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RaYmO
23-07-07, 11:29 PM
When I was looking at purchasing a car about 2 years ago I was juggling between the MR2 and the MX5. After a mate at work showed me some pics of Justin's old clubman... I was sold... I pretty much jumped at the first mint NA that I saw at the time

Although I got a good bargain... I should have done more research and picked up a NA8 (1.8L version) instead.

Initially I was a bit frustrated at the underpowered rawness of the NA6, but after a while I figured that was where the charm of the early MX5... it is an underpowered sports car that was made for corners and is indeed a perfect daily driver (which was what I was after)

When I picked up the car in March 2006, it was pretty much stock as a rock... the only thing that was changed were the rims and the springs.

I also picked up some goodies such as soft top covers, full cockpit cover (like the old school british roadsters), original rims, wind blocker, hardtop, 5 extra gear knobs, 2 extra momo steering wheels... and the list goes on and on... The sale of the other bits that weren't installed in the car originally has funded all the mods I've performed to date.

Enough words... here's some before pics of when I just got my NA6 (yes.. it wasnt very JDM from the very beginning):

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/MX51TD-Front.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/ProtechWheels-800x600-2.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/ProtechWheels-800x600-4.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/ProtechWheels-800x600-5.jpg

RaYmO
23-07-07, 11:35 PM
Ok... now before I got bitten by the JDM Bug... I did some bad things...

Firstly... I purchased an Isotta Drake gearknob (it seemed like a good idea at the time).

I've got pretty big hands and the gearknob felt very nice.. but it was just waaaay too big for the tiny MX5 cabin and just really looked out of place:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/IsottaDrakeGearknob2-MX5NA.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/IsottaDrakeGearknob-MX5NA.jpg

I was even contemplating getting the matching steering wheel:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/IsottaKatiena.jpg

Thank god I didn't end up going ahead with it... I would have ended up with a hot4s inspired interior...

Alfadog
24-07-07, 09:09 AM
Love the numberplate man :D

Has the car had a respray? The door sills aren't painted black.

RaYmO
29-07-07, 09:11 PM
About 6 months ago I decided to change my shoes for a more JDM look:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/RaYmO-TE37-3.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/RaYmO-TE37-2.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/RaYmO-TE37-1.jpg

These TE37 replicas (17x7, 4x100, +45 Offset) are now for sale - PM if interested

RaYmO
29-07-07, 09:31 PM
Ive done a few things to the interior over the last year or so to dress it up a bit:

Steering Wheel: Nardi Classic 350mm

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/Nardi.jpg

I picked this up for a steal on ebay... Paid $80 plus shipping from Japan!

Artwork Dewa Gauges:

Custom gauges created by this dude in Japan... picked them up when I was over there last September

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/AWDGauges.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/AWDByDay.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/AWDByNight.jpg

The problem with these gauges was that the red/orange illumination of the gauges... I had to change the lighting for the OEM parts to match... something that took me 6 months to find time to do. My interior was Red/Green/Blue for months but now all the OEM bits have been updated to match the Red lighting from the gauge... Just need to find a replacement head unit to match everything else.

Bling:

One of the first things I did to the interior was the lil chrome bits to break up the black interior... These included Chrome AC Vent Rings, Chrome Gear Shift Surround and a Chrome AC Panel.

Here's some before/after pics:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/OriginalInterior.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/Interior1.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Interior/CloseUp.jpg

I've replaced the large Gearknob with a stumpier aluminium knob (Voodoo) and haven't taken an updated pic yet.

My interior is now finished but I'm still waiting to get some pics taken of it... will post it up when I remember.

Evan
29-07-07, 10:12 PM
Those dials are sexy!

Alfadog
29-07-07, 10:34 PM
Dials are cool but put your old gearknob back on!!!

StanTheMan
29-07-07, 10:37 PM
do i also spot a Starter butten on the cigarette lighter?


just looked again. :rolleyes:

RaYmO
08-10-07, 10:00 PM
Some pics taken a few months ago at the May EOMM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0184.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0185.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0189.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0190.jpg

Here is a pic of my ride @ the July EOMM

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/jdmegg/jdmst%20july%2007/IMG_1916.jpg

And the internal pic at the Aug EOMM (thanks to Eggbox for taking all theses pics)

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/jdmegg/jdmst%20aug%2007/IMG_2126.jpg

RaYmO
08-10-07, 10:07 PM
Now since the ding in the carpark, I'm contemplating getting a new bodykit...

From this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0189.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/EGG80X/jdmst%20may%2007/IMG_0184.jpg

to this:

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/7076/dscf0909ug1.jpg

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/8138/dscf0900uk1.jpg

Should I stick to the classic roadster body or should I go for the new kit?

treck_dialect
08-10-07, 10:15 PM
stick to the roadster body. looks sleeker IMHO. :)

Babalouie
08-10-07, 10:28 PM
That body kit does not suit your wheels Ray. I reckon that your wheels should always be "bigger" than your kit.

Cappuccino
08-10-07, 10:32 PM
ray what about just a simple lip for the front...that would set it of nicely...

Andy Wana
08-10-07, 10:46 PM
ray what about just a simple lip for the front...that would set it of nicely...

Seconded. An OE front lip or a Garage Vary will do your car justice.

Babalouie
08-10-07, 10:48 PM
x2 on the Vary lip.

RaYmO
08-10-07, 11:22 PM
Well... it looks like a vary lip and the fixing of the passenger fender :D

CoffeeBoss
09-10-07, 10:26 AM
Definitely a Garage Vary lip, suits your overall theme far better. Not to OTT, still JDM.

