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Tobias Linder
@Mana

Born 81, never interested in cars until I bought a Miata in december 2015. Now trying to balance street and performance while looking slick.
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TOBIAS's STORY

I grew up one of those kids who didn't really care much about cars. I was more interested in the outside and forests, and later once the late-eighties rolled around, videogames. I started with the Atari and Commodore64 as a young one, but once the NES rolled around, video games really took over my life. It wasn't until I was a grown man I got an interest in cars and bought a Mazda Miata. Well...the rest is history, pretty much. I'm now a fully fledged car nut and working to build a show car that looks amazing, but also drives amazingly. 

Tobias Linder3 days ago

Disclaimer: I'm not pissing on turbo builds. I'm just tired of this ridiculus urban legend that you can "remove turbo lag". Turbo lag isn't bad. It's a matter of taste. But please stop spreading this urban legend. "But the Turbo modded guys always say they have next to no lag anyway. Except I always notice it when I drive their cars??!!" Read this on a forum, and I can only agree. "I have no lag" is just dreams and crystal

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[]Maximilian Rockatansky

Some cars have much worse lag than others. There’s no need to rip on turbos because you’re N/A or vice versa. Totally apples to oranges. Sorry we don’t all have the more-accurate-than-a-dyno ass like Nikki Lauda or apparently yours 🤷🏻‍♀️

[]Tobias Linder

I see you missed the point of my post and also my disclaimer. I'm not pissing on turbo or builds or turbo lag. I'm pissing on bragging idiots who claim they've "eliminated" turbo lag.

[]David Saadeh

I own two turbo cars and two N/A cars. One of my N/A cars is high revving and has a snappy throttle response. One of my FI cars is a twin turbo and there is noticeable turbo lag. Even though the turbos are small and spool very quickly, there is still lag. I think turbo guys just say there isn't any lag because turbo lag isn't cool, obviously. I don't think turbo lag makes a car bad. It's just part of the car's personality.

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[]Timothy Markworth

I'm sure you can get rid of turbo lag. Just put a tiny turbo that barely generates 6 PSI on an engine that will spool it at 1000rpm. Boom. No lag! (or performance gain)

[]Craig Crall

My last Mustang project was a compound boosted car, with an Eaton M-62 and a T-3/T4. It had no perceptible lag. At all.

Having said that, I agree that most turbocharged cars, especially aftermarket builds, seem to have a lot of lag.

In my opinion, most people who turbocharge their cars, seem to choose rather large turbochargers for their application that make max power at the expense of boost response. During tuning, it gets a little fuzzy for some as they want max boost pressure over max spark advance, because peak HP is what their shooting for.

Not knocking that, to each their own. I prefer to run less boost and a lot more spark advance in my own cars, since I'm not a big fan of lag either.

Tobias, have you driven a car equipped with a Borg Warner EFR turbo? It really is quite different from anything else on the market.

[]Tobias Linder

I have not actually. I've mostly driven either daily drivers that are auto and turbodiesels, naturally very sluggish or big power builds that naturally have big turbos with a lot of lag.

I've driven a few reasonable builds meant more for street use and they're a lot better but still have noticeable lag (and a very perceptible kick from the boost hitting).

To each their own, but while boost can be exhilarating, I take snappy throttle response and a smoother power curve any day over a big boost build.

Also the lack of lag in your compound build was likely because of the supercharger taking up a lot of the slack from the turbo lag. Also big engines spin turbos faster. ;)

[]Craig Crall

Yes, you are correct about the supercharger, basically my reason for doing a compound set-up in the first place.

I might resurrect that project in the future, but for now, I'm working on a quick boost response turbo system, relying on a more aggressive timing curve, higher compression and less boost.

The turbo I'm using is a K04 which is on the small side for my engine, The impellers on both sides of the K04 are quite small and their low mass makes them ideal for my application.

I've had the K04 on and off my car a few times now, to make multiple changes to the exhaust system and the oil drain line. My short drive with the K04 in place, had me in the boost immediately. I'm not going to make a ton of HP with this turbo, but I'll make more HP & torque than I would with thousands of $$ worth of N/A mods to the same engine and I think that's why turbo systems have become so popular.

[]Jessica Pomerleau

I can confirm : there is such thing as turbo lag. My wrx has over 200k km and the turbo definitely lags 😂

[]Hayden Baker

Drives me nuts every time someone asks me if my car has a turbo. No, it doesnt; I like smooth, predictable power

[]Sebastian Nounou

It’s gotten to the point where drive by wire throttle and automatic transmissions are laggier than the turbos they support.

