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by SeriousSam
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Brake Calipers OEM Replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Brake Calipers OEM Replacement

You could also look at a refurbished set of OEM calipers, there are a couple of racing drivers on here who use the OEM brakes because they're more than up to the task. I can supply refurbed units, fire me a PM if you're interested.
by SeriousSam
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: This might make you feel faint
Replies: 27
Views: 684

Re: This might make you feel faint

I dropped a grand to insure both of my cars over the last 2 months, £400 for the Jaaaaag and £630 for the RX-8. Although the agreed valuation and included track days will account for the size of the RX-8's policy, and the prang I had 4 years ago that wasn't my fault but still has to be declared has ...
by SeriousSam
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Semmi/Professional Car Garage Equipment. Input/Advice/Recommendation.
Replies: 11
Views: 398

Re: Semmi/Professional Car Garage Equipment. Input/Advice/Recommendation.

For low entry jacks, you can do a lot worse than Clarke. Admittedly I haven't used them on a daily basis, they tend to get used for a day then stored for a few months, but I can't fault them. I've got the racing jack for track days and the one linked below is the big boy that gets used at home. http...
by SeriousSam
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Club Organised Meets
Topic: Chat Thread for 2019 Annual Meet & AGM Weekend
Replies: 24
Views: 811

Re: Chat Thread for 2019 Annual Meet & AGM Weekend

Hi there Nigel, might I suggest that this adds weight to the discussion point from the last AGM regarding the dates of the big things in the Club calendar, namely the AGM and the end of the financial year? The nature of circuits is to release dates in alignment with the calendar year, which means th...
by SeriousSam
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Ryan Rotary Performance
Topic: Tuning PP RX8
Replies: 13
Views: 627

Re: Tuning PP RX8

Nice. I've often thought that Carl Hayward should have partnered with a trusted company that could do mapping, it's been a big weakness of his for a while. The builds and porting he did were always strong, but others could get more out of his engines with proper mapping than he ever could. Clive's r...
by SeriousSam
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Basic track day prep advice please
Replies: 36
Views: 1075

Re: Basic track day prep advice please

Brands is bloody excellent, I drive it once a year in December and I love it. Short enough to learn in a morning, but technical enough to keep me going back. As for brakes it's not too terrible, but brake wear depends as much on your driving style as it does the track. Keep the sessions short, get s...
by SeriousSam
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Thruxton - Tuesday 9th October £129^^^
Replies: 53
Views: 1695

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Thruxton - Tuesday 9th October £129^^^

Still tentative from me, we're expecting to move house in October and haven't got any more guidance than that. If there's still spaces near the time and I'm free I'll pick one up, it definitely makes sense for me since it's down the road.
by SeriousSam
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Social Meets
Topic: Surrey/Berks/North Hants/SW London Wed 03/10/18 *7pm*
Replies: 885
Views: 28106

Re: Surrey/Berks/North Hants/SW London Wed 05/09/18 *7pm*

balderdash! I'll be away for a sodding event in Cambridge this Wednesday! Maybe October will give us some better luck...
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Premium vs standard fuel
Replies: 24
Views: 785

Re: Premium vs standard fuel

That does vary depending on where your garage is. My local Shell station has a delta of about 8p between Fuelsave and V-Power, whereas the garage down the road from Brands Hatch has a difference of more like 25p per litre. Supply and demand seems to be the driver.
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Premium vs standard fuel
Replies: 24
Views: 785

Re: Premium vs standard fuel

Our BS mower runs like a bag of spanners no matter what fuel you give it. It's better than it was, when it was left at this house we were told it was broken - soon fixed that with a good service. But it runs equally badly no matter what fuels or additives get run through it.
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

My plan is Bucks Meet then mosey my way up there afterwards till the morning Alan :wink: Also worth noting: Nigel is what many of us would call a prat. The best way to make both work would be to to the bucks meet then drive to the hotel afterwards, but that's a long night. Not that I'm expecting a ...
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

