7th Oct 2005, 05:07
Oh yes!!! I have one and I couldn't agree more. I'm in love with mine as much as this guy.
One thing, where did you get the supercharger kit from?
22nd Dec 2005, 02:31
Supercharger for a 1.6 L MX-3. Quite possibly the hardest thing to find in the world. If you are looking to seriously pound the groud with your MX-3, here's the trick, save up about 2 to 3 thousand dollars (you're gonna need it).
Install either a KLZ-E 2.5L engine into the 1.8L MX-3 of the KLF-0 into the 1.6L MX-3. That way they both hook up without too much tweaking, it will be an almost straight swap, just a little tight. 0Results? About 240HP from the KLZE (with intake and open pipes) About 200HP on the KLF-0.
Make sure to change your clutch while your at it, as these engines will eat your stock clutch, and from there, well its pretty easy to find a turbo for either of these engines... Hey the sky is the limit.
28th Dec 2005, 09:47
Actually that is completely wrong. On the V6 engines, they go as such:
- KF-ZE: 2.0L V6. Variants range from 140hp to 170hp. This engine was not available in North America and must be obtained though engine importers.
- KL-DE: 2.5L V6. Found in North America in the 626/Millenia/Probe/Mx-6. Output is 165hp (160 in California)
- KL-ZE: 2.5L V6. The JDM high-output version of the North American version. Found in the 626/Millenia/Probe/MX-3 in Japan. Output is 200hp.
- KJ-ZEM: 2.3L Miller-Cycle supercharged. No one's attempted it in an MX-3, due to the fact that it sits too high with the supercharger, and as well, there's something about the transmission (auto only), but there's too many complexities for only 210hp. Plus, the engine is designed for efficiency, not performance.
If you have a V6 MX-3, swapping in any of the above engines (with the exception of the KJ) is as easy as changing the stock engine. Ideally you want the right computer (ECU) and air flow sensor (VAF) for whatever engine you choose to get max fuel efficiency and performance, as well as upgrade the clutch, since the stock clutch can't handle the extra torque, but that's basically it. But if you're starting out with a 4cyl MX-3 (since you mention having the 1.6, I'm confident that's what it is), you'll need to basically replace everything in the engine bay; not worth while.
As well, getting 240hp with just headers and an intake is far from the truth. I don't believe anyone had broken 200whp (but have gotten extremely close) on an all-motor setup. Typical all-motor setups typically dyno between 170whp and 180whp. Check out the forums on probetalk.com or mx6.com, specifically probetalk.com; they have some kick ass all-motor setups on there, but none pass 200hp that I'm aware of. There is a turbo kit just in the midst of being made for any V6 MX-3, check out mx-3.com for more information on that. However, previous to this kit, which is just available as of a few weeks, all turbo's for the V6's in the MX-3 were all custom, no kit ever existed. There are kits for Probes/MX-6, but they do not work in the MX-3 because of the smaller engine bay.
Since you have a 4cyl MX-3, what would be the best bet is a BP swap. The BP is a 1.8L 4cyl found in Proteges, Escorts and 323's. Since you have a DOHC 1.6, I believe you need to do some re-wiring in the harness, but I know of a few local MX-3'ers that have had it done. Although it's only 130hp, the strong point is that they are very turbo happy, and actually came with a turbo options; the GTX @ 180hp and the GTR @ 210hp. Although you can go to Mazda Racing for a bolt-on turbocharger for the 1.6, it's currently for the SOHC 1.6 found in the 92-93 Mx-3s, but we just got word in 2006 they will be making a turbo kit for the DOHC 1.6's. So check with them for updates. Myself, I have never heard of a bolt-on supercharger for any I4 or V6 motor for the MX-3. There is a supercharger for the Miata's, but they don't work in the MX-3, since obviously the engine is mounted transversely in the Mx-3.
For more information on your Mx-3 and engine swaps, check out mx-3.com.
2nd Aug 2006, 21:45
OK Guys I'm a proud owner of a Mazda MX-3. Just found this site by coincidence. I know for a fact that there is turbocharger made in the US for the Mazda MX-3 4 cylinder 1.6 liter, and I have seen it installed. The company that makes it is in Texas and it costs about 2000 grand, everything included.
19th Dec 2006, 14:18
There is no bolt-on supercharger kit for the MX-3, 4 cylinder or V6 alike. Anyone that had been done has been purely custom.
You can turbocharge the DOHC 1.6L (found in the 94+ MX-3's) by using the turbo manifolds from the B6T, which is found in the Mazda 323 GTX. You can get those parts from CorkSport.com. For those with the SOHC 1.6L (92-93), you can get a turbo kit from racingmazda.com.
If you have a V6, stock 1.8 or swapped to the 2.5, there is a turbo kit in production. As well, you can use the turbo kit for the 2.5l Probe/MX-6, but it requires some modifications, as well, relocating the battery to the trunk. There may be supercharger kits for the Probe/MX-6, but they are not likely to fit because of the smaller engine bay.
If you want any details on bolt-ons, supercharger and turbochargers, 4 cylinder or V6, check out: http://mx-3.com/phpBB3/index.php
25th Jul 2007, 13:08
Thank you very much Nd4SpdSe for the valuable information, especially since engine performance upgrades/swaps for the 1992-1993 1.6l mx-3 are extremely limited.
I love my '92 dearly and intend to keep it. Having said that, do you or any of the other mx-3ites know where I can find rear bumper guards for the 92? I saw them on a redone '93 on-line.
13th Aug 2007, 19:23
Where would I find a KLF-0 type motor for my 1.6 mx3? does it go by a dif name or type?
29th Nov 2007, 01:19
That's great, I actually have a Mazda MX3, 4 cylinder 1.6 liter. I was wondering how you found that supercharger that fits it.
1st Mar 2008, 11:08
Any comments/ideas for shcok absorber types to replace the stock ones (front & ear) on the 1.6L. I am a New Yorker who has to put up some serious with pot-holed roads. In particular are there any gas-filled ones that come to mind?
8th Apr 2008, 18:36
Can a 2001 4 cylinder Mazda MPS engine fit in my 1993 1.6l car without any headaches? This engine is reliable and good for 150hp - this is more than a stock 1.8 MX-3.
21st Jul 2008, 12:52
You should go with the BPT. It uses the same tranny and the 1.6 in your MX-3, and puts out about 180hp and 170tq.
25th Apr 2009, 20:20
As mentioned on the first page, there is NO supercharger available for the Mx-3 1.6 4cyl nor the or 1.8l V6.
The closest thing would be one for the 1.6L Miata, but the motor in a Miata is mounted longitudinally rather than transversely in the Mx-3, so the mounting locations and fitament may not allow it to work.