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A Real Mera in Paradise by Fiero-in-Paradise
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I'm running 245/50-15 on the front and 265/50-15 on the rear. These tires are as old as the car and I'm afraid they won't make it through another Phoenix summer. It appears 225/50-15 is about as close as I can come to to the front size--265/50s are still available. Any comments or suggestions?



I am currently running 265 x 15 x 50 tires on all wheels on several of my Meras. I have had very few problems with this arrangement other than low speed hard deflection turns sometimes cause a very minor rub on the front wheels.

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Accidental double post.

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*MERA X UPDATE*

that is all

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I am currently running 265 x 15 x 50 tires on all wheels on several of my Meras. I have had very few problems with this arrangement other than low speed hard deflection turns sometimes cause a very minor rub on the front wheels.

Nelson


Thanks for the info. Are your front rims narrower? Mine are 7" in front and 8" rear. Found out the 225s don't have the load range for the car, well, not for the Fiero and I assume the Mera is somewhat heavier, so that settles that issue. Looks like I'm going with 265s all around.

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Thanks for the info. Are your front rims narrower? Mine are 7" in front and 8" rear. Found out the 225s don't have the load range for the car, well, not for the Fiero and I assume the Mera is somewhat heavier, so that settles that issue. Looks like I'm going with 265s all around.



I guess the rim width depends on which car you are talking about. Both of the 88s have Chromadoras installed and the 87s use different off set rims. Both 88s have at least 265 x 60 x 15 tires (one has 295 tires on the rear but they will be replaced). One 87 has the 265 on all four corners and the other one is currently sitting on a set of Konig wheels in a 16 inch size. I took a set of Chromadoras off this car because they just did not look right on an 87.

BTW, does anyone want/need an expensive set of Chromadoras since I have two spare sets?

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I guess the rim width depends on which car you are talking about. Both of the 88s have Chromadoras installed and the 87s use different off set rims. Both 88s have at least 265 x 60 x 15 tires (one has 295 tires on the rear but they will be replaced). One 87 has the 265 on all four corners and the other one is currently sitting on a set of Konig wheels in a 16 inch size. I took a set of Chromadoras off this car because they just did not look right on an 87.

BTW, does anyone want/need an expensive set of Chromadoras since I have two spare sets?

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What size tires are you using on your 16" rims?

I have a set of 16" rims for my 88 Mera, 7" for the front and 8" rear.

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What size tires are you using on your 16" rims?

I have a set of 16" rims for my 88 Mera, 7" for the front and 8" rear.


There's a handy tire size calculator at http://www.tacomaworld.com/...=245-50r15-205-60r15

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What size tires are you using on your 16" rims?

I have a set of 16" rims for my 88 Mera, 7" for the front and 8" rear.


I will uncover the car and take a look tomorrow morning. I really do not remember but suspect the the wheels are 225 x 60 x 16. This was a spare set that came with one of the 87 Meras and I really never paid much attention to them before pulling the Chromadoras off the car.

I was almost correct and the actual tires are 225 x 50 x16 (front and back).

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*MERA X UPDATE*

that is all



Wow looks great. Joe & Brian do great work.

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word is the cradle and trans are in
and the muffler is tacked

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word is the cradle and trans are in
and the muffler is tacked




Looks like it is harder to get to the engine in the Mera than in a regular GT. Going from a Notchie to a fastback I thought it was bad, but look at the opening on the Mera.

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Looks like it is harder to get to the engine in the Mera than in a regular GT. Going from a Notchie to a fastback I thought it was bad, but look at the opening on the Mera.


With the deck lid off it does not make any real difference and the MERA rear deck lid is actually somewhat higher than a standard Fiero one. However, it is a bit harder to install a V8 in an 88 due to the strut tower configuration and some frame rail notching will likely be required. The 3800 SC Series III also works with minimal/no mods.

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Looks like it is harder to get to the engine in the Mera than in a regular GT. Going from a Notchie to a fastback I thought it was bad, but look at the opening on the Mera.





its in!!
Joe has the deck lid at half mast working in the Plate light if that's the "hole" you refer to.
I thought the engine and trans were installed from the underside?? in the end its in and I am getting really excited!!
soooo ready for some 3800 PEEEEEOW!!

