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  • 007
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    Had a crazy day yesterday, I drove for 6.5 hours on a really sunny day, in 34 deg c heat, with no A/C, and the top down. I went to see some friends and to go to a dentist appointment, the dentists were crazy, the main Dentist guy was out on holiday so there were only his (suspicious) all female staff in. They are all between 25-30 years old and very attractive, most of his patients are also attractive girls age between 17-20. A couple of the female staff have a huge crush on me and they clearly flirt with me, during my session they were asking me loads of personal questions and telling me weird stuff about themselves. As I go to pay one of the hot dentists came out and said I didn't have to! (the bill was about $400) SCORE... Pretty happy about that + they gave me loads of other expensive stuff for no charge. On the way home I saw a group of 3 modded WRX's(2 '04's and a '99) driving down the highway, it sounded so good.



    It was like 3 of these rumbling down the highway. I was considering chasing them down to check out there cars but I had been buffeted by 90km/h winds for most of the day and I just wanted to get home.
    Last edited by 007; 18-07-2013, 12:32 PM.

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  • 007
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    Originally posted by ceebee View Post
    Not all seats came with headrest speakers as standard (at least in Australia they didn't), my seats didn't have speakers from factory. Apparently the headrest speakers are not that great anyway, I was going to get the Clearwater ones for mine but several people told me not up bother. Maybe see if you can have a sit in someone else's car that has them fitted before investing to see if they are good?
    Noted, thanks. I cant tell if mine had them stock because the radio setup has been molested so much.


    Originally posted by MrGrey View Post
    I have 4 inch JVC speakers in my seats (I replaced the blown OEM speakers with them) and I would just like to assure you that they are awesome and worth the effort.
    I am an audiophile and headrest speakers are the reason I will NEVER be replacing my seats with aftermarket buckets of awesomeness. Do it. for the cost outlay, putting decent speakers in your headrest is the best mod you can do to improve your driving experience.

    Do it.

    My headunit is similar to yours and I use a small USB stick with MP3's on it so that I don't have the hassle of leads running to an ipod or so forth. (just thought I'd mention it so you could consider an alternative)

    its really nice to see a 5 so well looked after
    I would put some speakers in the headrest but I probably won't be keeping the car for more than a year. I love music too but when im driving I like to feel and hear the car(apart from long road trips). Im running a full 2.75 inch exhaust with cat delete and a decent aftermarket muffler, it sounds nice for a N/A I4. Good idea about the USB stick but I add to my library about 3 times a month and it would be a pain to keep updating it. I have my phone audio lead partly under the trim so its not too bad. I like your car, If I was going to keep my MX5 I would aim to make it something like yours.


    Originally posted by rb26 i wish View Post
    Neat mx5 and the view from where you live looks awesome
    Thanks, the mountains are nice but it takes twice as long to get anywhere because of the winding roads; and the winters are insane. With the yearly pro's and cons i would rather live where you are.


    I tinted the rear window.(20% VLT)



    Very little light comes in through the rear anyway so it didn't make that much difference.

    I did a pro job but it was extremely hard. I didn't want any gaps around the window and when I was cutting the tint to size it took me 2 hours because i was doing it an inch at a time because I didn't want to cut the roof fabric. Also there is no room to work on the inside so it makes it that bit more challenging. The Subaru should be easy in comparison.

    I am going to tint the top 3 inches of the front windscreen tomorrow.

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  • rb26 i wish
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    Neat mx5 and the view from where you live looks awesome

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  • MrGrey
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    I have 4 inch JVC speakers in my seats (I replaced the blown OEM speakers with them) and I would just like to assure you that they are awesome and worth the effort.
    I am an audiophile and headrest speakers are the reason I will NEVER be replacing my seats with aftermarket buckets of awesomeness. Do it. for the cost outlay, putting decent speakers in your headrest is the best mod you can do to improve your driving experience.

    Do it.

