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Setting Diff Backlash and Preload

Posted by FTodaro in Starting from Scratch New VVT build, 12-23-2015 - * * * * * · 14,303 views

I bought the tools years ago and never jumped into learning how to Lash a diff and set the preload on the carrier bearings. This is not a full blown rebuild. I did not change the Pinion bearings. I simply swapped out an open diff and put a Torsen unit in it. So I reused the all the bearings and the original ring and pinion.
I will endeavor to do the entir...


2015 VVT build

Posted by Jim Drago in Jim Drago's Blog, 12-12-2015 - - - - - - · 6,321 views

here are some pictures... fire away with any questions.. wont be much text though.


Final Entry

Posted by Adax in Alan's OCD '03 SM buid, 09-05-2014 - - - - - - · 4,501 views

I'm sorry for the delay in wrapping up this build blog. There are a number of reasons for the delay but the main one is that I broke my right arm and ruptured a tendon in my thumb snowboarding. Recovery has been quite long and not having use of my right hand has impacted all aspects of personal and professional daily life. Fortunately I have a excellent s...


So I flipped the coin......

Posted by Carl Nocera in Carl Nocera's Blog, 11-16-2013 - - - - - - · 4,650 views

So I flipped the coin...... And now the result - after much going back and forth and breaking my sound sleep a few nights, It was up to the old silver dollar that I received many years ago. Flip the coin and stick with the decision. Heads!!! sell it Tails keep it...... Flip - Heads .. so now its on ebay selling and getting close to the reserve.. Just to let you know I'm selling and...


SRC Happy to be Teaming up with Mazda Corp.

Posted by Sampson Racing Radios in Sampson Racing Radios' Blog, 08-14-2013 - - - - - - · 4,352 views
Mazda, Digital racing radios and 3 more...

SRC Happy to be Teaming up with Mazda Corp. When Jeremy Barnes of Mazda asked me if the new digital radios would improve the communications in their Corp Historic Mazda Team Cars, I said "they should but lets try them them out before we go crazy". Well the reports are in and after this past weekend of testing for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca... its a A+!The ca...



Posted by redhot400 in redhot400's Blog, 07-01-2013 - - - - - - · 4,130 views

At 67 years old one of my bucket list items was road racing, so I immediately went out found myself a 14K low mileage 05 Z51 C6 Vette and spent 10K on 500 RWHP, brakes, wheels and tires. Now after 6 HPDE track days under my belt, two of which are solo I've come to a sinister realization. I can NOT afford this sport with the car I have cause I can't afford...


Running Both Sanctioning Bodies.... SCCA here we come....

Posted by Joe (dad) Jordan in The Jordan's race Blog, 06-06-2013 - - - - - - · 3,577 views

We decided it was time to try SCCA racing in November we went to Firebird raceway and competed in a SCCA regional. We ran Spec Miata and STL to make sure he would get enough races to get a National license. Our intention was to run SCCA Nationals with the hope to qualify for the 50th SCCA Runoffs.   Unfortunately not much Spec Miata competition at the Fir...


The Saga Begins

Posted by john mueller in J Mueller's Move to the Dark Side: My 99 Build, 03-28-2013 - - - - - - · 4,207 views

Finding him was the will of the Force, I have no doubt of that. - Qui-Gon Jinn  So I wrecked my 1.6 a month ago. I wish it was just me doing something stupid and going four-off and smacking a wall or something but no... I had to be making a rather ordinary pass in a regular passing zone when my master cylinder decided to take a crap. Yep, it was kinda big...


Goofy curbside attractions for summer travel - Pt. 1

Posted by Xurisfima in Xurisfima's Blog, 07-05-2012 - - - - - - · 4,029 views

Tired of the mountains and the beaches and the theme parks? Want to take a family road trip this summer but are not sure what to do? Try some of these oddball roadside sights that spice up the American highways. Will you be trying to sell or purchase a new or used auto? If this could be you, do yourself a favor and look into Courtesy used cars Brooklyn ....


Alignment jig and first alignment

Posted by Tom Hampton in Tom Hampton Local Blog, 06-14-2012 - - - - - - · 3,864 views

So, I made my own alignment jig.  Its a clone of a well known string setup.  These brackets hang off of the inner trunk and hood lips.  Their whole point is to hang a bar down at axel height at the front and rear of the car.  The bars are designed to have grooves on the ends to hold a string.  The grooves are exactly the same width in the front and rear...


