Project Miatabusa Part 6: The Wiring Job From Heck...
By Dave Coleman
Yea, well, it wasn't really the wiring job from Hell, but it was damn near the wiring job from Purgatory, considering how long it took me to get around to mostly finishing it. Surprisingly, nothing about the complete de-wiring of the Miata's engine control system and the integration of the Suzuki Hayabusa engine harness was really all that complicated.
Project Miatabusa Part 5 - De-powering the steering rack the right way
by Dave Coleman
That's right; this installment of Project Miatabusa has nothing to do with putting the engine in the car. This may be the only Miatabusa strory where I don't mention the 11,000 rpm redline at least 3 times. Don't get used to it.
Project Miatabusa Part 4.3 - How to Almost Make an Intake Manifold Using Nothing But Sufboard Technology, a Rubber Mask Kit, Some Home Insulation, a Condom, a Chunk of IKEA Furniture and the Sidewalk in Front of My House.
Project Miatabusa Part 4.2 - Hacking the Hayabusa Harness
Nothing on Project Miatabusa is finished, but plenty is happening. Prepare yourself for a barrage of updates on our unfinished business.
Project Miatabusa Part 4.1 - It Goes to 11(,000 rpm)
Project Miatabusa Part 3 - Attack of the Weight Weenie!
Our Miata's stock 1.8-liter weighed 296 pounds. The Hayabusa engine, without gearbox or header, weighed 135 pounds. So it looks like we should have 161 pounds shaved right off the bat. But on top of that, we've managed to save another 73 pounds just by discarding the parts of the car that are really only required by the kinds of people who wouldn't put a Hayabusa engine in their Miata in the first place.
Holy crap, this is gonna work!
Wanna see this abomination in person? We're dragging it to the MX-5 Miatafest at Mazda R&D in Irvine, CA this July 17. Cliky the linkey for more info: http://mx5miatafest.com/
Plain and simple: We're taking a first-gen Miata, stripping it to the bone, and stuffing a 10,000 rpm Suzuki Hayabusa engine under the hood. Madness...
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