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

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:41am on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Will be needing tires soon too as I reached 25,000 miles on my original set. Going to opt for the new Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS I think. Always have had good luck with that brand and the tread width on their 215’s is the widest I’ve found.

    • Andrew 7:10pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      GOOP – After the tire install, the removal of the old tire weights left quite a bit of gummy adhesive on the wheel. The installer advised me to use GOOP. I did not fully believe him as I use it for oil, grease and paint removal from my hand, but after trying adhesive removal liquid with limited result, I tried GOOP.

      I should have trusted the installer, its works. Although you still need some elbow grease with a paper towel to rub the adhesive off, each wheel took about 5-10 minutes minutes to do as each wheel had about 3 inches of thick sticky residue. The GOOP is also good for clothing stains as reed on the packaging; never would have thought.

    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 9:02am on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve had great experience with TireRack. Having done a TrackNightInAmerica i get $70 for that. My last set of tires I received 3-$70 rebates (SCCA Member, Factory Rebate, TNIA Rebate).
      Between the 2 Miatas with track use, I’m ordering 2-3 sets of tires a year.

      When ordering some autox tires (245/40-17) I had tire track call and say “That is listed as ExtremeTrack Fitment” and ask if I was sure.

      I also had an issue with a TireKingdom install. They were listed as HunterRoad Force but did a terrible job balancing and they charged more than the RateCard listed at TireRack. TireRack called TireKingdom, got me a refund, they then called another shop, Firestone Complete in Coconut Creek, verified Hunter Road Force Availability, and setup an appointment for a re-balance.

      For the 17×7 standard wheel and Street/Track use I really like the Continental ECS (Extreme Contact Sport) , They come in 205/45-17 and 215/45-17 are priced well and currently have a $70 rebate through end of month.

      I had Mixed feelings about MobileTireExperts, I used them once, After tire delivery, it took 4 days to get an install appointment. They day of the appointment he was running a couple hours late (he texted and so not that bad of deal), but he was late because ‘a bunch of people had their tires arrive yesterday and wanted them installed today’. What about me and my appointment?

      He’s a little more expensive but convenient. I’m at a point where I have multiple sets of wheels for the Miatas and now just throw wheels in the back of the truck, take it to firestone, and come back later.

    • Andrew 7:27am on Friday, June 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Originally I was going to use the Firestone dealer (a Tire Rack recommended installer) in Pembroke Pines who had the Hunter Road Force balancer. However, when they tried to convince me to buy the tires from them (would match Tire Rack prices), that put me off and decided to try the mobile installer given the excellent ratings (Firestone did not have any ratings, but I had dealings with them years ago). Plus I was concerned that unless I watched them do the install they would damage either or both the painted wheels cap I have and the McGard lugnuts which could be damage with an impact driver.

      My experience with the mobile installer was with the weather to which I canceled the initial appointment due to heavy rain and lightening. He was gracious to come the following day on Saturday morning. According to the owner, he puts in 10-12 hours daily and works 6 days weekly. I believe him as his phone kept ringing during the install. He normally works with his son during the weekdays and alone on Saturdays. He had expanded and franchised to various locations in Florida and plans on selling his business and retiring off the royalties. All of this started one day at the Homestead race track (he competed) when a bunch of drivers were lined up with a guy and his beat up truck to swap out tire; no balancer. He thought he could do it better.

      Like everything else in life, your mileage will vary. I plan on having a second set of tires/wheels primarily to deal with colder weather, have as a backup and facilitate installation.

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

    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?

     
  • Arnie Schwartz 7:30pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink |
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    Body Work on Miata 

    Members…

    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.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink |
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    Scuffed Rims 

    For those of you who own NDs in the Club model trim — which has the dark graphite wheels — I found a resource for touch up paint, in case your wheels get scuffed. It is Testors paint #1153. It can be found in any hobby/craft store for $2.00. The match is pretty close to perfect.

     
    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      great recommendation, inexpensive and does the trick.

    • efrida auston 3:20am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing this hepful info.

    • Andrew 8:44am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

      Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb rash, brush painting would work. Curb rash will require filing/sanding down the damage surface and spray paint since you are going to cover a larger area where brush painting will most likely not turn out well.

  • Robert Burr 9:49am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: automatic transmission, , recall   

    Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Transmission Recall 

    Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

    More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

    Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

    The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

    The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

    NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

    https://www.mazdarecallinfo.com/

     
  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink |
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    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?

    Thanks!

    Robert Blanchard

     
    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.
      http://www.mazdapros.com

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.
      https://www.mazdacoconutcreek.com/service/

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:23am on Sunday, January 6, 2019 Permalink |
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    Vista Print Semi-Annual Sale 

    VistaprintVista Print is running their 50% off sale for anyone interested in designing their own t-shirts for club activities.

