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So I've had this car (2000 LS) for... 5 years now. Progression of modifications went from full bolt-ons (+2whp), to simple suspension (H&R Race, KYB AGX), and then added the FM Extreme happy meal. Car was still slow as balls, but very fun to drive. I've decided I want more power. Coming from a DSM/Evo background (other car is ~350whp DSM), I'm no stranger to boost, and the Miata seems like the perfect platform for some turbo fun.

So thus my power build thread.

First a list of what I have to install or already have installed that are relevant:

Corksport MSM front mount intercooler and intake
MSM turbo (+ full AN lines)
MSM waterpump inlet
XEDE 99-00 Ecu
Synapse Engineering Synchronic BOV/CBV (+ recirc fitting)
Hallman Pro manual boost controller
MSM 6-speed transmission (pickup this weekend)
FM Extreme happy meal clutch and 10lb flywheel
RB Race connecting pipe and Roadstersport 3 muffler (temporary exhaust)
New rear main seal, random cleaning and re-rusting to do on the subframe and chassis

Exhaust will quickly be replaced with a Begi MSM downpipe and a custom 3" v-band system that I can reuse when I upgrade turbos down the road. Also on the list to purchase is a new set of injectors once I'm comfortable with turning the boost up past wastegate pressure.

Anyways on to the pictures. I've already started so you're not going to see any pre-build pictures (sorry) but I'll do my best to capture this as I go along.

Engine out, time to get to work.


Engine bay, needs some de-rusting and I'm going to weld the pinion in my depowered rack.


Engine out, still has the markings from FM salvage on the cover.


Relatively clean in the back, going to hit the rest of it with some brake cleaner to get the gunk off.


Oil feed takeoff, forgive the **** filter.


MSM waterpump inlet.


FM Extreme happy meal, could use a light resurfacing but I'll probably just deal with it.


Should be able to handle the heat from anything I ever upgrade to.


MSM Turbo, replacing the drain with something that actually fits this week.


Back side of the turbo.


Pile of random parts, wideband, filter, fittings, BOV, MBC, etc.


Dash, Defi metric boost + JDM tach. Going to try to re-crystal mod this car when I get my wideband installed, hopefully when I move to the GT2560 or something I'll be able to make power up there.


And that's where I'm at so far. This weekend I'll be picking up the MSM 6-speed from a forum member in Kentucky, then everything goes back together and I'll start harassing Begi for a base map.

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JDM tach... So want!!
Yeah I got lucky in the FS section and picked up the full JDM gauge set for like $50, I've considered changing the speedo as well but the jdm kmh panel has a different scale (ie. 62 mph is not the same distance as 100kmh, so it would be less accurate the faster I went).
 

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MSM 6 speed transmission (thanks dustinlib)


Repaired speed sensor (hint: make sure all connectors are disconnected when ripping drivetrain out)


Tomorrow I'll mock up the turbo drain, drill and tap the pan, and repair some wiring harness damage in the trans tunnel. Also going to remove my steering pinion and take it to work for welding to remove the center slop, and order new exhaust manifold studs and nuts as the stockers just pulled the studs out of the head and are now one solid piece.
 

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agree, need to find one of those from the roadster turbo.


keep up the good work man, looks like you're gonna have your own psudo msm in no time!
Thanks dude, looks like you've got a couple projects of your own in your garage. :lol:

Good news, I was able to salvage the exhaust studs with an hour of hard work and swearing with assistance from a hand torch.


And then I drilled the oil drain...




So later this evening I'll clean out that drill hole of shavings and finally install the turbo in its resting position. :slayer:
 

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Oil drain fitting installed, pan cleaned, and everything torqued up.


Turbo attached for line fitting.


How the drain is routed, I'll fab a bracket to make the line a solid downhill slope.


Coolant lines, yes they're a bit long, but functional..


Oil feed, probably should have gone with a strait end to have the adapter be at the ideal angle, but this will work fine.


So on tomorrow's list, I've got a bunch of wiring to repair, and the transmission to reattach. Slowly but surely making progress on this thing.

Trans wiring is screwed, have to strip the harness here and extend the connectors.


Oil pressure sensor... just ends. Stupid connector got mauled off, so get to fix that too. Also going to roll the car out and hose this **** off the subframe, then do some rust stripping and repainting.
 

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you shouldn't have to use that busted speed sensor, pretty sure the six speed one is still attached.
Yeah the 6 speed did have one, though IIRC the speed sensor is final drive dependent and I have a 4.3 rear end, so I'm fairly certain I need to reuse mine. It works fine, I've already tested it previously and just now sealed it up to protect the wiring.

Later this evening ill have an update.
 

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Turbo is in the final position, lines hooked up and turbine outlet attached.


Installed my new rear main seal, a mild pain in the ass but I'm hoping this will be fine for another 100k+ miles.


Coolant line feed and return, anyone see anything wrong with this routing?


FM Extreme + 10lb flywheel reattached.


Andddddd.. the best part, 6 speed trans is bolted up and ready to go.


Going to drain the trans/shifter, finish the wiring repair, and then drop this stuff into the car and pray later this week. :slayer:
 

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Nice progress! How much boost are you planning on running for a street tune? And are you still using stock internals?
I'm going to start with wastegate pressure at first, which should be around 7psi or so. Once I get my exhaust fabbed up and some injectors in the next month or two my goal is 15-17psi and ~250whp. Should be doable, maxing out the stock MSM turbo, but that's what I'm hoping for this year. And yep, stock internals, block has ~80k on it.

Chicago is really stepping up the game lately. I love it :)
Thanks! I haven't been around to any of the local meets since winter time (that stupid cold meet we had in November ish), so I'm really looking forward to some autox and maybe a trackday or two this year. This season is mostly a shakedown for the car, once I'm happy with that I'm going to sort the brakes and suspension out. And get a rollbar, which is next on my list actually.
 

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Small update, got some little things sorted out.

Repaired oil pressure sensor, wrapped it with electrical tape after this and hopefully no more problems here.


Small surface rust problems, I sanded down the stuff that looked bad, and just sprayed everything else with Krylon rust remover black.





Then went and did the same with a couple brackets and the driveshaft, all of which looked nasty.


Hoping later I'll get around to finishing up the prep and tomorrow I'll start putting the engine back in.
 

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Great build so far, definitely love turbo builds. Looks like your in the right direction. Definitely going to keep my eye on this build!
Thanks, I've been waiting a long time for this. :)

Engine is ready to go into the car here.


Mild clearance problem with the dipstick and the coolant return. I'll rape it into position.


Speed sensor installed.


Wiring repaired. One of the two connectors that was messed up (the large, two prong one) was ruined so I just said screw it and cut it off. It's either the neutral switch or the reverse switch, both I can live without.


Reassembled the rack.


Going in, this is a serious PITA with one person.


Where I sit today. Tomorrow I'm having a friend stop by with fluids and a spare set of hands to get this thing in and bolted up.


Turbo!


Looking forward to this running, have my base map from Begi and XEDE is installed, hopefully I'll get everything good tomorrow and start enjoying it. :cool:
 

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New co-pilot and shift knob.


Engine bolted in and everything hooked up minus intake piping.


Synapse Engineering BOV


Coolant leak problem, the MSM outlet is longer, making the cross-over tube not fit on the exhaust manifold, so it pops out and leaks. :(


Needs to line up and it doesn't, getting this welded in place on monday.


Moar shift knob.
 
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