09-16-2010, 03:40 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Total Cats: 0
Gíday, my nameís Kyle. Iím a mechanical engineer dealing with tunnel ventilation and fire life-safety systems. Iíve been regularly lurking here since I joined, soaking up the amazing amount of knowledge here. Money and parts are starting to come together now, so I figured Iíd start an intro thread before I start asking questions.
I drive a í93 1.6 NA, which Iíve owned for about a year and a half. My plan has always been to boost it, but Iíve been taking it very slowly for a couple of reasons:
* I was a poor student when I bought it, and I wasnít going to waste money buying cheap but crap parts.
* I wanted to get into track-days, and I wanted to learn to drive fast *before* adding power.
Now that Iíve graduated and have a decent job, Iím slowly acquiring all the parts Iíll need. Iíll still be taking this one step at a time, rather than all in one hit. These are the things I need to do before boost:
* 1.8 Torsen upgrade
* 1.8 brakes upgrade
* Cooling system upgrade (alloy radiator, coolant reroute, ducting)
Iím not aiming for anything ridiculous power-wise, I want to stay within the limits of the stock bottom end (250hp?). At this stage Iím tossing up between an SR20 T25 or T28, because theyíre cheap and plentiful here in Australia. Iím leaning more toward the T28, Iíve read that a T25 runs out of puff toward red-line.
Last thing, I just want to write up a little caveat I can point people to later Ė When I was studying, I did an engineering double major in mechanical engineering and motorsport engineering, and I did my thesis on intake manifold design (N/A, so not really applicable to you guys). So Iíve got the knowledge of most systems on a car, but little to no experience. So that means most of the time I think I know whatís going on, but generally I tend to be wrong :P