Hachiroku's 40th Anniversary

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hachiroku
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Hachiroku's 40th Anniversary

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Thought I'd pop up a "build" thread for my 40th Anniversary seeing as the V5 paperwork landed on the doormat this morning :D

I bought this a few weeks ago from another Club member, number 068 in Metropolitan Grey.

I previously had an RX8 in 2015/16, a Winning Blue 231 with Mazdaspeed kit, streetport, and numerous other upgrades, which I also bought from a Club member, it was sold too soon :(

This time around though I'm quite liking the fairly standard Limited Edition car, there are a few styling changes I'd like to make, but mostly I'll just be giving it a good service and some TLC.

First impressions are good, with 50,000 on the clock it starts straight away cold & hot and pulls strongly to the redline, I know it's been 5 years since I last drove an RX8 but I honestly can't say it feels any slower than the Rotary Revs streetported motor in my previous car.
There's a bit of underbody rust, but the arches and sills look good, and the MOT history has no previous advisory's for corrosion.
On my drive home from buying the car I did get CEL P0420 come up on the motorway, I've cleared the CEL and run some Cataclean through it and so far it hasn't reappeared even after a dual carriageway cruise. Hopefully the Cat is ok, but I'll be fitting a decat pipe but keep the Cat for the next MOT.

Jobs to do:

- Service (oil/filter, gearbox oil, cabin & air filters, plugs) *DONE!!!*
- new coils and leads *DONE!!!*
- fit decat & cat-back exhaust *DONE!!!*
- wind deflectors. *DONE!!!*
- re-locate front number plate. *DONE!!!*
- underbody rust treatment/protection.
- fit a front lip.
- fit decent tyres.
- mini map for flames :mrgreen: , cold rev limit etc...


I just have one photo at present, post wash + polish...
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RR rebuild + street port, Mazdaspeed body kit + R-magic spoiler, Toyosports decat + catback, Sohn adapter, uprated starter, Mazdaspeed + Corksport bracing.
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Just driven the car home from a local garage after they fitted a Toyosport Decat and an eBay cat-back exhaust (which looks very similar to a Toyosport one :-k ).
I giggled all the way home :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol:
It's a whole lot louder, which was expected.
I didn't get a chance to "give it the beans" as lunchtime city traffic was busy, but with the window down the sound bounced off the buildings and made its own Rotary Symphony Orchestra :D
Rear
Rear
Top Tip....
Top Tip....
And the catalytic converter doesn't seem in bad condition either, although the mechanic at the garage said he thought it may have started to break up as some bits did come out as they removed the Cat.
I guess I'll see if it'll get the car through the emissions test next April then...
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Relocated the front number plate, the guide on here was very useful.
Note the mouse mat "Mod" fitted to the nearside oil cooler.
Also, delivery of oil arrived today, so looks like the weekend will be double oil change weekend :)
Front and (not) centre ..
Front and (not) centre ..
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Finally got around to finding the time to replace the ignition system today, bonus was it was a lovely sunny afternoon :)
I could see from the service records that the plugs had been changed a few years ago (but the cars not done many miles in those years since). But there was no record of the coils having been changed, so I'd ordered some Ryan Rotary Performance ignition coils, NGK leads, and standard NGK Spark plugs, the car has done just shy of 50,000 miles so I thought it was due (or overdue!).

