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    I bought this car from the previous owner down in Pembroke Pines, Florida in March of 2007. It had 66,000 original miles on it, and was already well modified. It already had an FMII turbo kit with the Link EMS, fender flares, SM 002 wheels, FM Happy Meal clutch/flywheel combo, SS brake lines, and most notably, a Cusco 1.5 Way LSD. I knew this was a great platform to start with, since most of the expensive toys were already out of the way.
    Here's when I bought it (minus the Runabout mirrors):



    I may miss some small details, but this is the majority of the progress so far.

    After buying it, the first thing I did was take off some of the unnecessary gold heat reflecting tape in the engine bay. Inside the car, I took the boost gauge out of the vent in the center, and I ordered a full pillar dual gauge pod and a 3-gauge radio mount from DDMWorks. My previous toy, a turbo'd 2002 Saturn SL sedan (which was the biggest pain in the *** ever, but no other driver ever expected 250whp out of a car that made 86whp from the factory), had just been totaled, so I still had all of the AutoMeter Cobalt gauges. In they went along with my AEM UEGO WBo2 sensor and my Pioneer 7" touchscreen DVD player.
    I snagged a hardtop in Biloxi, MS for $350 and while there, the OEM clutch line blew right under the crimp. A DIY hardline formed from some parts at Advance Auto Parts, and I was on the way back home. Immediately after, I ordered a SS clutch line.

    I started getting hot in the summer, so I ordered a set of vented quarter windows from OKMiata, which work great and getting fresh, cool air into the cabin. At the same time, I took off the red faux suede door panels, and put the OEM black door panels back in.



    The car came with Brainstorm's low profile headlight setup, but those things threw light everywhere, and generally were just not what I wanted. I was about to convert back to OEM headlights with some better lights, but then scored a set of Moss Motors low profile headlights on eBay for $150.

    And to show how much the BSP lights threw light everywhere compared to projectors:


    Then I got a Tanabe front strut tower brace from Stealth97, a radiator cover panel from BEGi, a VooDoo shift knob, a Momo Champion 350mm steering wheel, some Rockford Fosgate 3.5" headrest speakers, and ditched the high-flow cat in favor of an FM resonated test pipe.


    Very soon after I bought a Zoom Engineering PNP push-to-start button, Beatrush rear strut tower brace, and a Devil's Own Progressive Water/Meth Injection kit. (And I mounted the tank on the spare tire bracket that came with the RSTB.





    I wanted a stiffer front strut brace, so I snagged the Cobalt 3-point brace when they offered a deal at RSpeed.


    Not happy with the original downpipe from the FMII kit, I ordered a BEGi divorced gases downpipe right before they raised their prices:

    That downpipe has been a headache from day 1. The first one they sent me had both WBo2 bungs pointed straight down, and some other smaller issues. I then waited 8 months for a replacement, which still wasn't right. Still don't have it completely right, but they're going to fix it.

    Sometimes the small things bother me, and I was tired of seeing this:

    So I got this:

    Originally posted by miata5620
    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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    Then in January of this year while FM had free shipping on roll bars, I bought one. Now I know why shops charge so much to install these things! It's very time consuming, and not exactly the easiest thing to do. But it's not too difficult either. Just have someone handy to help you tighten the bolts, it's not very much fun alone, ask me how I know. lol

    Well, I'll just rip everything out behind the seats except the soft top.

    Cut some metal away, shimmy the bar past some wiring harnesses, and hey, it fits!


    There was a lot of time between the last shots and this one:

    Definitely like this much better!




    Then for a little more stiffness, I bought FMs frame rail kit when they had them on their Deal of the Day in April.
    The interior getting torn apart:

    Finished product!

    Brand name shot. lol

    And ground clearance:


    Then after seeing someone else get them, I installed a set of SMT (Surface Mount Technology) LED tail/brake lights. They perfectly compliment the IL Motorsports 3rd brake light that came with the car. Nice and bright and crisp response!


    Originally posted by miata5620
    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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    • #3
      RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

      Then I finally got brave enough to cut up my top boot to fit around the roll bar. I found that it fit better if it went over and hid the harness bar, which is a shame, but oh well. It does improve the look a lot I think!




      I recently bought a set of APR Carbon Fiber Mirrors. Definitely lighter than the mirrors that were on there! I love the way they look.





      And then this happened, I sent my injectors off to get cleaned and flow matched, got them back, installed, and before the engine could even get started:




      And the old vs. the new:



      That's all for now, if you read this whole thing, thanks!
      I'm currently getting everything together to rebuild the car, shopping around for reputable machine shops (if you know of someone that does good work for a good price, please let me know!), and sourcing a GT2871R to replace the current GT2560R. I will also be swapping the old FM manifold for the new BEGi manifold, and I will be getting a new intercooler setup.

      Originally posted by miata5620
      Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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      • #4
        RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

        :jawdrop: Flares....I love flares. You've really covered all the bases on this thing. Can't wait to see it in person once it's back up and running. Amazing work. :clap:

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        • #5
          RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

          Candidate for the coolest car on mx5atl.... simply breathtaking.

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          • #6
            RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

            Nice to see you joined the board Eric. How much longer before the car is up and running again?

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            • #7
              RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

              Thanks Steve. Good luck with finding an NA!
              All I can say is ASAP! I have to sell the turbo and the old IC stuff so I can help fund the new stuff, plus I still need to make a run up to Cumming, GA to drop everything off to get ceramic coated and cryo treated. Then after that, the short block assembly will be going to a machine shop to get the basics installed, then it'll be time to put the car back together where it is currently residing.
              Maybe you should buy my stuff for your future Miata. :::hint hint::: :)

              Originally posted by miata5620
              Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                I would but nothing you have will fit the setup I have in mind. :(

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                • #9
                  RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                  By the way, do you have any pictures of the tail lights with the new led's?

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                  • #10
                    RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                    Are you going boosted Steve?

                    I have one picture of the tail lights with the LEDs, but it just looks like red lights at night time.
                    Ben91 has a video of his set. He has the LED tail lights and the LED turn signals and an OEM third brake light. You can see the difference when the brakes are pressed and released.
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YpDWLM56Ms

                    Originally posted by miata5620
                    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                      RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                      They look really smart. Better than I thought they would.

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                      • #12
                        RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                        So I got some seals, gaskets, belts, pumps, pulleys, and bearings from Finishline to rebuild the engine and trans. Oh, and the Workshop Manual too since they are on sale.
                        Not from Finishline are my ARP head and main studs and the pulley/bracket for adding a/c without power steering.



                        And while I was at it, I snagged a set of MSM pedals and an oil cap, not exactly needed, but oh well.

                        Now, it's time to take the pistons to get ceramic coated and the rods cryo treated at Evan's Performance.
                        Then, to the machine shop.

                        Originally posted by miata5620
                        Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                        • #13
                          RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                          I'm looking forward to having a real job and being able to buy proper quality new parts.

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                          • #14
                            RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                            Honestly, the money I've saved up over the past couple of years from regular hourly dayjob work and sidework is paying for this right now. Just very strict budgeting.

                            Originally posted by miata5620
                            Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                              RE: '95 R Package Turbo (Picture Overload Warning!)

                              Originally posted by RotorNutFD3S
                              Just very strict budgeting.
                              I'm having to do that myself now. Not that I need to but I'm currently trying to pay off ALL my debt (besides the cell phone bill) and put 15% of each paycheck into an IRA so by the time I'm 45, I'll have a decent amount of money towards retirement. :) This is also why I'm selling the S2K and getting an NA.

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