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#1 tsi_tom

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 10:01 AM

How happy are you with your Magna intake?


I'm thinking of switching over to it, but not sure it is worth it.

Seems like it will cost about around 1500 to switch over.  What was your cost going MPI?
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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:51 PM

Hhmm, now you got me curious what it really cost members who have gone mpi? I wonder if anyone had actually kept numbers on what they have spent?

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 02:10 PM

also interested,
soon getting an already modified intake manifold ($500 value)
Won't a lot of the cost vary depending on your MPI computer for tuning, like Megasquirt or Haltech?

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 04:25 PM

I can do a breakdown of what it's cost me. I took a bit different of a direction than most but it will give you an idea anyway. I'll update this after I get some numbers together.

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 08:46 PM

No Magna love?
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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:08 PM

 louswheel, on 26 November 2017 - 12:51 PM, said:

Hhmm, now you got me curious what it really cost members who have gone mpi? I wonder if anyone had actually kept numbers on what they have spent?

CHAD Intake-$700
1000CC Injectors-$480
Universal Intercooler piping-$80
4.6L TB/TPS-$75
MS2 System-$600
Battery Relocation-$100
Aeromotive AFPR-$200
TurboXS BOV Flange-$7
etc.....

So far $2242....And still have more odds and ends...

Edited by Preludedude, 26 November 2017 - 09:09 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:15 PM

 Preludedude, on 26 November 2017 - 09:08 PM, said:

CHAD Intake-$700
1000CC Injectors-$480
Universal Intercooler piping-$80
4.6L TB/TPS-$75
MS2 System-$600
Battery Relocation-$100
Aeromotive AFPR-$200
TurboXS BOV Flange-$7
etc.....

So far $2242....And still have more odds and ends...

How happy are you with it?
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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:21 PM

 tsi_tom, on 26 November 2017 - 09:15 PM, said:

How happy are you with it?

Sorry forgot to add...Im in the middle of a engine rebuild, so Im going ahead and upgrading to MPI....

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:31 PM

 Preludedude, on 26 November 2017 - 09:21 PM, said:

Sorry forgot to add...Im in the middle of a engine rebuild, so Im going ahead and upgrading to MPI....

I know you're having head gasket issues.
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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:52 PM

 tsi_tom, on 26 November 2017 - 09:31 PM, said:

I know you're having head gasket issues.

Yes...I've been gutting the engine bay in the last few days so I can clean it up for paint...I have the engine on the stand now, ready to get torn down...I will be getting the block and head resurfaced...That's the one step I skipped on my first build..Live and learn...

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:55 PM

 Preludedude, on 26 November 2017 - 09:08 PM, said:



CHAD Intake-$700
1000CC Injectors-$480
Universal Intercooler piping-$80
4.6L TB/TPS-$75
MS2 System-$600
Battery Relocation-$100
Aeromotive AFPR-$200
TurboXS BOV Flange-$7
etc.....

So far $2242....And still have more odds and ends...

safe to say around $4000 and more with other stuff here and there and some tuning.

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 11:15 PM

My MPI cost list...

Mazda 626 Turbo Intake - $70.00
500cc Injectors - $230.00
Ford 4.6L TB/TPS $60.00
LS coils (4) - $ 80.00
MS3-Pro w/ 10ft harness, sensors, boost solenoid, trigger wheel, and extras - $1,400
83 1 piece solid pulley - $50.00

Total: $1,890

Now this doesn't include all the work done on my car recently but this is what really pertains only to my MPI conversion. I don't think I've left anything big out but if you guys notice something or I remember something I'll update this. Also keep in mind this doesn't include all the nickle and dime stuff that comes up.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 12:29 AM

Support systems tend to eat a budget up, things line fuel pump/regulator system, interooler pipes, and misc. plumbing.  Stuff that isn't unique to MPI but may need to be modified or upgraded to support it.  Once you augment one system, you find yourself upgrading another to support it.  It's hard to say what is a proper budget, so many different "right" ways to get there.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:53 AM

Mine hasn't been tuned yet, but it already idles smoother than before with TBI.

Magna inlet = $80
Modifying inlet = $200
Injectors = $300
Intercooler = $250.
Different Intercooler = $250. (Will sell the other which was apparently too big)
Custom intercooler piping + Custom stainless radiator pipe = $800
Universal throttle body = $80
FPR = $50
Fuel lines = $100
TPS = $60
Tune = $600

Total = $2,770 with a brand new intercooler to sell. That's Australian $$ too. Some parts were from US which means I paid more then you would.

BIggest cost was Intercooler piping and tune which I paid professionals to do. (Tune not done yet). The rest I did myself and I am glad. Was the best experience ever doing the hard work.
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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:11 AM

I have a magna and I'm happy with it, probably the cheapest and easiest way to go MPI.
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:21 PM

I dislike the magna life. Eats up a lot of working room.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:50 PM

It does eat up a lot of room in the engine bay.
I've been happy with mine for about 8ish years now though. That said, I'd buy Chad's intake if I had it to do over again. Velocity stacks are cool B)
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:45 PM

What makes the velocity stacks better?
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:20 PM

View Posttsi_tom, on 06 December 2017 - 02:45 PM, said:

What makes the velocity stacks better?

Better flow efficiency

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:56 PM

View Postspeedyquest, on 06 December 2017 - 03:20 PM, said:



Better flow efficiency

On the low end or high end?
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