Great write up, although I finid it a little unusual that there are no great odes to how much you enjoy driving the thing... I mean, it's an MX5. Just ask any of my friends (Stefan/Stan The Man can attest), I've got a pretty long history with MX5's now, and I can often be heard harping on about them. But I don't even own one! (Yet!)

Huge fan of the Artwork Dewa gauges. Were they difficult to track down in Japan?

Taz_
09-10-07, 10:41 AM
Great write up, although I finid it a little unusual that there are no great odes to how much you enjoy driving the thing... I mean, it's an MX5. Just ask any of my friends (Stefan/Stan The Man can attest), I've got a pretty long history with MX5's now, and I can often be heard harping on about them. But I don't even own one! (Yet!)

Do it man, you know you want to....4 doors..pfffft, rear seats bwah....who needs 'em...that's why you have a girlfriend/wife/<insert other here> you can always use their car for the shopping or when you need extra space....

Listen to that little voice....you want an NA8....must have it....

Back to topic, Raymo I like the Watanbe's on the MX5 with that Vary lip....it's the subtle mods you do to the car that enhance the clean lines and pure intent of the mx5, that other kit is mucho OTT.

StanTheMan
09-10-07, 11:26 AM
Take it from me Thunderbird2 . Raymo loves driving his 5 and is very passionate about his MX5. When you see this car in the flesh. Its one of those spotless cars which you would expect to see at a club run. I don't think his 5 gets as much punishment as some others on this forum but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy driving it.

I would also be very proud if my car could be in as good shape as his.

Kikkoman
09-10-07, 12:23 PM
Do it man, you know you want to....4 doors..pfffft, rear seats bwah....who needs 'em...that's why you have a girlfriend/wife/<insert other here> you can always use their car for the shopping or when you need extra space....

Amennn brotherrr!

Haha, even though my missus' car is a little green starlet... which seems to have less space than my aw11 but has four doors and five seats.

Usually see this car every week at basketball... soo cleaaan.

Havent yet to seen the new ding though.

deez
09-10-07, 05:12 PM
Love your work ray :) I went for a quick browse at your shop yesterday looking for some sunnies, *think* you were there!

RaYmO
09-10-07, 09:54 PM
Definitely a Garage Vary lip, suits your overall theme far better. Not to OTT, still JDM.

Great write up, although I finid it a little unusual that there are no great odes to how much you enjoy driving the thing... I mean, it's an MX5. Just ask any of my friends (Stefan/Stan The Man can attest), I've got a pretty long history with MX5's now, and I can often be heard harping on about them. But I don't even own one! (Yet!)

Huge fan of the Artwork Dewa gauges. Were they difficult to track down in Japan?


Thanks for the kind words Thunderbird2, I don't think I need to write up how much fun I get by driving this thing. I think 99% of the ppl on this forum know how fun the MX5s are to drive. There's always good feedback/writeups from Babs and STM about all aspects of the MX5 and I must admit that even after owning this car for over 2 years, I'm still a NOOB at a lot of things related to MX5s (nothing a few more EOMMs can't change :D )

The Artwork Dewa gauges weren't that difficult to track down... just got a relative to write an email in Japanese outlining the fact that I'm making my way to Japan to pick up a set (I was there for a holiday anyway but she thought I'd have much better success in scoring some gear if it seemed like I was travelling across the globe for his products).

Massaging his ego must have worked. Dewa-San drove 2 hours to deliver them to me in person which was a bit overwhelming at first... here is a pic of Dewa and I in Otsuka (in front of the budget Toyoko Inn)

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Japan%20Trip/Dewasan-2.jpg

Mr Dewa also owns a RX8 and was looking at making some products for the RX8, not sure if it has been done but I'm sure you can check his site for more info.

http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~AWD/eoutline.html

Here's some pics my GF snapped of his RX8:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Japan%20Trip/Dewasan-.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Japan%20Trip/Dewasan-1.jpg

He was such a nice guy that he gave me a whole heap of extra chrome bits for free in conjunction with the bling I got off him (such as the chrome surround for the cigarette lighter and the chrome gauge rings).

I handed him a copy of Kula's review of the AWD gauges he had done for Autosalon Magazine (forgot what issue) and he almost had tears in his eyes when he realised his work was getting that much publicity outside of Japan.

Dewa San can't read or speak english that well and he claims to recieve over 50 requests in english emails a week but doesn't know how to fulfill them (they could be penis enlargement/nigerian bank scam emails - he wouldn't know) but he insisted that his work isn't about money... he just loves making these bits and pieces. The quality in the AWD products is absolutely flawless and I can see why demand for his gear is so high in roadster tuning circles.

So back to your question mate... It really isn't hard to get his gear if you can communicate with him in Japanese :D

deez
10-10-07, 02:28 PM
he almost had tears in his eyes!

touching!

CoffeeBoss
11-10-07, 10:06 AM
Phwoar! Coool story!! Thanks for sharing! It doesn't suprise me that he was so accomodating, very much a Japanese tradition with 'visitors', as is the giving of gifts.
I think this typifies part of the attraction of the JDM experience - it's great having bespoke items on your car that have a story associated with them. Hearing some of Bab's stories is all the inspiration one needs!

Gorilla
11-10-07, 10:18 AM
Thats awesome!!!!

CheekyMux
11-10-07, 10:56 PM
JDM parts are even more cool with a story attached!

