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#1 Curlie.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:18 PM

Well this is now my 2nd mx5. I previously brought a 1.6 mk1 Eunos bog standard and over the next 8months it ended up like this...

 

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I then very sadly had to sell it as my insurance company (admiral) decided to tell me that my car didnt exsist as it was automatic and they couldnt find any auto models on their datebase and ended up phoning up mazda and all sorts of crap and then gave me a renewal price of £3800 and then no other company would touch me so I was right stitched up!

 

I am restricted to driving only an automatic car after a childhood injury to my knee so any mk1 was straight out of the question as no mk1 auto was registoring on their system and I was in a mad panic to get a car before my renewal date and nearly brought a few BMW's, Audi's and that sort of thing but really all I wanted was to keep my little mx5 :(

 

Then I discovered it was cheaper for me to insure a newer shape MX5 and even the 1.8 SVT was affordable so I decided to strip my mk1 back to standard and sell it and then went out and brought this..

 

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Being over 6ft in a tiny car is never good so straight away the seat came out for some defoaming..

 

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BEFORE...

 

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AFTER...

 

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Then put it all back together. Tiny bit of sagging at the base but nothing major and 100% better to sit in and ive gained a good 2-3"s of headroom. I also didnt realise there was a tiny bit missing in the cloth bolster of my seat untill i took this picture! In real live you can barely see it, in the photo theres a massive triangle missing of that mesh style bit :(

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:35 PM

I then recieved some presents in the post...

 

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Finally after about 8hrs of swearing between two of us we managed to get the Mesiter Rs fitted...

 

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At the same time we also took the number plates off and swapped over to the square ones and i had an jazz performance offset bracket left over from my mk1 so made use of that...

 

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Loved how it looks with no plate but unfortunately i cant be dealing with fines all over the place

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

Finally then popped out yesturday for some decent photos..

 

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Then this one was my favourite of the day ( despite my younger brother not ducking low enough ) ...

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:50 PM

I don't understand why people think the squarer plates look good on the rear, it leaves those two big ugly spaces either side :sick:

 

Other than that, lovely! :banana:


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:02 PM

Oh no Andy I disagree

 

Its much better than the big long turd of a UK plate.. Jap sized plates look like they were meant to be on the back of MX5's


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:47 PM

I knew that rear plate would upset someone! :thumb-up2:

 

Personally on my old mk1 i loved the rear jap plate and that was a normal jap 12x6 plate but that on the front looked too big

 

So on this car i went for the 11x5 plates as theyre slightly smaller, and on the front it does look nicer, but the rear i agree could do with being a tad wider to fill the space, which the larger jap plates would probarly do just fine. If i was too do it again id get a 12x6 for the rear and a 11x5 for the front. But i cant be bothered to buy anouther rear for the sake of it. And i still think it looked 10 times better than the UK style one

 

 

Ive also now brought a mx5parts stainless steel back box..

 

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Was a bit tatty and had a tiny hole in it so I gave a polish and some exhaust repair stuff in the hole, OLD vs NEW

 

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Also removed all the rear badges and plugged the holes with filler soon as its dry ill dob some touch up paint over the top and blend it in with some wet/dry and compound.

 

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Touched up and blended in the top two holes where the mazda logo was, Will do the others anouther day along with the old number plate holes.

 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

Can barely see them, you've done a good job there :yes:
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:18 PM

very odd about the insurance and the auto thing, but fair play that mk2,5 is looking bl**dy good :)


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:16 PM

Can barely see them, you've done a good job there :yes:

 

Thanks, as soon as ive given the others time to dry and the paint to set nicely ill give them a go aswell. The one on the boot has come out best to be honest, its a very hard colour to try and blend.

 

 

 

very odd about the insurance and the auto thing, but fair play that mk2,5 is looking bl**dy good :)

 

I know it was a bit dissapointing really as I had just got to the stage with my mk1 where i was really happy with it. Its a nightmare with an auto only license on these kind of cars! But thanks i love this one more now so its all good!

 

 

next on the list is wheels! ive still got these left from my mk1 i might have a test fit but i dont think the colour combo will work and they need two new tyres...

