Papabishop
Papabishop Reader
2/23/19 8:49 a.m.

In reply to dculberson :

Well in all fairness I need new one anyways, it was way out of date. Last race I attended tech looked at me and told me not to bring it back, and that was couple years ago 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/24/19 7:35 a.m.

In reply to Papabishop :

Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!

Yesterday was fun. Oddly the track was in perfect condition, no rain, but water was still an issue because of a water line break at a neighbors house that had a stream flowing across the track. This shut down half of the track requiring an out and back course design that limited us to one car at a time. As expected this slowed things down and we only had six runs each. Still fun and honestly the surface was probably the best it's ever been. M2 was the largest class with 12 drivers (out of 29) I finished 6th, my, co-drive 9th, we're still getting a handle on the car and what it wants to be driven fast. The tidier we drive the faster things are even though it feels slower. I was the fastest Miata, so at least I've got that going for me. Dustin Kirk was there in his AE86 that he's finished at high as second at nationals in. He had rally tires, bla bla bla, but his fastest time was still five seconds faster than mine. I still suck at that. And after all that we were all beat by a Buck Century on snow tires. Hopefully I can snag some pictures of the event later. 

The big news of the day was about going slow. With slightly oversize snow tires on the car, cruising at 75mph is a bit squirmy. Everything is a lot more comfortable at about 67, and since there was very little traffic on the road at 5:30 on a Saturday morning I set the cruise and was rolling. Interestingly, Google maps decided that since I was driving like an old lady, a bunch of other routes with lower speed limits were suddenly just as fast as taking the freeway. I poked around on the map for a big and figured out how to drive the last 100 miles on 40-65mph two lane instead of the freeway while taking less than 10 minutes longer. It's about 3 hours and 15 minutes and 200 miles to get there, so adding 10 minutes to the day to not have to drive all freeway is a joy. About 20 miles is roads like this. 

Even with cruise and the radio, the car is more tiring on the freeway than the Accord, but on back roads it really is a joy. The car is small enough that passing giant pickups in the other direction is a non event. The rallycross suspension soaks up all of the big ripples and pot holes. It's just really really fun. I need to get off the freeway more. 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
2/24/19 8:25 a.m.

So Seth, You have found the real fun of life with a Miata......The road less traveled. 

sleepyhead
sleepyhead Mod Squad
2/24/19 8:36 a.m.

I think we need a full build review/write up of that Buick, sometime

MrChaos
MrChaos Dork
2/24/19 8:45 a.m.
sleepyhead said:

I think we need a full build review/write up of that Buick, sometime

dont sleep on the buicks, 5th place in SF at nationals last year was an 87 Buick Reatta.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/25/19 7:31 a.m.

At my very first autocross, sitting in grid, I though my future life would be a lot of awesome pensive Steve McQueen moments. 

And a whole bunch of incredible car shots. 

And over the last 15 years I've been surprised to find out that it's mostly broken bolts and using electrical tape to attach paper towels over a gaping wound from an angle grinder. But sometimes, sometimes I'm as cool and I think I am. 

Thanks to Jim Pickering for the photos. 

Lof8
Lof8 Dork
2/25/19 7:35 a.m.

^ Awesome Shot!

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/27/19 1:35 p.m.

Brake parts coming that will hopefully be more track appropriate that whatever is on there. First, the brake fluid looked like this. 

All the bleed screws broke loose easily, and now it looks like this. Much better. 

spacecadet
spacecadet Reader
2/27/19 2:57 p.m.

excellent! 

spacecadet
spacecadet Reader
2/28/19 2:01 p.m.



Found another Seth "McQueen" shot from the december RallyX. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/28/19 2:34 p.m.

I look so confused.......

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
2/28/19 2:44 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

You look like someone just hotboxed your car.

Lof8
Lof8 Dork
2/28/19 3:24 p.m.

oh dang.  Is that a rallyx boxster?!  No hardtop?

TVR Scott
TVR Scott Reader
2/28/19 3:46 p.m.
Lof8 said:

oh dang.  Is that a rallyx boxster?!  No hardtop?

I saw that too.  How do you say Mad Max in German?

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/28/19 3:49 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 :

Yes. We're running with an independent rallycross club so we have a more liberal rule set. We run stock, prepared and mod, but only AWD and 2WD. We also don't require hard tops,  just sufficient roll protection as judged by our safety people. It's a good group with a good safety record. 

The boxter is cool. That was it's first event with many pieces missing and on normal street tires. At this last one it had more of the car there, Hoosier dirt track tires, and it won Mod2. Neat car. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/28/19 4:46 p.m.

Slightly blurry but better picture of the Boxter. 

Also, one of my favorite cars to drive. You have to keep the throttle pinned the entire run because if you lift you lose boost and you never get it back. It's a hoot. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
2/28/19 5:16 p.m.

New pads and rotors came! Parts! Yay!
Centric blanks for rotors and Power Stop Track Day pads for pads. I've heard a few good things about these for dual purpose cars and they're priced right. On top of that, Power Stop is doing a good job supporting events and people at the grassroots level. I like that. 

The rotors on the car are almost new from a wear standpoint, but the car sat long enough that I haven't quite worn down into the rust pits yet. That and the fact that I don't know what the pads are at all led me to the change. The plan is to have the car be ready for anything up to and including track time. 

