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Old 07-14-2017, 11:27 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Or just make 5th extra tall, like they have on the old saturns.

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Old 07-15-2017, 11:20 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Had a new windshield put in today. No more fine scratches and pits to distract me from seeing the road beyond!

Got excited enough, talking about it...had to go put a new pair of these on...



Since that didn't take much effort, I swapped out the over-sized 1156 red LEDs ("7.5-watt cree" bulbs) indicator bulbs for these normal-bulb sized 1156 red LEDs:



They're not quite as crazy bright as the "cree" ones, and I am not sold on the brightness difference on the dual-filament 1157 versions, but as single filament/brightness, they're at least on par with a real 1157 bulb. And they're half the cost of the crees:

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Old 07-17-2017, 12:16 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Seeing as I had such good results with my cheap-ass polisher, I've vaguely been keeping an eye out for a real one...you know, variable speed, and a big-ass handle to make it easier to...handle.

By "vaguely", I mean I would check, and then forget about it for a few weeks before remembering to check again.

I remembered to check yesterday. There was a used one up for sale, but missing the polishing head. I went to price one out online at Canadian Tire, and discovered they had a complete polisher on sale 40% off. It would be easier and only a few bucks more to buy a whole machine with the head than to buy some used turd without one.

I brought this guy home with me today, half paid for with Canadian Tire money:



I'll try it out on my little purple machine one of these days. I expect good things of it.
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How'd the new polisher work for you?

The paint on mine fades/oxidizes rapidly... if about a year between waxing counts as rapidly.

The nose of my car was repaired and repainted with base/clear, and it's as shiny as can be!
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:52 PM   #86 (permalink)
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How'd the new polisher work for you?
I haven't tried it yet. Maybe I should check that it even works before the return policy expires!

It's not the first tool I've bought - on sale - and let sit on a shelf until it's needed.

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PS: noticed your record tank fuel economy 2 tanks back.
And that with the top down and a lead foot! P&G would probably work well with this car. Too bad, though; with how stiff the clutch is, I prefer not to use it unnecessarily. The best I do is coast down the long hills on my way home from work.
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How does the Miata get such bad MPG for a tiny car?
When I bought my '95 Miata in 1998, it was remarkable how much better the MPG and performance numbers were for the MX-3, their FWD sports coupe. Unfortunately, it wasn't a Miata. Wonder how much of that difference was just due to RWD, vs all other factors.

Always wanted to splice a motor into the driveline for a performance hybrid Miata, but decided on a full electric Karmann Ghia instead..
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MPGuino?

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I don't see anything under instrumentation on your Miata garage page... any chance you've got an MPGuino in it?

I'm looking for guidance. Finding snippets around the web, but nothing comprehensive. VSS signal is apparently on the back of the speedo cluster.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:05 AM   #89 (permalink)
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No, I don't have an MPGuino in my Miata. When I installed mine in my '95 Firefly, I just pulled up a pinout of the ECU and tapped in to the wires (very carefully) right there.

Having trouble finding something specific, or just looking for a how-to?
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There's no VSS in the 1st gen Miata ECU.

Though apparently the mechanical speedometer generates a signal, and you find it (labeled "RSW" possibly) on the back of the instrument cluster.

I'll post a detailed DIY when I gather all the info.

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