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Old 01-09-2011, 12:25 AM
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nice car. I really like it. So turbo in the future? How much HP do these cars have stock and how much would it have with a simple turbo upgrade. Nothing too insane
170hp stock, to the crank.

With the turbo/supercharger kits out there, very few of them, we're looking at 250-350 to the wheels. 250hp is more than enough to wipe the smile off any S2K/Elise owner on the track.

Supercharger kits are running about $5000 installed with a tune, and turbos start at about $3500.
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Looking very nice. The drop really helps with the car's looks, and I bet it helps even more when driving it. Looks like you're taking real good care of it too. Props
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:44 PM
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Looking very nice. The drop really helps with the car's looks, and I bet it helps even more when driving it. Looks like you're taking real good care of it too. Props
Thanks dude!

Stock MX5's look ridiculous as far as ride height is. With the springs, shocks, strut braces, chassis braces and GIANT sway bars I've added, it handles like a dream.
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Nice ride, what kind of 1/4 mile times? 0-60?
So no Servos in your future?
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:58 AM
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Nice ride, what kind of 1/4 mile times? 0-60?
So no Servos in your future?
It's probably a 15-16s car in the quarter. So, it isn't very fast...in a straight line.

Servo's are still a possibility on my list for "pretty" wheels. I need to get my light weight ones on first. Shoot me a PM with a price again.
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Originally Posted by o2cls View Post
170hp stock, to the crank.

With the turbo/supercharger kits out there, very few of them, we're looking at 250-350 to the wheels. 350 bhp is more than enough to wipe the smile off any stock S2K/Elise owner on the track.

Supercharger kits are running about $5000 installed with a tune, and turbos start at about $3500.
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350 bhp would be enough to wipe the smile off C5 Corvettes. S2ks are only something like 240 horsepower, Elises even less, but they're much lighter. I think a 250 horse Miata would compete well with the S2k, maybe something like 270 to keep up with the Lotus.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Aman View Post
350 bhp would be enough to wipe the smile off C5 Corvettes. S2ks are only something like 240 horsepower, Elises even less, but they're much lighter. I think a 250 horse Miata would compete well with the S2k, maybe something like 270 to keep up with the Lotus.
A 250hp MX5 would run circles around a stock S2K, as its almost 400lbs lighter.

A 350whp MX5 would be chomping at Vipers and Corvettes...on the straights.

6.9hp / lb - Based on ~2400lbs and 350hp (MX5)
6.8hp /lb - Based on ~3400lbs and 500hp (Gen 3 Viper)

Elise's are less of a track "car" and more of a track weapon. Truly amazing vehicles. You really can't go wrong with an Elise, S2K, or MX5. There are very, very few cars in the price range that work as well as they do on the street and track. MX5 is probably the best for street, in stock form its pretty soft. S2K would be the benchmark of the three. The Elise you could totally daily, if your back was made of steel, and you weighed 90lbs and were as limber as a noodle.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:06 PM
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:41 PM
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January purchases include:

1) Truechoice Koni Coilovers w/Hyperco springs (300f/175r)
2) 17x9 Silver RPF1's.

Next up:
245/40/17's, some fender rolling and some moooore bracing....and the stripes are going back on. I might just do chevrons on the fenders, but im thinking the whole car. Who knows...something for me to play around with in the mean time.

I'm really anxious to start tracking the car and doing some Auto-X'ing.

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Old 01-27-2011, 10:51 PM
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I could've gone Ohlins or JIC but I really wanted something custom from the ground up that will suit my needs as a daily, but also as a really....really mean/sticky track car. Did some research and wound up with these.

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:16 AM
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Looking perfect!

This is my next car!
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Ohlins = $$$$$

Awesome Mazda! Can't wait for the track stance pics...
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meh get the supercharger kit from flying miata, 240 HP is all you need with that car.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by OperationDarkie View Post
meh get the supercharger kit from flying miata, 240 HP is all you need with that car.
The Flyin' Miata kit is nice...but for a grand more you could have the Cosworth, which can be warrantied by Mazda....and for a thousand less I could drive to Houston for a weekend and pay a visit to BEGi.

...and a Marble White hardtop just became available 20 miles south of me. There goes my tax return.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:46 AM
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I know!!! Its going to be like a whole new car.

I havent had very good luck with the Tein setup and their customer support is laughable.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:20 AM
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That is seriously one sweet car. And with a SC or Turbo, I bet it would just fly.
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Originally Posted by o2cls View Post
The Flyin' Miata kit is nice...but for a grand more you could have the Cosworth, which can be warrantied by Mazda....and for a thousand less I could drive to Houston for a weekend and pay a visit to BEGi.

...and a Marble White hardtop just became available 20 miles south of me. There goes my tax return.
Actually the Cosworth and Flying miata superchargers are almost the same price, I checked the website and saw nothing about having it warrantied by mazda, not trying to hate or anything, I actually have a friend who lets me track his turbo charged miata and honestly its retarded at full boost, I usually run low boost because even on R comp tires it still breaks free.

