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Steering Rack Rod and Welding

Replaced the left steering rack rod.  The power steering rack I had had a slightly bent inner rod.  Had a new so removed the old, and installed the new.  Had to reuse the inner ball joint boot for containing grease and the larger accordion boot for keeping general debris away from the ball joint area.  Will need to install a boot clamp at the outer side later.  Installed and torqued to spec per the factory service manual (FSM).  Adjusted the toe in to within the FSM spec which was -3.0 mm (+/-) 3.0 mm.  Will need to adjust my front wheel camber at another time too.

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Finished some stich welding of the chassis pan to the chassis as well as installing two tabs at the rear of the chassis for attachment of the rear fenders.  Fillet welded on the inboard side after tacking on the outboard side.  Will need to fabricate and install two more tabs also for attachment of the rear fenders.

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Roll Bar Build/Install

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Drilling holes for roll bar base plate,  4x4x3/8.

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Roll bar kit care of Jack of Kinetic Vehicles in Oregon. Ordered the roll bar too tall, so had to shorten by 4 inches and modify the diagonal. All pieces came pre cut and bird mouthed ready for welding.

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Diagonal bar welded to plate with 10mm bolt welded to plate to make stud for mounting.

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Finished roll bar painted with gloss black anti rust tremclad paint.

Front fender mounts

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making a pattern for fender mount plate.

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Pattern complete.

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Slotted connection between fender mount plate and round stock connecting to the miata uprights.

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Welded and installed fender supports. Modeled after others we found in the forums. Fenders will need to be trimmed to round then out a little bit. They are steel trailer fenders from Princess Auto.  Still have to bolt fenders to the mounts.

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Mounted fender with bolts.