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Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:04 pm
by simonweb
Hey folks!
I bought another 8 last weekend, after selling my first (55 plate 192) over five years ago at 99k.
I found an R3 with 35k on the clock, perfect start and idle. Couldn't believe my luck!

Just got it back from the tyre shop, as the tracking felt off and the tyres were bargain basement Sunitrac Focus 9000.
Four new Pirellis and it handles like a dream! It's amazing the difference new tyres make.

In for a full Mazda service next week as there's no service history.
The only issue I've found so far is that the steering is heavy and pulls left, I'll get the ground contacts cleaned up and grease the UJ, hopefully that's all it needs...

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:23 pm
by Dr. FrankenRex
Full Mazda service...? ;)

I'd consider getting a specialist do the deed, personally!

Looks like a really nice and tidy R3!

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:24 pm
by Nickp47
Looks like a great find, nice one.

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:27 pm
by kopite72
Very nice,i do like the R3 in white,looks like you found a good one,best of luck with it ;)

Get an MZ customs kit on her,you'd be the first one to have it in white :whistle: :whistle:

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:35 pm
by Ray888
Echoing what Dan said, your nearest specialist is LC Rotary/Motorsport, get it over to them instead of Mazda

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:38 pm
by nightfire10
Ray888 wrote:Echoing what Dan said, your nearest specialist is LC Rotary/Motorsport, get it over to them instead of Mazda
And probably a lot cheaper leaving you more to spend on fuel Image

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:40 pm
by Nickp47
Or get Luke Murdoch on to it and spend zero on fuel ( he is mobile and only in Guildford) :)

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:53 pm
by simonweb
Wow what a huge amount of advice, thanks!
Mazda service cancelled, booked in at LC Rotary! Looks to be about half the quoted price from Mazda :thumright:

I'm loving the look of the white, especially with the R3 wheels. It's a shame the weather means it constantly looks dirty at the moment!

R.e. the body kit, any good UK importers? Not that I'm looking to spend any more money in the next few months. Tyres, service and tax cost me almost as much as the car :?

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:56 pm
by Craig M
Looking good.
Have a crystal white myself and they are real head turners.
Well done.

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:00 pm
by kopite72
I got mine from japanparts.com and whilst the kit was not overly expensive the shipping was almost as much as the kit :roll: Oh and don't forget the customs too...

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:16 pm
by Dr. FrankenRex
If you want a fairly cheap, but pretty effective bodywork modification on an R3, consider getting the grille, foglight surrounds and front 'splitter' section painted in gloss black. I have it on mine and it looks awesome, but I can imagine it looking rather swish and sexy against the white!

Admittedly a friend did mine, so the cost was less than normal, but most places would be able to do it for a couple of hundred pounds, probably even less.

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:33 pm
by kopite72
Yeah I like that Dan,you could also get your headlights and tail lights modded too,there's a guy on here who's pretty handy at it :whistle: :whistle: ;)

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:07 pm
by simonweb
Yeah that looks lovely. Was considering a CF bonnet, wrapping those front components in CF vinyl would look awesome.
Should probably sort out the calipers first as they ruin the look from the side.

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:33 pm
by Goobie
Welcome to the Club! Best colour too...

I have the MZ “style” rear bumper spats on mine. Essex Rotary sell them at a decent price and they are pretty good quatily for the money to.

You should sign up as a full member, lots more to offer here than being a guest member.

Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:41 pm
by GreySilver Beast
Hi Simon & :welcome: to the RX-8OC :thumleft:


Please check out the EVENTS SECTION's :thumleft: - Events Team

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:46 pm
by SeeJay
Welcome back with an R3,Simon :thumleft:

This is mine..

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:51 pm
by simonweb
I am all paid up, just waiting for the flair!

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:23 am
by Shagrington
Hi and :welcome: simonweb. :D Good looking car you have there - feel free to come and show it off at the monthly Surrey and surrounding areas meet at Cobham - first Wednesday of every month viewtopic.php?f=99&t=59273 :thumright:

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 pm
by simonweb
I'm away for the April meet but will be coming in May. Handy it's so close, not really long enough to get the engine warm!

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Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:53 am
by thejaydogg
Welcome to the club and congratulations on the purchase - crystal white is 100% the best colour (not that i'm biased or anything...) :thumright:

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:35 pm
by warpc0il
The very first time we saw a Crystal White we were following Paul, coming off the A12 at the roundabout at Borham under sodium lights, and we both thought it was a Lightning Yellow with a fancy spoiler.

We were going to the Essex meet and it was most confusing when we pulled up in the carpark and looking for the LY, only to see a white 8 coming from the other side.

My '68 Alfa Romeo is white and I'd be tempted to get her sprayed Crystal White, as the pearl just adds that bit of zing.

Re: Back in with an R3

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:44 pm
by PeteH
warpc0il wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:35 pm
My '68 Alfa Romeo is white and I'd be tempted to get her sprayed Crystal White, as the pearl just adds that bit of zing.
:shock: Dave!

You'll be fitting a set of 21" chrome wheels and an alligator skin dashboard next. [-X