still here.

I'm still alive.

Things have been a bit bumpy lately. The mysterious coil issue reappeared on the SECA II, all the electronic bits have tested ok, so I'm at a bit of a loss. Unfortunately, the scoot is the on the back-burner for now. My current priority is my Mazda. There is a known issue with the ViCS intake system that causes screws that hold the butterfly valves in place to vibrate free and get sucked into the combustion chamber.

Guess what happened last week? My engine ate 4 out of the 8 screws. My VIN doesn't fall within the covered range from Mazda, according to a friend that works at a Mazda dealership. So, I pulled the intake manifold and replaced all the screws and used red locktite to keep them in place.

I pulled two metal "chunks" out of cylinder 4 but I think there is still something in there that I can't reach with my magnetic probe. So, I think my only choice is to dig deeper and pull the top end. Plus, I'd like to see the damage first hand.
Over all, not a job I'm looking forward to.

I'll try to get some pics up.