How To: Carbon Fibre Wrapping

September 11th, 2010 by David 8 comments »

Walking that knife edge between classy and chavy, I decided to get into the world of carbon fibre wrapping.

I was getting bored of my plain old, piano black dash strip. There has always been a little too much black in the cabin and although shiny, this dash strip didn’t add a lot of interest. What’s worse is that it’s made of a very soft plastic. Look at it for too long and you’d scratch it. If that weren’t so bad, it’s also a magnet for fingerprints and dust. It was time for a change.

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How To: Make your door handle caps silver

September 10th, 2010 by David 1 comment »

The MX-5 Sport has silver door handle caps. Mine didn’t. But I have spray paint. Nuff said…
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Listen to iPod Whilst Charging

July 9th, 2010 by David 2 comments »

Just a quickie today.

I went to play music on my iPod but discovered it needed charging. I’m at work so I don’t have iTunes installed but I do have my cable. I wanted to charge my iPod and listen to music from it. So here is what I had to do.

  1. Connect the iPod to the PC via the cable
  2. Go to Explorer and find the iPod. It was listed as removable storeage device
  3. Right-click on the drive icon and select ‘Eject’

The iPod should shortly stop displaying the ‘Do not disconnect’ warning and return to the main menu.

If you simply select ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ from the tooltray icon you’ll get the iPod menu back but it’ll not continue charging.

I did this with my Mac formatted iPod on a Windows XP machine. I expect that PC formatted iPods will behave the same way.

How To: Fit foglamps to an MX-5

May 24th, 2010 by David 14 comments »

Yet another How To guide for your MX-5. Just showing that doing stuff yourself is not that hard. First posted back in September 2009, this article takes you through the process of fitting front fog lamps to a Mk3 MX-5. Although I use the standard Mazda lamps, there is nothing stopping you from using other brand lamps with a suitable fitting. Let’s get to work
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How To: Detail your MX-5

March 31st, 2010 by David 12 comments »

With some nicer weather at the weekends recently I’ve been tempted to detail my car again. Detailing is just a fancy way of saying ‘clear really well’. =) Traditionally people have polished cars but the modern thinking is to avoid abrasives and use more effective, deep cleaning products followed by some high tech protection. I say ‘deep cleaning products’ but we start with Fairy Liquid. Enjoy.
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How To: Remove the door cards and fit speaker bezels on an MX-5

March 8th, 2010 by David 16 comments »

Removing the door cards on your car is always a hassle. I did it to fit some nice speaker rings so I documented the process to help others. It’s another forum post saved from oblivion.

Hi All,

I fitted the silver speaker bezels this weekend so I thought I’d do a post on how to remove the door cards and fit these rings.

I’ve always thought the standard look of the doors on the MX-5 was a bit bland. The Sport and some special edition models have the satin silver speaker bezels and door handle caps to brighten things up. Time for me to add the same bits to my 2.0 Option Pack.
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How To: Turn a 6-speed Sport gear knob into a 5-speed on an MX-5

February 26th, 2010 by David 1 comment »

Simple one this…

Hi All,

It’s Sunday so it’s time for some more car upgrades.

This time I wanted to upgrade my, rather plain, Option Pack gear knob to something a little classier.
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How To: Fit style bar covers on an MX-5

February 20th, 2010 by David 10 comments »

Swapping the style bar covers (the trim over the rollover bars) from stock black to something less drab is a cheap and easy way to give your car a lift. Here’s my ‘How to..’ guide from September 2009.
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Between two lungs

February 17th, 2010 by David No comments »

Hey, this blog isn’t suppose to be about all the boring stuff I do all the time. You do enough boring stuff yourself for you to be not the slightest bit interested in my stuff. So, disclaimer out of the way. I’d like to share with you this video of Florence and the Machine performing their song ‘Between two lungs’.

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How To: Custom stainless steel grille

February 12th, 2010 by David 6 comments »

More forum rescues. This time a guide on making a professional looking stainless steel mesh grille for my car.

Hi All,

Time for another Sunday How-To :-)

This time I was getting bored with the standard plastic grille on mt car. I quite fancied a Zunsport grille or something similar. However, I wasn’t impressed at the price. £70-90 for some wire mesh seemed a lot. So, me being me, I decided to explore the DIY route.
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