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Old 01-31-2014, 10:04 PM   #221
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Make sure to measure the journal for roundness. Mine knocked hard under boost for less than a second before I let off. It didn't have a rod knock at idle after. Pulled it apart and the #3 bearing looked just like that. #4 looked a little worse. Both rod journals were out of round about .004"... Regrind required.

Hope yours is better than mine!
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Make sure to measure the journal for roundness. Mine knocked hard under boost for less than a second before I let off. It didn't have a rod knock at idle after. Pulled it apart and the #3 bearing looked just like that. #4 looked a little worse. Both rod journals were out of round about .004"... Regrind required.

Hope yours is better than mine!
Thanks for the tip! I plan to bring everything down the the machine shop on Monday... I'll update with the results!
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:45 PM   #223
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FM Stg1 clutch kit ordered this morning, with a upgraded beefier TOB and a SS Clutch line on the side!!!

I am seriously getting sick of ordering parts that end up sitting in the garage at work. I should take a pictures of all the parts I have piled up...

The clutch should go in sooner than later though... Swapping in my 6speed and the clutch at the same time.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #224
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Bored at work so I put all (Most) of my parts in a pile lol... So much money on one blanket



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Old 02-14-2014, 03:17 AM   #225
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Wow, just finished reading this whole thread. Great to see the progress, and is great to see. I plan to turbo my Miata when I buy it. Reading build threads like your helps, also love your positive attitude, keep it up man!
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Wow, just finished reading this whole thread. Great to see the progress, and is great to see. I plan to turbo my Miata when I buy it. Reading build threads like your helps, also love your positive attitude, keep it up man!
Thanks appreciate it! Can't wait to actually start putting it together now that I have everything I need lol
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Got my FM clutch kit yesterday!

Heavy Duty Throw-out Bearing FTW!!!



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Old 02-23-2014, 10:54 AM   #228
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One of my biggest dislikes as far as working on cars is concerned, is wiring. I always end up with wires running all over the place, wrapped around fuses for power, etc.... Not this time!

I am currently installing my gauges in preparation for my MS3x install coming in a few weeks. I wired up my boost gauge yesterday, and started doing it the "wrong" way. Decided I didn't want to be ghetto, and started searching for something that could make life easier.. Came up with this and it's so simple I dont know why I never did it before!

Power/ Ground distribution blocks... Also got one of those fuse taps and I will use it on an Acc. power circuit. Nothing ground-breaking or exciting, but I am excited to have clean wiring for once in my life and not have wires wrapped around fuses lol

Now I will have an easy power/ground for any wiring I need to do! Wideband install will be next weekend most likely..

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Old 02-25-2014, 09:18 PM   #229
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Started cleaning up this rats next this afternoon on my 1/2 day off. Have a full day off tomorrow also so I will be finishing it up as well as installing my wide band. Can't get that fully installed until I'm running on megasquirt though


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I hate wiring to, call me a simpleton. Nice solution!
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I hate wiring to, call me a simpleton. Nice solution!
Thanks it's 1000 times more organized already! Got some finishing up on the lc-2 wideband but that will be tomorrow. I also need to go back and solder/heat shrink my connections for the first 2 gauges.

Also threw in my new shift boot that came in the mail today. The 23 year old stock one was crumbling apart lol



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Much better! Still have to dig back into the harness again when I get a chance.... I wanted my boost gauge to light up blue but I must have wired up white instead of orange... really wish I checked it before buttoning it all up... Oh well



Ground block is double sided taped to the bottom on the metal steering column panel plate... thing



Acc power is tapped into a random fuse.. Screwed the block using a factory screw for the fuse panel



Boost (Errrrr Vacuum for now) source



Sender mounted... Filter installed in-line (No idea if its needed or actually does anything but I figured why not...



Still need to eliminate the butt connectors here but I will do that whenever I get around to digging into the harness to fix the boost gauge color

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Rear main installer ... Expensive but for the peace of mind I think it will be worth it.

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Looking good! Good call on the fuel filter inline for your MAP source, i had noise issues with mine which were fixed right up with that simple mod.

Looks like you've really been doing your homework
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Looking good! Good call on the fuel filter inline for your MAP source, i had noise issues with mine which were fixed right up with that simple mod.

Looks like you've really been doing your homework
Thanks!

Question.... Would it be Ok to add a T fitting on that same vacuum line for the Map line to my Megasquirt? Just wondering for when I install that in a few weeks

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I am sort of wishing I went for the clear projector lights... Maybe the black housing will grow on me i'm not sure. I have only seen these on a white car before and it looked great on that.... On red im not so sure
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Well... One thing positive came out of installing these headlights.... I am now 100% sure which pulley is squeaking in my car. Ordered an alternator and it will be here tomorrow morning. I have been thinking that is where it was coming from but now I am certain. Squeak gets wayy worse as soon as the lights are turned on lol
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Hey so... they make jumper strips for those blocks that you made the daisy chain eyelet things for. :P

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Well... One thing positive came out of installing these headlights.... I am now 100% sure which pulley is squeaking in my car. Ordered an alternator and it will be here tomorrow morning. I have been thinking that is where it was coming from but now I am certain. Squeak gets wayy worse as soon as the lights are turned on lol
This might be a stupid question but you did try tightening the belt first, right? When I started up my car for the first time after doing the install, the alternator belt was making all kinds of racket but it just needed tightened.
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Hey so... they make jumper strips for those blocks that you made the daisy chain eyelet things for. :P

Genius! I am going to have to pick up 2 of those!!!



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This might be a stupid question but you did try tightening the belt first, right? When I started up my car for the first time after doing the install, the alternator belt was making all kinds of racket but it just needed tightened.
Hmmm I will check the belt tightness first, thanks!
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Any idea's on stripping the yellow paint from the marker lenses without damaging the plastic? Will paint thinner work ok? I feel like the yellow is killing the look of the lights .... Not that I was crazy about the yellow lights to begin with
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