And just for fun, Miata rotor next to a R63 Rotor. Fun data point. A single front rotor costs $35 more than all four rotors and both sets of pads for the Miata. laugh

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
3/1/19 11:27 a.m.

Mrs. Deuce has the day off and I insisted that I get to chauffeur her around in my car of choice. We drove to the fancy part of town and I parked right in front which Mrs. Deuce found entertaining. I ALWAYS park way out because I hate door dings. Not so worried about that. laugh

And photographic proof! This is the first time she's ridden in the car. She doesn't hate it. Success!

spacecadet
spacecadet Reader
3/2/19 1:35 a.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Mrs. Deuce has the day off and I insisted that I get to chauffeur her around in my car of choice. We drove to the fancy part of town and I parked right in front which Mrs. Deuce found entertaining. I ALWAYS park way out because I hate door dings. Not so worried about that. laugh

And photographic proof! This is the first time she's ridden in the car. She doesn't hate it. Success!

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adam525i
adam525i Reader
3/2/19 7:48 a.m.

Pics are there for me, I'm interested to hear how the pads work for you with mixed use.

Adam

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
3/2/19 6:35 p.m.

In reply to adam525i :

I'll let you guys know. I still need to properly bed them. I felt like 10 hard stops with my wife in the car was bad form. cheeky

Today was autocross practice! I love autocross practice. The format is five one hour work groups, you work one hour and drive the other four. Get in grid and go when they point at you. So many runs. 

I did 35 runs today. 31 in my car, four in another car, and four other people drove my car. Course was short for the site (which is how we usually set up practice courses) with the fast cars finishing in the high 30 second range. My first run doesn't really count since we didn't walk the course, so my second run was a high 48. After a half dozen runs I decided that getting into the 45's would make me happy. After about 15 runs I was in the upper/mid 45's and thought that getting 44's was possible. I managed to get three 44's during the later part of the day, with my fastest being 44.5. I don't think I've ever driven a car that punishes you so badly for losing momentum. Like all autocross you're searching for 10th's, but actual mistakes add time in half second chunks. My fast runs were ones simply the ones where I wasn't necessarily driving perfectly, but I managed to string together all of the corners without any mistakes. It was an awesome day. 
I pulled the pyrometer out and messed with pressures to get the best wear and heat across the tire. For any of you using 185 Westlake tires off Amazon, I found 40psi was the sweet spot on coarse asphalt. You can thank me later for that tip. Wear was good. The car did 35 runs today and 10 at another event. I'm sure I'll get 100 runs out of them. Depending on how things wear I may flip them to see how long they last. Yes they're slow, but, I still think they're a good idea. Let me explain. 

This is my buddy Derek's car. This was his fourth event and he's still learning. He does have a lot of time riding motorcycles on track, so he's learing quickly. His NB is lowered on some sort of coilovers that are acceptable. He was running 205 width Hankooks that cost more for each tire than I paid for all four of mine. When I drove his car I was almost 2.5 seconds faster. But the thing is, you can do all the runs in the world on cheaper tires like mine, learn to make mistakes, learn how not to make those mistakes, learn to carry momentum, learn to trail brake, learn car setup. And do it cheaper. And then hop into a buddies car, beat his fastest time, and drop the mic. 
This makes more sense the more chances you get to run. If I'm motivated I can run at least twice a month for 10 months of the year, plus at least two of these practice events. Seat time. All the seat time. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
3/24/19 7:15 a.m.

More rallycross! This time I took kid#2 to his first rallycross in a couple years. He did a half dozen or so events in his go kart when he was 12 but this was his first time in a car. Also, we had done a few minutes of manual trans driving in the Forster a month ago, another 15 minutes in the FJ a couple of weeks ago, and he'd never been behind the wheel of the Miata when we got there. 

He took two laps around the grid area before other cars showed up to get used to the clutch and declared himself ready. He did good. His first run was a bit of a disaster when he nearly looped the car under throttle close to the beginning of the course and ended up stalling. The nerves of the situation mean that he stalled twice more getting going and that pretty much ruined his day from a time standpoint. Of the 10 runs he did, he had that one and two others where he got the car loose and he missed gates. He kept getting better at regaining control which was a huge positive. His other seven runs got faster every time to the point where he was about 10 seconds slower than me on a given run. I am still 2-3 seconds from where I need to be (and it takes me a half dozen runs to get warmed up) but that gives him a good target before we change anything on the car. 

We had a really good day. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
3/25/19 8:24 a.m.

Pictures starting to float in. Still hoping for one with the kid behind the wheel. I do like the suspension on this car, mad props to moxnix. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
3/25/19 12:53 p.m.

Before I put the all seasons back on I took them to my tire guy and handed him a $20 and he flipped them for me. Kid#2 is all about autocrossing this and I'm looking to get maximum wear out of these puppies. 

Small tires are perfect for using the Accord as a truck. 

And while I was messing with things I rerouted the speedo cable, finally.

TVR Scott
TVR Scott HalfDork
3/25/19 1:36 p.m.

I love that you've got the kids in on the action.  I want to do that with my girls when they are old enough to drive.  What a fun and valuable experience.

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