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1. I left my window down the other day and it rained inside lightly for a few mintues, then today my headlights/foglamps stopped working. The highbeams still work, along with the "high beam indicator" which is wired to the same fuse as the other two. I checked the fuse out and it *looks* alright, and since the hibeam indicator is working, i'm sure it's fine. What else could cause this? If it was the switch itself, would the high beams, blinkers, and corner lights still work? Any suggestions of how to hunt down my problem would be appreciated..

2. What is the most power anyone has gotten out of a N/A 1.8? I figured if i get bored, i'll have the head rebuilt, ported, larger valves, and shaved to bump up the compression.. probably exhaust.. but what else can be done? Are the stock pistons hyperutectic and the crank/connecting rods unforged like in most fords of it's time?

3. A light went out in my dasboard a while ago so i can't read my gas gauge at night. How hard is it to pull apart the guage cluster to replace this, and should i even worry about it? It's not a big deal at all, i just don't know how much of a pain it would end up being.

4. How do you people like the Kumho ecsta supra 712's? I'm thinkin' about getting a pair thrown on the front this weekend, and want to know how they are. (only because i hate the goodyears that are on there now) 195-50-15

5. Is the fuel filter under the hood or inline with the line from the tank (under the car somewhere)? I'm just too lazy to look..

Thanks guys!
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1. maybe the rain thing is a coincidence? Your low beam filaments may have burned out. Check your bulbs before you spend hours trying to rip the dash apart to see if any wires got fried.

2. N/A? Stock Miata 1.8s (same BP as in the EGTs) push like 150 or so hp I believe??? You could rebuild everything, throw the compression ratio through the roof, reprogram the computer and fuel delivery systems to raise the redline, I bet you could squeeze over 200 hp out of it.

3. I think you gotta pull the dash off to get to the gauge cluster. don't quote me. I haven't done it yet. Someone else would prolly be of more help here than I am.

4. I would also like to know this as well, because that's what I want to put on my car with my 16" Mille Miglia HT3s :)

5. If I remember right, the fuel filter is just behind the intake on the firewall.
 

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How'd i know you'd be the first to respond..

1. It isn't the filaments, because if the 2 low beams, and the 2 fog lights all burnt out within the same hour, i'm gettin' on the phone with the Guiness book of strange shite. 8O

2. Hells yea, who needs a turbo.. and what are the internals made from?

3. damn.. :?

4. I'll let you know monday.. :p

5. thank God.. :)
 

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I've been home for less than an hour. I worked 13 hrs today. So there :wink:
1. Anyway, then it's probably one of the wires going to your stalk (where you turn the lights on from) that's fried.

2. BP internals are forged. I've heard that the BP can hold 14 psi of turbo pressure on the stock internals. Not bad if you ask me, that's what the WRX (14.5 psi) & SRT-4 (14.2 psi) are turbo'd at stock. But I'm going to play it 100% safe. I'm going to rebuild the entire engine to make sure it can hold up to 25 psi. 8O

I'm gonna turbo it and throw on a FMIC (front mount intercooler). drop the camber to 0, with this and 250 hp and 210 lb ft torque with no backseat or spare tire, I'm aiming for a 13.5 with the car still being street driven. :wink:

then I'm gonna start to bottle feed my baby. can anyone say 12.5, I could pull up next to a supercharged Mustang SVT Cobra and stay dead even with him. Is there an emoticon for drooling?? we need one. :lol:

But I was also thinking along the same lines you are. how much could I squeeze out of it naturally aspirated? I'm thinking roughly 200 or so with some major head and bottom end work. You'd have to upgrade your ignition, fuel systems, oil pump, water pump, thermostat...lots of stuff. but it'd be cool to see an EGT hang with an S2000 (which pulls a 6.0 0-60)
 

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I don't want to turbo the car.. I have the thunderbird for that, which i am in the process of rebuilding which will be running 32psi of boost, so i have my boost fix right there, as soon as i'm finished with that.

as for the escort, i just want to see how far i can take it naturally aspirated. BUT, since you tell me the stock internals are forged, the word "nitrous" comes to mind.. but i don't have the loot for that right now..

actually, now that it's on my mind, i'd probably run both propane and nitrous to get rid of detonation from the nitrous. propane and nitrous make very good friends. :D then with propane, i wouldn't have to worry too much about fuelpressure, injectors, computer, fpr's, ect., just hit the button and go... i'm thinkin' of guttin' it from right behind the front seats back, which should drop close to 150 lbs., and with nitrous and propane, i bet i could hit a mid 14 1/4 pretty easily..

