I have been lurking for a while and finally decided to post and get some info.
This winter I will have enough saved up to finally buy a Miata (1.8), I am thinking it will probably be a 97 those are in my price range and buy all the parts for my turbo.
Now reading these forums I can not get a good strong opinion about which set up would work be the most cost effective in terms of power and reliability. I am not looking for anything crazy, I would love something that has 220~HP.
I considered a kit, but I feel I can get more bang for my buck if I go with the DIY option.
I am not sure on the turbo I want to go with, but I have seen alot of good reviews on the T3 50 trim. If you can recommend a better turbo please do so, keep in mind I do have a budget to work with, I am hoping to do everything around 2k.
My main concern is with the engine manag. My friend got emanage, and it pretty much has been a PIA. Car runs, but consistent idle problems and etc, its still being tuned. Now I saw Braineack offering to build MS for you, I am just not sure on how it works. Once I get the MS and plug it in, do I still need to tune it, if so, is it hard?
I have always been around cars, but mostly simple mods, talking, watching and helping out, never doing it myself, so I want to get this right. I hope to collect all the parts and stuff over winter and build up the whole thing at my friends shop over a weekend or 2.
I did do alot of reasearch and reading, but there is just too much mixed opinions and old posts. So help would be appreciated.
As far as a little about me, I am from suburban Chicago. In the past I had a 20th anniversary VW GTI, Lexus SC400, Honda S2000, Audi A6 2.7TT, and currently have an E36 M3.
I work at Wolf Camera, so if anyone needs any camera/photo advice feel free.
Here is my current ride:
The S2k was probably my favorite: