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Old 03-17-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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I'm curious what you guys are revving your car to and what needs to be done in order to safely raise the rev limiter.

I've always stuck with a 7000-7200 limiter on my car. Are people going a bit higher than that on stock motors? Is there a point at which the valves/springs start to become an issue? Or a point the stock oilpump starts to crap out?

I know some of the built guys are revving up to 8000, but I seem to remember others offering some pretty strong opinions against going over 7400-7500. I can't find much on the site discussing any practical limits.
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I've seen people say 7400 max on stock opg. Or was that only on a VVT motor? Not sure, either way, I'd never take a stock opg/head car over 7400
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I typically rev stock motors to ~7400rpm. Anything higher than that and you need springs, rods, and OPGs.
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...and most turbos don't flow as well at extreme RPMs so a turbo driver will usually shift and stay in the power band better.
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and even if they do, our engines dont lol
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At least 3 years at 7800, no harm done. After I dynoed it and saw that my peak hp is at 7300rpm, I lowered it to 7500rpm.
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These numbers will sound conservative, but I am a track junkie and my cars see more abuse in a single 20 minute session than your average street car sees in a month of commutes. You can probably exceed these numbers in a street car and be OK in the short term, but if you want long term reliability or track reliability, I'd stick to my numbers.

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Stock rods will not accept anything past about 7800rpm without stretching. Spec Miatas are documented to stretch rods on single sub-8000rpm overrevs. If you push past 7500 on a regular basis, you need forged rods.

Stock oil pump gears have a generally accepted limit of 8000rpm due to crank harmonics. Push past that (or run at 8k for a long time) and billet gears are strongly recommended.

OEM valvetrain is good up to the ~7800rpm mark. At a certain point, the valves will start to float, which means you either need stiffer springs or lighter retainers.

Making power at 8000rpm is hard. You need a huge centrifugal blower, a lot of port work, big cams, or a combination of at least two of those things. Most people do not spin the motor this hard.

FOOTNOTE: VVT users MUST adhere to a strict 7400rpm limit due to an intake cam harmonic. Change the intake cam and you may press past that limit.
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Great find, thanks for posting.

I may bump the rev limiter up a couple 100 and see how she does. After looking at my dyno, running above 7500 on my current setup would be pointless.

Seeing that 300hp "limit" on stock pistons is a bit scary, but it doesn't seem like too many people are dumb enough to install rods and not pistons. Hopefully their a little stronger than we're assuming, mine seem to be holding up well so far.
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Bah.

not every miata is driven as EXTREMELY as all these track "gods". I have revved to 8000rpm for 10k miles and my motor is fine. I drive on the street. Savingtons VVT data is based on a limited sampling.

Even if you have a power sag over 7000, if you are makig more power at 8000 than at ehatever RPM you drop to post-shift, having the extra rpms in boost for a bigger turbo can make a significant positive impact in driveability.
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says the guy with a broken (for the 40th time) car
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I've gotta agree with 18psi here Fae. You may have a great build, but you break ---- more regularly than even the track gods like Sav.
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True that but none of the breakage has anything to do with a higher redline.
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