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Old 01-12-2019, 09:13 PM
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Default Phoenix, AZ J-Swap Miata

Hey Guys -

I'm back after a bit of hiatus. I had a 1991/1992 ish (long story) Greddy Turbo that I sold on Bring-A-Trailer to a member here.

Old Car

I had lots of plans for the old girl before I bought a Noble M12 GTO-3R and got a bit power hungry there. The car made 486whp and weighs the same as the 1992 Miata. The only problem is that I'm far too incompetent a driver to make use of the car on track, and I ended up worried about crashing it so its not really enjoyable as track car you're always worried about (although I still have it and love to use as a weekend special drive).

I decided to get back in the Miata game and ended up wanting a:
(a) Reliable Track Car
(b) That doesn't need a mountain of mods in order to get it to a state I'm happy with that's reliable.
(c) That I can drive on the street occasionally (pass AZ smog)

I ended up buying this J-Swap track-rat from BaT here.

New Car:

It should arrive next week! Seems like someone has gone through a lot of trouble sorting it, and hopefully I won't be tightening boost hoses, wondering about cooling issues, or re-tightening turbo studs with a relatively stock motor that puts out more power than my old turbo. Love the noise it makes too.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:49 AM
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Congrats and welcome back!

Looks like you scored a good deal on the car. Hope to see it out at the Phoenix tracks this spring!
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:05 AM
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I've always liked the idea of a v6 swap, the motor mounts on this kit always seemed sketchy to me though. We have a j35 in our minivan and it sounds and feels great.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:08 AM
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I've got a CNC plasma cutter at home - so the first order of business is getting some front support mounts put in place.

Next order of business is trying to re-install the A/C (I'm in AZ after all).

- Chris
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:14 PM
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where in AZ?
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:05 PM
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Hey! I saw that on BAT. My concern looking at it was the oil pan hangs LOW, but i suppose for a track car that shouldn't be an issue, and at least center of gravity is pretty low. Where I live I'd be worried about smashing that pan.

Looks like you got a sweet deal on 'er!
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:35 PM
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Its the skid plate thats abornally low. I've got a few ideas in mind for keeping it semi-streetable.

- Chris
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