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Miata rebuild thread v. 2015

10 February 2015 - 07:12 PM

It's rebuild time again...but for good reason.






Ready to be ripped apart again!



New clutch/flywheel/pressure plate.  Rated for 320 torque. :D  Also, new MLS head gasket + related gaskets.



ECU upgraded to control a boost solenoid, have launch control, and a dual MAP sensor for barometric correction.  This is what I did during the Superbowl. :P





Ha, color instructions.  This was a nice touch!
Holy crap, lots of parts.
I'll post as I progress (slowly most likely).  The motor is almost ready to come out of the car to drill and tap the oil pan.  Shooting for 12 PSI and ~225 RWHP...it'll be faster than the Corvette. :D

New NAS configuration (poll inside! Yay!)

18 November 2014 - 08:03 PM

So I have six new 2 TB drives on the way to supplement my NAS box. I've got bays for 12 drives (I could fit 3 more internally if I have a good argument to doing so).

So, of the 12 drive configurations, which would you choose for your backups and "permanent" storage?

I'm leaning towards the quad 3-way RAID1 mirrors purely for redundancy and speed...but I figured I'd see what OCC users would do.

And yes, I'll probably benchmark a 12-way RAID0 just for funzies. :)

Any suggestions on good 14 or 15 drive setups are totally welcome as well! A 15 drive setup that's appealing to me is five 3-way RAID1 sets...stupid fast reads and very fast writes...

Happy Birthday BluePanda!

22 October 2014 - 09:48 PM

You're getting old (she's 25 on the 23rd, which is in 10 minutes). HAPPY BIRTHDAY BP!


PC Power and Cooling failure...

22 October 2014 - 10:01 AM

When OCZ acquired them I was worried, then when OCZ went under and was bought out I was worried a bit more.


I bought a Silencer Mk. II 950 watt in the summer of 2011 (after the buyout and change of manufacturer the first time).  The PSU was rock solid through multiple Crossfire/Quadfire/SLI rigs but it seems to be dying.


11.7 volts on the +12v rail at idle and 11.3 volts under a ~400 watt load.  Not good for a 1000 watt continuous rated PSU.


I'm starting the RMA process (after calling the new parent company, FirePower Technology, to confirm RMA eligibility) and will update this as things proceed.


So far it's been reasonably quick and I even talked to someone (a girl even!) who spoke perfect English and was able to confirm that my PSU was under warranty in no time with just the serial.


I filled out the RMA request as of about 30 minutes ago, I guess we'll see how long it takes to get things turned around.  They do not have any kind of cross-shipping program which means I may be looking to buy a PSU in the meantime anyway. :(

Miata rebuild thread 2014

16 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

So I finally decided to rebuild the motor in the Miata...after 175k very hard miles it just needs some TLC and rebuilding a motor has been on my bucket list since I was 10.

On the way are:
10 pound flywheel (stock is ~22 pounds)
new clutch
new oil pump
every seal and gasket on the motor
new rings and new bearings

I picked up an engine stand for cheap as well as a load leveler and a hoist. I bought the various one-off tools I'll need to do the rings and install the pistons, though they are surprisingly cheap.

All in I'm at just over $600 so far thanks to deal-hunting and free shipping. With fluids, paint, and everything else I imagine I'll spend another $100-$150 or so but be left with a MUCH nicer and hopefully much happier car. :)

While the motor is out I (and Amanda, since she's discovered that painting can be fun) will be freshening up the engine bay and cowl area. The prior owner spilled brake fluid everywhere so it's in need of a bit of love. :lol:

I'm still debating on pulling the head apart since it's a reasonably fresh rebuild. If the valves look clean I'll probably leave it alone but if they're nasty I have new seals and keepers.

Started a bit today...

Hood off:

Headlights out, cowl cleaned out:

Tower brace removed and intake starting to come apart (and you can see how nasty the bay really is...the prior owner spilled brake fluid all over and ruined a lot of the paint):

...and this is why I love my wife:

I'll be pulling more apart as I get parts in this week and over the next few weeks as the car becomes more and more of an empty roller. :lol: