South Florida Miatas

a place for MX-5 Miata sports car enthusiasts to gather and share

Welcome to the virtual home of the South Florida Miata Car Club - the place for people who love their sports cars and fun with friends.

Blog Posts

Porterfield R4-1 Brake Pad Street & Track Day Performance review

Posted by Don Resnick on August 24, 2016 at 9:17pm 0 Comments

TL;dr: Install these with confidence, expect to clean wheels more often



Background: I am by no means an experienced racer but I have several track days under my belt in a Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S) kitted with Intake / Catback exhaust mods and Kumho V710 slicks but stock suspension, brakes and fluidI've driven this vehicle at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) so this is an comparison of OEM performance on the Mini to upgraded performance on the Miata ND at the same track under similar (dry/hot) conditions.



Track: PBIR is a 2mile track with 10 turns and the main straight is ~6/10mile long.

Track Map Here if you're interested.



For the Miata, most of the corners are 3rd gear and aside from main straight, you touch 4th briefly in 3 spots, short…

Continue

Tee Shirts & Hats

Posted by Mark Gilbert on August 22, 2016 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Vista Print is having a 40% off sale this week. I had previously ordered an embroidered hat from them that had good quality. Ordered a tee today to match the hats we got from Greico last week. Tees are $12 including shipping cost.

ND Brake System Upgrade

Posted by Don Resnick on August 21, 2016 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

First thing: Big thanks to Doug Q & DJ for helping me with this upgrade.

Bakes are important and before taking my Miata to the track on Tuesday, I wanted to make sure my car was safe by installing higher performance pads and fluids.

Having changed pads myself before on other vehicles I was pretty sure I could figure it out but Doug and DJ volunteered their time and experience to make the job go smoothly and quicker than if I did it myself.

Having never bled or exchanged brake fluid, I really appreciated their experience audit  made the 1st drive after the process much less nerve wracking. Having the car stop at the first stop sign - Priceless.

I chose Motul DOT-4 fluid for it's high temp performance and Porterfield R4-1 pads for their rare ability to be a dual purpose street/race abilities. Most brake pads materials are formulated for comfort (low temp stopping power, no noise, and no/low dust) while Track/Racing pads are constructed for the opposite…

Continue

Armrest cover for ND Sport (and Club / GT)

Posted by Don Resnick on August 19, 2016 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

Special thanks to Kim P. for pointing this product out to me...

Redline Goods has a solution for upgrading the hard plastic armrest that comes standard in the ND Sport. They make custom designed covers that you self install over the OEM part.

Cost: $49 and up (mine was $71 before discounts) + $5 for high density ½" foam at JoAnnes.

Install difficulty: medium (for you, easy, I've written a detailed instruction sheet w/ pics).

Install time: ~8 hrs (½ hr disassembly, 7½ hrs gluing/drying time, 10 min. reassembly.

Quality: Excellent! and I have a singularly happy elbow!

Before:

Delivered Part:…

Continue

Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21

Posted by Carney on August 19, 2016 at 12:22pm 11 Comments

I just signed up for an autocross on the 21 at the BB&T center. I'll be sure to hand out some flyers. registration ends today so if you want in, get on it!! $45!

https://www.driverregistration.com/eventDetail.php?eventID=302

RF Launch Edition

Posted by Mark Gilbert on August 18, 2016 at 5:47pm 0 Comments

Mazda announced today the sales parameters for the RF Launch Edition. See attached for details:

http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/press-release/mazda-announces-mx-5-miata-rf-launch-edition/

August 2016 Outing - Grieco Mazda Trip Report

Posted by Doug Q on August 17, 2016 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

We had a great outing for August, 2016, Sunday the 14th, at Cars And Coffee at Grieco Mazda, Delray Beach. Grieco is our club sponsor, and they arranged to open early for us, showed us their facility, and provided attendees not only Cars And Coffee, but Delicious Donuts, Pastries, and Croissants (I especially enjoyed the chocolate croissant).



We had a very nice turnout, and filled the Grieco Mazda parking lot with our beloved Miata MX-5 automobiles. We had a nice mix of NA, NB, NC, and ND, as older cars were represented well, all the way through the latest exciting models.



