Thought I might as well start a small thread as I do this with most, if not all of my cars, for a bit of provenance and to share some of my experiences, etc. I never seem to be able to leave a car alone - bone stock, in my 25+ years of motoring
Had this over a year now. Car was previously on this forum from new with previous owner, who went for the black/white look and did that very well to be honest. He put a lot of time and effort into it and that’s one of the reasons I bought this car. When I was searching it had to be an ND2 with the uprated engine. Was so tempted to get the Anniversary car just for the Recaros, but wasn’t a massive fan of the Orange paint. Eventually I’ll find some Recaros from a Launch or Recaro edition, but not the end of the world.
Have changed it up a little since that time (sorry!). Removed the BBS wheels, black badges, DRL covers and smoked side repeaters. Have kept the Mazda Eibach springs on, Aero kit, Ulter rear backbox/diffuser, Zunsport grille and LED bulbs all round.
My plans for the car will be around keeping the car revvy, NA and lightweight, with a bit extra than it came from the factory with.
Added new OEM chrome badges, OEM clear side repeaters, new 17" Konig Hypergram wheels with 215 45 17 Falken FK510 tyres (8j width, clear the Brembos and a flow formed and light weight), some engine bay bling (Cusco strut brace, IL motorsport hose, carbon dipped fuel rail cover, etc), interior from a 124 Abarth (red tacho, chunkier steering wheel, alcantara dash/gear gaiter/handbrake gaiter), OEM Mazda SS pedal set, OEM mazda sill covers, Raceseng weighted gearknob, perspex windblocker, Moss stubby aerial, refurbished Brembo MX5/Abarth calipers, repainted rear calipers white, Mintex M1144 pads, C hook discs, HEL braided brake lines and a gearbox cooling scoop. Also had it aligned over at Tuned UK in Wrexham.
Tempted to swap out the Mazda rear spoiler for a ducktail in carbon or white, BBR 220 maybe next year, Sportline springs and Koni dampers, ARB upgrade. Also will be treating it to a minor detailing session, probably not ceramic coat it as I enjoy cleaning and applying various waxes to it.
I’ve cleaned up the underside as best I can, last summer and treated it all with ACF50 to keep dirt and corrosion at bay - not too keen on underseals just yet as the car is only used in fair weather and is garaged most of the time.