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Old 05-08-2006, 05:23 PM   #26
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The Koni yellows plus the RB springs were a friggin' sweet upgrade! Don't cheap out and get the KYB. It's a lot easier to adjust from the top I think. Plus, a lot of the threads I read online liked the Koni Sports over the KYBs. I believe they cost about $600 shipped. The springs and front strut brace I bought were used, just like the JR sways.

One thing you all should seriously do if you get a big front sway: BUY THE RB front sway bar brace!!!! Just ask meshuggah how much of a PITA the front JR sway was. Over 3 hour install. I think he lost 5 lbs in sweat.

I read that the front sways can rip the bushing mounts out if you track/autocross it hard enough. I don't doubt it. The 2nd autocross I lost a bolt for the endlink.

BTW, I believe TurbojonLS and midnx03 set the spring perches in the middle setting which lowered the Miata about 1 inch.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:08 AM   #27
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John add a '94 C to my fleet of miatas
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:10 AM   #28
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John add a '94 C to my fleet of miatas
Ahem, miatae

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Old 06-12-2006, 11:27 PM   #29
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WHAT?!?!?! Go figure, I search "miata" on a SUBARU forum, and I get this.

Yeah, I'm looking at Miatas too!

More specifically, I'm considering the 1999 through 2005 range. I test drove a used 2006 last weekend, but I think it'll cost more than I want to spend. I'll be test driving one of the older ones to make sure my head fits in the cabin, and I need to double check the itty-bitty trunk. I was going to buy an MR2 spyder, but I think the trunk might be just a bit too small.
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:56 PM   #30
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Get an early LS so you can enjoy the 6 speed....well that was one of my priorities anyways. Last week there was a 10th anniversarry edition for sale in nova for about 11k. Its the same one I have. 6speed. aero, really nice blue.


Looks like we will be adding a few more to the list soon



I just ordered some azenis tonight. Hoping to have them on for my first autoX in the miata on sunday.
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:15 AM   #31
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Azenis + tiny car = roxors. They don't have the heat problems in a 20 minute track session, that a WRX can have in a 60 second autocross run.

Miata > MR2 for every reason other than looks Unless you want to build yourself a poor man's Elise.

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Old 06-13-2006, 06:45 AM   #32
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A change in priorities/life situation (Read: baby #2 discussions) has me considering selling my Miata already. If I do I'll likely post it here first.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:09 AM   #33
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Azenis + tiny car = roxors. They don't have the heat problems in a 20 minute track session, that a WRX can have in a 60 second autocross run.
Very true. I ran my mr2 relatively competitively in ES for a year on azenis. I didn't know what overheated tires were until I got the wagon.

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LIES BLASEPHEMY A JIHAD ON YOUR PIMPY WHITE WHEELS AND WRX THAT TURNS!

Diff'rnt strokes, I've just always preferred the MR2's. The 2nd gen's cushy and really torquey compared to the NA's, and the Spyders make wicked csp cars. The NA's always reminded me of a buddy's mgb, in which nothing good ever happened. The NB's are better, imo (Mike Kline's is very cool), and the new ones are ... chiclets... flared chiclets. Having a camber curve might be nice though
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:21 AM   #34
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LIES BLASEPHEMY A JIHAD ON YOUR PIMPY WHITE WHEELS AND WRX THAT TURNS!

Diff'rnt strokes, I've just always preferred the MR2's. The 2nd gen's cushy and really torquey compared to the NA's, and the Spyders make wicked csp cars. The NA's always reminded me of a buddy's mgb, in which nothing good ever happened. The NB's are better, imo (Mike Kline's is very cool), and the new ones are ... chiclets... flared chiclets. Having a camber curve might be nice though
http://forums.corner-carvers.com/showthread.php?t=16529

Cheap, easy to work on, cheap parts, amazing aftermarket, etc. I was pretty surprised by how one-sided my question ended up being

I really wanted an MR2 because it was better lookin', but the practical args (well, *relatively* practical args) ended up swayin' me.

