OK, so here is the deal. I want a turbo Miata, I want it to be made with quality parts, I want to do it on the cheap. I want all three: Cheap. Reliable. Fast. (Not "pick 2").
The main problem: I have too many hobbies/interestes to drop the coin for a pre-fab kit in one chunk and I hate credit card debt so no "paying it off." (Not to mention I work in the non-profit sector).
This all started when my friend had me drive his 2554 powered NA. I was perfectly happy with my STS prepped Miata until then. Now, I feel the need for power.
So, what to do? Lurk and wait and be patient for the right used parts. I've already done this once with my suspension. I lurked here, Miata.net, CR, and in the local Craigslist and ended up with what I believe to be a quality suspension for very cheap through lurking, waiting, and some trading: Re-valved Bilsteins, Ground Controls, FM mounts, FCM Bumps etc.... That should give you a general idea on what I am shooting for here: Quality, Solid, able to get the job done. No flash, just purposeful.
I have another goal too. I want to document what it costs. I have read and heard "You can DIY a set up for cheap!" I have no doubt of this but I think it would be helpful to document just how cheaply it can be done. I'm gonna document each piece I buy and keep track of cost. This is partly because I am curious to know the total cost is but I am guessing there are other's out there like me who want to know some real numbers and real life examples.
Power will hopefully be right at 200 WHP with a Garrett 2554 as the turbo. I want quick spool and a good power-band so this seems like the best bet for me. I picked 200 WHP as the goal because, from my understanding, it is not a difficult level to reach and keeps the reliability in check. I'm thinking something similar to an intercooled BEGi S clone. Like I said, nothing fancy, just getting the job done. I've read the DIY FAQ and plan to do alot of research and hopefully avoid the newb pitfalls
The turbo may be the only part I buy new. We'll see.... The idea is to buy used or build/fab/DIY whenever possible to keep costs low. One good thing about the terrible winters here in MN is that it give me 6 months a year when I can't drive the car, so there is time for projects while not taking away from time I could be driving it. That said, this is going to be a sloooooooooooow build so this may be pretty boring to some. Like I said, way too many hobbies, social life and future down payment on a house to do this fast.
So, off we go! Here is the beast that will be getting the treatment:
Also, any advice along the way is welcome! This place has more communal knowledge about this that I could ever fully take in! (If you have a killer part I need and want to skip the classifieds, feel free to let me know as well
And the first part in the build:
DIY MS1 (Used): $200
This came from a 96 so I will need to either buy or build a new harness/connector for my 91.
Total spent so far: $200