Finally driving again, & second thoughts on instructing

Posted by davecarama in davecarama's Blog, 05-23-2012 - - - - - - · 3,545 views

Turned out (if you followed the thread on Mazda Racers) that it was indeed the lifters. After I got the car together, it idled for about 30 minutes (we were burping the coolant). It took the entire 30 min to quiet the lifters. Once that was all done. Car was perfect. Right where you would want a leak down... and quite nice compression numbers too  :)So I...



Posted by Tyler Dahl in Transmission notch panel install, 02-12-2012 - - - - - - · 3,875 views

I decided to fully weld the panel in place. There is alot to spot weld but I feel more comfortable with it being welded in. I'm going to weld the underside as well just to make sure it is solid. It takes less then 30 minutes to get it fitted but then it took me alittle longer to weld it in and then clean it up. With the panel installed it allows alot...


2002 SM build

Posted by Jim Drago in Jim Drago's Blog, 12-13-2011 - * * * * * · 6,675 views

12/13  After seeing a few 2001 up cars running pretty strong, we decided to throw our hat in and try one as well. Naturally, I think we can do better, just like everyone else :) This was a very straight and clean donor. Came from the north ( Chicago), so a little surface rust and sub frame rust on the bottom, but overall, very clean and very straight. Wil...


As you can tell Chris knows what he is doing

Posted by MPR22 in Another Chris Haldeman creation in the works, 11-28-2011 - - - - - - · 3,795 views

Chris worked so hard on this car.  I can't thank him enough, since JP3 finished the build a year ago I wanted to paint it. JP3 made me hold off until I got another season under my belt and he was spot on.  The only part of the car that didn't get damaged was the rear deck.   You can see on some of the photos we didn't repair everything to like...


New RJ Racing videos

Posted by Rob Gibson in RJ Racing's Blog, 10-03-2011 - - - - - - · 3,980 views

A short intro to the RJ Racing teamhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShuJ7_6iVgPit stop practicehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KXKgSVrmp8All featured on http://www.youtube.c...RJRacingTVEnjoy!


the good , the bad, and the ridiculous!

Posted by Dr.Dan in Dr.Dan's Blog, 04-20-2011 - - - - - - · 4,795 views

First race of the year. Very excited. so things to do first. Put in side net, check. get new rubber and wheels, check. go out on track and have fun. nope. car was over heating. the steam pipe was clogged. qauled ok, but slow. still learning the car and the brakes suck. to grabby.. I change the booster. that seemed to help. First race it seems I have yet t...


The First Race

Posted by Elliott Skeer in SkeerRacing's Blog, 04-10-2011 - - - - - - · 4,001 views

I had woken up in the exact same spot many times before. Same bed in the same motorhome, in the same pits at Buttonwillow Raceway. Except this time I wasn’t walking out of the motorhome and looking at a go kart, but a Spec Miata. That’s when it hit me that after 8 months of prepwork on both the car and myself, the day had finally arrived, my first Spec Mi...


Busy days!

Posted by Jim Daniels - FIG in Jim Daniels' Blog, 04-03-2011 - - - - - - · 3,430 views

I'm late to respond, late on emails and lacking sleep.  If this was not because of racing I would be a bit irate.Sorry to all but my time is limited right now, you wont see much of my right now.  I hope everyone is having a great start to their season!JD


Auto-blogger Extraordinaire

Posted by Scottie in Scottie's Blog, 01-10-2011 - - - - - - · 4,221 views

Good news - I am now one of the writers on a new website dedicated to blogging about cars. More specifically, cars that go fast and like to turn. There are tons more features and stories on this site, so it is definitely worth checking out; especially the tire reviews and updates on the VW TDI cup.So I will cut to the chase... www.RightFootDown.com It is...


Where we are at today

Posted by JayF in Jay's 96 SM Build, 12-24-2010 - - - - - - · 4,062 views

So I have uploaded the pictures I've got so far.  I pulled the old motor out, cleaned up the engine bay and resprayed it.  I am using Krylon Gloss gray spray for the engine bay and interior per a recommendation by Planet Miata.  So far it has worked out great.  I replaced all of the common M6x1 10mm bolts on the car with all new hardware to clean thin...

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