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Old 05-20-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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I have a 93' and I'm looking forward to adding a turbo, hopefully this Summer.
Before I mess with anything I'd like to get some opinions on what specific turbos you experts would recommend.
I've been recommended Greddy, HKS, and GT2560R but the people who recommended them have never owned one of these themselves haha so that says it all.
I'd like to get recommendations from people who actually know what they're talking about also let me know around how much I'd be paying to get it tuned.
I'm not looking to buy any really cheap Ebay turbos because I want my moneys worth. My budget is around 2k - 3k and I'm located in California.
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What are your power goals?
Are there any tuners in your area?
What platforms do they tune?
What are you planning to run for an ECU?
A $2,000 budget is tight if you're getting the car pro tuned. A pro tune on a full standalone system can run around $1,000.
Do you already have a 1.8 Diff? Your stock diff won't hold up.
There are many questions that need answering before we can answer your original questions.
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I'm gonna recommend you don't touch your car until at least September. What's the point of having a convertible if it's gonna be in the garage all summer long? Because you're not going to get it turbo'd for $3k this summer. Read read read, then read some more. You might be able to do $3k if you can weld and tune yourself, if not then you should probably stay NA until you have double that budget.

Oh and don't listen to any more recommendations, lol.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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What are your power goals?
Are there any tuners in your area?
What platforms do they tune?
What are you planning to run for an ECU?
A $2,000 budget is tight if you're getting the car pro tuned. A pro tune on a full standalone system can run around $1,000.
Do you already have a 1.8 Diff? Your stock diff won't hold up.
There are many questions that need answering before we can answer your original questions.
Thanks man I guess it isn't as simple as just buying a turbo,installing it, and tuning it. What ECU would you recommend? So the 1.8 diff is necessary after all? Can I just swap a used one from a 1.8 Miata because mines a 1.6 or is it best to buy a brand new diff? But thanks man I won't be adding a tubo anytime soon. Some people made it seem like it was possible under a 3k budget but I guess not.
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I'm gonna recommend you don't touch your car until at least September. What's the point of having a convertible if it's gonna be in the garage all summer long? Because you're not going to get it turbo'd for $3k this summer. Read read read, then read some more. You might be able to do $3k if you can weld and tune yourself, if not then you should probably stay NA until you have double that budget.

Oh and don't listen to any more recommendations, lol.
haha thanks man and will do. You prove a valid point I need the convertible for the summer. I'll just be patient with the turbo and keep saving up my money.
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To be CARB approved you either go with a Greddy setup, or possibly an older Begi setup.
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CA= smog.. do you have that sorted out already??
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To be CARB approved you either go with a Greddy setup, or possibly an older Begi setup.
Yea California emissions laws suck ***. So pretty much I'm stuck with a Greddy? or does the Begi perform better?
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So pretty much I'm stuck with a Greddy? or does the Begi perform better?
Are you really making me do this?

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They'll both perform like **** since they need the stock ECU. The other option is to revert back to stock when it's time to smog, I think that's what the majority of Cali guys here do.
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Yea California emissions laws suck ***. So pretty much I'm stuck with a Greddy? or does the Begi perform better?
NO, you can have anything you want....but your going to have to make some "good friends" and dish out that paper every 2 years CALI smog

but its totally worth it!!!!
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Thanks man I guess it isn't as simple as just buying a turbo,installing it, and tuning it. What ECU would you recommend? So the 1.8 diff is necessary after all? Can I just swap a used one from a 1.8 Miata because mines a 1.6 or is it best to buy a brand new diff? But thanks man I won't be adding a tubo anytime soon. Some people made it seem like it was possible under a 3k budget but I guess not.
Read the FAQ. It's all answered there.
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