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Unread 08-30-2007, 05:44 AM
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No. I still miss it, too.

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Unread 09-05-2007, 06:53 PM
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Anyway, I picked up my free wheels and they do have some cosmetic flaws. Were they bare wheels, I probably wouldn't bother doing any refinishing, but since they have the old tires on them, they'll be easy to clean and repaint. I'll probably just paint them silver, just to make things easy. It won't be as cool as if I did something else, but really, they'll be track wheels... does it matter?

They also came with lug nuts and wheel locks. With no keys. Whatever.

I just hope they're straight. They are supposed to be, but in all honesty, I haven't actually checked yet.

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Unread 09-05-2007, 09:36 PM
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No. I still miss it, too.

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wish i could have convinced my friend to buy it. bought a pretty beat-up Fox instead, which i told him was not a good idea. lasted about three months and threw a rod.

then he got his girlfriend pregnant and moved to colorado.

sigh.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 07:55 PM
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More updates... which you all know about but whatever... gotta keep the timeline!

I finally got around to getting a hardtop. Honestly, I love it. It makes the car a better performer and daily driver. I won't go so far to say that I'll never drive topless again, but I think there's a pretty good chance that the car will spend most of the year as a hardtop.

I also replaced the old, worn-out shocks. Nothing fancy with the KYB GR-2s, which are essentially an OE-style shock. But since it's a daily driver I didn't want to lower the car and these shocks are cheap enough that if I toss them in a year or two I won't feel like I wasted any money.

And the track... yeah, I finally did that.

I have plans for the car, but I think the only thing I'll buy over the next year or two will be the big brakes and maybe some R-compounds. I'll go back and forth between this car and the 944 in the short run so I'm not sure it's really worth buying the tires unless there is some deal I cannot refuse.

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Unread 01-04-2008, 09:19 PM
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Now that you've got the hardtop, just don't go racing any panda Toyotas... I'd hate to see you flip through the air interspersed with a heartfelt montage...
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He'll be fine unless he starts driving over ditches.
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Unread 01-05-2008, 08:06 AM
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Yeah... after putting the old 911 in a ditch, I try to avoid those now.

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Unread 01-12-2008, 01:04 PM
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New wheels!

The tires had to be replaced and since the 195/55-14s are an uncommon size (and as such, pricey) I decided it would make more sense to upgrade. The upgrade only cost me about $200 more and since the 195/50-15s are cheaper, it'll pay for itself the next time around.

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Unread 01-12-2008, 02:41 PM
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Any tips going to be getting a Miata soon.
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Unread 01-12-2008, 02:42 PM
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http://www.miata.net/garage/garagebuying.html



In a nutshell, the '90-93 Miatas have 1.6 liter engines and the small brakes. '90s and early '91s have issues with crankshaft failures (ask me how I know. ). '94-97 Miatas have 1.8 engines, bigger brakes and beefier differentials. '94s seem to be the overall "in demand" ones since they have the bigger engine and a real oil pressure gauge (as opposed to a gauge that either reads "on" if there is pressure or "off" if there isn't.).

But the link, and the Miata forums are a great source of info.

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