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FM Built engine
Car has all the below FM parts:
FM long block engine rebuild with port and polish head and un-shrouded valves, water pump, oil pump, pistons, rods, timing belt, valve springs etc etc.
A complete FMII turbo/Hydra kit
FM dual feed fuel rail
Magnecor spark plug wires
FM Cross Flow radiator
FM Spal Level II fans
FM boost adjuster
FM Level II clutch and lightened flywheel
FM brake kit (rotors and pads)
FM steel brake & clutch line
Vmaxx coil over shocks/springs
Energy Suspension poly bushings (including differential)
FM sway bars
New eccentric bolts
All water hoses
All vacuum hoses
I have a huge pile of stock MSM stuff that is testament to all the things I have replaced.
I have spent more money at FM than I did to buy the car. (Interesting & completely worth every cent)
I kept all the stock wiring and most of the vacuum lines so when I do my OBII check and switch ECU’s and injectors the stock ECU is happy.
There is very little space left in this engine compartment. Between AC and ABS and a funny oil separator there are lots of stock things to deal with.
The cool part is because I had the car apart for six months I cleaned and painted all the suspension parts and cleaned the entire under side.
Cranked it up it started right away. No leaks and the clutch works. Had some timing issues brought on by me. I completely destroyed the Engine temp sender installing the engine and without it not much (timing-Hydra-idle-fans) worked correctly. By the way NAPA has the sender for $19 Mazda wants $48.
I followed the clutch adjustment procedure as outlined in your instructions. It took me an hour to adjust…alone. I made a dozen trips under the car. In fact I did everything alone except for lowering the engine into the engine bay. I trusted my wife to lower with me under the car. Trust is important. (Note smashed temp sender above)
The cross flow radiator and Spal fans and shroud are really something. The fans move so much air I am concerned they might blow the engine out of the car. The combination of the fans and the cross flow reduce all situational temps quite a bit.
It all works!!! Did my engine break in vacuum runs, oil and filter change and wheel alignment. Have a grand total of 250 miles on the engine so far… I discovered a coil bind problem on rough roads with the front suspension due to the extra weight of the MSM but with help from Keith we have a solution using the Vmaxx V8 front springs.
As usual the quality of all the FM parts is top notch. The FM built engine is so much smoother I am amazed. I did not expect such a radical difference in smoothness. It also spools up way faster in lower rpm range. Have yet to really put my foot in it and have boost set at a conservative 11psi for now. New Big clutch has a firm pedal but not that bad and the uptake is very smooth. Lightened flywheel needs a little getting used to in 1st gear. Really appreciate the FM quick response to the short Vmaxx rear spring issue. The Vmaxx are easy to adjust and install and they are really an improvement over the stock MSM spring/shock/sway bar combination. Car is rock solid and I have yet to seriously test cornering but it certainly feels more capable. My alignment tech was really impressed with all the adjustments and the quality of all the parts.
I bought one part from one of your competitors. A very nice aluminum front under panel because I hate the stock plastic thing. The part is excellent quality imported from Japan but when I sought some simple advice on fitting (Japanese instructions) I never received a return call or a response to my email. A little fabrication and problem solved. I mention this only as a comparison. I have ALWAYS had responses from Jeremy, Brandon and Keith no matter how inane my comment or question. Had FM made a similar part I would have bought it from FM in a heartbeat. (Maybe a good part for FM to consider)
I am extremely appreciative of all the help and patience I received from Brandon, Jeremy and Keith. I also appreciate Keith’s book. Please thank Tyler for the rebuild…. My thanks to all of you at FM, I had a very interesting winter.
I will drive the 1000 miles down to the annual FM summer camp a day early so Jeremy can do a Hydra tune.
Driving this car is actually kind of funny. It looks like a bone stock MX5 Mazdaspeed. But I can pull away from darn near any car on the road and the look on some driver’s faces is priceless. This is not your sisters Miata.
Next up: end links the big turbo and 750cc injectors. Please keep me away from the V8 version at Summer Camp.
Thanks again…and Regards