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    Thread: The "you need a Miata" thread

    1. Member Art Vandelay's Avatar
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      09-08-2011 11:23 AM #101
      This thread makes me sad that I have to sell mine.

      I'll own another one some day.
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    2. 09-08-2011 02:33 PM #102
      Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
      This thread makes me sad that I have to sell mine.

      I'll own another one some day.
      Sorry to hear that! You can always get another

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      09-08-2011 03:39 PM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      First of all, love how that car looks...and I can only imagine how much fun it is. Nice work on the turbo setup. Remind me what management you are running--MSnS?

      Secondly...if you find your dream wheels, I'd be more than happy to take your current wheels off your hands.

      We're having a 'heat wave' (well, for this summer at least--a full week in the mid-high 80's) and hence I'm commuting in the Miata all week. Indeed, it can be more fun to drive a slow car fast (or spiritedly) in conditions where you can't drive a fast car anywhere near it's full potential.

      I had an open offramp this AM so I went after it, hitting the apex nicely, rev matching my downshifts on the way to the stoplight. Guy in a modded WRX with SCCA stickers on it pulls alongside and gives me the . Fun way to start the work day.
      Thanks for the compliments, and yeah it is pretty fun. I'm running a DIYautotune's PNP kit that has been upgraded to MSII-E. As far as the wheels? They're 15" OZ Superleggeras that I scored for $50. Some chick that I used to work with bought a civic that had the wheels on it. She managed to ruin the tires (the car had a bad alignment) and since she couldn't afford new tires she just put some steelies that her brother had laying around. 6 months go by and I came across the wheels in the tool shed and realized that they would work perfectly on my Miata. They were still pretty much brand new! I called her and asked how much she wanted for them and she said "Oh just give me $50 next time you see me." SCORE!!!!

      I want some BBS RS's or RS knockoffs. Maybe some Panasports or some old school JDM wheels. Something that will still look good at 15" because I don't want to run anything bigger. I like a little meat on my tires. It's low on my list of priorities right now though.
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      09-08-2011 03:48 PM #104

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      09-08-2011 03:51 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
      This thread makes me sad that I have to sell mine.

      I'll own another one some day.
      Damn, that makes me sad too, but mostly because I can't afford to buy it.
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      09-08-2011 04:07 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by PassSedanGLX View Post
      Damn, that makes me sad too, but mostly because I can't afford to buy it.
      Midwest pricing. It would probably be a $25 Miata in California.
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      09-08-2011 04:19 PM #107
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomweasel View Post
      It seems like the options consist of removing foam, or getting serious race seats. There don't seem to be many solutions that give you a bucket seat that's usable on the street, and a lower seating position. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.
      A) Not looking hard enough
      B) Budget needs increase


      Lotus Elise (Probax) seats meet your criterion, but they're upwards of $900/pair. Comfortable, drops seating position by almost 2", full head protection, racetrack ready.

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      09-08-2011 04:26 PM #108
      Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave View Post
      A) Not looking hard enough
      B) Budget needs increase


      Lotus Elise (Probax) seats meet your criterion, but they're upwards of $900/pair. Comfortable, drops seating position by almost 2", full head protection, racetrack ready.
      I've heard of those but honestly haven't looked too hard. I've been eyeing the Sparco Sprints as they seem to be fairly drop-in, and lower the seat just a bit as well.

      I guess I meant that most of the options I've seen look like they require some fabrication work for custom brackets and I'm fairly useless with that. I wouldn't even know where to start.

      I need/want something that I can order with the brackets and bolt them in with little trouble. Not afraid to spend money on good seats, but I don't want to be grinding and cutting to bolt something straight on the floor or have to make some custom job in my living room.

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      09-08-2011 04:39 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomweasel View Post
      I've been eyeing the Sparco Sprints as they seem to be fairly drop-in, and lower the seat just a bit as well.
      They won't, if you use the bolt-in hardware.

      I need/want something that I can order with the brackets and bolt them in with little trouble.
      It just doesn't exist.
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      09-08-2011 04:39 PM #110
      I wish I knew someone with an Elise so I could try one of the seats. I suppose I could just go over to Park Place.

