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Old 29th July 2012, 22:16
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Hi everyone. My name is Dave Lowes, I have ordered my MX250 kit and will hopefully be collecting it soon. I have built a few kits but have never done one with the support of a forum so thought I would give it a go. I will post back once I have collected it. Look forward to talking with you all soon.
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Old 29th July 2012, 22:46
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Hi Dave, welcome!
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Old 31st July 2012, 19:57
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Can anyone tell me what other cars wheels will fit the MX5. Also for the tribute do you need a different offset? I want to fill the arch. I have lowered the car already so am not sure what the maximum rim diameter would be. Thanks.
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Old 31st July 2012, 20:38
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Ah the ultimate quest!

Studs are 4 x 100 (PCD)

Standard wheels are 6J (width at rim) with an offset of 43 (et)

Chris's red demo car has
front 7.5j 20et
rear 9j 15et with a 25mm spacer.

I think 17" rims are a bit tight, but if you have real low profiles, like rubber bands, you may do it.

Loads of stuff on the Mazda forums like MXnuts etc

On the rear from the Mazda hub to a plumb line to the wing edge is six inches. Deduct one inch for the wheel arch lip and you need to make 5" (127mm), which I suppose is on a 9j (228mm).... 228 divided by two is 114, less 127 is -13mm offset or ....well now I have confused my self, but zero et on the rears would do it.

This site is useful...
http://www.willtheyfit.com/

Also, if your thinking of going bigger in the tyre department......

http://ejelta.com/tiresize/index.html

Most of the Ebay alloy wheel suppliers cant do a 9j in a 15" so you will have to go up to 16" rims, then you can get almost what you want, and more tyres are available.

You never know what is coming up on Ebay, pistonheads etc.....but I think I am going to get banded steels made so they are justb right with maximum dish.

www.wide-wheels.co.uk
http://www.alonzecustom.co.uk/

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Old 31st July 2012, 20:51
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Ah Nick, my upaid helper! Thank you.

Dave, Welcome aboard. Sorry for the delay in answering but Nick has for me anyway, and completely correctly of course.

Wheel choice is a very personal thing, but if you like the wheels on our demo car try these on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Borbet-A-d...item257399bd81

Don't bid, just let me know if you want them, as I know the guy who is selling them

Looking forward to meeting you when you pick up your kit in August, and hope to see a build tread follow shortly after that.
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Old 31st July 2012, 20:54
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[/QUOTE] You never know what is coming up on Ebay, pistonheads etc.....but I think I am going to get banded steels made so they are justb right with maximum dish.
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Can I have your 11" wide rims then????
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Old 31st July 2012, 21:49
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Well how are the headlight covers coming on?
Seriously though, they probably will be available, but I am just waiting on prices for the banded steels first. N
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Hi Dave welcome to the gang.
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Well how are the headlight covers coming on?
Seriously though, they probably will be available, but I am just waiting on prices for the banded steels first. N
Picking up first pull from moulds for checking on Friday.
Let me know how you get on with price of steels, interested myself, will need some 11" rims on the front of my car!!!!
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Thanks all. Just trying to get things sorted before i pick the kit up. Some really helpful answers. Would be good when its done to organise a meet. Would love to see other builders take on the same kit.
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Old 16th August 2012, 21:33
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Picking my kit up on Saturday morning.....very excited! My wife doesnt share my excitement though
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Old 16th August 2012, 21:38
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They can be like that sometimes/most of the time/all of the time (delete as appropriate).
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You get used to it!

I'm looking forward to seeing a few more of these 250 builds as my wife has expressed that if/when i do ever build another car then it needs to have a roof! and doors.... and a heater... possibly a radio...

you get the idea
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Old 18th August 2012, 20:10
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Woo hoo. picked my kit up today. very happy with it and especially with the service provided at Tribute, second to none, thanks guys. Took a lifetime to drive back to Cardiff with all the caravanners out on the road. Just need to get a Mk3 Spitfire and a moggy1000 off the drive and I can get it in the garage. Hope everyone elses builds are going well. Will have to arrange a meet next year with all the other MX250's
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Old 19th August 2012, 21:26
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Woo hoo. picked my kit up today. very happy with it and especially with the service provided at Tribute, second to none, thanks guys. Took a lifetime to drive back to Cardiff with all the caravanners out on the road. Just need to get a Mk3 Spitfire and a moggy1000 off the drive and I can get it in the garage. Hope everyone elses builds are going well. Will have to arrange a meet next year with all the other MX250's
Hi Dave, great to meet you yesterday and glad you are happy with the kit
Good luck with the sale of the Spitfire and Moggy, shouldn't be long before you can crack on with the MX5. I llook forward to seeing your progress.

An MX250 meet next year is a great idea, should be a few done by the next Stoneleigh Show I hope
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Are there not any shoes in the south? Stanleigh is a flipping long way!
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Old 19th August 2012, 22:07
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Are there not any shoes in the south? Stanleigh is a flipping long way!
Shoes? You sound like my wife....

Stanleigh (what a MARVEL-LOUS show!) will give you a chance to finish, I could have said Exeter in October It's not a long way when your driving an MX250, it's got a roof, radio, heater......
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Ah the curse of the android phone...turn you back and it changes the words to what it thinks is best. Problem is, I rarely leave the county!

I finally go on holiday on tues, back in two weeks, so reckon it will be ready for Bristol. Will I need a roofrack for the Revolutions??
I mean exetet

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