My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

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My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:19 pm

Iv been on here for a while know so though id upload my car which iv named Ruby

It started off standard and very slowly getting better and better. Unfortunatly I lost the pictures from when I first got it but the only thing really that I did to begin with was an entire re-spray.

for the past year or so it has looked like this
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It has a new roof which was fitted by previous owner, coilovers, induction kit and de-cat.


Recently I got a sparco sprint bucket seat harnesses and TR lane harness bar, team dynamics pro race 3's and garage vary front splitter



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Not really sure about the number plate yet

Im really happy with the way it has come out so far
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Bert » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:54 pm

i like it man, u doneany interior mods?

looks good!

doesnt the reggy platre restric the air into the engine??

also only negative comment i have is ur headlight lids seem to be not very well lined up...but that's me being anal lol
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:51 pm

Just my seat, harnesses, harness bar, gauges and dial surround thinking of going for a momo team wheel sometime soon and another sparco sprint for the passengers

The picture suggests that the blocks it more than it does and its angled up the way cant see it being a problem

That has been bugging me aswel how do you go about fixing that ?
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Richardn » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:28 pm

To fix the lids

Lift bonnet, gently pull up the rear of the lids. Close bonnet

If not far enough up repeat

If too far up push down gently with the bonnet closed
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby petrov » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:27 pm

nice chrome grille would look good.nice car though
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby IanN » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:56 pm

Great looking car well done so far. Look forward to seeing how it develops further.
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby gm » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:32 pm

nice and shiney ! red looks fantastic when polished up like that.

you could remove the tow hooks (or maybe paint them a darker colour) to tidy up the front end or replace them with a 'tow strap' like i did.

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i would love to replace my numberplate with a stick on but it looks like it is hiding a whole load of sins underneath.

is that a boxster hiding in the garage ?
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:21 pm

looking at that picture yeah I think your right tow hooks need to go and a strap like that would be ideal where could I get one like that ?

Yeah thats my Dads boxter S not mine im just a young lad! :(
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Postby gm » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:34 pm

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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:48 pm

I got myself some lockwood dials and a brushed steel surround from the states
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and here a nice picture of my engine bay
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thanks for all the comments
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:38 pm

Took some inspiration from some of the guys on the nutz forum and installed an new air intake

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Just trying to reduce the heat soak from the manifold, used a mushroom filter becuase of the lack of space and I have a cold air feed running up below it.
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby petrov » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:49 pm

i'd buy your heat shield but i don't know if i need it ? Any advice peeps ? I have a mk2 with k&n typhoon filter.
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:55 pm

petrov wrote:i'd buy your heat shield but i don't know if i need it ? Any advice peeps ? I have a mk2 with k&n typhoon filter.


now in for sale section
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby JimF » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:26 pm

Very nice car
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:20 pm

Mine is a 1.8is can anyone help me to understand what the "IS" model has different to other mx5 models ?

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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby bmv6197 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:46 pm

Dave,

I also have a 1.8iS and from a brochure I have of the 95 mx5 range, main additional bits the 1.8iS had over the basic 1.8i was

1) the style of alloy wheel (5 vs 7 spoke, both 14 inch, although early 1.8i cars actually came with steel wheels as standard.
2) abs
3) torsen limited slip diff
4) power steering
5) electric windows, mirrors and aerial
6) brushed stainless door sill kick plates and speaker surrounds
7) momo leather wheel with airbag
8 remote boot release

I think that's it - no other engine or gearbox differences.

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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby drumtochty » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:10 pm

A lot of the non IS MX 5's came with steel wheels and the dealer added the cost of alloys to the customers bill as few people wanted an MX5 without alloys.

It also happend with the Golf GTI in the eighties most years not all years steel wheels were standard and the customers paid to get alloys from the dealer.

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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:47 pm

It was the diff that I was wondering about !

To check for LSD would I just need to jack up the rear and if the wheels spin the same way I have an LSD?

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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby mgrays » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:24 pm

The Torsen LSD is a bit of a pain to check for .. best advice was to remove drain plug and look inside; Randy from Solomiata had photos up on his site; oh dear Flyin' Miata has taken over and cleaned out the photos. :( The Tor-sen bit stands for Torsion Sensing so it actually needs load on the non spinning wheel to lock up so it does not react the same as clutch LSD so you cannot just jack a wheel up.. it reacts just like an open diff if you do; this means on low friction surfaces like ice that it sometimes helps to drag on the handbrake to get the LSD to lock up (poorman's LSD anyway using the handbrake :wink: ).

http://forum.miata.net/vb/archive/index ... 71064.html .. a while since I talked to Lance!
Oh ,.forgot there is Torsen Type 1 (94-95) (which I have)
torsen Type 2 (in between)
Togchi after 2003.

http://www.miata.net/garage/diffguide/index.html
Type 1 internals = http://www.miata.net/garage/diffguide/02.jpg
Type 2 = http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=miata+ ... YCw&zoom=1
Open diff is smooth with round holes and you cannot see any torsen type gears..


This was a shade tree method that would work; "go to a parking lot that has a big empty area. Turn the wheel at full lock which ever direction you are most comfortable doing donut/drifts. Punch it in first and let the tail kick out. If you can keep it kicked out while bliping the throttle on and off its a torsen. If the minute you let off the gas it snaps out of the donut its a tragic open diff. Dont look at tire marks as both can lay down 2 tire skids." (http://www.miataturbo.net/showthread.php?t=55226)

More shade tree methods.. involving falling off a block of wood! "Put it up on one jackstand so that only one rear wheel is barely off the ground, Make sure that corner is supported by the A-Arm and NOT by the Frame (So that when the car rolls off the jackstand / block of wood / etc., it doesnt cause damage to anything), PARTIALLY APPLY THE HANDBRAKE (25-50%), Then let out the clutch in first gear. If the car lurches forward / pulls itself off the lift support, then it has a TORSEN. If the car remains in place, with the lifted wheel spinning against the handbrake friction, then it is open." (http://www.miataturbo.net/showthread.ph ... 226&page=2)

Does that help?.. or are you just plain confused now! :wink:
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Re: My mk1 1.8iS uk getting there

Postby Dave8 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:11 pm

Well the doughnuts looks like the more fun option!

Al give that a go next time I'm home thanks !
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