 

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But these are also only 15" 7j et 20 and 8j et 15 which on my mk1 was a nice stanced fitment but not too over top and easy to fit with little archwork

 

I think the arches are wider on mk2.5s so i guess these will tuck loads and look poor so id rather go for 15" 8j et 0   or possibly into the 16"s 8j/9j et20-10 range for a better fitment.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:18 PM

Brought a Splitter today for a tenner from an old renault senic. Its a bit like the laguna ones that everyone seems to be using except for it doesnt have the holes and looks better in my opinion. With a fair amount of chopping it was on nice and snug...

 

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It sits pretty low and i was worried about it falling off but its already smashed on the road plenty of times while driving along and got wedged back under speed humps and slopes and so far shows no sign of movement or damage so its all good in the hood :thumb-up:

 

 

Then i decided to have a mock up against my old wheels..

 

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Decided it looked ok so put them on for a test fit and drove down the road and all four corners just scrubbed ridiculasly on every little bump or corner....

 

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The fronts looked ok but it was sitting perminantly on the linings and started to pull them out of place..

 

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So i took my front arch linings out and chopped the middle top sections out and put the rest back in and also set my coilovers to as stiff as they go to drive over to my friends hosue for some rollin...

 

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Home made arch roller made from a old car jack, brake disc and skateboard wheel! :drool:

 

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Im still not a fan of the colour combo or the fitment. i will most likely get some spacers on the rear, more stretch on the front and the rears as its still scrubbing and im fed up of having my coilovers really stiff to prevent it being worse. and then i might paint the centres a different colour. I did want to sell these to buy some xxr 522's or rota grid Vs but i think for now ill be sticking with these unless anyone makes me a decent offer on them.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:27 PM

I see what you mean about needing wider wheels now I've seen it properly from behind, looks fine from side on though man.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:02 PM

Yer mate i think i might just bang some 28mm spacers on the rear and have done with it. the fronts will be too much hassle to go wider i think without raising it up a lot or some stupid archwork so ill just see what clearance ive got left after ive got more stretch on the fronts. it looks like theres loads of clearance on the rears but it still hits on bumps and thats with the meisters at the stiffest!


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:27 PM

nice car mate and love the arch rolling kit lol


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:30 PM

Love the colour of this mk2.5 mate looks awesome. Not too sure what colour wheels to go for with it though, maybe just some polished ones!


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:55 PM

nice car mate and love the arch rolling kit lol

 

Thanks mate, and i know my mates dad thought of the idea so my friend made it for his dad to fit big 10j 18" rims onto his vaxhaul zafira. we just had to drill 4x100 holes into the brake disc to fit mine and move the roller wheel down a bit. Sadly just as we finished the brake disc shattered but i was lucky it happened just as it was done. I think it was a bit too brittle to be honest from all the welding and drilling, next time i would use a aluminuim multifit wheel spacer instead of a brake disc.

 

Love the colour of this mk2.5 mate looks awesome. Not too sure what colour wheels to go for with it though, maybe just some polished ones!

 

Cheers, when i first got it i wasnt too sure weither id be able to pull it off but now im really happy i went for this colour instead of red or silver like i was looking.

 

I was tempted to paint the centres a darkish caburys purple colour with loads of metalic flake in then i decided that white would suit it. Im still tempted to flog these for some xxr 522's in that chrominum black they do :/

 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:00 PM

Nice car dude, just seen your add for the wheels, would love to buy them off you but just can't justify the money ATM don't suppose you fancy some rubbishy tsw wheel in px (4newish tyres)
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:20 PM

Nice car dude, just seen your add for the wheels, would love to buy them off you but just can't justify the money ATM don't suppose you fancy some rubbishy tsw wheel in px (4newish tyres)

 

Thanks and im affraid not buddy looking to go wider. Im tempted just to buy rear spacers and re-paint these but im kinda wanting to go different. Ill probarly end up having these for a while so just PM me whenever you can make an offer. Ive got spare wheels with tyres so can take these off at zero notice really.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:39 PM

I have to be against the majority here and say that I think the colour combination works.  :thumb-up:


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:06 PM

only just saw this thread. looks cracking now mate. I personally think it's loads wide enough but i dont get the whole stanced thing. it's absolutely slammed which again aint my cuppa but each to his own.

 

good work on that splitter, it looks really good actually. might have to come up with something similar.


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:12 PM

Pretty fekin jealous! :P Best colour, 2.5, Lows, clean, nice wheels.. Ticks all the boxes. I WANT IT!!!! :D


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