octavious Dork
3/17/20 4:58 p.m.

So I belong to a men's workout group called F3. (See the website F3nation.com) everyone gets a nickname. My nickname is Mayberry, and I just bought my first Miata. 

there was a short discussion here:


which lead to a quick long days and late nights researching Miati. Then I found a NC in VA that I really really liked. Having a friend off on today meant a road trip was in order.  Pretty

left out at 0730. Made it to Roanoke before 1130, to look at this:

octavious Dork
3/17/20 5:53 p.m.

Got home a little while ago. Still needs a wash, wax, interior cleaning...




Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/17/20 5:57 p.m.


octavious Dork
3/17/20 6:04 p.m.

Some things I don't know about




octavious Dork
3/17/20 6:09 p.m.

And here are the specs:


2008 manual


Mazda Speed wheels (any good?) 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires


Roadster Sport exhaust 

Tokico D-spec adjustable shocks (any good?)

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
3/17/20 7:29 p.m.

Seriously nice. 

Daylan C
Daylan C GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/17/20 7:32 p.m.

I'm not sure I've seen an NC in that shade of blue. I like it.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/17/20 7:47 p.m.

Good shocks, also known as the HTS. No longer available but it was my shock of choice for mating with stock springs when available, and far better than anything the factory installed on that car.

What happens when you turn on the switch?

Hasbro SuperDork
3/17/20 7:51 p.m.
Daylan C said:

I'm not sure I've seen an NC in that shade of blue. I like it.

I really like the blue also and the black wheels/top actually works well with that color. Sweet find, Octavius.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
3/17/20 7:58 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:


What happens when you turn on the switch?

Inquiring minds want to know. 

BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/17/20 8:24 p.m.

That looks seriously nice.

OjaiM5 Reader
3/17/20 8:36 p.m.

Looks really clean, congrats!

octavious Dork
3/17/20 9:52 p.m.

When you flip it nothing happens. It ends in this: 

octavious Dork
3/17/20 9:56 p.m.

So I've been home for awhile. I took both kids for a run, nothing but smiles. My daughter asked "can I have it?" when she is older. She's 6.  And right after dinner my wife stole the keys and went for a drive. Granted she is a Mazda fan after putting over 150k miles in a manual Mazda 3 but Dang! 

I washed it and waxed it. My wife has decided it is "our" car. Her car is the Lexus, my car is the 911 and this is "our" car. I'm ok with that. 

I also tried rubbing compound and then wax on the headlights. It helped a bunch. 


octavious Dork
3/17/20 9:57 p.m.

And perhaps the best one:


airbag was turned off. 

NickD UltimaDork
3/18/20 5:12 a.m.

Nice buy. Great-looking car.

dculberson MegaDork
3/18/20 5:45 a.m.

I love that color!

octavious Dork
3/18/20 7:06 a.m.

I really like the color too. 

The mystery box doesn't do anything. It was hooked into the fuse box by wrapping it around a fuse and jamming it in the fuse block. I took it out.  It has no labels or names or anything on it. 


Garage mates for the time being. I'll get some of it outside today. 

And can anyone recommend a good NC forum? 

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
3/18/20 9:49 a.m.
octavious said:


And can anyone recommend a good NC forum? 

the best miata forum is this one, period.  


Miata.net is horrid.

turbomiata.net has some good info related to turbo charged old junk piles.

octavious Dork
3/18/20 10:22 a.m.

@FBC thanks 

it didn't come with an owners manual and was looking for one. 

How do I know which model trim it is? I found a vin decoder but it doesn't show SV, Sport, etc. 

Caprigrip New Reader
3/18/20 10:45 a.m.

I love it. 

Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/18/20 11:17 a.m.

I seriously dig the Mazdaspeed wheels. 

Stealthtercel Dork
3/18/20 11:29 a.m.

Aw, heck.  I was really hoping the Mystery Switch would start a countdown on the timer, and then when it got to zero a prompt would flash somewhere saying "Danger to Manifold."  (I bet your daughter would love it.  Maybe your wife, too, for all I know.)

Professor_Brap GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/18/20 12:18 p.m.

That's seriously the best color on a NC

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