Noob question... how much to a low 12 second miata? - Page 2 - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


General Miata Chat A place to talk about anything Miata

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2008, 05:22 PM   #21
Elite Member
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 6,868
Total Cats: 66
Default

Eh.... thats a long debated subject as NA and NB chassis are very similar... i know you can swap whole interiors though lol.

I know the 6spd is rather beefy and i have yet to hear of one breaking from power alone. I know a 6spd with the 3.63 r/p will feel much like a 5spd with the 4.10 r/p + an extra gear. Luckily 5psd transmissions are rather plentiful and are not to hard to install (i've pulled my trans. 4 times lol)

Since there is a LOT of R&D on various parts that can be used on a DIY kit, there is little fabrication. You can buy your manifold, turbo, down pipe readily made for whatever you choose. Your biggest "fab project" would probably be intercooler piping.... and that's not even really that hard. You can always really DIY everything if you really want to though!
Doppelgänger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #22
Elite Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 2,084
Total Cats: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cogz View Post
Yeah, when I start moving up towards 300'ish HP I would likely swap to a beefed up 5 speed or perhaps 6 speed.

However, in my experience more gears don't always mean better.

At this point though, the first step I need to make is to be sure I can comfortably drive a Miata. At 5'11" and 240lbs, I know I need to loose some weight in the long term. I sat in a 2008 Miata in a dealership and barely fit in the drivers side of the passenger compartment. (I couldn't sit on the passenger side comfortably)

If I remember, early Miatas had bigger passenger compartments correct?
I'm 6'0" and 250 and fit comfortably in my 1990. I don't know if the earlier ones are more spacious, but it is plenty of room for me with my seat adjusted so that my knees are just slightly bent with the clutch fully pressed
mazda/nissan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 08:16 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alamo City, Tejas
Posts: 774
Total Cats: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cogz View Post
ps- remember I am coming from big cars where anything less than 300hp is considered weak. Its strange for me to consider 270hp an end goal - but its very possible that I will find complete bliss at that power level.
Cogz -

Don't forget to factor power-to-weight and gear ratios. Raw HP numbers don't answer all the questions.

175 HP in a '72 Caddy *might* make it move, in a Miata would be an enjoyable ride, and in a tube-framed go-kart would be an exercise in control, focus and adrenaline...

- L
l_bader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 09:14 PM   #24
Elite Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: ABQ, NM
Posts: 1,850
Total Cats: -8
Default

After talking with previous winners of the one lap, they all suggested your first time trying it, you're way better off with something thats more comfortable on the highway, over an all out performance machine.
BenR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 09:27 PM   #25
Elite Member
Thread Starter
 
Chiburbian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Gilberts, IL
Posts: 2,158
Total Cats: 131
Default

I can understand that. Plus, the more ragged you run your ride, the more chance of stuff breaking. You learn a lot more (about racing) by driving then you do by wrenching.
Chiburbian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 10:30 PM   #26
Senior Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Eastern Wisconsin
Posts: 1,282
Total Cats: 0
Default

My 3K DIY setup put me at 12.7, but thats excluding the suspension work that I had done a few years ago which helped with the hook up. $4k DIY could easily put you low 12s high 11s with EMS and slicks.
ApexOnYou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 11:18 PM   #27
Elite Member
Thread Starter
 
Chiburbian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Gilberts, IL
Posts: 2,158
Total Cats: 131
Default

Awesome. I now know that what I want to do can be done, and for a reasonable sum.

I consider this topic closed, unless someone else wants to chime in...
Chiburbian is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Turbo 1995 Miata Low mileage Clean Tekel Cars for sale/trade 29 02-05-2016 05:16 PM
WTB 90-97 miata low profile headlight kit DonPlatt WTB 0 09-25-2015 03:57 AM
starting issue Johnny Tater Engine Performance 3 09-23-2015 07:10 PM
Mystery Engine Trouble. Halp, mt.net! vehicular General Miata Chat 12 09-14-2015 04:17 PM
Compression test results Colipto General Miata Chat 3 09-11-2015 02:44 PM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:47 AM.