As for the bodywork, classic roadster shape all the way - if you had larger wheels (I assume they're 14"?) then I might say go for the sideskirts, but they'd overwhelm those wheels I think.

RaYmO
05-12-07, 08:36 PM
As just posted in the "latest mods thread"


http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/FrontonPic.jpg

Chrome grill (the black one I had didn't have holes cut out for the tow hooks) - Yet to decide if I'll paint the grill black again.

Tow hook (behind the offset number plate bracket)

And of course, offset number plate bracket for that JDM look... I'm hoping to change the number plate in the next 6-12 months (just praying it is still available when I get around to it).

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/CuscoPic.jpg

Cusco Carbon Fibre strut brace

I can't believe the difference in handling with the strut brace installed. I notice it especially around sharp corners (even in peak hour bumper to bumper speed). The car just doesn't shake as much over small bumps and potholes like it used to. This was one of the best mods I've done in a long long while... any MX5 out there without a strut brace should get one ASAP.

It sits quite close to the Cold Air Intake, I don't have the MX5 Mania one (apparently the Mania one is too big and the strut brace would rub against it)... the CAI I have just clears the strut brace by millimeters.

Magnecor Leads & new Spark Plugs

My car was misfiring like the bad dudes in Rambo... The response in my engine is so much smoother with the new silicone leads and plugs.

One thing I have noticed is that my fuel consumption has dropped 50km per tank since the leads and spark plugs were replaced... Anyone got any theories on how this is possible?

Justin Fox
05-12-07, 08:58 PM
No idea about the fuel consumption but really loving your diary in here Raymo, transformations aplenty! Very cool!!!

CaptainColen
13-01-08, 01:59 AM
This car is very tasteful.
The exterior, as far as mx5s go, is stunning.
The interior looks like something from an Italian designer - Alfa springs to mind.
Nardi wheel + Instrument cluster + amber lighting = Super special rare in jap car factor.

Edit:

After Re-reading this thread. My mindset towards MX5's has changed from 'pff girly car' to 'hmm, what would i do to my mx5....'

RaYmO
22-03-08, 11:59 AM
took some more pics at the recent "catcup"...

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/CatcupPic2.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/CatcupPic1.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/SparcoSprintSeats.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/JDMMeetInterior.jpg

And a couple more from other JDMST forumites that were there:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/IMG_7976.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/img7346js8.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/IMG_3947.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/IMG_7347.jpg

kula
22-03-08, 10:21 PM
lookin sweet!

Bang A Dang
23-03-08, 12:34 AM
love sitting in your car ray!

OoSKYLINEoO
23-03-08, 09:17 AM
dude that thing is sweet!

i liked it with the concept 5 17s but cant get over how good the konig rewinds look :D

keep it up! :)

Andy Wana
23-03-08, 10:18 AM
dude that thing is sweet!

i liked it with the concept 5 17s but cant get over how good the konig rewinds look :D

keep it up! :)

Those aren't Konig Rewinds .... those are the real deal, 8 spokes RS Watanabes

eeden
23-03-08, 01:01 PM
looks awsome.

any front lips in mind?

Brucey
23-03-08, 06:13 PM
Love the MX5 man
Saw it today near St Marys Cathedral, looks nice

RaYmO
25-03-08, 11:19 PM
looks awsome.

any front lips in mind?


Was thinking of the Garage Vary lip but I don't think it will be practical with all the speed humps I encounter everyday as this is my one and only daily ride.



Love the MX5 man
Saw it today near St Marys Cathedral, looks nice

Thanks brucey... my missus and I were paying the australian art gallery a visit that day :D

Taz_
25-03-08, 11:29 PM
Great thread, excellent progress on your car.

That Japan adventure and meeting Dewa san is even more special after meeting you and realising we went to high school together.

Keep up the good work...if it wasn't so cold in the UK, it would be on my list of reasonably priced cars to consider when i'm over there! Regardless i've always been a fan of the first Gen MX5's.

There was a cool Hayashi racing one created by this guy who designed and made the body kits etc. for his cars, I think it was black and I drooled over it in the mag or ad it was in when I was younger...the back/rear lights looked good

RaYmO
08-07-08, 07:24 PM
Today after dropping off some items at work I noticed that there was a bubbling noise in the engine and the engine started popping. The popping noise sent shocks all the way down to my clutch and gas pedals and I immediately knew something was wrong.

I turned down my system to hear the noise again and it sounded like the final stages of a kettle on the boil. I looked at the water temp gauge and saw it shoot from normal operating temp to about 30 degrees over in a matter of seconds. I quickly pulled over just metres from where I had entered traffic. Yep... I was broken down on Pitt St at peak hour. Fuck.

So I sat in the car... waiting for it to cool down and rummaged through my glovebox to see if my NRMA membership was valid. It had expired in April 2007. Double fuck.

After 15 minutes, I popped the bonnet to see what was going on. It was at that moment that I saw my baby bleed:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Exterior/08072008056.jpg

Radiator fluid everywhere... it didn't look good. When I opened up the bonnet and looked in, it looked like all the fluid was coming out of the radiator overflow bottle.

A few months ago the water bottle for my window washer nozzles had cracked with age. My car is now bordering on 17 years and with the heat in the engine bay over time, it has made the plastic bottle brittle... enough to split it in half. My first diagnosis was that it was the radiator overflow bottle that had been cracked... no biggie... replacement should only cost $25. But it didn't explain WHY my car was overheating.

