What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Place for discussions about the RX-8
rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:43 am

Must be a design feature to counter the quiet (when stock!) smoothness of the rotary engine 😁

User avatar
bigpete8
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 1273
Joined: Wed May 17, 2017 12:27 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Sunlight Silver
Location: Tyne & Wear
Has thanked: 127 times
Been thanked: 117 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by bigpete8 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:59 pm

Took her for a lunch time blast. :)
need to burn some juice so can put pre MOT cataclean through.

(It is handy being next to the Motorway!)
Sunlight Silver 231
Trying run on a budget to keep the noise level down - from the missus!

rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:29 pm

I also did the on-ramp GP during my lunch break, after taking it for a quote on the remaining rust in the arches - going to need both sides done completely (so that'll take care of other dings etc as well) as the guy knew all about how impossible velocity red is to blend (he has an MX-5 in the same colour). We had a good chat about Mazda's, rotaries, and rust :D

I'm looking at ~£1600 to get both sides done, which includes patching what will be a decent hole in at least one arch. I'll probably get the bumpers done too since they've got their share of chips & scrapes. But that will have to wait until spring, when I've recovered from the amount of money I've already spent on it. It might put off getting it bridgeported, which I was hoping to do in the first half of next year, but it's better to make sure it isn't going to turn to dust first!

User avatar
craigy85
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 181
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:15 pm
RX-8: R3
Colour: Sparkling Black
Location: Cheshire
Has thanked: 51 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by craigy85 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:40 pm

Had her cleaned... in the past 2 weeks she's had new coils, leads, plugs and all filters, belts and fluids changed, so thought it was time to give the bodywork some love...

Image

Image

Image
These users thanked the author craigy85 for the post (total 2):
GreySilver Beast (Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:55 am) • CLOVERLEAF159 (Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:26 pm)
2008 Sparkling Black R3 with RRP Mk3 Coils & MSD 8.5mm leads

Previously - 2005 Nordic Green 231 with Axxess Ipod kit, Integrated Bluetooth Handsfree Kit, SS Strakes, SS Lockwood Grilles

User avatar
bigpete8
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 1273
Joined: Wed May 17, 2017 12:27 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Sunlight Silver
Location: Tyne & Wear
Has thanked: 127 times
Been thanked: 117 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by bigpete8 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:34 pm

More lunch time fun with the cataclean in this time.
Sunlight Silver 231
Trying run on a budget to keep the noise level down - from the missus!

User avatar
Pippypip
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue May 12, 2020 10:21 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Brilliant Black
Location: West Midlands
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Pippypip » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:45 pm

Picked up a new engine and transmission today and managed to fit it the Rx8 Image
Image

User avatar
PaulAV
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 1289
Joined: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:29 am
RX-8: 231
Colour: Sunlight Silver
Location: Coventry
Has thanked: 99 times
Been thanked: 269 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:03 pm

You may have trouble accelerating with the engine and transmission installed like that
These users thanked the author PaulAV for the post:
Bigblueknight3k (Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:18 pm)
Led side lights, purple Led interior & puddle lights, custom stainless steel grills, Ryan rotary performance coils & sohn, high spec rear drop links, HME engine rebuild at 50k, Borla exhaust, racing beat revi intake including scoop, quick shifter, alloy filler cap, pz alloys, suspension & spoiler, japspeed rear toe arms & hardrace rear lower camber arms.

rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:04 pm

1 forwards, 6 reverse 👍

User avatar
Yorindesarin
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 2395
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:40 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 25 times
Been thanked: 320 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:07 pm

What's the compression like on that one?

User avatar
Pippypip
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue May 12, 2020 10:21 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Brilliant Black
Location: West Midlands
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Pippypip » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:14 pm

Yorindesarin wrote:What's the compression like on that one?
I honestly have no idea, but it’s been rebuilt be rotary revs about 2000 miles ago with the receipt/documents.

I bought it as I got a good deal on it so I thought it’s worth the risk seeing that my engine start up is getting worse every week.

User avatar
Yorindesarin
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 2395
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:40 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 25 times
Been thanked: 320 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:35 pm

Ooft not bad then. Any port work? Will be good to see what it's doing once you have it in.

User avatar
Pippypip
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue May 12, 2020 10:21 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Brilliant Black
Location: West Midlands
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 15 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Pippypip » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:36 pm

Yorindesarin wrote:Ooft not bad then. Any port work? Will be good to see what it's doing once you have it in.
Unfortunately not as the lad I got it from said that he wanted something “reliable”.... Which is a shame to be honest

User avatar
Yorindesarin
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 2395
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:40 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 25 times
Been thanked: 320 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:47 pm

But a street ports as reliable as no port. Dang!

