MX5plus exhaust looks like porn.

mrpham
18-10-11, 01:04 AM
Not much of an update today, went by MX5 Plus to fix up a cracked weld on the exhaust. Got the car home and let it cool down before I removed the valve cover and cam angle sensor, they were both leaking oil pretty bad. Too lazy to take photos and it was un-interesting to document anyway.

Tomorrow I will be fixing up the immobiliser and possibly installing a new head unit. Also gotta drop by Mazda to pick up some replacement hoses.

Wednesday will be dropping the car off at chewyryce's work for a full checkup to see what else needs replacing etc. The sump might be leaking, if it is then it's going up on the hoist Friday and Saturday to re-seal the sump.

mrpham
18-10-11, 01:12 AM
Oh and a late update from Sunday...


http://omgpham.com/shock-tower-brace-horns

We went by MX-5 Plus yesterday just to browse and I ended up buying a genuine Mazda shock tower brace (strut brace) and some horns to replace my stock ones. Instead of going with an after-market brace, Richard (owner of MX-5 Plus) recommended the factory option item as it actually works with the better mounting. Also found some klaxon TR99 horns which are rated at 110dB each, so my NA6 now has two of these instead of the tiny factory item.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut01-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut01.jpg)

Quickly cleaned up the engine bay to get it ready and just polishing up my new shock tower brace. So shiny now =)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut01-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut01.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut02-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut02.jpg)
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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut06-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/strut06.jpg)
All mounted up nice and clean.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn01-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn01.jpg)
These are the klaxon TR99 horns, made in France and produce 110dB each. Strange that so many imports come over with these installed from Japan.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn02-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn02.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn03-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/horn03.jpg)
Comparing the size difference between the klaxon and the factory horn.

Stoogey
18-10-11, 02:00 AM
Jelly of your horns...

Let me know how you go about fitting and hooking those up.

I can fart louder then my standard na horn...

chewyryce
18-10-11, 11:09 AM
its just a straight swap over for the horns.. nothing complicated. The Mitsuba Alpha Horns are just as good as these ones. i have them on my NA6 :)

mrpham
18-10-11, 11:12 PM
Tried to fix immobiliser today but turns out it's f&*cked anyway. So just removed it all and cleaned up the wiring under the dash. All connections soldered and heat-shrinked instead of twisted wires and tape.

My new valve cover gasket and CAS o-ring seem to be doing their jobs and no leak so far. But car still going into chewyryce's work for a full checkup tomorrow.

Trying to clean up the engine bay, I removed the charcoal canister and it's associated solenoid. This throws out an error code through the diagnostic mode because it detects that the solenoid is missing/damaged. I measured the resistance of the solenoid as 25ohms, so I put a 24ohm resistor across the connector and error code is gone. I keep my car garaged and I haven't had any fuel fumes yet so we'll see how I'll go. But the charcoal cannister is going back in if any fuel vapour builds up.


Jelly of your horns...

Let me know how you go about fitting and hooking those up.

I can fart louder then my standard na horn...

Definitely go find yourself some of these horns, you need two of them STAT!

They just mount to the standard location, and wiring for both horns should already be there. All you have to do is wire up a ground to the chassis.

mrpham
24-10-11, 12:19 AM
So my tyres didn't arrive last Friday... damn Customs held it for an extra day to inspect it. So should be here tomorow (Monday) and hopefully get some time to get the tyres fitted.

In other news, did some more work on the car =)

http://omgpham.com/under-bonnet-mysteries

I'm a bit OCD when it comes to wiring, I like everything to be neat and tidy. That means all wires bundled together, all connections soldered and heatshrinked. So every time I get a new car, I go through all the wiring to make sure everything was done right. Unfortunately, this is never the case...

While cleaning up the engine bay wiring, I found something really strange. Check out the photos below:


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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/res03-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/res03.jpg)

Had to do some intense detective work to figure this out. Turns out it's a 1.5kOhm resitor that is in series with the coolant temp sensor for the ECU. This temp sensor's function is tell the ECU when to use the cold map (rich fuel mixture), this resistor in series tricks the ECU into thinking that the engine is actually cold.

In parralel with the resitor is a thermoswitch which closes when temperature rises to a specific point (not sure what temp though), this then shorts out the resistor and everything is back to normal so the ECU now thinks that the engine is warm.

I believe whoever did this wanted the engine to run on the cold map for longer because of Mazda's stupid coolant routing desing. This design flaw causes the rear of the engine to be hotter then the front. Meaning that the coolant temp sensor at the rear of the engine is reading warm when the engine is actually still a bit cold.

Although the mod works, there is no reason to have it. After removing all that junk, the car runs normal and no longer runs rich. So confused why they did this.... so silly!

The thermoswitch used - http://www.ngt.co.jp/en/Type03.html

Also spent the weekend replacing all the hoses and flushing out the coolant. Pretty happy to brand new hoses in the engine bay =)


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0755-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0755.jpg)
Intake and hoses removed.

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All back together and happy again =)

And just another sneak peak before the new wheels and tyres go on.
Taken while we were at MX-5 Plus.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0753-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0753.jpg)

Stoogey
24-10-11, 12:24 AM
Thinking of doing coolant re-route in future?

mrpham
24-10-11, 12:45 AM
Thinking of doing coolant re-route in future?

Not too sure yet, going to see how it goes on the track first I think. And not sure how fiddly it's going to be installing a reroute with the engine still inside the car.

BTW, I think I saw in your thread that you replaced the upper/lower shift boot? How much did the boots set you back?

Stoogey
24-10-11, 12:56 AM
Not too sure yet, going to see how it goes on the track first I think. And not sure how fiddly it's going to be installing a reroute with the engine still inside the car.

BTW, I think I saw in your thread that you replaced the upper/lower shift boot? How much did the boots set you back?

Nah, havnt replaced them yet. Just inspected them...and they are both broken lol, lets alot of heat into the console area...

Was planning on getting a set from mania, but will give mazda a ring first to see how much they want for them.

Mania prices are

Upper Boot $40.45
Lower Boot $46.75

So they'd be around there. Havn't had a look to see how much they are online overseas yet.


What hoses did you replace your old ones with, and how much? My radiator has gone brown at the caps so it will need replacing soon (whenever i can afford it), will replace with new hoses too while im at it.

mrpham
24-10-11, 01:12 AM
Nah, havnt replaced them yet. Just inspected them...and they are both broken lol, lets alot of heat into the console area...

Was planning on getting a set from mania, but will give mazda a ring first to see how much they want for them.

Mania prices are

Upper Boot $40.45
Lower Boot $46.75

So they'd be around there. Havn't had a look to see how much they are online overseas yet.

What hoses did you replace your old ones with, and how much? My radiator has gone brown at the caps so it will need replacing soon (whenever i can afford it), will replace with new hoses too while im at it.

Those prices aren't too bad I suppose, prices from the US are about $30USD each plus shippging costs on top.

Nearly every water hose was replaced, except for the hoses going into the heater core. Also replaced the metal bypass pipe that goes from the radiator bottom hose to the block. Mine was in pretty bad shape. Most of parts were genuine Mazda but got them at trade prices, so not soo bad.

Might need to replace my radiator too... my poor wallet!

Stoogey
24-10-11, 01:18 AM
Most of parts were genuine Mazda but got them at trade prices, so not soo bad.

Bastard....

If you can get the turret boots at trade prices...your an extra bastard....



:D

Jeo
24-10-11, 03:47 PM
I paid $70 for both turret boots a few weeks back through a Canberra mechanic. From memory they sell OEM parts about 10% cheaper than a dealer, so $85 from Mania doesn't seem unreasonable.

mrpham
24-10-11, 07:53 PM
Look what arrived today! Quickly fitted them up too, need more adjustments tomorrow.


http://omgpham.com/gallery/var/thumbs/Stuff/mmmm1.jpg?m=1319443012 (http://omgpham.com/gallery/var/albums/Stuff/mmmm1.jpg?m=1319443011)
http://omgpham.com/gallery/var/thumbs/Stuff/mmmm2.jpg?m=1319443020 (http://omgpham.com/gallery/var/albums/Stuff/mmmm2.jpg?m=1319443020)

charlie_s13
24-10-11, 07:58 PM
looking goooooddd... i dont have any wheels to put mine on :(

mrpham
24-10-11, 08:15 PM
looking goooooddd... i dont have any wheels to put mine on :(

Stop selling your wheels!

mrpham
25-10-11, 07:40 PM
http://omgpham.com/wheels-tyres

Tyres finally arrived from TireRack in the US. Took a bit over a week because customs held it back for further inspections.... totally BALLS.

Quickly got them fitted up and installed on my MX-5 yesterday, first impressions were good but the alignment was all over the place. Had way too much toe and was crab walking all over the road. Turn-in was excellent though, steering is a bit heavier going from the 185 wide tyre to my new 225/45 Hankook RS-3 but still not too bad.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0765-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0765.jpg)

Today I got my alignment done at Rick's Wheel Alignments in Albion, I've been to these guys in the past and each time they have exceeded my expectations. Definitely recommend them =)

Aligned for mostly daily/hard parking with a bit of track work. Final alignment settings are:

Front

Camber : -3.0 degrees
Toe : ZERO
Caster : 5.0 degrees


Rear

Camber : -2.0 degrees
Toe : ZERO


The 15x8 +25mm wheels are a very safe fitment, I could probably do with a 10mm spacer on the rear and 5mm spacer on the front.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0762.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0762.jpg)

And just some preview shots before I get some real photos taken.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0763-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0763.jpg)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/street01-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/street01.jpg)

moneypit
25-10-11, 11:21 PM
looking good man! the car was running rich ay! sorted the leaks yet??

mrpham
26-10-11, 12:18 AM
looking good man! the car was running rich ay! sorted the leaks yet??

Yeah was running slightly richer than normal, all fixed now though.

Nearly got all the leaks, was meant to do the sump but that won't happen until next week.

mrpham
26-10-11, 12:19 AM
fat tyre

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0772-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMAG0772.jpg)

wilch
26-10-11, 06:42 AM
Nice car!

I should've got me some fat tyres...

*opens tirerack.com*
*shakes fist at mrpham*

autechlol
26-10-11, 12:18 PM
Looking good. Why the Hankooks? I need some new tyres for the NC and these are in my price range.

mrpham
26-10-11, 12:29 PM
Nice car!

I should've got me some fat tyres...

*opens tirerack.com*
*shakes fist at mrpham*

DO IT! seriously, go order them...


Looking good. Why the Hankooks? I need some new tyres for the NC and these are in my price range.

Chose the Hankooks because they are a good performing street tyre, heaps of feedback from guys in the US, they come in 225/45 which is a pretty rare size and price was good. I was going to get some Kumho KU36 but they're about $160/each for a 205/50/15, so it seemed logical to pay an extra $30/each to get something better.

From my very brief experience, the tyres perform amazingly. Will update this though after some laps at Lakeside.

scud
26-10-11, 12:53 PM
subscribed!

mrpham
06-11-11, 02:46 PM
So a small update, some good news and some bad....

Bad news first.
Turns out that the valve stem seals are starting to leak, after doing a Mt. Nebo run it lost around 800ml of oil.... When engine braking/overunning, it causes a lot of vacuum and this sucks oil past the leaky valve stem seals and into the cylinders. As soon as a I step on it again, big puff of blue smoke escapes as the combusttion burns up the oil. As you can imagine, this happens a lot during a mountain cruise =)

Have added up all the costs for gaskets/seals and it is very doable, I will be removing and installing the head myself but all head work will be left to the machine shop. Quickly did a compression test yesterday and everything is well, helps rule out piston rings.