So I called a tow truck to tow me to one of my regular mechanics based over in Artarmon. Almost 2 hours after logging the call, they arrived and towed my ride to my Artarmon mechanic.

After outlining the above to the mechanic, he did a few tests to see if the radiator fans worked (and they did after the engine warmed up). Now that he had crossed out the radiator fans as a problem point, he concluded it was a combination of:
1) a busted radiator
2) old hoses that may be leaking
3) faulty temperature sensor

As he didn't know which one was at fault, he suggested I change the lot and leave the car overnight with him. Not happy Jan.

I pleaded with him to see what he could do and pressured me into commiting towards all the parts so that he could order it and install it that evening. At a total cost of $900. That's a lot of McHappy meals.

So, with his quote in my head I decided to call up MX5 Mania up in Hornsby and they confirmed that they had all the replacement bits in stock as well as the manpower to definitely get the job done by COB today, at a much more reasonable price. Problem was getting my car up there without paying for another tow truck to pick me up. The mechanic naturally advised against me driving it up there but I told him I had no choice and risked it.

The drive from Artarmon to Hornsby seemed to have taken an eternity but in reality it was only 25 minutes. I was constantly checking my engine temperature and it hovered at the normal operating temp. I drove up like a nanny on Pacific HWY just to be sure that I don't exert too much on my ailing engine. When I finally got to Mania, I pulled up and kept the engine running... Temperature still normal. It was at that stage I was thinking to myself "WTF??"

One of the guys from Mania came over and checked it out and it seemed normal. When I told them my regular mechanic recommended a new radiator/hoses/temp sensor... the bloke I was dealing with basically told me to hold my horses and performed a quick pressure check on my radiator (which my regular mechanic didn't perform). What do you know... the pressure was normal which indicated there was no leak. The radiator/temp sensor/hoses aren't the culprit.

We were scratching our heads for a while, until suddenly the penny dropped. The Mania Mechanic checked the oil dip stick and what do you know... It's as dry as the Sahara in there!

The engine was overheating because there wasn't enough oil in the engine to lubricate all the moving joints. Which led to greater friction resulting in excessive heat.

The wierd thing was that my car hasn't left any oil marks on where I've parked so there was no indicator of a leak. I had also recently had a service done by these guys as well and all the oils were changed at the time. Either way I've booked a slot for the Mania team to look into it next week but for now everything is running smoothly again with all the fluids topped up.

So, moral of the story:

If a mechanic tells you to change your radiator because it's busted, get them to do a pressure test first.

MX5 Mania saved me $900 today and they didn't even charge me for the top up oil. I've got nothing but praise for that mob.

renstar
08-07-08, 07:55 PM
Another thing could be when the water temp rises it dumps excess coolant back into the reservoir and when it cools it sucks it back in. If this bottle is cracked/leaking there won't be enough coolant in the engine and it will run hot.
(Now that i read your story ,you touched on this already but anyway....)

JAP-513
08-07-08, 08:16 PM
Those dials are sexy!

+1 for the dials.
YOUR WHEELS !:)

4shizz
08-07-08, 08:30 PM
shieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet... that is alot of happy meals :P haha
great write up mate.
unreal roadster u have aswell, the whole kit an kaboodle is pretty gorgeous.
only thing i would change is the standard system inc. hedders.. mabey buddy club ;) haha

i saw a green mx5 2 days ago, the guards were slighty pumped/flared out and it was lowered.. think he said 2 inches? roughly that anyway and it looked awsome..

so whats in the future 4 the roadster mate?

Babalouie
08-07-08, 08:34 PM
Hmm....overheating because of oil shortage is not a better result than overheating cos of a busted radiator :(

Also even tho the dipstick is bone dry there is still just under 1L in there.

Kaotic
08-07-08, 08:48 PM
over heating engine>.<

hope there was no internal damage with the lack of oil...

DrewMan
08-07-08, 09:28 PM
1) when was the last time you did an oil change?
2) are you sure you dont have a 20B under the hood?

Frogger
08-07-08, 09:40 PM
Good to hear you got your problem sorted Raymo. I'd be doing regular dipstick checks to make sure it doesn't resurface.

Babalouie
08-07-08, 09:40 PM
What is the colour of your radiator? Is the top tank still a black plastic colour or has it gone like a chocolatey colour?

Brum
08-07-08, 09:48 PM
>_< hope there's no internal damage
good of mania to help you save 900 and your motor though
also nice pics from the gathering,
your car looks so hot with those rims

Run-It-Hard
08-07-08, 11:24 PM
mania are a good mob arent they :P loving the build so far and where the hell did you get that cusco strut brace? i was only aware that they made the os and st.

eeden
08-07-08, 11:31 PM
say to hear this.
hope everything still goes strong for you.

Gorilla
08-07-08, 11:39 PM
Lets hope its not a HG issue Raymo :(

Man whats with the guys at Artarmon? As soon a you typed to "see if the radiator fans worked (and they did after the engine warmed up)" I thought straight away, these guys are going the long way around to trouble shoot!

RaYmO
08-07-08, 11:46 PM
Hmm....overheating because of oil shortage is not a better result than overheating cos of a busted radiator :(

Also even tho the dipstick is bone dry there is still just under 1L in there.

Yeah, I spoke to the Mania mechanic and they said that the likely culprit is a rubber seal at the back of the engine where the timing valve is. Apparently this a common weak point in the early NA's and is almost certainly to surface around the 15-16 year mark. Good news is that it is quite cheap to fix (the replacement seal is only $12)



so whats in the future 4 the roadster mate?

