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Old 01-21-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default If you had to do it all over again, 2010 edition.

If you had to start from scratch with a bone stock car TODAY (year of your choice), but with all the knowledge you've accumulated during the years, how would you boost it?

Are you confortable with the power levels you chose? Would you go higher, lower? Same with turbo size (would you still go turbo? maybe you've seen emilio's supercharged car and wanna go that route?).

Maybe you'd like to just avoid the hassle and go for a prefab kit, though it's doubful for the more experienced users here.

What about engine management? There have been a few new player in recent years that maybe weren't available when you made your build.

Would you consider forged internals, WI, other failsafes to make it more reliable than it was at first?

We can read the DIY FAQ until our eyes go blind, but I think it could be really useful for the noob community out there, to see what experienced guys would build today if they had the chance.

Listing the parts one by one with a brief description of why it was chosen (and maybe why it's different than what you have now), approximate price and maybe a link, would make this thread inffinetely more useful. Also think of everything you need to go fast, which includes clutch, transmission and rear end upgrades if you need them.

So get to it, show us how awesome your build would be.
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LS6.

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LS6.

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I would get an MSM and put a real hotside/intercooler on it. (see leatherface24 build thread)
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Id build JayL's car.
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I bought my car used in 97. So the only thing I may have done different is to start with a 94.
Now starting from scratch today with no budget? LS6 FTW!
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I bought my car used in 97. So the only thing I may have done different is to start with a 94.
Now starting from scratch today with no budget? LS6 FTW!
Never did I say no budget though. Just what you'd do today, with whatever money you have now (assuming you hadn't spent it on your current setup).
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I think the only thing I regret is buying a car that was already modded. I'd also probably start with an NB instead of the NA. Everything else would stay pretty much the same as what I'm doing now, just a different motor and turbo. I guess I'll see whenever I actually get the new motor in...
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Never did I say no budget though. Just what you'd do today, with whatever money you have now (assuming you hadn't spent it on your current setup).
Well if that's the case the only thing I would do different is I should have got off my *** and installed it sooner. I had most of my parts for almost 2 years before they went on the car.
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I would go back and not do any of the bandaid parts and go straight to ms.
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I would have bought a cheap blow off valve instead of an HKS. I also would have gone with a slightly larger turbo and Hi-Z injectors (probably 600cc).
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LS1 all the way. I don't know that I will ever be messing with a miata engine again other than in my Locost and in my track car for a little.
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I would have skipped the year that was lost boosting the 1.8 and went straight to the V8. That said, it was fun, I learned a lot and don't mind the time invested. I got back out of it for close to what I had in it, minus a few hundred so all is well.
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kept the e30 and sold the miata to fund its awesomeness transformation.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:37 PM   #14
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NA with a f20c swap

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No idea, If funds weren't an issue a V8.

Maybe a turbo seeing as I've already 'done' a supercharger.
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What do you plan to use it for?

If I were "boosting" a track car I'd be looking at a Rotrex. If I were "boosting" a street car I'd go with REDONKULOUSflow mani/dp and a 3071. If I wanted mad tyte street cred I'd try my hand at a 13B swap.

If I were doing what I REEEAAAALLLLYYY want to do...I'd have just kept saving up for an LSx. (EDIT: In an NB)
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-I'd have gone with 2" intercooler piping on the hot side.
-I'd have DIY'd it from the begining instead of losing 300-400 dollars on begi stuff.
-Would have put forged rods in my motor when I built it. Actually on that note, I would have built a 1.8 and not a 1.6.

Not much else honestly. I really like my current setup and dont really have any regrets based on my budget. People are pretty surprised when they find out how little money I have in my current setup.
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i'd go with a standalone from the start.
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although i love my miata and will probably get **** for this. i probably would have started with a factory turbo charged car. A year later and i'm still gathering pieces. Although i do think my miata handles better than an MR2 turbo, I think the MR2 is a great starting platform.
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I would have bought a stock car instead of a halfassed boosted one and saved a few grand. Then I would be putting a LSx in it
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