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$200 Miata: Part 7 $200 Miata: Part 7

I spent the long weekend doing some work I’d been putting off on the Miata. Subframe has been pretty badly bent for as long as I’ve owned the car. Looks like the previous owner jumped a curb or something. The ears around the driver side control arm were folded over and caused binding in the far end of droop travel.

Swapped out to LEDs in the shop Swapped out to LEDs in the shop

A few of my old t12 fixtures were starting to get flickery, so rather than screw around with ballasts, I figured it was time to take the plunge into LED lighting. Bought a bunch of fixtures from amazon and put them up tonight.

Drove my old E39 again Drove my old E39 again

Over a year ago I sold my beater e39 540i when I decided to motorcycle commute full time. Seeing as I didn’t need a daily, and had other cars for “fun driving”, it sat a few months before I decided to put it up for sale. It was one of the most well rounded cars I ever owned. It was great to drive, comfortable,…

State of Decay's Garage 2018 State of Decay's Garage 2018

I figured since my garage is in a constant state of change, it would be fun to do an update on where things stand, what’s new, and what’s left over the last year.

Don't meet your heroes, why I sold my S2000 Don't meet your heroes, why I sold my S2000

Earlier this year I bought a project s2000. It seemed like a great idea at the time, I mean who wouldn’t want a 800+hp S2000? I got everything in place to start working on it, going so far as installing a two post lift in the garage (which I don’t regret in the slightest BTW) to make dropping the motor easier. By then…

Shiny!  Shiny! 

Brand new motor came in to replace the one I exploded on the Stella last month. Should be up and running just in time for the weather to turn reliably poor in the northwest.

I bought a thing!  I bought a thing! 

But before saying exactly what, I’d like to take a look at this photo from almost three years ago.

Further polishing the turd that is the $200 Miata Further polishing the turd that is the $200 Miata

A friend’s Miata was involved in a crash last week, so I did the honorable thing and stripped out all the useful parts I could get my hands on before he sent it to the junker.

The best rear shock absorber.  The best rear shock absorber. 

Ruckus performance parts are weird.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 10: Giant Trees and the road back home  Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 10: Giant Trees and the road back home 

I started out the last day of my trip on the coast in Northern California. I left at the crack of dawn and headed North on 101 into a dense fog. It was surprisingly cold and everything was covered in a layer of condensation. I stopped a few miles in and put on my warmer layers. It was in the low 40s with light rain…

BRB, putting classic plates on the $200 Miata BRB, putting classic plates on the $200 Miata

Decided that it wasn’t worth paying recurring registration costs (especially with them doubling this year) for something that sees limited usage already, so I took the plunge and applied for SP tags. In Oregon it’s a one time registration and a permanent plate.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 9: Apex Hunting in California Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 9: Apex Hunting in California

Starting out the day in Atwater, I knew I had to head Northwest, but that meant going through at least one city during a weekday morning rush our.

$200 Miata, now with drugged out eyes $200 Miata, now with drugged out eyes

H/T to Rev_Crackle_Repeat. I had no idea that Jeep LED headlights were plug and play on the NA miata. These things have SO much more light output than the garbage stock lights.

Fall Cleaning Fall Cleaning

I just sold 3 vehicles and an old Miata turbo kit in the last 4 days

Stella 2t Postmortem (update) Stella 2t Postmortem (update)

Was riding home on the Stella Friday and it suddenly started running a bit off. About a half mile down the road from there it seized up completely resulting in a pretty sketchy rear wheel lockup at around 50mph. I was able to clutch in quickly and keep the bike upright, but nothing I could do on the side of the road…

Streetfighter Ninja 300 Streetfighter Ninja 300

After surveying the damage, the wrecked Ninja I picked up was actually a little too nice to chop up and use for parts. I cut off the bent sections of front frame and added some cheap LED lights. Think I’ll use it as a cheap runabout/low risk track bike until I come up with something better to do.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 8: Yosemite Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 8: Yosemite

I left Mammoth Lake early in the morning, and headed North toward Lee Vining and the Eastern entrance to Yosemite. From here I’d gain about 2000 feet in 10 miles hitting my highest elevation right at the entrance to the park. I hoped that the dense cold morning air would make the bike run a bit leaner and help with…

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 7: Not Dying in Death Valley  Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 7: Not Dying in Death Valley 

Originally, I’d planned to cross the valley at night and watch the sun rise from the Western side, but that seemed like a waste. Every other national park I’d been through had been impressive enough that it seemed a shame to mostly skip this one for fear of discomfort. I left Beatty around 6, just as the sun was…

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