Tag Archives: Miata

Gotta Keep Them Separated

2 May

….oil and air that is, if performance is anywhere remotely on your radar screen with your car. From the factory excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are vented back into the intake manifold and intercooler which compromises performance and durability. Removing the excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are accomplished by having two tanks; one tank collects from the intake manifold tract and the second tank collects from each cylinder head. If both were plumbed into the same tank then the crankcase ventilation system could not operate the way it was designed to, the Moroso kit is the only Subaru air separator that accomplishes this. Removing this oil mist before it reenters the engine; reduces detonation, deposits on the intake track including the valves themselves and from lowering the efficiency of the intercooler itself.

We have these kits from Moroso available for a variety of cars, including the Subaru WRX/STi, Mitsubishi Evo, Mazda Miata, and more. Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com for details

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More Modern Vintage

27 Mar

Additional pics and specs on the car

Engine bay:
ARC Air Chamber
Apexi Air Filter & heat shield
HKS Header
HKS Drager SS Exhaust

Suspension:
Zeal Coilovers 12k 16k,
Mazda Speed Strut bar
Flyin miata sway bars

Wheels:
Black BBS RM 15×8.5 and 15×9.5

Exterior:
PitCrew Front conversion,
Garage Vary rear Classic Tail
Rear R lip
Project-G Roof Spoiler
Classic Carriers trunk rack
JDM Chrome mirrors

Interior:
Nardi Steering wheel,
Cs Short Shifter
Racing Beat Style Bar

Modern Vintage

26 Mar

One of the nice parts of the car hobby is how each car has its own culture. What’s cool to one car may be the antithesis if cool to another. JDM is (or was) a big trend for awhile. Stanced and flushed cars have been the latest flavor du jour in the Japanese realm, though Euro guys have done it for decades. What I don’t necessarily like about these trends is that, well, they become trendy. It often involves a super low set of springs or coilovers, some aggressive wheels and tires and you get honorary membership. Parts are cool and all but I really enjoy a car that’s been thought about, a car that’s the result of taking what you’ve got and making it your own, vs. bolting on parts to make it look like 20 other cars out there.

In the Miata world, an interesting trend is to go retro with the car. The Miata is coming on 25 years old amazingly enough. But it’s the modern embodiment of the classic sports car. The car GI’s bought when they returned from WWII. Small, light, agile, simple. The Austin Healy of the modern era. Despite the Miata’s relatively modern upbringing, there are lots of guys spending nights and weekends going back in time with their Roadster. Yes it has power windows, but guys machine old school looking switches. Sure it has a/c but guys making aluminum trim panels. Guys out there fabbing parts, or adopting a look from the past and adopting it to the present. And because the car is modern, it’s a unique platform that lets you combine older and newer school flavors.

Often times the cars I see have parts, but not character. They have a bunch of power, but no soul. I find lots of cars out there now have long mod lists but no cohesiveness. Cars that lack vision. Taste is always subjective, and a Miata may not be your idea of cool but you gotta admire a guy who isn’t afraid to try something new and build for himself what may not necessarily be buyable in a box.

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Organ Pipes

25 Mar

A very, very cool one off exhaust on a
Miata

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Mazda Miata Complete Timing Belt Kits

14 Apr

Spring is here, and before long its going to be top down weather. As we all know, timing belts are a maintenance item on these cars, and to ensure your Miata runs strong all year long without catastrophy, we have put together our Complete Timing Belt Kit. This kit includes EVERYTHING. No corners cut, nothing skipped, nothing optional. It literally includes everything you or your mechanic will need to do the full, complete timing belt job, and know that you’ll be safe.

Our kits include:

Timing Belt, Tensioner Pulley, Tension Spring, Idler Pulley, Thermostat, Thermostat Gasket, Front Crank Seal, Cam Seals, Water Pump with Gaskets, Valve Cover Gasket, 2 Cam Seals, Water Pipe O-Ring, Alternator Belt, and Power Steering / Air Conditioner Belts (as required).

Shop around, no one else’s kit is as complete!!!!

