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  • Def's New Ride: SW22

    I picked up this awesome Turquoise Pearl SW22 in NC:




    Visited turtl631 and my old S13:




    ...and am still driving back to Seattle:






    I've had a few days of thinking it over on the drive back, and I'm pretty sure I want to experience some 3S-GTE action on track, but the current GReddy TD06 is pretty awful for response. It is a big turbo with ancient tech in it, and I'm not sure the external WG and lack of heat shielding would make it even possible to track in its current state. It has a Megasquirt PNP ECU, and it definitely needs quite a bit of fine tuning before really beating on it as well. It's gotten a lot better in the 5-10 mins I've spent on it tho!


    Long term goals are a nice street/track car that's comfortable and high performing in both locations.
    '18 Chevrolet Volt - Electric fun hatch for DD duty!


    DefSport Koni Sleeve and Spring Perch Buy!!!
    http://www.nissanroadracing.com/showthread.php?t=5902

  • #2
    nice! i always wanted a mr2 but they hold their value (atleast here in NY they do).

    have you compared the stock ignition timing map to yours? it might not have enough timing and making it long to spool.

    what about the 1MZ-FE swap?

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    • #3
      nice pickup man! love mr2s

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      • #4
        YOu should have moved to the NW AFTER you bought this lol. That's a long drive from NC to Seattle

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        • #5
          This car, in its current state, is pretty special. It was slammed with no travel so we raised it up during Def's Milwaukee layover and got it riding much better. Makes all of the right turbo noises, and a lot of the wrong ones, too! The color is just right for an early 90s JDM popup light turbo ride. seems to have a lot of potential, I think he's on to something with this.


          I vote for some B1 frame EFR action. You have the megasquirt to tune it. You can get a little fab work in and scratch the itch. Nobody is doing it on these cars so you could probably sell off the setup pretty easily when you make your next move. Even if you can't make the divided T4 IWG flange work on stock manifold, you could always pick up or make a v band adapter and use one of the V band flange IWG undivided EFRs. Charge pipes will be easy and you get to clean up the engine bay, ditching the external wastegate, external blow off valve, and maybe add some heat shielding. Every early 90s JDM turbo ride deserves some modern turbo technology!
          ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
          ~2016 M3, daily driver

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          • #6
            And oh hey... Sweet rims.

            ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
            ~2016 M3, daily driver

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            • #7
              Originally posted by turtl631 View Post
              This car, in its current state, is pretty special. It was slammed with no travel so we raised it up during Def's Milwaukee layover and got it riding much better. Makes all of the right turbo noises, and a lot of the wrong ones, too! The color is just right for an early 90s JDM popup light turbo ride. seems to have a lot of potential, I think he's on to something with this.


              I vote for some B1 frame EFR action. You have the megasquirt to tune it. You can get a little fab work in and scratch the itch. Nobody is doing it on these cars so you could probably sell off the setup pretty easily when you make your next move. Even if you can't make the divided T4 IWG flange work on stock manifold, you could always pick up or make a v band adapter and use one of the V band flange IWG undivided EFRs. Charge pipes will be easy and you get to clean up the engine bay, ditching the external wastegate, external blow off valve, and maybe add some heat shielding. Every early 90s JDM turbo ride deserves some modern turbo technology!
              ACtually you would be surprised. 3sGTE forum is bumping!

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              • #8
                Really? I didn't find anything on the MR2 forums other than some chatter when they were released and a mag article about a big turbo build (8374 IIRC?)
                ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
                ~2016 M3, daily driver

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                • #9
                  Check out MR2OC. Thats where all the action is (my brother had 4 at one time. He has since whittled down to 2 MK1 ITB cars)

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                  • #10
                    That's one of the places I checked. I didn't see any mention of EFRs being run. Any links? I'm vicariously curious.
                    ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
                    ~2016 M3, daily driver

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                    • #11
                      KO Racing in Portland is an mr2 wizard/specialist. Most of his 3S building is drag racing esque but he absolutely knows his way around and sells a lot of manifolds/parts/etc for MR2s.

                      Good buddy of mine has a small precision turbo on his with all the goodies (cams, built all-the-things) and it's making 375whp @ 20psi. Pretty reasonable setup, quick spool and not as scary as I expected. It's a bit more cars & coffee and much less #racecar but it's a pretty car and definitely quick.

                      Because of peer pressure I may try to snag one as well in the next 12 months as something to tinker with. Tempted to try my hand at a 2GR setup.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't seen any real EFR usage on them. I also had a well known MR2 guy I met swear up and down his GT3071R setup with an EWG was the best responding turbo ever. He seemed a bit incredulous when I told him I've had a decent bit of experience with the GT and GTX lineup, and the EFR is at least "2 full generations" improved from either of those offerings when it came to response and driveability.



                        The 2GR route is pretty pricey if you can't fab pretty intricate parts. Buying stuff off the shelf carries quite the premium vs. fabbing yourself IMO. I still want to give it a go at some point, if nothing else to go on the NA route for power on something that isn't as formulaic as K24 + K20head + big cams + these bolt-ons = power.
                        '18 Chevrolet Volt - Electric fun hatch for DD duty!


                        DefSport Koni Sleeve and Spring Perch Buy!!!
                        http://www.nissanroadracing.com/showthread.php?t=5902

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                        • #13
                          The same issue that afflicts the Z32 group affects the MR2 group; very simple and rooted in the past in terms of modifications. There are only a few trail blazers.

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                          • #14
                            Aye, it's definitely like taking a step back in time 10-15 years on car modding.

                            It seems most the big power guys have gone onto K20/K24s swapped into the chassis, which doesn't really interest me at all. They make power, but $$$ to build them up.

                            I'd rather a well balanced 2GR-FE swap making 275-300 rwhp than a 500-600 rwhp, hard to drive, laggy turbo setup.
                            '18 Chevrolet Volt - Electric fun hatch for DD duty!


                            DefSport Koni Sleeve and Spring Perch Buy!!!
                            http://www.nissanroadracing.com/showthread.php?t=5902

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                            • #15
                              A K24/K20 with a EFR will have just about zero lag. Those K20 heads flow like hell

                              But yes, also $$$$$$

                              How close are you to home??

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