First of all: A warning! I'm from Germany so my english might not be perfect sometimes but I hope you will understand me.
I bought a Canadian 1.6 NA Miata because my old 88 RX7 Turbo II burned down and I was bored and now I just need to get it faster. I allready made a thread about that in the meet and greet section but I think that's not the right place to discuss and ask questions about my build... and I think I will have MAAAANY of them.
Here's what I did to my Miata so far:
-changed the original suspension for some Vmaxx Hiltrac Xxtreme coilovers
-new black paint because it was painted horrible
-changed the original silencer for a magnaflow universal one because i had it laying around and the original one had a rust hole in it.
-low profile square headlights and turn signal intakes simply because they look cool
-RX7 Turbo II front brakes with 280mm 200SX brake disks
-changed the original ecu for aFlyin Miata Link one
-installed an Innovate LC2 wideband O2 sensor
-new gaskets and hydraulic valve lifters for the engine
It looks like this at the moment:
So all the safety stuff is done now and the car runs great so far. Just not as fast as I want. Now I'm planning my turbo build.
I want to get round about 200hp out of my stock engine and I want to use a T25 turbocharger out of a 200SX. I'm going to weld a manifold and a 2.5" exhaust on my own.
On my list which parts I still need to get before i can start are:
-bigger limited slip differential
Please tell me if I'm missing anything important.
Which leads me to my first big question: I need a reliable cooling system and I've met a friend with a 450 hp Honda Civic yesterday. He had that nice small radiator in the engine bay which worked pretty well for him. I had the idea to buy such a radiator with a big core, put it on the left side of the front of my engine bay and add an oil cooler on the bottom of the right side and an intercooler on top of the right side. Could that work If I build a proper ducting? I thought maybe that could be a bit better than a normal front mount intercooler because all the stuff is not blocking the airflow to eachother anymore.
Next question: Is the coolant reroute important for my setup or is that more a thing for higher power engines?
And my last question for today: It has nothing to do with the turbo build but i was curious if all NA Miatas are that hard to drive in the rain because mine is breaking out damn easily and I even have new and good rims. Might the Miata be too light on the rear axle? Not enough downforce? I mean it's fun but I never had that on any of my cars before.