Now the good part...


http://omgpham.com/wheel-spacers-number-plates

Recently decided to order some wheel spacers, 5mm to be exact. Nothing crazy but they came up for cheap so I took the opportunity. They are made specifically for the MX-5 and are hub-centric too, sit perfectly flush against the hub with no play at all.


Just some photos of the spacer and how the car now sits.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0786-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0786.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0787-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0787.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0788-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0788.jpg)

Visited MX-5 Plus (http://www.mx5plus.com.au/) today, like nearly every weekend, and picked up some offset number plate brackets. The standard number plate bracket is flimsy and often bashes against the front bumper, leaving behind scars/scratches. The MX-5 Plus bracket is thick as well as placing the number plate to the side, definitely over-engineered.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0789-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0789.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0792-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0792.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0793-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMAG0793.jpg)
Richard unpacking the freshly laser-cut bracketsm, mmmmm tasty.

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The bracket is all it's glory, plus hardware.

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4414-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4414.jpg)
Original bracket removed, and the MX-5 Plus bracket installed. Mounts to the left tow-hook.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4415-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4415.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4416-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4416.jpg)
All done and looking good =)

Stoogey
06-11-11, 05:36 PM
Spacers.

From where.

Tell me now.


kthanxloveyou.

wilch
06-11-11, 06:02 PM
Nice work, and + 1 on ^^^ (except for the love, cause that's just playing way too much to the whole MX5 stigma :P ).

CallMeKay
06-11-11, 06:32 PM
Had my spacers made at Tempi tyres

mrpham
07-11-11, 03:05 PM
uh oh what have I done...

http://hphotos-iad1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/340278_10150435243096072_524526071_10687191_131248 1953_o.jpg

mrpham
07-11-11, 10:44 PM
So a pretty big update =)

http://omgpham.com/valve-stem-seal-leak

After doing a cruise through Mt. Nebo, I had lost about 800mL of oil. There were no leaks so the oil simply burnt up in combustion. This is usually caused by old piston rings or valve stem seals.

A quick compression test showed all cylinders produced identical compression readings, this rules out piston rings as the cause. When valve stem seals leak, blue smoke is usually seen when you start the car up first thing in the morning. Oil slowly leaks past the seals into the cylinders overnight, then burns up as you start the car up. My MX-5 did something different though... Under engine braking/over-run, the crank case vacuum sucks oil past the seals. Then as soon as you step on the throttle again, huge amounts of blue smoke escapes from your exhaust.

Was thinking about blowing up my engine and putting a new one in, but did my research and found that it's fairly cheap to fix.
So here it goes =)


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4421-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4421.jpg)

Firstly, I drained all the coolant and removed the top water hose as well as the intake piping. May as well remove the filter and air flow meter so you have more access to the exhaust manifold bolts. Everything was set to TDC, no need to though since the head is coming off.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4419-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4419.jpg)

Valve cover removed and showing the nice clean insides.

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Cam pulleys removed and exhaust manifold un-bolted.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4422-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4422.jpg)

Camshafts and cam caps removed.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4423-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4423.jpg)

BOOOYAHHH! The head is off =)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4425-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4425.jpg)

I decided to keep the intake manifold on the head to make removal easier. But will be removed before I send it to the engine machine shop.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4426-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4426.jpg)

mrpham
11-11-11, 12:53 AM
Engine Out - http://omgpham.com/engine-out

After receiving my cylinder head back from Chilton Engineering, they informed me that my head was no good. The head tested too soft, which meant it overheated some time in the past, valve springs were damaged, valve seats were damaged. Pretty much scrap metal... To purchase a second hand head would cost around $500-$600, whereas buying an entire engine would cost $800 and also means I'll be replacing this "short nose crank" engine with a later model "big nose crank" engine. I obviously decided to go with a replacement engine =)

I was initially planning to remove just the engine and leave the gearbox in but this proved to be more difficult, so both engine and gearbox will be removed as a unit. The following had to be disconnected from the gearbox:


neutral switch wiring
reverse light switch wiring
speedo drive cable
clutch line
Power Plant Frame
shifter


While under the car, I also drained the transmission fluid so that it doesn't leak too much as we tilt the gearbox out of the engine bay.

Some photos now:


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4427-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4427.jpg)
Bonnet removed to make it easier to work one.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4430-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4430.jpg)
Radiator and fans removed.

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Exhaust headers removed.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4433-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4433.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4434-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4434.jpg)
Shifter removed revealing ripped shifter boot.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4435-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4435.jpg)
The damaged head... =(

mrpham
11-11-11, 07:31 PM
She's Heartless - http://omgpham.com/shes-heartless

Had some time today so went ahead with removing the engine out, I like to call it a heart transplant. Was a pretty straight forward process and easy enough to do by my self. Tried to take as many photos as I could remember, enjoy =)


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4438-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4438.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4439-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4439.jpg)
Before I could start, had to remove the front lip because it couldn't clear the engine crane. Stupid ride height...

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4440-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4440.jpg)
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Chained up and slowly lift and tilt it out.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4445-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4445.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4446-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4446.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4447-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4447.jpg)
And it's out!!!!!

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Once the engine was safely outside of the engine bay, I split the gearbox away from the engine. Once that ws done, I saw that the clutch was getting old so decided to replace it while everything was out.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4450-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4450.jpg)
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Picked up a Exedy Heavy Duty clutch kit from NPC (http://www.npcperformance.com.au/). Price was awesome and came with the clutch, pressure plate and throwout bearing.

That's it for now, should be picking up the replacement engine tomorrow. Then more fun =)

chewyryce
11-11-11, 07:43 PM
did you remember to get a spigot bearing? :P

Nemo
11-11-11, 07:48 PM
Wow quick progress, keep it up.

mrpham
11-11-11, 08:36 PM
did you remember to get a spigot bearing? :P

It's not spigot bearing because noise is there with the clutch out, clutch in noise goes away. Also spigot bearing on inspection is good to go.

The noise is from a roller bearing in between the input and output shaft, which is inside the gearbox. So it means a rebuild type of job.

Miata.net post with some good info I found:
http://forum.miata.net/vb/showpost.php?p=433664&postcount=23

chewyryce
11-11-11, 08:45 PM
alright. i always replace the spigot every clutch job.. just my 2 en

mrpham
11-11-11, 09:28 PM
alright. i always replace the spigot every clutch job.. just my 2 en

I will too then, I'll see if I can get one tomorrow and take it to your work to press it in.

mrpham
14-11-11, 12:01 AM
So instead of buying a replacement NA6 engine, I bought a NB6 engine. Still 1.6L but was taken from a JDM 2002 NB Roadster. Has solid lifters instead of hydraulic lash adjusters and makes about 10HP more, uses my original wiring etc... More details later.

http://hphotos-iad1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/338598_10150445511911072_524526071_10726377_123337 1781_o.jpg

mrpham
14-11-11, 10:25 PM
My New Engine... NB6 - http://omgpham.com/my-new-engine-nb6

Bought my replacement engine on Saturday from MX-5 Plus (www.mx5plus.com.au), but instead of picking up a regular 1.6L B6 engine from a NA6 I purchased a 1.6L long engine from the NB6. In Japan, the NB series Roadster (MX-5) had the 1.6L engine up until 2005. The cast iron block is identical, but the head and intake are different. The hydraulic lash adjusters are replaced with solid lifters and cams have more lift. The CAS is no longer used and replaced with a cam position sensor and crank angle sensor. The NB6 also uses the crank-shaft nose/pulley/cog, water pump and oil pump from the 1.8L BP engine.

To run the NB6 engine in a NA6, there are two options. First option is to swap the entire NB6 wiring and ECU into the NA6, the other option is to use the following NA6 items on your NB6 head/block.


intake
exhaust
CAS
rear water outlet
front water outlet
alternator (using the NB6 pulley)
air con (if you have it)
power steering (if you have it)


In addition to this, you will need a modified intake cam-shaft. The NB6 intake cam-shaft doesn't have a slot for the CAS, so the NA6 cam-shaft end is cut off and pressed into the NB6 cam-shaft. Pretty straight forward and costs $100 to do.

Now all that info is out of the way, here are some photos of my progress so far.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4453-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4453.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4454-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4454.jpg)
Showing the revised crank nose, difference between the short nose crank-shaft bolt (right) and the revised crank bolt.

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Removing the old front seal, new front seal in. May as well replace all the seals and gaskets while the engine is out.

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4459-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4459.jpg)
Removing the sump was a bitch because the baffle is bolted under the oil pickup, and this results in the sump being "stuck" until you seperate the baffle from the sump.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4460-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4460.jpg)
Brand spanking new water pump =)

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4464-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4464.jpg)
Pulley boss attached, and most of the external parts attached.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4465-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4465.jpg)
Engine finally off the stand =)

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New rear main seal in and flywheel on (nearly anyways).

mrpham
16-11-11, 07:16 PM
New Radiator - http://omgpham.com/new-radiator-stuff

After finding out my radiator was leaking, I ordered a eBay special China radiator. Bought one for my S15 and it was pretty decent, especially for under $200. I ordered the 52mm dual core aluminium design for a low low cost of $175 delivered to my door from Melbourne.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4471-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4471.jpg)
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Test fitting it, a bit of squeeze because its 52mm thick. But so worth it =)

Also I took my valve cover and water outlets to get blasted at Chilton Engineering, they turned out looking brand new! Much better then paying over $300 for brand new items through Mazda.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4468-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4468.jpg)
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12Lead
16-11-11, 07:21 PM
Keep it up mate, love the progress,
looking forward to what you do with an Fd if you get one, i just bought one.
Cheers Todd

mrpham
19-11-11, 01:38 PM
Engine Swap Completed - http://omgpham.com/engine-swap-completed

So stayed up late last night getting it all ready, completed everything apart from gearbox oil and timing. Didn't run into problems, just followed the service manual etc.. Did everything by myself, actually pretty easy to pull/install engines in the MX-5.

And now the photos I managed to take =)


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New clutch on and aligned, my freshly blasted alternator case.

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The modified NB6 intake camshaft to allow use of the CAS.

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Timing belt TDC, timing covers on.

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Gearbox mounted and ready to go in =)

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Lowering it in slowly, easy does it.

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BBOOOOooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa h!!

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Exhaust manifold and valve cover back on.

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52mm dual core aluminium radiator mounted up.

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Intake back on and temporary catch can installed.

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Bleeding clutch with a "one man brake bleeder kit" and filling gearbox with oil using a funnel and hose.

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THE END

Jace.
19-11-11, 08:32 PM
That just makes me want to go straight out to the shed.

What are the actual advantages of an NB6 engine, compared to a longnose NA6 engine, considering you could change the lifters and cams in an NA6 head anyway?

mrpham
19-11-11, 11:05 PM
That just makes me want to go straight out to the shed.

What are the actual advantages of an NB6 engine, compared to a longnose NA6 engine, considering you could change the lifters and cams in an NA6 head anyway?

Just newer pretty much, I had a choice of a 1.6L from a 1994 or this NB6 from a 2002. Only cost $100 more, which was for machining the intake camshaft.

mrpham
21-11-11, 06:28 PM
While doing the engine swap I noticed that my shifter boots were ripped, lower boot was leaking oil from the turret t00. So below are some details and photos of the entire process.

The part numbers for my 1990 MX-5 are:

lower boot - M514-17-480A
upper boot - NA01-64-481B


Had some troubles finding the lower boot though, fortunately there is an alternative part no. M513-17-480A which you can use too.


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Firstly remove the gear knob, I find using some rubber gloves helps a lot. Then proceed to remove the centre console, this then reveals the upper shifter boot.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4513-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IMGP4513.jpg)
After removing the upper boot, this revealed by ghetto shift boot. Had to do this while I was waiting for the replacement boot, just helped to soak up any leaking oil.

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Photo on left shows the damaged lower boot, then next photo is the lower boot removed. Take this chance to check your turret oil level and fill up if needed. Becareful not to overfill or oil will be pushed out once you put the shifter back in.

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Shifter out showing the ripped boot. To remove the boot, oil up the shaft and pull it off up the shifter.

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New lower shift boot, to install just oil up the shaft and slide it on.

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When putting the shifter back in use a bit of sealant, then slide on the new upper boot and you're done!

mrpham
28-11-11, 08:51 PM
Bought my self some awesome presents,a MX-5 Plus Tall Boy roll bar and a Sparco Sprint V fixed back seat. I chose the Tall Boy roll bar because it sits 50mm taller than the standard version, bit safer and allows for taller seating positions if needed. The Sparco Sprint V is popular within the MX-5 community because it bolts up to the standard rails, but good because it actually fits inside the car!

There are more photos of the install after the break, but I was pretty slack with the camera this time round.


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Some better photos when I got the roll bar home.

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The hardware that came with the roll bar kit.

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Carpet and plastic trims removed ready for the roll bar install - the supplied spacer for the top mount - roll bar installed!

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Roll bar and seat installed =D

D4NM4C
29-11-11, 01:00 AM
That bar is exactly what I need!!
6ft5 here and need a taller bar - will get onto MX5Plus now

mrpham
29-11-11, 07:35 PM
That bar is exactly what I need!!
6ft5 here and need a taller bar - will get onto MX5Plus now

It's definitely the best roll bar, and the same price as the regular one too. The extra height means that even with a helmet on, I'm still below the roll bar.

charlie_s13
29-11-11, 08:42 PM
that'd be the roll bar id probably get if i were to sell my cage.. but id want to work with danny to make it a little different.. ie, go to the chassis and door bars :D

mrpham
30-11-11, 04:34 PM
Small update, bought $10 worth of pink padding so I can get my roll bar and seat mod plated :D

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/385559_10150479764531072_524526071_10842762_710143 720_n.jpg (http://hphotos-iad1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/333176_10150479764531072_524526071_10842762_710143 720_o.jpg)
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that'd be the roll bar id probably get if i were to sell my cage.. but id want to work with danny to make it a little different.. ie, go to the chassis and door bars :D

hmns looks like I might be upgrading to that one =P

charlie_s13
30-11-11, 05:05 PM
hahah :D

nigs
01-12-11, 12:10 AM
HOLY FUCK! Pink Padding...might have to steal that idea!

I has same seat. Wanna share a cookie?

will123
08-12-11, 01:12 PM
very nice mx5 *thumbs up *

mrpham
08-12-11, 04:30 PM
Thanks mate =)

Just a small update, I bought RSpeeds's R-Package style rear lip. Also ordered a new Momo steering wheel, very small diameter one and I hope I don't regret it.

Currently investigating side skirt/diffuser, found some real nice ones but they decided they don't want to ship to Australia.

elitee
08-12-11, 04:32 PM
Check on mx5cartalk there is a group buy going on for elise defuser

mrpham
08-12-11, 11:00 PM
Check on mx5cartalk there is a group buy going on for elise defuser

Yeah that's a rear diffuser though, just want some side ones to pretty her up :P. Will tie in nicely with the front and rear lip I have now.

Also just ordered this:
http://garagestar.com/2011/11/21/garage-star-radiator-cooling-plate/

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y83/sidewaysae86/garageSTAR%20Radiator%20Cooling%20Plate/DSC_5837_25x25.jpg

mrpham
14-12-11, 07:34 PM
Small update...

I recently ordered a new steering wheel, made a risky choice and picked the 280mm diameter Momo Team. It's ridiculously stupidly small.... Upside is that it feels like I'm driving a go kart and the response/feedback is amazing. Steering effort is increased but still manageable, only difficulty is reverse parking.


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My small ass 280mm diameter steering wheel.

I also bought a proper oil catch can to replace the temprorary one I had. It's made by 42 Draft Designs (http://www.42draftdesigns.com/categories/products/catchcans.html) and I had one in my Nissan S15 (http://omgpham.com/oil-catch-can) too, build quality is amazing and has a filter inside to properly catch all oil vapours.

I purchased it locally through Carformance:
http://www.carformance.com.au/products/42-draft-designs/stealth-oil-catch-can.html


The multi-layer filter used inside the 42 Draft Designs catch can.
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Now some photos of the catch can install =)


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Just used some U-Bolts to hold the catch can to my strut brace, and left over hose I had.

chewyryce
14-12-11, 10:48 PM
*cries* i need money to fund my beast.... everyone with their toys have done more in a week than i have in 4 months :(

mrpham
22-12-11, 05:00 PM
Garage Star Radiator Cooling Plate - http://omgpham.com/garage-star-radiator-cooling-plate

Ordered a Garage Star Radiator Cooling Plate, pretty decent price of only $60USD shipped from the US.

So below are some photos, enjoy =)

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The build quality is very good and comes with all hardware to install, also a sticker =)

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMGP4569-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMGP4569.jpg)
Definitely helps clean up the engine bay, also has added cooling benefits by keeping airflow directed through the radiator.

fuegan13
23-12-11, 09:27 PM
very cool MX, i really like the cooling plate. simple but stylish

mrpham
24-12-11, 01:00 PM
R-Package Rear Lip - http://omgpham.com/r-package-rear-lip-stuff


Took some quick photos of my baby also to show the R-Package Rear Lip I recently installed.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMGP4573-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMGP4573.jpg)
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Now the R-Package Rear Lip =)

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elitee
24-12-11, 01:21 PM
Looking good mate

Wish they made it one for the nb

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk

vi3h_46
28-12-11, 09:08 PM
whoaaa sooo sexyyy .. i love thoose wheels maan :P ... congrats ;)

mrpham
28-12-11, 10:56 PM
Thanks for the comments =)

sweefu
31-12-11, 05:36 PM
Very cool build mate! What is it like to drive with the tyres? Always interested to hear about tyres I haven't used.
Cheers.

mrpham
01-01-12, 09:29 PM
Very cool build mate! What is it like to drive with the tyres? Always interested to hear about tyres I haven't used.
Cheers.

Feels great, so much much cornering grip just need an LSD. Don't have much experience with a lot of tyres, but I've used Federal 595 RSR and Kumho KU36. I would say that they are better the the KU36 but not as much dry grip as the 595 RSR. They perform well in the wet too.

mrpham
01-01-12, 09:29 PM
Also, just bought some ITBs and other bits. Also have a Megasquirt ECU too =)

clutch-monkey
01-01-12, 11:17 PM
ITB's, fuck yeah!

mrpham
01-01-12, 11:42 PM
ITB's, fuck yeah!

helllll yeah!!

Won't really get more power until I get cams and port the head, but it's going to be fun to build/tune.

Best of all, evil noises will come from my engine bay :D

kula
01-01-12, 11:59 PM
Nice one!

Love it.

That resistor mod on your old engine is pretty common for a lot of turbo kits.
It's how they get more fuel into it.

mrpham
02-01-12, 12:13 AM
Nice one!

Love it.

That resistor mod on your old engine is pretty common for a lot of turbo kits.
It's how they get more fuel into it.

Thanks mate. Yeah I thought it might have to do something with that, car possibly was turboed by the original owner. Could explain why the old engine had signs of overheating.

BTW, your name looked familiar. So just had a check through my business records, you ordered some speakers from me a long time ago. I'm John from www.coemaudio.com.au

Nemo
02-01-12, 11:37 PM
Phwoar, ITB's! Which ones did you get?

mrpham
03-01-12, 12:41 AM
Phwoar, ITB's! Which ones did you get?

I ended up getting AE101 throttle bodies using the Garage Star/T3 adapter and velocity stacks, brand new second hand.

Also had a choice of the Nozz ITB kit too for the same price, but the Garage Star/T3 was the better choice I think.

mullens
03-01-12, 01:26 AM
mx5's are damn cool, i like what u have been doing with the car ^^ id love to own a na one day ^^

mrpham
04-01-12, 01:46 AM
ITB Build - http://omgpham.com/itb-build

So over the holidays I put some money down on a few parts for the car, will make for some great New Years Resolutions =)

Found a brand new ITB kit "second hand" off a forum, was able to get it at a very good price so I'm going to try do a budget build. Kit came with the Garage Star/Techno Toy Tuning (T3) adapter plate (black), Toyota AE101 throttle bodies, fuel rail mount, velocity stacks (black), air filters, vacuum block, Toyota TPS and various gaskets.

I've also got myself a Megasquirt DIYPNP ECU for tuning purposes, will assemble this ASAP and get running with the car as is. Will need other parts too like a new fuel rail, fuel pressure regulator, wideband O2 sensor and synchrometer to sync the throttle bodies.

ITBs will improve engine response, emit evil noises from the engine bay as well as a small jump in power. My initial goal is to have fun building/tuning the engine, but long term is to gain more power with cams, head port/polish (and maybe other expensive stuff!).

Some good info here:
http://clubroadster.net/vb_forum/showthread.php?t=39898


What it'll roughly look like when done.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/itb-inst-02-545x370.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/itb-inst-02.jpg)

Now some pretty photos of the ITB kit I bought!

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AE101 throttle bodies mounted to the Garage Star/Techno Toy Tuning (T3) adapter plate with the velocity stacks.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/itb-cnc-03-545x448.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/itb-cnc-03.jpg)
mmmmmm ITB adapter plates.

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Res
04-01-12, 02:41 AM
nice ITB's, will look the good when they are on

charlie_s13
04-01-12, 06:49 AM
Such a sick build.. So envious. Itbs will complete this IMO :D

kula
04-01-12, 11:00 AM
Thanks mate. Yeah I thought it might have to do something with that, car possibly was turboed by the original owner. Could explain why the old engine had signs of overheating.

BTW, your name looked familiar. So just had a check through my business records, you ordered some speakers from me a long time ago. I'm John from www.coemaudio.com.au


there you go! small world eh.

mrpham
04-01-12, 12:55 PM
Was bored so I bought some yellow tint and applied it to my turn signal lights. Some photos taken with my phone.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0911-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0911.jpg)

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mrpham
10-01-12, 01:34 PM
MegaSquirt DIYPNP ECU - http://omgpham.com/megasquirt-diypnp-ecu

Ordered my ECU from DIYAutoTune.com (http://www.diyautotune.com/) last week and it arrived today, will start building it ASAP and get it running on the stock engine. Should be able to get some practise tuning the ECU before I get time to install the ITB setup (http://omgpham.com/itb-build).

The DIYPNP ECU is based on the MegaSquirt Micro Module V2.2, doesn't have as many features as the MS3 but still provides a lot of tuneability and options. Definitely more then enough for a ITB intake setup.


