07-07-2011, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Total Cats: 3
Originally Posted by EErockMiata
Wow... I was MIA celebrating my 1yr anniversary with my lovely wife. I sorta expected to come back here and see a pile of burnt embers from the flaming. I'm very happy that my rather stupid choice of words early on hasn't devoured this thread.
Some people are keying on my comments of the price of the car vs mods. I think I may have given the wrong impression on this. I know this car is/will be an obsession. I estimate spending around 15k'ish within the next 5 years on the car (including the purchase price). So I think within that budget going over what is necessary will happen several times.
So that being the case... I really do hear the logic of those saying buy once buy right. On the other hand the car needs love in several areas before it's track ready. 2k on suspension now means possibly another calender year before I'd feel comfortable on the track. (In contrast I can spend 2500 and revamp brakes, suspension, safety setup, and some maintenance items) My goal was really to be on track for 1-2 track days per month starting next spring.
So re-evaulating goals and plans:
-10-15 track days a year and some AutoX and canyon driving thrown in
-Cost is a factor in my decision (goal is under 1000 if a decent setup is possible for this price... if not budget will be more)
-A little worried about the rebuild cost and frequency on a 2k set of coil overs.
-DD comfort is not a factor. I do however have a very bad low back so I will need the suspension setup to at least not bottom.
-Seat time, Seat time, Seat time... I've got lots of track experience with FWD (LoL FailWD) cars but not much with RWD.
-Proper Stroke and Performance is Key. I don't need the best of the best because i have lots to learn, but proper balance and setup ability is very important
-DIY is very attractive to me just because I like to get my hands dirty
-I do all my own work but I live in an apt so I can't leave the car in pieces. This is part of the draw to getting a stop gap setup while I possibly have my stock bills rebuilt.
-Don't mind taking a calculated loss in an effort to get/stay on the track. IE take a 200 dollar loss on a setup so that I can stay on the track for 6 more months.
So... Sorry for the really long winded post. This is just something that keeps turning over and over in my mind. The help is greatly appreciated.
This is all nice but lets simplify it.
You CAN afford the good stuff
You are going to be tracking the vehicle
Eventually you'll want the good stuff anyways
Now if you didn't have the money which alot of us don't thats a different reality.
Prolonging your other mods like turbo, built motor, etc can wait. I stomp on turbo/supercharged miata's regularly at local auto-x events with Xida's and 15x9's with rs3's. With the suspension dialed in I am having BOATLOADS more fun then if I cheaped out and spend my money on a turbo kit.
And if you think about it a proper track worthy turbo kit is around 6 grand if you consider mods that are needed such as big radiator, inconel studs, oil cooler etc etc, built motor, another 3 grand minimum. Thats 9 grand you have to spend for a solid reliable forced induction setup. At that point and extra grand for suspension is pennies.