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#1 Posted : 04 July 2018 09:56:08(UTC)
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Hello everyone!

I've just bought an NC from BBR with their stage 2 turbo kit fitted. Thought I'd start a thread to say hi and ask a few questions.

Spec is:
- BBR Stag 2 Turbo
- Koni/BBR dampers and springs
- ARB's (unsure of make)
- EBC grooved discs all round
- EBC pads all round
- Jap Racing JR7 Wheels
- Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres

 

When I picked it up:

Had to get some of these fitted:

Before:

After:

 

Questions

1. Does anyone recognise the car from a member on here?

2. Are there any good specialists in West Yorkshire?

3. Haven't driven a standard MX5 before but heard the suspension is soft. Is the BBR upgrade supposed to stiffen the ride up a lot because mine still feels soft?

4. Is there a UK based company I can buy a subtle ducktail boot spoiler from? Or any other interesting bits for that matter?

5. Where can I find a pad to stop the door speaker digging into my knee? Has anyone done a good DIY for this or am I just freakishly shaped? Picture below to show the area I mean.

 

I think that's about it.
Looking forward to some good motoring!

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#2 Posted : 04 July 2018 11:03:25(UTC)
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I'm not really a fan of the mk3, but that looks stunning.  Good buy!

 

Nope, you've missed something.

Now get the car booked into a good specialist to have the rust-proofing updated.

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#3 Posted : 04 July 2018 11:16:45(UTC)
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Great car, sure you will enjoy it
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#4 Posted : 04 July 2018 11:22:26(UTC)
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Is that the venture edition as i think we have matching cars :)

Except yours has monster horsepower and a better stance.

closest MX5 specialist I know about will be roddinsons in sheffield

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#5 Posted : 04 July 2018 21:33:24(UTC)
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Any more answers much appreciated!

Yep, already spoken Deepcar re. some rust protection. 

And yes, it‘s a Venture edition. Love the white paint in the sun. 

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Where in West Yorkshire are you, As mine is completely standard as mentioned above, might be worth meeting on evening and you take me for a spin and I take you for a spin so we can compare the suspension as I'm looking at getting the BBR kit myself and you can see how much improvement you think you have and I can see that I need a BBR kit one.

Also consider upgrading the anti roll bars to beefier ones if it hasnt been done already.

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Great looking car, white is the best colour too 

 

Talking of extra rust proofing, I'm looking to have my mx5 treated too. I'm in Sheffield and have seen that Steel City mx5 offer Waxoyl treatment. Has anyone on here used them and can recommend?

 

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#8 Posted : 11 July 2018 11:58:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ben_tucka Go to Quoted Post
Where in West Yorkshire are you, As mine is completely standard as mentioned above, might be worth meeting on evening and you take me for a spin and I take you for a spin so we can compare the suspension as I'm looking at getting the BBR kit myself and you can see how much improvement you think you have and I can see that I need a BBR kit one.

Also consider upgrading the anti roll bars to beefier ones if it hasnt been done already.

Ben.

I'm based in Leeds. Would definitely be up for meeting for a comparison. Let me know when suits you and we could go for a drive.

ARBs have been done. They'e BBR's own adjustable variants. I'll come back to this point a bit later in the post.

Originally Posted by: John Kuro Go to Quoted Post

Great looking car, white is the best colour too 

 

Talking of extra rust proofing, I'm looking to have my mx5 treated too. I'm in Sheffield and have seen that Steel City mx5 offer Waxoyl treatment. Has anyone on here used them and can recommend?

 

 

Thanks!

I'm booked into Deepcar who have quoted £220 for full underseal and cavity wax treatment. This includes rubbing back and treating any surface rust underneath the car.
Went with Deepcar as that's the only name I've heard mentioned when it comes to painting MX5's. Maybe I spend too much time on Pistonheads....?

 

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So, I'll be honest...I was ready to get rid of the car towards the end of last week.... I couldn't get used to the way it pitches and leans. I think my mind was subconsciously telling me I was in my Caterham (open top, low, noisy, quick etc) so naturally it felt weird and wobbly.
This was only based on my boring commute roads too and from work. So last weekend, I took it up to North Yorkshire for a proper test.

