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    Now with pictures, but not for you! chiefmg's Avatar
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    Got an alignment on the Miata yesterday. Went with the 949 racing dual duty specs. Of course the front could only be set to -1.8 degrees (spec calls for -2.5). As this is a factor of the suspension geometry, there was nothing else to do for it but buy a set of extended lower ball joints. Those are now headed my way, don't know if I will receive them in time for installation prior to MATG.
    '81 RX-7, '00 Miata SE, '06 RX-8 (wife's), '15 CX-5 GT AWD.

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    More Miata fun: I mentioned calibrating the wideband sensor the other day. Yesterday it was acting worse, I ordered a replacement sensor but decided to try calibrating it again. It is now worse than it was. Cleaning the sensor did nothing. I did notice that the connection cable between the sensor and the gauge had a bulge on the connector that I didn't notice the other day, that is usually a sign of overheating and could be the cause of the problem. Sucks I didn't see that before ordering the sensor as I could have gotten both together and saved some money. In any event the cable is now ordered and I should have everything by Monday. Also got my hard drive today so I'll be seeing if I can change out parts to gain access to my old laptop files (which includes all my Tuner Studio stuff).

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    Miata: Found out the new hard drive I bought had smaller Torx head screws than what was in my friend's kit that I borrowed. Today I stopped by Harbor Freight, lo and behold they had a 34 piece screwdriver set with a T4 bit so I'm set for that job now.

    My new wideband sensor was delivered today, but there isn't any point in my installing it until I get the cable. As MATG is drawing near i figured I should do another job I have been planning for. When I installed my new soft top I wasn't able to replace the stripping located on the back side of the window weatherstripping channels. I wasn't even sure of what the material was. I ended up using some double-sided tape on two of the three pieces on each side just to have a seal there, however this doesn't work well if you need to make adjustments to the weatherstripping (which I did). I did some searching last week to see what sort of foam tape was available. I found some neoprene tape on Amazon so bought a roll.



    Here is the original material on one of the pieces I didn't touch:



    As you can see this is pretty much neoprene tape. The stuff I bought is 1/16" (1.5 mm) thick which is basically the same thickness as stock. I pulled all the channels off, cleaned off all the old tape, cleaned up the residue with some acetone followed by denatured alcohol. I cut strips of the tape to 19 mm width and then applied them to the channels. A little work with a Exacto knife to open up the screw holes and here is the result:



    I am very pleased with this. Channels will be installed tomorrow after I clean up the surfaces they rest on.

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    Channels were installed this morning. I used the neoprene tape to make some cushions for the soft top latches. Mine was gone from the passenger side latch so on those rare occasions when I didn't have the boot cover on it would rattle. It was a little hard making a template for them but they get the job done:



    The O2 sensor cable came in the mail so I jacked her up in the air and proceeded to change out the sensor and cable. Running the cable up the A pillar is a PITA, I used a piece of safety wire as a snake to get it into where I wanted it to go. The new sensor has a longer pigtail so I ran the cable further across the firewall so the connector ended up above the transmission. It is well clear of any hot surfaces and can't rub on anything either. Got it all buttoned up, fired her up and everything is back to normal. Now I have to get some tuning done with the new sensor.

    Here is the damage to the cable connector (excuse the blurriness in the second picture, the camera kept focusing on my hand):





    The white stuff inside the connector oozed out of the inside of the connector. Not good.

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    CX-5: First thing this morning I washed the outside and cleaned the inside. Took me longer cleaning the inside.

    Miata: Yesterday I washed her and did some detailing. Adjusted my alternator belt, first time using the Gates Krikit tool I bought last year. It works great. I had a hard time finding the correct tension to use (lots of speculation on it). After some searching I found this site: https://www.gates.com/~/media/files/...ning-sheet.pdf. That should answer any questions about it.

    Since my wife has decided she really doesn't want to go to MATG, I figured I'd put the Recaros back in for the trip. They will be better suited for spirited driving than the leather NB2s. Retrieved them from storage and did the swap, including moving the air bladder over on the driver's seat. Went for an errand, everything was fine until I started her to head home. I heard an unusual noise coming from the alternator area, and for some reason the temperature gauge was showing higher than normal. Got home and checked the alt belt tension, it was pretty tight. After she cooled off I loosened it up a little and then went for a test. No strange noises and all was back to normal.

    Today I also checked the cruise control vacuum motor using the test procedure from the FSM. Both my original and a spare I have checked out (I had thought I might have blown the diaphragm on the original from boost). With that result plus what I found on the switches, it's starting to look like the culprit might be the control module itself. If I feel motivated I might perform the checks on that tomorrow.

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    Miata: Did some general prep work for the trip today. First thing this morning I adjusted the window seals (find out in the morning how well they seal now), then oil/filter change, polished the headlights, cleaned/treated the interior. Packed up some tools and have all that in the trunk. I have to get myself some directions printed out so I can figure out where I'm headed. I wasn't able to dive into the cruise control further, somehow my electrical manual has gone missing.
    '81 RX-7, '00 Miata SE, '06 RX-8 (wife's), '15 CX-5 GT AWD.

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    Miata: My ELBJs showed up yesterday but not enough time for installation and alignment before MATG. Came down this afternoon and lost my Dragon cherry. For anyone reading this who hasn't been, try to drive it at least once in your life. It is amazing.

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    Had a blast at MATG. Got to meet some people I only knew from forums and drive some great roads. Here's a few pictures (excuse the poor quality, I forgot to pack my camera and only had my phone to use):






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    Miata: This morning I swapped back to the NB2 seats. Easy enough to do, just had to move the seat belt receivers and the driver's lumbar bladder over. After that I installed the new extended lower ball joints up front. Took me about an hour for both sides, the hardest part is getting the ball joint separated from the upright. Here's a comparison picture of the old and new ball joints (new one on the left):



    While the difference isn't great, it makes a huge change in the camber.



    I went from about -1.8 degrees to what looks like maybe -3.0 degrees. I'm getting her realigned tomorrow so I'll find out then what it changed to. Just moving her around in and out of the garage, I can't understand how people who have their cars set like this are able to drive on the street.

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    Miata: Got the alignment done this morning. I was way off on my estimate of the front camber, it was -3.8/-3.6 left/right. Toe had changed as well, to the point I was very glad I only had a mile or two to drive. She was making all kinds of odd noises and darting around. Just be aware if you install these ball joints you will be looking at weirdness while driving to your favorite shop. I ended up with the -2.5 degrees in the front I wanted, however he had to set caster higher than I specified to get that number which means steering is heavier (it isn't horrible). Driving results? Turn the wheel and she dives into the corner. Stability is great. I'm looking forward to doing an autocross with this alignment.

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