Apr 22 2016 Bill 1994 Mazda MX-5, Events, News Comments Off on Making the NASA Time Trial debut, #62

Over the last several years, we have been building, tweaking, fabricating, cussing and maybe even a little embellishing our 1994 MX-5 into something that could be called a race car. Owner, Mike Brose, has been hard at work along the way improving his own skills and knowledge of the platform and racing organizational rules to be a creditable race car driver. All of that work began with NASA Mid-Atlantic Autocross Championship events in 2011 and eventually took Mike to his …

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It’s been a few weeks since circling back to show the update on the #62 MX-5’s roll cage installation, but it’s completed now in all it’s glory! The cage took a little longer to build out than expected, but it was well worth the work. Jim at www.rollcagecomponents.com did an amazing job keeping everything as tight as possible and making the 6’+ driver fit safely within the cabin! Here are some shots during the installation and prior to painting and …

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#62 Cage Prep

As mentioned in the earlier post regarding upgrades over the 2013-2014 winter season, the MX-5 is getting stepped up and putting a real cage in. To make the cage install easier on Jim at Roll Cage Components, the car has been stripped and cut prior to delivery. Jim was an outstanding guy and made himself available outside of normal hours so we could get the car to him as soon as possible. He’s got several great projects coming through the …

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After each season, you have to take a minute and reflect on the positives and negatives of both your accomplishments as a driver and the car’s capacity to move forward. For the #62 MX-5, there are several areas where attention is needed. The car performed exceptionally well, so well to the point where the need to circle back and readdress safety equipment becomes a priority. Out goes the old (but very adequate for previous purposes) Hard Dog roll bar and …

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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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As the performance of the #62 MX-5 increases, it becomes pretty apparent that a change of tire may be warranted as the track conditions change from time to time. Michael was able to reach out to Konig once more and land another set of wheels. This time he opted for the flat-outs in 15×8 with a little lower offset for a little MORE track width and lateral grip. Tires are Toyo again (can you tell we love these tires?) RA1s. …

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It’s been a while and I didn’t realize we never put the details of the Jenvey ITB setup on the website! We left off with teaser photos of the hardware and never followed through on the showing off the goods installed! The install went pretty well overall. Only minor modifications required to a few studs to allow the new manifold to mate up to the 1.8. Had to acquire a decent fuel pressure regulator, some additional fuel lines and we …

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In the coming weeks, there are lots of projects to be completed on all the Twitchy cars. With an engine build and install into the RX3 and the #78 RX8 getting new exhaust work, the #62 Miata isn’t being left behind without some attention of it’s own. When seeking more power in the NA generation Miata, there are literally hundreds of options available. You can count on a laundry list of choices. Fully built naturally aspirated, little or big turbos, …

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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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