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Sander
06-08-2011, 01:34 AM
A few months ago I decided to sell my Peugeot 205 Rallye (http://www.nfscars.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23031). The main reason for this is that it had become to extreme to drive on normal roads. On trackdays it was great, but a relaxed sunday-afternoon drive wasn't really possible anymore. Basicly, the car was at it's best at full throttle :P

So, I sold it and got this:
http://gallery.sanderprinsen.com/var/resizes/mycars/miata/IMG_1056.JPG

It's a 1989 Mazda Miata (originally sold in the US, imported to the Netherlands around 2001) it 'classic red', with a 1.6 16v engine with around 115hp. The car is in very good condition, especially considering it's age, there's hardly any rust anywhere (which is usually a problem with these cars).

The car is almost completely standard, only the shocks and springs have been replaced (shocks from a later model Miata and Eibach springs).

As the original 14 inch rims were in poor condition and the tires needed replacement, I got a new set of wheels for it, Rota RB's in 15 inch with Toyo T1-R tires:

http://gallery.sanderprinsen.com/var/resizes/mycars/miata/IMAG0142.jpg

Although the car is a bit slower than my previous car, it's definately a lot of fun to drive! It's very well balanced and driving with the top down is relaxing.

Texhnolith
06-08-2011, 02:18 AM
Ah, finally decided to post it up here ;)

EVO9MR
06-08-2011, 03:16 AM
Loved the 205, but you got a good replacement!
Have you taken it to the track yet?

Alexc12fr
06-08-2011, 03:21 AM
You sold the 205. :(

Loved the 205, but you got a good replacement!

+1

Sander
06-08-2011, 03:26 AM
The Miata had it's track-debut last Saturday, on a small handling course with very tight turns. It was a good exercise to get used to the rear wheel drive. I had the 14" rims with worn tires on it and that combined with tight turns makes for an interesting effect if you step on the gas too early :P Will be doing that more often...

nfslover101
06-08-2011, 05:33 AM
Sweet ride! I test drove a newer Miata waaay back (the generation that first didn't have pop up headlights) and fell in love with it, Miatas are a blast to drive.

Schaefft
06-08-2011, 06:00 AM
Great choice, the Miata is always a good choice actually. Maybe Ill get one someday, too. There are other cars on my list I wanna get first tho.

2-Edge
06-08-2011, 06:46 AM
The Peugeot was seriously awesome but this is worthy replacement.

Some front lip would make it looks much better though.

Speeding'Machine
06-08-2011, 07:34 AM
I want that car nao. jk

Tails_16v
06-08-2011, 07:44 AM
Nice tuning so far! 205 was awesome, but this is nice also. Now I remember the episode of Wheeler Dealers when they "restored" and tuned up a bit a blue MX-5.

Dr.DooM
06-09-2011, 05:50 PM
i always like the mx-5. One of my mates had one a while back, can be interesting in the snow, a good set of tyres would be advised

Killua
06-09-2011, 08:31 PM
Ahh, I like this much more than the 205 (And I really liked that car!).

Great choice, Miatas are awesome. :)

MR.JS
06-10-2011, 09:26 AM
Naise.You got my first underground 2 car.Black rims are awesome.

Max Prez
06-10-2011, 10:06 AM
I'd tap that, it's a car I'd really like to own. Congrats! A bit late but better that than never, right?

Zpectre
06-11-2011, 12:15 AM
Very nice car that proves you don't need a lot of power to have fun. :thumbsup:

Mr. Sting Ray
06-11-2011, 02:01 AM
Rear wheel drive, a man's drivetrain.

ElvenAvenger
06-12-2011, 01:45 PM
Now that's a nice car.

Sander
06-12-2011, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the positive comments. It sure is a great car to drive, although it might get some performance upgrades eventually :)

Here's another pic I made today:
http://gallery.sanderprinsen.com/var/resizes/mycars/miata/IMG_1513.JPG

Freak-DS
06-12-2011, 02:30 PM
Nice car, Sander! Reminds me of the NFS 4 traffic, although the Miata there is white ;)

LuckXR
06-12-2011, 02:41 PM
Exellent car Sander!

