Hello, my name is Chad and yes I like to do things backwards....namely start a build thread before "properly introducing" myself since I thought killing "two birds with one stone" just seemed more logical.
I am a 30 year old male from Earth, if it wasn't obvious, and I have been married now for 7 years 10 months and I put chemicals in water for a living.
I have been "into cars" for about 16 years or so and my first was a '72 Chevrolet Malibu and since I have had about 17 other cars but none as fun as these little two seater roadsters that were conceived in the US and "born" in the land of the rising sun. I first had a classic red NB1 that I bought in January of 2013 and sold about a year later but not before picking up my current '97 M that was bone stock, minus keyless entry and alarm, w/ approx. 93k miles. I have since put more money into it than I care to think about and it still boust an amazing 140 crank hp but I hope to alleviate that soon enough.
Here is a run down of what I have done so far and some pics:
In stock form the day I picked it up:
All stock interior, minus the Nardi/nrg hub/nrg quick release I installed right away:
Modifications done in the past 15 months of ownership....
-custom Revlimiter Warbird Edition gauges
-KG Works aluminum gauge surround
-Revlimiter brushed finish hazard switches
-Revlimiter brushed finish window switches
-Revlimiter Warbird HVAC panel
-Revlimiter vent rings
-Zeromotive a/c ring, button and *****
-DDM Works ss din w/ 3 gauge panel
-Westach dual air temp gauge
-Westach oil pressure gauge
-Westach water temp gauge
-custom "ripcord" release for trunk and fuel lid
-Pioneer head unit w/ Rockford Fosgate door and headrest speakers
-Cobalt foot well LED light kit
-Audi TT shift ring and boot(removed currently)
-Miata Roadster 5'' angled shift extender(need to replace, second one to slowly bend/deform??)
-OEM Nardi wood shift ****
-OEM wood brake handle
-360mm Nardi Classico steering wheel
-NRG short hub
-NRG 2.0 quick release
-S2000 push button start
-Flyin Miata clutch override
-Singular Motorsports hood louver kit
-aluminum brake duct inlets
-Ryoku Rob tow hooks
-Zoom carbon fiber mirrors
-KG works spoiler
-Cobalt low pros w/ Revlimiter quad high beam mod
-IL Motorsports side marker lights
-louvered passenger side headlight lid
-custom Revlimiter Warbird Edition center cap decals
-GarageStar license plate bracket
-Project G driver side vent window
-Runabout type II fuel lid
-Fat Cat Motorsports Elite 2040 coilovers 375/325 springs and 39mm stops set at 12.25"F/12.5"R
-949 Racing end links
-Racing Beat 1.125'' front tubular sway bar w/ blocks
-new OEM eccentric alignment bolts
-Flyin Miata frame rails w/ butterfly brace
-GarageStar fender braces
-949 Racing rear subframe brace
-Centric C-tek rotors
-Technafit ss braided brake lines
-Motul RBF600 brake fluid
-Singular Motorsports 2.5 brake ducts
-Butler Built 2.5'' brake ducting
-ARP extended wheel studs
-front wheel bearings cleaned and repacked w/ Lucas Red n Tacky
-15x8 Konig Flatouts w/ machined lip(12.4lbs each)
-225/45/15 Hankook Ventus RS-3's
-949 Racing forged aluminum lug nuts
-Miata Roadster short throw shifter and turret rebuild kit
-ss braided clutch line
-Exedy master and slave cylinder
-Moroso aluminum expansion tank
...uh that's it for the motor so far.
Most recent pics:
I have been hoarding parts for a FI setup and have the following waiting to get installed: Fab9 COP kit, MS Labs MS3 basic, AEM UEGO gauge, Westach boost gauge, Falcon voltage gauge, Westach oil temp gauge, Spec Stage 3 6 puck clutch w/ approx. 2k miles, Track Dog Racing filter relocation/cooler kit and Mazda Comp motor mounts. I plan on installing the clutch, motor mounts and doing the rear main seal at the same time and installing all the gauges, wideband and MS3 and getting it tuned n/a before taking on the turbo install.
I have been looking at different turbo kits/setups since I bought a Miata and none has captivated my attention like Abe's aka ARTech, so after probably 2-3 dozen emails over the past year I finally decided to commit to a setup from him and paid my deposit for the following:
-T2 steel log ac/ps manifold
- 2.5" ss dp w/ v bands, x2 o2 bungs
- 2.5" ss dual exhaust w/ v bands
- ss oil feed & drain line
- -6an ss extended coolant lines
- 2.5'' vband test pipe
I also received two parts to contribute to the turbo setup....
A GT2560R w/ approx. 15k miles, ported wastegate and Kinugawa adj. wastegate actuator from fellow Texan and mt.net member ScottyP and a CNC machined coolant spacer from fellow mt.net member skou for the coolant reroute I just started collecting parts for.
I have only had one other FI vehicle and it was a '04 SRT-4 that I did basic bolt ons so I consider myself fairly ignorant of turbocharging
, especially adding a setup to a N/A car and thus have a lot to learn.
I really am excited but know I have a long road ahead and as of now I established a "deadline" of the beginning of the summer to have everything for the turbo setup and get it all installed. Since this is my daily, down time has to be kept to an absolute minimum and to do so I know lots of planning, reading and parts gathering will have to take place. My immediate power goal is 160+whp once the turbo setup is installed and stepping it up to around 220whp over time.
I look forward to everyone's help/information/advice/constructive criticism/trash talking and I apologize for my backwards approach and hope y'all won't hold it against me.