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Hummmmmmmm what do we have here??
wonder what they think of the Mera?
taken from Hagerty Classic Cars FaceBook page........
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oth...87&pt=US_Cars _Trucks

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Mounted 265/50-15s all around--no clearance problems. They look a little big on the front.

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Mounted 265/50-15s all around--no clearance problems. They look a little big on the front.





That is better than dry rotted tires.

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Hummmmmmmm what do we have here??
wonder what they think of the Mera?
taken from Hagerty Classic Cars FaceBook page........
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oth...87&pt=US_Cars _Trucks



I've seen this car--BIG. It really is nicely done, but it's just too BIG. Cloth interior detracts. I think it is way overpriced--for that money you could get a Mera with the swap of your choice

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That is better than dry rotted tires.

Nelson


You've got that right. Interestingly, it handles great! Of course the old tires were really out of round.

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Just recieved word that we have recieved alot of pictures for our Fiero playing cards. They will be sold thru our web site later this year. However, although we have been sent all models, we have not recieved any Mera pics. So send in those pics of your Mera. Go to www.fierofocus.com for further information. I, some day would like to own one, and I follow this forum topic quite often.

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....... However, although we have been sent all models, we have not recieved any Mera pics. So send in those pics of your Mera. Go to www.fierofocus.com for further information. I, some day would like to own one, and I follow this forum topic quite often.

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welly welly well.....then., it just so happens I will be getting Mi Mera back today or tomorrow

Mera X will love the attention

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look what I got today!!!!




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That's Fantastic news Dan ! ! ! ! ! How does 'X' drive now, and which is faster - 'X' or the V8 ? :-) J

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That's Fantastic news Dan ! ! ! ! ! How does 'X' drive now, and which is faster - 'X' or the V8 ? :-) J


Fantastic news, indeed! thanks.
as to your question......its weird, that's a tuff call.
the "seat of pants-O-meter" says the Mera is faster. but I don't know how.
the Mera is only like 260 HP ......we have a in house Dyno down the street so I will get the slips to confirm

I got new shocks and struts....poly all around with front and rear sway bars.....so handling is awesome. barely feel bumps and train tracks
also went with the Grand Am brake upgrade....so it stops on a dime and gives 9 cents change

and just so you all know. Mera X and I are back on point, soo expect this thread to blow up, again!!! yeeeehaw!

got the mirrors and lug nut covers back on....lookin good, eh?? now its time to fix the rear bumper



even got me some OEM Mera tailpipes now.....off Mera #7071!!



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I am happy that you are happy!
Everybody is happy!
Happy. Happy. Happy.

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I am happy that you are happy!
Everybody is happy!
Happy. Happy. Happy.


very much so......and thanks again. you guys did a fine Job

the KYB upgrade is the whip!! barely feel the bumps......and RR tracks. its a whole new car

now its time for the V8
even got mad love from an older Fiero Guy who knew what a Mera was right on!!
grabbing a bite to eat in celebration!! tomorrow we eat at the Drive-In if its open

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Looks good, bet your glad to have it back home.

I should be getting mine back next Saturday, anxious to drive it a little.

If your back bumper doesn't work out here is something I have been considering to go with Rodney's front bumper. I got the dimensions from the seller but haven't measured my car yet.

62 1/4" Length
3" Depth
4" Height


http://www.ebay.com/itm/380...id=p3984.m1423.l2649

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If you need a rear bumper, your free to have the one that came with my kit (if it fits). I have no plans for it.

Bob

edit to add only pic I have...

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If you need a rear bumper, your free to have the one that came with my kit (if it fits). I have no plans for it.

Bob


Extra bumpers is another thing we got several of in the Fejer stuff from Ont. They look just like the one Bob posted above^.

Contact Doug (dmkfiero@ovis.net) should you end up needing one.

Just a second option for you or anybody needing one.

HAGO!

Forgot to mention, the bumpers we have from Barrie do not have the foam in them, they are just the fiberglass shells. We have the jigs to put the foam in, but none of these have been done.

