RIP 56K or GPRS Users, just be thankful this is the abridged version
Right. So. Doing it properly. Seems like a smart way of doing it (read: alien to me).
The car had been fairly well service, so i decided the first thing was to just drive it and get used to it. Despite the MK1 and MK2 being mechanically almost identical, the MK2 has a little more sound-deadening, a little more bracing from factory, and is a little heavier. All that adds up to a farily noticable difference.
Didn't take long to realise the tyres had to go, so off with the Budgéts as Moose would call em, and onto better and more interesting things; Nankang NS2Rs in medium compound:
She didn't sit toooooo bad considering she was on stock shocks too:
But that was never going to be enough for me. I like height adjustment. I like rebound adjustment. Basically i like suspension parts. So an order was placed with Meister for some of their Zeta CRD coilovers (road-centric springs) which offer 32point rebound adjustment, as well as independent height and preload adjustments. That, paried with some Jackson Racing adjustable anti-rollbars from work, along with our own rose-joined adjustable droplinks (yes, i know, rose joints don't last long on the road. Ain't care, they cost me very little), and a couple of quality used braces i'd picked up, would give me the rigidity and adjustability i was after (hurrrr).
With that done, safety was the next focus. I could start to push the car harder, but canvas roofs have a habit of not really doing a great deal when you flip the darn thing over and scrape along on your face. Again, used but quality/well known parts were the order of the day. A Safety21 half cage, and a TRLane harness bar went in, along with my old Sparco SprintV bucket seat, and 2" harnesses
Randomly we also chose that moment to sling in a pair of snap-vent perspex quarterlites in to allow airflow without buffeting (don't ask, its just a thing okay!).
A little while later, i was feeling the need for nicer wheels. The NS2Rs were awesome regardless of the weather, but they left a lot to be desired when it came to ride comfort, noise, or progression at the limit. As we all know, i like my OEM wheels, so a tidy set of Mazdaspeed MS01Rs were sourced along with a halfway decent set of Vredstein Sportrac5s. They went on, and i set my suspension too low. Apparently because i was "trying to be scene" or something. I wasn't really paying attention, and i soon raised it back up.
You know the whole "derpy face" Mazda thing? Well, as we've established over the years, i'm not exactly sane at the best of times. Leading me to get the masking tape out, and have a little fun...
Unsuprisingly, i sold the Mazdaspeed wheels, and went back to the OE hollow-spokes and NS2Rs, as well as slapped on a cheeky little ducktail. Also picked up a 5zigen exhaust which i ran for a bit
Fitted a sequential shift light, because i'm 5, and racekor stuff appeals to me (the below photo was taken on a private road, by my passenger, in Mexico)
Bought another steering wheel, a snap-off boss, and a wheel spacer, in a bid to get proper comfortable like
Then finally after coming back from Murica a few weeks back, treated the car to a set of wheels i've always had a soft-spot for. Gotti Cups in 15x7 ET25. I proceeded to get em wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza R002s (the Nankangs aren't legal for autosolo you see...). Also black vented headlight lid because racekor. Oh, and at some point, i can't remember when, we wrapped my windshield surround black. Because. Well. Racekor. (theme much?)
Oh, and i changed the exhaust. Again.
That brings us up to a couple weeks ago. Had my eyes on a set of low-profile headlights, then as if by fate, a nice set of Brainstorm twins came up for sale. So i bought and fitted those after spending a day rebuilding the loom for em
Since then, it's been all about the drive. Fettling with suspension setup, and playing "chase the revs" at every oppertunity.
Plans? Well, i did mention autosolo didn't i...