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Postby Evil MS3 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:16 pm

twistedwankel wrote:Have you let your brother drive it yet?
Not yet haha And it will be a while before he gets the opportunity. He fell while biking and popped two ligaments in his right shoulder and just had surgery. So no shifting for him for a while.

I'll be sure to take him for a ride tho :snicker: :snicker:
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Postby twistedwankel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:41 pm

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twistedwankel wrote:Have you let your brother drive it yet?
Not yet haha And it will be a while before he gets the opportunity. He fell while biking and popped two ligaments in his right shoulder and just had surgery. So no shifting for him for a while.

I'll be sure to take him for a ride tho :snicker: :snicker:
OMG a Klutz. Only a passenger forever. Did you get his bike with no title too? :thumbwink:
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Postby Evil MS3 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:45 pm

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twistedwankel wrote:Have you let your brother drive it yet?
Not yet haha And it will be a while before he gets the opportunity. He fell while biking and popped two ligaments in his right shoulder and just had surgery. So no shifting for him for a while.

I'll be sure to take him for a ride tho :snicker: :snicker:
OMG a Klutz. Only a passenger forever. Did you get his bike with no title too? :thumbwink:
Haha! Unfortunately insurance didn't total that so I didn't have the opportunity.

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Postby twistedwankel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:02 pm

Enough said then. Win your class.
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Postby Jamie » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:17 am

twistedwankel wrote:Win your class.
Whoa, let's not get ahead of ourselves here! ;)
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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:19 am

Jamie wrote:
twistedwankel wrote:Win your class.
Whoa, let's not get ahead of ourselves here! ;)
Hahahaha at least someone has some confidence in me!

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Postby Evil MS3 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:26 pm

More fun stuff today. Swapped over odometers from my stock gauge cluster over to the white gauge faced NB2 cluster. Looks so much better. Don't mind the CEL, it's just the EGR valve that i need to pull and clean.

Then installed an NB2 center console.

And finally I pulled apart the infamous floppy eyeball air vents and fixed the felt pads so they're nice and tight now.

Tomorrow it's a 5X Racing shifter rebuild kit with brass base bushing. ImageImageImageImage

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Postby Loren » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:49 pm

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Postby twistedwankel » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:57 pm

Evil MS3 wrote:Don't mind the CEL, it's just the EGR valve that i need to pull and clean.
It's not the EGR valve on a 99. There is a very long hole going from the front of the engine to the back that plugs up with gunk. I used a copper wire and some gumout with a tube on it to flush it out and put a shop rag over the alternator (I think) to catch the nasty crap that came out of there. Some people used a long pipe cleaner. OR you can just get a longer vacuum hose and hook it to the opposite side of the fitting where there is a better vacuum. It's been a long time but that's the best description I can give you to make the CEL go away for another 100k miles. I think you have to take the throttle body off to get at it? Long time ago. Also adjust your throttle linkage to take the slop out of it.

The Mazda mechanic replaced two EGR's until I figured out how to fix it myself for free.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:05 pm

Loren wrote:You're starting to sound like a true Miataphile. Mmmmm... Kool-aid.
The Kool-aid is delicious!

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Postby Evil MS3 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:06 pm

Good to know, thanks for the info! I've got a brand new intake manifold gasket from Mazda, just waiting for me to not be lazy about pulling that all apart.
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Evil MS3 wrote:Don't mind the CEL, it's just the EGR valve that i need to pull and clean.
It's not the EGR valve on a 99. There is a very long hole going from the front of the engine to the back that plugs up with gunk. I used a copper wire and some gumout with a tube on it to flush it out and put a shop rag over the alternator (I think) to catch the nasty crap that came out of there. Some people used a long pipe cleaner. OR you can just get a longer vacuum hose and hook it to the opposite side of the fitting where there is a better vacuum. It's been a long time but that's the best description I can give you to make the CEL go away for another 100k miles. I think you have to take the throttle body off to get at it? Long time ago. Also adjust your throttle linkage to take the slop out of it.

The Mazda mechanic replaced two EGR's until I figured out how to fix it myself for free.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:46 am

Rebuilt the entire shifter assembly today using OEM parts and a 5x racing bronze bushing and replaced turret fluid. Feels like a new car now. There were only pieces of shrapnel left from the original bushing.

Not sure how much difference the brass bushing made, but it will outlast any oem plastic bushing, plus I didn't pay for it lol My brother bought the whole rebuild kit before he wrecked it.

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Postby jev61 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:42 pm

I think Doug is right about rerouting the vacuum line, worked on two 99s for me. Get vacuum from the top of the intake manifold with a longer line, either from the front or rear as I remember. Just not the lower side.
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Postby Loren » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:45 pm

Evil MS3 wrote:Rebuilt the entire shifter assembly today using OEM parts and a 5x racing bronze bushing and replaced turret fluid. Feels like a new car now. There were only pieces of shrapnel left from the original bushing.
The only Miata I remember driving that had the bronze lower bushing was just hard to get into reverse, as I recall. Otherwise, it felt nice and crisp.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:51 pm

Loren wrote:
Evil MS3 wrote:Rebuilt the entire shifter assembly today using OEM parts and a 5x racing bronze bushing and replaced turret fluid. Feels like a new car now. There were only pieces of shrapnel left from the original bushing.
The only Miata I remember driving that had the bronze lower bushing was just hard to get into reverse, as I recall. Otherwise, it felt nice and crisp.
Yeah, reverse is a little tricky, but otherwise it feels great.

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Postby Evil MS3 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:35 pm

Got the bump stops for the rear from Amazon today. Gotta find the time to put these in with the rest of the stuff I have left to do.

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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:45 pm

Something is missing for sure... All 4 corners are without him stops. Guess i need to order two more of the Amazon ones lol. ImageImage

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Postby twistedwankel » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:44 pm

I let Phillip drive my car more than once and I'm now missing the front bump stops and the dust covers. Might be a Mazda issue? POS cars for sure. :lol:
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Postby Evil MS3 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:24 pm

Rear shocks re-assembled with new bump stops installed and everything buttoned up. Now on to fender rolling. Got one side done. Gotta love a good fender roller that gives you a nice clean pinch. ImageImageImage

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Postby Evil MS3 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:15 pm

All done. First impressions of the new rear bump stops is they feel great. Rear feels much firmer and composed than it did sans bump stops :snicker:

The car is stage coaching like crazy in the rear now tho hahaImage

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