Video Ford Fusion Swapped Miata Review! A Surprisingly Interesting Roadster

Video Ford ✅ Just when I thought I had done a video on every engine swapped Mazda Miata in existence, there’s always ONE MORE! Today we hop in this Mazda NC Miata with a Ford Fusion engine swap! This motor was also found in cars such as the Mazda 6 – so it stays in the FoMoCo family! We compare and constrast the other popular engine swaps but most importantly talk about the insanely low budget and cost it is to do this. Let’s for for a drive and talk about it! ✅ Ford Fusion Swapped Miata Review! A Surprisingly Interesting Roadster

⏩ Video content: Ford Fusion Swapped Miata Review! A Surprisingly Interesting Roadster

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all right look just when i thought i had
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done every mazda miata swap in existence
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there’s always one more there is no
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possible way that mazda knew how many
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engines people would put into their
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little two-seater roadster the nc miata
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which is kind of the black sheep of the
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miata family is big and bubbly and
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shares a chassis very similar to the
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rx-8 but this nc has something up its
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sleeve it has an engine from a ford
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fusion it might be the best budget
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engine swap and a miata you could ever
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find but here’s the thing is it really
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worth going from that 2 liter to the
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ford fusion swap let’s go for a rip and
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find out
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hey uh before we get started introduce
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yourself hi guys uh my name’s matt
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i’m just from iowa i’m a traveling nurse
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uh and i i like fun cars i’m a big miata
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guy so no way yeah shocker right what we
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have today uh matt has brought us a
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treat because i have done every swap in
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the world in the miata at this point but
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i keep finding new ones
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today he sent me an email said i have
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something very peculiar but kind of
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something dino run yeah
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this engine swap in my opinion before we
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get started the reason i’m setting is
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because it’s loud and has a big old
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blast pipe in the back yeah this makes
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sense because this is the engine found
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in the mazda 6 and also the ford fusion
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it’s cool that you kind of theoretically
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did a mazda swap but at the same time a
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famoco technically this specific engine
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is out of a mazda6 um they did
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come in a whole bunch of ford mazda
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products so there you go yeah close
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enough i don’t have specifics frankly
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because i didn’t actually build the
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motor the the car was blown up and
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um i had it at my buddy’s place and he’s
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the one who did a lot of the actual
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internal engine work but sure it’s not
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much you essentially you take off the uh
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the stock oil pan you switch it out for
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the miata oil pan from the two liter and
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you have to do a couple little things
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inside the oil pan to make sure like
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basically because you’re taking it from
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a front drive to a rear drive platform
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right you can take a car or an engine
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out of a junkyard and with like 400
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worth of parts just put it in the car so
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it’s like a thousand dollar swap like
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easily and a stock motor usually makes
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roughly 50 more wheel torque and about
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50 more horsepower that’s the thing a
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lot of people find missing in the miata
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is that torque yeah yeah cause power
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wise most people are pretty content they
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don’t really care that it’s slow
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straight line
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but sometimes if you’re in the
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traditional in a miata one eight or one
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six especially yeah you’re like oh dude
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come on let’s go i won’t like talk crap
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about nas and mbs but in my opinion
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owning having owned a couple nas they’re
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over hyped now like everybody wants
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something everybody wants the pop-ups
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but you know my fiance has one we love
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it
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she’s even like can we give it a little
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bit more beans i love i love that they
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exist and that like i loved them they
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were how i got into cars i i daily drove
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an nna for like two years in college and
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it was a clapped out hooptie and it was
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really fun to kind of just drift and
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stuff on the stream whatever but
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like for long term i i like the what at
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least nc and up offers well here’s
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what’s funny this is the first nc miata
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i’ve ever driven here
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yeah
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well this car is not super
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representative i mean right of what they
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normally do chassis is very similar to
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the x8s oh yeah yeah yeah so basically
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what’s really neat is the nc miata was
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such a great chassis like let’s throw
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the rotary in it too right but i on the
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other hand
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uh obviously the nc survived a lot
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longer yeah
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a lot of people tell me like you should
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put a renesas in this it’s not that easy
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and it’s also nowhere near as reliable
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or fast as this two and a half liter is
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right you just don’t get the torque so i
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mean maybe in certain situations it
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might be more fun but especially the red
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line what’s the red line of this this
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one’s 72. so it’s pretty good it’s very
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reasonable uh
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a lot of people say only to rev them to
