It’s Alive!

That right guys, the MX-5 is alive!

I received an SMS 1 hour before I finished work today, it was from Anth, ” the car is almost ready to go”, so excited the remaining hour felt like forever.

Anyway, 4 o’clock finally arrived, and I was out the door, and on the way to Dahtone Racing.

So, I haven’t seen the car in a few days, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how the progress went.

Anth said to me, “we’ll start the car tonight” my eyes literally glowed, the amount of excitement I had was unbelievable.

We had a few hiccups to before that perfect crank of the key, it started!, but was running in limp mode “Oh shit!” I thought, what could it be?

Turns out somethings going on with the Piggyback, it seems to respond on the reds, but when the engine is running it doesn’t respond. So for now we bypassed it to see how it ran … Perfect!

The sound emitted from the exhaust was amazing, it’s extremely loud, yet beautifully crisp thanks to that incredible RS*R muffler. The N power headers really beef up the tone of the car too.

Anthony wanted to make sure the gearbox wasn’t a “dud”, so he went through all the gears and it all went smoothly.

There are a few little bits and pieces left, which will all be completed tomorrow. I can’t wait!

This is how the engine bay currently looks, if I do end up getting the Bomex bumper, I will probably make a duct for the Flow Stack to the passenger side inlet.

Till Tomorrow guys!


Day Three

Today was a pretty busy day, i needed to source a thrust bearing through work which proved to be a bit of a headache.

Anyway, I got a phone call on my lunch break … it was the missus, and some boxes turned up for the car.

So I get home with the thrust bearing, grab the boxes, get dressed into something suitable (note shitty old shorts and a singlet) and head off to Dahtone at Wethrill Park.

I get there, take the boxes out and immediately start unwrapping them. The Npower headers and BPI flow stack arrived!

The Npower headers, look brilliant! they really don’t look like a cheap $350 extractor off Ebay, they seem to be crafted well and everything lines up quite nicely.

The ports aren’t the best but who am I to complain for the price? The inlets are bigger then factory so if there would be any effect, it would be minimal.

First thing i did was to check if the header sealed onto the block, i was so into it that i forgot the gearbox was out of the car! i thought they didn’t fit, haha, But all good.

Heres some pictures of the factory headers for a comparison.

I took some snaps of how the engine bay now looks, wires everywhere, pieces missing etc.

Moving onto the flow stack, now i thought these piece would be a lot less sturdy than what it really is, It really is a hard durable OEM like plastic, it should finish off the intake nicely.

No, thats not a doughnut!

While the tailshaft were lying around, i thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of the spline.

The left is the manual tailshaft, and the right is the automatic, you can see the Auto tailshaft has a larger OD.

And to finish it off, a picture of the clutch mounted to the engine.

Tomorrow the upper intake manifold will be finished, the gearbox and diff should be mounted and, well probably more, so stick around.

New Intake Setup

I bought a inclosed carbon intake last month for my daily driver, unfortunately it didn’t work out well so I put it up for sale.

Then i thought about it, and figured I could use it on the MX-5. Deciding where it would go, proved to me another challenge all together.

I wanted it as far away as possible from the extractors, and somewhere it could obtain cold air from Via headlight Removal. I ended up coming to the conclusion of running it as a short type setup, running towards the passenger side of the engine bay.

So i went on the hunt for a nice 3 inch 90 degree bend, and i just happened to be at JustJap at the time (they sell them for $20 each), so i took the chance and bought it.

Knowing it would be too long for my application, I gave Adan a ring to see if he could cut it down for me (I really need to fix my angle grinder!). Success! everything will work out perfect.

Below is a picture of how the intake currently sits,We still need to trim part of the piping still so the carbon inclosure can rest further away from the radiator.

“Your intake is running straight into the power steering reservoir”, I know, I will be removing my Power steering from the MX-5, i have grown to love the feel of a car without power steering, I jump into the MX-5 and it feels almost lifeless due to me being so used to muscling the car around corners. Its also another thing i wont need to worry about at the track, it will free the engine a little bit, and save weight.

Here are some pictures of the intake alone, If you want to run a bigger intake on your MX-5/Miata, try getting some electrical duck tape and wrapping it tightly around the pipe work/AFM etc. That way, you will not need to run a reducer from the AFM to the piping.

To top it off, i have ordered a BPI Velocity/Flow stack to go on the end of the intake, this should help with velocity and flow.

The engine bay needs a bit of a touch up, i think i will go with a black and blue scheme, that shinny pipe will be painted black once complete.

I would love to get a dyno comparsion of this intake and a stock setup, i’ll be sure to post it when i do.