Originally Posted by soviet
Things I wish I did:
- Should have got LS2 truck coils right away instead of dicking with COPs
- Should have got MS3X from the start instead of MS2
- Should have overpaid for the chassis and got an *immaculate* one, instead of one that's just alright
- Should have bought SuperMiata damper when I had the cash
Everything else, no regrets
Why DID you start with MS2?!
You had damper issues? I don't want to hear that. Still trying to talk myself into not needing one.
What coil issues did you have?
Originally Posted by soviet
- Spending money on NEW suspension that is not Xida. I bought Koni Sport and sold them for 1/2 price QQQ
- Not rewiring my car while it was apart
- Not using crimp tools earlier (they are a godsend for wiring!)
- Not doing LeMons earlier
Konis need the race valving. Not saying Xida isn't better, but they are certainly pretty good.
Have you been rewiring? I'm about to tackle that, not looking forward to it.
What crimp tool do you like?
+1 on lemons. Super fun. Wish there was a good crew down here to do it with. I've gotten a lot of trophies but could have had more fun.
Originally Posted by Efini~FC3S
I have no regrets making my DIY manifold from mild steel. It might be heavy and flow really poorly, but my car made good power with it. I'm happy I didn't just buy one, building one is a good experience.
I also have no regrets running an ebay IC...
I have a couple friends in the fab business, who've both made about half their stuff mild and half stainless. The first couple were mild for added cheapness, then a bunch of stuff in stainless.
Now they make everything in mild because they are tired of fixing, fixing and refixing the stainless stuff which keeps coming back broken.
I might do an Ebay radiator and IC to replace the FM ones I paid way way too much for.
I really, REALLY don't want to disparage FM, but honestly I can say 2/3 of my regrets come from FM products.
*The Twincooler sounds awesome, gets lots of looks and interest from people checking out the car, but I don't think it cools nearly as well as a big rad and putting in an oil cooker.
*The oil cooler lines require you to pull the intake manifold brace, and that made my secondary injectors fall off. 4 or 5 times. Lots of rewelding, strengthening, etc. Total joke.
*The oil return line fell off over and over with the FM set up. Added some brass pipe, problem went away, but it's much lighter now with solid lines.
*The water lines fell off over and over. I bought their upgraded lines. It did the same. Bought more upgraded lines, they did the same. I had wrapped things in foil, heat blankets, everything I could think of, kept losing lines. I added some hand-re-shaped DSM OEM hard lines, similar to FM's new set up and they just barely worked. Finally I made custom lines for everything, it rocks 100%. Tools and materials cost just what FM's lines cost, and I could make 3 more now.
*The FM wastegate set up could never handle my boost. I redid this several times. Eventually, porting wastegate, adding springs, making a new bracket got it under control.
*The FM manifold gave me issues, but I think it was overheated by a PO.
*The "upgraded" FM intercooler is no bigger than the previous. I even asked for the biggest one they had. TOTALLY should have gone ebay. The silicon lines are nice though, thermal efficiency aside. Props. :-)
MS2! OMG what a ******* horridly annoying piece of ****. Of course, there was no MS3 then, so I can't regret it too much, because it's worlds better than:
FM Link Piggyback. And ALL piggybacks. I've spent more time dicking with people trying to run MS1 or 2 in piggy mode, it's **** **** ****. Never do it. NEVER. You spend weeks chasing your tail trying to trick things into thinking other stuff isn't there. FM O2 clamp, rear O2 sensor trickery.... All a huge joke. I can't stress enough the retardedness of piggybacks. Definitely lost a motor from one computer not knowing what the other was doing.
Things I like:
My super old style FM BOV. Used to stick and be crappy and I'd clean/lube it all the time. Then I turned it upside down and it's not stuck once. Awesome, two stage... Just zero complaints about it, one of the most trouble free parts of the car.
I love my COP setup. I don't know why everyone hates. <$100.
550cc low ohm evo injectors. Newer stuff is better, but they were like $80.
I regret taking off my super cheap anti-sway bar. The OEM one is nice, but very heavy. The first one felt much stiffer than none, but no stiffer than this.
Toyo T1R/T1S - both very cheap, light, great in rain. Can't find them anymore, and R1R is spendy.
Kosie rims - 12 lbs, tires are SO cheap in 15x7.
Probably my Koni Race shocks. No one riding in the car could ever tell I had 700 lb springs in it, felt wonderful, could take mom/girlfriends/etc in car with no complaints even on rough roads.
New deck and amp. And putting speakers into luggage tray. None of those thigns cost me over $100, makes radio usable at 100 mph.
Bought car 1 year old (in '01) for 7k with 10,000 miles on it, as a well done salvage title car. GREAT place to save money, everything looked sweet, car's been a dream to own, no inherited problems. Worth taking the time to pick out the right car.
Not cheap, but 6 speed and 3.6 gears has made the car so much more refined. :-)
HID H4's to replace halogens. I could never go back, well under $100. Just adjust them right.
As people said, take your time, make stuff look nice. Underhood is up to you - but in the cab and the outside of the car people will see and judge you by. Cops as well as real people. black out intercooler, keep tailpipe tame, etc.
My SPEC stage 2/3 clutch. I haven't had any issues with the FM one, but the spec one really felt great, and held power. So far I'm not yet trusting the FM one, doesn't seem too hard to get too hot, and the pucks/no-pucks spec always treated me right, went through a couple of them.
Short shift kit - real, displaced fulcrum kind. Doesn't do a damn lick of good for performance, but I like how it felt.
Exhaust - I probably have $150 in parts in it, 3 inch all the way back (friend welded, now I could myself).... Which brings up best point:
Don't be afraid to spend the money to buy tools to do it yourself. In the end you'll have a shop and skills. Manifolds I would probably buy, but everything else.... Look carefully at doing it better.