Why do people plan HP goals and build around them? - Page 2 - Miata Turbo Forum -Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members

General Miata Chat A place to talk about anything Miata

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-05-2011, 10:49 AM   #21
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Granbury, TX
Posts: 5,763
Total Cats: 545

Originally Posted by samnavy View Post
I sincerely hope I'll never again have to "try a setup". I spent more time working on my car than driving it because I tried to go cheap on many things, never defined my goal, and constantly broke things as one part after another failed... including the motor.

My next car will be done with a VERY CLEAR GOAL in mind. I'll have the money up front to buy the parts I need to get there. I will buy quality parts designed to work together that complement eachother. I will reach my goal within my budget and on time.

I get sick when I add up all the time and money I spent on my '93... a great and indespensible learning expeience yes, but my car sat on jacks in the garage for many months while I tried stuff. I figure I spent around $7k on just turbo'ing... and in the end, had about 210-220whp on a $50 turbo.

This time I will spend the $7k up front, install once, and drive many thousands of happy miles and never have to raise the hood.
Man. And given what you're doing for a living. Been there, done that. It's a frickin' miracle that I'm still married.
hornetball is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #22
iTrader: (76)
18psi's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 32,882
Total Cats: 1,945

I didn't waste nearly as much as Sam, but kinda went through something similar with my 1st setup: started off without a plan/goal, just started putting stuff together. In the end I "made it work" and it was a decent setup, many here would love it, but I hated it. Started over and knew EXACTLY what I wanted and put it all together for way less money too, because I got what I wanted/needed and didn't have to try multiple versions of anything.

OP trust me, you need a plan/goal. And don't even THINK you know what you want until you've driven or ridden in a car similar to what you're aiming for. Very often what looks good on paper/pictures isn't the case in reality.
18psi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 12:57 PM   #23
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Atlantic County, NJ
Posts: 36
Total Cats: 1

I haven't even driven a Miata yet!

I have 2 friends who own miatas one has suspension mods on it. I am going to drive those cars (Hopefully very soon). I dont know anyone around here with a turboed miata though.

Clearly other people have made costly mistakes with their builds and have learned from them. IMHO the point of these forums is to learn from other peoples mistakes and expedite the learning curve, in this instance, with miatas.

Like I said I will keep browsing, try to drive a few cars, most importantly... SAVE MONEY!!! and get back to you guys when I have more info. : D

I just applied for a job at a local machine shop. The machinist is a very, very cool guy. He said they need another person too! I would love to have this job for a little bit while I'm in school!
Lavid2002 is offline   Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LucaCarMods's Boosted Dutch Miata Build! LucaCarMods Build Threads 11 02-14-2016 06:13 AM
WTB MP62 (Hotside) (NB2) Rick02R WTB 3 01-03-2016 07:18 PM
Expected intake temps on the track? tazswing Race Prep 20 10-03-2015 11:04 AM
Is my swirl pot design okay? FrankB Race Prep 10 10-02-2015 09:00 PM
Time to start learning and play with tuning The Gleas MEGAsquirt 3 10-01-2015 09:30 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:39 PM.