One more question.. is the transaxle limited slip? I don't rag on the car too much off of the line (i have a bad history of ripping fwd front engine mounts in half), but when i do rarely spin my tires, 1/3 of the time it's the pass. side tire, 1/3 of the time it's the driver's side tire, and 1/3 of the time it's both.... where the hell is the power going??
 

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I''d also guess the switch. If you give your car time to dry out does it work? How about the relay?

Putting in new dash light bulbs is easy enough. It just takes some patience. If you too imtimidated just go to a U-pull-it junkyard and practice on another car first.
 

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Putting in new dash light bulbs is easy enough. It just takes some patience. If you too imtimidated just go to a U-pull-it junkyard and practice on another car first.
quite east actually, but it just takes time. you don't actually have to take out the gauages and all that, just all the dash parts in front, and they're all held in with screws. that is, if it's anything like the LX dash. going about it slow and steady, with casual breaks now and then, took me roughly an afternoon to dis-assemble and re-assemble. but i dunno for sure, cuz i had it apart for awhile while i was painting much of the parts i took off. it would be a good afternoon job, and you'll learn how it's put together too. just don't get mad at it :D
 

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4. How do you people like the Kumho ecsta supra 712's? I'm thinkin' about getting a pair thrown on the front this weekend, and want to know how they are. (only because i hate the goodyears that are on there now) 195-50-15

Thanks guys!
Mike
I've got 195/55 VR15's on mine. They're very agressive and stick very well. Sidewalls are stiff, so if you get 195/50's you're bound to have a choppy ride. They're excellent in the dry, and very good in the rain. I haven't tried snow use yet but it's not recommended. Treadwear is also supposed to be an issue, but haven't worn them out yet, after a month of use. Of course, I'm not spinning on take-offs and sliding through corners either. But they're a good choice for an inexpensive tire that you can also use on the track.
 

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If your a skinny S.O.B. like me, you can reach behind the dash to change the bulbs. If not you have to remove the front bezel (black peice). Like everyone else says, take it slow and easy or you'll probabbly end up breaking something (experience). Hint, if you find the guage cluster hard to pull out, track the speedo cable from the tranny, and push the cable into the cab of the car, that's what held me up. The defroster and mirror switches also caused me some grief. Never, never pull the guage cluster by the clear cover, it WILL break. Re-assembly is real easy.

As for your light problem, I call relay.

Hope that helps :D

Matt 8)
 

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Putting it into terms probably more appropriate, it's something you want to do on a weekend day, as opposed to after work, if it's your first time taking apart the dash. And yes on my 1975 Chevy I could do the reacharound thing but didn't think of that for the Escort.
 

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Yes, I'm the skinniest guy you'll find. :) 6'2", 135lbs. I'll give it a shot when i get home form work.

Well, i got the Kumho's. Ecsta Supra 712's - 195-50-HR?15 (the one that's rated to 130mph)

I bought the tires on tirerack.com ($50 plust $8 shipping per tire - $116 total), then had them mounted and balanced at Merchants Tire and Auto ($35 total) for a grand total of $151, which isn't bad for 2 new tires if you axe me.

The tires are slightly shorter than the stock tires, and therefore throws off your speedometer slightly. My speedo reads (i'm making a guess) 5-10 mph higher at highway speeds. (which also hurts gas mileage)

Dry Traction - This is ok, but not as well as expected. Actually, it's not really any better than the Goodyear Touring tires (185-60-15) that i had on there before. I can still roll smoke off the tires with a good shift to 2nd. Corning is awesome! Lower profile, stiffer sidewalls make all the difference.

Wet Traction - In my opinion, this is where these tires shine. On wet roads, or even in heavy rain, it takes quite a bit of force to break these into a spin, and it's fairly hard to break them into an understeer through the turns. Quite possibly the best wet performance tires i've ever owned.

Overall, I think they're the best tires you can find for $50. They look suave, and perform awesome in every aspect, other than straight line acceleration. :) I'd reccomend them to anyone other than a full on drag-racer.
 
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