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by Phil Bate
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: 231 HID Headlights.... not on mine.
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: 231 HID Headlights.... not on mine.

Correct. You might also find that the loom has been modified behind the headlight units as one of the connecters is different between the two types
by Phil Bate
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Clutch problems
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Clutch problems

That's somewhat relieving to hear Dave. Back in our early days of ownership DanBass and I rinsed a whole bottle of brake fluid through one of our cars only to have the pedal keep getting stuck. It's not 'til the one of us operating the bleed nipple looked over to see the reservoir was empty while th...
by Phil Bate
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Clutch problems
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Clutch problems

Something to watch out for when bleeding the clutch, the reservoir has a partition separating the clutch from the larger brake section and it's somewhat easy for the level to dip below this if you are running lots of fluid through (I may or may not have direct experience of this in the past :oops: )...
by Phil Bate
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Low (ish) idle when warm.
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Low (ish) idle when warm.

It will light the CEL every second time it tries to run the pump and can't see a change in mixture at the front O2 sensor. Can you hear the pump actually running on cold start? It should be noticeable, and provide a huge woosh of air if you disconnect the rubber hose from it. Even with a decat the c...
by Phil Bate
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: The Other Car..
Topic: Sick Mower - NOT (QUITE) FIXED
Replies: 20
Views: 511

Re: Sick Mower - FIXED

Does it dance around a bit?
by Phil Bate
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Cat caused MOT failure, but not for emissions...
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Cat caused MOT failure, but not for emissions...

If the cat itself was perforated you would definitely know about it from the horrendous noise it would be making ;)
by Phil Bate
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: The Other Car..
Topic: Sick Mower - NOT (QUITE) FIXED
Replies: 20
Views: 511

Re: Sick Mower

What kind of fuel pump does it have? The smaller B&S engines often use a rubber diaphragm setup that causes all sorts of smoky richness issues when the rubber stretches out of shape. Two of my mowers are rescue units that were condemned by the previous owner due to similar symptoms, and subsequently...
by Phil Bate
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: subframe rust how to treat
Replies: 64
Views: 5617

Re: subframe rust how to treat

Good job =D> I'm still working on the replacement rear subframe at the moment, but I probably won't drop the fuel tank when I fit it as it's relatively well protected above there and looks sound as far as I could peep. That will be a job for another day
by Phil Bate
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket fuel pump and resistor over heating
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Aftermarket fuel pump and resistor over heating

How old is the rest of the pump assembly?
by Phil Bate
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Car Projects and Mods
Topic: Will66's Silver RX8 Fast Road/Track Mods now known as #project66
Replies: 82
Views: 7930

Re: Will66's Silver RX8 Fast Road/Track Mods now known as #project66

Will66 wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:29 pm
... the stock Ecu won’t allow specific control above the stock redline apparently.

Playing with an Adaptronic will be cool, but just for future reference you can rescale the axes in certain tables so that the stock PCM doesn't have to extrapolate at high RPM values ;)
by Phil Bate
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Replacing steering uj
Replies: 15
Views: 512

Re: Replacing steering uj

:whathesaid: and :whathesaid:

The UJ would be the last thing I would suspect for play, but easily checked with the rest of the potential culprits. Get a friend to help and start wiggling!
by Phil Bate
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: subframe rust how to treat
Replies: 64
Views: 5617

Re: subframe rust how to treat

Yes they can be a pain to free off. I broke them free on my silver car years ago - it took hours of working the bolts back and forth until they finally slipped in the bushes, then I could drive them out by fitting the nuts flush with the end of the bolts and tapping away at them with 'a persuader'. ...
by Phil Bate
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Rear inside wheel clearance
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Rear inside wheel clearance

If it's any help, my 9.5" rims at 40mm offset are 9.05mm closer to the inboard than standard and there is loads of room
by Phil Bate
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: subframe rust how to treat
Replies: 64
Views: 5617

Re: subframe rust how to treat

Anyone removed the rear sub-frame, is there a way of getting the brake pipes out with out damaging them, one thought was to cut and join but as a last resort? The rear lines are continuous all the way to the ABS unit. You can remove them easily if you have the engine and front subframe out already,...
by Phil Bate
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Heavy bottoms and rear suspension question
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Heavy bottoms and rear suspension question

Hmm, interesting :-k If you don't find anything obvious perhaps it would worth loosening and re-tightening the inboard suspension arm bolts with the car settled, to reset the bushes
by Phil Bate
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Heavy bottoms and rear suspension question
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Heavy bottoms and rear suspension question

Assuming everything is in order, it only takes a slight undulation in the road surface across the diagonal to throw the height out between axle sides. Measure the difference at the front as well, you'll likely see it out too but the other way around. As Pete says you need to find a perfectly flat su...
by Phil Bate
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: new disks and pads
Replies: 30
Views: 964

Re: new disks and pads

The Pagid discs are my choice also, and a full set comes to around 180 from ECP. They come with a silver zinc coating already but I always dust them with HT black paint for aesthetics. I don't mask them, I just do a few rotations aiming at the outer edge and the edge of the bell/hat. The overspray o...
by Phil Bate
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Hello.. I'm new here..
Topic: NEWBY NEEDS HELP
Replies: 38
Views: 939

Re: NEWBY NEEDS HELP

I was going to suggest splicing in would be easier, but it sounds like the op has it all but removed already :) The Black/White wires for each coil run to a common +12v supply and the Black wires to a common ground, but I don't remember where they all physically join. The remaining trigger wires run...
by Phil Bate
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Hello.. I'm new here..
Topic: NEWBY NEEDS HELP
Replies: 38
Views: 939

Re: NEWBY NEEDS HELP

:whathesaid: It's a bit of a faff to get the loom off in situ - are you changing the whole lot or just splicing in the affected bit?
by Phil Bate
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: What have you done to your RX-8 today????
Replies: 24148
Views: 916779

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

leeroy69 wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:54 pm
3357051A-630C-4A6B-AE82-745EA6168E09.jpegRear end coming along nicely

That looks great, very clean :thumleft: What did you do to clean up the knuckles/hub carriers? They look like new
by Phil Bate
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: DIY
Topic: Bought a MIG Welder
Replies: 46
Views: 1655

Re: Bought a MIG Welder

The basic Silverline one is good too, but lacking in flames #-o


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by Phil Bate
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Easiest way to take out engine?
Replies: 16
Views: 518

Re: Easiest way to take out engine?

I considered dropping it out on the subframe on several occasions, out of interest more than anything, but it's much less work pulling it out the top so that's how I do it too. Hoists are not much money if you are worried about your roof :)
by Phil Bate
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Naturally Aspirated
Topic: Offset Superpro
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: Offset Superpro

Have you thought about new pattern parts? A set of lower arms from rockauto.com will currently set you back 243 quid delivered inc. VAT from 'murica


Scratch that, just realised you have an R3 :oops:
by Phil Bate
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Aftermarket
Topic: Jetex decibel reducers
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Jetex decibel reducers

Narrow end towards the engine
by Phil Bate
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Car Projects and Mods
Topic: Paul's RX-5
Replies: 676
Views: 19751

Re: Paul's MX-5 NC with a 231 heart

Does the exhaust actually need to flow through an extra box? I seem to remember Phil Bate fitting a resonator which simply Td off the main exhaust pipe allowing gas expansion but not have a through flow. Got a pic? Well digging this up was a pleasant blast from the past :) https://rx8ownersclub.co....

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