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Just recieved word that we have recieved alot of pictures for our Fiero playing cards. They will be sold thru our web site later this year. However, although we have been sent all models, we have not recieved any Mera pics. So send in those pics of your Mera. Go to www.fierofocus.com for further information. I, some day would like to own one, and I follow this forum topic quite often.

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I will send some pictures when I get home in a couple of weeks. Do you have any setting requirements?

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roger that fellas, thanks......
I got the original bumper but with the old foam design it ends up being a water trap when driven in the rain and/or when washing I feel.
my idea is to stick weld a set of under sized stainless tube steel from the inside to the plate still in the bumper shell, then just thru bolt back to the car side mounting bracket pictured. I hope to get it telescopic like. my goal here is to keep as much of my OEM Mera stuff as possible. unlike the rear deck lid mount I had to drop to allow for the SC snout

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Do you have any setting requirements?

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it seems they want Landscape photos.....*quote from the site*
"Be sure to include your name, city & state, and the year & model of your Fiero. The picture, if digital, needs to be approx. 5" high x 7" wide, 480 x 640 pixels, be a landscape version side view or front quarter view, and be devoid of people."

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I picked up my Mera today, the Series 3 SC motor is way better than the Series 1 SC that was in it when I bought it. Lots more power and torque and it just runs better. Didn't push it much, it's a little scary to drive fast the way the suspension is now.

Stopped at a cruise night on the way home, people were surprised that Ferrari put a supercharged motor in a 308. I had lots of fun explaining the Mera story and that I preferred it to a 308. Much lower operating expense and that I thought having 1 of 247 was better that 1 of 12,000 and that like the most desirable early 308s the Mera is fiberglass but again 1 of 247 instead of 1 of 700.

Next on the list is coilovers for the front, C4 brakes, new wheels and tires, good alignment and final tuning for the motor.

With a little luck I may get that much finished before the end of summer.

It's gonna be a fun car to drive when it's all done.

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http://cars.yakaz.com/ponti...cid=0003kb10k6ged0o8



http://www.ebay.com/itm/198...291156402560?afsrc=1

See note to owner at bottom of page.
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I listened to the exhaust from outside the car for the first time last night and it sounds great. I did not want a loud exhaust on this body style, definitely not a muscle car and 6 cylinders don't sound all that good anyway.

Chris found a Borla muffler, # 4074, crossflow type. It has a 3" inlet and dual 2 1/2" outlets. He used a 3" exhaust donut for a tight 90 and 180 bends to get it to fit with 2 1/2" to 2" reducers into Rodneys Mera tail pipes. It required the trunk to be cut but I still have the lower, just lost about 1/2 the width between the engine and bumper.

It is quiet at idle with a good smooth power sound when reved, no 6 cylinder rasp. It has an occasional pop on over run that is not loud at all. The muffler and 3" donut were a bit expensive but the sound it makes is well worth it and goes with the look of the Mera.

Sorry I don't have pics or video, I'm a bit tech challenged.

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Report this Post07-22-2014 08:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for I FAR ISend a Private Message to I FAR IEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Hey Larry....I'm certain many here would love to see your car and motor.

When it comes to downloading pics to this site, try using this link and it becomes quite easy: http://tinypic.com/

Just BROWSE thru your images and after you Open the pic you want, select the UPLOAD NOW button. After the pic has been Uploaded, just COPY the IMG Code for Forums and Message Boards and then Paste it into your message here on PFF.

Also, I don't know about the reason for your suspension issues, but I see that a member has some Suspension Techniques Performance Lowering Springs for sale in The Mall at the great price of only $200......I've had those same type springs on my 308 rebody for 20 years now and know first hand that they work wonderfully....They're an excellent addition to a weak in the knees Fiero, but I hope you get them because I'm fairly certain they could greatly help your car, both in handling performance and looks.

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When it comes to downloading pics to this site, try using this link and it becomes quite easy: http://tinypic.com/
Cheers.


Great find--some really handy features.

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went for a run in the Mera today. its running alright, but it started smoking again

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went for a run in the Mera today. its running alright, but it started smoking again


Sorry to hear you are having a troubling situation with your Mera. Any idea what is causing the smoking?

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