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I thought I'd share some details about my latest '5. I've been out of the loop for quite a while since having a daughter about five years ago but decided to get back into it as I was missing my old cars and the fun of driving.

My preference was really for a Mk1, and I had a decent enough budget to buy something in very nice condition. But this Mk2 came up very locally and I was blown away by the condition of it so decided to pull the trigger.

The headline really is that the car was garaged and off the road for a very long time as a previous owner had a health condition which prevented them from driving it. Consequently this 21 year old MX-5 has just over 19,000 miles on the clock and is, in many ways, one of the most perfect original condition cars you'll find these days.

So, obviously, I'm going to take this lovely original condition car and.... ruin it...

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It's had a small amount of rus one one sill repaired to a very good standard, and the front bumper repainted to fix a few scrapes, but otherwise it's in great condition.

That said, a bit of a detail and machine polish has really made the paint pop

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Obviously having stood for a long while the brakes needed sorting so I've replaced the front calipers as well as fitting some HEL Performance braided brake hoses all round, and a full set of Rodders brake pads. I've also replaced the brake and clutch fluids which were not in great shape, and that's given a great feel to both pedals and brought back some of the decent braking performance these cars should have.

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With the braking sorted I decided to replace the 9 year old tyres. They were decent Michelins and had lots of tread left, but the compound was getting a bit hard so I decided to upgrade with a set of Yokohama Advan AD08-RS rubber.

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Rodders pads, semi slicks... I wonder where this is going lol
 
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With the tyres and brakes sorted, that brought back the enjoyment of driving it. I felt like the sound from the engine and the standard exhaust was not particularly exciting though. I know one small change which can make a big difference to the noise is to switch to a cone filter from the standard airbox, but I'm not keen on paying £100+ for a filter and a couple of bits of pipe. So one £15 universal filter and a little bit of DIY later...

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The not-very-high tech bracket is a temporary arrangement until I design something to be laser cut. But it's really improved the noise of the car which is what I wanted, as well as neatening up the engine bay a little. When I design a proper bracket I'll also incorporate a heat shield and maybe some ducting to get cool air to the filter. In the future I may also replace the crossover pipe.

And lastly, I felt like the exterior was being let down by the ugly billboard style numberplate plinth, so I swapped that out for a square offset plate with a JASS Performance bracket. A small change but quite a big impact visually.

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So that's how things are at the moment. The car has come a long way in the short time I've had it, but clearly there's plenty still to do. In particular there's quite a lot of corrosion to the rear wishbones and the rubber bushes are pretty much perished all round. The shocks and springs are in decent condition but ultimately I'll be looking to replace with some decent coilovers, likely MeisterR ones. I'll also be replacing the wishbones with reconditioned ones, and adding poly bushes all round. It's a long term project, obviously, but at the moment I'm just really stoked to have another proper MX-5 which I can enjoy driving.
 

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Rodders pads, semi slicks... I wonder where this is going lol
Well, quite. There's also a rollbar somewhere in its future as well as some bucket seats.

Although I don't want an all-out track car which is only good when you're driving absolutely 100% - I still want it to be a nice place to sit, and something I can enjoy on the road as well.

My absolute all time favourite NB is the Slip Angle Miata - it's probably a little on the extreme end in terms of engine tuning and I don't think it'd be that great on the road, but the general approach is exactly what I'm thinking.

 

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If you are going anywhere near a track at all, even only once or twice a year, get the Clubrace coilovers, I honestly cant sing their praises enough. Not only are they really good on track (CRDs get overwhelmed IMO) but the damping on them is really good and more than adequate to comfortably handle poor roads. I have them on my track car and I'll be putting them on my weekend car as well.
 

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Thanks, that sounds like a good shout. That's pretty much what I'd been looking at. I previously had HSD monopros on a MK1 and I felt like they were a little too harsh, and particularly lacked travel on the rear shocks, making the rear extremely crashy and unsettled over bumps. I've been leaning towards the MeisterRs because I've seen people say that they don't have that issue.

That's a little way down the line anyway; for the moment I think refreshing the rubber parts like bushes, engine mounts, etc, is going to give a solid foundation that'll let me take full advantage of the new shocks when I get them. The thing I remember very clearly about my Mk1, which had poly bushes, coilovers, uprated ARBs, and R888s, is that the steering response was absolutely instant and incredibly positive. I really want that level of front end response wiht this NB.
 

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Yeh they did. I think the newer ones have more travel and the Meisters are specifically designed with this in mind.

You'll get it, the NBs are really good, the subframe geometry is better and allows more caster which will help with response as well.
 
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Its always nice to bag one of these which hasn't had much use. I got mine with 18000 on the clock although Ive added 20k to that now. Its a lot easier to keep on top of the condition.

Did you by any chance buy that in Little Baddow?

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No, I bought it in Milton Keynes. You're right, getting something which is already good and keeping it that way is much easier than restoring something that's on its last legs. Despite it having very low mileage there's still a lot f areas where things are rusty or perished, particularly around the rear subframe, so there's a lot of scope for improvement. Main thing for me is that the engine is really solid, as is the body. Most other things are simple enough to sort.

Speaking of which, since the last post I've treated it to the following:

Duraflex fast road engine mounts
Delrin door bushes
SuperPro polyurethane diff mount void fillers

The added stiffness is really very noticeable, although one unfortunate side effect is a kind of resonance from the exhaust at around 3500rpm which makes quite a drone in the cabin.

I'm a long way from being able to afford coilovers and for the moment I'm contemplating lowering springs, just to sort out the aesthetics a bit and also stop it rolling and pitching quite so hard when driving fast.

Edit - Oh and I also changed out the ancient, very orange looking headlight bulbs for some bright new Phillips ones.
 
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