    My headunit is similar to yours and I use a small USB stick with MP3's on it so that I don't have the hassle of leads running to an ipod or so forth. (just thought I'd mention it so you could consider an alternative)

    its really nice to see a 5 so well looked after

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  • ceebee
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    Originally posted by 007 View Post
    When I brought the car the owner said that it used to have a sub and amp in the boot with new speakers all around. Only 1 of the 6 speakers was working and it sounded rough. I got cracking and this is what I found:

    Both headrests had nothing inside. I was quite annoyed because at the least I was expecting the stock speakers.
    Not all seats came with headrest speakers as standard (at least in Australia they didn't), my seats didn't have speakers from factory. Apparently the headrest speakers are not that great anyway, I was going to get the Clearwater ones for mine but several people told me not up bother. Maybe see if you can have a sit in someone else's car that has them fitted before investing to see if they are good?

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  • 007
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    When I brought the car the owner said that it used to have a sub and amp in the boot with new speakers all around. Only 1 of the 6 speakers was working and it sounded rough. I got cracking and this is what I found:

    Both headrests had nothing inside. I was quite annoyed because at the least I was expecting the stock speakers.

    In the door there were some good larger speakers, and all i did to make them work was fix all the dodgy connections.

    I played around with the settings and even though there is only 2 speakers it sounds good.(Mainly running aux setup)

    I found out that the door card was attached to the top bit with duct tape.(spot the frog on the door for extra power)


    I wanted to clear the drainage tubes so I needed to raise the car... Too steep ramp angle, i had to readjust.(damn muffler)

    (I won't be picking any one up with all that dirt)
    I cleaned it, caution for anyone living in a sunny country(not england ) I used a dash clean/protection product and the glare blinded me.

    the best part of cleaning: the end product (mid wheel cleaning)


    Now I have my sound system and interior fully fixed im ready for my 7 hour sun filled road trip to find parts for my subaru.

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  • 007
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    Originally posted by SirSharky View Post
    That looks a lot like Switzerland! Beautiful!
    Yeah, the mountains look good, that pic is just of 4 mountain ridges. Im hoping to go on a bike trip through Switzerland in the next few years.

    There was a parade I took some pics for today and after the group went past I blasted back up the route with envious onlookers giving me thumbs up
    When I went to get petrol the guy on the pump next to me complimented the car and asked if I imported it from england. I have the only Mx5 within 150km in any direction.
    An s2000(rare where i live) came and parked next to me.


    I took some pics on the way home:
    The road to an old train station


    This is at a Ski hill in summer.

    Drivers view

    Fast straight

    Drift stage



    Congratulation to Marty for his new purchase.

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  • SirSharky
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    Originally posted by 007 View Post
    That looks a lot like Switzerland! Beautiful!

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  • 007
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    I Changed the coolant, diff oil, trans fluid, engine oil, and p steering fluid. It was all pretty easy except the rear diff bolt; I had to use penetrating oil, a blow torch and a huge breaker bar to get it loose.
    Jacking a car up on hard packed mud is extremely dangerous, it slipped off the jack once when I was lowering it but luckily it caused no damage. When I did the rear diff I decided to just make some ramps out of some logs and the car trailer ramps. It was easy, good fun, and I saved a few hundred dollars so if anyone is sitting on the fence about changing there fluids I would suggest giving it a go.

    Trans drain bolt with an alarming amount of metal on it. (Transmission fluid doesn't smell that bad, I think old engine oil smells worse)


    Unstable Jack setup

    Diff bolt from hell(the one with yellow stuff dripping off it.)

    Ramp setup(i will be using this method from now on because of how easy and effective it was)


    My helpers:
    (Italian Maremma)
    (Pyrenees mountain dog)
    (Turkish Akbash)
    (Barn cat that also keeps mice away from my cars )

    My parents live in the mountains and naturally I went drifting up some amazing mountain roads(downhill is too hard for me at this point). I will shoot a vid if I can be bothered. It was really fun, and the Mx-5 feels unstable but stiff so it slides with ease and pinpoint control.

    (new deck being built)


    Some people may have seen on my other thread im looking to trade my Old B.C Canada licence plates with some foreign ones. If anyone is interested let me know.
    Last edited by 007; 05-05-2013, 05:16 AM.

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  • 007
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    Originally posted by Cmon43 View Post
    Holy shit that truck is big, will the mx5 fit in the back?
    Ha, it can almost fit. The inside wheel arches on the pickup are a bit too wide.