Some quick photos before I start assembling.

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Unboxing my new toy =)

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The MegaSquirt Micro Module V2.2

mrpham
11-01-12, 05:45 PM
Side Skirt Install - http://omgpham.com/side-skirt-install

I decided to add some products to sell on my blog, first being the Side Skirt Diffusers (http://omgpham.com/mx-5-miata-side-skirt-diffuser). The shipment arrived this morning and I installed them right away =)

Installation was a breeze and only requires the factory bolts as well as some self tapping screws. I took as many photos as I could below, but it's lacking because I was so excited....


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Didn't take me long... FedEx guy was still there when I opened the boxes!

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Jacked her up and removing the factory bolts.

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Installation completed and looking haaaawt!

kula
14-01-12, 07:16 PM
What do they weigh?

mrpham
15-01-12, 11:59 AM
What do they weigh?

I'm guessing they're under 1kg each.

niiCkz
15-01-12, 03:14 PM
saw this :

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mazda-MX-5-Miata-Side-Skirts-Diffuser-/270891764765?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f12684c1d

mrpham
15-01-12, 04:47 PM
Yeah that's me =)

Have a whole lot of side skirts I need to sell.

Jace.
15-01-12, 09:16 PM
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4587-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4587.jpg)
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Unboxing my new toy =)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4588-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4588.jpg)
The MegaSquirt Micro Module V2.2[/CENTER]

:neutral:
How the heck is that PNP? Glad I didn't impulse but it

mrpham
15-01-12, 10:34 PM
:neutral:
How the heck is that PNP? Glad I didn't impulse but it

haha! There's 2 PNP Megasquirt, if you get the MSPNP then you just plug it up and it's ready to go. The DIYPNP is what I bought and you have to assemble, but it is a better ECU. The MSPNP is based on Megasquirt 1, DIYPNP is based on Megasquirt 2.

mrpham
25-01-12, 08:29 PM
Prototype Gear Knobs - http://omgpham.com/prototype-gear-knobs

Been busy the last week with prototyping a few gear knobs that I hope to produce in the future. With help from a friend, these were turned manually on a lathe and made from stainless steel and Nylon with a steel insert. Threaded specifically for MX-5/Miata models.

Will be testing them over the next couple of weeks to see how they perform. And final production units will be available in stainless steel or Delrin.

I took some photos of the process and will update later with installed photos. Enjoy =)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0946-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0946.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0947-272x162.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0947.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0948-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0948.jpg)
1. Bored out the centre and drilled a hole for the thread
2. Tapering the bottom half of the gear knob
3. Rounding/smoothing the top of the gear knob

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0949-545x911.jpg
Completed piece with a nice smooth brushed finish.

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1. Centre drilled out and bottom tapered
2. Turned the entire length to give it a nice clean finish
3. Top of knob was rouned to a nice smooth finish

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0953-545x325.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMAG0953.jpg)
Machining the steel insert that will be pushed into the nylon body, gives it added strenth.

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The completed knob and our method of "pushing" in the steel insert.

mrpham
26-01-12, 09:12 PM
Vented Windows - http://omgpham.com/vented-windows

It gets damn hot inside an MX-5, daammmnnnnn hot! So I picked up some vented front quarter windows. I wanted the KG Works "winged" windows but they're about $1200.... the ones I got are the next best thing =P

Installation was a breeze and they get a lot of air into the car, works much better than I thought. They're made from Lexan and the vents are designed for light plane air ventilation systems.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4622-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4622.jpg)
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So first thing was to remove the door card, this will reveal a few bolts that hold the the window frame. Slide the seal out to reveal two screws to completely unbolt the frame.

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The window then slides out pretty easily, rubber seal comes off too. I then cleaned it up with some warm water and soup, heaps of gunky build up.

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Slide the cleaned up seal onto my vented window, so pretty!

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With the help of some rubber lubricant, the vented window slides in very easily.

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Then repeat on the driver side, and my JDMST Supporter sticker.

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Some nice close up photo.

unclepaulie
26-01-12, 10:33 PM
nice work on the gearknobs!

if you didnt, try freezing the metal and heating the nylon before joining them. if you can custom make one to certain dimensions i'd more then happily purchase one

mrpham
27-01-12, 07:28 PM
nice work on the gearknobs!

if you didnt, try freezing the metal and heating the nylon before joining them. if you can custom make one to certain dimensions i'd more then happily purchase one

Yeah mate, shoot me a PM with what you're after. I might be able to work something out for you.

mrpham
27-01-12, 07:34 PM
MegaSquirt DIYPNP ECU Build - http://omgpham.com/megasquirt-diypnp-ecu-build
(http://omgpham.com/megasquirt-diypnp-ecu-build)
I've been slowly building my MegaSquirt DIYPNP ECU (http://omgpham.com/megasquirt-diypnp-ecu), just wanted to take my time so I don't screw anything up. I have configured to be run on a standard engine with MAF removed, just so I can learn how to tune the basemap. This means standard narrow-band O2 sensor, stock TPS, etc...

All instructions can be found in the links below:
http://www.diyautotune.com/diypnp/docs.html
http://www.diyautotune.com/diypnp/apps/n76/usdm-mazda-miata-9093-16b6-mt.html

For photos of the unboxing, check my previous post here (http://omgpham.com/megasquirt-diypnp-ecu).

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This is the ECU harness connector, plugs right into the MX-5 factory harness.

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1. Resistors get soldered on first
2. Diodes and other taller components are installed
3. Connectors, ICs and the rest of the parts soldered

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4594-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMGP4594.jpg)
I found this to be the hardest part of the build. Heaps of wires that need to be cut to length, stripped and tinned. This pinout will be different for each model of car, pinout can be found on the DIYAutoTune website.

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The finished ECU looking all clean =)

ill-minded
27-01-12, 08:10 PM
Good to see someone else giving the Megasquirt variants a go. They're a nifty bit of kit for the price. Perhaps not as well equipped as some other ECUs, but still pretty damn capable for most basic applications. Definitely worth buying a wideband O2 sensor when funds permit though, since they allow a far greater range of AFR feedback and you can utilise the live tuning software within TunerStudio.

mrpham
27-01-12, 09:19 PM
Good to see someone else giving the Megasquirt variants a go. They're a nifty bit of kit for the price. Perhaps not as well equipped as some other ECUs, but still pretty damn capable for most basic applications. Definitely worth buying a wideband O2 sensor when funds permit though, since they allow a far greater range of AFR feedback and you can utilise the live tuning software within TunerStudio.

Yeah good point! I also have a Toyota/Denso TPS from the ITBs that I may as well wire up. Also thinking about the Innovate MTX-L for wideband duties.

mrpham
30-01-12, 11:22 PM
Panda Panda - http://omgpham.com/panda-panda

My rear garnish panel was cracked all over and need to be replaced, so I found a second hand one for real cheap. Decided that I wanted it black so had my friend give it a fresh coat of paint, it came out looking brand new =)

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Rear lights removed to give access to the rear garnish panel.

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New rear garnish installed =)

mrpham
05-02-12, 10:55 PM
Clutch Slave Replacement - http://omgpham.com/clutch-slave-replacement

Small update tonight... my clutch slave was leaking bad, fluid going everywhere!

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To make life easier, I removed the driver side wheel to reach the clutch slave.
From there it's just the matter of removing the two 12mm bolts and the clutch line.

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The old rusty leaking clutch slave....

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My brand new clutch slave =)

mrpham
07-02-12, 07:22 PM
Attended the JDMST Meet for February 2012.

Photos and coverage of the event can be found below:
http://www.freeworks.com.au/blog/2012/2/5/jdmst.html
http://streetkarnage.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/2012-feb-downshiftjdmst-meet.html
http://forum.jdmstyletuning.com/showthread.php?41217-QLD-Feb-2012-Downshift-meet-pics

Some photos of my car that I was able to find.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/06-545x361.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/06.jpg)
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Stoogey
08-02-12, 12:15 AM
Wasn't feeling the yellow filmed parkers/signals before....but they are growing on me...

And man i need to get one of those offset plate holders, but cbb fixing up holes in the front if i move it.

Cars lookin good man.

crooz
08-02-12, 02:55 AM
Wasn't feeling the yellow filmed parkers/signals before....but they are growing on me...

And man i need to get one of those offset plate holders, but cbb fixing up holes in the front if i move it.

Cars lookin good man.

Do it! the mx5plus offset brackets are great

.Dave
08-02-12, 11:29 AM
looks good, digging the yellow lights

mrpham
08-02-12, 01:47 PM
Wasn't feeling the yellow filmed parkers/signals before....but they are growing on me...

And man i need to get one of those offset plate holders, but cbb fixing up holes in the front if i move it.

Cars lookin good man.

Thanks! Yeah the offset number plate bracket is awesome. Mine left behind some marks too, factory bracket is just too weak and keeps hitting the front bar.


looks good, digging the yellow lights

Thanks!

mullens
08-02-12, 06:27 PM
looking good man ^^

ill-minded
08-02-12, 08:13 PM
When's the MS install happening?

mrpham
08-02-12, 08:43 PM
When's the MS install happening?

Soon I hope! Waiting for my wideband arrives, also trying to source a variable TPS thats fits the throttle body.

The options are a BMW TPS or a TPS from an automatic MX-5.

ill-minded
08-02-12, 09:22 PM
Are the standard ones an on-off type TPS? If so, that's whack.

At least you should be able to swap back to the standard ECU fairly easily if anything goes amiss (not that it would, since the MX-5s have a fair bit of support with the MS crowd). Keen to see how it all pans out though.

mrpham
13-02-12, 02:14 AM
Are the standard ones an on-off type TPS? If so, that's whack.

At least you should be able to swap back to the standard ECU fairly easily if anything goes amiss (not that it would, since the MX-5s have a fair bit of support with the MS crowd). Keen to see how it all pans out though.

Good news, I found a TPS. Now waiting on gaskets :D

In other news... I made some stickers for my blog!

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/424197_269918019746592_141917812546614_658422_1802 298736_n.jpg (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=269918019746592&set=a.267261486678912.63964.141917812546614)

mrpham
15-02-12, 05:49 PM
Some bits and pieces arrived today...

Hard top brackets and leather door pulls.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMGP4725-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMGP4725.jpg)

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mrpham
22-02-12, 10:47 PM
Slow updates lately, have had too much stuff on plus I'm moving houses in a week. But I was able to get the ECU flashed and basemap loaded.


http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/406518_276506115754449_141917812546614_672570_1406 031953_n.jpg (http://www.facebook.com/pages/omgphamcom/141917812546614)

I also had stickers made for my blog, if anyone wants any (free of charge), just like my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/omgphamcom/141917812546614) :) and I'll get them sent out for you.

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mrpham
07-03-12, 12:29 PM
Carbon Fibre Side Mirror Install - http://omgpham.com/carbon-fibre-side-mirror-install

Have just gone through TWO house moves in the past week, so I haven't had much time to post up something new. But here are some photos and a walk through of the Carbon Fibre Side Mirror install.

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First step is to insert the arm into the carbon fibre housing, once that's in just tighten it gently at the top using the supplied hardware.

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At the base of the arm is a large grub screw, tighten this up to make the ball joint firmer. This can loosen over time, so just re-tighten when necessary. Then attach the base to the mounting plate using the supplied hardware.