Owning a business during the retail slump and also carrying a mortgage makes things a bit tough dude. However, I do have these plans (in order of purchase):

1) 3 x 52mm Amber Defi Racer Gauges to complement my new center console that I bought a year or so ago

http://zoom-eng.com/catalog/images/in120t.jpg

2) Maxim Works Headers & Exhaust (haven't decided on which one yet, presently between Fujitsubo & HKS Silent - Definitely nothing too loud)

3) Very very very distant Future in a galaxy far far away - RS Aizawa Throttle Bodies

http://www.thebluepotato.net/engine/fingerz/ue1.jpg

Then comes the other shit like brakes/LSD/Butterfly Brace... goes on and on and on (should have got the NA8)


1) when was the last time you did an oil change?
2) are you sure you dont have a 20B under the hood?

1) Last oil change was 5,000km ago during my last service (about 2 months ago?)

2) 20B with present fuel prices? Perhaps if I owned my own oil drilling platform (with a massive oil reserve beneath it ;))


What is the colour of your radiator? Is the top tank still a black plastic colour or has it gone like a chocolatey colour?

Still Black Babs... Chocolatey would be bad I'm guessing?!

RaYmO
08-07-08, 11:50 PM
Lets hope its not a HG issue Raymo :(

Man whats with the guys at Artarmon? As soon a you typed to "see if the radiator fans worked (and they did after the engine warmed up)" I thought straight away, these guys are going the long way around to trouble shoot!

Thanks Shane

I thought so too... but I guess I must convey a certain "noobness" to mechanics that they do the whole "let's treat this guy like a bird that doesn't know shit and open up their cheque book"

But then again, this mechanic may have been genuine as he deals with a whole heap of cars and may have a set troubleshooting path that works 95% of the time. He did the right thing and offered to order me official Mazda gear which is probably why it worked out so damn pricey.

I've got nothing against this mechanic, he really is a decent bloke... its just that in this instance I was MUCH better off getting a second opinion on things.

Lisa
08-07-08, 11:54 PM
I thought so too... but I guess I must convey a certain "noobness" to mechanics that they do the whole "let's treat this guy like a bird that doesn't know shit and open up their cheque book"
.

I know alot about being treated like that!
I only just got a chance to check out your rides thread..
SUCH a nice mx5, i'd love mine to be like this someday, in the near future expect some questions from me theres alot about mx5's i need to know!
Hope to see this car around sometime soon

Gorilla
08-07-08, 11:56 PM
I guess MX Mania are specialists with them, I can picture teh guy at Artarmon are use to E36 318i's hehe

RaYmO
08-07-08, 11:56 PM
mania are a good mob arent they :P loving the build so far and where the hell did you get that cusco strut brace? i was only aware that they made the os and st.

I bought the strut brace from Mania mate. Give Dave a call to see if they can hook you up with one ;)

I think it cost about $50 more than the standard Cusco braces but the bling factor is well worth it!

Babalouie
09-07-08, 01:26 AM
Still Black Babs... Chocolatey would be bad I'm guessing?!

Chocolate = about to blow

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Luce/SSR001.jpg

Top up the overflow and keep an eagle eye on its level a few times a day for the next few weeks...I'm still kinda thinking it's cooling-system related...and yes the CAS seal does leak after a while but it leaks oil, not coolant.

rodent
09-07-08, 02:17 AM
Wow, I didn't think the CAS o-ring could leak that much oil that it'd leave you at the bottom of the dipstick and boil your coolant :shock:

I'd be keeping a very close eye on the oil levels every day just in case Ray, sorry don't mean to be a downer or anything but that sounds a little scary. Hope everything works out just fine :D

zawrilla
09-07-08, 02:24 AM
Does not sound good Ray.
At least the $900 saving is a good way to start fixing this problem though.
My radiator is chocolate brown, which makes me :(

Want to sell me your wheels yet Ray? :P

RaYmO
09-07-08, 10:22 AM
Thanks for your concern guys.

Babs, I can't see any build up of chocolate on my radiator so I guess it is ok for now. But you're right... I'll need to keep a close eye on things each morning before I fire her up for my trip to work.

Jonno, when Steve from Mania told me how oil levels and engine temps were related it all seemed quite logical. I checked the oil levels this morning and it's still full. When I backed my car out of the garage there weren't any oil spots/leaks on the floor which is a great sign I guess :D

Chris, there's a set of MINT gunmetal watanabes for sale on Aus-Cartalk for $900 including semi slicks mate. I was even thinking of picking them up but my mortgage repayments say NO! It sounds like a steal dude... I'll see if I can find the ad for it.

Edit: It was going for $750 and yep... goneskies

Babalouie
09-07-08, 11:12 AM
Did someone just pay $750 for +38 offset minilites? :shock:

zawrilla
09-07-08, 11:28 AM
Did someone just pay $750 for +38 offset minilites? :shock:

I hope not.

Dan (Spranga) bought the 15x7 +20 Watanabes. Very nice.

Hens
09-07-08, 11:34 AM
Wow, I didn't think the CAS o-ring could leak that much oil that it'd leave you at the bottom of the dipstick and boil your coolant :shock:

I'd be keeping a very close eye on the oil levels every day just in case Ray, sorry don't mean to be a downer or anything but that sounds a little scary. Hope everything works out just fine :D

i think the american have a ghetto mod for this dawg
haha

4shizz
09-07-08, 03:56 PM
$750 for +38 offset minilites? :shock:

what the farrrrk!

