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  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hard dog roll bar, mechanic, question,   

    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?


    Robert Blanchard

    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

  • Steven Vazquez 11:53am on Monday, January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bodyshop,   

    Any paint/body shop recommendations? 

    Hey guys! Picked up an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata about a month back that is a bit of a project. Now that the car is running as it should, the next thing I wanted to handle was paint.

    Any paint/body shop recommendations? Located in Boca, but am willing to travel a little for quality work.


    • Mark Gilbert 8:04pm on Monday, January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      One of our members had his car painted by the company listed above and recommends them.

    • Frank Falcone 2:34pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope it wasn’t mine, It was in a pretty bad accident.

    • Steven Vazquez 6:05pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Doubt it. Mine has the vin stickers everywhere and they all match. Just looks like the PO repainted a few parts and they did a crappy job with paint matching 🙁

  • Mark Gilbert 2:34pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Legend, , Refining   

    Mazda Reveals a Treasure Trove of MX-5 Miata Design History, Shows How We Got the Fourth-gen ND Miata 

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 1

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 2

    Redefining a Legend: How Mazda Designed the Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata – Part 3


  • Rolando 9:20pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    NA Jackson Racing Supercharger to NB 2000 Miata? 

    Can I install a used NA Jackson Racing Supercharger on my NB 2000 Miata? Would there be any issues due to engine differences? Can you guys recommend a good mechanic in the Miami area to have it installed? Thanks for your help.

    • Robert Burr 12:20pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Come to the meeting to get some good advice

    • Robert Burr 5:17am on Monday, June 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We discussed this issue at the meeting and the expert says its not that easy.

    • DJ 12:41pm on Monday, June 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      While it physically possible to mount the NA supercharger to the NB motor, there are some issues that will complicate everything else.

      There are two versions of the Jackson Racing unit, a M45 and a M60 unit. The M45 unit is too small for the 1.8 motor. If this unit for the NA 1.8, there are some differences in the throttle bodies and electronics.

      A Megasquirt or other stand alone engine management units will solve a lot of the issues with adapting the NA style supercharger to the NB, but your are then talking about adding an additional $1,000.

      Answer the following questions and I will recommend you a path to modify your car:
      How much HP do you wish to make?

      How do you plan to use the car (Daily driver, fun weekend only car, track car, etc.)?

      Do you intend on keeping the A/C, power steering etc.?

  • Mark Gilbert 7:31pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: member cars, member profiles   

    Breakdown Of Members Cars 

    I thought that since we have over 60 members who have signed up on the club’s new web site now, that I would do a breakdown of what cars our members own. This info was taken from your personal profile so if you didn’t list your car in your profile which some people did not do, I couldn’t add your car in the tally. Here is the make up of our club members rides:

    NA – 1989 – 1997 16 cars
    NB – 1998 – 2005 13 cars
    NC – 2006 – 2015 13 cars
    ND – 2016 – 2017 16 cars

    Pretty even breakdown of all the generations.

    • Blas Rolando 8:48pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And only one Hot Red Pepper

    • Robert Burr 9:07pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Since some of the NA series vehicles are nearly 30 years old and some NBs are almost 20, that’s an amazing testament to the lifespan of these little sports cars.

    • Mark Gilbert 5:32am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They certainly are great little cars and the best thing about them, the joy and thrill they give their owners no matter what their age is priceless.

    • Doug Quara 8:49am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting! Thanks for posting, Mark. I am surprised how many NDs we have in the club. Awesome.

    • Mark Gilbert 9:54am on Friday, March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What would be awesome is if we could get a lot of the members to come to a meeting or event and have 25 to 30 cars together at one time like we had at Grieco last year. Maybe the road trip to Sebring would be a great place to start. We have 11 cars signed up so far. Let’s try to get a big turnout for that road trip!

    • Paul Foster 3:09pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It looks like there is a good showing of all the models here. I joined the SFMC back in January but have not yet been to one of the meeting or events as I have only recently got my Miata and have been doing some maintenance jobs on her since purchase. I hope to be able to make the April meeting and look forward to seeing like minded enthusiasts. I have a 93 NA.

    • Jim ODonnell 6:51pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My 97 NA turned 20 . Who has a ’98?

    • marcy nieporent 5:20pm on Friday, March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My ’96 should be ready for historic plates????

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