Pricing – that’s the best part!!! $185 shipped in the 48 states, $205 shipped to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Located outside of the US? No problem! Just contact us with your full, complete address and we’ll get back to you with the shipping quote!

To order, just give us a call at (631)863-3820!!!

Powergrid Endlinks for your Porsche, BMW, Corvette, and More!

12 Jan

We’ve been offering the Powergrid endlinks for the 350Z and G35 for years. Google it, you’ll find out what everyone else already knows. That if you want the best endlink on the market, you found ’em. Well, we’re now carrying them for your Porsche as well.

This is why they are important, what they do, and why you want ’em:

The endlinks connect your swaybar to your the rest of your suspension. As the swaybar moves during a turn (or technically, resists moving), the endlinks job is to keep the bar parallel to the ground. Whether you have stock swaybars or aftermarket, the harder you push your car, the more prone your stock links are towards snapping, or breaking. Many modern day cars use links that are made of cheap stamped steel, and many are even plastic! They are designed to be used with softer stock spring rates, and less grippy tires than true enthusiasts tend to use. As you increase the grip of the car, the endlink is placed under greater strain to control that swaybar. The same holds true when you’re fitting larger diameter, and adjustable swaybars. These stiffer bars place greater load on the endlink and those stock endlinks were never designed with that force in mind. The second thing to consider is when fitting lowering springs or aftermarket coilovers. As you adjust the height of your car, you can often cause your swaybar to change position. That means during the compression stroke of the suspension, the stock swaybar can be limited in its movement (aka binding), which vastly reduces the ability of the bar to do it’s job. For those with coilovers, this becomes even more important if you’re looking to cornerweight your car. Having an adjustable endlink such as this allows you to adjust swaybar preload, and that translates into more effective cornerbalancing results and more effective swaybar tuning.

Applications – tons! If you’ve got a performance car, we probably have an application for you.

Porsche:

BMW: E30 (M3), E24, E28, E34, E39, E46 M3, E90, E60
Acura TSX
Audi TT
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac XLR
Corvette
Cobalt
Dodge Charger
Infiniti G35
Mini Cooper
Mazda 3, 6, Miata
Mazdaspeed 3 and 6
Mazda RX8
Nissan 350Z
Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman
Scion TC
Toyota Supra
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
VW GTI
VW Eos
VW Jetta

And we’re always looking to add more! These endlinks aren’t cheap to buy because they aren’t cheap to make. They use genuine THK components (THK is an OEM automotive supplier to tons of manufacturers). They don’t use hardware store heim joints like so many others out there. Those start out great and in short order tend to get very noisy as they are exposed to the elements, and accumulate dirt, sand, moisture, salt, etc. These endinks are different. They offer the articulation (ability for the endlink head to rotate, thus keeping the swaybar in the correct position), but are fully sealed. Never will require any maintenance – no grease, no cleaning, nothing!

V12 Mazda Miata

27 Jul

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I won’t leave you guys hanging. Here are some details about the motor:

Originaly a 1987 jag [motor], but most of the motor has been modified. Parts are scarce so I had to make most of them, which included coming up with my own cam profiles. With the assistance of crane cams I am the first person to use a dual pattern cam with the Jag H.E. v12, because of camshaft changes it caused me to have to build my own timing chain setup,idler pulleys, which I made externally adjustable.
Jag rods are a heavy 975 grams each, so I had the crank ground to use H-Beam 351W ford rods, total saving was 11 pounds off the rotating assembly. Actually I could of used a lighter rod, H beam rods are good for 750hp, but thats for a V8 (94hp per rod) in a V12 the same rods means I could run 1128hp which this motor will never see. From here I used 1.5mm Honda rings, with custom BRC pistons for nitrous. Compression came out to 13.5:1. Heads were completely reworked and ported. Aluminum flywheel and custom bell housing let me mount a 2003 ford mustang 5 speed transmission and clutch. So far I have over 1 year in the making of the motor alone and probably spent more money then the car will ever be worth but I guess thats what a hobby is for.

Dude gets my respect for sure.

Miatas can be pretty cool

11 Nov

I was just looking for wheels for a good customer’s Miata and I came across this picture that i thought was blog worthy.

Miata on Works