    Use promo code: exclusive

    Tees start at $4.99.

    https://www.vistaprint.com/

     
    • Andrew 3:07pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink |
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      Dr. ColorChip Review 

      With all the fun we had driving the Tail of the Dragon, my car came home almost without any insult from the road. The PPF did its magic, but since there is no film on the doors, I did sustain three very small scratches; I heard the rock hit (graze was more like it) while on the highway).

      Anyway, the point of this post is to demonstrate the value of Dr. ColorChip. From what I have read and viewed on YouTube, its only designed to color in the chip/scratch and not give you a blemish free repair. For that you will need to sand/fill and spray paint the area.

      The primer coat of the Soul Red paint is white as you can see in the photo. I did 3 applications of the paint in an attempt to fill in the scratches. its goes on very easily and a bit scary when you first put in on as you essentially smear small dots of paint around and over the damage area. You end up over painting quite a bit. That is how it is applied, without any precision and minimum skill. Then after a 2-5 minutes to dry, you wipe over the area with the sealant to remove all the access paint using the enclosed lint free towel and using a flat light wiping action. You wipe with light pressure to remove the extra paint while not pulling the paint from the scratches.

      The process worked as instructed and took the access paint off while leaving the damaged area painted. Afterward letting it dry some more I applied my detailing spray to remove any remaining sealant and leave a high gloss.

      I had a hard time finding the scratches afterwards to take a picture. Although the shot is a closeup where you can still see the edges of the scratch, once you step back a foot or more, you can’t see it. The high gloss on the door creates enough reflections that makes the scratches invisible; it filled in the white primer paint.

      I plan on doing another 2-3 applications in a month or so and see if I can do a better job. Overall, I am very pleased with the product. I bought the basic kit and added the small squeegee, approximate $49 with shipping/sales tax. There was a 15% holiday discount that helped.

       
      • Anonymous 3:18pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I also used Dr. Colorchip on my RF. It works great. Like Andrew said, it doesn’t fill the chip completely but covers it so the chip is almost unrecognizable. Great product!

      • Robert M 7:37am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Where do you buy it. I have chips on my reflex blue, only black shows thru on the rear bumper

        • Anonymous 11:56am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Online via their website. Google them. You will need the color code found on the label located on the driver’s side door frame.

    • Robert Burr 7:47am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink |
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      What Is Your Other Car? 

      MX5 sports car enthusiasts share the love of our sports cars, we enjoy road trips and gatherings, talking about our cars and gaining greater appreciation and knowledge of the subject.

      But, many of us also have another car or two in the family. A two seater convertible is a great ride, but it’s not practical for every purpose under the sun.

      So, what is your other car?

      In our case, we need a car than can carry more luggage, scuba gear, Home Depot supplies, a few extra passengers, etc. I just turned in our second Mazda CX-5 for a new Kia Niro hybrid that gets more than 50 miles to the gallon, with a good aerodynamic design, good cargo space, lots of techie features and — again, about 600 miles on a small tank full of gas. When you start it up, there’s no noise. It rolls down the road very efficiently, it has very large batteries and an electric motor that delivers 29hp in addition to the efficient 1.6 liter 110 hp gas engine (total 195 ft lb torque) that comes on when you need power, or to recharge the battery bank. Once the car is rolling, it takes very little power to maintain speed. And, there is no drive shaft. Looking forward to taking it on a road trip up to Weeki Wachee to see the mermaids for a gathering of friends in a few weeks time to really test the roadworthiness.

      https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/niro

       
      • Mark Gilbert 10:03am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We have a Toyota Rav4 SUV. For a couple of years, 2010 -11, Toyota offered the Rav4 with 3 row seating on a limited basis and I was lucky enough to order one so we have seating for 7 in a small SUV. Works out great when the family is in town.

      • Blas Rolando 12:25pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As seen on TV!
        My other car is a 1995 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer.

      • Doug Quara 6:57pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        1991 Acura NSX
        2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum
        2014 Acura RLX

        Love ‘em all.

      • Andrew 10:55pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Last November we we leased (for the first time), a 2018 CX-5. We had a Subaru Forester for 7 years prior to that. When the lease is up, who knows what will be the next car, but most likely another SUV.

      • John Morris 4:33am on Sunday, July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Rob & Robin, Good luck with your New Do Everything Car. Wishing you many Happy Healthy & Fun miles.

      • Keith & Mary Parker 7:21pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The 2001 Miata is one of nine vehicles we have, and only two of them are projects! My everyday driver, other than the Miata, is a 2005 Subaru Baja pickup. Mary’s everyday driver is a 2012 Honda Odyssey. So we have the Japanese market covered. The others are a mix of vintage British, German and American classics.
        A word of caaution: one of my fellow driving instructors, who is also an EMT, cautioned me that in his line of work KIA stands for Killed In Automobile….

      • Robert Burr 9:15pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve heard the KIA abbreviation. To be fair, the model we’re driving scored the highest in its class in the latest crash tests.

      • Russell Kimkaran 7:40am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        My other car is a BMW X3. Need it when family come from the island of Trinidad to visit and shop.

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