I got my new steering wheel installed today. It wasn’t in time for yesterdays autocross, but at least it is ready for OctoberFast. I installed the NRG 320mm suede wheel using the NRG short hub and NRG quick release 3.0. The quick release is in preparation for the roll cage to make ingress/egress easier.

The Hardtop

While I was searching Craigslist for the usual stuff like random parts, I came across an ad for a used hardtop that was close to my vicinity. The price was right and it was in decent enough shape, so I snagged it. I really wasn’t digging the faded red color, but I also wasn’t terribly concerned in doing anything with it before the upcoming Autocross. However, I decided I’d paint it orange for a little bit of contrast on the …

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Finally got around to installing the brake proportioning valve on the #62 MX5. It will allow for fine tuning of the rear brakes in relationship to the fronts. The kit allowed the adjustments to take place in the engine bay which wasn’t ideal. If you have the transmission out, it is easy to mount it to the side of the trans tunnel and run a new brake line. For me, I got the Wilwood remote kit and worked with that. …

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When I was setting the timing for the dyno, I found I could only get 10 degrees BTDC. My research showed that meant my exhaust cam was off one tooth. I also had an odd noise and suspected an idler pulley. What a perfect opportunity to investigate and set the timing! What I discovered was that in fact my exhaust cam was off one tooth. I decided since my timing covers were off the car I should clean them up. …

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I swung by Brown’s Mazda in Chantilly and was greeted by a new 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring in soul red metallic. I personally won’t buy one until they come out with the diesel this summer, but it is a great looking car with a ton of standard features. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

With further modifications to the MX-5 for the track, it is becoming less streetable in my opinion. The car certainly has no issues, but my body can’t withstand the abuse on longer trips any longer. We have one more race in the NASA-X season and a Hyperdrive the weekend after, so I definitely wanted something by then. I luckily came across a year old trailer in decent shape for a relatively decent price. All I had to do was weld/paint …

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We finally got around to installing the number plates. They were ordered from 5X Racing and are great quality. Unfortunately for them, we didn’t want the 5X Racing logo and placed ours over it. We also installed the Mazda decals on the side. Overall, I’m pretty please with the result.

I decided that my original suspension just wasn’t up to the task considering it was from 1994 and it was time for an upgrade. Bill went ahead and got Koni Sport shocks for his RX-8, so I went with those as well. I also got Racing Beat linear springs, Prothane bushing kit, and PowerFlex bump stops. I was able to clean up the front control arms and weld the stabilizer link mount since that is a weak point.