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Old 05-07-2017, 09:38 AM   #176
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The other major development is with the clutch. With all the work I did to reinstall the rear oil seal, oil pan, etc, I got the bellhousing back on and decided to do what I did not do before - check the clutch throwout bearing clearance with the clutch. So I have a fresh T56, new GM throwout bearing, new T56 bellhousing, new Monster clutch/flywheel. Monster says you should not have issues with clearance on their setup... so guess what? I do. quite a bit.

Tick Performance gives a good overview of what I'm talking about here in the description of their shim kit: Tick Performance Slave Cylinder Shim Kit (3 Pack) - Tick Performance, Inc.

The shim kit is intended to make up for too much distance between your throwout bearing and clutch fingers. I had negative clearance, my TO bearing was too close. So the TO bearing was contacting the clutch fingers all the time, and actually pushing in the fingers a bit, may 0.2". The clutch actuation felt fine to me during my test drives, but I was not getting full power I thought. What I think now is that the clutch may have been slipping or not grabbing as much, which was more pronounced under power. The clutch PP, disc and flywheel looked fine when I pulled them. Maybe b/c I didn't drive it that much or push it. Hopefully I didn't create more problems, but we'll see. I don't think this caused any problems with the rear oil seal either.

So shims won't help my issue, but a different TO bearing will, basically a shorter one. Possibly a different clutch would as well or bellhousing (if that exists), but in the spirit of project cars everywhere, the only solution is to throw more parts/money at it.

My options are a:

McLeod adjustable TO bearing
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mcl-1364/reviews

Or a Tilton adjustable TO bearing:
http://tiltonracing.com/product/6000...ease-bearings/

Going to make some phone calls Monday to find out more info. The McLeod unit seems to have some reliability problems that I'd rather not deal with obviously. Tilton is a great name in racing, but there is less info out there on them. Prices are similar. The braided lines on both are way too short, so I'm not sure if my existing hydraulic lines will work.

Still scratching my head how all the right parts are in place, but that I'm so far out of spec on the clearance...


In other news, I think my exhaust is mostly done. I rerouted it a bit, added resonators and moved the hangers in the rear, and put in some new rubber isolators, as I was using the old ones from the Miata. I redid one of the pipes off the header tube so I need to reweld the o2 sensor bung which I was able cut off and reuse, just need to get the position of it right before I weld it in.

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Old 05-12-2017, 09:28 AM   #177
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Went with the Tilton TO bearing, seemed like a very high quality piece, with lots of good documentation.

6000-Series Hydraulic Release Bearings - Tilton Engineering

http://tiltonracing.com/wp-content/u...ies-HRB-V2.pdf

http://tiltonracing.com/wp-content/u...294_NC_web.pdf


Purchased from Summit Racing, as well as these adapters so I could use my existing clutch lines. The Tilton lines are only 12" long to get you out of the bellhousing. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/EAR-501902ERL

Install was pretty easy, bolted it up with original bolts to 71 in. lbs. The slave cylinder mounts on a threaded adjustable base. So you can turn the cylinder to adjust the bearing up or down and get the clearance just right. Tilton calls for 0.125" or 1/8".









Check, and recheck your measurements for the clearance and then bolt the trans up.

Quick pic of the ridiculously long socket adapters I had to use reach one of the trans bolts on top of the trans with my torque wrench.



FYI - if you use this TO bearing it requires a clutch stop so you don't actuate it beyond what the clutch needs to disengage. So I need to do some creative work underneath the dash that doesn't require welding. So more to come on this step.
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:12 AM   #178
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I fear I'll need to do something with my throw out bearing, every once in a while I'll get a grind going into any given gear. Doesn't happen often though.
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:10 AM   #179
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With the new TO bearing installed and bled, I'm not getting full disengagement of the clutch. With the clutch pedal all the way down, I can't turn the drive wheels with 1st gear engaged. So NOW I think I'm not getting enough travel with the TO bearing b/c the Clutch master cylinder is undersized.

Not sure why I chose the 3/4" Wilwood Clutch MC, but the 7/8" seems to be the correct size to get more fluid flow from the MC to the TO bearing. Some searching of the forums, everyone seems to be using this as well... *sigh*.

So I ordered one from Summit, which should arrive by the weekend. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wil-260-3376

With the resonators installed however, the engine is much quieter, and I can tell just by idling it in my garage, there is WAY less drone. Got something right

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Old 05-17-2017, 09:15 AM   #180
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Hopefully upsizing the master cylinder makes that particular problem go away.
Time for you to get some fun time to enjoy all of your hard work.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:41 PM   #181
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I Installed the 7/8" Wilwood clutch master and was easily able to get the range of movement on my slave cylinder to disengage the clutch. Install was straight forward as this was basically swapping in the same part.

One note I'll make is that when I first installed the original MC I thought I had just forgotten to install or had lost the locknut on the Wilwood pushrod. Since it would be a pain to remove it and get the nut on there, so I could thread a locknut back on - I had just decided to forget about it.

When I got the new MC, there was no locknut installed on the pushrod, or included. I did some research and found the pushrod is a 5/16-24 thread pitch so I picked up a nut from my hardware store for $0.11. I sent an email to Wilwood thinking they should be including this in their kits.

After re-bleeding the MC and testing out the pedal, the effort was noticeably higher, but not bad. The clutch disengaged was about 3" from the firewall. Before with the 3/4" MC I had been pressing the pedal to the firewall and still had no disengagement. So it's interesting that only a 1/8" larger bore Master cylinder had made that much of a difference!

