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Old 05-14-2009, 01:32 PM   #1
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Hello everybody I have a 1992 Miata with a 1.6L with 60,000 miles that I purchased for my wife. Well I have speed bug and think this thing is way to slow in its stock form. So I am slowly getting it ready for boost. I have installed an upgraded brake kit from goodwin and a set of coil overs. Also had the timing belt done and an new FM clutch happy meal put in so now I just want a rollbar and then hopefully next year I plan on a turbo with a good engine management system like a Adaptronic or Hydra.

I have been lurking around for a while trying to learn a much as I can. I would like to purchase a second 1.6L and learn how to rebuild it and add some forged internals but my space is limited and knowledge as well. Does anyone know off hand what a basic Miata engine weighs. Was trying to figure out if I wanted to lug it up to my third floor condo unit or use some common area space in the basement and hope no one bitches about it.

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Hey welcome. What part of chicago?

Any pics of the car???
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, I am in Oak Park around Madison and Harlem.

No Pics yet. It is red with the hardtop and a set of konig rims. I have it out in Round Lake at Protege Garage they are putting in the FM Clutch with 13.5 flywheel. I really should gets some pics. I really brought it back to life it was really faded for 60,000 miles I think the last owner had it sitting outside all winter.
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Oh nice! I guess I can''t really say I am FROM chicago, but NW Suburbs.

Red with red hard top? Let me know how you like the FM Happy Meal, I am waiting for mine to get in.
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Haha Chicago is so big it just keeps going. What burb are you in. I can step across a line in the road and be in the westside of Chicago thats my excuse for saying I'm located in Chicago.

I will let you know how the FM works out. I had them put in a Spec clutch but had a problem the next day with a spring getting loose on the clutch and causing quite a racket. It was a good excuse to just go with the 1.8 FM clutch happy meal. Its good up 318 tq far over what the spec was rated at and far higher then I think I would feel safe handling.
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Hey were are you located? NW burbs?
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Schaumburg area. I guess I can't really say I live there either, at least right now. I am in the military, so I live where ever the Army tells me. But my home of record is in there, as well as family.
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I'm also in the city...got a 90 with 78k on it and an original Cartech Turbo kit...hope to see you guys around sometime..
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:46 AM   #9
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I have never heard of the Cartech Turbo I will have to look into that. When I got my Miata the previous owner has a ton of info on the sebring SC and Begi turbo included with the car as well as some other ones I had never herd of.

What color is you 90?
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its red with 15' Panasport wheels...im on the northside of the city
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Wow looks like we all have red...
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:36 PM   #12
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Finally some pics. Still no turbo hopefully next year. Upgraded to MSM 6 speed next will be a OS Giken LSD with 3.63 gears. Already have the gears just waiting on the LSD. Next build the engine or just throw on the turbo and build later if needed?




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Old 07-21-2009, 03:41 PM   #13
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Just build later.

I'm out in the west suburbs... and mine is also red
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Yeah I don't have the cash or time to build and turbo.

Everybody is Red!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #15
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It's the Mazda primer... and they never bothered to paint our cars

This is me btw...
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Hahaha Sweet Ride nice picture as well. I would believe it is the primer the way it fades if you don't keep up with it.

I am off to replace the cracked rear finish panel I just got a replacement.

Anyone interested in the Chicago Area in detailing your car and removing almost all cleaning and swirl marks let me know. I just purchased a Flex XC 3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher and did a demo with one of the best detailers in the country. I have not had a chance to do the Miata yet but we detailed my friends Civic over the weekend and it is night and day difference. The flex is basically idiot proof really no worry of burning through paint like you were using a direct drive polisher.
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My patented detailing technique involves letting the car get rained on.
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Did you also patent the drive fast to dry the car off technique?
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No, I find the water spots help create mini air vortexs and go faster. So I let it air dry.
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Welcome from one of the non-reds. I have a Montego Blue with bronze wheels. Maybe I'll see you around, I'll be out at some of the autocrosses in late august and on. My suspension is coming in this week, cant' wait
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