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Old 02-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #21
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Where is your fuse box?

I'd love to get a square top but those are more than I paid for my VVT engine, lol.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #22
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Wiretuck FTMFW! Damn that's clean, makes my car look like a robot vomited under the hood. My OBDII would freak out if I removed all that stuff. Almost makes me want to build an NA...

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Wiretuck FTMFW! Damn that's clean, makes my car look like a robot vomited under the hood. My OBDII would freak out if I removed all that stuff. Almost makes me want to build an NA...

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My hosting is fine. When I inline link my url, MT.net has the vBulletin set up to save my image on their server and rename it. The image that is not displaying is now named https://www.miataturbo.net/attachmen...ine=1327729301

So the display problem is on MT./net's side, not mine. That's why I pasted the raw links in the first post, so folks can click the link and go to my server.

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Old 02-02-2012, 01:21 AM   #24
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So I have a question, purely for the sake of argument.

Is there a reason you're trying intakes that keep the filter on the hot side of the engine over something simple like a 180* bend to keep it over by the intake manifold? Trying to stick to off the shelf stuff? You mentioned CARB went out the window with the header anyways.
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So I have a question, purely for the sake of argument.

Is there a reason you're trying intakes that keep the filter on the hot side of the engine over something simple like a 180* bend to keep it over by the intake manifold? Trying to stick to off the shelf stuff? You mentioned CARB went out the window with the header anyways.
Hard to do a coldside with the headlights. Easier on the stripped racecars and NB's.
We looked at it but I want to do some controlled testing with different lengths instead of fabbing something based on guesswork.

Honestly though, the car is good and I'm satisfied. Might be better to just drive this one mess with the race cars.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #26
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I wonder if there's any benefit to shoehorning 85.5 mm pistons into the motor to squeeze a few more watts out of it. It's not boosted so is reliability still an issue?
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #27
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Did you rewire that, or is that just a wire tuck? I really love how clean the engine bay looks. Mind doing a write up if it is just a simple tuck?
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I wonder if there's any benefit to shoehorning 85.5 mm pistons into the motor to squeeze a few more watts out of it. It's not boosted so is reliability still an issue?
The motor was already built for another purpose and 85.5's were not part of the plan. I also wanted to build something within reach of the average joe. This long block make essentially the same power as a imported used JDM motor and those are readily available for $1000-1500 on ebay and elsewhere. For a used USDM motor, one would possible rebuild a shave the head .025 for about the same CR.

Stock is 1839cc, 83mm
This engine is 83.5mm, 1861cc or 1.2% bigger. So 1.2% more power
85.5's would make it 1952cc or 6.1%. Everything else being equal, this engine would make about 7more hp with the 85.5's.

If I were building a motor from scratch for this project I would do the 85.5mm 11.0:1 pistons, fully port-polish the head, chamber and put oversize valves in it. That would be worth another 20whp over what it makes now, so 165-170whp.

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Did you rewire that, or is that just a wire tuck? I really love how clean the engine bay looks. Mind doing a write up if it is just a simple tuck?
No write up, sorry. You cut two holes in each fender and run the wires though. Simple. There is some simplification of the harness since there is no A/C or P/S but it's mostly just a partial tuck.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:22 PM   #29
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My hosting is fine. When I inline link my url, MT.net has the vBulletin set up to save my image on their server and rename it. The image that is not displaying is now named https://www.miataturbo.net/attachmen...ine=1327729301

So the display problem is on MT./net's side, not mine. That's why I pasted the raw links in the first post, so folks can click the link and go to my server.

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On a side note, the reason that mt.net saves the images to its server and puts the links to those is so that in the future the pictures are not lost. There have been threads where pictures and diagrams that were important disappeared because wherever was hosting them went down. So hosting the pictures on here prevents that problem from happening in the future.
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On a side note, the reason that mt.net saves the images to its server and puts the links to those is so that in the future the pictures are not lost. There have been threads where pictures and diagrams that were important disappeared because wherever was hosting them went down. So hosting the pictures on here prevents that problem from happening in the future.
That makes good sense but it's glitchy. Take a look at the html in my first post and look at what it's displaying.
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No write up, sorry. You cut two holes in each fender and run the wires though. Simple. There is some simplification of the harness since there is no A/C or P/S but it's mostly just a partial tuck.
Ok, I can follow all of it, except for the lack of fuse box. Im assuming it is in the fender as well? How did you bring it over to that side? Ive never messed with wiring in that area. I dont know if there are connectors by the fuse box or what.
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Ok, I can follow all of it, except for the lack of fuse box. Im assuming it is in the fender as well? How did you bring it over to that side? Ive never messed with wiring in that area. I dont know if there are connectors by the fuse box or what.
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Dunno how I missed that
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I see a really nice STB there. So much conflicting info out there on whether these matter on a chassis with control arms instead of McPhersons. Would love to hear your thoughts on that.
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I see a really nice STB there. So much conflicting info out there on whether these matter on a chassis with control arms instead of McPhersons. Would love to hear your thoughts on that.
Reduces cowl shake a bit, has no effect on handling, looks cool. John liked the way it looked and wanted it in there. As he's the one building everything here, he puts his stamp on things like that. I wasn't digging the Cusco blue mounts so asked him to shoot those crinkle black.

To make any noticeable change to handling, it needs to be massive like the OEM steel braces or maybe the burly Tein STB for the NB's. Mazda added the braces for NVH reduction.


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I thought those had a negative effect on handling on NAs?
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I thought those had a negative effect on handling on NAs?
If some told you that at an event or meet it's false.
If your read it on the interweb, it's true.
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That seems backwards, but since your telling me that on the internet it must be true...
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That seems backwards, but since your telling me that on the internet it must be true...
I doubt that a typical shock tower brace on a Miata has adverse effect on handling. Not something I have ever experienced. I get a kick out from hearing these rumors of dubious origin.
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