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  • '91 BRG.

    Figured I should pitch in. So here's the "bike killer".










    So she stayed all stock for the first month or so, aside from the wheels. Then I started tinkering...

    Machined the front of the VC off. If anybody wants one of these done I'll do it dirt cheap. :)



    A few of the folks on here know of my obsession with light weight. If you can toss it up in the air and it comes back down, it's too heavy. Thus:





    Just got my Azenis mounted and picked up a Hard Dog HCDD for cheap. The wheels are going on tomorrow, and the rollbar goes in as soon as I make backing plates and cobble together the right bolts. The bumper cover is currently being modified to allow for a center exit exhaust to be fabbed up.

    Then comes suspension, brakes, and then the power mods. Still debating between a 7lb. JRSC + some motor or a 10lb. with lower compression. The general consensus seems to be less motor, more boost, but there are pros and cons to each. I'd like to think I'd be happy with 200hp and a lot of weight reduction, but who knows. Might end up going even crazier in the long run. :)


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    RE: '91 BRG.

    my oh my, the miata dot netters would have a fit if they saw what you are doing to a 91 brg!

    Are you going to put any of the interior back in or truely go bare bones?
    1995 Triple Black Miata

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    • #3
      RE: '91 BRG.

      I think that makes it all the sweeter! :lol:

      You know my stance on the interior, but the fact it would infuriate so many shifts my position a bit. The end result is going to be spectacular though. I imagine it to be on a similar level to the exige.

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      • #4
        RE: '91 BRG.

        BFH, I'm keeping the door panels, simply because I don't think I'd be able to make a replacement out of aluminum that's any lighter. A stock black dash will most likely make it's way back in, but it'll be pretty well cut up and trimmed to lose the now unused parts. Going to make a gauge face out of either clear plexiglass or aluminum for the center dash to house all of the auxiliary gauges to come (Water temp, air/fuel, boost, oil pressure).

        The ragtop will probably stay for now. Never know when it's going to rain in the mountains.

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        • #5
          RE: '91 BRG.

          It's got a Montego trunklid on it right now, courtesy of metalman. Wanted to lose the trunk rack and BRG body panels don't seem to exist, so this was about the next closest thing.

          It's going to get all torn down over the winter to be repainted and get all of the hail damage and other dings repaired. The interior will be painted body color to make it look more uniform.

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          • #6
            RE: '91 BRG.

            Updates over the last few days:

            Made some backing plates out of .200 cold rolled steel plate and got together all the necessary bolts and installed the roll bar.







            I made a plate to cover the shift hole out of scratch-resistent plexiglass. Drilled the 3" center hole with a hole saw, offsetting it towards the passenger side to allow for engine twist. Cut it out on the band saw and finished it on the belt sander and with a file. No more 900 degree heat blowing into the cockpit. :)

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            • #7
              RE: '91 BRG.

              Ah I do like your car, if mine wasn't so nice it would be torn down like yours for certain.

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              • #8
                RE: '91 BRG.

                Why not just use an OEM boot instead of the plexiglass?? Just curious.

                When youre ready for some body & paint work go see my friends at Sentry. Tell them I sent you, that way it will cost you double!! lol.....
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                • #9
                  RE: '91 BRG.

                  Because I was bored, had some plexiglass, and felt like making some ****. :lol:

                  And it weighs a few ounces less than the rubber version... :whistle:

                  Is Sentry the place in Lilburn you mentioned before? Another engine builder we deal with recommended them the other day also.

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                  • #10
                    RE: '91 BRG.

                    Yeah, the Cottrel's at Sentry in Lilburn. They race Miatas and paint alot of racecars for others, including OPM etc. Ken & Mike are good people. Mike has the pink 99 that is often in the front of the pack.
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                    • #11
                      RE: '91 BRG.

                      the Cottrel's at Sentry are the ones who painted my car. Very reasonable prices. I could have paid over twice as much with only a marginal increase in quality.
                      1995 Triple Black Miata

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                      • #12
                        RE: '91 BRG.

                        Tommy...Get some Duplicolor flat black fabric and vinyl paint and spray the cloth parts of your seats...will make them look like new for very little $$.
                        Dont spray the vinyl parts of the seats though.
                        So, you saved 4oz in weight by removing your finish panel? :D

                        Also....I concur...The BFH Miata has a nice pant job for the $$
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                        • #13
                          RE: '91 BRG.

                          Actually, the finish panel was cracked so I took it off until I can come up with enough extra cash to get one of those reproduction ones from RSpeed. But that'll be a while, probably right before it gets torn down for the body work.

                          But yeah I'll definitely be getting in touch with those guys once the suspension and brake upgrades are out of the way. Priorities priorities. :)

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                          • #14
                            RE: '91 BRG.

                            Hey Tommy, what kind of wheels are those again?
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                            • #15
                              RE: '91 BRG.

                              Chapparals. Formerly only available through RSpeed, but I think Moss sells them now too.

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