..btw, center consol & defi guages = one sweet peice haha

Run-It-Hard
09-07-08, 07:42 PM
3) Very very very distant Future in a galaxy far far away - RS Aizawa Throttle Bodies

http://www.thebluepotato.net/engine/fingerz/ue1.jpg


i'm also looking at getting some quads in the not so distant future, have you managed to find any english sites that have information about these? i have researched other brands but i cant find much info on these, i guess you can read japanese so it doesnt bother you :P

eeden
09-07-08, 09:42 PM
i like the centre console. where did you get that raymo??

btw the 15x7 +20 just got sold are redrilled. i was going to get them.

deez
10-07-08, 01:11 AM
Hope you don't run into any more engine troubles Ray...I've been there....not a good place to be definitely :(

RaYmO
10-07-08, 10:06 AM
i'm also looking at getting some quads in the not so distant future, have you managed to find any english sites that have information about these? i have researched other brands but i cant find much info on these, i guess you can read japanese so it doesnt bother you :P

You might want to try clubroadster.net as there's a few "miatas" kitted with RS Aizawa gear on there.

If you want to hear a good story about RS Aizawa telling you to go turbo/supercharger instead of Throttle bodies (when you've got the chequebook ready to purchase one)... just ask babs :D

EGG80X
10-07-08, 11:09 AM
afaik rs aizawa has two quad kit on offers, one is a full rs aizawa kit and the other is a cheaper alternative using AE101/111 4ag quads with manifold adapters

RaYmO
17-07-08, 09:35 AM
OK... took a day off on Tuesday and went over to MX5Mania once again to get them to check out my ride and also perform a 160k service. I have been checking the radiator/oil levels 2-3 times a day throughout the week to see if there is a leaking issue.

It wasn't until my car was on the hoist that you could see the leak.

Culprit was a $12 rubber seal at the Crank Angle Sensor. That was replaced as with all the fluids and the car feels good as new (bar the rattles/squeaks :D)

One other issue I've had in the past 3 months was the difficulty in getting to second gear from first. It doesn't slide in like the other gears and I guess that was an indicator to get the gearbox oil changed. Mania recommended a "shockproof" oil that addresses this gear crunching sensation and the gearbox feels like new again.

It is absolutely amazing what oil can do :D

RaYmO
17-07-08, 09:39 AM
i like the centre console. where did you get that raymo??

btw the 15x7 +20 just got sold are redrilled. i was going to get them.

I got the console off Green Comet from aus-cartalk (I also got my present set of watanabes off him too!)... haven't seen him on that forum lately though.

If you're super keen you can order it online from zoom-eng.com but expect to pay quiet a few $$$

spranga
17-07-08, 04:51 PM
i like the centre console. where did you get that raymo??

btw the 15x7 +20 just got sold are redrilled. i was going to get them.

POST Hijack alert!!!
If your talking about my Watanabe's (bought from the Honda forum recently) I don't think they are redrilled. I think the standard drill pattern for these wheels is 4 x 114 and mine have been drilled for 4 x100. There is an oval drilling section and the drill holes are located closer to the centre. This was apparently done in Japan when they were new. Is this what you mean?

spranga
17-07-08, 05:07 PM
Owning a business during the retail slump and also carrying a mortgage makes things a bit tough dude. However, I do have these plans (in order of purchase):

Then comes the other shit like brakes/LSD/Butterfly Brace... goes on and on and on (should have got the NA8)


Nice work Ray. especially love the interior. Sounds like you and I will be doing virtually the same mods over a 10 year period. Mortgage + kids = glacial paced modification program:lol:

spranga
17-07-08, 05:38 PM
POST Hijack alert!!!
If your talking about my Watanabe's (bought from the Honda forum recently) I don't think they are redrilled. I think the standard drill pattern for these wheels is 4 x 114 and mine have been drilled for 4 x100. There is an oval drilling section and the drill holes are located closer to the centre. This was apparently done in Japan when they were new. Is this what you mean?

I just had a closer look at my wheels and I can see what you mean now. They appear to have inserts and it all looks a bit dodge :mad:

Jazzle
17-07-08, 06:39 PM
so what were the causes for the engine oil to run out before??

Brum
17-07-08, 08:26 PM
^^ leaky CAS seal
cars looking good raymo, loving the centre console too
hope everythings k with the 5

RaYmO
02-08-08, 11:48 PM
OK... another drama emerged this evening.

You may recall engine overheating I had experienced as a result of an old rubber seal that had created an oil leak.

Well this afternoon when I was driving out of the world square carpark... the temp gauge started rising past the regular temp. Here we go again...

I managed to get the car out of the carpark and pulled over on the nearest side road. I found myself on Dixon ST near the old Harbour Twin Cinemas and parked there for a while. Couldn't do anything but wait for the engine temperature to drop before I could check what was happening.

Took the opportunity to have dinner whilst the engine cooled and when I got back an hour later I started doing some checks.

Dip stick - Revealed that there was still oil in the engine (no signs of leaks as it was still full) - I had my car serviced at MX5 Mania 2 weeks ago so it's a good sign that the oil is still there and super clean too.

Radiator - Full of water and the overflow bottle is full of fluid too. No radiator leaks present.

Then I checked the Temp Sensor (may need to get the MX5 Gurus to verify this is the sensor)

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Engine%20Bay/TempSensor2.jpg

When I opened it up:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Engine%20Bay/TempSensor1.jpg

I found condensation at the bottom of the sensor. There was close to 3-5mm of water at the base of that tube.

