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    Quote Originally Posted by BFMRGTX View Post
    Did you use the Dirtras with the sleeves and coils?
    Yes I did..I wish I could get the car a smidge lower in the rear...like 1/2"

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    If you have an angle grinder and a flapper wheel (or regular grinding wheel), remove that weld bead and have the sleeve down to the mounting tabs. Might need a tender spring when it's all done but it will get the drop you want. I went back up to just below stock height for handling reasons.

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    Yasin, check my post in the BF general section on the coilovers. Terry can you post some pics of those in my thread for a reference please when you get a chance?

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    looks great with the lowering as is!!! i vote to leave it
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    Looks great.. I don't really see the rake in it..

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    Terry - I did think about grinding down the perch for the threaded collar, unfortunately that would yield no benefit as it would put the locking circular nut right into the wall of the tire and hence interference.

    I like Clay's approach, but not sure if I have room for spacers, might need to investigate that further. Thanks for the link to your thread!

    I will leave the ride height for the time being, I find the car VERY stiff with these coilovers (not sure on the spring rating), but will put some miles on and will be interesting to see how it drives compared to my coilovered GT.

    Overall, the car does look really sharp and from my measurement, its about 2.5" lower than stock.

    Thanks for the comments and kind words.
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    Ah, I forgot that the miata rear brake is not installed on your car. That will push out the wheels by approx 3/8.

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    Please tell me more about this Miata rear brake kit...you have my attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slownrusty View Post
    Please tell me more about this Miata rear brake kit...you have my attention.
    http://www.clubprotege.com/forum/sho...ighlight=Miata

    short list..
    Miata rear brakes
    Custom bracket (file can be found on yahoo group, and maybe even on this site)
    Galant Rear rotor
    Longer wheel studs

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    Well, as I always say the devil is in the details. I was able to order new decals for the rear 1/4s from Mazda (not cheap for a sticker!) and then also painted the rear MAZDA emblem.

    As I had the day off today, I took the car for an alignment today as I noticed the toe was a little out after installing the coilovers. Well low and behold once on the rack, I discovered that the front main seal is weeping oil and the rear bushings are looking iffy, I also noticed that the rear brakes are very worn AND I need a front wheel bearing (so I was only able to semi-complete the alignment)...so more work and $$ to spend.





    Teaser of what I am working on for the car:

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    So some good news. I spent some yesterday after work at my local Mazda dealership.
    The front strut mounts are still available and are $73. each.
    Quite a bit of the rear suspension bushings and arms are also available, please reference the scan below with part numbers and respective prices. I hope this is useful in the future to you my friends.





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    I have a few busy weekends ahead!

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    Nice! Is the radiator 100% custom or from another vehicle (ala: Civic)?

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    Terry its the Radiator designed by Koyo for a turbo Integra motor (B18 or B16 Honda engine) in the early - mid '90s Civic.

    I've been running this in my GT for a few years now in Houston with the AC and it does an efficient job of managing the heat and keeping the temps down.

    Here the original thread from that install:
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    Yeah, now I remember that. Are you going to install the bungs in the radiator for the two sensors? Or install those in another place? Or will it matter if you're going MS?

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