Lobo

half of you phaggots have miatas. i want to see the other half. trollolol
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:16

Lobo will be much more enjoyable on drives from here on out. Ten year old CD players w/o aux cords make me unhappy.


Installed the radio today, and it's awesome.


But before one can install a radio, we need a harness.
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70-7901 is the proper Miata harness. On the left is the pioneer harness. How do we get them together? We can rig it with twisting and taping, like the super awesome previous owner of Lobo, or we can do it correctly. Two main options are crimping connectors, or soldering. I chose soldering, since I'd never done it before, but prefer it on radio harnesses. So instead of paying to have it done, why not just try it myself. So we ordered a soldering iron.

Here we are on the kitchen counter with the iron, a set of helping hands, and the harnesses. I did two at a time, with heatshrink over one side of each wire. Matching wires is easy, as long as you're not color blind, and have a basic knowledge of colors.
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Everything all soldered and covered with heatshrink.
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All taped up and neat. Left the remote wire out in case I choose to use it later, and left the ground out to be connected to the factory ground wire.
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meow that we have a harness, we're ready.

Before:Circa ~2000
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Comparison
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Finished:
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The sound quality is much better, bluetooth works awesome, and I am looking forward to using it on my next trip. I will also be installing new door speakers tomorrow most likely.

The previous radio's great twist and tape harness
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-Corey
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:16

I also decided to fix my gauge hood since I recently got a perfect one.

Broken 1991 gummy hood
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All better
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Bonus interior shot
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:18

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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:18

Junkyard jackpot today.

Saw the local LKQ had a new Miata, figured I'd check. It was pretty stripped down, so I left after grabbing a few things. As I left, I saw a smaller yard and wanted to check it but had to drive a bit before a u-turn. As I turned, I saw another little yard, and decided it couldn't hurt.

Walked in, the guy asked what I was looking for. Told him Miata and Capri, and he asked if I was clever or just lucky, because he had both. He asked what year Miata, told him I didn't care, but the Capri had to be 91-94, and lo and behold, he had a 92.



Found it

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Please have a valve cover.


Jackpot

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10 minutes and $17.44 later, I've got a Capri cover.
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It will be pretty nice one day.
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:19

So I bought myself some slightly early birthday presents. One came today.


Look, some pretty old HotWheels. But what else is in there?

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Yep. Bought some fancy fancy. I remember seeing KG TSIs many years ago and thinking they were unattainable, and something I'd never have. But meow I do. Not sure how they'll look on Lobo, but we'll find out soon enough.
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I also bought a new to me laptop today. This one will have a specific use for Lobo. Can anyone guess what's happening tonight?
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:19

Thank you! I'm trying to build something I'll enjoy for a long time. If other people enjoy it, that's a bonus.


Lobo's got a new brain.

Installed the ECU with some help from a couple of knowledgeable local owners. Started first try but has a misfire. Pretty sure it's the aftermarket injector harnesses, but upgraded versions are already on the way.

Here's some pics.

Roll back the carpet of the pass floorboard and see this metal cover with several 10mm bolts/nuts. Undo them and remove cover.

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ECU ready to remove. Yours may be bolted down, mine wasn't. Saved a minute.

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Side by side

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Temporary cable routing. Pop the cover on while driving, off while tuning. May stay there.

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Messy hookup

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GT500 injectors and adapters

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BMW TPS wired and installed

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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:19

Also installed the KG TSIs. Harder than expected. Had to stretch the bumper holes and somewhat force them. But, I do like them a lot.


Before.

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Comparison.

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Installed.(Mind the terrible quick pictures)

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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:20

Got Smaeda to do a custom cartoon and he nailed it.* Even added the color matched Zooms and he even added the trunk spoiler.

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*I had him add the lip even though it won't be on for a while. Looking at you, Bo.
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:20

Car runs a lot better.

So the adapter harnesses for the GT500 injectors had an issue with shorting out, and I think that's partially what happened. I got the replacement updated harnesses and added rail spacers, and as soon as I installed them, the car was running really lean at idle, which tells me that there was definitely a fuel problem. But the misfire was still there.


I think I found my misfire.

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3/4 of the bottom pieces fell off and had to be removed from the engine with needlenose. Cyl 3's wire didn't want to come off of the coil, and the connector snapped and was really corroded. With the new wires, and the new injector harnesses and spacers, the car idles a lot better, and no longer has a misfire. It's got a ticking, but I have a sneaking suspicion it's the injectors just being loud 630cc injectors.
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/12/15 @ 20:21

Tuning laptop has been christened.
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Re: Lobo

postby Teejay187 » 12/13/15 @ 17:59

Hahahaha @ the laptop!

This looks like it is getting serious! The TSI's fit the car perfectly! Should be really simple to richen up the idle though. Is it an MS3?
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Re: Lobo

postby phillyb™ » 12/13/15 @ 18:09

there is so much awesome shit in this thread.
that radiator cover is phantastic.
don't get caught
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/13/15 @ 19:40

Teejay187 » 12/13/15 @ 17:59 wrote:Hahahaha @ the laptop!

This looks like it is getting serious! The TSI's fit the car perfectly! Should be really simple to richen up the idle though. Is it an MS3?


Lol just a little bit. Yeah, MSLabs MS3 Basic. It's running a lot better meow. Didn't realize I was actually running closed loop the whole time, but it's running well in CL.

phillyb™ » 12/13/15 @ 18:09 wrote:there is so much awesome shit in this thread.
that radiator cover is phantastic.


Thanks! It's the Miata I always wanted to build. Surprise myself sometimes when I remember it's mine.

Better pic of the TSI's.

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And this is something coming tomorrow hopefully.

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These Zoom winkers will work pretty well with the TSIs.
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/15/15 @ 01:39

Today was fun.

Ughhhhh what's going on guys?
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I really don't like it up here.
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Uhhhh, this feels pretty not good. I'm scared.
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What are you going to do with that!?!
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This doesn't feel right guys.
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That's not supposed to be out of me!
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Don't you touch that!
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Soo, you're making me better? It feels weird. But I like it.
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(Wrench was moved before final install. Do not leave wrench in position shown.)
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I kinda like this
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The clutch that was in it was nearly perfect.
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/15/15 @ 01:50

Also removed the GV rep and test fitted the new lip and drilled the mounting holes so I can drop it off for paint.

Lip fits perfectly. Held it self on there while up in the air for about an hour.

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Re: Lobo

postby phillyb™ » 12/15/15 @ 10:42

yay new clutch!
don't get caught
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Re: Lobo

postby Crazyblackman » 12/15/15 @ 19:58

Love that thing!!!
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Re: Lobo

postby Corifto » 12/16/15 @ 15:11

Thanks!

Lip dropped off for paint. Not sure if it'll be done for my trip this weekend.

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