Hey all, I'm new here and finally decided to post, as I recently sold a car and now have some funds for a turbo project.
I live in NC, north of Greensboro; new to the community.
My miata journey started last summer, when my wife was looking for a fun, we don't have kids yet car. (She's a winner!) I'm SO glad we choose a 1999 black Miata: fun to drive, responsive, 5 speed, and a convertible! It was only lacking one thing .... POWER (and fresh paint)!! My search for more power brought me here.
The down-side was we moved to an OBDII state, and hearing how much the piggy-back system is a frowned-upon band-aid, and the enormous complexity of creating a parallel setup, I have been in search of a 94/95. (This is not meant to be a 1.6v1.8 debate, but looking to keep stock internals and minimize engine stress)
After vulturing the classifieds, my desires were made solidified when I was able to drive Tekel's "clean 1995 turbo". It was so much fun and I was officially hooked. Still second-guessing myself a little that I didn't pull the trigger on that car. He was such a stand-up guy - he even helped me get at my passenger seat belt receptacle that had broken on the 3 hr journey to take it for a spin. Props to him!
A few weeks ago I finally found what I'd been looking for: a 1995 5 speed in good mechanical condition with low miles. 90k, red, body in great shape, re-sprayed sometime and spend much of it's life in a garage it appeared.
I have FM's timing service kit on the way and am waiting to replace one of the pulleys that isn't sounding too great (replacing all gaskets, belt, and water pump while I'm there). The air bags have also been deployed (no frame damage, new bumber is all) and I'm hoping to swap in an NB2 steering wheel ... My wife says I can't drive it without air bags; safety first, I suppose.
With a little research, this is the plan: a budget street turbo setup (200-225 hp, 91 or 93 octane) realistically shooting for a budget of 3500
Megasquirt: probably from brianeack .. hopefully?
Wideband O2 sensor ... suggestion?
Turbo and exhaust: hopefully from shuiend? I really like the idea of a quiet exhaust - and his videos seem to really meet that description!l (also, AC is a must - I can't take the heat)
Some fort of blow-off valve .. Gotta have that iconic turbo sound!
Manual steering rack conversion? ... if I'm not out of money, that is
(Dream: Autokonexian fastback! Goodness they look good)
I'm specifcally looking for feedback about the MS setup to get things started.
Should his PNP (not sure if it's PNP or PNP 2) be sufficient for my needs? Or would the extra 150 for the MS3x be a worthwhile upgrade? The thread is huge and I can't find a concrete answer there or on the DIYautotune site. I know he's busy and don't want to be a burden on the man himelf
Well, hit me up if you want to hang out or have any suggestions for me!
PS, wow, that's a book of an entry! Props if you make it through it!