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Old 10-22-2011, 12:58 AM
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Default new hobby-bought track car

I will shortly be a new Miata owner.
This is car I bought.

He has several spec miatas now and this he built to learn the tracks and race craft. His shop/company (one of them) builds some parts for MazdaSpeed too...





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1993 Miata - $3000
Track Instruction Car, used as my local buzz around car as well. Built out 3 years ago for track/street use. Brain Storm engine,HD clutch, radiator,full Delrin suspension and adjustable shocks and coils, master cylinder, slave cylinder, rotors, bearings etc , all with 15k miles on them since build out.
Silver with Red Hardtop, hard dog roll bar, new street tires and brake pads, new plugs and wires. Extra set of lightweight stock rims.
Let the trackdays BEGIN!
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Sweet! Looking forward to seeing some on board track action!
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Sweet! Welcome to the miata club! Looks like a great set-up
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the mazda gods shine on you my boy a hale from the church of zoom zoom !.
cool mx5 (a.k.a miata)
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Sunday will be her maiden track day...

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nice . i love it need to get some track pics
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How did your track day go?
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Good! Had a great time!



Car needs suspension sorting though. Rear gets light (here braking for a tight corner). Learning the car too. Is VERY sensitive to slight lifting of throttle mid turn. Wasn't running very fast due to these things, as well as the unnerving feeling of 60 series tire sidewalls squirming/moving at turn in and through sweepers...

Car ran hot too. Near or at H on temp gauge all day. Apparently I can lower the engine temps by 30-40F by NOT shifting at the rev limiter, lol. Overheated the car mid afternoon and called it a day. They had to tow me off the track steaming, lol. Let it set for a couple hours, refilled the radiator and was good to go.

Friend was there with his Lotus Elise track prepped car. He gave me a ride one session...WOW, that was eye opening...that car has awesome stock brakes (with race pads). He was braking so deep it was amazing. That and the race tires (Nitto NT-01's) held the car to a quick deceleration under traction...

Overall fun day though.
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So the rear wants to step out when lifting off the throttle? Interesting, that's a mid engine trait ( almost demolished an MR2 on a test drive that way.) My miata is so stable it's almost boring.

Keep us posted on your progress!
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Its a trait of the miata when pushed hard because of the stock sized sway bars. Apparently I should have unhooked the rear to alleviate that a bit as a temporary fix but by the time I found that out I had already overheated and was done for the day.
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You are in SOCAL, use some water wetter to help cooling. I'm nut sure if you are allowed to use coolant in CA raceways, probably not. Water wetter is an additive that helps cooling, but not good for cold climates because it doesn not have the non freezing properties of coolant.
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I am familiar with WW, using it in my motorcycle (track only bike). There are other brands more specific to cars. The issue with the overheating is more than the coolant though. Seems radiator is ready to give up the ghost, showing signs of nearing the end of its life. New rad and hoses are on the list. engine temps were way too hot. the gauge was pegged at H the entire day.
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1993 Miata - $3000
Track Instruction Car, used as my local buzz around car as well. Built out 3 years ago for track/street use. Brain Storm engine,HD clutch, radiator,full Delrin suspension and adjustable shocks and coils, master cylinder, slave cylinder, rotors, bearings etc , all with 15k miles on them since build out.
Silver with Red Hardtop, hard dog roll bar, new street tires and brake pads, new plugs and wires. Extra set of lightweight stock rims.
...had to do a double take to make sure it didnt have plastic suspension
im picking up an 83 s10 to make into a track truck/ prospeed type truck. cant wait!
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awesome! i dont know the rules on what all you can do to the car but if i had the option of doing brakes i would swap theat over to the rx7 front and rear, i have beat on the rx7's that a buddy has and they stop like no other lol but i like the cars for what they can be made into! awesome score!
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Delrin [suspension] bushings all around, lol.

These cars dont need bigger brakes, just race pads and fluid. They weight nothing. the fastest 'car' on sunday was a pro truck...
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