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Old 06-13-2006, 08:10 AM   #35
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A change in priorities/life situation (Read: baby #2 discussions) has me considering selling my Miata already. If I do I'll likely post it here first.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:12 AM   #36
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Good thread. And since the easy way to change the air filter is to remove a body panel, and since the easy way to do anything that involves extended periods under the hood is to remove the trunk lid and sit in there, perhaps I can see a portion of the pro-miata argument

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Old 06-13-2006, 08:18 AM   #37
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Just replied. It might be more than you are looking to spend though.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:14 AM   #38
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Good thread. And since the easy way to change the air filter is to remove a body panel, and since the easy way to do anything that involves extended periods under the hood is to remove the trunk lid and sit in there, perhaps I can see a portion of the pro-miata argument

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I missed out on Grand East last year, with a week's warning, because of work, so there was no way in hell I was gonna miss it this year
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:19 AM   #39
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Azenis + tiny car = roxors. They don't have the heat problems in a 20 minute track session, that a WRX can have in a 60 second autocross run.

Miata > MR2 for every reason other than looks Unless you want to build yourself a poor man's Elise.

john
I can't wait to get the tires in, I'm excited.


And I love the way my miata looks. I particularly enjoy the similarities in curves between it and the FD. I definitely prefer it to any of the MR2s, not that the mk2s were ugly.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:21 AM   #40
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Get an early LS so you can enjoy the 6 speed....well that was one of my priorities anyways. Last week there was a 10th anniversarry edition for sale in nova for about 11k. Its the same one I have. 6speed. aero, really nice blue.
which model years of the Miata are you talking about? 2000-2001? Is the 6 speed a better tranny? Finally, does Miata.net have a section for 2nd generation miatas? It seems they mostly talk about the early models in most of their FAQs
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:22 AM   #41
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In other news I test drove a 2003 Honda S2000 yesterday. Lift throttle OVERSTEER . Other than that, the S2K was a damn amazing car, but probably a bit out of my budget. Its like I CAN afford one, but I'm not so sure I want to.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:23 AM   #42
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if you can stretch your budget a bit and get a used 06, you will be happy you did. They are fantastic cars. Bigger and much faster.
Even the 05 miatas are based on the original miata platform which was designed in the 80s. Its still a great car but the 06s are really put together well.
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:28 AM   #43
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which model years of the Miata are you talking about? 2000-2001? Is the 6 speed a better tranny? Finally, does Miata.net have a section for 2nd generation miatas? It seems they mostly talk about the early models in most of their FAQs
It looks like starting in 2001 the 6 speed was an option on the LS model. Otherwise the LS always came with a torsen LSD (so its a safe bet in that regard). The 5 and 6 MTs are both good transmissions, you might want to drive both to find out which one you prefer. I was sold when I saw how much power people were putting through the 6 speed with no issues.

If you want the 6MT in 99/00 (better front IMO, big mouth), you have to get a special edition from what I can tell. 10AE or mahagony in 00.

If you are looking at an s2k, you might as well drive a mazdaspeed, where you get pretty much the best of all the miatas plus a t3rbo.


Here is a good place to compare generations and models
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/5361/

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Old 06-13-2006, 04:36 PM   #44
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lotus- thanks for that link. I'm really liking the wheels of the 03 (and missed a chance at a splash green model at a local dealer). I'm assuming just about any wheel tire combo is possible. I hope that the model I get has projector headlights too.

Now to research reliability. I know these things can't be as bulletproof as a Honda or a Toyota.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:42 PM   #45
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Anyone local got a set of trackable brake pads that'll fit a 1.6L?

I need to double check that I have enough pad for the weekend and if I don't I'll be in the market
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:38 PM   #46
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what a cute thread john
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:53 AM   #47
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Who knew that there were other people out there that though the Miata and Impreza make a good pair

'90 Miata
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(they look good together)

Just though I would say hi
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:55 PM   #48
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Lotus: I disagree w/ the 6-speed IFF you plan to autocross. The gearing for 2nd is better on the 5-speed.

BTW, I think the MR2 (MKII) is sexier than the Miata (any gen). I owned one of the hottest looking ones. However, it was a nightmare to work on, there's less aftermarket stuff, the support for Miatas is much better, etc.

I would still buy a Miata over an MR2 if I had to do it again.
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Titan and Miata make a good pair too


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Lotus: I disagree w/ the 6-speed IFF you plan to autocross. The gearing for 2nd is better on the 5-speed.

BTW, I think the MR2 (MKII) is sexier than the Miata (any gen). I owned one of the hottest looking ones. However, it was a nightmare to work on, there's less aftermarket stuff, the support for Miatas is much better, etc.

I would still buy a Miata over an MR2 if I had to do it again.
Not sure what you are disagreeing with, as I said they are both good and it comes down to preference. That said, I prefer the 6 speed as I have no aspirations for FTDs or national autoX titles, and I do 99% of my driving on the street
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