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Updated on May 06, 2012
The KLMX-5 project.
I bought my car as a standard 1997 1.6L Monza Limited Edition MX5, but always believed that the car would be a natural home for an alloy V6. After a false start with a Duratec V6, I have decided to instead use a Mazda KL V6. This decision was not made lightly, but it all came down to the following points:
- the KL is physically smaller than the Duratec
- the KL has already been mated to the MX5 gearbox, with drawings available (plus someone has offered to do the machinng necessary for me!)
- the KL is a proper Mazda engine
- the KL has a timing belt (on disassembly, the timing chain and associated covers/tensioners were a PITA to work with compared to a belt/tensioner.
As to the exterior, I intend to keep it as stock as possible, the only mods being my hardtop, wheels (15", necessary for my Toyo T1-R's, plus 15's look more natural than 14"s) and low-pro lights (I don't like the stock barn-doors). Long term plans include permanently fixing the hardtop on (replace catches with brackets) and building a rollcage into the body/hardtop. During the day, at least, it'll be a proper sleeper of a car.
pg01 - Introductionpg02 - Engine - Mountingpg03 - Engine - Exhaustpg04 - Engine - Intakepg05 - Engine - ECU, sensors and fuelling/sparkpg06 - Transmissionpg07 - Brakes pg08 - Interior/Exterior pg09 - Other stuff
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You pretty much kick ass. Nice work.
nice ride i luv mazda
Sweet Lookin Ride, keep up the good work Def. 5***** for sure.
Nice ride!!! Give me a 5* rating in the UTCC section.
I believe the engine is from a Jaguar S-Type. Interesting about the pulley - I have been discussing it with friends, and am considering machining off the camshaft between the bearing and the casing, and using a blanking plate to cover the hole. What do you think?
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