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Old 03-09-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Spencer, I am a 20 year old college student majoring in high performance vehicles. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and in July moved to Lima, Ohio to attend UNOH. When I moved out here I bought my 1992 red Miata from Kentucky for $1800, it isn't anything special, but I love this car. I doubt I will get the chance to turbo the car, at least not until I am done with school. I know very little about turbos, and I know you guys have a ton of knowledge. So the goal is to gain as much knowledge as possible. If anyone has anything specific on turbos that they think I should read, to help get me started, please let me know. otherwise I'll mostly just stick to the saved threads and threads that have tons of views. Here are a few pics of my car. cheers!

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Read Maximum Boost by Corky Bell.

For some interesting reading, study the stickys in this forum, and read the trial and error detailed in the build threads section of this forum.
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For some interesting reading, study the stickys in this forum, and read the trial and error detailed in the build threads section of this forum.
Sounds great, Thanks for the suggestion
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:20 AM   #7
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Thanks Miater and Braineack.
I downloaded that book and have started reading it, it's exactly what I was looking for thanks again Sixshooter.
Just a quick question (search bar and google didn't help much) What do the numbers in a specific turbo name stand for? for example a T25, Just a product number, or is it a measurement of some sort, similar to calling an engine a 1.6. Thanks,

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It's a product number in the case of T25. It does correlate to a certain size of turbo but the numbers in that case don't mean anything to my knowledge. If you were to ask about a gt2560, the 60 part would refer to the exducer diameter in mm, 60mm. And the difference between the gt2560 and the gt2860, from a general standpoint, is a larger turbine exducer but both would have a 60mm compressor exducer. Also note that the compressor exducer is its larger diameter but the turbine's exducer is its smaller diameter.

As you get into the book a bit further you will learn about compressor housing and turbine housing A/R ratios and also compressor and turbine wheel trim sizes.
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It's a product number in the case of T25. It does correlate to a certain size of turbo but the numbers in that case don't mean anything to my knowledge. If you were to ask about a gt2560, the 60 part would refer to the exducer diameter in mm, 60mm. And the difference between the gt2560 and the gt2860, from a general standpoint, is a larger turbine exducer but both would have a 60mm compressor exducer. Also note that the compressor exducer is its larger diameter but the turbine's exducer is its smaller diameter.

As you get into the book a bit further you will learn about compressor housing and turbine housing A/R ratios and also compressor and turbine wheel trim sizes.
Oh I understand, Thank you for answering my question.

Just figured I would kind of think out loud and let everyone know that I have found my self very interested in a megasquirt for my car, I have been reading a lot about them on here and found that it is easy to switch from a 1.6 to a 1.8 using the same MS (5-10 wires moved around). which is good to know since my car has above 175K on it, and a 1.8 swap seems like something I would like to do in the future. I do understand that installing the MS can be very difficult for someone to take on for the first time, and while my main goal is to learn, I hope I can be satisfied with my end result.
Besides the obvious reading and being sure that I should go through with this "learning process" does anyone recommend I do anything else to the car before I begin? or have any suggestions on which MS to have my eye out for? BTW my car is a 92 1.6l, manual trans with air conditioning and power steering. Thanks for everything so far, I love this forum.

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majoring in high performance vehicles.
You're going to get a degree in high performance vehicles? They going to teach you anything about turbos?
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Along with the 1.8 swap, you will want to swap to a 1.8 diff, as the 1.6 has a 6" ring gear that has been known to break at stock power levels. The 1.8 had a 7" gear which is more than strong enough.
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You're going to get a degree in high performance vehicles? They going to teach you anything about turbos?
Sadly, There isn't a specific class on turbo's, to my knowledge, I looked over the transcript the other day and couldn't find one. but they will definitely go over fundamentals and basics. Either way I have a while before I get to the high performance classes, and I am too antsy to wait. I am going through my ASE stuff at the moment. It never hurts to teach myself all that I can though (: even if it did go into depth quiet a bit, I would gain a lot more from the class if I had already taught myself a few things.

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Along with the 1.8 swap, you will want to swap to a 1.8 diff, as the 1.6 has a 6" ring gear that has been known to break at stock power levels. The 1.8 had a 7" gear which is more than strong enough.
I did know that the LSD in the 89-93 were weaker then the 94-97 LSD's. but never knew why, Thanks for the info. When that time comes for me to start swapping things, a 1.8 LSD will be on the list.

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Judging from the thread so far, this might be worth a look through also:

https://www.miataturbo.net/diy-turbo...k-links-56507/
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first welcome to here, also you should check out the ohio miata owners facebook group they are planing some meets and such. but back to your plans, differential upgrade should be one of the first things you do, it is not fun destroying it away from home (ask me how i know).
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Check out the MS3 Basic that Reverent is making these days. So much potential...
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Judging from the thread so far, this might be worth a look through also:

https://www.miataturbo.net/diy-turbo...k-links-56507/
There was a TON of great info on that page, thank you for suggesting I read it. (:
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first welcome to here, also you should check out the ohio miata owners facebook group they are planing some meets and such. but back to your plans, differential upgrade should be one of the first things you do, it is not fun destroying it away from home (ask me how i know).
I am actually on the Ohio Miata group daily, I definitely plan on showing up to a few meets. See you there! as for the Torsen swap, I just don't plan on making that much power yet. The plan is to throw in an MS and get acquainted with it, play around with timing and AFR's. I don't want to rush into anything (bet that's weird to hear from a 20 year old gear head) haha.
For now I'm just going to do things that have a great potential in teaching me new things and a Megasquirt seemed like a decent place to begin, engine/trans/differential swaps and turbos just aren't the goal right now.

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Seems like a good deal. I will start looking up some more details about it. Thanks

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fwiw that diff will still break on stock power, so be easy on it and it will last a while.
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fwiw that diff will still break on stock power, so be easy on it and it will last a while.
well I'm in a small town, I've put about 2k Mi on it since august. like you said as long as I don't do stupid stuff in it i'll be Ok. Thanks for the heads up.

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