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Old 08-30-2016, 11:03 AM   #1
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I have a '94 M Edition I recently acquired that I'm trying to decide what to do with (ie: swap motor or turbocharge the BP).

I had been in the Toyota MR2 community since about 2004 until just recently when I finally got burned out and sold my MR2 + all the parts I collected over the years and bought this Miata. I had run my course with that platform and OEM / Aftermarket part availability for the MR2 is really drying up now. They just didn't make that many of the MK2 cars, and they've been out of production for a long time now. Did a lot of fun stuff though like V6 swaps and stuff like that. The MR2 community is also a shadow of what it used to be as well... mr2.com/mr2oc.com are ghost towns now.

At one point I did have a stock NC I used as a DD when I lived out in California.

Glad to see a car forum that is still alive too, social media kinda crushing them these days.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
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Unless you have 7K or so to spare, swapping engines is generally not worth it.

Turboing the stock motor and staying around 225whp is about the cheapest safest boost level to run at and have a quick street miata. Going above 250whp reliably gets very expensive very fast.
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Money isn't really an object in that respect (I know that sounds cockish/humblebragish... I apologize in advance), its just do I really want to ditch a perfectly fine BP for .... X or Y? I lean towards no, especially since it's a car I drive like maybe a couple times a month in the summer. I won't sit here and bullshit like I have the time for tracking cars or anything like that anymore between kids/house. The motor runs fine and seems to have been well maintained. Many years ago I knew someone locally with an FM kit on his car, and it was plenty "fast".

shuiend - I actually like the look of your basic kits, but looks like the lead time is pretty far out at the moment? TAKE MY MONEY.

Guess I should have mentioned my DD is a Nissan LEAF, I'm one of those people.

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Unless you have 7K or so to spare, swapping engines is generally not worth it.

Turboing the stock motor and staying around 225whp is about the cheapest safest boost level to run at and have a quick street miata. Going above 250whp reliably gets very expensive very fast.
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Old 08-30-2016, 04:13 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. MKTurbo is a great budget setup. Also finding a used manifold and building around that is an option. The fancier setups from Trackspeed Engineering and Flyin' Miata cost more. Avoid dealing with BEGi and Fab9 directly but their used stuff can be good.
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You're going to fit in real fast, which is refreshing from the rash of new members we've been having.

Welcome to the forum. I second the above,especially the first part of the last sentence.
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Old 08-30-2016, 04:34 PM   #6
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Dare I ask?

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You're going to fit in real fast, which is refreshing from the rash of new members we've been having.
I decided to go ahead and put myself on the MKTurbo waiting list, seems like good bang-for-the-buck! I'm not in any hurry anyway, and I have plenty of suspension restoration projects to do in the meantime. I'll also go ahead and order a DIYPNP kit and start assembling that. I've done a number of MegaSquirt projects in the past, but they were really fly-by-night and exercises in experimentation to get working. Miata owners have it so easy on fuel management.
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Go with a MS3X instead of the DIYPNP. It offers a ton of better developed features for a DD vehicle. Long term you will be much happier with it, and cost wise is not to much different from the DIYPNP.
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