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Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by Bulldog » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:30 am

A brief history of my RX8 ownership.

Chapter 1: Woe upon woe

I am an advert for what not to do. I went out and impulsed purchase a RX8.

I have a load of issues with the car which I start to get through.

Finally I think shes running great.

Shortly after the car suffers catastrophic rear bearing failure.

I get messed about and eventually can not be bothered with excuses and pay to get the engine rebuilt.

I then spend several months learning about the car and join the owners club. A lot more learning follows.

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I make a few more modifications to the car but alas its not to be and I am involved in an accident and she is written off.
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by Bulldog » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:33 am

Chapter 2: RX8 Reborn

Now I am in a rebirth position having to start all over again. This time, however, I know more and I have met some people in person and online who know a lot more!

So the plan forms pretty easily – buy the salvage of my write off from the insurance company, buy a spares/repair car and transfer my rebuilt motor into her.

The search was on. Now first thing I did was to track lots of spares and repair cars on eBay to get a feel for price.
I am an Evertonian so I exclude the VR colour but consider anything else that’s a 231 before the tax hike.

After a few weeks there are a few fairly local options – I contact the sellers and take a punt on a 53 plate in SS which has the sat nav and sun roof. I buy it and pay for it without even seeing it. The next day I enlist the help of a couple of superheros Benedunn and VelocityVinne who trek all the way over to Wales to compression test her. The results are as expected low comp engine after 55k. 5s and 6s.

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So the next stage of the plan goes into operation. I have the engine swapped from the crashed car into the new one and start to strip the rest of the crashed one down.

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So after 18 months I am again at square 1 but this time I have a much better idea of what I want to do and how I want to do it.

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The first stage was to dyno the car on standard fuel stock. This is something I did last time.

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Next stage will be to improve the handling, brakes, exhaust, fuel up on vpower with premix and repeat the dyno run.
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by RX8R3Rod » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:17 am

Well done, I am awed by your patience and commitment! And hopefully no one runs into this '8 after all that hard work.
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by Bulldog » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:44 pm

Cheers Rod. I certainly hope not!

The next stage of the project got underway today. I hired a van and coerced my brother into helping.

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We took the Silver cars low comp engine over to to benedunn's - the progress on that will follow.

And the new backbox arrived whilst I was out. So I replaced the engine in the front room with an exhaust in the front room.

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Not happy:

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I am going to order the CAI kit tomorrow - going to go with the AEM in Silver.
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by VelocityVinnie » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:05 pm

Good progress mate!

She looks like shes waiting for you to take her out lol, shes all dressed up lol.

And i like being called a superhero, haha

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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by Bulldog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:01 am

So I did the last of the base line testing yesterday. This time at Oulton Park.

Exhaust was 84 db

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Followed by a major transformation today

I packed the car full of bits and headed over to benedunn's and we got stuck in.

When I arrived the car looked stock

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We started by taking the front bumper off

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Post by Bulldog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:02 am

Next we fitted some strakes and front mud flaps

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Next was the front spliter and rotary crest
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Lockwood grills
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Post by Bulldog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:03 am

Next to come off was the rear bumper
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Next on with the HKS legamax backbox
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by Bulldog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:04 am

Aluminum Fuel filler Cap
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Removal of lip spoiler
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Fitted oem spoiler
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Then side skirts and rear mudgards
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New Radio dial
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by VFRMark » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:11 am

Judging by the lack of rust on the front bits that were hidden by the bumper I would say you bought a nice good rex, congrats.

I think your going down the right route and saving that rebuilt engine was the key to it all!

Nice one. =D>
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Post by RX8R3Rod » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:08 am

Hi, with the aero kit on and all she looks just fabulous! :D
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Post by kerrance76 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:58 am

Looking good, a day well spent.
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Post by VelocityVinnie » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:11 am

wooo shes looking cool!

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Post by clive59 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:02 pm

Nice one!

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Post by Matt s66 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:12 pm

Looking ace! It would have been easy to get disenchanted with the Rex after all the aggro you've had but you've done yourself proud!

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Post by Speedy36 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:54 pm

=D>
Awsome with a capital AAAAAAA

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Post by Bulldog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:51 pm

Cheers for the positive comments guys, I really appreciate it.

I am thinking about a lot of things at the moment.

The complimentary colour I am thinking about is blue for things like the bottom of the mirrors, strakes, a couple of stripes on the spoiler, brake calipers, touches on the wheels - what do you guys think?

I have PZ mirrors and some Autobans not sure if I want to use either yet - comments on that appreciated as I will get them sprayed when I get the bootlid sorted.
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Post by Shagrington » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:57 pm

Looks excellent so far. Some contrast with another colour for small touches complementing the silver works well (but I would say that :wink: :lol: ).
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Post by SeanP » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:32 am

Very nice. Dedication in buckets! :twisted:

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Post by Speedy36 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:48 pm

Sean as far as I am aware they wont fit the R3 as i have been looking for a while now and only found some in either Japan or USA which are in excess of 400 plus shipping which takes it to around 700 quid for two small bits of fibre glass.

So basically I am going to USA this year on jollies and you can bet your bottom dollar i will be making a few calls :wink:
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by benedunn » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:58 pm

i quite like the chrome on it Mike :wink:
Please excuse the spelling mistakes ^^ :D

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Post by Bulldog » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:31 am

I know you do :)

Your a drug dealer tho.. start off with a couple of grills then its a full aero kit, then induction, then its onto ported engines, lightened pulleys ...

Hi I am Mike and its 5 days since I last modfied my RX8.
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Post by MARKTHOMASBRAND » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:51 pm

Looking sweet Mike 8) .

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Post by California Style » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:51 pm

cool.. great to see another thread going!
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Re: Bulldog's Hi Yo Silver Development Project

Post by benedunn » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:07 pm

Front Rotor
First Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 8.04
Second Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 8.02
Third Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 7.56
Chambers Difference [<1.5] : 0.48
Back Rotor
First Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 7.94
Second Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 7.74
Third Chamber [6.9,8.5] : 7.53
Chambers Difference [<1.5] : 0.42


Rotors Difference [<1.0] : 0.1
Please excuse the spelling mistakes ^^ :D

I'll second that!

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