In about 2 weeks I will be loading my '96 Miata with a bunch of parts and driving 500 miles to another city where my friend has his race shop to install my DIY turbo kit and then drive 500 miles home hopefully hitting 140mph on the way.
Obviously this is a high-risk scenario where lots of unexpected things could happen on the way there and back. I'll also be under a time crunch, as every day working on the turbo kit is a day away from work. It also means I need to have my geese in a row before I start so I'm not missing a crucial piece of hardware halfway through the build because I won't be able to wait for anything off the internet. The good news is the city I'm heading to has a good car culture and lots of speed shops.
Stuff already installed:
-new timing belt, water pump, seals
-good water hoses, silicone vac hoses
-new harmonic balancer
-new motor mounts
Here's stuff I have acquired:
-flanges and tubing for DIY log mani and downpipe
-vac line check valves
Here's stuff I plan sourcing on-site:
-mani and downpipe fabrication
-turbo oil and water lines
-any necessary gaskets
So basically, what parts am I forgetting for my 200hp street setup, what steps am I overlooking, and what dangers are lurking that will leave me car-less in the middle of rural New Mexico without cell reception?
Does your friend build manifolds for miatas? Trying to one-off something on a time crunch seems like your biggest hurdle. Your plan is kind of crazy. Why not, buy the parts you need, install turbo kit at home in a weekend?
Not many but a few turbo cars have been through there. I was under the impression that building a log manifold was pretty straightforward. I've done something similar before at this shop; got dropped off on my parent's way through town, assembled a motor and dropped it into a Honda and swapped a full wiring harness, fabbed an exhaust, replaced most of the suspension, and drove 500 miles home. I had a week for that, though, I'm trying to do the turbo in a long weekend.
My friends at the other shop have a pile of intercooler piping that I'm gonna sort through. Also the turbo and injectors are there. Tuning the car is the least of my worries, I'm comfortable with MS and have tons of other peoples' maps to check out. Dyno time is about half price compared to where I live anyway.
Maybe I'm retarded but how does installing injectors take so long? Also they have been to injectorrx and back, new seals.
Mars ain't the kind of place, to build your turbo Miataaaaaaaaaaaaa. In fact, it's cold as hell.
And there's no one therrrrreeeee to build it, if you did...
So you want to take your only daily driver car to a remote location 500 miles away and slapdash install a turbo kit having to source a bunch of critical parts with the clock ticking cause you don't get PTO or something... sounds like a pair of Bad-Idea jeans to me.
But what do I know, I'm just an old bastard who's probably too cautious and thinks a lot of "Bad Ideas" are just that.
You guys were right this will take a bit more time than I thought. I was able to take a few days off work and get started this week though. Got the mani done, got oil and water lines figured out, got the intercooler mounted and the cold side piping done. Oh ya and put a new crank in my motor cuz I'm a retard.
I also parted with my power steering :(
The pic with all the smoke is a Miata that sucked in a shop rag and it ruined the rings.
Holy **** dudes this is a lot of work fabricating everything from scratch why didn't anyone tell me?!
Coming along well though. Biggest obstacle left now is half the downpipe, we made the first half with a separated wastegate flow and it's baller but haven't connected it with the exhaust yet. Wondering if I should get this done locally or plan another 500 mile trip to my buddy's shop.
Race shops here charge ridiculous rates so it'd just be a regular muffler shop and that might suck.
Will use one coupler at the seem right there by the PS pump, two couplers on each end of the intercooler and one on the throttle body. Was trying to keep the number down for reliability/boost leaks but didn't really think about flexing.