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Old 05-04-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Gonna buy my next Miata.

...about 1.5yrs from now. The Navy's got me busy until around Dec '09, so Jan-Feb 2010 is when this will all happen. My '93 is a little long in the tooth, and it needs paint, a Torsen, and very soon a new motor. Better to sell/part and get a newer one.

Here's a list of things I'll be retaining from the '93:
Voodoo **** (very important)
Rollbar
Brakelines
Clutchline
Helium's
RX7 550's
Manual steering rack
Airhorns
Uber-Seat

Everything else down to the shell will go... full turbo setup, all 90-93 specific suspension, body panels, interior, motor... etc.

This car I WOULD BUY if it was a Jan2010 right now:
http://www.miata.net/cgi-bin/isc/cla...revaction=show

In any case, I'll be looking for a base model '99 hopefully with a few things like shocks/rollbar/sways/etc already done to it.
I'll assemble a mostly DIY kit around Megasquirt and a GT2860 and shoot for 200whp on wastegate and 270whp on EBC.

Now... just a few questions.
If there's no PnP by then, I just need a 94-97 CAS for MS on the '99?
And I need a return-style fuel line... the easy solution is to simply replace the fuel dampner with an NA 1.8 FPR (due to the length of the discharge pipe)... and hopefully the fuel return hardline from my '93 back to the tank can be swapped over.

Thoughts? I've got plenty of time.

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Old 05-04-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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The part about the voodoo shiftknob I agree with. That makes the car, I'd kill for mine.

And...your plan for a 99 makes me cry a little bit inside...thats what I would love to do.
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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OK, 50 reads and 1 response... I shortened up the original post to make it more to-the-point. Now everybody read it again and tell me what you think.
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Sounds good, I'm not a fan of the NB styling but that's a subjective matter. The build sounds solid.

What is it about this "voodoo" shift **** that's so special, anyway?
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Looks like a good plan. By 2010 that miata you are looking at should cost a grand or two less . Well maybe not.. but yea. i agree with all the upgrades you have to do being a pain. Ive been contemplating selling mine and buying one w/ a torsen, good paint, and just all around newer- but ill most likely just be restoring mine piece by piece. +1 on the NA styling, i prefer it- though i have seen some sexy nbs.
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Sounds good, I'm not a fan of the NB styling but that's a subjective matter. The build sounds solid.

What is it about this "voodoo" shift **** that's so special, anyway?
Best shiftknob ever. Sam, I liked the original post, perfect information...I just think people are lazy.

Sam, just out of curiosity, how much would you want for the car as is...and what does it need...my uncle was thinking about getting another miata in the future...and about all I saw was maybe a torsen and a motor rebuild to be solid as hell?
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If there's no PnP by then, I just need a 94-97 CAS for MS on the '99?
No. The MS-II directly supports the NB crank and cam sensors. So long as you run an MS-II CPU, there's no need for an NA CAS.
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Why? MS + 550cc = more than enough fuel, and tuning the fixed-pressure NB fuel system shouldn't be too much harder than a regular VE map- just scale the lower rows a bit further down than normal.
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There not much to say. Everything sounds good.

Voodoo shift ****:
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No. The MS-II directly supports the NB crank and cam sensors. So long as you run an MS-II CPU, there's no need for an NA CAS.
Why? MS + 550cc = more than enough fuel, and tuning the fixed-pressure NB fuel system shouldn't be too much harder than a regular VE map- just scale the lower rows a bit further down than normal.
Copy all that. I bet in another year or so, it gets even easier.
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that one is very similar to mine
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Best shiftknob ever.
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Voodoo shift ****:
So, it's the best shiftknob ever, and there's a picture of one. No one has told me yet why it's so great though.
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It's supposed to be good because it's weighted and doesn't stick up as high so it shortens the throw. Never used one before though, so **** if i know.
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So, it's the best shiftknob ever, and there's a picture of one. No one has told me yet why it's so great though.
They're $40 shipped. I've got the black-textured Magnum. The first time you use one it's practically a religious experience.
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hmm.. sounds good (goes to website and orders)
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I had one. I prefer the stock ****. Feels more precise.
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The first time you use one it's practically a religious experience.
yeah I didn't know what all the buzz was until my friend with a c5 corvette had me drive his with a stock **** vs. a weighted round ****. Worlds of difference, feels much better in your hand and shifts easier.
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Sounds good Sam, I was thinking about adding an NB to my stable as a DD but I'm running out of parking spots...
Good Luck, i'm sure MS will be easier to deal with by 2010 on the NBs.
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PEOPLE, STOP PM'ING ME FOR PARTS!
I'm not doing anything with the car until early 2010, so no parts of any kind at all. It's kinda funny, but no, you can't call dibs 1.5 years ahead of time either.
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you can't call dibs 1.5 years ahead of time
something about that statement just made me laugh loud enough to get me some wierd looks from coworkers
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sam, any preference for the 99 over the 01 base model? whatever's cheapest? hate vvt? curious.
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