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Old 12-05-2017, 08:55 PM   #81  
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You've got an awesome build going here man.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:11 AM   #82  
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You've got an awesome build going here man.
Cheers!

Soooooooooo parts (not all the parts yet but some of them) came today:



You could say things are getting pretty serious.

Eagle rods, Wiseco 8.5CR 83.5mm pistons

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Old 12-07-2017, 05:55 AM   #83  
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More parts!



Oil pump is a Basset Down Engineering pump with Boundary gears. The only real thing left now is to figure out what crank damper to get, but there only seems to be the ATI one at the moment?

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Old 12-21-2017, 04:05 AM   #84  
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Right so I'm facing a bit of a predicament with the 5, with regards to the engine build.

There's seemingly two options I have:
1) Continue with 99' cylinder head route, I still need to buy the cylinder head from a friend, and a VVT bottom end. But then I already own a very nice 323 cam cover, adjustable cam gears and I'm running Ms2e. This will be coupled with a flat top mani that I already have, and should give me reasonable scope in the future for cam changes etc.
2) I already have a VVT head in the garage that I got when I bought a full engine, now I could use this head instead as VVT appears to be good at controlling the spool on the turbo and getting the torque in even quicker. As I understand it I could potentially also run a cam gear on the exhaust too? To go down this route though, I would need to sell the 323 cam cover as it doesn't fit, I'd have to sell the basset down billet oil pump I've bought, and the Ms2e, to then buy an Ms3 and Boundary engineering VVT pump.
Option one is a net cost of 130~ roughly, and option two 350.

What are the opinions of the two? In my head VVT option sounds better, as I'll be sacrificing aesthetics for a considerably more powerful ECU and more control over tuning. But there is the drawback that there is almost no VVT cam choices if that became an upgrade in the future and I don't know what the longevity of the VVT solenoid is?

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A couple of updates over recent weeks...

Changed my steering wheel again, the Nardi was too thin and too close to me, the OMP had a nice feel but too small. Settled finally on a Momo Protipo which for lack of a better word, is perfect.



I ordered one of the China knock off Skunk2 throttle bodies... this came surprisingly quick! just over a week from ordering it. Build quality on mine seems fine, there's very little in terms of manufacturing marks that I've seen mentioned in various reviews of them. Shame it's not black though... although I might get it powder coated. I do plan on securing all the assembly with various Loctite.



And probably some more interesting parts, after doing fair bit of reading I went for the Volvo valve springs, I'm not wanting to run any super high rpm but it's nice to know there's a little bit more in it, and also my plan was to freshen as much as I could afford to whilst doing the build to save me needing to take it apart again.

Ordered them from Summit racing, again, really quick shipping from those guys, had it in the UK in under a week I think.



Finally, an order from Fab9... I've gone for +1mm intake & exhaust Supertech valves, and an ATI damper with 36-2 trigger wheel. I'm still waiting on this parcel, but when it arrives I'm pretty much good to go with the build then. In the future I may look into cams, but I've seen some really good power figures on other builds with only valve work. Plus, they're expensive!

I've decided to stick with the 99 head, and square top inlet combination, but I am planning to move to the crank angle and cam position sensors rather than stick with CAS.

I think that's probably it for now... I know in the future I would really like to move to some kind of tubular manifold and a GTX turbo but that'll have to wait for now, I'm pretty sure the cars still going to be insane fun with the current setup once the new engine is in.

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I've not updated this for a while due to being stupidly busy.

Here was a picture of the parts I'd collected before dropping them all off with the engine builder:




Quite excited to get that back from him, he's busy building a Ginetta for the start of the racing season and then he's sorting my engine.
Rough specs of that are:
VVT bottom end
Eagle Rods
Wiseco 8.6:1 83.5mm
ACL bearings
ARP Head & Mains
OEM thrust washer
Basset Down Engineering oil pump (Boundary engineering gears AFAIK)
ATI Super damper
99' cylinder head
+1mm Supertech Exh Valves
+1mm Supertech Int Valves
Volvo valve springs

I've also received a Walbro 255 & dedicated wiring harness from Fab9. I was really surprised how thick the cables were for this, but I've never fit a high flow pump before.