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To remove the factory mirrors, simply pop off the plastic cover to reveal the screws. Once the mirror is off, give the surface a decent clean before proceeding to the next step.

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Make sure to use the rubber gaskets when installing the mounting plate to your door, then simply install the plate using the supplied hardware.

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The finished product!

clutch-monkey
07-03-12, 12:41 PM
looks awesome!

Gil
07-03-12, 06:44 PM
I was planning on getting some but always afraid someone would steal them off me..

But it looks awesome as hell! :)

Stoogey
07-03-12, 07:02 PM
These style of mirrors always lingered on the back of my mind as well. But im in the same boat as Gilbert, living in south west sydney would render these mirrors

a) Damaged in 5 minutes from some dumb lebo/asian/bogan reversing into them.

b) Stolen in 5 minutes from some dumb lebo/asian/bogan stolering into them.

Drifter995
07-03-12, 07:30 PM
They should at least have a cap or something for them, so you can't see the screws.. but i suppose, if some lebo/asian/bogan wanted to steal them, they could just rip them out.. as they appear to do these days :| one stupid ass ripped my friends spoiler off his liberty :/

mrpham
07-03-12, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the comments!

Yeah did think about the thieves but I worry about my whole car like that, not just the mirrors. I am thinking about some "anti-theft" type screws though, any one have experience with them?

At the end of the day they look awesome, improve visibility by heaps, and I never leave my car un-attended in dodgy areas or where I can't physically have a view of her. That's what my daily driver is for :D

Drifter995
07-03-12, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the comments!

Yeah did think about the thieves but I worry about my whole car like that, not just the mirrors. I am thinking about some "anti-theft" type screws though, any one have experience with them?

At the end of the day they look awesome, improve visibility by heaps, and I never leave my car un-attended in dodgy areas or where I can't physically have a view of her. That's what my daily driver is for :D

if anyone does try to steal them, do me a favour and set them on fire :>

ill-minded
07-03-12, 09:16 PM
Fill the screw heads with epoxy? Would make removing them discretely in a hurry kind of hard, but still removable if you chip out the epoxy later on. Perhaps try it on some other screws first to make sure though.

Gil
07-03-12, 11:58 PM
These style of mirrors always lingered on the back of my mind as well. But im in the same boat as Gilbert, living in south west sydney would render these mirrors

a) Damaged in 5 minutes from some dumb lebo/asian/bogan reversing into them.

b) Stolen in 5 minutes from some dumb lebo/asian/bogan stolering into them.

http://arch.413chan.net/I_know_that_feel-(n1301631184128).jpg

Sydney South-West.. Geniune V Nose badges and Limited Edition Green Roadster badge bye bye!


Thanks for the comments!

Yeah did think about the thieves but I worry about my whole car like that, not just the mirrors. I am thinking about some "anti-theft" type screws though, any one have experience with them?

At the end of the day they look awesome, improve visibility by heaps, and I never leave my car un-attended in dodgy areas or where I can't physically have a view of her. That's what my daily driver is for :D

Maybe spline bolts of some sort? Thinking of doing them for the seats in my other car.

mrpham
01-04-12, 11:24 PM
Meh.... so no real updates lately. Have been busy with holidays and business so no time/money for the car.

Only thing I've done is add a new sticker, visit Zen Garage and goto to the last JDMST/Downshift meet.

Zen Garage Visit - http://omgpham.com/zen-garage-visit
Downshift March 2012 Meet - http://omgpham.com/downshift-meet-march-2012
More photos by other people - http://omgpham.com/downshift-meet-march-2012-others

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/IMG_0901-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/stickers-rising-sun-x-roadster)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/jwalker03.jpg (http://omgpham.com/downshift-meet-march-2012-others)

mrpham
11-04-12, 11:57 AM
GarageStar x T3 ITB Adapters - http://omgpham.com/garagestar-x-t3-itb-adapters

I've been a slacker... I've had my ITB parts for months now and yet to install them. Well today I've started pulling the AE101 ITBs apart to clean and possibly paint. I also took the adapter plate to Chilton Engineering (http://www.chiltonengineering.com.au/), can never recommend them enough, and had them check it over to make sure everything was flat. Unfortunately, the side that bolts to the head wasn't very flat at all. This was concerning because there are water outlet/inlets on that side of the head and I didn't want to risk water leaking into the intake.

Photos below of the amazing looking adapter and the re-surface that Chilton did for me.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1008-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1008.jpg)
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muncher
11-04-12, 12:32 PM
the 5's looking great! A good tip for the upper and lower gear boots is to put some talcum powder on them. Apparently its stops them gripping each other and subsequently ripping.

keep up the good work!

mrpham
13-04-12, 07:07 PM
the 5's looking great! A good tip for the upper and lower gear boots is to put some talcum powder on them. Apparently its stops them gripping each other and subsequently ripping.

keep up the good work!

Thanks mate!

I been using just engine oil to lube it on, will try talcum next time (if I can find some!).

mrpham
13-04-12, 07:16 PM
Update - http://omgpham.com/short-shifter-x-dildo

OK so I bought myself a short shifter (short throw) a couple of months back with the intention of using a very tall shift knob. The idea is to reduce the throw enough so that using a tall shift knob will cancel each other out and the throw is close to standard. However, the shifter will be a lot closer to the steering wheel for faster gear changes. WIN-WIN!

If using the tall knob with factory shifter, the throw was stupidly long (just too ridiculous). And using the short shifter kit (short throw) with a standard shift knob made it very difficult to select gears because of how short the throw was.

The shift knob I'm using was a prototype I machined awhile back:
http://omgpham.com/prototype-gear-knobs

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1012-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1018.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1018-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1018.jpg)
Obviously the first step was to remove the center console and old shifter.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1015-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1015.jpg)
Also a little surprise... the new lower shifter boot I replaced not long ago is already ripped!

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1022-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1022.jpg)
Removed the factory plastic bush (keep this for later) and installed the supplied aluminium spacer, slot side down. Should sit just below the top, enough room for the plastic bushing.

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Then installed the supplied plastic bushing, the piece on top the supplied top spacer with the locator towards the front. Make sure the holes line up with the original.

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Secure everything with supplied bolts and top plate, top part of the shifter is then installed.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1031-545x817.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1031.jpg)
And completed!

mrpham
16-04-12, 07:26 PM
Behind The Scenes - http://omgpham.com/behind-the-scenes

Me and a few mates have been working hard on developing a new product for our Roadsters, it's been underway for over a month now but we're getting close to finishing our first batch. Testing was a tedious process but we wanted to make sure the fitment was dead on.

So here are some behind the scene photos =)

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0823-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0823.jpg)
The raw materials.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0822-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0822.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0820-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0820.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0818-272x204.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0818.jpg)
The CNC lathe working hard.

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_6917-545x408.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_6917.jpg)
The completed components ready to be tig welded.

CallMeKay
16-04-12, 07:28 PM
Ohh, what could it be?

Hows the shifter?

Stoogey
16-04-12, 07:43 PM
[B]B
Me and a few mates have been working hard on developing a new product for our Roadsters, it's been underway for over a month now but we're getting close to finishing our first batch. Testing was a tedious process but we wanted to make sure the fitment was dead on.



I dont know what they are but i want some already.






btw make me some of these and i'll love you rong time.

http://garagestar.com/shop/t3_jgtc_knob_nylon.html

:D

mrpham
17-04-12, 12:11 AM
Ohh, what could it be?

Hows the shifter?

Loving the shifter so far, the combination of short throw kit and tall knob is perfect for me.


I dont know what they are but i want some already.

btw make me some of these and i'll love you rong time.

http://garagestar.com/shop/t3_jgtc_knob_nylon.html

:D

LOL I've been getting that a lot, so many people want the part already but no idea what it is. Unfortunately, can't show what it is until everything is produced.

Also, already getting a few knob designs made for people! Just drawing everything up now and hopefully get everything produced soon.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dildo.png

mrpham
19-04-12, 09:10 PM
ITB Strip & Clean - http://omgpham.com/itb-strip-clean

So my AE101 Toyota ITBs are filthy, full of grime and covered in weird corrosion stuff. I can't mentally install them without giving them a "refresh". I initially attempted to clean them by hand but to no avail, so I decided to get them professionally sand blasted.

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1054-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1054.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1055-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1055.jpg)
The dirty yuk throttle bodies.

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The screws holding the butterfly in are secured from factory by "mushrooming" the ends of the thread, this effectively prevents the screwd from backing out and getting into your engine. So I've had to drill out the screws to disassemble.

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I then cleaned the butterflies as well as the insides of the throttle bodies, easily enough with some elbow grease a scotch-brite pad.

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Because the throttle bodies use ball-bearings and seals for the main shaft, I had to tape off all openings before I take them to the sand blaster.

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http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1077-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1077.jpg)
All the parts prepped and sorted out so I don't misplace anything, hopefully get a chance to drop it off to the sand blaster next week.

mrpham
23-04-12, 01:48 PM
Decided I'm going to save up and get my head ported/machined as well as throwing in some billet cam shafts. So ITBs will be gathering more dust while I save up for the head work...

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1083-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_1083.jpg)
Most of the ITB bits... all billet aluminium and murdered out :D

AE092
23-04-12, 06:57 PM
Nice work! Have you contemplated about having them bead-blasted? I think it's less aggressive than sand blasting but should turn out great either way. Will definitely sound awesome with cams!

mrpham
09-05-12, 09:54 PM
Custom Wiring Harness - http://omgpham.com/custom-wiring-harness-part-1

I decided that since my car would be off the road for a month or two as I work on the engine, it would be a great chance to do a custom wiring harness for the car. This would mean the body and engine/ECU wiring harnesses would be separated and independent of each other. Try to keep it all as simple as possible, will be especially nice to have a dedicated harness for the Megasquirt =)

So I was lucky enough to pickup an entire wiring harness (body, main, power, dash) for a decent price and got started working on it.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1274-545x363.jpg

I've stripped the following from the harness so far:


All engine wiring
Air Flow Meter
Ignitors & coils (going COPs for the Megasquirt)
IAC valve
Purge valve
O2 (going dedicated wideband)
AC stuff
Power-steering
Clutch switch
Neutral switch
Fan switch (Megasquirt will control fans)
probable more... can't remember


All engine/ECU related fuses and relays will be kept separate and located close to the ECU. The engine bay fuse/relay box will be made redundant and relocated under the dash as there will only be four fuses used at that location.


http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1275-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1275.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1276-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1276.jpg)
http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1277-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1277.jpg)http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1278-272x181.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1278.jpg)
After a long day of peeling tape and cutting wires...

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99% complete with the main harness, you can see the pile of tape and wires removed in this photo. Seems a bit excessive doesn't it?

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This is the wiring kit from DIYAutoTune, pretty handy. Will be used for engine to ECU wiring.

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I then spent the rest of the afternoon de-pinning the ECU terminals so I could salvage the pins to re-use. It sucks having a budget...

clutch-monkey
09-05-12, 10:24 PM
fucking..wiring..
http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/006/725/desk%20flip.jpg

mrpham
12-05-12, 09:35 AM
ITB Clean & Paint - http://omgpham.com/itb-clean-paint

My ITBs were pretty dirty so I had them sent out to Chilton Engineering for some sand-blasting, got it all back today and they came out great! It was also recommended that I give the ITBs a coat of paint to keep them clean.

I picked up some VHT Primer Coat and Quick Coat in the aluminium finish, was considering painting them black but decided against it. Some clean silver aluminium will look spiffy in between the black adapter and velocity stacks.

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Fresh from the sand blaster, so clean. Had to mask the ITBs again to get it ready for paint. VHT Primer Coat and Quick Coat in aluminium finish.

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I was told a long time ago to always have spray cans dipped in hot water while you paint, apparently it gives a better spray or something. Don't know if it's true but it kind of makes sense.

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Hanging out on the clothes line getting the primer coat sprayed on.

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Primer coat all done!

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Top aluminium coat lightly sprayed on, did a few "dusting" coats before I did a wet coat.

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Top coats all done and left to dry.

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All done!

Going to give it a week to completely dry before I start putting it all back together.

Gil
12-05-12, 04:30 PM
Looking very nice and shiny!

What's next on the to-do?

mrpham
13-05-12, 01:46 PM
Looking very nice and shiny!

What's next on the to-do?

Lots of small jobs coming up I think.

- let the paint completely dry for 7 days, then re-assemble the ITBS.
- finish up the body wiring harness
- start on engine harness
- order fittings/hoses for the fuel rail and FPR
- order parts for coolant re-route
- remove head and send to the machinists
- remove AC stuff
- (maybe prep the engine bay and give it a quick respray)

Probaby few other small things I've forgotten too.

mrpham
13-05-12, 04:00 PM
ITBs muhahahaha - http://omgpham.com/itbs-muhahaha

So I'm still waiting for the paint to dry on the ITBs, going to be a long 7- days... But I couldn't wait so I did a dummy fit of the trumpets (velocity stacks) on the ITBs.

I'm so WET with excitement!

http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1332-545x363.jpg (http://omgpham.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMG_1332.jpg)
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lil_foy
13-05-12, 04:19 PM
Why are you waiting 7 days if you dont mind me asking?

Looking great though!

Gil
13-05-12, 04:32 PM
Good list to work off on.

But sounds like a really good list at it, keep up the good work and keep the updates coming!

Coming along together nicely!

mrpham
13-05-12, 05:02 PM
Why are you waiting 7 days if you dont mind me asking?

Looking great though!

The instructions on the can said to let it dry for 7 days, seems a bit much but better to be safe then sorry. Paint is dry to touch right now but still too soft to handle.


Good list to work off on.

But sounds like a really good list at it, keep up the good work and keep the updates coming!

Coming along together nicely!

Thanks mate!

Also just took a photo of a ITB bolted up to the adapter.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/577738_327748863963507_141917812546614_798553_1004 902689_n.jpg

.Dave
13-05-12, 10:00 PM
fuck yes this is looking awesome, man i wouldnt be able to deal with wiring, fuck that....

best of luck with it all

mrpham
13-05-12, 10:34 PM
fuck yes this is looking awesome, man i wouldnt be able to deal with wiring, fuck that....

best of luck with it all

Thanks mate!

I kind of enjoyed the experience! And it's one of those projects that cost very little and takes up a lot of time, good value car modding!

mrpham
13-05-12, 10:44 PM
Custom Wiring Harness Part 2 - http://omgpham.com/custom-wiring-harness-part-2

Over the last couple of days I finished off the main body harness, it's basically just wiring for the exterior lights and all in-cabin stuff plus fuses. It started out as a big mess but I think I did a pretty decent job in cleaning it up, also was able to relocate the engine bay fuse box to under the dash.

Another thing I did was remove all the stupid tape Mazda used on "wire splits" and replaced it with heat-shrink, I HATE TAPE!

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I used zip ties instead of tape to bundle the wiring harness, all engine bay wiring will have convoluted tubing to protect it from stuff.

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Removing the stupid tape and replacing it with heat-shrink.

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Main body harness completed, now to start on the power and engine harness...

AE092
13-05-12, 11:20 PM
That's what I call dedication! Them AE throttles look good painted and matched with the adaptor/trumpets

mrpham
14-05-12, 12:18 PM
That's what I call dedication! Them AE throttles look good painted and matched with the adaptor/trumpets

Thanks mate!

mrpham
14-05-12, 12:21 PM
ITB Synchrometer (Syncrometer) - http://omgpham.com/itb-synchrometer-syncrometer

I picked up a Synchrometer from a local Motorsport business, Dirt Devil Ind. (http://stores.ebay.com.au/Dirt-Devil-Ind), just located 30mins from Brisbane. It's used to tune/sync ITBs or carburetors for a smoother idle and acceleration. It's not really necessary but why not hey?

It works by measuring air flow through the trumpet (velocity stacks). The synchrometer has a tapered rubber tip that inserts into the ITB opening, than using the bypass adjust screw to set each throttle body for the right amount of air flow at idle.

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muncher
14-05-12, 12:37 PM
F Yeah! The quads are looking sick!

Why did you decide to remove the A/C stuff? Weight? Personally I love A/C, even in winter! Helps defog the front windscreen haha!

mrpham
14-05-12, 12:51 PM
F Yeah! The quads are looking sick!

Why did you decide to remove the A/C stuff? Weight? Personally I love A/C, even in winter! Helps defog the front windscreen haha!

AC never worked well in my car, even had it re-gassed and still was crap. So I never ended up using it, just cheaper to get rid of it rather then replacing the condenser and compressor. Doesn't save too much weight I don't think.

And my little air vents in front quarter windows actually work better than my defunct AC system :)

mrpham
14-05-12, 09:24 PM
Mate dropped off some Toyota COPs (Coil Over Plugs) for me today, going to use them with the Megasquirt instead of the factory ignitor/coils. Should be killer :D

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We also tried out the Synchrometer on his ITB'd Daihatsu Mira Van, it's a fucking beast!

http://omgpham.com/synchronising-ians-itbs

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It's a slightly tedious process because adjustments on one throttle body will affect the others, so it can take a few goes to get it right. Once the ITBs are synced though, the idle speed needs to be adjusted too, with Ian's car the idle ended up being higher.

xenonkuraz
15-05-12, 01:11 AM
ITB Mira lols

ill-minded
15-05-12, 01:25 AM
I get laughed at more often than you'd think. I've had a couple of really hardcore V8 guys think it's awesome though, which I found amusing.

mrpham
24-05-12, 05:37 PM
Build Update - http://omgpham.com/build-update

Not much has been happening but some updates for the build so far.

I received my first batch of Brake Cylinder Braces (http://omgpham.com/brake-cylinder-brace), so took some photos of what it looks like installed. It's too hard to take photos of the install, so will be doing it on a bare chassis in a few weeks.

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Excuse my dirty engine bay.

I've also decided to ditch the old style CAS and go with dedicated crank and cam angle sensors. They're used in later model BP4W engines as well as NB6 engines.

Started my ECU harness too. Re-used the ECU connectors and just de-pinned the terminals so I could solder new wires on. Was a tedious process but well worth it, sensors/injectors/coils connectors will be installed later.

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mmmm so fresh so clean.

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Cleaned up all the connectors that I plan to re-use, de-pinned and bought new rubber seals.

Picked up this cool passenger foot well plate from MX-5 Plus. No idea what brand it is, but it looks useful as it'll give me more space for the MegaSquirt and fuse/relay panel.

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Made a decision to get rid of the of standard coil/ignitors and go with the very popular "Toyota COPs". Coil-On-Plugs provide a much better spark as well as giving me sequential spark with the MegaSquirt.

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mrpham
25-05-12, 06:48 PM
ITB Assembly - http://omgpham.com/itb-assembly

The enamel paint on the ITBs finally dried, didn't air dry in 7-days like the instructions said. And I actually had it in the oven for a total of 12-hours at 60degrees. That was annoying...

Anyway, I had some time today so I went for a drive in search for new throttle plate screws. The factory screws are M3 which are "mushroomed" from factory to stop them from ever backing out. I drilled these out so I could pull apart the throttle bodies for sand-blasting and paint. Checkout the photos here - http://omgpham.com/itb-strip-clean.

The shop is called Small Parts & Bearings (http://omgpham.com/www.smallparts.com.au/), they stock a huge range of screws and taps. Had a chat with them at the shop and they recommended the M3.5x0.6 Hex Cap (http://www.smallparts.com.au/store/partslist/screwssocketcapalloysteel/fasteners/wide/1/3.5mm%28M3.5x0.6Standard%29/) screws. I bought the required tap too, total was $18. Not too bad I thought.

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First step was to drill out the hole slightly and then tap the new thread.

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Just test fitting the new screws, had to cut/shorten the screw too.

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The assembly station, used a syringe to apply oil in the tight spots. Also picked up some spare ITBs for parts, was great having them there so I could check how everything went back together.

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One throttle body done, three more to go.

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All four throttle bodies assembled!

This next part is a bit hard to explain, but basically the Toyota throttle linkages don't really match up with the stock Mazda throttle cable. There's a bit of slack as well as not enough travel in the throttle pulley. The idea is to make more space between the throttle cable stop and the throttle linkages, this removes any slack in the cable. It's quite straight forward to do, just have to move some parts around so that the throttle linkages sit on cylinder #3 and #4 instead of #2 and #3.

After re-assembling the throttle bodies, the service manual outlines the procedures to adjust all four linkages that "daisy-chain" the throttle bodies together. I'll do that in the next couple of days hopefully.

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I can't wait to get these on the car!

tom-storm
25-05-12, 07:34 PM
Looking real good mate.

tom-storm
25-05-12, 07:36 PM
And I meant to add, do the toyota COPs have built in ignitors? Or do you have seperate coil ignitors with the MS?

mrpham
25-05-12, 08:04 PM
And I meant to add, do the toyota COPs have built in ignitors? Or do you have seperate coil ignitors with the MS?

Thanks mate.

Yeah the Toyota COPs have built in ignitors.

dehamsta
25-05-12, 09:10 PM
love your work!

mrpham
25-05-12, 10:05 PM
ITB Glamour Shots - http://omgpham.com/itb-glamour-shots

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DriftR_S14
25-05-12, 10:06 PM
I cant believe how well you've done with this mx5. Funny too, was just telling the Mrs we should get rid of her S14 and get her an mx5, first gen, white, og san's, lip it the whole way around with some coilovers and I was saying this I saw your thread. Now I've smashed it from page 1 to 13 and you bastard Im in LOVE!
Super neat work (and thread!) Keep up the great work.

You really think you'll sell for an rx7 soon???

mrpham
29-05-12, 12:10 AM
ITB Update - http://omgpham.com/itb-update

In my previous update (http://omgpham.com/itb-assembly) I posted up about reassembling my ITBs. I had to use new screws to hold the throttle plates as the old ones were drilled out, they were replaced with socket cap screws but I was recommended to use something with a smaller profile head. I've now replaced the screws with button head socket screws.

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The screws were also cut down so not much thread was left sticking out on the other side.

Spent some time over the weekend dialing up the ITB adjustment screws, still a few things to sort out and hopefully they won't cause issues down the track.

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Stupid little adjusting screws, very tedious!

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Finally received my FPR adapter piece for the M-Tunes fuel rail.

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Gave the foot-well plate a good clean.

NAS2000
29-05-12, 01:02 AM
Those ITB's look so awesome. They look like brand new, plus you made them look like an OEM item.

Are you looking at buying/fabricating an ITB Airbox as well?

mrpham
29-05-12, 09:00 PM
Those ITB's look so awesome. They look like brand new, plus you made them look like an OEM item.

Are you looking at buying/fabricating an ITB Airbox as well?