I find it strange that there was water in there... Could this be the culprit behind my wacky temperature readings?

One other thing I had noticed was a rattling tinny sound coming out of my engine bay when I cold start the car. Had this checked out and apparently the exhaust is loose. Mania didn't have a spare hoist at the time so I thought I'd get the rattling fixed up during my next service (but fuck is it annoying). Could a loose exhaust also raise temps under the bonnet?

LAN-EVO3
03-08-08, 05:38 AM
hey raymo, the water at the base of your sensor would probably be the reason why your reading are off. water is a conductor of electricty and the signals going to your ecu and dash could be disrupted from it being shorted out at the pins where the plug goes in to. i suggest cleaning it out with contact cleaner and remove the sensor from the actual housing and clean any signs or grit build up on the sensor.
as for the exhaust, it really depends where the fault is. the reason why you hear it more on cold starts is cause as it heats up, the metal expands therefore reducing the gap where it leaks. maybe time for a buddy club exhaust ;) with toda extractors? hehe
just curious about something, can soft-tops be remove and a hard tops installed in its place? :) sorry i dont know much about mx5's

Andy Wana
03-08-08, 10:06 AM
hehe
just curious about something, can soft-tops be remove and a hard tops installed in its place? :) sorry i dont know much about mx5's

You can use the hardtop with or without the soft top.
And you can remove the soft top completely.

LAN-EVO3
05-08-08, 05:21 PM
ok cool...thats good then.

i prefer the hard tops over the soft top :)

RaYmO
07-08-08, 03:10 PM
Had the car inspected once again... Turns out the culprit to the overheating is a faulty Thermo/temp switch.

The switch isn't turning on the radiator fan... so if I'm stuck in peak hour traffic or driving very slowly (eg in carparking stations) there isn't enough airflow going through the radiator to cool things down.

$50 later... I think I've finally resolved the heating problems in my engine bay.

zawrilla
07-08-08, 06:11 PM
Had the car inspected once again... Turns out the culprit to the overheating is a faulty Thermo/temp switch.

The switch isn't turning on the radiator fan... so if I'm stuck in peak hour traffic or driving very slowly (eg in carparking stations) there isn't enough airflow going through the radiator to cool things down.

$50 later... I think I've finally resolved the heating problems in my engine bay.

hooray..let's hope it really does get solved. Nothing worse than finally thinking you've found the source of the problem, then finding out days later it's still happening.

Taz_
07-08-08, 11:25 PM
Glad u've found some answer's, fingers cross there aren't any more for you mate.

RaYmO
11-09-08, 04:51 PM
Got a fresh set of RE001's today...

The 1km drive from the bridgestone tyre centre to my work felt AMAZING

At the same tyre pressure, my steering wheel is at least 5x lighter now than with my old set of Potenza GIII's.

Scored the 185/60/14 tyres at $115/corner (inclusive of a $5/tyre discount for NRMA members).

Very very happy :)

zawrilla
11-09-08, 05:04 PM
Got a fresh set of RE001's today...

The 1km drive from the bridgestone tyre centre to my work felt AMAZING

At the same tyre pressure, my steering wheel is at least 5x lighter now than with my old set of Potenza GIII's.

Scored the 185/60/14 tyres at $115/corner (inclusive of a $5/tyre discount for NRMA members).

Very very happy :)

Excellent..that's fantastic news for me to hear as I'm getting myself a set tomorrow.
Which one did you go to?

fun33r
11-09-08, 05:55 PM
Got a fresh set of RE001's today...

The 1km drive from the bridgestone tyre centre to my work felt AMAZING

At the same tyre pressure, my steering wheel is at least 5x lighter now than with my old set of Potenza GIII's.

Scored the 185/60/14 tyres at $115/corner (inclusive of a $5/tyre discount for NRMA members).

Very very happy :)

Not only the tyre's making the difference but the balance and espically if your got a wheel alignment which would change it significantly im sure you already know that anyways, and there some pretty cheap tyre's size respective im sure :)

RaYmO
11-09-08, 06:37 PM
Excellent..that's fantastic news for me to hear as I'm getting myself a set tomorrow.
Which one did you go to?

I went to the Bridgestone Tyre Centre in Artarmon (corner of Pacific HWY and Dickson Ave) :)

DrewMan
11-09-08, 06:47 PM
Got a fresh set of RE001's today...

The 1km drive from the bridgestone tyre centre to my work felt AMAZING

At the same tyre pressure, my steering wheel is at least 5x lighter now than with my old set of Potenza GIII's.

Scored the 185/60/14 tyres at $115/corner (inclusive of a $5/tyre discount for NRMA members).

Very very happy :)


i wish they were that cheap for 18s! :shock:

.:JDM/Dave:.
17-09-08, 05:16 PM
Hey man, i love your NA, its soooo nicely tuned and kept! ive seen ur car recently in nrth syd driving by the union hotel on pacific hwy in the mornings!

green_comet
08-10-08, 01:50 PM
Hey Raymo, The cars looks very nice mate. I see your still running the 14" Watanabes I sold to you a few years back. Im spewing I sold them, as I havnt been able to find a 15" set. Ahh well Ill just keep looking, and congrats the car looks great.

RaYmO
22-12-08, 12:43 PM
Hey Raymo, The cars looks very nice mate. I see your still running the 14" Watanabes I sold to you a few years back. Im spewing I sold them, as I havnt been able to find a 15" set. Ahh well Ill just keep looking, and congrats the car looks great.

