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Posted by RON & FRAN NIEPORENT on June 30, 2016 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

The bumper skin is from a 1999 10th Anniversary Edition Miata.  It is Sapphire Blue with a half dollar sized scratch on right side.  No physical damage, just paint.  Otherwise it's in great condition.  Call me for more info:  561-371-1054  Ron.

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie)

Posted by DJ on June 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

MInor update (6/30/16)

I have battling with the Megasquirt getting it operate correctly and this is what I get for being cheap and buying used.  Should have gotten a new one and been done already. 

Some of the trouble has been hard to deal with (Poor soldering skills from the original builder, that left a single bare strand of 12v wire loose, which made contact with another circuit causing the magic smoke to leave the Megasquirt) some has been minor configuration issues (resistor soldered in where one is not needed etc.).  I made some good headway and had the car running on the DIYPNP (Megasquirt) last night for about an hour.  I have the radiator fan working correctly and a decent idle, save the A/C operation.  That is my next hurdle, getting the idle to compensate for the A/C and not stall…


June Road Trip at Endless Summer Winery Report

Posted by Doug Q on June 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Aside from a minor scare to Tammy and me on the road on the way home from the venue (see post elsewhere here on the website), the trip to the Endless Summer Winery on June 12 was memorable for a number of reasons.


We headed up from our meeting place at Dunkin’ Donuts on Gateway in Boynton on a typical South Florida summer day: warm.  There were a dozen cars in our caravan up I-95 transporting two dozen really smart people who appreciate the best sports car available.


While the winery isn’t exactly around the corner, it proved to be worth the drive!  The theme of the grounds, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, is surfing (no surprise there considering the “Endless Summer” name!), with kitschy wine labels, a very cute gift shop, and friendly and engaging staff.


While supposedly tours were not scheduled to be conducted on the day we were there, the gracious owner Gary Roberts provided one to our South Florida Miata constituency.  We got…


Rear Bumper Skin from 1999 Miata very good condition. Make offer.

Posted by RON & FRAN NIEPORENT on June 25, 2016 at 4:51pm 1 Comment


Greico Mazda 20% parts discount

Posted by John Morris on June 8, 2016 at 11:37am 0 Comments

Just a reminder to all members you wiil get a 20% dicount on all Mazda parts by mentioning you ar a member of The South Florida Miata Club.

Ask for Kevin Lopez 561-278-7800 Ext. 1293.

Lou Marett has Membership cards. 

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie)

Posted by DJ on May 18, 2016 at 12:12pm 0 Comments

Minor update 5/17/16:

Took the Miata (Maggie) to the dyno last night to see how many of the horses have escaped over the 175,000+ miles.  About 20hp!  The actual horsepower number was 105hp.  The last stock 1999 I had on a dyno put down ~125hp. 

I will be opening up the Megasquirt I have to change over the jumper harness wires to adapt the ECU from the '95 Miata it came out of to the '99 Miata it is going into as well as adding in the voltage regulating circuit. 

1999 Miata Build Diary (Maggie)

Posted by DJ on May 12, 2016 at 7:51pm 1 Comment

Last year I purchased a Silver 1999 Miata from another club Member.  This Miata had been previously enjoyed for 165,000 miles and had a blown head gasket.  I was able to repair the head gasket and get the car back on road.  I have been driving approx. 100 miles per day to and from work.  I had to make a tough choice... I would have to either sell the car (Does not make a lot of sense to rely on a 165,000 mile motor for 100 mile trip to and from work) or put some serious money into the car.  I debated on what I would do...  More on that in a minute. 

In the meantime I acquired parts from multiple sources and started updating small things on the car to make it just a bit better.  I updated from a rubber base steering wheel to a Leather Nardi wheel.  I also updated the suspension with some second hand '99 Sport suspension pieces and a mix of aftermarket parts from Koni and progress group. 

What to do?   What to do?  Brousing around on the good old internet I found an…


Homestead Speedway Road Trip

Posted by Lou Marett on May 9, 2016 at 4:47pm 3 Comments

To reply to Bob's question: There are no other food outlets at the track.  It is not a racing day.  The track just has people like us seeking to chat with the cool car drivers and perhaps pay the $30 and take a 30 min. spin around the track at speed with a Performance Driving Group Certified Driver like our own Doug Quara and his son, Doug, Jr.  The one fee gets you a wrist band and the opportunity to ride with as many drivers in as many different vehicles as you can find who are available.

We do get to convoy around the track in our own cars for several laps behind a pace car. This is a load of fun.  Bob, We need your email address and your cell phone number so we can reach you Saturday morning in case of any last minute changes in plans. Lou  John 

April Road Trip, April 9, 2016, Treasure Coast Miata Parts Super Store

Posted by Lou Marett on April 10, 2016 at 11:43am 0 Comments

On Saturday, April 9, South Florida Miatas joined with the Treasure Coast Miata Car Club and the Treasure Coast British Sports Car Club for a visit to the the Treasure Coast Miata Parts Super Store in Hobe Sound.  The owner gave us a tour of the facility which is a Miata lover's dream. They have every used part imaginable and can, repair, build and dismantle any and all Miatas.  They also sponsor a Miata racing team at both West Palm Raceway and Homestead Raceway.  

Lunch at Harry and the Natives in Hobe Sound followed.  The food and service were both excellent. If you are looking for an interesting and different "beachcomber" experience this is the place to go.

The trip home included a "top down" ride along A1A through Jupiter past many beautiful ocean front estates.

2016 MX-5 is Only Vehicle to Take Home Two Awards from 2016 Autobytel Car and Truck Awards

Posted by Robert Burr on March 25, 2016 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was recently named the winner of not one, but two prestigious 2016 Autobytel Car and Truck Awards.  Mazda's lightweight roadster took home top honors as Autobytel Convertible of the Year and Autobytel Sports Car of the Year.

The MX-5, which has received numerous awards since it was redesigned for 2016, encompasses Mazda’s full suite of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design.

According to Autobytel, winners are chosen based on their “excellent design, leading technology, top performance, safety, and value.”


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Hi, I'm somewhat new to the region and was seeking some advice.  I've been using my dad's Miata ('99) and the rain rail needs to be replaced.  I took it to the Mazda dealer and he said it would be at least $1,000 to replace the rail.  I thought that was kind of high considering the posts I've read said it is fairly simple.  Does anyone have any advice on replacing the rain rail?  Or do you have a go-to person?  I would like to get it fixed sooner because the poor trunk is taking a beating.



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Comment by Ali on December 13, 2013 at 5:58pm
Rain rails are very delicate. Even a slight bend will cause your soft top to leak. It's not impossible, you just need to know what you're doing. Also, try going to an upholstery place that specializes on soft tops for a quote on replacing the rain rails. Most likely the price will be much cheaper than the dealer. For 1000$ consider buying yourself a hardtop instead!

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