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minuteman048
04-19-2017, 09:59 AM
Will be doing WK's shocks on Saturday April 29th at my house if anyone wants to stop by for entertainment.

whiprsnapr
04-19-2017, 10:03 AM
nice, can't wait to see how much of an improvement it makes. . .

SmileyFace
04-19-2017, 03:10 PM
Count in me as a confirmed participant.

Agent☣Orange
04-19-2017, 03:49 PM
Is this a Tech Day or just "show up if you want?"

minuteman048
04-19-2017, 06:28 PM
Show up if you want to. Bring your own folding chair.

Its my garage but White Knight's car. Let me tell him to get his opinion on an official tech day.

Tristan75
04-21-2017, 09:29 AM
Nice!! Want a photo session :)

SmileyFace
04-22-2017, 07:06 AM
Nice!! Want a photo session :)

I will do it Tristan!

Tristan75
04-23-2017, 02:09 AM
I will do it Tristan!

Thanks! [emoji6]


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minuteman048
04-24-2017, 11:55 AM
Not an official tech day, but all are welcome to drop by. Work will involve replace all four shocks on White Knights 1996 NA. Unfortunately the temps are supposed to hit a high of 91 that day.

Joe Morreale
04-24-2017, 12:41 PM
We can all drink a bucket of beer and swim naked in the canal afterwards.

SmileyFace
04-24-2017, 02:44 PM
We can all drink a bucket of beer and swim naked in the canal afterwards.

Does Mrs MM work on Saturdays? Otherwise she has a strict dress code and a limit on beer intake. And don't forget White Knight will want to have all four wheels level and pointing in the same direction.

minuteman048
04-24-2017, 03:47 PM
We can all drink a bucket of beer and swim naked in the canal afterwards.

If you decide to jump in the canal, make sure you don't annoy the 10 ft. alligator that has been hanging out by my house.

Don't know yet if Mrs. Minuteman will be working that Saturday.

pdexta
04-24-2017, 06:39 PM
On the fronts do you use the "long bolt" method or bust the ball joints open? I used to do the ball joints, but once I discovered pulling the long bolt out I'd never go back.

Is he just keeping the stock springs in there? It's too bad NA and NB springs are different, I've got some MSM springs that need a new home. It seems like they'd be a great options for staying stock height but going just a touch firmer and I know I'll never use them.

minuteman048
04-25-2017, 06:36 AM
We are just doing the shocks. He had springs on back order for 6 months and finally cancelled the order. We will be replacing the bump stops also plus some miscellaneous hardware.

Don't have to pull the upper control arm to remove shock, but know the procedure well.

Agent☣Orange
04-25-2017, 09:34 AM
If you decide to jump in the canal, make sure you don't annoy the 10 ft. alligator that has been hanging out by my house.You too?


I've got some MSM springs that need a new home. It seems like they'd be a great options for staying stock height but going just a touch firmer and I know I'll never use them.
Sounds like something Joe could use. He doesn't want a lower ride but his springs are so worn out, it's like they're not even there.


We are just doing the shocks. He had springs on back order for 6 months and finally cancelled the order. We will be replacing the bump stops also plus some miscellaneous hardware.
Wow, that's a long time! Shame to go through all that and not do the springs. I'm sure he could get some H&R springs off eBay in a few days.

Joe Morreale
04-28-2017, 07:41 AM
I would love to come and help but with the temp problems I'm having while running the ac I'm afraid it's just too damn hot for a top down ride there and back. Just in case I get stoopid, what time are you going to start?

minuteman048
04-28-2017, 08:49 AM
8:00 am

Jaysz28
04-28-2017, 10:04 AM
I might know of someone selling some Flyin' miata springs for like $50

Agent☣Orange
04-28-2017, 10:09 AM
Obtainable before 8am tomorrow?

minuteman048
04-29-2017, 02:56 PM
Went well. Started at 8:00 AM and wrapped it's up about 1:30 PM. With the fans going working conditions weren't bad. No instructions so we had to take two of the shocks back out so we had to put them back together with the parts in the right sequence. Thanks for Daryl and Alex coming over to help out.

whiprsnapr
04-29-2017, 03:07 PM
bummed I missed this, but I did make some needed money for the business!

minuteman048
04-29-2017, 05:23 PM
For you guys who missed it, you missed out on a special treat. There is a house being built two lots over from me. The future owner drove by and stopped to see what we were doing. Turns out he's a car guy and chatted with us about half an hour. He came back after a few hours and brought over his Pontiac Solstice with a V8 conversion. Not just a V8 conversion, but a Chevy LS7 427 cubic inch monster pushing over 600 HP. He's from Texas and is interested in getting to know us as a club. Yata and I invited him to our next meeting. His name is David and hope you guys will welcome him.

