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Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:50 pm

Hi everyone.

New to the forum and RX8 ownership but not to the life of a Japanese car enthusiast.

Picking up an RX8 at the weekend and hope to have something to fill in my time whilst I wait for my Pulsar GTiR to be re sprayed which I have owned for 10 years now.

Would like to pop to some shows/track days as much as possible, currently been taking my Pulsar to Japfest, Japshow, etc but fancied something a bit cheaper to use (yes I said cheaper :D) and use the forums for advice / guidance.

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by Shagrington » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:44 pm

Hi and :welcome: shroom. :D Have a look in the events section of the forum to see what shows we're most likely to have a club stand at and the track days where there will be club members.

As you're picking the car up at the weekend I'll do my usual and leave this here (I'll take any excuse ;) ). Have a good read through whatever in the FAQ section you didn't already read :study: and then (and just ignore me if you know all this already) here are my best tips for keeping it all running sweetly:

1. To start up turn the key to position 2, wait for most of the lights on the dash to go out (I watch the airbag light by the glove box), press the clutch to the floor (optional, but reduces drag), turn the key to start and do not touch the throttle until it has started. You can drive off straight away, just keep the revs down for a bit (see #4 below).

2. Never [-X turn off the engine before it has reached at least somewhere towards normal operating temperature (should only take a minute or two, but best to go for a short drive if just swapping cars round on the drive etc). Switching off cold risks flooding, which is a real :censored: with a rotary engine. Mazda recommend rev to 4k and hold it for 8-10 seconds switching off while still revving if you have no option but to switch off cold (it is not necessary to do this in any other circumstance).

3. Check the oil level regularly (use the dipstick - the oil gauge tells you nothing other than that you have or don't have pressure) and top up if necessary with semi synthetic 5w30 (most people and specialists are advising to use 10w40 now though) ... small amounts at a time, no more than ½ a litre then check the level again before adding more as you don't want to overfill it.

4. Use all the revs once the engine is nice and warm (don't sit idling to warm up, start up and drive but keep it below about 4k until the needle on the water temperature gauge is pointing straight up, then give it another 10 minutes for the oil to warm up too before really thrashing it :twisted: ) and hit the beep often. Best acceleration is from 4k revs up - to pull away you really need to rev to 2k - you can let the revs drop after lifting the clutch if you are in traffic, cruising steadily at 3½k revs and changing down to go up hills or accelerate gets you the best mpg ... which still won't be great. ;)

5. Join the club for discounts on all sorts of things (you will very quickly get the cost of membership back - and then some), loads more info in the members only sections, local meets (or if you can't find one exactly local it is a good excuse for a drive if you come to one a bit further away), a sexy keyring just for joining and more. :thumright:
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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:54 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome Shagrington much appreciated. Thanks for the advice too!

Luckily I'm not going into it blind I'm actually buying it from my cousin who is a mechanic and owned it for some time but having over 10 cars his Mrs has clamped down so I came in to the rescue.

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by goodeggbob » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:04 pm

hello and welcome, good to have some local owners ,where in shropshire are you?

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Post by shroom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:08 pm

Hi goodeggbob thanks mate I'm near Bridgnorth and Telford :) not a million miles away from yourself.
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Post by Conan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:21 pm

Hi Shroom, what a magic name :)
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:37 pm

Hi Tom & :welcome: to the RX-8OC :thumleft:


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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:38 pm

Conan wrote:Hi Shroom, what a magic name :)
Welcome to the forum :thumleft:
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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:38 pm

Will do thanks for the link!
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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:07 pm

Got it back home today and dome about 50 miles in her. Loving the rwd fun in this lovely weather. Have the interior a good clean up and running up to Chester tomorrow for a good run. Really enjoying it! Can't believe I have been without rotary in my life for so long ImageImageImage

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by goodeggbob » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:14 pm

lovely looking car mate,

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:36 am

Cheers mate, just got to keep it tidy and enjoy it!
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Post by goodeggbob » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 am

and maintained of course.

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:49 pm

Do you guys think this might be blocking too much of the oil cooler? Been trying to find a decent place to mount it as I don't have the standard mounting point as it's been removed.

There is a gap underneath and to the side and I haven't had any temp issues but you don't want to create issues so wanted to check. Could raise it an inch which I will probably do but can't foul the light sprayer. May try and stick it in stock position if I can but the weather is not the best !Image

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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by warpc0il » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:54 pm

You should be fine unless we have a heatwave next summer, or you want to take the car out on track.

No harm in totally blocking one oil cooler this time of year.
See viewtopic.php?f=30&t=53888

You could also trim the sides of the plate, making the border the same each side as the top/bottom, and still be legal.
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Re: Hello from Shropshire

Post by shroom » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:57 pm

Perfect thanks for the quick advise as you say it's pretty cold out and I feel spoilt having two coolers lol. At least it will help protect against some stones flying up at it
warpc0il wrote:You should be fine unless we have a heatwave next summer, or you want to take the car out on track.

No harm in totally blocking one oil cooler this time of year.
See viewtopic.php?f=30&t=53888

You could also trim the sides of the plate, making the border the same each side as the top/bottom, and still be legal.
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Re: Hello from Shropshire

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Hi!

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