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    1. Member DubNMiatafan's Avatar
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      09-07-2011 11:12 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by dumkopf View Post
      Ugh. Some of these pics are hit and miss. I mean, painted steel wheels, 20s, really?
      Not how most of the people posting those and the others nutswinging them have *big surprise* VW's.

      This is a proper Miata, you dolts:

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      09-07-2011 11:24 AM #52
      Do the NACA ducts I always see on the headlight covers do anything? Are they for cooling, or do the owners re-route the intake to take in air from the duct? I assume you'd lose that headlight though.

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      09-07-2011 11:25 AM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by dumkopf View Post
      painted steel wheels
      The only set of painted steelies in this thread are the green ones on that slammed canibeat(youoff) car. The white ones on the other cars are SuperRAP wheels, vintage rally stuff from Japan, forged magnesium. Those cars both appear to be actual JDM Eunos Roadsters.

      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy
      Momo Start seat. My interior is exactly like this except I have a Mod 78 wheel.
      Momo are dicks for discontinuing the bottom-mount version of this seat. It was essentially the ideal Miata seat. Bolt straight to OEM sliders, low seating position, fit reasonably average sized guys, and it was dirt cheap. They still make the Start, but it's now sidemount-only, which makes it more difficult to mount. Dicks.
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      09-07-2011 11:27 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomweasel View Post
      Do the NACA ducts I always see on the headlight covers do anything? Are they for cooling, or do the owners re-route the intake to take in air from the duct? I assume you'd lose that headlight though.
      The airbox is right behind the driver's side headlight; the stock air intake already takes air from this part of the engine bay. The normal air path is through the fenderwell. It's documented that you get cooler air driving with headlights up in an NA, though.

      You don't lose the headlight. It just replaces the cover. The headlight is not that deep.
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      09-07-2011 11:31 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      The airbox is right behind the driver's side headlight; the stock air intake already takes air from this part of the engine bay. The normal air path is through the fenderwell. It's documented that you get cooler air driving with headlights up in an NA, though.

      You don't lose the headlight. It just replaces the cover. The headlight is not that deep.
      I'll have to look again, I thought the intake piping left the airbox, went toward the rear of the car a little bit, and into the fender. Does the duct just cool the area/piping resulting in lower intake temps, or does it actually result in cooler air going into the intake itself?

      NACA ducts just look sweet, so I'm curious about it's effectiveness/use. I assume it's worth about 1HP either way though.

      edit: Found a website that seems to belong to the owner of that car, he has some aftermarket intake stuff under the hood that answers my question.
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      09-07-2011 11:40 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomweasel View Post
      I'll have to look again, I thought the intake piping left the airbox, went toward the rear of the car a little bit, and into the fender. Does the duct just cool the area/piping resulting in lower intake temps, or does it actually result in cooler air going into the intake itself?
      The OEM NA snorkel does go behind the fender a little. I assume you'd more likely use this with a cone filter and sheetmetal heat shield.
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      09-07-2011 11:41 AM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      The OEM NA snorkel does go behind the fender a little. I assume you'd more likely use this with a cone filter and sheetmetal heat shield.
      My guess too.

      I have a craptastic cone filter conversion kit that came with my car when I bought it. I left it on because it cancels out some sort of resonance that causes a nasty drone at some engine speeds. I think the replacement axle-back is to blame for that.

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      09-07-2011 11:56 AM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      Momo are dicks for discontinuing the bottom-mount version of this seat. It was essentially the ideal Miata seat. Bolt straight to OEM sliders, low seating position, fit reasonably average sized guys, and it was dirt cheap. They still make the Start, but it's now sidemount-only, which makes it more difficult to mount. Dicks.
      Man, I couldn't agree more. I searched around and when I found this old Start, I just had to jump on it. I love the seating position...on my 120mile round trip commute, it does start to grate a bit though, but then again the OEM seats would leave me way more uncomfortable.

      My only tiny gripe about the Start is that it's meant for regular sized people. I'm 6'1", 135lbs, 30" waist and I slide around in the seat a bit. Still, it has infinitely more support than the stock flatties. I used to have the Recaro SPG and it fit like a glove, but it's a (pricey) pain in the ass to get aftermarket sliders for a Miata. I'm pretty sure my Momo Start--which came with OEM rails attached--cost me about as much as it would have been to get the sliders for my SPG.

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      09-07-2011 12:03 PM #60
      What do the Spec Miata guys generally use for seats?

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      09-07-2011 12:05 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by PassSedanGLX View Post
      What do the Spec Miata guys generally use for seats?
      I think they mostly use the kirkley seats, or similar designs.

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      09-07-2011 12:21 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Carcinogen View Post
      *massive tires and dual exit exhaust*
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      09-07-2011 12:43 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomweasel View Post
      I think they mostly use the kirkley seats, or similar designs.
      Yep, and they bash the floorpan, cut out the welded-in factory seat mounts, and do other stuff I'd never do in a street/dual-purpose car to mount them. They also don't need to worry about clearing the interior panels.
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      09-07-2011 12:43 PM #65
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      09-07-2011 12:57 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      Yep, and they bash the floorpan, cut out the welded-in factory seat mounts, and do other stuff I'd never do in a street/dual-purpose car to mount them. They also don't need to worry about clearing the interior panels.
      So the Start is still a good fit, you just need custom rails?

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      09-07-2011 12:57 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by DubNMiatafan View Post
      Not how most of the people posting those and the others nutswinging them have *big surprise* VW's.

      This is a proper Miata, you dolts:


      i'd agree, sans the stripe. i die a little inside everytime i see a miata with stripes or teeth.
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      09-07-2011 01:02 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by PassSedanGLX View Post
      So the Start is still a good fit, you just need custom rails?
      Well, part of the problem is that custom rails are going to raise it higher than if it just sat flat on the factory rails like the old "Start 2003" model did.

      A Kirkey Pro Street Drag seat or the similar Ultrasheild model can be bolted through the base to the factory rails and should fit if you get a 16" or smaller model. The Ultrashield "Spec Miata" seat doesn't fit with an interior.
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      09-07-2011 01:05 PM #69
      It seems like the options consist of removing foam, or getting serious race seats. There don't seem to be many solutions that give you a bucket seat that's usable on the street, and a lower seating position. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

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      09-07-2011 02:37 PM #70
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      09-07-2011 02:38 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      Well, part of the problem is that custom rails are going to raise it higher than if it just sat flat on the factory rails like the old "Start 2003" model did.

      A Kirkey Pro Street Drag seat or the similar Ultrasheild model can be bolted through the base to the factory rails and should fit if you get a 16" or smaller model. The Ultrashield "Spec Miata" seat doesn't fit with an interior.
      Excellent.

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      09-07-2011 02:49 PM #72
      Picked up a 1994 with 55k miles on a few months ago. She's a head turner.

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      09-07-2011 04:13 PM #73
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      09-07-2011 05:49 PM #74
      I just bought a 92 today...so excited...pictures to come later!

      But for now...moar!

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      09-07-2011 08:06 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by Pennywise View Post
      i'd agree, sans the stripe. i die a little inside everytime i see a miata with stripes or teeth.
      I usually agree with you, and I generally agree about striped Miatas, but this is Sharka. You do not insult sharka.

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