Spyke
06-12-2011, 09:08 PM
Very nice car you have their man. :)

nissan_370Z
06-26-2011, 03:48 PM
now that's a good replacement for your 205. too bad you couldn't keep both :P btw love the rims on the miata.

Tubaman
06-26-2011, 04:27 PM
Needs a LS1.

Mr. Sting Ray
06-26-2011, 09:48 PM
Needs a LS1.

Seconded.

MuscleCarFreak
06-26-2011, 10:07 PM
Needs a LS1.

1.6 to a 5.7?

Oh. Yes.

GTR
06-26-2011, 11:37 PM
Needs a LS1.

I approve of this statement.

Freak-DS
06-27-2011, 12:16 AM
1.6 to a 5.7?

Oh. Yes.

The engine will take off without the car lol.

Texhnolith
06-27-2011, 03:33 AM
the car would become undriveable due to the massive weight in the front.
Would totally ruin the great handling a miata has on its own.

Anyways, looking good sander!

Sander
06-27-2011, 12:35 PM
I've seen all sorts of conversions, like an LS1, or a carb'ed V12, it's very cool, but not really my thing.

I do have nice upgrade plans for the car though:
- Replace the 1.6 with a 1.8 from a later model (115hp -> 145hp) (somewhere next year)
- Fit a supercharger to it (145hp -> around 200hp) (long term)

Short term plans:
- Fit Koni adjustable shocks and spring
- Fit low-profile headlights
- Mount a (very) small spoiler

So enough to do :D Will keep this thread updated...

Texhnolith
06-27-2011, 12:57 PM
Nice plans sander. Mate of mine (rens on wangan) used to have a Eunos Roadster with the 1.8.
Should ask him if there is much of a difference. Since he now drives a Miata with the 1.6.
Think with the extra weight it wasnt worth swapping the 1.8 to the 1.6 miata.

kingcars66
06-27-2011, 05:12 PM
http://www.monstermiata.com/

Hopefully a future sleeper project of mine. The same stock 5.0L that propelled my car to ~6.5 second 0-60 times and a 14.66 1/4 mile time would propel a Miata to 4.2 second 0-60 times and 12 second 1/4 miles. And that's just a bone stock 5.0.

I've also seen turbo'd Miatas that are amazingly quick. Would love to have one. Yours looks very clean.

Mr. Sting Ray
06-28-2011, 04:15 PM
the car would become undriveable due to the massive weight in the front.
Would totally ruin the great handling a miata has on its own.

Anyways, looking good sander!

Bah! It's really not as bad as you would think. Granted the nose tends to want to dive more around turns, but that can be taken care of with meaty sway bars.

kingcars66
06-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Yeah, go look on the site I linked. The handling does not suffer due to the V8. If I had the money, I'd use an aluminum 5.0L block and aluminum heads.

GTR
06-29-2011, 04:08 AM
the car would become undriveable due to the massive weight in the front.
Would totally ruin the great handling a miata has on its own.

Anyways, looking good sander!

Not at all. He'd need a new transmission and differential too, both of which are heavier than stock Miatas. LS1 is an all aluminum engine too, so it's not that heavy. Most people who did the swap for their road race Miatas ended up with perfect 50/50 balance. I'm surprised you didn't look this up before commenting.

But that's obviously too much work. Would cost him at the very least $4K IF he did everything himself and lived in the states. Probably $10K or so in Europe.

Nice plans though. If you're going to swap the engine you might as well rebuild the engine with better components since you're gonna be supercharging it later. I'm no expert but that's what I'd do.

Sander
06-30-2011, 09:24 AM
The beauty of the Miata engine is that it's already suited for better performance. The engine was originally designed to be used with a turbo, so it runs on low compression as standard. You can easily go up to 200bhp just by fitting a turbo and it would still be pretty reliable.

