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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    did they give you any kind of ETA on the completion time? very excited to see where this goes!
    I am hoping for completion sometime in September.
    The EcotecMiata team will keep me updated with their progress while sending me pictures.
    I will be posting more updates and pictures soon.

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift Demon I Am's Avatar
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    Omg, my best friend and I have talked about going this route for so long. Awesome to see the progress!!

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    What was old is new again

    This is the EcotecMiata flywheel assembly installed onto the Ecotec 2.4 engine.



    Here is the driver’s side engine mount and starter installed.



    This is the right-side engine mount and the header!
    That header should look mighty fine in the engine compartment while providing a few extra ponies.

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    Engine installation is underway!

    Right lower side view:



    Left lower side view:



    Checking the transmission:


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    Is that the oil sump hanging out front? (the black box)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    Is that the oil sump hanging out front? (the black box)
    Yes

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    Is there any protection for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    Is there any protection for it?
    No.

    My plan was to see if one of those lower engine covers by LRB Speed would fit. If not, modify it as required.
    At the same time I was going to add a Setrab oil cooler, oil thermostat, and remote oil filter plate.

    I already bought the engine oil filter adapter from CBM Motorsport.



    If I work it out right oil changes will be a breeze. I can add an access plate to the LRB cover for the oil filter while using a Fumoto oil drain valve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    Is there any protection for it?
    Same thing that protects the oem oil pan, the subframe. It looks like the sump is still higher than the subframe to me....actually it looks like it is higher than the oem sump.
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    Not really. The OE sump sits behind the front sub, it wraps around it. That one is a little higher but still with little protection. The proximity to the underdrive pulley also concerns me.

    Don't mean to poo on the thread.

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    All comments are welcome.
    That what makes a build thread interesting.
    At the same time, alternative comments and ideas give me some things to think about and possibly make improvements.
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    What do you think of this Beatrush Aluminum Underpanel?



    Goodwin Racing says 6~8 weeks for shipping from Japan.
    http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda...t/61-0047.html
    Maybe I should get one on order?
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    I do like those for potential aero if anything else.

    Is the sump made from AL or steel? Perhaps a piece of angle across the leading edge to protect it from the initial impact? Maybe channel your vintage Audi background to see what the rally guys use for protection? 1/4" Al would probably be enough. The idea would be something to take the hit and deflect the car upward, rather than tearing, denting or puncturing the sump. I am only concerned because I bottomed out hard enough going over a hump in the road at low speed to bend and shear the steering rack mounting tabs on mine many years ago.

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    I think the LRB Speed piece is a better value: http://lrbspeed.com/product/na-miata...num-belly-pan/

    Personally I try to support small businesses any time I can. I had one on Warbird and loved it and plan on getting another for Misfire.
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    That's a nice piece. Made a full width one out of corrugated plastic for an endurance car. That looks similar M3 front pans/aero tray (e36).

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    Bump.

    How is the EcoTec? It is September....

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