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Old 07-04-2018, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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any miata owners ? Advice needed (update10/5/18)

Update 10/5/18. So my engin seems to have developed a solid knock. Itís mainly there at low rpm and seems to dissipate as it warms up. Sometimes itís teally bad sometimes itís non existent. Not sure what could cause it. I thought it was lifter tick but everyone at the car meet said engine knock.

Soo. I can either buy the exact same engine with the same mileage for 350or I can buy one that has been rebuilt for a turbo(over bored. Stronger pistons ect just waiting on the full parts list). But I have no clue what to look for when buying an engine. Any advice ways to check to see if the engine is good befor buying it?
Compression test can be done by hand if I remember correctly just need someone to crank it??

Also how would I be able to tell if the rebuilt one actualy has alll the stuff ?

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any miata owners? just bought a 1990 with 124k miles. needs a tune up and a valve gasket.

So engine is running lean without any error codes. It has obd1 so I wouldnít know how to pull the code anyways. The catalytic converters was completely melted so I need to replace it as well.

Fuel issue : running lean
Things I have tried: tested for vacuumed leaks replaced amf and filter. New fuel pump on the way with a new fuel filter. As well as a fuel rail and pressure reg
If that dosnt work next step: new fuel injectors. It will be the only thing I havenít replaced

On the todo list the parts are here just no time yet. Timing belt water pump ac delete possibly. Valve gasket re time engine

Things I have done in general. All fluids changed. Added fuel cleaner to gas tank.

Non engine related stuff. Brakes need adjusting and I need to find all the roof bolts and fasteners

Rant section:
Autozone is expensive as all hell. Fuel pressure reg. They wanted 123. Online the own ones are only like 50. So cheapo fuel pump they wanted 130. Bought a better brand one denso online for 80. Fuel injectors they wanted 90 a piece I need four I could buy an new engine for cheaper than replacing the injectors. Wtf.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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LS swap that pig! Sorry been watching videos of v8 swapped Miatas and I’m thinking of picking up an old one to build.
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Good car just enjoy it go to talk days. Maybe some koni yellows and gc springs otherwise just keep it purrinh.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't LS swap it. Look up Monster Miata thru Google. The parts are still out there.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They are a blast to drive. Fresh bushings wouldn’t hurt if your are doing KONI.

Monster Miata kits are expensive the mustang 5.0 are pricy. I found donor LS for dirt cheap complete cars for less then just a 5.0 motor and trans.

Looks like the LS mounts lower and the mount kit is a lot cheaper then the monster kit.
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don’t plan on doing an engin swap. I like the 1.6. I’m having power issues tho not sure why. Can’t rev past 4.5k even in nutrel. Changed the diff and tranny fluids they were dark place.
Planning on replacing. Mag fuel pump fuel filter water pump timing belt and valve gasket. Probaly have y’all the cam stuff replaced while I’m at it
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Donít plan on doing an engin swap. I like the 1.6. Iím having power issues tho not sure why. Canít rev past 4.5k even in nutrel. Changed the diff and tranny fluids they were dark place.
Planning on replacing. Mag fuel pump fuel filter water pump timing belt and valve gasket. Probaly have yíall the cam stuff replaced while Iím at it
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maf *. Sorry haha not drinking I swear but I am working with beer
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Fun cars, my son has a NB (99) with the 1.8, easy to work on and keeps chugging along. Its his first car, but our project. I like my 350z better, but wish it was as easy to work on as his Miata.
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