      There was one on CL a few months back, but it was sold by the time I called.

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      09-08-2011 04:44 PM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave View Post
      racetrack ready.

      No belt pass-through for a proper harness.

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      09-08-2011 04:58 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      They won't, if you use the bolt-in hardware.



      It just doesn't exist.
      I thought that between brackets from Goodwin and Sparco they worked, but perhaps it was an older version. Oh well.
      I'm gonna just start with foam removal to drop my head a few inches and see if anything fun pops up in classified ads.

      Need more pics!
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      09-08-2011 05:47 PM #113
      Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
      No belt pass-through for a proper harness.
      Perhaps I should have pointed out that the picture above is the best reference for the height difference. It is possible to use Sector 111 cutouts for the harness pass-through or you could buy an Exige seat or Tillet seat.

      Modify Elise seats



      Buy Exige seats


      Buy Tillet seats

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      09-08-2011 05:52 PM #114
      Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave View Post
      Perhaps I should have pointed out that the picture above is the best reference for the height difference. It is possible to use Sector 111 cutouts for the harness pass-through or you could buy an Exige seat or Tillet seat.
      Fair enough. But when I read the term "race track ready" in regards to seats, in addition to being set at the proper height (when convertibles are involved), I also think "it needs to work with a five point harness." If it doesn't, then in my mind, it's not race track ready. But that's just me.

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      09-08-2011 05:54 PM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
      Fair enough. But when I read the term "race track ready" in regards to seats, in addition to being set at the proper height (when convertibles are involved), I also think "it needs to work with a five point harness." If it doesn't, then in my mind, it's not race track ready. But that's just me.
      Regarding 4-bolt harnesses on Miata's, where would be the proper mounting area? Because I know they say to not mount the harness below your shoulder or you will cause compression.
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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      09-08-2011 05:56 PM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      Regarding 4-bolt harnesses on Miata's, where would be the proper mounting area? Because I know they say to not mount the harness below your shoulder or you will cause compression.
      Harness bar on your rollbar, or Bossfrog claims you can wrap the harness directly on a specific spot on their rollbar and it's at the correct angle with no need for an additional bar.

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      09-08-2011 05:57 PM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      Regarding 4-bolt harnesses on Miata's, where would be the proper mounting area? Because I know they say to not mount the harness below your shoulder or you will cause compression.
      I'm sure you can get harness bars that'll work, but I don't think I'd use a harness unless I had a sufficiently sturdy (FIA approved) aftermarket seat with a roll bar. Most roll bars include a place to connect your harnesses properly to avoid compression issues.

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      09-08-2011 06:11 PM #118
      Just remembered about this cool mini-top option I'd seen in phryxis's Nisei Showoff thread.

      http://www.formoverfunctionz.com/welcome.html











      http://revlimiter.net/blog/2011/06/miata-bikini-top/


      And another random NC on RPF1's


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      Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkEnergist View Post
      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      09-08-2011 07:33 PM #119
      Gotta keep this thread going.












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      09-08-2011 10:22 PM #120
      A few more because I'm procrastinating:





      I believe this is a TCL Member's car... Troze something if I'm not mistaken?



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      09-08-2011 10:54 PM #121
      Miatas attract a number of types of enthusiasts, I think that's pretty cool. Definitely makes these threads a little more interesting at least.

    22. 09-08-2011 10:57 PM #122
      This is an amazing looking car:





      (taken from http://www.clubroadster.net/vb_forum...=10082&page=14)

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      09-09-2011 06:25 AM #124
      Almost bought a Marnier blue Miata, but I really couldn't stand the cracked dash, and I seriously considered a NB/MS NB but the price was way too close to the S2000.

      Also I came across a 06 NC for $8999 at a dealer, but I balked at it because it had high mileage, and it only had a 5 speed (i.e. it was a base model). Maybe I should have gotten that...

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      09-09-2011 01:30 PM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
      No belt pass-through for a proper harness.
      They also have next to no bolstering.

      Sure, the Exige seats are low, but if you want to be supported, look elsewhere IMO...


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