Thanks GC :D

I'm still keen on the Watanabe nuts if you've still got them...

RaYmO
22-12-08, 12:50 PM
Latest mod:

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/MX51TD/Engine%20Bay/18122008017.jpg

New Air Con compressor

My old one melted from the inside out from all the overheating issues I experienced.

This AC unit was taken from a NB series MX5 which bolts straight on to the present mounting points. Apparently the NA MX5s didn't have AC as a factory option, it was outsourced to a third party who manufactured and fitted them as a local option. This AC company has since gone bust.

I got quoted about $650 to $800 for a new one (yes I shat myself).

I managed to source this second hand one for $165 from a mob in QLD.

My aircon on it's coldest setting is 8 degrees C whilst stationary and drops to about 5.5 degrees C when in motion (that's colder than my fridge @ home LOL)

Very happy chappy!

philz
22-12-08, 01:10 PM
Good to see you have fixed your AC just in time for Sydney's summer, how fast does it reach 8 degrees?

My aircon takes a while to get cold, might need to regassed.

RaYmO
29-04-09, 12:01 AM
Sorry I haven't responded Phil...

My AC still doesn't work :(

Actually... it worked for about 2 hours (AC was icy cold within 10 seconds of switching it on) but there is a leak in my condenser. I've been trying to source another one ever since... The third party company who made the AC units for Mazda for the NA's went bust years ago so it's pretty hard to find spares/replacements without retrofitting an entire new system...

I think I found 2 at MX5 Mania today so I'll probably get it done through them in the coming weeks...

RaYmO
29-04-09, 12:03 AM
My pride and joy was due for her 180k km service today so I squeezed in an appointment with MX5 Mania in Hornsby before work.

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1000020.jpg

Early morning and their workshop is choc-a-block full of MX5s including the best 2nd Generation model... the silver one pictured below :)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1000019.jpg

After the regular oil change and fluid checks... we looked deeper to see if we could isolate some gremlins in my engine bay.

The car has had issues idling... revs skip from 1300rpm down as low as 300rpm but doesn't stall... We had no idea what the issue could be so a number of trial and error tests were carried out by Dave from MX5 Mania. The culprit in the end was a konked out AFM (Air Flow Meter).

It seems there was a hole drilled through a cap that seals the adjustible knob... This indicates someone had fiddled around with the settings in the AFM to help it idle better but apparently this is something that should never be done as the factory tuning in the AFM should never be changed. $80 later, a new AFM was installed and my baby now purrs along without any hiccups.

It seems MX5 Mania now have a mascot at their workshop in the form of a King Charles Cavalier called Charlie :D

Run-It-Hard
29-04-09, 12:26 PM
i was wondering what happened to your car, considering the thread died!

good to see you got some issues sorted!

i know one way to fix the A/C ... take it out :D

Szemen
29-04-09, 12:28 PM
It seems MX5 Mania now have a mascot at their workshop in the form of a King Charles Cavalier called Charlie :D

That dog is awesome! The first time i went to mania, he was just sitting there. SOO affectionate, my gf sat down on the bench and he just jumped onto her lap.. KAWAII! :P

RaYmO
29-04-09, 01:27 PM
LOL SZemen... it's a SHE

RaYmO
29-04-09, 01:44 PM
i was wondering what happened to your car, considering the thread died!

good to see you got some issues sorted!

i know one way to fix the A/C ... take it out :D

Yeah... I thought I could live without AC - Summer wasn't TOO bad...

However the AC is vital to keep the windows from fogging up... Which is quite handy if you intend to drive on the right side of the road (or was that the left?) - You know what I mean :P

JDM-mk
29-04-09, 03:20 PM
cars loooking great :)

RaYmO
20-04-10, 06:03 PM
Almost been a year to the day since my last update... here she is:

Dropped over to Performance Exhaust in Northmead and had my car looked after by Haks (he also owns the tasty FD to the left).

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010492.jpg

Before (rusty old stock NA6 headers)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010488.jpg


After (Mazdaspeed Headers)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010491.jpg

Before (stock setup)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010487.jpg

After (high flow cat)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010500.jpg

Before (stock exhaust)

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010486.jpg

After (HKS Silent Hi Power):

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010497.jpg

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/p1010494.jpg

My car is a lot more torquier, there is a faint rumble during idling which isn't too noticeable at first but it is there. It's just a touch louder than stock in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear, when you cruise in 4th/5th it's actually as quiet as stock.

Throttle response has improved dramatically with the new headers.

Haks has done a fine job and the install took about 2 hours to complete - his work is highly recommended by me (i expect him to be rocking a NA MX5 shortly :) )

JDM-mk
20-04-10, 06:11 PM
Nice work man.

This car got me into wanting a Mx-5

RaYmO
21-04-10, 11:04 AM
Thanks dude

I've got a Kodak Zi8 on order so hopefully I can get some sound/video clips uploaded soon.

RaYmO
27-07-10, 02:24 PM
I've been a tad busy lately but do have some updates - will take some pics when I have a free moment

In the meantime - I've kinda gotten sick of my MX5 looking like a remote control car because of the large black rubber antenna...

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/car-stuff/p1010528.jpg

So I just got this delivered today from MX5Parts UK:

http://www.everybuddylovesraymond.com/wp-content/gallery/mx5/antenna.jpg

It's about 15cm and is MUCH shorter than the one I have right now :)

Hopefully a pic of my new seats and a video of my exhaust will be available to all in the next week or so :)