I've booked a double room at the Premier Inn for the Friday night, Soph may or may not be coming with me but the room cost was no different for one or two occupants, which was nice. Chris, add one to the list for the last supper.
by SeriousSam
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Advice about my (wheel) nuts
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Advice about my (wheel) nuts

:whathesaid: I run Muteki spline drive steel wheel nuts on mine, have done for the last 4 years and I'm very happy with them. Never been any issues with using an impact wrench on them, and while they are now looking a bit corroded they aren't expensive to replace. Think I got mine from Japshop.
by SeriousSam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

Dibs on that garage slot Nigel, I'll need somewhere I can unload my spare wheels and tools. Speaking of which, any tools and spares I take along to the day will be usable by others so long as they're returned.
by SeriousSam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Rx8 supercharging vs supercharging 370Z or gt86
Replies: 48
Views: 1019

Re: Rx8 supercharging vs supercharging 370Z or gt86

It's not about it 'now' being possible, it's just nobody bothers because you've got to invest ten to fifteen grand in a car that's worth a fraction of that. Puts people off somewhat. If my engine chooses to let go at some future point, I'll be going with an FD swap, but there's plenty of other stuff...
by SeriousSam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Want access to 'Mazda Dealer & Specialist Independents Reviews' section, but is it worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Want access to 'Mazda Dealer & Specialist Independents Reviews' section, but is it worth it?

If that's the only reason you're looking to become a member, you'd be missing out on a lot of what the club offers. The members' area will definitely have lots of reviews of the specialists inside it, but your membership would also get you access to the club discounts, Mazda technical documents, gro...
by SeriousSam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

It may be that they do the same as they did when we were there for the AGM a couple of years back - they switched between the short and long versions over lunch. That would explain why they aren't specifying which international layout we're doing. Maybe.
by SeriousSam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

MightyCondor wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:16 am
...already done way too many track days this year...
No such thing ;)
by SeriousSam
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Hot start test - what does 'good' look like?
Replies: 19
Views: 496

Re: Hot start test - what does 'good' look like?

Shame you wasted the travel money, but you made a wise decision in walking away from this one - it's displaying classic symptoms of low compression. Especially if it's recently had the ignition system and starter motor replaced, you would expect it to behave better than this. When the engine is warm...
by SeriousSam
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

I'm booked, I've got to pay the balance in cash on the day and I've reserved a tuition slot as well. Looking forward to this, hoping the weather nearer the time is good enough to test out my new NS2-Rs :bounce: That deal at the Premier Inn sounds like a good one, think I'll get that booked up as wel...
by SeriousSam
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

I may know a guy who would be interested in bringing his car along, but not likely to find out this week as he's on holiday. The fact it's a weekend at this price will be a big sweetener, and in fact we should probably advertise that a little more.
by SeriousSam
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^
Replies: 89
Views: 2155

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - £169^^^

I'm in. I've already got £120 on credit with Circuit Days thanks to the Snetterton day I couldn't make recently, and given it's the weekend closest to my birthday it's almost rude not to. I'll get this booked later this week.
by SeriousSam
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?
Replies: 58
Views: 1393

Re: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?

If the pedal feels a bit stiffer that's probably a good thing, that's what you're aiming for. As for the delay you felt, that's normal enough on my other car when the roads are damp - takes a moment for the brakes to fully come online. And your discs may not be ruined, try doig the bedding in proced...
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?
Replies: 58
Views: 1393

Re: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?

The guide pins that hold the pads in place can be re-used, or you can buy a replacement set from Mazda easily enough. Greasing them is a very good idea. Did you fit fresh pads with the new discs? If yes, there's typically a bedding in procedure that you need to follow to make sure the two surfaces b...
by SeriousSam
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?
Replies: 58
Views: 1393

Re: Brake caliper refurb, worth it?

Fire me a PM when you're looking at sorting your rears, I may be able to help you out. As for the condition of your discs, I think those look OK, but you might want to run your fingernail over them - if you can feel any grooves on the disc surface you'll want to get that sorted. The front discs look...

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