08-27-2011, 10:55 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Total Cats: 0
Back to the Future
After finally getting the MSM turbo in place, we found what we thought was a tuning issue. Took the car to Ken Hill, a Flyin Miata graduate, only to learn that the MSM turbo was completely shot - beyond the abilities of a specialty shop to rebuild.
Cost for a new IHI turbo was about $2K, and - depending on parts availability - could take up to four months to arrive. I live in VA, Ken is in PA, and neither one of us wanted the car sitting waiting that long for parts.
So I went with a one-of-a-kind turbo kit, upgrade to a Garrett, via Flyin Miata. Parts should arrive at Ken's place Monday, and with luck I'll have the car back by the end of September.
The few times I could drive it with the shot-leaking-oil-all-over-the-bloody-place IHI turbo, I was stunned at the transformation. The Garrett, I'm told, will emphasize that.
My thanks to y'all for the suggestions, the patience, and the recommendations. With luck, I'll see some of you at Deal's Gap next year.