Originally Posted by psyber_0ptix
What I've done cost 7-8 times my cars value. (which includes the first blown motor and turbo). Don't be like me. Just v8.
I dont necessarily agree with this.
Not every one wants a super high hp miata, most are content with 200-230hp, on a nice and basic turbo setup, that doesnt break things or blows up engines.
for example my turbo bits only cost me about $2-2.5k and my car is hella fun now at 200hp. and i plan to crank it up to 230ish hp and call it a day.
I am a complete noob, i just read MT forums and builds, decided on the parts that i want, found good deals on quality used parts in MT classifieds, and was able to put it all together myself.
and before i turbo my miata, the most extreme mechanic thing i did, ever... was tune up, fluids, and timing belt change.
Now a V8 swap, is not where near as easy to do as a simple turbo kit, it requires much modification and fabrication to accomplish, and much much more expensive.
Yes if you compare a super duper turbo build with all the bells and whistles, it might be about the same money as a v8 swap, but i dont think a noob with zero turbo experience is looking for this kind of build.