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Old 08-06-2013, 04:05 PM   #41
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My problem with 'upgrade paths' in general is before you know it, your build thread looks like Faeflora's and your car is never running.

If I were you the 'upgrade path' would look like this:

Stage 0: MS.

Stage 1: Turbo, injectors, clutch, diff (if 1.fail), exhaust.

Stage 2: drive your car.

Mine will add 1 more step:

Stage 0: MS

Stage 1: built engine, clutch, 6-speed

Stage 2 (a week or so after Stage 1): turbo, exhaust


But I guess it depends whether you want to have a project car that spends more time in the garage than on the road.

I plan on collecting all the parts I need and doing it all at once. I'd rather break in my first built engine completely NA rather than wiring open the wastegate or it would all be 1 stage.
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here's what I'd do:

Stage 1:
Xidas.

Stage 2:
MS3x.

Stage 3:
VVT motor
9" wheels

Stage 4:
EFR turbo, clutch, some of it.

Stage 5:
Built Block
All of it.
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I'd rather break in my first built engine completely NA rather than wiring open the wastegate or it would all be 1 stage.
lol You dont have to wire anything. Trust me the wastegate isnt magically going to close.
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I think I took a path similar to the one you are planning. My build thread somewhat documents that plan in the first post but not all went according to plan. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Megasquirt 3x, parallel wiring harness, AEM wideband.
Approximately $825 plus a couple hundred more in wire, tools, soldering iron etc. If you have this stuff already it will save you some $$.

Step 2: Clutch/Pressure Plate from 949racing. Tein S-tech springs and Supermiata front and rear sway kit. Fatcat Motorsports bumpstops for the lowered height.
$1,417

Step 3: Timing Belt, water pump, injectors.
$210

Step 4: Turbo time. Bought used: intercooler, piping, BEGI manifold, downpipe, 2.5" midpipe, air filter. Bought new: Precision 4828 turbo ($1,250 on it's own). BEGI oil/water distribution block and braided drain, Electronic Boost Control from DIYautotune, 3" Magnaflow muffler fabbed locally, Inconel manifold to turbo studs with locking hardware. Other assorted items. $2,699

The only thing holding me back engine wise at this point is cooling and rods.

I don't mean to threadjack - I just wanted to give you an idea of how someone else has done it. BTW, buying used and selling the stuff I didn't need or wanted to upgrade resulted me getting a lot of really good stuff for cheap. I can easily chop another $400 off the total once I sell the stuff I have sitting in my garage.
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here's what I'd do:

Stage 1:
Xidas.

Stage 2:
MS3x.

Stage 3:
VVT motor
9" wheels

Stage 4:
EFR turbo, clutch, some of it.

Stage 5:
Built Block
All of it.
This.
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