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Old 10-19-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Want to build a 1.8 (check post so title isn't 3 years long)

Hey guys! First time poster, long time reader (shout out to the search bar). I have a 92 Miata and I would like to build a motor with a 1mm overbore, some 84mm Wiseco's, and Eagle H beams plus all the other stuff required for a high hp 1.8/9s i.e. billet oil pump and supermiata damper. I have done extensive research and plan to do a lot more, but this is the one question I couldn't really find an answer to (I guess because it's more of an opinion type question). Now I have read and watched and researched building everything from 2 stroke motorcross engines to huge turbo diesels, but I have never actually build an engine 100% by myself. I feel really good with the concept, but as I'm sure some of you can understand It would be the worst thing in the world to ruin a set of $600 pistons or some other expensive part due to lack of experience. Should I buy, teardown, and rebuild and junkyard engine to get my feet wet, or should I not waste the money and just go straight for the real deal with extreme caution? I guess this is more of an opinion question but I would really like to here from some of you. What did YOU do? Do you regret it? If so, what do you wish you would have done?


P.S. I would love to tear town my current 1.6 since it would be so similar to the 1.9 I want to build, but unfortunately it is my daily :( Also, I posted this in the place I thought it would be most appropriate, but if this doesn't belong in here, could a mod please move it to the correct location. Thanks guys! Also, title should say 1.9
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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You can edit the title yourself. Just click the little edit button.
If you get lucky and find a 1.8 in your local pick N pull, then just go for it.
Disassembly is very easy, and its a good way to learn.
If you aren't confident you can reassemble afterwards, just have your machinist put it together.
Just be sure to put every little bolt in a clearly labeled baggy.
I'll give you a free first lesson that I recently relearned the hard dumb way. Exhaust manifolds have 9 bolts.
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Moved this to meet and greet as it is more of an intro post.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:35 AM   #4
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Moved this to meet and greet as it is more of an intro post.
Thanks!
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Put your location in your profile. For instance if you are near Charleston SC I would sell you used 1.8 for cheap to play with.
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