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#1 Johnny_E

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:39 PM

Picked up my Mk2.5 S-VT Sport last summer. A clean example with just 32k on the clocks. Previous owner had the car professionally waxoyl'd - so sills and all panels are as new. Wierdly... he left the suspension arms and underneath unprotected - so I've a bit of work to do there. Nothing nasty - just needs a good dose of TLC. 

 

Here it is when I got the car: 

 

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With plenty of signs of that waxoyl...

 

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The car was 100% standard. I want to go OE+ as the saying goes... So, first stop.. chrome style bars and a Racing Beat back box. More silver for my silver MX!

 

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and then some more silver... just some simple vent rings:

 

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Want to get a nice billet gear knob and handbrake sleeve to finish the interior off.. silver themed of course  :whistle:

 

And finally... I spent a while over the winter tinkering at the engine bay. Its clean... but not close up! Lots of wee rust spots on bolts - the usual humidity stuff. So... off with the strut brace, mounts and washer bottle bracket to start with.. along with a shiny K&N Typhoon. Had to repaint the fixing nuts once it all came back from powder coating - they all of a sudden looked REAL grubby!

 

Bits back from painting last week:

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Painting the nuts and curing them on the boiler...

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And finally.... how it looks now. Shows how much the cam covers need sorting - but I havent plucked up the courage to strip that back yet. Think I'll leave that till next winter and just enjoy driving it again! 

 

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:56 PM

Does look tidy, I went the oem+ route with mine too.
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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:18 PM

Think I need to sort the side indicators and reflectors next.. certainly going clear with the side indicators - but undecided about what to do with the reflectors.. 

 

Funds permitting - a set of Meister R's to drop it down a bit. Love the look of the car from the back - but the chin's weedy. Bit too rounded! Was thinking of a TDR splitter??? Dont see the point in adding a full on chin spoiler/dam unless adding skirts to match. 


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 12:10 AM

If you can find a set of Mazda skirts they do make a difference, then you could go for a small lip like the Bastuck or RS Factory Stage parts.

My choice would be red reflectors for the rear and clear for the front or simply paint them all silver. Whatever you do don't put clear reflectors on the rear - looks stupid.

For reference here's an old pic of mine http://img88.imagesh...3/sany0477a.jpg
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Posted 19 March 2014 - 01:10 AM

I like that Bastuck lip. Very like a Mazdaspeed one isn't it.

You're right about reflectors. Looks perfect in your pic... so that's next!

What spoiler was that you have on there? It's smaller than most duck tails. Very tasty!
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Posted 19 March 2014 - 09:10 AM

Great choice, all the best people have silver Mk2.5 Sports!!

 

Clear reflectors work well on a silver car I think - I don't think the rear ones look to silly as they blend in quite well to the colour of the car (pic below for referance!), The indicator repeaters I got had a chrome surround which I decided didn't look right so painted the surround in matt black.

 

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:10 AM

Clear reflectors work well on a silver car I think - I don't think the rear ones look to silly as they blend in quite well to the colour of the car (pic below for referance!), The indicator repeaters I got had a chrome surround which I decided didn't look right so painted the surround in matt black.

 

 

 

Have to agree... black it is for the surrounds. Your rear reflectors look like silver to me.. not much in it.. but I think I'll go for red at the rear, clears up front. 


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:29 AM

Yeah, they look silver because the silver of the bumper shows through the clear reflector.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:33 AM

For me it wasn't about how well they blended in, it was that at night you've got white light reflecting at the rear and i didn't want that.

The rear spoiler is a Mazda part from the shop options catalogue.
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Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:45 AM

Looks tidy. :thumb-up:

 

 

Silver mk2.5 are where it's at now.  I need a lower lip , I think the Bastuck one left in black , and a TDR splitter would work well

 

 

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:37 PM

MeisterR's, clear indicators/side repeaters and mx5 back box. a6ypa4y9.jpg
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Posted 19 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

Very nice... liking the matching lid too!   :driving:


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:06 PM

Bit of an update on my silver Mk2.5... and as the thread title says, more silver stuff added over the winter!  :whistle:

 

First off.. a new number plate plinth (OE one from Autolink) and a new S/S grille.

 

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Then, one of the best upgrades I've made to the cabin - a set of IL Motorsport pedal covers. These really are a nicely made piece of kit. The brake and clutch were a bu**er to fit... but slipped on easily enough after warming up with a hairdryer. Oh... and new mats too.

 

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Grip on the pedals is great with those rubber dimples....

 

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Last up will be a new gear knob and handbrake sleeve. I've held off as the only ones I can find in alloy/steel that are engraved are in the USA. It'll keep for another time!

 

Now.... time to get out and enjoy the car again after a winter away in the garage. I'd been on the brink of buying a set of Meister R's and alloys (but gave up through too much choice)... but the OE Bilsteins are fine for fast(ish) road use. Press on... and it does roll a little too much. I just worry about splashing out half the value of the car on coilovers/wheels to find it little improved.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:10 PM

Nice :)
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:52 PM

Thats a very tidy looking mx5!


