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Old 05-01-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Howdy folks,

I've got a '99 10AE. It's my daily driver of 4 years. I've taken it from 45-78k miles.

I've been planning to add boost since the day I decided to buy a Miata, but travel and work and other life **** keeps moving this project down the priority list.

I've gone so far as to pick up a wideband, Megasquirt, and an NA CAS. I wired most of it up, and planned to learn to tune the MS while naturally aspirated. Then I was going to start add turbo hardware and retune.

I never got around to it before I moved again again last year for work.

Now the car and I are in Sacramento, CA which means I have CARB issues to consider.

My goals are 180-200 rwhp. This is my only vehicle and daily driver, so reliability and some level of comfort is important.
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Well, you picked the right order to do things. As far as carb legal, I am not sure, i never cared about that because any place that wont let toys come in happy meals is communist.
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I never got a round tuit before I moved again again last year for work.
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welcome. I'm in sacramento too
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Well, you picked the right order to do things. As far as carb legal, I am not sure, i never cared about that because any place that wont let toys come in happy meals is communist.
It's weird as I never expected to find myself here. I was born in Texas, raised mostly in Illinois, moved to Seattle a few years ago, and now I'm in Sacramento. In between is time spent in MA, DE, AZ, and a few stints around the world. I guess travel is my excuse for not finishing the Miata

It seems that down here, the hard-core use take their stuff back to stock before emissions testing. I kinda want to set and forget. When I was in Seattle, I was going to do a parallel MS install. That would give me the OBD-II I needed to pass emissions while letting a real ECU control fuel and spark. That was my rationale, at least.

I've got some questions out to BEGi, because right now, I have to admit that a CARB-legal S1/S2/S3 has some appeal. I don't know what they can support for engine management though.

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18psi - good deal, Sacramento locals. So far my only connection to the local scene was when I looked into the Sacramento Area Miata Owners (SAMO) club, but from their web-site, they struck me as a wine & cheese crowd, with no gearheads. I've been goin' it solo.
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Welcome to the forum. There are no wine and cheesers here.
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18psi - good deal, Sacramento locals. So far my only connection to the local scene was when I looked into the Sacramento Area Miata Owners (SAMO) club, but from their web-site, they struck me as a wine & cheese crowd, with no gearheads. I've been goin' it solo.
That's correct: I went to a few meets and it was just not the kinda scene I'm used to. Just older folks with stock miatas talking about anything BUT making them faster.

All I care about is making my **** fast lol
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I take it you did all your work yourself? I'm here in town with no garage (open apt complex parking) and the only tools are the basics rolled up in a small pouch. That and my work schedule has me thinking ... I need a mechanic.

Are you familar with any shops that you'd trust to do something like a custom turbo installation? I don't mind learning the tuning myself (I'm pretty handy with a computer), but I can't do any fabrication or any serious engine work due to lack of tools/space/experience.

I'm thinking about a BEGi kit installed by Crazy Red, though I haven't approached them yet.

I'm also still thinking about continuing down the megasquirt route in a parallel install, if I can find a path through smog testing.
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My first decision, engine management.
  • Megasquirt MS-I or MS-II installed in parallel (in case I move back to Washington)
  • Whatever BEGi has with an EO #
  • The standalone of my choice, going back to stock at emissions time *

* This option is almost a non-starter as I can't predict whether I will be in a place, with tools, and the time, to return my car to stock on schedule. I travel too much, making bulky tools and garage space a rarity.
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