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seven
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yeah
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super grippy yeah dude that was awesome
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it’s got so much forward light actually
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when i’m doing that it’s like
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it feels a little sketchy i’m gonna let
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it like cool down
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i’ve seen limiter over and over again in
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this so far at 72 and it’s been fine
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funny too is the nc is seen as like the
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quote not cool one by a lot of people
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yeah and i like it i think it’s a cool
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car it’s changing a lot now that they’re
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getting popular on track
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[Applause]
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okay that’s really interesting
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because
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it still feels like a miata yeah it
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feels like a mazda engine yeah and at
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the same time it sounds like you’re
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driving a miata yeah yeah like the
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ecotech i drove a few months ago
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that one you’re like oh yeah this is
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definitely not a miata engine
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but this one if you put somebody in this
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car and said drive my miata they would
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not know there’s no way so
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the big thing with that i think is is
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the hotter cams it helps it rev higher
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normally the stock ones even on like e85
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i feel like they feel more like freight
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trains rather than you know but this
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motor it does rev and it rewards beating
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it you know like really hard so it’s
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super fun on track and to give you kind
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of an idea of like pull as far as power
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to weight and stuff like i was not
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i was about neck and neck with a k24
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swapped brz on track in the straight so
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it’s like fairly compel or comparable as
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far as power to weight is concerned i
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think it’s fascinating because of the
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revving right the cable can go a little
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bit higher but you probably have a
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little bit more torque i think he does i
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i think they would start to run
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on me as if the straight was just a
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little longer you know like like your
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typical like quarter mile kind of
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straight on a smaller track like
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gingerman i was able i had enough torque
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to kind of hang in there it’s pretty
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good for them for the small amount of
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money that it takes to get another thing
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too when you pop the hood it
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none the wiser right yeah it looks like
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a miata engine it technically sits maybe
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like an inch higher in the engine bay
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but it fits under a stock hood like
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nobody would ever know you can
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absolutely just put the motor in with
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the normal catted header and just like
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drive it you can literally just put it
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in and and this is tuned on the factory
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ecu what about motor mounts though is
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the same motor mount no i i put some
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dumb hot boy like super aggressive
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engine mounts in it okay so i just
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wanted the car to feel as much like a
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race car on the street as i could
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because it’s just fun like like i i get
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the theatrics of it and it makes me feel
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like need for speed underground too
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[Music]
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[Applause]
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and you can take it to limiter if you
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want i don’t care oh oh see he said it
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so many owners like so many people
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comment like dave why do you hit limiter
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i’m like the owner told me to go for it
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yeah i do it all the time and if it
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blows up i’ll grab a
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truck and i’ll trailer home
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let’s talk about your exterior though
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you did this kind of initial d style i
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love i love the eurobeat intensifier
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i i just wanted it to be cheesy and fun
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like i pretty much i feel like a lot of
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people build cars for other people and i
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wanted it to be what i wanted it to be
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and i like that well also um
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the nc’s front almost to me feels a
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little incomplete with the chin right
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but you put that chin spoiler front lip
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on it fixes the front yeah so it’s got
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like an ebay front lip with the the um
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offhand i’m blanking on the the brand
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but i do have like a chassis mount
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splitter that actually makes some
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downforce another thing too about the nc
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miata is that the interior is leaps and
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bounds better than the nb in an a except
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this gross orange
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i’ve hated the color forever about it i
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think of the outside color yeah it was
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like a green maybe and originally this
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was a black car
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and it had a it was black car and it had
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a brown
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uh a brown soft top that i didn’t think
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was it yeah it looks like the soft top
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the red
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it came on a parts car that my buddy
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bought and we i got it for like 100
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bucks we were like it’s way better
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and it doesn’t really fit the the color
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scheme but it works i like it anyway
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reason why so many people say miata is
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always the answer is because you can do
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anything right you can put whatever