Anyway, since the Tilton slave cylinder requires a pedal stop to prevent over stroking it, I wondered whether a long threaded rod through the firewall would work. Then I could easily thread it to get just the right adjustment. After some measurements it looked like a hole would pass right into the wheel well but not interfere with wheel, fender liners, etc. Brilliant! I drilled a small pilot hole to confirm, then a larger hole for a 1/2" threaded piece of rod I had around.

Welded on a small bit to make contact with the back of the pedal and started to make my adjustment.



wheel well side, sprayed with undercoating after final adjustment.


Installed in place. On both sides of the firewall I used progressively larger washers under the nut to help with supporting the long threaded rod. I had to cut and reweld the stop so it was offset from the threaded rod a bit as the pedal does have some side to side wobble that I didn't account for. I could have also cut a bit less out of the carpeting... Just clears my new floormats.


Now the pedal makes a small tap as the metal contacts it, so might put some thin rubber over the stop to make it a bit softer.

Test drive was successful, the exhaust is quieter with the resonators though still getting some drone at certain RPMs, so a quieter muffler I think will be in my future.

Still not feeling like I'm getting the power I hoped for. Clutch engagement at takeoff and each gear is very smooth (love this T56) so I hope it's grabbing OK now. Need to mess with the VSS signal switcher box so I can see how fast I'm going now. Will try some hard launches and pulls when it's not a nice Sunday in the suburbs and everyone is out gardening and wondering why that Miata is making Corvette sounds...

Also got my hood dampers today which I will be installing. Got tired of the hood prop not fitting around all of the new underhood stuff.

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Old 06-03-2017, 01:59 PM   #182
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Couple quick updates, I installed the RSpeed hood lifts, which have been a nice upgrade to tidy up the engine bay. Install was a breeze.

https://www.rspeed.net/RSpeed_Mazda_...p/nab-5011.htm

The instructions that Flyin Miata has are better than the ones that came with them:
https://www.flyinmiata.com/support/i...d_lift_kit.pdf


I replaced my Flowmaster 40 mufflers with Magnaflow Performance Mufflers. These sound GREAT. I'd say there are a better look, better sound, and are much quieter with less drone than the Flowmasters.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/MPE-11236

I highly recommend these. My Flowmasters are for sale if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:42 PM   #183
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Been out of the game for a couple months, but summer has kept me busy. The car is still not where I want it to be, as the power output is not there. So I'm going to take the car to a reputable tuner in the area to see if they can help. I will be updating with more experiences around that.

Some small updates:
For awhile, unbeknownst (big word) to me, my alternator was not charging my battery. I was driving the car very little, and when the battery would be weak I assumed it was because it sat for a few weeks. Once I figured out that I had it wired wrong, the fix was relatively simple. Basically the alternator "trigger" wire needed a 5v signal to tell it to charge. I updated my wiring posts with the information here:
https://www.v8miata.net/general-moto...ge7/#post23046

I went with the Singular Motorsports hood vents. Singular Motorsports Hood Louvers: NB Miata | Singular Motorsports

I had an old hood from the previous owner that had alot of hail damage. I decided this would go under the knife for some hood vent surgery and some DIY bodywork to fix the dents and then a flat black finish for that rat rod look.

The original hood:


The include a nice vinyl stick-on template for your cuts, which is really nice:




After the cutting and sanding/stripping of the paint:


Coats of filler and primer:


Couple shots I captured one night of the hood installed:



In this pic you can see the grille I installed as well.

This is a Buck Diamond grill (BuckDiamond) that also came with the car, but it was installed poorly with zipties. I had removed it awhile back, but after some thought I decided I'd use some small aluminum strap to make brackets and then use Nutserts to make it easy to install and remove. Sorry, no pics of the install but I nutserted into the plastic bumper cover and then made some 90 degree brackets when the holes in the grille would fall, and then used stainless bolts and washer to hold the grille tight to the bracket.

Nutsert/Rivet nut kit from Amazon was cheap, but did the job:
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:47 PM   #184
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Went with a new steering wheel, the Momo Prototipo has grown on me, and seems to be popular with other Miatas.





It's a simple looking wheel, but has a nice classic look and seems to be comfortable.

Here's a comparison of the wheel size vs. the stock airbag Nardi steering wheel that came on my car. The diameter is a about an inch smaller which is good, and probably saves a few pounds as well.




These instructions were somewhat helpful: http://revlimiter.net/blog/2013/11/n...wheel-install/

Pro tip here for the NB Miata is don't bother with the Momo hub, just go with a hub that allows you to adapt the airbag clockspring without any modification of the hub. There are a few options out there, but I went with the Daikei Hub kit from Rev9 Autosport Daikei Boss Hub Kit For Mazda Miata MX-5 NA NB NC | REV9.

The kit is nice looking, will adapt to the Momo wheel bolt pattern and has the right resistors to disable the airbag light. It's a bit pricey but only took about a week to ship from Japan.

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Nice looking wheel.
What are you going to put in the second pod opening?
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Nice looking wheel.
What are you going to put in the second pod opening?
Thanks, the dual pod a-pillar piece was when I moved gauges from the center hvac vents that the previous owner had been using. I have an oil temp gauge in the top opening since the car will see track work. The second opening had a boost gauge b/c the car was supercharged which I removed. Not sure about the bottom one yet, maybe a A/F ratio gauge again for track related information, or one that can monitor both banks of the engine.
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where did you put the resonators? I had magnaflow resonators and just took them out, bc i couldnt tuck them up high enough.
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I have smaller "bottle type" resonators from Vibrant which are shown here: https://www.v8miata.net/general-moto...ge7/#post23208

I guess I don't have any pics of them installed, but I think I have dual pipes going past the trans cross member, then the x-pipe, then the resonators then it goes past the rear diff. They xpipe and resonators are close to each other and are tucked up in the tunnel a bit since they were hanging too low before. Smaller resonators will help make it all fit.
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