06-20-2010, 04:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Jose, CA
Total Cats: -3
Dont worry man, im still a believer in our 1.6's
If your looking for a tough forged build you could go this way:
Flyin miata's 9.1 wiseco pistons
ARP hardware, head studs, main studs.
Boundary engineering billet gears or fully built oil pumps
A company called Calico makes teflon coated bearings which are great but a little pricey, I got them for my rods to help a little incase oil starvation happens but stuck with ACL bearings for my mains.
As for seals, i would only go OEM for the rear main and the rest can be generics from you local auto parts store or ebay.
HKS cams in 256 at most if you want your idle to be normal
About head work, i got lucky and picked up a worked over (ported) head. stock valves and all, freshly resurfaced and all by a Rebello racing.
I would try some DIY porting and get your typical 3 angle valve job and clean and resurface the head and call it a day.