New guy from Maine, boosting a Miata

Old 01-27-2014, 10:13 PM
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Hello all,

I am new here, but I've been playing with cars for a long time. I really love all cars and I've never had any allegiance to any particular make or model which has lead me to own a pretty diverse list of stuff over the years. I would say that most of my experience is with the Mitsubishi 3000GT/Dodge Stealth twins as I've had eight of them in the last ten years. I tend to buy one, get it about 75% "done", get bored, sell it, regret it, buy another one. I just can't stay away from them. I currently have a 92 Stealth Twin Turbo that's a very healthy bolt-on car with a bit of weight reduction. It's a blast, but it will be going on the back burner (or maybe up for sale) while I work on my new project; a 1991 Mazda Miata.

I bought the Miata last year, drove it stock/NA all summer and I am totally in love with it. Hands down one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. It's also one of the slowest. In all honesty, my only complaint is that 100hp simply isn't enough. I will be addressing that issue this spring with a little turbo lovin'. I got a great deal on some lightly used components and in the next couple months I will be acquiring the rest of the stuff I need to hit the ground running once the weather is conducive to being in the garage.

I look forward to reading and learning a lot here and sharing the stuff that I learn as I go through my build.


Thanks for having me!

-Patrick M.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:26 AM
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Welcome! What components do you have right now?
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:03 PM
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I bought the following as a "package deal"
-Begi cast iron exhaust manifold
-Begi downpipe
-Garrett SR20 T25
-RX7 460cc injectors
-Stainless oil/coolant lines
-Toyota Denso coil on plug setup
-Starion FMIC

I will be using that stuff to start, though I will likely get the car up and running on the stock ignition and then swap the COP stuff in, it's just another variable I don't want to contend with right up front.

I also bought an AEM FIC6 setup, which I know is not the preffered tuning solution for Miatas. I am prepared to take some flack for not going Megasquirt, but there are a lot of reason why I chose the AEM and there is really nothing that could have swayed me in favor of MS.

Things I still need to get:
-Wideband
-Boost gauge
-Exhaust (will be making my own)
-Intercooler piping
-Blow off valve
-Gaskets and hardware

I am planning to run wastgate pressure (7psi) for now. I am sure I will want more power soon, but before I do, I will need to do a torsen rear diff and upgraded clutch. I understand that even 7psi could grenade my stock rear end, but I don't drag race or launch my car hard and I rarely stray far from home, so I am prepared to risk it for now.

I am fairly confident in my plans, the only things I have yet to decide on are cooling system upgrades. I am worried that the FMIC is going to limit the stock radiators effectiveness. I am planning to hotwire the AC fan, run water wetter and do some sheet metal ducting behind the bumper to help air flow. If that's not enough I will do a bigger radiator and fans.

I can't wait for Spring!
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:13 AM
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Not a bad starting point, although I don't have much experience with the FIC.
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Hey Patrick! I'm the guy with the black turbo miata down the street. I'm glad to hear you are moving forward on your project! Those parts would make a killer turbo setup. If you ever need help with something feel free to ask.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:20 PM
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Hey Ben!
Driving your car is what sold me on going the turbo route I am sure I will have some questions along the way and I will either message you here or text you. As always, if the garage door is open, feel free to stop by!

I haven't ordered the rest of the stuff I need yet, but I am one eBay binge away from being ready to rock. If the weather cooperates I will be pulling the car out of storage sometime in April and driving it NA for a little bit. I am hoping to get everything bolted up in a weekend, do some street tuning, trouble shoot any issues that arise and then get it on a dyno for final tweaks. It will be easier said than done, I'm sure
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