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Old 10-12-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Well, figured I would throw one of these threads up for myself. Been lurking mainly, but posting here and there when I can. I only picked up this car a few months ago, and progress has been kinda slow but should pick up soon. I sold my 07 MS3, which was my DD/fun car...but **** kept breaking etc so that got annoying. I've been DDing the miata but going to most likely pick up a 04 Mazda6 as a beater/dd..then the real fun can begin on the miata. I've ordered most everything, the last of it which should be coming in this week, and will all be going on over the next few weeks/months....fail depending and when I get time.



Quick rundown of stuff:

1999 Miata base model (5spd, has PS, and AC, that's it) 130k miles... compression test was 210psi across the board

Stuff I have/getting/will be going on:
-Garrett GT2560
-ARTech manifold, DP, Exhaust (being made)
-550cc (getting cleaned)
-DIYPNP (installed)
-Devils own meth/water.. plan to run 3gph nozzle with water
-Godspeed 28x6x2.5 interfooler
-LC-1 w/ XD-16 gauge
-Autometer ES 20psi mech. boost gauge
-Hallman Evo RX mbc (I might run EBC, we'll see)
-HKS SSQV
-FM happy meal clutch
-FM sways
-Tein Flex 9kg/6kg
-FM Brake kit thing (rotors, pads, lines, etc)
-TRM C3M wheels (15x9) w/ RS3 225/45/15
-HDHCHT rollbar
-DIY coolant reroute w/ some misc begi parts.
-Some sort of Momo steering wheel
-3.9 Torsen

That's all I can think of, biggest thing that I can think of that I still need/to figure out is FMIC piping.. and need to decide steel vs aluminum. Trying to find someone who can weld Al around here, then I'll be set on that route for sure.

I've been running MS on my stock miata for over a month now, DDing it. It works fine, fueling calcs suck because the stock IAT temp sensor sucks, but whatever it's worked without any real issue.

Not much to show right now cuz as I said, I have not put a lot on as I'm still DDing it..minus MS and the rollbar and now the gauges (rice), but I will update as I go! Thanks for looking.

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Old 10-14-2010, 04:57 PM   #2
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I can tell my thread is going to be a huge hit already.. lol

4x4 i know!!! coilovers, sway bars, clutch, flywheel, upper and lower shift boots come in tomorrow. rotors, pads, brake lines, spark plug wires are on back order and will ship from FM as soon as they get the rear rotors in (all thats missing)

manifold update.... he (AR tech) estimates NEXT weekend that, plus DP, and exhaust will be complete!

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Old 10-14-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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Sounds like a nice build. I wish I had a 1.8...
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:53 PM   #4
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Oh and ARTech stuff FTW
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:55 PM   #5
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yeah man. i looked around and for the money I don't think you can really beat his stuff, especially downpipe and exhaust is really reasonably priced compared to others out there, and they look very well built too.
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Well there goes having the fastest miata in the Ft. Walton area....no reason you shouldn't be at 250whp within the next couple months.

This thread makes me want to buy more goodies for my car.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:51 PM   #7
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Having a hard time findind a DD that I like/want... a bunch of crap just came in and i wanna install it asap. yeah 250 is the goal, we'll see!

these tires are pretty ridiculous, it's hard to get the rear end to come out at all now (with my totally stock engine... lol)

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copy cat w/ the wheels
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:15 PM   #9
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Glad to see you on the miata now! I'm recognized your forum handle from MSF and M3F. Selling most of the parts on my MS3 the power and problems associated with the car is just getting old. Keeping the BC Coilovers though since I like them better than the stock suspsension. Might need new wheels and hoping to spring for 17x9 rp-f1's by summer.
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seeing this makes me think i should uprate my tire size from 195's haha
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Suddenly schedule-40 manifolds are standard fare.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:42 PM   #12
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well i have nothing better to do than update this..so might as well...

ARTech/Abe ftw

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and finally got a new daily driver, after the exhaust stuff is done I'll be installing this stuff in all my free time lol.

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Old 10-22-2010, 11:30 AM   #13
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Nice.
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well, was going to put the coilovers on yesterday..but both lower ball joints up front broke (boots tore), so i just went ahead and ordered new ones...now gotta wait until those show up. exhaust and suspension is totally off the car now just waiting for the new stuff to come in.... also working on my rice mods (see below)

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As of right now the car is on jack stands... no exhaust, no suspension. Waiting for the exhaust to get done....ARtech actually made a wrong downpipe for me (got me confused with another guy) so now he is remaking that and doing the exhaust.

Also removed the entire suspension, Tein Flex coilovers, along with sway bars probably gonna be going on tonight or tomorrow sometime, but not gonna take it off jack stands until I have the exhaust and all that crap on there. Might swap injectors too. Also have this steering wheel and hub I should probably do also. Also swapped motor mounts last week.

After I get the turbo mounted up etc... I'm gonna have to tweak suspension, get an alignment and all that, while also figure out my FMIC setup. I found a local guy to weld aluminum, so I now I need to get the core mounted, and try to eyeball the best I can what piping/bends I'll need and go ahead and order those and start cutting etc.

Here is how it sits right now: yeah my garage is messy, I haven't felt like cleaning it up yet.

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bout time for an update

coilovers all installed

Tomorrow going to install the oil, water lines etc etc hopefully get it started up.

Then to order FMIC piping and get the core mounted... still have clutch, rear end swap, lots of other crap.

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You don't think the paint will peel?


Great progress and good job by the way
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Is that RTV between the turbo and manifold and turbo and DP?
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