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Old 08-10-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Mom's new Miata

Figured I would post this here since there isn't an any other car forum LOL.

Me and my dad went and got my mom a 91 Mazda Miata. She's always wanted a little sports car so for 1700 we bought it. It had some.......roughness as far as body and suspension go but the engine ran great and smooth and the rest of the drive train was good to go.

We decided to replace the suspension at all 4 corners with stock stuff because the idiots had "torched" the springs to lower it before us. Rode like a piece of plywood and would drag on EVERYTHING.

Here are some pics.

Here you can see how far the wheels are up in the wheel wells.


Here are the front struts/springs. You can see the torch marks on the right of the springs. In the process it also melted the seals out of the strut allowing all the oil to blow out of the strut making it useless. It rode like a pogo stick when you did get some "spring" from them.


What the front springs/struts should have looked like


The rear springs were all screwed up even worse than the fronts. One of them didn't even do it's job at all. It was so deformed it it didn't touch both sides of the strut so that side was riding bottomed out all the time.







I also managed to pull out probably a total of 30 or 40 feet worth of useless wiring that went to nothing at all except a non functional LED light bar behind the grill. And found a set of wires that I have no idea WTF they go to





Here are pictures of various places of the car that would drag on anything and everything. When you turned the tires would drag on the fenderwells.







Alright and here she is after the suspension rebuild, starter replacement, wiring removal and full fluid change.



Not much of a change overall just from looking at it, but if you drove it before and after you would be amazed at how much better it drives and handles. Like a brand new car.

Here's my mom in the car





We also threw on a factory trunk lid mounted spoiler that we pulled off the same 91 LE British Hunter Green Miata that we got the springs/struts off of.

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Before


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Me driving it. I could get used to that. I know the Miata is seen as a "chick car" in a lot of circles but this thing is almost as much fun as a motorcycle. Handles great, good power, lightweight, ect.



I may have to try to find my wife one in the future.............you know so I can drive it also.


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only one pic worked, but nice car.
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ARGHHH

I'll have to fix them up later
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All fixed.
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that sucks how that car was. those guys didnt know anything. i glad you guys got her all better now.
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that SUCKS! retards should not be allowed to have blowtorches..

but honestly it looked HOT all tucked before but man you were close to buying a new oil pan...
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nice job glad to see you saved her
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Thanks for the comments guys. It looked "cool" I guess lowered but this part of Texas is no place to have a car that low to the ground. Drags on everything. My town is also full of pot holes here.

Now we need to scrape off the stickers that pertain to nothing in the car but the rims.

He had NO sparco, or Greddy stuff in the car at all. The rims were made by that Enkei company though I think but they need a real good cleaning done on them.

ETA-it also had a horrible ear splitting loud fart can on it that we had the muffler guy chop off and replace with a nice mellow sounding turbo muffler. Pretty quiet now but still "growls" and you can talk to the person in the passenger seat on the highway now.
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lol ur moms a ricer... j/k

LOL at those sweet "modified-specifically-for-high-performance-and-increased-awsomeness" springs.
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nice miata! my mom has always liked those. I would definitely drive one!


edit: Forgot to mention that a lot of those came with LSD's. There's a way to check if yours has one by looking at it but i forget. I remember a while back someone saying that if you had all the power options and air conditioning that it had the LSD, but again i'm not sure. You should check though!
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