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Old 08-22-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Ok guys and girls. I have always wanted to do a build thread and kind of started building and not so much posting as I have gone along.

So my story starts back in December last year. I picked up a 1994 A packaged with 93k miles, hail dents like crazy for $2k with a transmission that had a bad 2nd gear syncro.

Its the black miata in the picture below





The engine sounded good and had 180 across the board dry.

When I got the car home I immediately dived into maintenance. I changed all the fluids front to back, oil change, timing belt and auxiliary belts. I changed the hoses, dropped in a new radiator, thermostat and changed a few gaskets.
I also got a good used transmission and installed a lightweight flywheel and 6 puck clutch.



This was where I was. From that point I removed the jerry rigged aftermarket cruise control and charcoal canister. I also got new rims and tires and tow hooks. I got the tow hooks cause I was bored and later removed the tow stickers.





From here I added a momo monte carlo 350mm with momo hud and a Hardcore Hardtop Single Diagonal roll bar and g force 5 point harness. I also installed my MS2, LC1, and Boost gauge and Slim Mishi fans. Sanded the back of the gauges and added red lights cause I was bored.











I got a garagestar plate relocation for more air and pinted the inside of the turnsignals cause I was bored.

Also installed quick release.



From there I installed my used FM2 turbo kit with yota COPS 460cc injectors.





At the moment I running only 9 psi till I get it tuned and I am in the process this weekend of doing my coolant re route and installing temp gauge for more accuracy. Updates to come.

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Cool car man. What coilovers are you using? Megan or something? I see blue tophats.

Bay is looking clean now, how's the power feel?
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Cool car man. What coilovers are you using? Megan or something? I see blue tophats.

Bay is looking clean now, how's the power feel?
Oh ya I forgot to post that. I put Megan EZ streets on. I love them. I know some people talk bad about about them but it seems to be manly a branding thing. I searched for a while for an affordable adjustable coilover and these had mixed reviews so I took a leap of faith and they have been holding up good. They dont have a ton of adjustment as far as soft/hard. After I put on my FM frame rails(also forgot to mention) I was getting understeer so I just stiffed the rear to fully hard and kept the front mid way soft/hard and now the car goes into corners fully balanced. Really all I could ask for from the coils and the street driving is remarkable.

The power is great (totally different car) I just have been working out some overheating issues on the highway and with ac on.(Its been 100+ some days) which should be fixed this weekend when I put the under tray back on, coolant re route and burp the system again while the front of the car is lifted.
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GJ starting with a '94. Wish I had done that.
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So over the weekend I did a coolant reroute and replaced the valve cover gasket. I also put the undertray back on. I also had a loose connection in my COP harness where some solder came undone which was causing intermittent starting issues. So I went through the whole harness and crimped the connections instead. Still overheating at 220 degrees. I burped the system and still overheating. I think next weekend I will take the radiator and intercooler out and make sure there is no bent fins. Ill do the same on the radiator for the ac but Im not taking it out for obvious reasons. Im also thinking about removing the fan shroud for the mishi fans cause hustler had mentioned it could help as well. Heres a pic


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Old 09-13-2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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So I was in the market for a budget exhaust to replace the stocker and I was a bit curious and took off my na magnaflow exhaust. I absolutely loved the sound. Sounds like a tractor. Plus I love hearing the turbo spool. So The other day I went and for 100 bucks got a solid 2.5 inch straight pipe exhaust put on. Right now I am also in the process of installing a GT500 Extractor in the hood. updates to come.

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Is that the stock cat?
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Is that the stock cat?
It's hollowed out for the time being until my test pipe comes in. It was clogged so I uncloged it by removing all the insides. No emissions in my county.
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GT 500 Extractor installed. Temps dropped a little bit more. At idle I can put my hands over it and feel hot air rushing out pretty well.



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love that.
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love that.
Agreed. Nice job on the hood. I was going to do the same with the GT500 piece, but went this route instead.

OEM Evo hood vent.

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Looks good the thing I like about the gt 500 hood is it is the perfect gap between the valve cover and the radiator. Water just falls to the bottom and leaves the undertray. We had good rain today and the engine bay stayed dry.
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Finishing up the Brakes tonight. Drilled and Slotted rotors with EBC green stuff. I wanted to upgrade the lines too but Im broke and will probably do it when I get an adjustable proportioning valve.
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So a little UPDATE got the brakes done and wired up the MS for launch control only to find out my alternator finally quit. Got the battery on the trickle and the new alternator should be here in a few days. I was getting idle droop when I turn on the headlights so I knew it was coming. On top of that it began to rain so I guess yesterday wouldnt have been a good day to bed the brakes anyway. Here are some pics of my the rear brakes and my dog chilling with me.





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Cleaned some stuff up today and made a slightly better heat shield in place of the licence plates. I just doubled up and riveted some aluminum flashing. Waitng on my new starter to come in at the moment so I figure I would clean up the bay a little and I also got rid of the recerculating valve in the intake hose. It was the red hose in the pic before.



I also got a new dog. His name is Torsen.

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Sorry for the shitty pic. Looks like my potato has expired. Anyway I got rid of the ugly water neck and ran the turbo water line across to the intake. I fitted the line in a way that it curves around the idle control tube thats attached to the intake and is wrapped with heat wrap to prevent it heating the intake(extra precaution) and keeps the line from crimping. I also cleaned up the bay a little more and cut another valve cover and painted it flat black as well as the trackspeed COP brackett. This cut valve cover keeps the top of the timing belt covered where as before it was exposed. My coolant tank looked like *** so I painted it too but I took a strip of tape and taped it boefore painting so i can still see the water level. Also I got around to removing the EGR system and I took out the ac condensor(?) that is located behind the glove box and resealed the box so the blower still works.


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So the other night at the meet there was a photographer. Now if I could get him to take some pictures of the car clean and of the engine bay Ill be in business. But for now heres this Monster Truck Pic.
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UPDATE!

So I relocated my IAT to the Coldside. No more heat soak and I barely have to adjust my MAT table.





I installed a Kinugawa wastegate actuator.

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While I was there I also re routed the vaccum line from the wastegate to the old NPT 3/8 tap on the FM intercooler piping. I used a 3/8th to 1/4 inch barb.
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So I bought this beat up dash off of cl and striped it and repainted it and covered it. I dont have a pic with the gauge cluster hood on but Ill update that later. Holy Crap it weighs so much lighter than the 94 dash.





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