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Old 05-15-2019, 10:10 PM
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I picked up this 2002 Miata in late 2017 from a family dealership with 127k miles on the odometer, a base model with the Hard-S options, so strut tower brace, bilsteins, 5 speed, and LSD. So far I have modified or refreshed just about every component inside of it, for better or worse. I have picked up a bunch of tools in the process & now I sorta have an idea of what I am doing. There are more zip-ties holding this car together than there should be.



I plan to keep the exterior almost completely stock so I don't regret any of the mods, the urge to bolt on a big wing is strong but I will resist. Here is the current engine bay mess, when I got it, it was completely stock except for a K&N Typhoon intake which heat-soaked too much for my taste in the Florida sun, so I replaced it and promptly cut a hole in my firewall that I will soon no longer need. The factory strut brace is removed as I took it off and couldn't tell the difference without it.



Gold heat tape on plastic intake tubing is dumb, don't do it.
My MS3 Basic should be here within a few days, I have my AEM UEGO in a gutted vent ready to install in the center vent, passenger side, and I have a new intake I fabbed up ready to be installed, 949 Racing Style.


I am going to re-do the lazy twisty wire connector, eventually. Also yes, the sensor is black silicone gasket maker'd in

I originally planned to keep the cowl intake, however I unfortunately ordered a MAF delete tube from BEGI, and stupidly ignored the warning on the forums here that the threaded tube would be not deep enough for the intake air sensor to be in the air-stream.

Next steps are for me to install my VICS manifold after I figure out how to recreate curly's mounting plate for the VCTS actuator to repurpose it for VICS, install the AEM UEGO + properly crimp the wires to my MS3 Basic, and start tuning. Eventually I will Turbo the car, however it won't be until at least 2 years from now. I just got accepted into USF and need to get another 77 credits or so for a Bachelors in Cybersecurity, and turbocharging a daily + only car is not for me. If I can't learn to properly tune my car N/A in 2 years then a turbo probably isn't for me. I am trying to stop spending money on this car other than maintenance, and turbo related mods seem to be the only thing left I could possibly spend money on.

I will try my best not to ask dumb questions, I think my google-fu is pretty good.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:31 PM
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I just got my MS3 Basic, taking the stock ECU out made me feel like switching to powercards.
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You seem to be missing a clamp.
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Yep, I plan to install the other clamp once I get the megasquirt installed, next weekend maybe? Getting the stock ECU out makes me want to use a sawzall on the brackets, curse the Japanese engineer who decided that the nut should be near impossible to reach.
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