2008-04-11

Things I do for Bonnie...

Miata Mud GuardsTwo more items to pay for next: First, and actually necessary, is some work on the front right fender. Looks like the sticky tires Bonnie had on for a long time were kicking up enough rocks and road debris to wear off the paint on the lower corner of the front fender. To the metal. So to avoid losing the fender to rust, I am having it touched up by Dent Eliminators, who were warmly recommended by fellow THSCC members.

To make sure this sort of thing does not happen again, I have ordered custom Miata mud guards from Mazda Parts People, the added bonus being that they come in matching Miata factory colors, and not just black or primer-colored, like Miata Mania is offering. Marginally cheaper, too.

Strangely enough, on both web sites they show rear mud guards, but no fronts, so I have only a vague idea what they'll look like mounted. Saw them on a few Miatae before, and if I remember it looked fine. I just hope they fit.

The mud guards should arrive within the next couple of days, and I am planning on having the work done next Saturday.

So, that's $68.90 for parts and $125 for touch-up and mounting labor.

Falken Azenis RT615The second item is slightly less necessary, as in, my car won't fall apart if I don't buy it. But my autocrossing tires will. So I'm replacing them with a set of brand-new 185/60/14 Falken Azenis RT615.

Edge Racing had them on sale for $60 apiece, and local Discount Tire matched the price, so I'm getting them mounted some time next week.