First thing to do though was use my new Pela pump and start sucking out the old engine oil, whilst that was happening I started on the coils...
Pela pump in action.
Pela pump in action.
Good job I got around to changing the coils, as you can see, the two for the front Rotor were cracked, and I couldn't see any markings on the coils at all, so I assume they are pattern parts that have been fitted at some point.
You can tell the RRP coils are quality items, they feel like quality and have a heat sink on the bottom too....
RRP vs Pattern coils...
RRP vs Pattern coils...
Cracked.
Cracked.
Pattern coils
Pattern coils
RRP coils and NGK leads
RRP coils and NGK leads
Replacing the coils was actually pretty easy, I'd watched a few YouTube "How To's" , although I did loads of work on my MX5 that was 10 years ago! so I thought it best to be prepared. I even went and bought myself a new 1/2 drive socket set, which made the days tasks a doddle.
Whilst I was there I checked the throttle body and corrugated intake pipe, clean as a whistle, no signs of oil "burps", so all good there.
Intake
Intake
Next were the spark plugs, thankfully they came out fairly easily, the old tired looking ones were NGK Iridiums, I fitted NGK RE8CL and RE9BT plugs.
The old plugs looked quite caked up in what I assume is carbon crud...
IMG_20210926_140117.jpg
Yuck!
Yuck!
By now the Pela pump had done it's job , I reckon there was maybe 4 litres of old oil in it.
So I fitted a new filter, then replaced the sump plug with a magnetic one. I was pleasantly surprised to find no oil came out when I removed the sump plug, the Pela pump did a good job :)
I re-filled with Comma 15W-40 mineral oil (as recommended by Essex Rotary I believe), I have no idea what was already in there but there was a spare bottle of Tesco 10W-40 semi synthetic in the boot when I bought the car.
I plan to change the oil and filter again next weekend, so that should ensure an almost full oil change.
Oil
Oil
As usual I double checked everything once finished, but there's always a brief moment of uncertainty when I turn the key to start the engine :lol:

It started straight up, and where there had been a slight "hiccup" every so often at idle it was now a smooth, constant tone. Success! :D
A quick test drive and it felt fine all the way to the Beep (not that I'd noticed any issues previously).
A quick oil level check and it was time for a beer!

It's good to know the ignition system is in tip top condition now, I reckon those coils will outlast the car! :lol:


I'm taking the car for some window tints at the rear tomorrow, and have a front lip to fit, but that will have to wait till next weekend....
RR rebuild + street port, Mazdaspeed body kit + R-magic spoiler, Toyosports decat + catback, Sohn adapter, uprated starter, Mazdaspeed + Corksport bracing.
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Interesting to see that oil as Comma are not very forth coming with an oil recommendation for the RX-8 when I questioned this with Comma they said it was due to the fact that Mazda stipulate a mineral oil only ie no synthetic`s etc, I shall keep that oil in mind for possible future use.

Vehicle Warning Note
Warning: This vehicle has specific fuel economy requirements. Failure to use the correct product may compromise fuel efficiency.


Below are all of the Comma Oil products suitable for the above mentioned vehicle.

Engine Oil: No recommendation available

This vehicle requires a specialist product.


To speak to Comma's technical experts and to find out more about the correct oil for your vehicle, please call 01474 546318.

The ignition definitely was in need of some quality replacements.

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1st Brilliant Black 190. 2nd Brilliant Black PZ. 3rd Strato Blue 230. 4th Crystal White 40th Anniversary.
Rotary FX fender grills, Japspeed stainless exhaust, K & N filter, Kinetix slotted & dimpled discs, EBC Red stuff pads, Ryan Rotary MK11coils, Magnecor leads, Stainless front & rear grills, HID main beams, LED tail lights, front side lights/front fogs.
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Yes, the topic of engine oil is a bit of a minefield (putting it lightly!). I guess you makes your choices and takes your chances.
I Didn't buy it from Essex Rotary, but I took their endorsement of it as a positive sign, rightly or wrongly

This is from the Essex Rotary site...
This is the standard stuff that we normally use on our services, offering a higher viscosity than the recommended oil, 15w40 will help protect the inside of your engine better especially the stationary gear bearings (a key weak point on the RX-8 when using 5w30)
http://essexrotarystore.com/product/com ... al-oil-5l/

50,000 miles on the engine so far, I guess I'll just see how it goes!
RR rebuild + street port, Mazdaspeed body kit + R-magic spoiler, Toyosports decat + catback, Sohn adapter, uprated starter, Mazdaspeed + Corksport bracing.
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