Originally Posted by GTS Miata
I know from lurking around here that most of you seem to be of the DIY variety, but I wanted to see what your opinions were on the new FM turbo kits? I’m trying to decide if the convenience of a complete kit delivered to my door is worth the extra money? I enjoy a good DIY project, but it seems like the ones that I work on from scratch seem to take forever to complete.
I was pondering the voodoo II kit and then adding a megasquirt to take it up to FMII levels with out the FMII expense.
Well considering that my stuff was delayed more for financial reasons than for actual technical issues, you can quickly build a DIY kit that kicks *** for far less money.
I purchased the SS Autochrome manifold, which can be had for $175.00, while not for everyone. This manifold doesn't seem all that horrible. Don't get me wrong, I had some issues with it but for $175 it seems hard to beat this far. I then put on a $200 ghetto chinese turbo from driftpros on ebay. Now mind you all this money I saved allowed me to move forward on a built (although not exactly as I specified motor) and repair of the cylinder head that got accidentally damaged.
I have spent roughly $7000 total on the project. This includes the built motor, the repair of the cylinder head, the TEC-IIIR and the turbo kit itself. And believe me, I could have done it much cheaper.
The motor was $2000 of the cost.
The TEC-IIIR was over $2000 of the cost.
The Damaged Cylinder Head and Billet oil pump gears $1000.
Labor was billed at $1000.
That means that the rest of the turbo kit, including wastegate, boost controller, turbo, manifold, intercooler, piping, couplers, gauges and everything else came in near $1000.
The Manifold was $175
The wastegate was $220
The Turbo was $205
The piping was $200
The intercooler is not much different than a $150 Ebay unit
$950 in hard parts. Now I quoted prices people would likely pay. I personally got my intercooler and manifold free. I would dare say that I have a whole lot more car than someone who would have spent $7000 at FM. Assuming that you wanted to do what I did at FM (or any other place on earth) you would be well above $10,000 dollars. Remove my built motor, $1000 in head work and billet oil pump gears, and TEC-IIIR (replacing it with a Megasquirt) and you've pulled over $4000 out of my $7000 budget. I'll put this car up against any FM or BEGi car with a $5000 system installed. It isn't certainly an issue of quality, the FM and BEGi stuff is of high quality, but I think that I picked my battles well. Also I wouldn't want to race the BEGi/FM units with a 4000 RPM redline imposed.