Newcomers to our South Florida Miata Club were out in force from our similarly-themed South Florida Miata Crew, and the combined event brought out around 50 people, and I’d estimate 30 cars or so. There were track-oriented cars, daily drivers, weekend toys, (thankfully) resurrected salvage cars, club members’ cars-for-sale, modified, pure stock, and just an overall smattering of Miatas…

Continue

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie) UPDATE

Posted by DJ on August 10, 2016 at 11:02am 1 Comment

No pictures today, but a BIG update.  I was able to get the car back together 100% last night, belly pan installed, hood cleaned and re-installed etc.  I drove the car to work this morning too!

Just a few more things to do.  I still need to get a connector for my VVT controller and then update the wiring inside the Megasquirt ECU to go to the VVTuner (VVT controller) and then out to the VVT solenoid.  All the wiring on the engine side is complete, just need to get the ECU side done. 

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie) UPDATE!

Posted by DJ on August 8, 2016 at 8:15am 3 Comments

Sorry I was not able to make the Markham Park or club meeting this weekend.  I was a little busy with this!

In and running.…

Continue

Introducing Jinba-Ittai

Posted by Robert Burr on August 3, 2016 at 2:43pm 2 Comments

The Theory Of Everything

From Zoom Zoom Magazine: Introducing Jinba-Ittai, the overarching philosophy that is integral to Mazda's car development program.

http://www.zoomzoommag.com/summer-2016

In the brochure for the first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, the term Jinba-Ittai is explained as follows: “Jinba-Ittai reflects the feeling that the sense of oneness between a rider and his beloved horse is the ultimate bond.” It’s a bond that Mazda has worked tirelessly to re-create between car and driver ever since, a feeling that can only be engineered through the passion and expertise of the Mazda development drivers who have passed the torch of Jinba-Ittai between them over three generations.

Birthdays

Birthdays Today

Facebook Page

Notes

The MX-5 Experience Friday and Saturday

Created by Robert Burr Aug 20, 2016 at 12:41pm. Last updated by Robert Burr on Saturday.

Miata Notes

Created by Robert Burr Aug 20, 2016 at 12:30pm. Last updated by Robert Burr on Saturday.

Latest Activity

Don Resnick posted a blog post

Porterfield R4-1 Brake Pad Street & Track Day Performance review

TL;dr: Install these with confidence, expect to clean wheels more oftenBackground: I am by no means an experienced racer but I have several track days under my belt in a Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S) kitted with Intake / Catback exhaust mods and Kumho V710 slicks but stock suspension, brakes and fluid. I've driven this vehicle at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) so this is an comparison of OEM performance on the Mini to upgraded performance on the Miata ND at the same track under similar (dry/hot) conditions.Track: PBIR is a 2mile track with 10 turns and the main straight is ~6/10mile long.Track Map Here if you're interested.For the Miata, most of the corners are 3rd gear and aside from main straight, you touch 4th briefly in 3 spots, short straights before corners 1, 4, and 6. Hard braking with H/T downshifts required at same places. Each corner was marked with apex cone and had the normal series of cones…See More
1 hour ago
Don Resnick posted a status
"Track Day at PBIR today, more Miatas than any other vehicle. Only ND there, lots of attention. Details tomorrow. TL;dr: **Freaking Awesome**"
20 hours ago
Don Resnick left a comment for John Kandara
"Hey John! Welcome to the club! Couple of questions: What year / model do you have? How did you find us? Our members have varying interests, Social / Cruising / Performance. What are you looking for? Looking forward to meeting you..."
22 hours ago
Robin Burr left a comment for John Kandara
"Glad to have you be part of the membership and look forward to meeting you! "
yesterday
Robert Burr left a comment for John Kandara
"Welcome aboard John."
yesterday
John Kandara is now a member of South Florida Miatas
yesterday
Mark Gilbert posted a blog post

Tee Shirts & Hats

Vista Print is having a 40% off sale this week. I had previously ordered an embroidered hat from them that had good quality. Ordered a tee today to match the hats we got from Greico last week. Tees are $12 including shipping cost.See More
Monday
Carney commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"oh I fully agree there was another moron behind the wheel too, lol. Only a poor craftsman blames his tools. Thanks for the insight and tech breakdowns guys. "
Monday
Don Resnick commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"Umm, I have a Sport that has stock suspension and yes, it rolls. A lot. That's not a bad thing. It communicates quite clearly what kind of forces we are putting on the vehicle. For someone just getting into autocross, an upgraded suspension…"
Monday
Carney commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"Im sure the suspension on the Club ir GT is better but in my cheap-as-possible Sport Model its just so soft! In my opinion, yes its that bad. Its nothing that cant be "fixed" though. As 1 of 2 ND's at the event in a sea os miatas they…"
Monday
Doug Q commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"Glad to hear you had fun and enjoyed the event!  Hmm, I don't think I've ever heard anyone describe the suspension of any generation Miata, especially ND, as "garbage".  OK, maybe the wheels are a bit narrow.  I…"
Monday
Carney and Don Resnick are now friends
Monday
Carney posted photos
Monday
Don Resnick commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"Glad you enjoyed the experience. Vid's look very familiar, I remember being that guy, lol. Be happy to discuss your impressions of the event."
Monday
Carney posted videos
Monday
Carney commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"GREAT GOOGLYMOOGLY!! It was amazing! It was everything I could have hoped for and more. The people, the environment, the cars, the sounds, the smells, the adrenaline. The entire experience was super cool. Aside form the experience of it all, I…"
Monday
Don Resnick commented on Carney's blog post Auto Cross at BB&T center august 21
"How'd it go today? "
Monday
Don Resnick posted a blog post

ND Brake System Upgrade

First thing: Big thanks to Doug Q & DJ for helping me with this upgrade.Bakes are important and before taking my Miata to the track on Tuesday, I wanted to make sure my car was safe by installing higher performance pads and fluids.Having changed pads myself before on other vehicles I was pretty sure I could figure it out but Doug and DJ volunteered their time and experience to make the job go smoothly and quicker than if I did it myself.Having never bled or exchanged brake fluid, I really appreciated their experience audit  made the 1st drive after the process much less nerve wracking. Having the car stop at the first stop sign - Priceless.I chose Motul DOT-4 fluid for it's high temp performance and Porterfield R4-1 pads for their rare ability to be a dual purpose street/race abilities. Most brake pads materials are formulated for comfort (low temp stopping power, no noise, and no/low dust) while Track/Racing pads are constructed for the opposite (high temps, noisy before heating…See More
Monday
Mark Gilbert is attending Kim P's event

Mazda Experience at Sunlife Stadium August 26/27 at Sunlife Stadium

August 26, 2016 at 12pm to August 27, 2016 at 4pm
Mazda Experience at SunLife Stadium where Mazda will be bringing several new MX-5's for the public to drive!Friday, August 26 (12pm-7pm) and Saturday, August 27 (9am-4pm). This is a FREE event with NO need to RSVP. Just need a valid DL, closed-toe shoes, and submit to a breathalyzer test. Maybe we can get a group to go down together.See the FAQ below. Most importantly, for those who have never taken their car on the track, there will be an autocross and road course set up. (Fun way to try it in someone else’s car!)FAQ:Hours of Operation:Friday dates: 12 PM – 7 PM Saturday dates: 9 AM – 4 PMDo I have to be over 18 to drive?Yes. All drivers must be over 18. You are welcome to come watch the event, however.Can I wear open toed shoes?All drivers must wear close toed shoes.Do I need to RSVP or pick a time slot?No, The MX-5 Experience tour does not have an RSVP list. Our event is first come first served.Can I bring my friends/parents/neighbors?Of course, Mazda would love to see them at the…See More
Sunday
Don Resnick liked Carney's photo
Saturday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Forum

Left Lane Drivers

Started by Don Resnick in 2016 Miata Jul 31. 0 Replies

Between 5am & midnight Saturday I drove 550 miles each way to Panama City in my new ND Miata and even though I've been living down here for about 10 years, I am so frustrated with what passes for…Continue

July 2016 Road Trip to Funky Budda FTL

Started by Doug Q in Road Trips. Last reply by Don Resnick Jul 20. 1 Reply

Our club’s July 2016 Road Trip was to the Funky Buddha in Fort Lauderdale.  We arrived to a fairly busy place at 11:45, where we met up with club members.  This was a very well-attended event with a…Continue

Fiat 124 Spider

Started by Doug Q in 2016 Miata Jul 6. 0 Replies

Thanks to John Morris for sharing via email Grassroots Motorsports review of the Fiat 124 Spider, based on Mazda's MX-5.  Sorry, I see '99 Miata in the styling.  My opinion, the Fiat looks good but…Continue

Close call returning from Endless Summer Winery

Started by Doug Q in Road Trips. Last reply by Doug Q Jun 14. 5 Replies

Returning from Endless Summer Winery, which was a really nice place to visit today (thanks, Lou and John for setting it up!), within sight of I-95, there was construction.  Indrio Road jogged right.…Continue

 
 
 

© 2016   Created by Robert Burr.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service