LOL. Death won't even separate that man from his yellow FDs.A certain yellow FD would have been a prime candidate for a Tesla swap. Pry it back out of Jehan's hands.
As of right now, I have every intention to. We did this same dance in November. He told me he was selling it, we agreed on a price then he backed out. It didn't really bother me as when I told my wife about my plans, she told me she'd rather me put a deposit on a new Z06 than get back into the ****box as I affectionately call this thing.OK, so you're buying it back, right? As a former Miata owner I vote that you go for it.
So ... LS swap Miata build? I know you mentioned doing a turbo or a Honda K swap but the LS would give you Z06 power to weight ratio even with a minimum cost aluminum LS in the Miata.she told me she'd rather me put a deposit on a new Z06 than get back into the ****box as I affectionately call this thing.
I've been lightly looking into it and the best execution of this to me would be a direct drive Tesla motor swap. The challenge becomes I don't have the skills to fabricate anything like that. I wish someone made a replacement subframe to mount the motor between the axles. I'll need to find measurements and see what's possible. I wish the EV West guys could just modify a supplied subframe to mount the smaller Tesla motor into. I do think I can handle the rest of the fab work, just that one piece is beyond me.This makes me really happy.
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I am that dude. I sold it, had no time to use it and wanted something nicer for the street. Bought a 2013 Lotus Evora S.Were you the dude with the LFX RX-8? What happened to THAT?
This was sublime. One of us!!I finally found the culprit. I left the O2 sensor socket on the O2 sensor. Oye. Getting old sucks.
I will tell you, I absolutely love this car but, I'm struggling with this "I'm too old for this ****" feeling. People will tell me I shouldn't care what other's think however, I'm at this point in life where rolling up to work in a clapped out, race prepped Miata isn't good for my image.This was sublime. One of us!!
I get a little anxiety when I read your posts about this Miata. You've put more sweat and effort into it than most people put into their fun cars, but I sense you just haven't bonded with car. I'm not sure you can compare it to the Lotus in any fashion, so that may be an issue. If you have two fun cars, but only need one, that's also an issue. Most people forget that every modifcation adds a cost to the experience. You identified two that can really destroy Miata experience - comfort and effort to drive. If it were me, I'd at least try it with a Lotus Elise seat for street driving. I think they're the best OEM+ experience you can have in a Miata. Ditch the harness and figure out power steering.
About the siren of more Power, I can't help you. I think there's a sweet spot for a NA Miata at about 180-200WHP. It isn't Corvette power, but it really makes the car work so well. At the end of the day though, I don't think a Rotrex Miata is going to unseat the Evora for you. Tuck it away in the shop for a decade and see how you feel then.
Not trying to be a dick but it almost sounds like you are trying to convince yourself. I feel like a car you truly gel with isn't something you need to force. I'm almost kind of afraid you might be falling into the sunken fallacy trap.The comfort and effort pieces I just need to get used to again. I love the responsiveness and communication the car provides. If you're not used to it, it's very tiring. I just need to get back into it.
That makes perfect sense. Right now this is a project car that I like tinkering with. It allows me to do things cheaply rather than digging into the Lotus (can't leave anything alone). I was just explaining this to a friend. Truth is, this is a $5k car, it's a minimal investment compared to the rest of the stable. I'm ok if it ends up just sitting.Not trying to be a dick but it almost sounds like you are trying to convince yourself. I feel like a car you truly gel with isn't something you need to force. I'm almost kind of afraid you might be falling into the sunken fallacy trap.
Like for example I just did a bunch of mods to my TLX and it is more fun to drive. But something is up with the front end. I'm hoping it just needs some new LCAs. If it's something inherent to the chassis then I'm prob gonna give it another year and move on. No harm no foul. To me every car is an experience with a beginning, middle and end so sometimes it's best to move on to other things.
Plus you have a damn Lotus which gives you hella communication w/decent comfort. Im not telling you how to feel or what to do but just know if there's a part of you saying "meh this might not be worth it" then it might be worth listening to IMO. I could be completely off so disregard if necessary.
I think there's smoke here that bears deeper reflection. I can totally respect your situation, I really do. This isn't judgment, just observation of a familiar feeling I had/have. As car guys there are two sides to the coin of a thriving car enthusiast life - on the one hand, you like to have a shiny valuable thing that has a relative correlation to your life stage VS I built this thing and don't care what people think.I will tell you, I absolutely love this car but, I'm struggling with this "I'm too old for this ****" feeling. People will tell me I shouldn't care what other's think however, I'm at this point in life where rolling up to work in a clapped out, race prepped Miata isn't good for my image.