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 04:12 PM

Nice :)

 

 

Thats a very tidy looking mx5!

 

Thanks! Have to say... I normally dont hang on to my cars too long - but this wee MX has got me! Having a family meant an end to my biking years - but this induces grins close to my 2 wheeled days. 

 

Here's one more over filtered Flickr picture just for good measure!

 

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:44 PM

Not much done - just a short update. De-tango'd the side reflectors. Went clear all round which blends well with the sunlight silver paint. Rest of my time has been spent reading, researching.. then failing to start off a turbo conversion.

 

So... for now, this coming winter will bring a full rear end refurb (suspension arms etc). I've got a full set of IL Motorsport bushes bought in, and I'm in the queue for the current Meister R group buy. Oh... and next week will hopefully see a GC Fabrications roll bar arrive.

 

As for the rear end - I had a good look under the car on 4 post ramps a few weeks back. The arms REALLY need paint. No structural rust - just surface paint failure I guess. Not yet sure whether to powder coat or POR15. Anyway... big order of parts about to go through MX5parts tomorrow whilst their 10% offer is on. New bolts all round, new rear droplinks etc.

 

just the one new pic for now...

 

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 09:31 PM

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:05 PM

Right... doing some housekeeping here and pulling another thread (and its conclusion) back here to my main build thread.

 

I've gone full circle...

 

1. Wasting too much time on Youtube watching videos of turbo'd MX5's

2. Wasting too much time on here reading about other people adding turbos!

3. Gathered up a turbo conversion shopping list

4. Found a local firm capable of doing the job

5. Bottled out.

 

And here's why. In NI, we have NO MX5 specialists. There's one specialist breaker in the north, one in the south, but nobody that you can leave your car with for work. So, dropping £2-3k on a kit carries massive risk for me.

 

Likewise... despite kind offers from Nutz members to help me make my way over the sea to someone like MSE... I worry about what happens when the car breaks down as a result of the tuning. I'm not exactly going to trailer it to the ferry.

 

The other thing that keeps striking me about my 5 - is that I actually REALLY like how it performs just as it is. I've got some cracking B roads close to home here.... many roads that I rode on motorbikes before family came along. ROads that the 5 was made for! I really dont need a turbo and in fact, dare say the change in power delivery may take away from my enjoyment.

 

And that, has led me to decide that I'm going to take my 40k mile old MX5 and go to town on it!

 

Parts bought this month:

1. IL Motorsport rear bush set

2. Every nut, bolt and washer for the rear end (genuine Mazda bits)

3. Some GORGEOUS IL Motorsport drop links (pic to follow below)

4. IL Motorsport centre section S/S exhaust

5. GC Fabrications GC1 roll bar (diagonal) - its been a long one to organise affordable courier for the 18kg package but I got there!

6. £100 down on the September group buy deposit for some tasty Meister R's

 

Now... I usually suffer from an itch to change my cars every few years (the spare car that is.. the fair weather toy).. but it seems the MX5 has broken that cycle. I'm  digging in past the point of economical no-return and am very happy to do so!

 

Receiving parts like these drop links is rather satisfying.. I mean.. look at them!! I love that they etched their logo proudly on these.

 

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My centre section arrived this morning.. and was fitted this afternoon. The chassis bracing was a pig to get loose - but the lads at Canavans Autocentre are brilliant. Initial impressions were that the exhaust was none changed. However, the car DEFINITELY picks up better from 2k rpm. I am quite surprised at the improvement this has made.

 

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So, thats where I'm at. My GCFabrications bar should arrive next week. It was a toss up between this and a TR Lane GPD - but the seamless CDS spec drew me in. That, plus a tasty looking harness bar inbuilt and a very chunky look. Plan is to fit this next week and then keep gathering in stuff for my winter rear end strip down. I have my suspicion that I'll end up working at the rear brakes while its all apart - painting the dust covers.. maybe the calipers.. we'll see!


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:14 PM

Oh, and I have also come to the conclusion that silver cars are the WORST for choosing new aftermarket rims for. I've been round the houses for a year now and bought nothing.

 

The shortlist is now down to...

 

1. Tungsten 6ULs

2. Black 6UL's

3. Black RPF1's 15x8

4. Traklite Holeshots (what a dish!!) - maybe too much offset at ET15?

5. Gunmetal with polished lip Rota RBR's (16") again ET15

6. Buddy Club P1's in gunmetal (16" but not very agressive fitment, ET40 I think)

 

I've photoshopped the Buddy Clubs on to try them out... I really want 16's. I've saved hundreds of wheel pics and cant get on with some of the 15's. The light is bad on this... and I'm not convinced. Nor am I convinced with the likes of RPF1's to go drop a blind grand on them online either!!

 

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