White Knight
04-29-2017, 05:45 PM
Went well. Started at 8:00 AM and wrapped it's up about 1:30 PM. With the fans going working conditions weren't bad. No instructions so we had to take two of the shocks back out so we had to put them back together with the parts in the right sequence. Thanks for Daryl and Alex coming over to help out.

Woohoo!! Finally got shocks installed. Rides a lot better now. Thanks Alex and Daryl for your help!:clap: And special thanks to Bernie and use of "Bernie's Garage". :Woohoo::Woohoo: We did not have to run to an Auto parts store for anything! Bernie's Garage had it all.
Truly a gearheads garage - just needs AC and a lift!:cheers2:

minuteman048
04-29-2017, 06:40 PM
Truly a gearheads garage - just needs AC and a lift!:cheers2:

Working on it.

White Knight
04-29-2017, 06:55 PM
Working on it.

I was joking about lift and AC! Everything worked out great!!

Agent☣Orange
04-29-2017, 09:29 PM
I had a lot of fun actually. It was great to wake up, make a coffee and head over without any time constraint or worries. Delicious Publix subs thank you!

Yep, looks like MM is going to have a cool gearhead neighbor. Showing up in a Solstice with a wicked sounding, custom 427 tends to make a hell of a first impression.

I'm a little sore and tired right now but photos are forthcoming.

pdexta
04-29-2017, 09:33 PM
Awww man that LS7 Solstice sounds amazingggggggggggggg ggggg. Hate that I missed it. Glad you guys were able to get the shock swap knocked out.

Agent☣Orange
04-29-2017, 10:05 PM
Oh yeah! There was that.

Jaysz28
04-30-2017, 05:09 AM
Obtainable before 8am tomorrow?

Forgot to update, they were sold....

Glad to hear everything went together smoothly

SmileyFace
04-30-2017, 05:51 PM
I'm sorry I aborted my trip, just 10 miles from my house as I had to stop for gas and after I filled the tank the battery would turn over the engine more that once, I got a jump start and noticed that the both traction control indicators were flashing even before I got the engine started and once it was running the indicators (DTC-STC remained on. pressing the disconnect switch would not cancel the indicators.

At home I checked the battery with my Charger/tester and it indicated that it was at 75% charged. Set the charger at a deep cycle and 10amp rate for 2hrs. 2hrs later it was only charged to 85%, so I dropped it to 2mp and maintenance cycle.

I check Advance-Auto, AutoZone and O'Rielly and I found each store had 3 batteries for my 2014 NC. $135 2yr warranty $150 3yr warranty and a Yellow top Optima $214.

The O'Brien Mazda auto parts had an OEM 3yr warranty for $147 with no core charge. Purchased it and replaced the factory battery which I found it to have a top and low level lines that were hidden below the battery box.


checked the new battery and found it at 80% charged and I set the charger at maintenance cycle and 2amp rate and within 2 hrs it was at 100%. The car started and everything looked normal with no indicator light on. This morning I check the car it started up and I notice that the Traction control indicators remained on.

I have a full premium 2 tiered warranty that is for 100K miles or 2018 on the engine and 2020 on the body. I will call O'Brien Mazda Service tomorrow for a check up of the Traction control system.

Agent☣Orange
04-30-2017, 09:16 PM
NC battery issues moved to it's own new thread: http://gearheadsmiataclub.n et/vB/showthread.php/5234-NC-battery-options

Back to White Knight's shock-replacement thread. Thank you.

SmileyFace
05-01-2017, 07:57 AM
NC battery issues moved to it's own new thread: http://gearheadsmiataclub.n et/vB/showthread.php/5234-NC-battery-options

Back to White Knight's shock-replacement thread. Thank you.

Thank you AO.

minuteman048
05-02-2017, 06:29 AM
During the shock replacement we found that the lower right ball joint through bolt was a non standard bolt that did not fit right and had different threads from the other side plus it used a lock washer. We made it fit but to play it safe we ordered the correct bolt and will install it this week.

