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Old 07-04-2016, 10:43 AM   #1
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Now that I'm actually going to start really working on my car, I figured it was about time for a build thread. My car is a 1995 base model, here it is right after I bought it in November of 2014:





Save for the wheels, it was 100% stock. Including the 140k mile suspension and super-ratty top. Clearly those needed to be fixed, so a new top and FM Tokico 2.5 package were the first things on the list. Purchased and installed in December 2014. Also got some wheels and tires off a local Miata owner upgrading to 6ULs. Pic from my first autocross:





Unfortunately, that's all I've gotten done so far. I got in a little over my head with another Miata-related project: a 1991 BRG. Got it for cheap, and took off and sold the aftermarket parts and put stock parts back on. Then my daughter was born prematurely, and last summer went all to hell. In the mean time I decided I wanted to take a decidedly more track-oriented direction with my build and have been accumulating parts since then. First up was a roll bar:

Here being examined by my lovely assistant.

I also picked up an MS3Basic, wideband, VVT head, and TSE oil cooler. The plan is to get the TSE turbo kit once it is all complete. Until now I've only had a pile of parts, but today I'm going to get started installing and tuning the MS3. Having never done any electrical/wiring projects in my life, I'm sure it will be quite the experience. Brace yourselves for n00bish questions.
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Pics are broken.

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Pics in the first post looks okay to me, used the site upload tool. Second post showed up as an attachment. Guess I haven't figured out the mobile app yet.

Thanks for offering to help Aiden! I do not doubt I'll be taking you up on that offer. I also appreciated your heads-up regarding the connectors, heat shrink, and crimper.
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pics dont work
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Far be it from me to disagree with 18psi. I'll look into it after I can't get my car to start, lol.
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lol its probably the site acting up again. just re-upload when you have a chance. I always love reading an efr build thread
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Pics should be fixed now.

Getting ready to wire in everything. Plugged in the ECU for kicks:

Hmmmm....

Please tell me that center plug is meant to be empty.
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On a 95 yes. Later years used the middle plug.
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On a 95 yes. Later years used the middle plug.
Thanks! I was concerned there for a second.
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Sitrep: oem ecu removed, wideband mounted, and vacuum line ran. To do: remove narrowband sensor in exhaust, install wideband sensor, and wire up to Megasquirt.

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I see no TSE or EFR...
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Didn't get in on the group buy, so waiting for Andrew to finish up the whole kit.
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Thanks for the assist, lol.
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What's that orange car?

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why are you mounting the narrowband in addition to wideband?
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He is removing the narrowband to install wideband
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oh right. my bad. need moar coffee
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Here being examined by my lovely assistant.
Looks like a pretty thorough inspection, did we pass?
Looking forward to see some pics post install.
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