My plan is to buy a crashed or damaged later model Miata 1.8 with 6-speed gearbox and take the engine, gearbox, drivetrain, axles and stuff from that car. Have everything overhauled and fit it on my Miata, including a programmable engine management system. That's exactly what friend of mine is doing right now, so I can learn from his experience... He's taking out the engine from a crashed miata this weekend and will be overhauling the parts the next coming months. He's planning to do the swap next winter. If all goes as planned, I'll do mine a year later :)

jor9njor9n
08-11-2011, 06:56 AM
nice mx-5 man

Sander
08-13-2011, 02:46 PM
Thanks :)

As a matter of fact, there is some news. I had first planned to fit a 1.8 engine in mine, but that's too much hassle for me. So I decided to supercharge this engine. Should end up with around 150hp, maybe a little bit more. Stock is 115hp, so that'll be noticable. The engine character will change as well as normally, you need to rev the engine well over 4000rpm to get it going fast, with the SC I'm hoping it will bring some power in the lower rpm's.

I picked up a supercharger today, from a Mini Cooper S (an Eaton M45), which is being used regularly for Miata supercharging. The rest of the stuff I need will come over the winter, I'm aiming to get it ready for spring next year.

I'll post an update here now and then once the project gets going.

Tubaman
08-13-2011, 03:06 PM
Sounds good man.

Dr.DooM
08-19-2011, 01:11 PM
I've seen all sorts of conversions, like an LS1, or a carb'ed V12, it's very cool, but not really my thing.

I do have nice upgrade plans for the car though:
- Replace the 1.6 with a 1.8 from a later model (115hp -> 145hp) (somewhere next year)
- Fit a supercharger to it (145hp -> around 200hp) (long term)

Short term plans:
- Fit Koni adjustable shocks and spring
- Fit low-profile headlights
- Mount a (very) small spoiler

So enough to do :D Will keep this thread updated...



You can get a 1600 to 200 bhp and it still be failry reliable, so you could very realistically get even more from the 1800, then again if it is going to remain a daily drive, then its understandable.

Sander
08-19-2011, 01:16 PM
Well it's not a daily drive, but I do want it to be reliable as I plan on doing some longer trips in the future, don't want it to break down on the way to the alps or something :)

I don't know what I can expect from the setup I am going to build (it's going to be a 1600 with an SC as you can read a few posts up), but I won't be going to extremes to get that last horsepower out of the engine...

For daily use I've got a company car, a Peugeot 508 SW:
http://gallery.sanderprinsen.com/var/resizes/mycars/%5BLEASE%5D-Peugeot-508-SW-eHDI-2tronic-%282011%29/508.jpg

F.R.
08-19-2011, 01:21 PM
508?
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3239/002opp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/220/002opp.jpg/)

jor9njor9n
08-19-2011, 01:28 PM
508?
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3239/002opp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/220/002opp.jpg/)

hamond was shocked and said holy sh*t this amazing car
PS:how to put picture

Dr.DooM
08-19-2011, 01:44 PM
i believe thats him taking the piss out of Peugeot.

Sander
08-19-2011, 01:52 PM
LOL Hammond, the man who drives a cross-eyed wooden car, need I say more? :mrgreen:

nfslover101
08-19-2011, 02:20 PM
Supercharged Eh? Sounds good to me!

Sander
03-16-2012, 11:14 AM
Fitted some upgrades in preperation of the supercharger project (which will take place next winter):
- VLSD differential
- Koni suspension
- 4-2-1 exhaust header
- Cat replacement
- Dual exhaust pipe

http://gallery.sanderprinsen.com/var/resizes/mycars/miata/IMG_1669.JPG

SLZ Roadstar
03-16-2012, 11:53 AM
Nice car. Surprised to see you on nfscars yet again. :)

Tubaman
03-16-2012, 11:59 AM
Nice. :D

Sander
03-16-2012, 01:41 PM
Nice car. Surprised to see you on nfscars yet again. :)

Yeah still visit NFSCars every now and then, somehow it's still a part of me :D

PortuguesePilot
03-16-2012, 06:33 PM
Yeah still visit NFSCars every now and then, somehow it's still a part of me :D

and always will be. even though it has changed quite a lot since the good old days...