Feb 28, 2001 update to the Mazda Miata project car

Wax on/Wax off

Some car cleaning products from Meguiars helped us remove lots of dirt (yuck). The car didn't look that bad before cleaning began, but once we started, we realized how much junk had been trapped in the paint. Our Meguiars products came from Higgs, our local auto paint supply house.

While work has slowed down on our Miata, don’t think this car is being neglected—we have just been gathering parts and info. We’re still happy with our Koni Sport shock absorbers, but the entire suspension is about to receive an entire makeover with parts from Open Mind (http://www.opmd.com) and Racing Beat (http://racingbeat.com). Some fresh original-equipment parts were also ordered from Performance Buyers Club (http://www.performancebuyers.com). We’ll also have some brake upgrade info heading your way.

We still feel we can increase our horsepower without going to the forced-induction route, and we’ll soon be writing about our Flyin’ Miata/Link ECU upgrade.

The car was starting to look a little dingy, so last weekend it received a day of beauty, consisting of the Meguiars four-step program: wash, cleaner, polish and protectant. Completing the entire process took several hours, but now the car looks great. (It’s white again.) We simply followed the Paint Car Prescription from the Meguiars Web site (http://www.meguiars.com).

Speaking of cosmetics, a Miata R factory front spoiler was also ordered from Performance Buyers Club. Currently it’s listed as a Web special for only $139.95.

While this car has taken a slight hiatus from the magazine, it will soon be back with a vengeance.

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