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motor the engine bay is big enough to
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put an ls in it even if you want and
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the interior you can do upgrades to the
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exterior you can the aftermarket is
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endless yeah right and it’s a party you
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can learn with too you can start at zero
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power and you can get super comfortable
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with oversteer on track or autocross i
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mean
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my first time ever autocrossing was on
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all seasons in an n a and i like about
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pissed my pants i was having so much fun
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it was
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you know it it’s like it’s attainable at
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almost any level and ideally someday i’d
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like to chassis swap this with a better
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nc sure and make it a more long-term
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perfect car but
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for what i do with it i mean i send it
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into the mud drifting it i’ve i’ve like
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it it sees a lot of track time and it’s
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just really fun the way it is another
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thing too is the community yeah
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beauty is hilarious people that don’t
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know miatas and predicaments
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with threatening auras yeah you know
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like i love it so much at some point if
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you’re curious on facebook look up uh
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that’s not an 886 bro it’s a whole
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facebook group dedicated to people doing
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this livery on youtube makes no sense
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there’s like 911s and chargers that
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people have done it with
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brakes are good yeah so it’s just stock
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brakes with uh
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some upgraded track pads and fluid
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totally got a limiter i love hearing it
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we just got honked down did we really
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you’re like what the heck was that
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[Music]
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let them go yeah
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give them a second here people just it’s
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when you drive a car like this a lot you
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realize how little speed people ever
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carry anywhere and it’s it’s like it
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gets annoying but
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it’s us it’s not that
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yes
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oh yeah so yeah i see how weight
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transfer it’s super neutral
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a hair towards oversteer on track i’d
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rather have that than understeer yeah
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yeah
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and right now these tires are so brand
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new it’s just got tons of grip
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that’s awesome it’s hard to like i want
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to tell everybody they should all get me
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honest i’ve done it for years and it
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gets old i’m in an echo chamber and yeah
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people don’t want to hear like miata is
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always the answer but i love them this
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is my fifth miata and this one’s i’m
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keeping for a long time in some way or
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another i’ll always have this car but
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even if it’s a different chassis it’s
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it’s the same thing to me um and it’s
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always going to be tofu hilarity yeah
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yeah i love it the community is really
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good and this swap for in particular i
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think is kind of the reason that so far
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k-swap hasn’t come out for these yet
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right this is so much cheaper i mean i
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want a k in this car someday but it no
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matter what to do it right it’s like 10
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grand yep and for like a thousand
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dollars
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i have a total of 1600 bucks in this car
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including the or sorry in the swap
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including the cams and including some
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labor paying somebody to do it like
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it’s it’s really good this is
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this close to a k-swap yeah this close i
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i don’t know man
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this is a great swap and it’s not just
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because it’s weird yeah i think it’s
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legitimately great and it’s becoming
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really common too people like these are
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all over the place in gridlife racing
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like like they’re i think every nc in uh
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gridlife touring cup their wheeled wheel
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series they have two and a half liters
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yeah and they’re competitive they’re
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like top three competitive with
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k-swapped miatas k-swap to be you know
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whatever
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corvettes they run in that group like
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with different levels of power and stuff
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it’s a good swap it’s i think long term
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if i could get a k in the car like
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specifically a really high revving k20
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would just be great
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for the the theatrics and the experience
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of it you don’t really need it i mean
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this car is hilarious and i feel like it
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turns heads a lot
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and
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maybe sometimes too much right
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but that’s my fault with the way it
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looks so well dude thank you so much
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yeah dude super nice to meet you
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absolutely i appreciate it today well on
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that note you have a youtube channel why
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not oh uh yeah i have a small channel
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it’s called shifty intentions if anybody
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wants to go check it out
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i did do some of the like swap stuff on
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there so
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um yeah just little channel but i upload
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on tuesdays thursdays and sundays and i
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will see you guys next time take it easy
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