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Old 06-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I'm Jacob and this is my first post. I'm a 20 year old college kid and I was lucky enough to buy a turbo miata from a guy for 3900 and so far so good. I've had it for 9 months and no problems. 118000 miles with a rebuilt engine, not a built engine though. FM turbo kit from 2007 so it's pretty old. It has a GT2560 turbo with 550cc RX-7 injectors, full 2.5" cat back exhaust, happy meal clutch with flywheel, and a small intercooler that I can only assume is Flyin miata. unfortunately, a body kit was put on it with 16" enkei zoku wheels and pirelli proxies r1 tires. good tires! it has momo bucket seats, 4 way seatbelts, black style bar and momo steering wheel. I know this is kind of an abnormal thing; to buy a turbo miata but I got such a good deal i certainly couldnt pass it up. It also has an FM ECU with knock sensor. I just wanted to get my car out there just to not be such a noob. Thanks for my reading! also heres a picture with the top down. I learned how to post a picture from the sticky!
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It has the Hydra ECU? Or the Link? I don't know when FM started selling the hydra, but I guess either way it's not good news.
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Welcome. The car looks like it needs lots of love, but at least it has some quality parts on it.
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its the link ecu unfortunately..and yes it does. i dont where to start since i have a job now.
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It has the Hydra ECU? Or the Link? I don't know when FM started selling the hydra, but I guess either way it's not good news.
Everyone is so hard on anything that isn't a stand alone ECU. It looks like he got a pretty good starting point as far as the car and kit goes, and yeah he'll probably want to upgrade the ECU in the future but I don't think it's as bad as everyone make it out to be.

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tl;dr nice car! good starting point.
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Its not terrible. For an older low power setup it will probably work fine.
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ive read on here for a while that everyone hates an ecu that isnt standalone. but this ecu can be tuned with data log lab and it can use a wbo2 sensor.
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we "hate" on piggybacks because they are barely cheaper than a full on standalone yet are severely limited all things considered.

way better than band aids, but not as nice as standalone.
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I'd ditch the style bar pronto.

Do you have some kind of submarining protection on those 4 pts? If not, those are unsafe too.

Sounds like an OK deal all-in-all. Things cost more in Canada.
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Oh I see. Since I didn't buy the ecu and I bought it as is, would you recommend just staying with that ecu and get it properly tuned? I know a standalone is better but I could get it properly tuned for the amount I would pay for a standalone. And I'm not sure what you mean by subamarining but the seat belts are bolted to the style bar which is welded on.
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oh wow its welded in? FAIL
Its not going to save you in an accident, that's why its not a roll bar, but a style bar. I'd get that addressed asap.

and yes if you get a good tune and are satisfied with lower power (relative to some of the cars here) there's nothing wrong with keeping the link
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ok will do! and yeah for right now ill be satisfied with less power. i figure i can get 200 hp with a good tune. then i can get started on the body. lol. cause it needs it.
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Agreed. The one thing worst than no bar is a style bar hands down.
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Welcome, mccyjcb!
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Welcome! car looks like a great starting point, with good parts. looks like a fun project!
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Jacob,

1 account per user please. Which one do you want deleted, jacobedwardmccoy or mccyjcb?

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I want jacobedwardmccoy deleted!
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I Like the way you are starting your project. I just started my project from all stock, you are so lucky
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