Long story short, I've fallen for the car. The suspension just works so well on a bumpy and twisty b-road. It does a good job of ironing out the tarmac so you can concentrate on making rapid progress. For me it takes a different approach to what I'm used to. I feel you can't just throw it into a corner - you've got to get the car pitched over on its outside wheels momentarily, then turn in. Very satisfying when you get it right. The softness I was previously complaining about works in the car's favour when you're used to it!
Then there's the turbo power which keeps you flowing nicely. I'd quite like to have a go in an NA car to see how the experience differs/compares.

I still wanted to know how it handled with some adjustment to the ARBs. So when I got back, I set them to full stiff all round. They were previously set to full soft at the front (out of 2 holes) and the middle setting (3 holes) at the rear. Only been out for a quick blast like this and the car feels a bit more pointy. Needs further testing but have a feeling I'll soften the front off again and leave the rear at full stiff.

One of my favourite roads in the Moors:

The perfect lne up?

Love these wheels:

 

Still after advice on a door knee pad....?

 

 

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#9 Posted : 11 July 2018 12:02:27(UTC)
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Well I'm Based in Leeds too so yep would be happy to go for a run out I will send you a PM see if we can arrange something. and OMG a 7!!!
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#10 Posted : 11 July 2018 12:25:35(UTC)
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The statement regarding leaning the car before cornering got my attention. Interesting interpretation.

The only thing that's missing from this thread's content is a full laser 4 wheel alignment session.

It may be bang on from BBR's points of view and already optimised to their prescriptions but these chassis are adjustable after all and driver preferences eg "fast road" settings can be dialled in for around £70/90.00.

Just a thought. 

 

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#11 Posted : 11 July 2018 12:32:03(UTC)
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You could try Carbonmiata for a boot spoiler. Relatively cheap and although based in Thailand (?) they have a supplier in the UK and I think now Europe as well.

Other options if you want to import from the US 'Rev9' or Europe 'IL Motorsport'

Might want to have a look at the following website for info / bits that are available for the NC

http://www.roadster.blog/p/technical.html


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#12 Posted : 11 July 2018 14:38:09(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ben_tucka Go to Quoted Post
Well I'm Based in Leeds too so yep would be happy to go for a run out I will send you a PM see if we can arrange something. and OMG a 7!!!

Awesome - PM received.

Originally Posted by: Scottishfiver Go to Quoted Post

The statement regarding leaning the car before cornering got my attention. Interesting interpretation.

The only thing that's missing from this thread's content is a full laser 4 wheel alignment session.

It may be bang on from BBR's points of view and already optimised to their prescriptions but these chassis are adjustable after all and driver preferences eg "fast road" settings can be dialled in for around £70/90.00.

Just a thought. 

 

Ah, just my way of describing the technique that works for me. I'm by no means a deft pedaller - far from it!
I just feel that throwing the car in one movement may unsettle it. The track becons to have a real play.

Here are the current geo settings:
Done just before I picked the car up.

Originally Posted by: wolves mx5 Go to Quoted Post
You could try Carbonmiata for a boot spoiler. Relatively cheap and although based in Thailand (?) they have a supplier in the UK and I think now Europe as well.

Other options if you want to import from the US 'Rev9' or Europe 'IL Motorsport'

Might want to have a look at the following website for info / bits that are available for the NC

http://www.roadster.blog/p/technical.html


Thanks for the recommendations

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#13 Posted : 11 July 2018 16:11:26(UTC)
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Certainly worth having a chat with Paul Roddison re the geo set up and suspension settings, there is probably nobody who knows Mk3s better. Only just down the M1 near to Meadowhall
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#14 Posted : 12 July 2018 09:13:35(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PR-Yorkshire Go to Quoted Post
Certainly worth having a chat with Paul Roddison re the geo set up and suspension settings, there is probably nobody who knows Mk3s better. Only just down the M1 near to Meadowhall

Awesome, thanks. Will definitely be giving him a call at some point.

 

Does anyone know if Recaro Pole Positions fit in an NC and go lower than standard seats?

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