    Just spent $150 for a tuneup of the MX5:
    -Differential oil
    -Transmission oil
    -Coolant(already had)
    -Coolant additive
    -Oil +filter
    -Oil flush
    -Injector cleaner
    -Power steering fluid(ATF)
    -Windshield washer fluid

    Its more than I thought it would be but its still not bad,. The single biggest cost was the $60 75W90 oil.
    I will change all of the fluids myself tomorrow and add some additions to the "How to" thread, i will do it at my parents house which is a 2 hour highway drive(1 way) and with the engine running hot i flushed out 2L of the old antifreeze. As cars run cooler on water than antifreeze i will run a mix of 30% glycol, 67% water, 3% coolant additive. This should allow the car to run cool home and then i will flush the system with a 45:55 coolant mix.

    This is the colour of the coolant I drained. It looks like a mix of red and green coolant with a bit of rust.(not good)

    This is the coolant additive "super coolant" graph + the car today @ the local car shop on a 26 deg C sunny day, it was amazing to drive.

    I got a rubber floor mat(i thought i was buying 2 but i just got a really good one instead lol(LHD for the win).+ If your not sure if your air filter is good: if its a bit darker than mine or lighter than mine its good.



    Hanging out with friend and his GTR and his GF's friend's S5. My car looks a bit rubbish in this pic but im getting a 911 soon (Wrapped of course) so I should get some nice pics. Some more friends have a ferrari 430 and some others have gtr's(R35) so I will get some pics of our cars together.


    My friend with a GTR(He is the same age as me) and here is an exhaust size comparison he has 4 of those and I have 1(which is big enough for a coke can to fit in)

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  • Cmon43
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    Holy shit that truck is big, will the mx5 fit in the back?

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  • 007
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    I saw a red OEM MX5 rear spoiler for fairly cheap and I was seriously considering getting it. On my way to my exam today I saw this in the car park

    so now I think the MX5 will remain wingless.
    Last edited by 007; 05-05-2013, 04:28 AM.

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  • 007
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    Pic update

    The weather has been crazy here and the MX5 is doing amazingly. When it gets consistently above 0 Deg C at nights im going to flush my coolant system and swap out the antifreeze with water.

    My neighbor brought an NB, he has been eyeing up my NA for some time and I think the hot sunny evenings and his desire for a cool car(he drives a honda CR-V) made him pull the trigger.

    Spy shot of my neighbor's blue/green NB


    Morning weather

    Evening weather


    Cleaned the soft top with water and a cloth and it worked quite well



    This was taken 3 days ago, the Rx-7 FC is gone now

    I have had it for a while now and its still a hoot to drive. I got complimented by an old woman the other day so I think all age groups like the car.
    I sorted the wonky rear licence plate and will be buying rubber floor mats and a new shift knob soon(shift knob is really small and since I unscrewed it its been on backwards).
    Last edited by 007; 05-05-2013, 04:28 AM.

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  • 007
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    My parents poped over to my house today to see my car(dad hadn't seen it), he got a new pickup truck; It cost an extremely bad amount(I honestly thought they didn't make pickup trucks that were that expensive) but it has 400hp and 1085 NM torque in stock form, it weighs 6500 kg's and can carry 9500kg's in the bed(back bit). He looked at the mx5 for about 30 seconds then spent the next 30 mins telling me about his pickup.

    I gave the car a quick detail today and put the under tray and hardtop back on.





    I cleaned up an old oil spill when i changed the 300's oil.
    (liquid soap+ water and a stiff brush)


    Originally posted by siren676 View Post
    I took mine to a mechanic as i didnt have a clue how to remove the gearbox, if you are doing the clutch on yours i can send you some pics out of my haynes manual on how to do it.
    Thanks for the offer, I will probably get a haynes manual when i get closer to it(fun fact: I used to live 5 mins from the Haynes manual HQ in england, they have a fair size motor museum with some really rare cars)

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  • chrinsx
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    Nice Miata, hope you have fun with it! Your garage reminds me of my original garage in Gran Turismo 3, always started out with the Miata, than won the FC right away afterwards :P

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