His turbo setup uses the "disco potato" turbo, but even now he says he wished he just had a larger supercharger.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:12 PM
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Coilovers are on, notice the rear end isnt so low anymore!. I put pearl white chevrons on the drivers fender. Calipers are now painted red.











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I'm not a fan of the red calipers but the car still looks great! I like that last shot
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Perfect stance! Looking good!!! I'm sure the chevron stripes on the fenders are more noticable in person because other than the last photo they look nearly invisible in the rest of the photos.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by CLtotheTL32 View Post
I'm not a fan of the red calipers but the car still looks great! I like that last shot
Its so easy to do, that it may change color down the road.

I was initially thinking black or gold.
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Perfect stance! Looking good!!! I'm sure the chevron stripes on the fenders are more noticable in person because other than the last photo they look nearly invisible in the rest of the photos.
They are invisible 75% of the time. When the sun is shining at about noon they leap off the car. Insanely bright in the right conditions...almost reflective.
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Love the chevrons... perfectly subtle.

Not a huge fan of the red calipers, I think black would be better. What kind of pads are you running? But whatever floats your boat. Tan top is

Where did you get that wind deflector? Any issues with putting the top up or down?

If you ever decide to sell...






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man.. i think this is going to be my next car. isn't mazda getting out a new gen next year? can't wait to check it out! i really don't give a crap about interior design and amenities.. let me just get this car with softtop and stick shift, that's all i want!

again, your car looks awesome man!
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Love the chevrons... perfectly subtle.

Not a huge fan of the red calipers, I think black would be better. What kind of pads are you running? But whatever floats your boat. Tan top is

Where did you get that wind deflector? Any issues with putting the top up or down?

If you ever decide to sell...






Thanks for the compliments! The calipers are going to be either loved or hated, which is fine by me!

The wind deflector is an aftermarket accessory from Mazda in the UK. I can still reach the top fine. It took some getting used to, but its no biggie. It still only takes about 2 seconds to drop it back.
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I can't remember, is this your daily or only a weekend car?
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man.. i think this is going to be my next car. isn't mazda getting out a new gen next year? can't wait to check it out! i really don't give a crap about interior design and amenities.. let me just get this car with softtop and stick shift, that's all i want!

again, your car looks awesome man!
Rumors are that, yes...the new model will be out soon. My advice....pick an NC or NC2 (<---forged engine internals, higher redline) and save some dough. Freak'n excellent cars. I went to Houston last weekend (about 250 miles from me) and averaged 39mpg.

The coilovers really transformed the car. Where as stock it was slightly firm to springs and shocks which was low and uncomfortable to custom made, pretty aggressive coilovers..I never knew a car could drive like it does now. Perfectly agile, even on full soft. Full hard is a different animal. =)
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I can't remember, is this your daily or only a weekend car?
Daily.

Next month I will have had it for 3 years. Rolled over 70k this past weekend. I've really slowed down though, I only put about 7-9k on it last year.
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Rumors are that, yes...the new model will be out soon. My advice....pick an NC or NC2 (<---forged engine internals, higher redline) and save some dough. Freak'n excellent cars. I went to Houston last weekend (about 250 miles from me) and averaged 39mpg.

The coilovers really transformed the car. Where as stock it was slightly firm to springs and shocks which was low and uncomfortable to custom made, pretty aggressive coilovers..I never knew a car could drive like it does now. Perfectly agile, even on full soft. Full hard is a different animal. =)
omg stop it... i dont wanna make a mistake

but my car is only 1.5 years old with less than 9k miles on it... maybe i can sell it for pretty good price and get mx-5? no... i should just enjoy my ms3 for 3 more years... sigh lol
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Chevrons look AWESOME!! Great looking car man.

I thought I had my mind made up by going GTI in a few months...haha
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Usually not a fan of red calipers on any car, but they work here...can't explain why. Don't like the Chevrons, though. Still, overall, the car looks great...it's really coming along nicely.
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Elise's are less of a track "car" and more of a track weapon. Truly amazing vehicles. You really can't go wrong with an Elise, S2K, or MX5. There are very, very few cars in the price range that work as well as they do on the street and track. MX5 is probably the best for street, in stock form its pretty soft. S2K would be the benchmark of the three. The Elise you could totally daily, if your back was made of steel, and you weighed 90lbs and were as limber as a noodle.
So true...I went to wash my car this weekend, right behind me this older dude pulls in with an Exige S with the number "39" on the doors and a whole lot of autox tags and tech inspection tags on the windows. Started up a conversation with him, turns out he used to track a 911 Turbo and a Cayman, than his son (he has 2 sons, both also track cars) bought the Exige S, he hopped in it and never looked back. He says he will never drive anything else on the track. I told him I've always loved and considered getting an Elise for the track, he told me to go with an Exige, it's a totally different animal than the Elise on the track. I started looking around a bit for an Exige but there are very few I can buy cheap out there (everything I find is still over $40k, i'm trying to be closer to $30k), I may have to stick with an Elise (To track, of course ). Bah, we'll see!

Oh, and your MX5 looks awesome!

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