Not relevant in 2018 I think.

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Tobias Linder14 days ago

When removing and replacing the Miatas IAC valve, don't break the gasket. $50 For a measly gasket. Ouch.

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[]Sebastian Nounou

It’s less than a dollar on RockAuto.

[]Tobias Linder

Well, I'm in Scandinavia, so that doesn't help me much. Over here, everything is *a lot* more expensive when it comes to car parts, unfortunately. I know a fair few american builders, and they get parts *so* much cheaper than I ever could.

[]Sebastian Nounou

I did not realize. That sucks!

[]Ernie Szots

Yikes. Just for funzzies, in your experience, what has been the most expensive item to replace for its size? Would this gasket be it?

[]Nicholas Subramaniam

Mine on my accord was $30 a bolt for the lcas haha. I needed two. The only place that I could get them from was Honda. So with tax and such it ran me about $70 😭

[]Ernie Szots

Ouch!

[]Nicholas Subramaniam

Yeah it definitely hurt lol

[]Tobias Linder

Hmm, as a size in relation to cost, yeah I think this gasket hits the mark. Though, to be fair, the supercharger gets relatively close. But it's not being replaced, it's being added.

[]Jessica Pomerleau

Pretty good tip 😂

Tobias Linder18 days ago

#newmod #advice #progress Time for the progress report! Cold-air intake box is now installed and completely in place. The old intake manifold has been removed, as have the fuel rail. Currently prepping for installation of the new fuel rail and prepping the supercharger for install. It needs a bit of disassembly/reassembly before going in. The new intake manifold needs to be removed from the supercharger and installed separately. The throttle body needs to be removed, then the supercharger

Tobias Linder22 days ago

After three months of blood, tears and agony, we're finally making some goddamn progress on this project! https://youtu.be/hI4T5zwW7Aw

Tobias Linder22 days ago

So made progress today. Managed to get the flywheel and clutch completely and correctly installed. Took some time to clean out old oil spills and old clutch material that littered the bell housing. Also cleaned up the spline and took the clutch fork and throwout bearing out. Next time I'll install the new throwout bearing and the clutch fork back in. Then the transmission and clutch are done. I'll probably toss the transmission back in the car and move on

Tobias Linder22 days ago

Well. To quote an internet meme: "TFW you realize you're never gonna finish in time". It's 17 days until it's officially spring in Sweden. That's the date when you are no longer allowed to have studded tires on your car (unless there's snow or ice on the road, or about to become such weather). And I still have heaps to do on the Miata before I can drive it. Here's just a list off the top of my head, I'm sure

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[]Robert Sixto

Man that's quite a list. Just have to chip away at it slowly, one thing at a time. Does everything need to be done before driving it? Two weeks is a tough deadline for this much work.

It's funny, this just reminds me of something I often see online in forums/FB groups, when people talk about doing a particular job, there's inevitably some keyboard mechanics that claim they can replace a clutch in "just an hour, it's easy". Maybe you need one of those guys! 😁

[]Tobias Linder

I should totally hire one of those guys! And no, not all of it needs to be done to be drivable. Technically, I only need to install the drivetrain, supercharger and replace the timing belt and then I can drive. But I want to get as much as possible done before I take him off of the jackstands.

[]Robert Sixto

That's understandable, sometimes you just have to go with 'good enough' just to get some progress moving forward. I know I sometimes get into a mind set of needing to finish it all at once, and that makes things feel more overwhelming, or take longer. Projects seem much easier and more enjoyable when I try to chip away in smaller amounts.

[]Ernie Szots

Better late than never!

Tobias Linder23 days ago

Well then, I was 99% sure my new clutch came with an alignment tool. Turns out I was wrong. There's no way I'm trying to install a new clutch without an alignment tool. This is my first clutch install ever, I'm not gonna fuck it up by not using the right tools. So off to the hardware store I go. Might as well pick up a 3/8 -> 1/2 inch adaptor too, as I had completely forgotten I got my

Tobias Linder23 days ago

It's no secret I'm a Miata fan (however not a fanboy.) and Tom's Miata build is pretty legendary and extremely well put together and narrated. Even if you are not a Miata fan, just a wrencher or modder, this video series is absolute gold. Take your time, put your feet up and enjoy pure, automotive goodness! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDMrJhpeYiE&list=PLaeETZPdShsN8XtwhDKS-iVJZ38lKFKI9

Tobias Linder25 days ago

Well, hopefully today I'll get all transmission related work done. The rear main seal has been replaced, and I hope I got it installed decently. I managed to get it about half a millimeter too far in on one side, so it's just *slightly* recessed. I'm hoping that won't cause issues. Today I'm planning on getting the flywheel and stage 2 clutch installed. After that, I'll get over to cleaning the transmission housing because it looks like arse. If I

Tobias Linder64 days ago

FUCKING FINALLY! Transmission and exhaust is out of the car. Thank GOD! That took way too many months. Now to get the clutch and flywheel out so I can replace the rear main seal, and then install the new lightweight flywheel and performance clutch.

