All of the above

By @ 10/04/13 in Automotive, Miata

Am I going to change my oil, replace my brake rotors, replace my brake pads, refinish my brake rotors, replace some wishbone bushings, or replace my fuel filter? Answer: all of the above, over the course of about 5 days :S

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Isn’t it beautiful?

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Starting with the front right corner. Here I’ve got the brake rotor and caliper off.

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A zip-tie and a c-clamp will keep that caliper out of the way.

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Fresh front rotors and pads!

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Left Rear corner is ready for a refreshed rotor and new pads.

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Here you can see that the pads weren’t wearing evenly (old on the right), so I lubed the caliper pins a bit.

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Rear rotor before (shiny!)

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Rear rotor after some healthy sanding with emory cloth.

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This image is showing that I slid the muffler back on the exhaust pipe to move the tip out from the bumper. (The exhaust hangers now hang straight down.

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You can see the exhaust tip sticks out a bit now. When it was flush it would blacken the bumper and I got tired of cleaning it off.

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OK, time for the bushings.

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The control arm is off. You can see that it has shifted the outboard bushing as well.

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A close up of the shifted outboard bushing.

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The patient is on the table.

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This is the setup I devised to get the old bushings out. It consists of a piece of PVC pipe that is exactly the right ID, a c-clamp and a big-a$$ washer.

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Now removing the old bushing from the upright.

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Soooo it looks like other things have shifted as well. Time to get the pry bar!

Next week I’ll be replacing the bushings in the other 3 rear wishbones.

8/14-8/19/2008



By @ 10/03/13 in Automotive, Miata

This protective plastic cover is located under the radiator and engine to protect them from unwanted debris and probably plays an aerodynamic role as well. Needless to say on a car this low it tends to take a beating, not to mention it’s missing a bunch of fasteners. Time for a replacement!

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It’s still missing fasteners…

A couple days later I discovered this:

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The red arrows indicate the gap (now filled with grease) and point of contact (small arrow) that shouldn’t be there. This A-arm, the rear upper right, has worn down its bushings enough to slide on them and has slid forward (away from the camera), creating those gaps.

That’s going to be a decent-sized project. Time to order some parts!

8/2-4/2008



By @ 10/03/13 in Automotive, Miata

My buddy Adam and I made good use of the GM Project Lab space one night in the Fall of ’07 to do a bit of maintenance work on our cars. We bled our clutches and brakes, checked the brake pads, rotated our tires, changed our oil, flushed our coolant, and checked my spark plugs and wires. Phew!

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Ready to bleed.

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Not the first time, won’t be the last…

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Thought we’d take this opportunity to put our cars on the scales. Shown is the miata’s wet weight.

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Weight with driver. I don’t believe I weighed 127lbs then.

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Let’s see if I can get the weight balance a little better.

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That’s better!

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Changing my oil.

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Spark plugs need a little cleaning.

10/08/2007



By @ 10/02/13 in Automotive, Miata

Here are some comparison shots with everything back together.

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Front BEFORE

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Front AFTER

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Rear BEFORE

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Rear AFTER

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Very niiiiice 😀

7/13/2007



By @ 10/02/13 in Automotive, Miata

This was a big project and a huge PITA, taking place over multiple days, both intentionally and unintentionally. The front and rear were done separately, but I’ve put them together here. I’ll post the before and after pics next to make things more digestible.

These were springs that came with the aftermarket shocks already installed. They had originally been installed at the same time, but the previous owner took them back off because they made the ride too stiff. Pshhh

My buddy Rob, who I was working with at Cooper Perkins at the time, was kind enough to let me use his shop (and him, oftentimes). Though he didn’t really have a choice, he was also nice enough to drive me around while my car was out of commission. Thanks Rob!

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What a mess. We used that big piece of rectangular tubing to pull the hub down to remove the shock by standing on it.

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The front right corner is now shockless!

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A look down the shock tower.

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Old front spring (right) with spring compressors still on it after getting it off the damper. Looks like the new springs will be easier to get on!

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Left- New // Right- Old

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Getting in there, trying to drill out (yet another) bolt that I’ve sheared, because every *&$%^@# bolt is rusted to hell. This particular bolt is the reason I couldn’t drive me car for a couple days. McMaster to the rescue!

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Rob’s handle work with the “smoke wrench.” No more bolt!

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Cleaning up Rob’s handy work.

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What the spring looks like when I’ve finally wrestled it off the car.

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Fronts are done! Car looked pretty goofy for a few days X-D

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As you can see, the rear shocks were a BIT more difficult to get at…

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Rob at work on his Audi Quattro project.

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Rear Spring comparison: old on top.

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Out with the old…

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In with the new!

7/1-7/12/2007