Right... doing some housekeeping here and pulling another thread (and its conclusion) back here to my main build thread.
I've gone full circle...
1. Wasting too much time on Youtube watching videos of turbo'd MX5's
2. Wasting too much time on here reading about other people adding turbos!
3. Gathered up a turbo conversion shopping list
4. Found a local firm capable of doing the job
5. Bottled out.
And here's why. In NI, we have NO MX5 specialists. There's one specialist breaker in the north, one in the south, but nobody that you can leave your car with for work. So, dropping £2-3k on a kit carries massive risk for me.
Likewise... despite kind offers from Nutz members to help me make my way over the sea to someone like MSE... I worry about what happens when the car breaks down as a result of the tuning. I'm not exactly going to trailer it to the ferry.
The other thing that keeps striking me about my 5 - is that I actually REALLY like how it performs just as it is. I've got some cracking B roads close to home here.... many roads that I rode on motorbikes before family came along. ROads that the 5 was made for! I really dont need a turbo and in fact, dare say the change in power delivery may take away from my enjoyment.
And that, has led me to decide that I'm going to take my 40k mile old MX5 and go to town on it!
Parts bought this month:
1. IL Motorsport rear bush set
2. Every nut, bolt and washer for the rear end (genuine Mazda bits)
3. Some GORGEOUS IL Motorsport drop links (pic to follow below)
4. IL Motorsport centre section S/S exhaust
5. GC Fabrications GC1 roll bar (diagonal) - its been a long one to organise affordable courier for the 18kg package but I got there!
6. £100 down on the September group buy deposit for some tasty Meister R's
Now... I usually suffer from an itch to change my cars every few years (the spare car that is.. the fair weather toy).. but it seems the MX5 has broken that cycle. I'm digging in past the point of economical no-return and am very happy to do so!
Receiving parts like these drop links is rather satisfying.. I mean.. look at them!! I love that they etched their logo proudly on these.
My centre section arrived this morning.. and was fitted this afternoon. The chassis bracing was a pig to get loose - but the lads at Canavans Autocentre are brilliant. Initial impressions were that the exhaust was none changed. However, the car DEFINITELY picks up better from 2k rpm. I am quite surprised at the improvement this has made.
So, thats where I'm at. My GCFabrications bar should arrive next week. It was a toss up between this and a TR Lane GPD - but the seamless CDS spec drew me in. That, plus a tasty looking harness bar inbuilt and a very chunky look. Plan is to fit this next week and then keep gathering in stuff for my winter rear end strip down. I have my suspicion that I'll end up working at the rear brakes while its all apart - painting the dust covers.. maybe the calipers.. we'll see!