Thanks mate.

It might be something I do later on but not too sure yet.

DriftR_S14
29-05-12, 09:06 PM
Gimme your mx5!

mrpham
30-05-12, 12:23 AM
Gimme your mx5!

lol hell no! still building it :D

BTW, you work at PSI/Sniper?

mrpham
30-05-12, 06:46 PM
errr so was bored and wanted to show off the ITBs...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u02trp5ehhI

ill-minded
30-05-12, 08:15 PM
Video needs more sound effects.

DriftR_S14
30-05-12, 10:07 PM
lol hell no! still building it :D

BTW, you work at PSI/Sniper?

Hahaha you know Im never going to give up yeah?

Yeah? How'd you know? lol.
I officially take over at the end of the financial.

mrpham
30-05-12, 10:22 PM
Hahaha you know Im never going to give up yeah?

Yeah? How'd you know? lol.
I officially take over at the end of the financial.

From your signature :D

I was a "tester" awhile back for the S15 Cooling Panel, was through Sniper Racing. Keen to do some collaboration for MX-5 bits?

DriftR_S14
30-05-12, 10:39 PM
Haha I forgot I changed that (uh-duh) :D

Hell yes! why do you think Im forcing the Mrs to get one!

xenonkuraz
30-05-12, 10:55 PM
ETA on ITB's in?!

JDM33
30-05-12, 11:07 PM
good thread mate, keep it up!

mrpham
30-05-12, 11:38 PM
Haha I forgot I changed that (uh-duh) :D

Hell yes! why do you think Im forcing the Mrs to get one!

Will keep in touch on this.


ETA on ITB's in?!

lol 2 months or so, still setting money aside for the head porting and cams. slow process getting the new wiring into the car too.


good thread mate, keep it up!

Thanks!

DriftR_S14
31-05-12, 08:39 PM
Looking forward to it buddy.

mrpham
05-06-12, 06:11 PM
Wiring Update - http://omgpham.com/wiring-update

Small update... some wiring parts arrived and picked up a white board to help me scribble down wiring stuff. It's been pretty handy :D

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According to the MegaSquirt manual, it's a pretty good idea to shield the TPS and trigger wires. So have been on the search for a flexible 2-core shielded cable, ended up deciding on a microphone cable from JayCar (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=WB1530) (part no. WB1530).

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Terminated the shielding into it's own BLACK wire, this will grounded at the ECU end and left floating on the sensor end. The BLUE wire will be used for sensor return and the WHITE for sensor ground. The +5V/+12V wire will be run externally to the shield.

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My awesome PURPLE (and grey) Deutsch connectors, all solid terminals too.

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This is the relay block I'll be using, it's all modular so you can expand if needed.

mrpham
18-06-12, 06:28 PM
Engine Harness & Wiring Parts - http://omgpham.com/engine-harness-wiring-parts

So a few weeks back I started (http://omgpham.com/build-update) working on the ECU/engine harness, this was re-using (http://omgpham.com/custom-wiring-harness-part-1) old connectors and terminals. Was never happy about re-using those parts...

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How it was with the re-used parts.

Fortunately I was able to find the part numbers for new parts, all sourced locally from RS Components (http://australia.rs-online.com/web/) too! All parts are manufactured by Tyco/AMP and the part numbers are below:


Small Terminals : 173716-1 (http://australia.rs-online.com/web/p/products/712-1909/)
Larger Terminals : 173631-1 (http://australia.rs-online.com/web/p/products/712-1876/)
26-way Connector : 174516-1 (http://australia.rs-online.com/web/p/products/712-2501/)
22-way Connector : 174515-1 (http://australia.rs-online.com/web/p/products/712-2488/)


I also found a very good source for automotive wiring in Brisbane, the company is CECA (http://www.aussieweb.com.au/business/camerons+electrical+cables+_+accessories+%28ceca%2 9+pty+ltd/1215580/) and located in Geebung. They stock Tycab (http://www.tycab.com.au/automotive.html)'s full range of automotive cabling.

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All new connectors and terminals!

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Also started on my Deutsch connectors, love these things!

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All terminated... this connector is used for all coil and injector +12V wires.

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As a precaution, I also did continuity checks for every wire and terminal used.

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These are the parts I picked up to do my dedicated fuse/relay panel. Includes terminal bar, bus bar, fuse block and a relay block.

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On the left are the brand new terminals I used, and the right is the FD RX-7 battery fuse block. This is where I'll be relocating all my main fusible links, sits on the positive side battery clamp.

mrpham
20-06-12, 09:09 PM
Over the last week I've had a few parts cleaned up and also picked up a KG Works gauge cluster http://omgpham.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif

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Install photos are below...

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So fresh so clean clean.

Since I'm going to be using the later model cam/crank hall effect sensors, I had my NB6 valve cover blasted and powder-coated in satin black. While I was there I also had the shop blast the NB6 water neck too, this will replace the NA6 water neck because I won't be using the fan switch. Megasquirt will control the fans now.

The work was done by Global Powder Coating (http://www.powdercoatingbrisbane.com.au/), price was the lowest I could find and service/turnaround was good.

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First step is to remove all four screws and the steering column surround.

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There are two more screws holding the gauge hood, remove those and than gently pull the hood towards the rear of the car. It should pop out with little effort.

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Unplug the two connectors at the back of the cluster to remove it.

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The new cluster installed http://omgpham.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif

clutch-monkey
20-06-12, 09:28 PM
awesome work!

ps: i'm gonna call you if i have trouble installing ITB's :p

Rolla5
20-06-12, 09:43 PM
what are the extra light for on the new dash , it looks good, like a fighter pilot gauge set

Gil
20-06-12, 10:28 PM
I think they're the same deal with the old ones except it doesn't have pictures to go with it instead.

So.. High-beam, Charge, Handbrake, Headlights, Ex-heat, Seat belt and Check Engine?

http://rev9auto.rev9autosport.netdna-cdn.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/2ebe3f9af00f8fff3d7b5d435f231925/t/h/thumb_meter_1.jpg

mrpham
20-06-12, 11:32 PM
awesome work!

ps: i'm gonna call you if i have trouble installing ITB's :p

lol no worries man, anytime.


what are the extra light for on the new dash , it looks good, like a fighter pilot gauge set

No extra lights, all factory stuff.


I think they're the same deal with the old ones except it doesn't have pictures to go with it instead.

So.. High-beam, Charge, Handbrake, Headlights, Ex-heat, Seat belt and Check Engine?

http://rev9auto.rev9autosport.netdna-cdn.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/2ebe3f9af00f8fff3d7b5d435f231925/t/h/thumb_meter_1.jpg

Pretty much except mine doesn't have ex-heat, think that's JDM thing with the catalytic temp sensor. Mine has the check engine instead.

.Dave
21-06-12, 12:16 PM
awesome work mate, inspiring, id never be able to wire shit :| amazing

muncher
21-06-12, 12:34 PM
Dude you're killing it! The new cluster looks amazing!

mrpham
24-06-12, 08:49 PM
awesome work mate, inspiring, id never be able to wire shit :| amazing


Dude you're killing it! The new cluster looks amazing!

Thanks!

mrpham
24-06-12, 08:52 PM
My new fuel rail finally arrived, had to replace the M-Tuned rail because it had clearance issues with the fuel rail bracket. And I was able to get myself a B6 cylinder head for free. This allows me to test fit all the parts and I can work on the fuel lines and wiring while my NB6 head is away for porting and cams.


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Also did a quick test fit of the ITBs to see if there are any issues that need to be sorted out.

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91Diamante
24-06-12, 11:49 PM
Are you going to be running an idle motor with these ITB's?

mrpham
25-06-12, 12:22 AM
Are you going to be running an idle motor with these ITB's?

Not at first, but I've put all the wires in the harness already just incase I decide to use a IACV later on.

Talked to a few guys with ITBs and no IACV, what they've done is slightly crack open the throttles so the idle sits around 1000-1100rpm. With the headunit, headlights/highbeam on the idle shouldn't drop below 800rpm.

mrpham
01-07-12, 05:10 PM
Last week I posted some photos of my OBX fuel rail that I purchased to replace the M-Tuned one that doesn't fit. Well I picked up more parts over the last couple of days, things like braided hose and the required fittings. Just some notes on the OBX rail... it's utter shit! They didn't even bother deburring the holes or cleaning up any metal shavings left inside the rail, not to mention the threads were damaged!

All fittings and hose I've decided to source from Aeroflow (http://www.aeroflowperformance.com/), and I'll be using all -6AN sized fittings/hose for fuel. Purchased all the bits locally from Race Car Engineering (http://www.racecarengineering.com.au/), good prices and good service, would definitely recommend them.

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My Aeromotive FPR (fuel pressure regulator), and fuel pressure gauge.

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The crappy OBX fuel rail...

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Some of the fittings I purchased, have more on order too.

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Aeroflow's -6AN black braided light weight hose. This stuff is nicer looking, more flexible and easier to work with. Sick of working with the full stainless braided hosing, I like this hose

mrpham
08-07-12, 08:15 PM
More Parts & No Progress - http://omgpham.com/more-parts-no-progress

Blehhh not much progress lately, BUT I have acquired some more bits for the build. Also been talking with a few guys who are also doing the same ITBs and we've found a few more issues with the T3 manifold... The issue is that the TPS is located towards the firewall and hits against the clutch master hard-line. This is not an issue for all the US guys who have the clutch master on the other side of the engine bay (LHD).

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So that's the problem... there are possibly two ways to get around this.

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So this is a solution that I'm going to test out, it involves taking 12mm off the end and machining the surface flat. So now I can use a banjo fitting that will let me clear the TPS.

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The other solution is to use a braided hose like above, not sure if it'll clear the TPS though. Will figure it out when everything else goes into the car.

When I installed my new KG Works cluster I forgot to mention that my gauge hood also cracked. Was a pain in the ass but I was able to find a brand new genuine replacement . Apparently it was the last one in Australia too! Mazda have more on back order I believe.

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So it looks amazing! It does't have the shiny finish like my old one but has a more smooth matte look. Will install this later on when I get a new dash to replace my cracked one.

The next part I found is a duct that is used in cars that don't have air-conditioning from factory. Since I'm removing my AC this part is perfect so that I can remove the ENTIRE AC system and still have functional air/heater.

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Wasn't able to get a brand new one but Richard at MX-5 Plus was able to hook me up with this used part. Would prefer a new one but this is pretty decent.

Gorilla
08-07-12, 10:46 PM
Love your work Mr Pham!

mrpham
09-07-12, 09:27 AM
Do you have the part number for this item. I've been trying to find a way to remove the AC without compromising the car too much. This might be the perfect item to replace it with.

Unfortunately I don't... I found the US version of the part here:
http://parts.arlingtonmazda.com/products/AIR-DUCT-KIT-%28PKNA01%252d61%252d150A%29.html

Part No. NA01-61-150A

BUT I have no idea if it'll fit our cars, I've emailed them to confirm though.

mrpham
11-07-12, 12:19 AM
Love your work Mr Pham!

Thanks mate!

