This post has been coming for a while. I ordered these big boxes a little less than a month ago. But I feel like I’ve been waiting for years. Both boxes came from Flyin Miata. The short box holds an FM II turbo kit. The tall box holds an exhaust.
Both boxes actually hold happiness, horsepower, and zoom-zoom.
Yes, I said “zoom-zoom.”
My little Uglydoll buddies helped me out with the unboxing. Or rather, they saw the big boxes and immediately jumped in with both feet. Some were more helpful than others.
Each box held multiple boxes. And in each of those small boxes were more small boxes. I think the blow off valve had one more box around it than the intercooler did.
The intercooler was nested in boxes three deep.
I opened box after box. I dug about and found different stuff embedded in the packing peanuts. I pulled out shiny part after shiny part, never knowing what would be next. It was very much like Christmas.
Wage liked the little hat.
This was the final box. It was square and HEAVY and had this strange lump of plastic in the middle. Target insisted it was a frozen turkey.
When Target grabbed my knife to “let the turkey out,” I decided it was time to take the shiny car stuff away and retreat to my office where I could photograph it properly.
I honestly had no idea that the turbo and manifold would be all assembled before shipping. This, to me, is pretty damn cool. That’s a lot of tedious work I don’t have to do. Thanks, FM!
I don’t plan to display the FM logo when I install the intercooler, (the other side is unmarked) but it does look rather spiffy. And this thing is THICK! Gonna be fun to wedge in the Miata nose.
The silicon intercooler pipes are one of my favorite features of this kit. Far fewer hose clamps are required than with standard rigid pipes and you can easily bend them around various parts during the install.
The shiny pipes you see are for the BOV and the air filter. They add just the right amount of bright work to make the kit look GOOD under the hood.
Speaking of hose clamps…. I couldn’t resist shooting these things. They’re shiny and really really impressive. In a word: beefy.
I chose the vent-to-atmosphere BOV with my kit. One less hose to run and extra PSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! sounds. And 34mm vs 20mm means it should possibly be a bit more efficient?
The little manual boost controller is cute, isn’t it? I was expecting a little brass fiting. This guy is WAY nicer than a brass fitting. Every part of this kit just screams “quality.”
I also got the optional injector clips. No soldering injector connectors for me! Nope. Just clip and go. I learned my lesson with the 97 what with modifying my stock wiring harness. If you can somehow build or buy a harness like this, I say do it. The Boomslang harness I used to hook up my Link was one of the better purchases I ever made.
The last option I chose was this spiffy hardline upgrade. I guess you have to swap out the oil and water feeds to the turbo once in a while with the standard soft hoses. These lines make that maintenance unnecessary. Sounds good to me.
And that’s it. I’m planning to spend a leasurely few weeks bolting this stuff to my 99 engine. It is resting on an engine stand, waiting very eagerly for some attention. I’ll keep the blog updated with my progress.