02-17-2010, 06:40 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Baltimore, MD
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My name is Mike and I purchased a red 1990 Miata w/ hardtop over a year ago. I bought the car mainly for track/autocross and to work on a car as a hobby. When I got the car it had a poorly installed roll bar and some other shoddy workmanship. Sorry if you were the previous owner, but installing a rollbar that needs around 20+ bolts with just 6 is not what I call safe or useful. Also, the short shifter was barely bolted in so I just replaced with stock one from junkyard and it is back to perfection. Anyways got that sorted out and along the way have installed Illuminas w/ FM springs, FM sways, energy suspension bushings, diy endlinks, ps and ac delete. Currently underway is my turbo project, which I do have most of my parts in. I'd like to thank all of you for informative posts and motivation.
As for the turbo build, I planned it to be very upgradeable in the long run. Was planning to for now sticking with <5psi and later add MS when I have a little more time. I pulled a Volvo 13g from the junkyard (still looking for a 15g or 16t but only only 15g I saw had too much play). Volvo turbos are abundant and cheap where I am so that is why I decided to go this route.
Heres a list of what I have so far:
-Volvo 13G (yes I know, tiny)
-Begi T3 manifold
-JGS volvo T3 flange (using as an adapter)
-ebay IC kit (bar and plate, cxracing)
-Saab bypass valve (I have two extras if interested, also can upgrade to metal forge one later) and block off plate for turbo (I hear stock compressor bypass valves are not too great)
-305cc Supra injectors
-ebay MAF adapter and k&n cone filter from summit
-summit 3" turbo muffler and 3" tubing for custom welded exhaust
-diy heat shielding
Still looking for:
-saab knock sensor apc unit when it warms up at junkyard
Well if anyone is interested I can post pictures once I get this project moving along. I have recently got everything in the mail and am currently working on mounting the volvo turbo to the begi manifold.