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Old 10-19-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Hope to get a '91 Miata next week

Hi guys,

I'm about to get a '91 Miata next week (hopefully).

It's already turbocharged with 10PSI.

This is my first RWD and I'm sure I'll have to take it easy, I've heard Miata and trees don't go well together

I'm actually a little scared of RWD... Does it come with traction control (I assume it doesn't)?

That guy wants $3,000 for it and definitely needs paint, it flat-black at the moment.

I'm trying to find out if it's a good or at least decent deal so here it is:
1991 Miata with approx 90,000 original miles. Manual transmission.

"with turbo intercooler vortec fmu 265cc injectors stage 3 clutch red top batt in the trunk... tranny motor perfect condition."

I think it's a pretty decent setup, am I right?

I says it also needs a tune-up (gas / air mixture, I assume) and it should push 180 hp on 10 PSI. He also mention that it's safe to run it on 15 PSI with this setup - I don't really believe that, can anyone confirm?

So... My questions are:

Is it a good / decent deal, considering the fact that it definitely needs a paint job?

How much would a tune-up cost (approx.)?

Is there anyone from New York around here? (I'm from Brooklyn)

What's a safe PSI (with as less wear as possible)?

Is this too much for me considering it's my first RWD?

I'm sure I'll have more questions soon, I sure hope to get it next week, I hope everything goes well according to my plan!
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:21 PM   #2
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Welcome,

If it's on the stock diff, then be ready to shell out 600+ in the future for a diff. The 1.6L diffs are pretty weak, people blow them on stock power. It's just a ticking time bomb with turbo.

The short Miata wheelbase makes it a little more tricky since the rear will swing around on you faster and it gives you less time to react. The traction control is your right foot. Sign up for some autocrosses, if you spin out or screw up on a autocross course you hit some cones, but you learn a lot about the car behaves in a safe environment. For now just take it easy on the throttle in the turns. If it's raining be really careful in the turns depending on what tires are on there, my car on stock power steps out real easy in the rain if I get too happy with the throttle, I do have crappy tires though.
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Welcome,

If it's on the stock diff, then be ready to shell out 600+ in the future for a diff. The 1.6L diffs are pretty weak, people blow them on stock power. It's just a ticking time bomb with turbo.

The short Miata wheelbase makes it a little more tricky since the rear will swing around on you faster and it gives you less time to react. The traction control is your right foot. Sign up for some autocrosses, if you spin out or screw up on a autocross course you hit some cones, but you learn a lot about the car behaves in a safe environment. For now just take it easy on the throttle in the turns. If it's raining be really careful in the turns depending on what tires are on there, my car on stock power steps out real easy in the rain if I get too happy with the throttle, I do have crappy tires though.
I looks like a lot of people here turbocharge their stock Miatas, am I wrong?

Maybe they turbocharge a different engine such as the 1.8?

What the possible (and normal-looking) width of tires I can put in the back? This isn't a dragster, it's going to be a daily driven car on 5 PSI (I think).

Also, the guy said his silicon hoses are coming off on 10 PSI, would it be hard to replace? (is it really just the hoses?)

I know RWD sucks in turns... But I don't drive like a maniac, mostly just have fun for a few seconds in a straight line and then I'd go back to normal driving... I just don't need the tickets

My friend suggested that we go to an empty parking lot, he said the cops *probably* won't give me a ticket but it sounds kinda stupid... Have anyone ever done it here? How bad is it?
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Im stock, blew my stock 1.6diff few weeks into owning the car, got a 1.8 open for $350. RWD can be a little tricky in the wet, this is my first RWD also, and my first manual. Find an empty place and learn how to control slides before you drive it too hard in the rain. Can be alot of fun, but also very dangerous. Do any cars go good with trees?. AFAIK there are a few people in Brooklyn, Im in buffalo, NY.
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From traction point of you... But hey, I've never even "floored" a RWD car...

I drove a C6 Z06 (505 hp) but I was too scared to do anything... I've had another experience before, I pushed a C6 (400 hp) a little (not even closed to floor it) and felt the back going sideways - kinda scary for someone who's not used to it, haha.

I guess the bottom line is that I just need to practice somewhere!
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Good luck on getting the car. I've never driven a turbo Miata but with the little torque that a stock one has, it's tough to break the rear end dangerously loose if not driving like an idiot. RWD is great in turns!
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