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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:40 pm

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Post by qwakers » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:12 pm

so i've been sorting a few niggles.

i have JUST hit 500 miles, so i wanted to change the oil and take a look inside the oil filter. just because.
eventually got the filter off (would you believe i've NEVER had to get a filter out of a rx8 before with the engine IN the car? another way to put that is the engine has been out more often than the rx8's service interval!) and cut it open. something i learned to do at 500 miles from talking to a engine builder. its nice and clean with only a tiny amount of metal particles in it (as is expected on a newly built engine) if it had been choked i would have been phoning rrp for advice. but no worries here, another spot on build by RRP!

then i stuck a new filter on it and changed the oil.

no pictures of any of that, very boring work.

next was a oil leak i noticed whilst it was up on the ramp at the alignment shop.
first thing was a snagged sump plug washer. replaced and all sorted.
next was leaking 2t oil from the rrp cofs adapter. this is a little worse news because this is a ongoing issue that i hoped was solved when the engine was out. luckily with the better view i had with it on the lift at the garage, i could see it was leaking from the an fitting. i thought id just put a bit of ptfe liquid on the thread and do it back up. not so, the thread swiftly stripped off before getting tight so a pm to RRP should see that sorted (im hoping theyll send me a hose tail fitting to replace it a'la mk 2 cofs)


so that on hold, i decided to sort a couple of cosmetic issues whilst i was bored, all of them located to the back of the car.
  • massive gouge above rear number plate caused by rubbing on the lorry back door
  • gouging elsewhere on the rear bumper and general stone chips.
  • petrol damage to the paint below the fuel filler
  • fogging light unit.

fogging light unit was a case of cleaning the gunge off the panel it seals against and chucking one of my spare lights on. all sorted.

the rest, well, paint fixes all. ill let the photos talk.

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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Thu May 02, 2019 10:04 pm

todays work, whilst waiting for another delivery (read freeby!) from RRP i decided to do something about the ramps on the wagon.

the original ramps are long enough, right? well anyone whos seen me load up knows the cars nose has been comprehensively dragged along the ground, so no, not long enough. folding ramp extension time!

about another 6 feet of ramp... stage 1
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hinged up and skinned...
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and whole ramp painted (silver because i have it in stock...)
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Fri May 03, 2019 10:47 pm

and the aforementioned delivery has arrived from RRP!....


actually it arrived at about 2pm yesterday, exactly 1 day after i told scott i was having problems. top marks, boyo :D



so my omp adaptor was the original mk1 RRPCofs. this had a an fitting for the oil feed line. from the day it was installed i had issues with it leaking. i've tried thread sealant, ptfe tape, loctite etc and never managed to stop it weeping. eventually the thread ended up damaged, so i called scott and asked him if the fitting for the mk2 cofs fits the mk1, the mark2 being a 10mm hose barb. unfortunately this isn't possible, so (and i might add without me asking, i was going to go and get a fitting made!) scott said he'd send me a mk2 RRPCofs at 0 cost :D

cant complain at that service!

now i will say, imho there is nothing wrong with the mk1 COFS. i think mine had a dodgy AN fitting from new.. and that's not a bit rrp makes, its just bought in. so not their fault :D

so out with the old, and in with the new!
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in this picture note the spiral wrap around the omp feed lines. this isn't strictly necessary(ive never known anyone do it!), however im of the opinion anyone with a sohn or RRPcofs should do it. it costs (and weighs) practically nothing and it might just save your engine, bearing in mind they are hard against the coolant lines.
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the only downside to the MK2 vs the MK1 is its a 10mm hose barb not a 8mm one, which means the pipe has to step up from 8mm after leaving the bottle. not a issue if you are using RRP's tank kit too!!
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so thats it, all ready for wales, just gotta put the wheel arch liner and undertray "wing" back in (not strictly necessary to remove but give you that tiny bit of extra vision on parts...) wheel back on, bleed the omp again, and were good to go!

