New Door Panels

Check out my new “Forever Door Panels” by Primer 3d aka vortexblue aka Chris. He’s a super cool old school air-cooled VW dude who used to work for Sector 111 building incredible Ariel Atoms and BAC Monos. Now he has his own business offering prototyping, 3d scanning, 3d printing and computer modeling services. He’s also doing these laser cut ABS plastic “Forever” door panels, which you can get from Goodwin Racing or at his stores on eBay and Etsy. The nice thing about them is they’ll never warp like the OEM hard board. I always like to upgrade when given the opportunity, […]

Rogue Engineering Quick Release Steering Wheel Adapter Install

Unboxing my new Rogue Engineering steering wheel quick release adapter Here it is in all it’s glory. Should make it easier to sit in the driver’s seat with the laptop computer open when tuning the car in my driveway or on the dyno. Will also make it easier to get in/out when I temporarily fit race seats for track days. You can rotate the release paddle to any position you want. The little dimple serves as an index mark, which I located at the 12 o’clock position. This puts the release button, which serves as a safety mechanism to prevent […]

Daddy's Little Helper Tuning the Miata

Project Miata Update

Here is a screenshot of a video I took with the timing light to verify my ignition timing. Initially I set the base timing using the Trigger Wizard per the MS Labs instructions. This was just a sanity check to make sure that when the ECU is commanding 14* BTDC at idle the crank pulley timing marks agree that it is in fact at 14* advance. The red marks on the timing belt cover are T and 10 (ProTip: paint the lines white or red so they’re easier to see). You can use either the T mark on the timing […]

Project Miata Update

So I’ve been talking with some other Megasquirt users to request help getting into the ball park with my tune, share ideas and help validate my work so far. omgpham and Valvecovergasket were nice enough to share their tunes with me. And Reverant at MS Labs finally responded to my email with some AFR1, VE1 and Spark1 tables that were scaled for TPS. The maps in his original base tune were scaled for kpa, which is completely meaningless for Alpha-N. But he also admitted he’s never tuned an ITB car before and the tables were just best guesses. I can’t […]

2017 Project Miata Goals

Tune the Megasquirt ECU Drive the car a lot, gather lots of data, refine the engine tune Take car to a load bearing chassis dyno for even more engine tuning Install new brake discs and pads all around Reattach Redline Goods leather gauge hood cover where it is coming loose Modify instrument cluster so that the lights behind the tachometer are more diffuse so all the numbers on the gauge face are illuminated, possibly install LED bulbs Install Revlimiter anti-glare lenses for my KG Works instrument panel cover Install new door panel interior trim (upper and lower panels, door pulls), […]

Project Miata Update

Check original base tune setting for CLT thermistor setting. So which is it, Mazda or RX-7 S4&S5? So I read some old posts on and Braineack says several times to use RX-7 S4&S5. Every time I go to Tools –> Calibrate Thermistor Tables and set CLT to RX-7 S4&S5 and write it to the controller, when I open it back up again it shows that CLT is set to RX-7_AFM(S5 in AFM). Both Common Sensor Values share the same data tables so I’m thinking this is just a bug in Tuner Studio.   Figure out why MS3 is not […]

Project Miata Update

Figure out why MS3 is not reading NB cam sensor. Could be bad sensor or bad wiring between sensor and CAS harness. So I think I fixed the cam position sensor (CMP) issue: power and ground were apparently swapped by mistake due to misread wiring diagram (sensor pigtail has three black wires so no help there). I Googled pictures of exemplar 1999-2000 Miata engines and zoomed in on the CMP sensor to verify the OEM wire colors.   Apparently when reading wiring diagrams, the view is as though you’re looking at the back of the connector where the wires go […]

Project Miata Update

The plan is to tow the Miata from my dad’s house to my house after Thanksgiving so that instead of hibernating in a cold garage all winter long, it can stay cozy and warm in my garage where I can begin the painstaking process of tuning the ECU as time permits. Our winters are generally much more mild and thus more conducive to working on cars. Also, we have a lot more dyno facilities in my area. The goal is to street tune the car. Then once the car is generally drivable and I better understand the ins and outs […]