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  • Andrew 7:12pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Mobile Tire Install 

    As an option for those who rather not take their car to a dealership or tire shop and wait, today I used a mobile tire installer associate with Tire Rack.

    Given that the front suspension on our Miata’s is quite sensitive to wheel weight and balance, Goodwin Racing recommends that you have your tires balanced using a Road Force Tire Balancer. Road force balancers, in addition to performing a traditional spin balance, measure both the wheel and tire by pressing a large roller against the tread of the spinning tire. The roller applies 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of pressure to simulate the weight of the vehicle on the tire as it rolls down the road.

    There are not many places that have this machine typically your premium cars dealerships. According to Tire Rack, there were only a small number of installers using this machine. For any other car this is probably an overkill, but for a small extra cost I think its well worth it for the Miatas.

    So, I ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in 215/45 17″ size, the suggested limit for a the stock 7″ wide wheel. Tires were delivered to the MobileTireExperts.com in 2 days, Tire Rack even called up last week to ask if I would prefer delaying the order as MIchelin was starting a $70 rebate this week (which dealer would tell you to wait on buying so you can get an additional $70 off?). This mobile installer was the highest rated installer in the area, but being skeptical, I called Tire Rack and confirm the company’s quality installs and reviews.

    Once delivered the mobile installer called me and set a next day appointment. As you can see from the photos, they did the work on my driveway. A peek inside the trailer shows all of the needed equipment. Everything was operated via a quiet generator. The tires were installed to my pressure specifications and hand torqued. They used care in manually removing my McGard lugnuts.

    Overall very pleased, will use them from now on.

  • Roger Duff 3:26pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Tail of the Dragon 

    I am towing my 01 Miata up from Marathon, is anyone else going? Aug 1-4

    • Anonymous 7:09pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If you check the event page, 2 other members have signed up so far.

    • Anonymous 10:35pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      How are you towing it up? Been interested in the option of towing my car at some point in the future once I replace my existing SUV with something larger and capable of towing the weight.

  • Mark Gilbert 6:21pm on Monday, June 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Fathers Day Road Trip 

    Reminder, this Sunday is our road trip to Vizcaya. What better way to enjoy this special day than take a leisurely cruise in your roadster to tour a Miami landmark. Hope to see everyone join in.

    For those of you interested, a group of us will be meeting at 8am for breakfast at the 84 Diner ahead of our trip.


    • Chris Schmidt 11:18am on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mark,
      I live in Miami and am potentially interested in joining for some of the activities that are part of the Fathers Day Road Trip to Viscaya. I just visited Viscaya not too long ago so I am not interested in participating in the tour and lunch (as I don’t want to pay for it) but was wondering if there is some time on the trip where people will be hanging out in the parking lot, chatting about their miatas and such. If so, approximately at what time would this take place? Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Mark Gilbert 12:05pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Generally we meet up to caravan to the road trip destination 30 minutes in advance of our time to depart. We shoot the breeze with fellow members at that time. Since on this trip we will leave from the 84 Diner in Davie, it may be too far out of the way for you to come. We plan on touring Vizcaya at approximately 10am with lunch to follow. Can’t give you a specific time we will be done but I’d guess around 1:30-2:00. Hope that helps. Look forward to meeting you there.

  • Mike Mucci 8:54am on Saturday, June 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Soft top replacement or repair 

    I have a friend with a 2003 (soft top with a glass window) – the window started to separate from the top and is beginning to leak. Any recommendations on someone to fix or replace this?

    • jimmy 10:39am on Saturday, June 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This just happened to me. I had a factory top put on by American Auto Trim on Prospect road.

    • Mike Mucci 1:32pm on Sunday, June 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply


    • Anonymous 7:31pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Is this the Mike Mucci who was salesman a

    • Doug Quara 7:33pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Is this Mike Mucci who was salesman at Gunther Mazda in 1994?!?

    • Mike Mucci 11:39am on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The one and only! 🙂

  • Arnie Schwartz 7:30pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Body work, ,   

    Body Work on Miata 


    I had PALM BEACH COACHWORKS in West Palm Beach do work on my Audi. Minor damage and cleanup. They worked on my girlfriends Jaguar and it came out beautiful.

    I decided to bring them my Miata (love of my life … in addition to my girlfriend) to repair scratches, and dings from stones. Also needed the car buffed out to bring back the color. OMG! The car is spectacular. They removed the pin striping (I hated from day 1). See pics below. All I can say is this is the place for any restoration work on the body. They work on high end cars from dealers but will take your car.

    See you at the next meeting. Contact grandpaarnie@comcast.net if needed.

    • Andrew 9:52pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Its looks beautiful, excellent and a great to know for when I need work.

  • Arnie Schwartz 7:16pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Club Tee shirts and Tags, name badge,   

    New Club Tee Shirts and Name Tags 

    I have ordered shirts and name tags for some of our members. Looks really cool and gets us all on the same page.

    Shirts will be $28.95 for 2 sided and $22.95 for just the back. Your choice. No tax or ship charge.

    Name tags will be $11 each and I will group under 1 shipment as I get orders. Will collect money owed at the monthly meeting.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:08pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30th Anniversary edition, ,   

    Anniversary Editions Hit U.S. Shores 

    The first boats with the 30th Anniversary Edition Orange MX-5’s have reached the U.S. . Thirty were off loaded in San Diego today. Pic of the first RF to be off loaded. Hopefully the 2 club members who were lucky enough to order theirs will be receiving them very soon.

    Video of the off loading here:  https://www.thephotobooth.net/Miata-Snapshots/30AE-at-San-Diego-Port/n-44qvcP/i-NZg6gGz/A

    Walk around video can be seen here:


    • Anonymous 10:06pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. . .like a piece of candy.

  • John Morris 9:34pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    2019 South Florida Miata Club’s June Monthly Meeting 

    It stayed dry right to the end and then the heavens opened up on the way home. We had a chance to welcome our new member Warren Lee with his beautiful new pearl white 2019 Grand Touring.
    He drove all the way up from Homestead. We all WELCOME!!! you.

    • Robin Burr 7:18am on Monday, June 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      YAY! Another member from down our way. Good to hear someone else from Homestead is joining the club.

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