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View Poll Results: How much did your DIY setup cost you for parts/custom-fab/misc labor?
<$1500 9 31.03%
$1500-2500 5 17.24%
$2500-3500 7 24.14%
$3500-4500 4 13.79%
>$4500 4 13.79%
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:38 PM   #21
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I picked it up on eBay- it wasn't an FM unit. I've had it for about 5 years... no keypad. But there have been two that sold on ebay recently for far less than that with keypad and injectors. Here's a tip- do a search on ebay for "miata link" then save that search in your favorites and ebay will email you when something matching it comes up. Of course you'd be bidding against everybody else on this site who want's one. What's nice about he LINK, is that FM has done an outstanding job of enhancing the software. That combined with the pLink software on a palm pilot and it's quite the slick setup IMO. - rob
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:47 PM   #22
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ditto.

i wish i had never sold the first used one i had installed. the second one is a MK1, but with the circuit upgrades and chip, i can run everything the latest ones can except a boost controller.

i think a standalone like the link makes modifying a miata so much easier and reliable.
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:55 PM   #23
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Alright, well that makes me feel a lot more confident about finding a good deal on a Link then... quick question though. What would you guys consider the lowest possible price I could find on a Link? I'm going to buying everything I need over the next 9 or 10 months and I don't want to let an awesome deal get away because I "might" be able to get a better deal later.
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Here's a tip- do a search on ebay for "miata link" then save that search in your favorites and ebay will email you when something matching it comes up. Of course you'd be bidding against everybody else on this site who want's one.
HEHE, that's exactly how I did it. I think the one I bought was on ebay for less than thirty minutes. He had a buy it now price of 550 and I snagged it as soon as I saw it. The seller mentioned he had people emailing him for days offering to pay double for what I bought it for.

I was also lucky. I bought it from an honest guy who shipped it out right away and was exactly as described.

I'll also mention it took me a year to find this deal.
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What would you guys consider the lowest possible price I could find on a Link? .

I think a good deal would be anywhere from 700-850 with injectors and a knock sensor. A great deal would be anything less than 700 bucks. You're probably going to spend another 100 bucks cleaning injectors and upgrading the Link chip. Also, take into consideration the attitude of the seller especially on Ebay. I personally do not buy anything on ebay unless the seller has excellent feedback. Ask questions if you’re not sure about the unit. I found out after I bought my link there are two different versions for 94-95. I was lucky and bought the right one.
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HEHE, that's exactly how I did it.
A just reward for expert eBay-ing.
The saab/gm knock sensors work with the link and FM sells the mount separately for $15 (found out after I made my own ). The trick is using a spare rear thermosensor connector to plug up to the knock sensor. The other end is just an rca jack- be sure to use a shielded cable - and ground the shield on one end for maxium noise supression.
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:51 PM   #27
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With the exception of my link and injectors (which were on my other Miata) I spent about -$1,000. YES, that is MINUS $1,000 - very long story. I think the link and stuff was about $1500 so I have around $500 in mine. I would KILL for a $550 link for my wife's car. Where do you live? <G>
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:17 AM   #28
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I was just wondering if some of you guys could post an approximate cost of parts, custom fab, and any labor you had to pay someone else during the process from start to finish. TQ/HP numbers would be nice, but I just wanna know if a DIY setup can be done for a "reasonable" amount.

Personally I think $3500 is "reasonable" for a DIY setup.

Lets see here....

-Garrett GT3271 Turbo = 700
-Carbon Steel Log mani w/ JetHOT 2000 = 500
-Stainless 2.5in DP w/ external Tial 38mm vented back in 3ft down = 750
-DIY IC pipes w/ Starion IC w/2in inlet and outlet, 1st Gen HKS Sequential BOV, T bolt clamps, sillicon couplers = 500
-Inline Pierburgh pump, BEGI Billet AFPR, Bipes ACU, 330cc injectors = 600

Thats about 3k, but I have so much more into the car...thats just the turbo kit pieces currently on the car. I have other supporting mods that youll also need. Clutch for one and gauges youll need for the turbo.
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16g turbo 575 thanks tachyon only place in within 50 nor so miles with anything i could compare turbos to manifolds with
Megan racing DP/ manifold 200 shipped
tdo4 15c turbo of new of ebay 300 dollars never used just sitting in the garage waiting for a home
F1 racing stage 3 clutch 150 dollars shipped sweet.
New braided stainless teflon inner hydralic line for clutch, 65 bucks
2g dsm install kit 200 dollars all i needed was the j pipe and the adapter for the drain but oh well
OBX Fpr12-1 70 dollars
Walboro 190hp from local race shop but never agian 150 dollars
55 gallons of methanol 112 dollars
pump 25 dollars
gas cans 20 dollars
WI Kit 300 dollars
braided stainless teflon inner oil supply, and drain lines for turbo 120 dollars
fittings 100 dollars
extra brake lines that where not metric and would not fit 100 dollars
silicone couplers 120 dollars.
custom intake tubing temp mockup 25 dollars
real setup 100 dollars
Rx7 afm 45 dollars
supra 310 cc injectors 20 dollars
asbestos heat wrap 30 dollars
red ceramic caot spray paint 12 dollars.
Gass to find evrything 250+ dollars
agrevation of wrong parts 1,000,000 dollars
peicing together your own turbo kit and driving al over the state to find soemthing that will work priceless.
there are some things money cant buy for everything else there is trubo miata.
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:22 PM   #30
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plan on about $5000+ after you've gotten your exhaust, clutch, rear end, better brakes, roll bar, real tires.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:39 PM   #31
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I spent 1500 on a turbo donor miata with 7/10ths of the stuff I want to use:
16g turbo, manifold, boost gauge, intercooler, dp & exhaust, fuel pump some spare parts I needed
apexi safc : +100$
wheels : +50$
misc : +100$ so far
seats : +250$ hopfully

emanage : -traded a set of old volks ~300$
rest of gauges : traded old tranny cooler from my hotrod ~40$
probe intercooler : traded for some spring collars ~70$
boomslang : ~170$
injectors : ~50$

still need about 300$ worth of parts :P
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