On top of that... I've also decided to upgrade the ECU to keep the new engine in check, so I spoke with Dimitris and ended up ordering an Enhanced MS3 which I'm excited about. Hopefully that should arrive in the next week or two.

Ordered the medium JoyFast **** from Rev9, what a work of art that is! Feels great to change gears with.



I'm now looking at potential turbo upgrades, ideally GTX2867r territory to really make the most of the new engine. I'd like to think next year maybe I could look at a gearbox upgrade, not sure whether the K-miata kit will work out cheap enough with import duty to the UK or potentially someone here will have a better option than the 6 speed by then, who knows!

Outside of the car, I managed to get myself a new job as a senior software engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, which hopefully I can start mid-May, and I got myself a cat... you guys like cats right?!



On top of learning to fly I have literally had zero time to breath. I'm hoping now the weather is getting better (it's never great in Manchester) then I can spend some more time with the car and start enjoying it this summer.

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What an amazing looking cat!

The car stuff is nice, too. Did you read the thread about the ATI damper problems?
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What an amazing looking cat!

The car stuff is nice, too. Did you read the thread about the ATI damper problems?
No?? When I was reading up there wasn't really any other option and I still don't think I've seen the new Supermiata one out yet? But like I say... been busy
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Just read the ATI thread, I believe I'm in the problem zone and my damper is with the engine builder but luckily he's not begun yet. Going to get him to check for me and if its wrong then I'll have to totally mess around getting it back to the States from the UK providing Fab9 will sort it for me. Man this sucks 😫
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It's better that you caught it now before the engine was assembled and installed
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It's better that you caught it now before the engine was assembled and installed
That it is, thank you for bringing it to my attention.
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Updates!

New ECU arrived swiftly from Dimitris, so that night I shot home like sh*t off a shovel and started swapping it over.



Chaos, removing the Ms2 which had a harness far too long, I will shorten that for the new owner I think...



It took me about 2 hours to remove the old one, neaten the wiring up and install the MS3e, and maybe a further 10 minutes with the laptop to get it working sensibly although the basemap was very good. It was just a case of getting the idle sorted.

Then I wired up some new sidelight bulbs, for the smoked sidelights which come from the US I think. I really like these over all the others I've had/tried so they will be staying.





Then came this weekend, I knew I was going to an Mx5/Miata meet on the Sunday morning so I wanted to get the EBC working again. Initially I just planned to do that, but alas, I ended up doing much more.I relocated that to the air bag location that I previously had the MS2e in. A bit harder with the MS3e because there was no long harness that would make it simple so I had to fight with the thick engine loom and cable tie it in place over the top of the heater pipe behind the dash so that the two plugs would be close enough to the air bag location that I could plug the ECU in. After that I ran a nice thick ground cable from the inlet manifold to the foot well and spurred 4 wires off it, 1 for the wideband, 1 for thhe ground ground coming from the ECU that allows EBC to be anabled, and then 2 spares for when I connect up the boost map switching and table switching control. I could always re do that and add more grounds if needed. I also mounted the ECU on some foam padding that I had lying around in the garage, so there's no rattles etc. It sits nicely wedged in when the air bag cover is installed. Then I neatened up what was left and cable tied things in place, now the CAN connector and USB cable are in the glove box for easy access. Overall I'm happy with that installation now, it's much much neater than what I previously had.





Then on Sunday I got up really early, like 06:30 early, to get out mapping again with the EBC now wired in. Luckily the settings that were there worked straight off so I just upped the duty table and generally sat at a nice 12psi all day, with the occasional boost cut at 14 psi. Part of the mapping was on the way to the Bunch Of Fives meet in North Wales, we ended up driving 46 cars to the Ponderosa Cafe and then after there I went on a bit of a hoon and headed home. All in all a good weekend!





I've ordered a new part which I will update once I've got it installed.

Really really happy with how MS3e is running the car, I'll be happy once I've connected up all the spare wires to their associated uses to make the most of it.

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It's better that you caught it now before the engine was assembled and installed
It's faulty



Thanks again for pointing out the thread!

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