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Old 05-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hello, figured I should introduce myself. I recently bought the fourth Miata (1994) that I have owned (previous 92,97,2003). I paid 2K, and I think i got a decent deal. Chassis and engine are in good shape (140K), body above average for a 20 year old car, and the top was swiss cheese.

The ultimate goal for the car is to be a fun toy that I can track without worrying about bringing it home on a trailer after rubbing a tire wall. While I love my Lotus Elise, I am not at a point where I am ok with wrecking it. I have extensive track experience in my past at Summit Point where I used to instruct. I have tracked 2nd gen MR2, 3rd gen RX-7, and 240z.

I have spent the last two weeks cleaning it up so it looks presentable on the street. In addition, I have been reading everything on this and other forums. Performance improvements will be done in following order to ultimately get to FM turbo. I will be tuning the MS3 as I go along, I am really looking forward to that, wish we had tools like that 15 years ago. The old Power FC we used in the RX7 just does not compare…

Wideband - check
MS3 from Reverent - check
CAN board that will connect the wideband to the MS3 - check
Rx-8 injectors
exhintake mod - ? Sourced a cam at junkyard, still not sure if worth the trouble
Turbo Install

A colleague and I have a challenge who can hit the street first, my Miata with a turbo, or his home-built trike.

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Should be a fun summer.

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Old 05-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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Sounds familiar. Welcome
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:47 PM   #3
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Sounds like fun, and like you have a good plan. Welcome, post up some pics.
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You sound like you will be successful. It's difficult, but definitely not impossible, to build a reliable turbo track car.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome guys. Here is a picture from the good side (repainted wheels).

I received my MS3 from Reverant on Friday, and got it and the CAN wideband module hooked up Saturday morning. Played around the rest of the weekend, and actually have a pretty decent tune. Still running a bit rich in some of the areas that I have a tough time staying in when tuning, but overall runs real nice. I don't care what anyone says about Reverant, he has great customer service, got me my MS3 in less than 10 days, pretty amazing.

The car has 140K on it, and I am not sure when (if?) timing belt was replaced, I have a nice oil leak in back of engine, and a suspicious squeal at higher RPM, so I think next step is a new belt and pulley before going further.
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