Some pics of the car as it sits now, info on turbo plan, and an update on the progress towards the total budget of $4k:
I reupholstered the seats with covers I picked up from another member who replaced his with Katzkins. The old ones were cracked and all jacked the f up - these are much nicer. $50 well spent.
Boost, AFR, and oil temp gauges are in. Amazon was running a special on this head unit for $99 - the sound is great, it plays MP3s, and it has a USB port on the front to plug your iPod into...it's amazing how cheap car stereo stuff has gotten.
Cleaned up the engine bay a bit and sprayed the valve cover with Krylon wrinkle red.
As it sits, I have $2064 in the car:
- $780 Miata
- $ 90 Replace front fender
- $ 50 Leather seat covers
- $600 RPF1s with nearly new Toyo T1Rs
- $ 0 Convertible top (new, free from another member)
- $220 KYB GR2s with Eibachs
- $150 Racing beat dual exhaust
- $ 60 gauges
- $ 15 "carbon fiber" radio surround
- $ 99 Sony head unit
I already have most of the turbo goodies, but still need a few odds and ends. I picked up a Mazdaspeed manifold, turbo, and downpipe for $400. For engine management, I've got a Link Piggyback that I picked up for $200 (well $400, but I sold the keypad for $200). The intercooler came from eBay for something like $60 shipped. I still need the midpipe from a Mazdaspeed and I'll need to fab up an intake.
Here's a picture of the turbo and manifold:
This is the intake manifold that comes with the Link. Check out the four additional injector bosses - the Link piggy adds fuel by squirting from four auxiliary injectors rather than increasing the flow from the stock injectors. Kind of a funky setup, but it should be fine to support the 9psi I intend to run (or at least until I can find a more robust engine management solution!).
Intercooler and pipes:
- $400 Turbo/manifold/downpipe
- $ 60 Intercooler and piping
- $200 Link ECU and injectors
I'll probably spend another $200 or so for an intake, odds and ends for making the intercooler piping, oil/water lines, etc.