I decided that my local club forum isn't enough and maybe enough people on here will give me some better ideas on where to take my car now.
I've been around miatas since I was 11 thanks to my dad's urge of wanting a MG Midget-like car. Since then I've seen the fun, fast on the curves, inexpensive side of them. So I've been miata bound since. Unfortnately for my dad, who had no idea that I would spends hours upon end in his garage making messes etc. But its been a great learning experience so far. I couldn't of bought the knowledge I have now and I have mostly this forum to thank for that.
I got my 97 out of Roanoke, VA. 156k miles on the body and supposely 72k miles on the engine. Blown koni yellows but I got a decent price on it and figured on suspension anyways
When I first got the car I bought a used FM 2.5 suspension, first generation and put it on within the first week of owning the car. This setup included the KYB AGX's, front and rear sways, rear top-hats, and the lower/stiffer springs.
Drove it thru the gap and down 129/11 to The Mitty the next week with a friend of mine. This trip alone quadrupled my obession with these little cars.
During the summer I went on countless trips to the gap(dragon
) I always had fun chasing my friend down in his Z
Swapped wheels around with a friend and he just happened to wreck with my wheels. So I got to get new wheels and tires, which I planned to anyways.
Although I was saving up for some 6uls, $300 for these mb motoring competition wheels. Never heard of them before, but they only weigh 13ish lbs and are 15x7 with a +43 offet and I couldnt pass up the deal. The tires also showed my a whole another side of the car and I couldnt ask for more... at the time.
Then I started to lurk on this forum more and more. And I was making some extra cash so I thought what the hell, I've always wanted a stupid fast miata!
So the continuous buying started.
Snagged a 4.10 torsen from a local club member for $100 out of a wrecked 96 m-edition. Lucky me
Got some HP+ pads
Found a barely used 2.5' SS enthuza turbo exhaust, so there was no turning back now!
Got to reading about how the 99-00 heads flow so much better and decided to do the swap myself.
It was quite the project considering it was my first major modification on any car
After lots of blood sweat and cussing I got it together and running.
I noticed a power difference but was kind of distracted by the sound of my car since I installed a 2.5' testpipe the same time I did the headswap. Good lord is it loud with the turbo muffler. The car also loped like a rotary, not sure why but I cant say I didn't like it lol.
After the retail christmas grind I was able to work on my car some more. I had been reading about MS ever since I first started to lurk the forums. So I picked up a MSPnP.
Installed it with ease and ran the basemap, but needed help.
Got a AEM wideband
Then met up with N3v to help me tune the car. After he adjusted most of my ve_table my car seemed to run better than stock.
Next up was the clutch and flywheel.
As you can see so far I was basically following the DIY FAQ guideline here lol.
So by this time I was looking hard into turbokits. I didn't really want to fab one up myself for the first time. I thought about just getting a new BEGi kit but then I came across this use FMII kit.
Got it and it was sitting in the garage for awhile, heh.
So this is where the "cursed" part starts to come into play.
Had my car sitting in the driveway at my parents garage sale, lady backs into it.
No biggie, make $1300 off of it and fix it myself. It now has a character mark.
On the way to work one day, the engine starts to knock hard. Ended up hammering a bearing(lack of oil, later find out my car was once turbo'd before
So I say what the hell, time for forged internals.
The biggest buying mistake I have ever made, was to buy this block from rogezeus without paperwork :(
83mm 9:1 JE pistons
Crower I-beam rods
MSM oil pump gears
Granted I got a good price for these never used parts but I should of disassembled and then reassembled the engine when I got it.
Never the less I got the block in with my 99 head and drove it around N/A for 1500 miles. Did fine, didnt miss a beat.
During which I picked up some rx7 550cc injectors, installed and tuned them with req_fuel etc etc.
(no pic, sry)
Decided it was time for the turbo!
Got it installed fairly easily and spents lots of hours tuning on the street. Loved 7psi but wanted to try more. Turned my FM MBC up to 12 psi and decided that was too much for open diff(hadnt installed torsen yet lol) turned it back down to 10psi and was pretty content with that.
Stock radiator cracked causing the car to overheat one day. Picked up a Mishimoto 52mm at a good price and dropped it in.
Driving to the movies one night, get into boost and then low and behold. CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK. Engine knocking again.... no warning of knock this time just started all the sudden :(
So I pull my engine... again
And I start to disassemble it. Lots of metal shavings, wtf did those come from?!
Scouring the pistons
Took the parts to local trusted race shop. He ends up telling me what all was wrong with the block based off the damage.
1.Wristpin wire in #4 not put in correctly, popped out(metal shavings)
2.Actual wristpin in #4 slapped around, trashing the wristpin boss in #4
3.Rod end-caps put on backwards on #1 #3 and #4, causing spun bearings.
So I wasn't a happy camper :( Not to mention I end up losing my job a month later. So I sell my turbokit to pay the small bills that I do have.
Car sits from Aug 09 until March 10...... Job front seems dead in this area....
While it sits I catch a break and find a wrecked 01 SE to part out. Take the torsen out of it, sell my 4.10 and put it in my car. I also take the 01 block and pair it with my 99 head and put it in my car.
Also, good friend N3v comes along and we swap parts/money and I end up with this ITBs
I figure I can have some fun with these for the time being.
Go for a compression check and get back.... well shitty numbers. Dumbass me didn't think to have the 99 head checked out. Turns out it was warped, so I had to sell off the ITBs to fund the machinework on the head(only $280 after a complete cyclinder head overhaul)
Get the redone head back on, start it up and it runs once more. Horay! Well what I forgot to mention is I kept the 01 alternator with the 01 block.... bad idea.
01+ alternators use an external voltage regulator, where as 97> have an internal one. Thus causing 30 volts to go through my system and imploding my battery.
After further investigation I find out it went straight to my MS
Causing a long laundry list of things wrong with it, repairable sure, but not practical to do so.
So this it why I titled it "The Cursed Miata" lol. I'm sure majority of this(90%) is user error. But like I said I've learned quite a lot off this car.
This is where I'm at now, redone 99-00 head, 01 block, stock ecu. Im getting no spark but Im waiting on a new coilpack to come in.
Hope you enjoyed my story, I'll be sure to update if anything else happens