(que insane amounts of premix and resultant smoke!)
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Fri May 10, 2019 6:02 pm

i spent time fiddling with the lorry today.


one very loaded car later and i have the ramps and their extensions at the lorry, ready to try them out!
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in the garage i thought up multiple complicated ways of supporting the hinge, from a complicated locking mechanism through to folding legs, but the easiest way is often the best....
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as you can see there are no problems with the weight

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or rampover angles (this isn't a lot higher than the rx8 and the wheelbase is way longer, so this amount of clearance means the 8 should go.)
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that being true, taking the ramps out i thought was the best plan, give the lorry more versatility :) (see for sale thread)
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assembling the ramps is actually really easy!

i fit the main ramps as before then lift them off the ground with the tail lift (finally a use for it!)
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the just slide the pin through the hinge and lower the tail lift down, slide the two chunks of wood under the hinge then finish lowering the taillift out of the way. easy :D
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by warpc0il » Fri May 10, 2019 8:40 pm

qwakers wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 6:02 pm
i spent time fiddling with the lorry today.


one very loaded car later and i have the ramps and their extensions at the lorry, ready to try them out!
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in the garage i thought up multiple complicated ways of supporting the hinge, from a complicated locking mechanism through to folding legs, but the easiest way is often the best....
Now that was spooky...

I saw the picture, read the question and thought "Oak blocks" before I scrolled down to see the next pictures in the sequence =D>
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Fri May 10, 2019 8:44 pm

great minds think alike :D

to make them, i took a offcut of 4" fencepost and drilled a hole in it, i then cut the post off halfway through the hole and cut the pieces to length. this leaves me with a half moon cutout in the top of both pieces to engage with the hinge. makes it 100% secure with weight on. :mrgreen:
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by ChrisHolmes » Fri May 10, 2019 9:58 pm

Brilliant work, you could be parking on grass at the JDM so maybe a plate or horizontal block would be advisable to spread the load.
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Fri May 10, 2019 9:59 pm

it has been considered :D i keep changing my mind on what to use....
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by warpc0il » Fri May 10, 2019 10:00 pm

ChrisHolmes wrote:
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a plate or horizontal block
aka a plank?
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by ChrisHolmes » Fri May 10, 2019 10:03 pm

warpc0il wrote:
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a plate or horizontal block
aka a plank?
Was thinking more of a big noggin!
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Sun May 12, 2019 5:01 pm

final test has been completed...

front clearance (just barely)
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nose clearance when reversing on (plenty)
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and proof that it goes in without ramp-over issues!
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by ChrisHolmes » Sun May 12, 2019 10:19 pm

Excellent job.
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Post by exiled--viking » Sun May 12, 2019 10:37 pm

Very smart good work ;)
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by warpc0il » Sun May 12, 2019 11:47 pm

Supporting the hinges like that, with blocks on the ground, puts much less stress on them than locking them straight.
It also allows the ramps to compensate as the weight of the car moves over the mid-point and starts to compress the truck suspension.
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by V8 Power » Sun May 12, 2019 11:47 pm

Lovely job.
Those ramps look long enough to be in a different postcode.
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Post by warpc0il » Sun May 12, 2019 11:51 pm

:-k :idea: Maybe we could borrow them to get the Irish Rotary guys over the border to Kirkistown next year, if Brexit goes bad :twisted: :race: :stpats:
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Mon May 13, 2019 12:45 am

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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Mon May 13, 2019 9:30 pm

one of the small issues i had with the exhaust manifold is it touches (just barely) the crossmember that runs under it. its too close to the collector to 'tweak' the lowest runner up a bit so the only option was to clearance the crossmember.

first off i marked up the crossmember and cut the top layer of the crossmember off, then bent up a bit of steel to fill the hole. next was to split a bit of 2" box section down to a U shape and bend the wings out to about 45* and weld it to the bottom under the cutout, which puts all the strength back in, whilst only losing about 1" of ground clearance.

voila, plenty of clearance for the exhaust and no strength lost.

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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Thu May 16, 2019 5:40 pm

today i bought a tatrix openport 2.0

more from curiosity and to expand my range of car computers.

this is probably going to end badly :lol:
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by New Duke » Thu May 16, 2019 8:20 pm

Such a fun thread to follow, always an interesting read and your positive attitude shines through. Thanks for keep this updated :thumleft:
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by warpc0il » Thu May 16, 2019 9:11 pm

I assume that's Tactrix Openport

Have they got it working for Mazda now?
I thought they only had read/write working on Mitsubishi and Subaru, read-only on everything else.
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by Scartlead » Thu May 16, 2019 9:19 pm

Yep, they work on our 8's, having had Carl do his magic remotely, using it and mazdaedit.
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Post by warpc0il » Thu May 16, 2019 9:23 pm

Still learning something new every day ;)
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Re: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Post by qwakers » Thu May 16, 2019 9:27 pm

and as a bonus, itll work with J2534-compliant software, which opens it to many more makes :D
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