Now some of you guys are wondering why we removed that bolt. Well since the upper control arm ball joints are original I did not want to take a chance on screwing them up since we did not have a replacement. This comes from past experience, especially on a 21-22 year old car. The lower ball joints were much easier to remove to get the shocks out and it worked. Getting them back in was a little tougher when it came to lining up the small bolt. Kudos to DRail for getting that done.

SmileyFace
05-02-2017, 07:22 AM
Sounds like I miss a fun time and the opportunity to watch you guys in action.

minuteman048
05-02-2017, 07:27 AM
Sounds like I miss a fun time and the opportunity to watch you guys in action.

We missed our photographer/videographer. That and all the Gatoraid you could drink.

Tristan75
05-02-2017, 03:22 PM
Hmmm.... So no photos!


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minuteman048
05-02-2017, 05:52 PM
Yata assures me they will go up tonight. Our regular photographer's car broke down.

pdexta
05-02-2017, 07:42 PM
During the shock replacement we found that the lower right ball joint through bolt was a non standard bolt that did not fit right and had different threads from the other side plus it used a lock washer. We made it fit but to play it safe we ordered the correct bolt and will install it this week.

Now some of you guys are wondering why we removed that bolt. Well since the upper control arm ball joints are original I did not want to take a chance on screwing them up since we did not have a replacement. This comes from past experience, especially on a 21-22 year old car. The lower ball joints were much easier to remove to get the shocks out and it worked. Getting them back in was a little tougher when it came to liningCup the small bolt. Kudos to DRail for getting that done.

That's why I asked about your plans for the install before you did it. I'm a big "long bolt method" fan. It avoids all ball joints that are such a pain. It's not the most obvious strategy when looking at it removing the shock, but it works great and is way faster/easier for me.

minuteman048
05-02-2017, 07:54 PM
I considered it but removing the two lower bolts of lower ball joints (not the upper castellated nut) seemed faster and easier.

Agent☣Orange
05-02-2017, 09:48 PM
Working on getting that damned lower ball joint bolt in place
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2904%20eml_zpssw vwctsp.jpg


One Miata, six shocks (don't ask)
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2906%20eml_zpsrx t1bebd.jpg


MM's neighbor's quaint little ride
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2910%20eml_zpsub zyqy6x.jpg


That explains things a little
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2916%20eml_zpsvx lak4bn.jpg


This neighborhood is about to become loud
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2911%20eml_zpswh beffkn.jpg


Forgot all about White Knight's shocks and got to show-n-tell
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2924%20eml_zpsjv fdhh2y.jpg

whiprsnapr
05-03-2017, 10:47 AM
Yep, I hate looking at swaps. . . me want. When Scott posted something about the bmw trans, I spent some time looking into some of those k-swaps. . . . Looks like they are coming out with some serious solutions for power now.

minuteman048
05-03-2017, 11:27 AM
During the shock replacement we found that the lower right ball joint through bolt was a non standard bolt that did not fit right and had different threads from the other side plus it used a lock washer. We made it fit but to play it safe we ordered the correct bolt and will install it this week.

Update on this:

Ordered the correct nut and bolt for this and when I went to pick up the nut and bolt were different threads. Mazda parts guy said he ran into this before and gave me the bolt for nothing and returned the nut because it was $6.00!! the bolt/nut is supposed to be a serrated base flanged 12mm x 1.25 thread. Not a common one and hard to find. Bought a bag of 5 on Ebay for $9.99 so if anyone needs one, come and see me.

Tristan75
05-03-2017, 04:30 PM
Thanks for the photo shooting ;P


Working on getting that damned lower ball joint bolt in place
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2904%20eml_zpssw vwctsp.jpg


One Miata, six shocks (don't ask)
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2906%20eml_zpsrx t1bebd.jpg


MM's neighbor's quaint little ride
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2910%20eml_zpsub zyqy6x.jpg


That explains things a little
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2916%20eml_zpsvx lak4bn.jpg


This neighborhood is about to become loud
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2911%20eml_zpswh beffkn.jpg


Forgot all about White Knight's shocks and got to show-n-tell
http://i1194.photobucket.co m/albums/aa375/YellowYata/Gearheads%20Miata%20 Club%20stuff/WhiteKnight%20shocks %20V8%20Solstice/IMG_2924%20eml_zpsjv fdhh2y.jpg