Alexx
11-07-12, 12:38 AM
Saw you drive past in the city the other day, looks great man! much nicer seeing the car in a street setting rather than at a meet

mrpham
11-07-12, 10:54 AM
Saw you drive past in the city the other day, looks great man! much nicer seeing the car in a street setting rather than at a meet

Thanks mate! Was I driving like a tool?

mrpham
13-07-12, 06:54 PM
G-String Bikini Top - http://omgpham.com/g-string-bikini-top (http://omgpham.com/g-string-bikini-top)

I've been drooling over Project-G's bikini top (http://www.projectgla.com/gstring_na.html) ever since I bought my MX-5, was never sure how it would look in person with my "tall-boy" roll bar so I never ordered it. But I recently found an awesome deal that I couldn't pass up, I'm now in possession of a Project-G bikini top!

It's a black top with red-stitching and also came with a carry bag. I've sourced a front bow locally for little money so pretty happy overall =)

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w000000000000!!!

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Some extra goodies that came with the bikini top. Always love stickers and free lollies

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The bikini top shown with the straps, center brace and carry bag.

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Hopefully I'll look just as cool

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I also picked up some extra tools to make my life easier when I do my braided fuel lines.
Just some aluminium spanners so the nice fittings don't get scratched and a hose cutter.

Gil
13-07-12, 07:01 PM
I saw your Facebook update and I thought it might have been a Bikini Top!

Get it on A.S.A.P! Really wanna see how it flows with your car! But that's some cool looking tools, AHAH!

mrpham
14-07-12, 01:24 PM
I saw your Facebook update and I thought it might have been a Bikini Top!

Get it on A.S.A.P! Really wanna see how it flows with your car! But that's some cool looking tools, AHAH!

Probably start on it in a couple of days. My car is off the road finally, started pulling everything apart today to get it ready for ITBs and the new wiring harness.

mrpham
14-07-12, 06:53 PM
ITB Build Part - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-1

Started pulling apart my car today, the head is being removed so I can get that ported. The AC, all wiring, intake, strut brace and fuse box will be removed to make way for my custom tucked wiring harness.

I was planning to port it myself but have decided to send it down to Warren Heath Performance (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Heath-Performance/135194779879292) down in Melbourne. The head will received an extensive porting job as well as larger oversized valves, stronger valve springs and re-shimmed solid lifters. The camshaft going in will be 280degree duration and 10.5mm lift.

Didn't get too much done today but photos below.

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The operating table where most of the work will be done.

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Bonnet off, radiator out and headers moved aside.

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Valve cover off to remove the head, full port job on the way with massive cams going in.

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The AC condenser removed and a pile of parts that won't be going back in.

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That's all for today, covered up and put to bed.

thriller
14-07-12, 07:12 PM
Built N/A gets me rock hard. Turbos are boring.

Nice work.

91Diamante
15-07-12, 12:02 AM
Built N/A gets me rock hard. Turbos are boring.

Nice work.

Agree 100%. Love the build so far! With cams and ITB's this thing will go HARD!!

mrpham
15-07-12, 08:19 PM
Built N/A gets me rock hard. Turbos are boring.

Nice work.


Agree 100%. Love the build so far! With cams and ITB's this thing will go HARD!!

Thanks :D

mrpham
15-07-12, 08:22 PM
ITB Build Part 2 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-2

Some more progress today :D

Had a friend come over to help strip out the interior since my cracked dash and ripped carpet will be getting replaced. Also makes it easier to get out the old wiring harness. Enjoy the madness below, sorry for the lack of photos.

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Seats and center console out.

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Steering column dropped and dash completely out.

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Everything nearly out, just need some more free time to get the wiring harness out.

Stoogey
16-07-12, 01:47 AM
I appreciate the photos, cause i've never seen whats under our dash's before lol.

Good job so far!

mrpham
16-07-12, 12:33 PM
I appreciate the photos, cause i've never seen whats under our dash's before lol.

Good job so far!

Thanks mate!

It's surprisingly easy/straight forward to remove the dash hey. Wish I did it earlier and got rid of my cracked dash.

mrpham
18-07-12, 07:09 PM
ITB Build Part 3 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-3

Made little progress so not a huge update, continued removing the old wiring harness and attempting to clean up the engine bay.

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Where I was at since last update and now the wiring is out.

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Looks so bare with so much stuff taken out.

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The new wiring slowly going in, new battery/power wires going in too.

muncher
19-07-12, 01:01 PM
Nice work man, very keen to see the finished product!

thriller
19-07-12, 05:23 PM
What's the factory compression like on these motors? Must be fairly high since the pistons have notched valve reliefs. No plans for the bottom end like higher CR pistons/few mm overbore? No better time than now!

mrpham
19-07-12, 10:24 PM
What's the factory compression like on these motors? Must be fairly high since the pistons have notched valve reliefs. No plans for the bottom end like higher CR pistons/few mm overbore? No better time than now!

The factory compression is 9.4:1

Won't be doing bottom end yet, something I'll do later.

thriller
20-07-12, 12:13 AM
Seems safe. Might have skipped over it, but what's your expected power? Also the KG works cluster looks fucking porn. Seems really oldschool 1970's roadster / fighter plane cockpit style.

mrpham
20-07-12, 11:52 AM
Seems safe. Might have skipped over it, but what's your expected power? Also the KG works cluster looks fucking porn. Seems really oldschool 1970's roadster / fighter plane cockpit style.

No idea power wise, but a guy in the US recently made 135hp with ITBs, exhaust, ECU with stock head. I guess 160hp isn't too much to ask with all the head work and camshafts.

Not the most economical way to make power but sif I care haha.

mrpham
23-07-12, 10:20 PM
ITB Build Part 4 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-4

Bllleerrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh... Slow progress lately, held up by the wiring and have to sort a few parts sourcing issues.

I was planning to run the headlight wiring outside of the engine bay and under the guards, but at the last minuted I started to ditch the idea. Decided to keep the wiring in the engine bay and just neaten it up. I think it's a bit more practical and doesn't look too bad either.

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The front bar has to be removed so that the guards could come out. I ended up not needing to remove the front guards, but this gave me a good opportunity to clean out all the dirt/gravel stuck behind there.

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How the headlight wiring looked after neatening it up.

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Next up I decided to freshen up the old rusty brake booster by sanding it down and a fresh coat of satin black paint.

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Looks damn good back in the engine bay

I'm also getting all the old nuts/bolts cleaned up and zinc plated. At this point of the build I may as well take the opportunity to make sure no rusted hardware is returned to the car.

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A whole buckets worth, can't wait to get them back all clean.

mrpham
27-07-12, 06:44 PM
Build Update Part 5 - http://omgpham.com/build-update-part-5


So I got all my nut/bolts back from the zinc plating shop, and I'm so fucking happy with the results. They charge $1.30/kg to clean and zinc plate, awesome value!

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Everything looks brand new

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Also received my hydraulic lug crimper, awesome for doing starter motor, alternator and battery wiring. Produces 12tonnes of force to crimp the big lugs.

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Pretty awesome stuff

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So this is where I'll be mounting my fuse/relay panel, it's a 15mm thick piece of polypropylene. It'll be covered and sit under the carpet, and the additional flip panel gives more protection and allows pretty easy access when needed.

tom-storm
27-07-12, 07:24 PM
Looking good. Super jealous of that lug crimper, would have made my life much easier a few months ago.

mrpham
01-08-12, 08:18 PM
ITB Build Part 6 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-6

I spent the last couple of days building my custom fuse/relay panel. I've been looking forward to this part of the build :D

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I went to the local plastics engineering shop and got them to cut out a piece of polypropylene for me. This is what I used for the "panel" part, got it pretty thick to make sure it was sturdy and adequately insulated from the car body.

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I laid down some masking tape and marked where the parts would go and where to drill.

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The parts attached to panel and quickly test fitted in the foot well for clearance.

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The injector and coil +12v cables were installed first.

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Slowly more wires were added, still looking neat and organised for now...

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The completed fuse/relay panel, it got a bit messy where the large terminal block is. The purple Deutsch connector at the bottom powers the injector and coil +12v and the braided cable go into a ECU connector for power and various outputs for fuel pump and fans etc...

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A successful test fitting!

dehamsta
01-08-12, 08:29 PM
Brilliant work as always!

autechlol
01-08-12, 11:11 PM
Awesome build you have going on, would love to hop in an ITB NA one day, the rs aizawa na6 sounds so good!

So how does the zinc plating work? i am refurbishing some BBS RS's and i am looking for a cost effective way get the bolts cleaned up.

Cheers

mrpham
02-08-12, 10:31 AM
Awesome build you have going on, would love to hop in an ITB NA one day, the rs aizawa na6 sounds so good!

So how does the zinc plating work? i am refurbishing some BBS RS's and i am looking for a cost effective way get the bolts cleaned up.

Cheers

Thanks mate!

As I understand it, the metal gets dipped and tumbled around in a large bin of acid/cleaners to remove all rust and grime. Than the bolts are placed in a "barrel" which constantly rotates and coats everything with zinc, uses electrolysis I believe. You can choose either the "blue" zinc coating or that gold/yellow zinc coating.

mrpham
02-08-12, 10:52 AM
In other news, work has begun on my cylinder head. Shipped it down to Warren Heath Performance (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Heath-Performance/135194779879292) down in Melbourne.

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autechlol
02-08-12, 02:53 PM
What power figure are you expecting?

ill-minded
02-08-12, 03:04 PM
Over 9000 watts.

mrpham
08-08-12, 11:09 PM
What power figure are you expecting?


Over 9000 watts.

Not sure what to expect really, but would love 150hp at the wheels.

mrpham
08-08-12, 11:12 PM
Warren @ Warren Heath Performance (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Heath-Performance/135194779879292) recently received my cylinder head and has started porting work already! Some photo updates are below, make sure to visit his page and check out his work.

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mrpham
10-08-12, 01:21 PM
Porting Update - http://omgpham.com/porting-update

More updates from Warren (http://omgpham.com/www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Heath-Performance/135194779879292), he has started on the exhaust side and just doing more work in the take.

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mrpham
15-08-12, 09:37 PM
ITB Build Part 7 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-7

Another slow week for me, didn't get to do much and haven't been able to start the engine harness because I'm waiting for some heatshrink to arrive.

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So I got the engine wiring in and quickly laid it out, my spare head went on with the Toyota COPs so I can mock everything up.

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The ECU side of the engine harness, blower motor back in and the AC bypass pipe.

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The main power harness going back to the battery, there's multiple runs of cable because I've relocated all fusible links next to the battery. So the entire length of cables are protected, unlike the factory cables... pretty slack of Mazda.

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This is the FD RX-7 fuse holder, works great and hangs right off the battery clamp.

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Connected the steering column up so I could test out the body wiring. Headlights, indicators, retractors, brake lights, horns, wipers and water sprayers all worked perfectly first go!

mrpham
17-08-12, 01:54 AM
Man you have such a good attention to detail. This thread is awesome!!

Thanks mate! Sometimes I feel like my attention to detail is a curse....

mrpham
17-08-12, 06:59 PM
ITB Build Part 8 - http://omgpham.com/itb-build-part-8

Since the wiring tested perfectly, it was time for the interior to go back in =)

I replaced my crappy carpet with carpet from an NB, pretty much the same thing. I did have to cut some holes for the seat belt buckle because mine are bolted to the floor, I believe the NB buckles are attached to the seat rail hence no holes in the carpet. I would definitely recommend the NB carpet over the NA, it feels much nicer and usually found in better condition than older NA stuff.

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Roll bar back in, super clean carpet =D

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Super happy with how the "flip-panel" turned out, looks awesome and gives plenty of protection for the fuse/relay panel. And yes, the kiddie seat is gone now.