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Ah well in that case that's great! I thought they were those raised letter pressed ones VW owners seem to like, which I'm sure don't meet requirements.
 

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Don't we all! Lovely wheels.
 

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"I'll get a pair of replacement wiper arms", I thought, "refurbish them", I thought, "swap them for the scrofulous ones on the car", I thought.

So I ordered a pair. But it was several months ago, and of course I can't remember which "specialist" they came from. And I didn't check them when they arrived...... :wallbash:

What have I got? An NA passenger's side arm, but the driver's side arm is for an NB :censor:

Anyone want a nicely refurbished driver's side NB wiper arm???
 

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Took the hard top off - damn! it was hot to handle! Looking forward to a weekend of top-down motoring, although I;m not keen on the scuttle shake!!! :rolleyes:
Totally agree re the scuttle shake! God mx5's shake rattle and roll! Doesn't appear to effect handling on mine but it's not nice over rough surfaces. Guess the swb makes this unavoidable really???
 

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It's incredible what a difference the hardtop makes.

I've got a shock tower brace to fit at some point, when I've worked out what to do with the air intake, which I hope will help to reduce scuttle shake a bit. I don't really want to go down the route of bracing everything to then nth degree.

The short wheelbase certainly has a detrimental effect on pitching on undulating surfaces, but I found that going back to standard shock absorbers and springs after coil-overs helped quite a bit. I'm hoping that going to 14" OEM wheels will help a bit more, too! Either way, it'll be interesting to see, even though the results can only be purely subjective, of course.
 

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Well I have 14" bbs alloys, Sachs super touring suspension (best oem replacement as far as I know), std springs, il motorsport front and rear braces, il motorsport style bar (much stiffer than a cockpit brace),oem shock tower brace and uprated arb bushes. So all fairly oem with sympathetic upgrades to make it oem+......I also have Delrin door bushes and window bushes.....car still shakes like buggery over rough surfaces but importantly never feels unsettled from a handling or steering perspective. I just find it annoying......my dd is a Bmw 5GT so perhaps I'm spoiled with such a lwb and magic carpet ride.....???? or do I have an issue? I suspect not and I just have to live with it. He thing is the z3 does not do this neither does the S2000!!! Dam them!!!!
 

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They sound like good upgrades, the sort of things I'd like to consider over the next year-eighteen months. But the Mx-5 is what it is, and unless you want to go down the route of a full cage (!), I think that scuttle shake is just one of those annoying things we have to live with!

My daily is an aging MG ZS, which rattles even more than Mitzi, so I guess I'm conditioned to noise. And I'm not even going to mention the rattles in Little Blue..... :lol:
 

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They sound like good upgrades, the sort of things I'd like to consider over the next year-eighteen months. But the Mx-5 is what it is, and unless you want to go down the route of a full cage (!), I think that scuttle shake if just one of those annoying things we have to live with!

My daily is an aging MG ZS, which rattles even more than Mitzi, so I guess I'm conditioned to noise. And I'm not even going to mention the rattles in Little Blue..... :lol:
Thanks victor as usual you offer sound advice! Guess I'll just put up with the shake and enjoy the car the way it is......just need to sort out my slave cylinder that makes shifting a pain occasionally after sitting in traffic and she will be perfect mechanically......until the next issue that is!
 

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They sound like good upgrades, the sort of things I'd like to consider over the next year-eighteen months. But the Mx-5 is what it is, and unless you want to go down the route of a full cage (!), I think that scuttle shake if just one of those annoying things we have to live with!

My daily is an aging MG ZS, which rattles even more than Mitzi, so I guess I'm conditioned to noise. And I'm not even going to mention the rattles in Little Blue..... :lol:
Thanks victor as usual you offer sound advice! Guess I'll just put up with the shake and enjoy the car the way it is......just need to sort out my slave cylinder that makes shifting a pain occasionally after sitting in traffic and she will be perfect mechanically......until the next issue that is!
I had to replace Mitzi's slave cylinder last summer - similar sort of shifting issues, which decided to get much worse while stuck in a jam on the M5, leading to a few twitchy moments! Excellent timing, as always :D
 

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Having removed the so-called "heat shield" around the exhaust downpipe, I was happily zooming along enjoying the "no 'orrible rattling vibration", when to my chagrin there came a buzzing and tinkling sound on the over-run.

A brief investigation discovered this scabrous clamp had worked its way down to the cat. With a little effort it was free, hopefully to have finally solved the exhaust's annoying noises. But where the clamp bolt has gone is anyone's guess, which is perhaps mildly disconcerting.....

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Last evening, this happened.....

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15" TSWs swapped for 14" Enkeis. Thanks, Shaq (Touge)! They look great, imho :D

Plus, while the NSF was wheel-less, I tracked the current irritating exhaust buzz to the last parts of the so-called heat-shield on the exhaust down-pipe. The bolts securing the clamp just below the manifold flange were quite rusted and resort had to be made to a junior hacksaw, but ten minutes later the clamp was no more and the offending tinware was removed unceremoniously to the dustbin! Huzzah!

Not had the chance to try her on the road yet, and the tyre pressures need to be checked first anyway, but looking forward to the weekend B)
 

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I've got a set of those on mine. Great wheels, very light. Not exactly the look I'm going for, but they have made me want to stick with lighter wheels when I buy something different.
 
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