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[]Jake Johnson

That looks like the C-beam on a C4. Which car is this for?

[]Tobias Linder

You're referring to the metal beam attached to the differential? That's the PPF or "Powerplant Frame". On a Miata, the driveline and suspension connects to only the diff mounts, engine mounts and top of shocks to the body. The PPF mounts between the differential and transmission and provides rigidity and counteracts torque from the engine, to prevent the very common case of missed shifts due to a tilted driveline.

[]Jake Johnson

Interesting. On the C4, there's a big metal beam that does the same thing, except that since the car sits so low, it doesn't have a trans crossmember. So that beam and the bolts to the bellhousing are the only thing keeping the trans in place

Tobias Linder64 days ago

Gonna try to make a massive effort and actually get to the garage today. The stress and anxiety disorder has put a gigantic stopper on the project, but it's been going slowly forward through sheer force of will. I've got most of the stuff out of the car that needed out. I just need to cut a stud to separate the exhaust headers from the cat-pipe, then everything should be clear for removing the transmission. Well, as soon as I do

Tobias Linder78 days ago

So the tailshaft and differential are out. As is the PPF.. Fused to the diff. Them bolts are going to require some work. They're not rusty, they're just completely stuck to the PPF. Either way I'll be ready to remove the transmission tomorrow. Then to replace the rear main seal, flywheel and clutch.

Tobias Linder100 days ago

Sorry for the silence, everyone! Christmas, mental illness and physical illness has kept me from the garage for a *long* time. I haven't been there since my last post. But today I went back and conquered the differential and transmission. So the transmission is drained of oil, the tailshaft has been separated from the differential and the diff mounts removed. All I need to do now is drop the diff and the PPF and then I can wiggle the transmission

[]Ernie Szots

Nice!

Tobias Linder126 days ago

Aight, so I'm sick of rusted bolts. Actually, this thing has probably been welded by someone sometime, because it is not budging. I've cut it in half, still not budging. But I'm getting this exhaust out, one way or the other. I've disconnected the PPF from the transmission now, so I'll try that tilt-trick again next time. I'm telling you, this project is really doing its best to make me hate it with a flaming passion right now.

Tobias Linder137 days ago

Well, I've had the weekend to rest and ponder upon my problem. I'm getting ready to get that #%¤& exhaust out, so we'll see if this afternoon allows for some wrenching time.

Tobias Linder140 days ago

Well, nope. Partial success. I did get the engine to tilt just slightly by unbolting the drivers side engine mount and jacking the engine up on that side. However, it seems to snag on something, causing the entire frame to lift. I can't get enough clearance to wiggle the catalytic converter out from between the subframe and the engine. If I can figure out what the engine is snagging on, I can tilt it further and get the header out. A

Tobias Linder140 days ago

Well, I'm gonna make a second attempt at that bloody header tonight. Wish me luck!

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[]Chris Dirkschneider

Best of luck Tobias!

[]Phil Jagodzinski

i think if you remove the blood it might help

[]Justin Cavallucci

Good luck, well, luck for future endeavors as the time has probably passed.

[]Robert Sixto

Good luck, I find with a fresh start, things usually seem easier the second attempt.

[]Ernie Szots

Sending good vibes...

[]Sheldon Hall

Headers are usually a pain to do. Good luck on it!

Tobias Linder142 days ago

So, let me tell you that removing the exhaust header on a 1.8 NB is a *#%%& CHORE. The Miata is famous for being super easy to work on. Except the #¤%¤%& exhaust. I spent five hours under and over the car yesterday without getting anywhere trying to get the header out. See, the Miata exhaust is made of four pieces: Header, "downpipe+catalytic converter", midpipe and muffler. The downpipe and header is fused together with a flange that sits inside

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[]Andrew Taylor

Crows feet, just got a set yesterday.

[]Justin Cavallucci

I hate how my 2nd project rains rust all over the place, including getting down my shirt, when I am working on the car.

[]Sean Wally

I've never had a problem removing the stock exhaust manifold and down-pipes from my 1.8L BP but I've had a couple of aftermarket headers that were absolutely impossible to install with the steering column in place. Sucks to get half way through a project and find that suddenly the level of effort has spiked because of some unaccounted for issue.

