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Old Fri, Apr-12-2019, 11:47:41 PM   #21
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thanks for the suggestion! ive heard that thats a common failure point. Though, to be honest, for $100 that seems a bit too steep. knowing me, id be more inclined to replicate it myself - build a template out of cardboard and create a replacement out of aluminum. but ive got experience in a sign making shop so mentally that all makes sense in my head lol


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Another common failure is that the plastic motor (the one under the seats) cover bottom side gear holder tabs break. You will know this is a problem when you are closing the top and at the final stage you hear clicking under the seat. This metal cover will fix that issue and I would buy this as a preventive measure as eventually almost all the plastic covers fail.
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Old Sat, Apr-13-2019, 12:07:26 AM   #22
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thanks for the suggestion! ive heard that thats a common failure point. Though, to be honest, for $100 that seems a bit too steep. knowing me, id be more inclined to replicate it myself - build a template out of cardboard and create a replacement out of aluminum. but ive got experience in a sign making shop so mentally that all makes sense in my head lol
You are completely correct. A fair price would be half that but mine broke and I did the dowel rod fix which works (3/4" diameter dowel rods on top of plastic cover with a hose clamp around the motor and rods and then tightened) but I wanted something more permanent in a hurry. If you have the time make it now so you don't have to deal with it later.
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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 02:35:12 AM   #23
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next up, it was time to address the exterior of the car...


the front bumper was pretty chewed up and ripped in a couple places. it seemed like the previous owner had the car far too low and scrapped it all the time while parking or maybe never ever took care while entering & exiting driveways.












i removed the front bumper and sent it off for repair at a local body shop.







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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 02:53:00 AM   #24
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I hit my local paint shop and had them mix up some Imola Red, broke out my Devilbiss paint gun & got busy!




After three coats of clear, it was time to wet sand. To be honest, i had my air compressor pressure set way too low for the final coat and the orange peel was out of control. ive gotta do better

Wet sanding to the rescue!









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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 03:16:38 AM   #25
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After wet sanding and buffing, i focussed on the trim items. the lower grill mesh was a bit worse for wear. I decided to refinish it with some satin black trim paint.

i also purchased some brand new OEM fog light housing surrounds and new fog light housings (non-OEM). the old ones were pretty grimey and full of rock chips.

last but not least, i bought some japanese yellow tinting spray (ive used several types before and honestly, this is the best stuff you can buy - though a bit over priced). this is one of those subtle yellow pops of color i warned you all that was coming lol





























Unfortunately, upon reassembly i noticed that the poor fitment of my OEM bumper on the sides wasn't because it needed adjustment (like i assumed) it was because the tabs on the inner portion of the bumper are torn. Not sure just yet how i plan to address this. but im planning to fix it rather than give up on the bumper totally.





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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 12:36:25 PM   #26
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Very cool how you painted the bumper yourself, most definitely saved some money too.

I would plastic weld those tabs and slap some 3m bonding glue on there.
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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 02:15:04 PM   #27
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Good things going on in this thread, keep up the great work!

As far as that bumper, plastic welding it would probably be the professional way to go. Drilling some small holes and using zip ties might work as well if it's in an area where you can't see it.
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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 07:23:16 PM   #28
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It would have been much easier (maybe even cheaper) to have my local shop paint the bumper, but as you guys can see from this thread, I like to do all the work I can myself. Iím very hands-on. If thereís something I donít know how to do...Iíll research it, teach myself and then do it. Usually takes longer and I rarely save money but itís much more fun & satisfying that way.

Iíll take a look at plastic welding. I definitely need to get the fitment 100% dialed in. I donít want anything out of place on the car once Ďcompleteí




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Very cool how you painted the bumper yourself, most definitely saved some money too.

I would plastic weld those tabs and slap some 3m bonding glue on there.
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Old Wed, Apr-17-2019, 07:35:09 PM   #29
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took some time to clean up and get the garage ready for the next phase of the project...


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Old Wed, Apr-17-2019, 07:51:18 PM   #30
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With basic maintenance complete and some of the cosmetic stuff out the way...i felt it was time to get out and enjoy the vert on track. We took a nice scenic drive up from SoCal to Mazda Raceway / WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

I know the structural rigidity isn't as good as coupes, but it was still a total blast. Best of all, i got the wife in the driver's seat for a few sessions. What a great car!

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