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    Now with pictures, but not for you! chiefmg's Avatar
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    Miata: Woke up early this morning and checked my e-mail. Found a message from Rev9 telling me my order has shipped. I'm so excited!
    '81 RX-7, '00 Miata SE, '06 RX-8 (wife's), '15 CX-5 GT AWD.

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    Miata: The mail lady knocked on the door. I had several packages from overseas that I had to sign for. Here are the big ones:



    One of the boxes had some dings, I documented same just in case:



    The parts were well packed so I felt a little better about things (note, Japanese cardboard is pretty flimsy compared to ours):



    Liberated from the boxes, but not yet fully unpacked:



    JDM yo. Any translators in the house?



    If you want to know if you have an actual real-deal product, look for the manufacturer's mark:



    Here's the top of the lower piece, can you tell what it is?



    The bottom:



    And for the grand finale...



    That shot has the piece upside-down, just stand on your head to see how it will look. I'll wait while the blood rushes to your head and you pass out.

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    So my inner ricer was screaming to be let out. The upper diffuser piece is going to require quite a bit of cutting, but I figure I could get the lower one on without too much work. I was partly right.

    Since I have a double-exit muffler I had to cut an opening on the driver's side of the vertical rib on the diffuser. Here's the opening on the passenger side, and the layout for the other one:





    I made a template from the passenger side opening and transferred that over, the tape was used to prevent chipping of the fiberglass as I was cutting it. As I did with the cuts to my radiator fan shroud, I drilled two holes in the lower corners of the cut to provide for stress relief. I tried a couple of different methods of cutting the fiberglass, ended up using my Dremel with a cut-off disc. Here is the result:



    A little smoothing with a sanding disc and here's the end result:



    Note that after I took this picture I had to do some more removal of material along the bottom of the opening to provide for clearance for the muffler tip pipe.

    Installation is pretty easy, there are two holes at the front that use the rearmost bolts holding the subframe bracing on and two holes at the rear that use bolts going through the tow hooks. I put the included fender washer underneath the diffuser at the front holes instead of on top, I figured that would work better with my Beatrush PPF brace (and it did). With the bolts at the rear, you put the nuts on the reverse of what you normally would. This allows the hex to fit inside the tow hook and act as a captive nut. I was very happy to see that my 949 subframe brace cleared the diffuser. A little wiggling and moving things around, torquing of the PPF bolts and this is the final result:



    One thing to note, I will have to remove this any time I get an alignment as it renders a couple of the adjustment bolts inaccessible.
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    Miata: Since I had to remove things this morning, I took some pictures showing how the two bolts that hold the rear of the lower diffuser to the tow hooks are done:





    As you can see, the nut fits right inside when reversed. Nice simple solution for that. I went to Ace and got a couple of fender washers to use between the lower diffuser and the tow hook to spread the force of the bolts out a little more on the fiberglass. No real way to show that with a picture.

    In order to mark the left side of the upper diffuser for my dual outlet tip I had to remove the muffler. Once that was out I taped the diffuser in place and then marked it for the cut:





    Once I had the mark I used my Dremel to cut it out and then sand it down:



    PSA, fiberglass is sharp. I managed to cut myself while brushing dust off after cutting it. Imagine slicing yourself with an Exacto knife, it's like that.

    Cleaned everything up after making sure my cut was good (looked like it at the time, but once I had it fitted in place I found it was a little off). The top of the upper diffuser is held on the bumper cover with double-sided tape, so I cleaned the mounting surface with denatured alcohol and then put the tape on. Here is where it gets a little tricky. If I were doing it over again I would have put painter's tape on the bumper where the bottom corners of the diffuser would touch. As I was trying to get the piece in place (the bottom edge fits inside the lower diffuser) the tape on the passenger side stuck to the bumper where I had pulled the backing away a little to give me something to grab for mounting. While getting that off and moving the diffuser to where it needed to be, I got some small scrapes on the bumper cover. Not a big deal, they rubbed out, but something to be aware of. Managed to get things in place and then I had to drill 6 holes in the bumper cover. The four screws in the middle go through both upper and lower diffusers and the bumper cover. The two in the middle are really hard to reach to put the nuts in place, even with my long arms I was hard-pressed to get them in there. Once I had a couple started I went ahead and stuck the top edge down with the tape. Once the upper diffuser was mounted I tightened the lower diffuser and that was that. Here is the final result:



    Two things that I am undecided on. The first is if I want to paint any part of the upper diffuser body color, and the second is if I want to cut the bumper cover behind the screen in the middle. I may be missing a couple of red reflectors, there are recesses on the upper diffuser made for this (all the pictures I've seen have them in place) but I did not receive any. I sent Rev9 an e-mail asking about this.

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    Miata: Thanks to the Photoshop skills of someone on one of the forums, here is what it will look like with the upper section painted:


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    Miata: Finally heard back from Rev9 about the reflectors. I was supposed to get them, Jet Stream neglected to package them with the parts. Considering it only took two days for me to get the big pieces from Japan once they were made, I'm interested to see how long the reflectors will take.

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    Been hearing crickets so lubed the clutch actuating fork.

    The more I look at the diffuser setup, the more I like it. I used to dislike how far the exhaust tips stuck out past the bumper, with the diffusers in place it masks that and makes it look more of a piece.

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    Miata: Received the reflectors today, took 6 days from the time they were sent from Japan. They install with a tab on one end and a screw/washer on the other. No pictures as yet, I have something planned...

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    Something's happening...


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    Miata: Test fit the diffuser reflectors, there was some rubbing on the passenger side at the outboard tip. I used my Dremel to sand some down to let it fit nicely. Close inspection of the reflectors showed their origin:



    Hopefully having a Toyota part on her won't transform her into a snoozemobile.

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