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Old 03-04-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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Bought a '91 Miata last year.
Didn't start putting work on it til January of this year due to lack of funds.

Car wasn't very pretty when I got it.
Cracked white paint, cracked windshield, soft top was beyond terrible,
radiator was fried, and the suspension was rusted.
Good news was that it had a rebuilt 1.6 with about 20k.
189,8xx on the chassis.
Knew it would be a real project car. got it for $1k

Since January I've replaced everything above.
For the suspension, I used Koni shocks with Tein S Tech springs.
Put in new ball joints, tie-rod endlinks, and new front control arms.
Went with a Mishimoto radiator.
Got the car painted satin black.
Got some 15x8 XXRs.

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Planning on installing a custom 16G Turbo kit this weekend.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:50 PM   #2
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What manifold are you going to use, or are you building it all from scratch? Also, what engine management do you have?
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I plan on using a Megan manifold and downpipe. For the ECU, I'm still debating on either the AEM or MegaSquirt.
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welcome. where in nor-cal are you?
stay away from megan POS
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North Bay - Vallejo.

So no go on the Megan? How about GodSpeed?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:29 PM   #6
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Most 16g manifold/dp's are sort of garbage. As far as ECU's go, I'd probably save the money and go megasquirt.
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North Bay - Vallejo.

So no go on the Megan? How about GodSpeed?
Same crap.
Pretty much 100% likelihood of cracking within a few months.
Get something sturdy like a begi or fm log manifold. They are like 300-400 bux and will last pretty much forever.
All the tubular knock off stuff on ebay is paper thin and has no support and 99% of them have cracked.
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Buy someone's used setup here. Get something good. Lots of deals in the classifieds.

Also, why car so high? Why tires so small?
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Buy someone's used setup here. Get something good. Lots of deals in the classifieds.

Also, why car so high? Why tires so small?
the front end actually sits flush. i had the front fenders rolled because there was some serious rubbing issues. the s tech springs hardly lowered the rear (which i didn't expect). i can take a pic of the front end tomorrow. tires are stretched kumho ecstas 175/45.

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Yah the s-tech's are listed as a 1.1" drop in the front, 0.75 in the rear.
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i was thinking about getting some yonaka coilovers
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