That's the story of my entire project car life: Simple projects going to shit for the stupidest reasons.

[]Robert Sixto

Yes they do, it can be intensely frustrating at times. Things that usually get me crazy, is rust related issues. A siezed bolt, or even more fun, one that snaps off. I can usually have enough patience to work around things that are tough to get out, but when they don't want to come out even when you do everything right... Well, that's where the "tears" portion of "blood, seat and tears" comes into play.

[]Tobias Linder

Definitely. Rust is a very real thing here in Scandinavia, so I'm well versed in cursing over rusted nuts and snapped bolts.

[]Robert Sixto

I also love working under the car and getting the old random rust flake dropped in your eye! 😤

[]Tobias Linder

Much fun. Very pain. Ouch. To quote an old internet meme. But yeah, I have glasses so thankfully a lot of crap gets flung off, but sometimes it makes it in there.

[]Robert Sixto

I've got glasses too, I almost feel like that makes it even more frustrating when one somehow makes it through!

Tobias Linder146 days ago

I much appreciate the addition of the comment notification. Makes it much easier to follow up posts you've made, without having to trawl your own wall. Thanks! <3

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[]Robert Linsenbach

I agree it totally helps

[]Andrew Johnson

Glad you like it! We're still refining the comment reply page but hope it's easier now to find and make comments.

[]Jeff Bowman

It’s 200% easier to comment on stuff

[]Jeff Bowman

I definitely agree there. Biggest plus for me there is that when you click on it, it actually takes you to a page where you can see it and respond, rather than having to chase the post back down and respond

[]Ernie Szots

+1

[]Yves Vds

Yup, great addition indeed!

[]Sheldon Hall

I also think that this was a great addition!

[]Kit Lau

Our lead engineer ryan should be happy about that ;)

Tobias Linder147 days ago

In case you are wondering, yes, I'm definitely still working on the car. I've gotten pretty far, but there is still a *ton* of work to do. Join me in this quick overview on where we are in the project! (Apologies in advance for the lesser quality than usual. I had lost my GoPro cover, so I had to use my phone. I've since found the cover, so future videos will be back to normal awesomeness!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjxRIvlWO7A #project_car #project_bumblebee #bumblebee #mazda

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[]Robert Linsenbach

YESSSS! I'm stoked to see more progression; I love keeping track of your mx5

[]Tobias Linder

Very glad to hear it! More goodness coming up ahead!

Tobias Linder147 days ago

Don't have much to share at the moment, as I'm still in the process of "rip everything unnecessary off the car". I've gotten half the engine bay cleaned out, radiator out, the rear exhaust, all the stabilizers from underneath, emptied the diff and engine...well, I've done a lot. (Photo is from right before I removed the radiator) I filmed a fair bit of the stuff, and I'm in the process of editing the footage right now, so expect videos

Tobias Linder171 days ago

Got him to the garage and am starting to strip down the front partly for cleaning up wheelwells and engine bay, but also to redraw some wiring and of course, supercharger, radiator and all that good stuff! Not at *all* excited about putting this in the car this winter, nopenope. Performance radiator, stage 2 clutch, lightened flywheel, TVS900 supercharger, CAI, coolant lines, new engine mounts...LOTS of awesome stuff! However, am not too excited about having

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[]Yves Vds

Enjoy your winter. Looks like you will not be bored.

[]Ernie Szots

Ha, careful, those Volvo boys might not take too kindly...lol

[]Tobias Linder

I actually like my old beater a lot. It's just not a Miata. :)

Tobias Linder180 days ago

Time for winter storage and maintenance, mod work and general cleanup. 

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[]Fox Nixor

Lol......your avatar looks like a generic VW diesel logo sticker!!!!!! Hey!!! Put a VW diesel in your nb!!!!! Mmmmmmm.........DIESEL!!!!!!

[]Andrew Johnson

Looking good! I'm happy to take it for one last drive before it's long nap ;-)

[]Levi Spaans

Nice headlights man

Tobias Linder189 days ago

This is the last week of driving Bumblebee. Actually a bit sad to put him away for the winter, but at the same time I know I'll many fun hours in the garage this winter so...expect videos!

Tobias Linder211 days ago

Well, the season is rapidly coming to an end with high winds, very wet and cold mornings and tons of rain. Since Bumblebee didn't make it through the yearly checkups (high lambda value) it's time to put him away for the winter.  In a few days I'll drive him off to the garage to park him there and get all the necessary bits and bobs in place such as charging the battery, putting him on jack stands and

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