Hey guys, I've been on here for a while now, doing a lot of reading and decided it was time to put my own car up. So, after a relatively short, but often difficult motoring history, which includes a camry, a celica, several corolla's (ke20, ke55, ae93 sx), a s2 rx7 and most recently an xr4 fiesta and a turbo s13 ive come to own this 1995 NA8 mx5.
It was a well looked after stocker when i got it and looked like it had spent most of its life indoors. It had a few nice bits on it, such as an aluminum rad, brake master stopper and some NB wheels, so my plan was to not go too nust and just make it a bit nicer.
Not long after i got it i went out to mallala to do a John Bowe Driver training day, which was great. I managed a best time of 1:32.2, which i was pretty happy with for a stock car and my first time ever on a track.
Three months later, this it what it looks like now. Ive installed some BC coilovers and Sportmaxx 002 wheels (15x8 +15) and im pretty happy with how it looks. I've kept the NB wheels, which i want to get some semi slicks for, to use in future track days.
Ive got a few more things that i want to do, so it should keep me busy for a little while! Hope you all like the pics!
really good actually, i did have my heart set on some super streets, but these came up at a good price so i thought id give them a go. Compared to my s13, which had ISC coils, plus every adjustable arm you could think of, the Mazda is much nicer. It's only just harsher than the stock stuff, but it doesn't roll any more, and you get a lot more feeling through the car, if you know what i mean. Unfortunatley the wheels came with near new Nankangs, so i left them on, but they are absolutely horrible, which is the only thing letting it down at the moment.
Thanks for the comments guys! I live North East of the city and i drive that road on the way to work out past muno para every day.
Ah, the xr4... In a word; boring. It was very capable and reasonably quick, very grippy, but it just had no excitement to it, and the traction control was terrible. The worst was the fly by wire throttle, you could put your foot all the way to the floor, and then take it all the way off again before the motor had responded, which was amplified by the fact that the car i had before that was a large ported, carby fed rotor, which had telepathic throttle response. Point to point on a twisty road, the xr4 would have walked all over the rx7, but the mazda was just so much more exciting, whenever you drove it, it was an occasion, wheras the ford was just an appliance. I think its just the way new cars are, very insulated and take all the hard bits of driving out of the equation.
So, does anybody on here from adelaide do meet ups and things or cruises? Im really over the ns crowd...
yeah we've got some pretty good roads over here if you know where to look! Ive been on mx5 car talk too, lots of "more mature" people over there who dont like low ride hights or offsets but its good for actual useful information!
Well im keen to get a bit of a meet up going with people who are keen on going for a good drive, or maybe get something going like the end of month meets that the other states seem to have.
Stay tuned folks, new parts on the way from Andrew at AM Performance this weekend, and some ebay goodies should be arriving pretty soon too! Also, ill be painting the brakes this weekend, any thoughts on colours? so far im tossing up between gold, and super bright Lamborghini green!