User avatar
New Duke
Communications Team
Communications Team
Posts: 2047
Joined: Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:38 pm
RX-8: R3
Colour: Sparkling Black
Location: Colchester, Essex
Has thanked: 695 times
Been thanked: 618 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by New Duke » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:08 pm

Tried to fit a silicone reducer intake hose to fill the void between the revi scoop and the stock air box. (haven't been able to find anything else suitable to couple the gap, including items from the relevant threads)

I'd measured it wrong. It's not snug so could shift. So back to searching... or rethink the whole thing. Half tempted to SORN it.

Also managed to break the underside of the airbox pulling it out of the tray. Too heavy handed when I thought the feet had released. So all in a bit of a fail.

rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:56 am

While pouring over the car looking for broken bits that need replacing (our bigpete is a legend btw :thumleft:), I discovered an unplugged connector by the expansion bottle.

If already come across mention of the dodgy level sensor, so it was not a shock at all to find the image of the parthenon light up.
These users thanked the author rotatopotato for the post:
Vj4sothername (Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:25 am)

User avatar
delta0
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 817
Joined: Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:08 pm
RX-8: R3
Colour: Aurora Blue Mica
Location: London
Has thanked: 76 times
Been thanked: 38 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by delta0 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:25 am

rotatopotato wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:56 am
While pouring over the car looking for broken bits that need replacing (our bigpete is a legend btw :thumleft:), I discovered an unplugged connector by the expansion bottle.

If already come across mention of the dodgy level sensor, so it was not a shock at all to find the image of the parthenon light up.
I think it needs to be renamed to the Parthenon light! :D
These users thanked the author delta0 for the post (total 2):
Vj4sothername (Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:26 am) • rotatopotato (Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:38 am)
RX8 R3 Aurora Blue Mica

BHR coils+MSD leads, Stage 1 ecu tune, HKS Hybrid oil filter, Idemitsu 10w30, BHR engine mounts, Racing Beat oil cooler lines, Essex Rotary undertray, Racing Beat Revi Intake+Ram Air, Milltek/Pettit cat+catback and Continental SportContact 6

About to add; SuperPro bushes, Racing Beat flywheel, Exedy stage 1 clutch, Pettit Ti flywheel nut, Lockwood grills

User avatar
Reloy
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:10 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Winning Blue
Location: Bristol
Has thanked: 139 times
Been thanked: 217 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Reloy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:38 pm

Replaced my gear lever, luckily I have a spare gearbox out in the garden (as you do).

I was driving down the motorway yesterday, attempted to shift to sixth, and got a very horrible crunchy sounding attempt at reverse :shock: It would appear that my gear lever was stuck in the press down mode. At first I assumed that the return spring was broken, but no, it's the big plastic sleeve/collar, it no longer grips the main ball firmly enough for the collar to operate the spring.

IMG_20200918_121515.jpg
These users thanked the author Reloy for the post:
rotatopotato (Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:44 pm)
Rex II
Rhino Rack

Rex I (gone but not forgotten)
Rotary Revs Rebuild, Oil Temp/Pressure Guages, Uprated Starter, K&N air filter, Eibach Pro Kit Springs, Bilstein B8 Shocks, RR D585 Coils, Magnecor Leads, Aero Kit

User avatar
V8 Power
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 8875
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:48 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Strato Blue
Location: Evesham Worcestershire
Has thanked: 180 times
Been thanked: 392 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by V8 Power » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:45 pm

I’ve got a spare one if you want it.
£20 posted?
Peripheral Ported intake and exhaust
Carbon seats
Sabelt 6 point harnesses
Direct cold air feed
Tein Monosport coilovers
Lexan front windows with sliders
Carbon Adjustable wing
Feed gearknob
Axial short shift
OMP suede wheel with quick release
RE Amemiya front splitter & canards
Autec lightweight alloys
Whiteline ARB's
Stripped interior
RRP Coils MSD leads

User avatar
Reloy
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:10 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Winning Blue
Location: Bristol
Has thanked: 139 times
Been thanked: 217 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Reloy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:52 pm

V8 Power wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:45 pm
I’ve got a spare one if you want it.
£20 posted?
Thanks for the offer, the spare gearbox is from my first Rex that had serious issues with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, I doubt I'll be using it for anything more than a garden ornament ;)
These users thanked the author Reloy for the post:
V8 Power (Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:54 pm)
Rex II
Rhino Rack

Rex I (gone but not forgotten)
Rotary Revs Rebuild, Oil Temp/Pressure Guages, Uprated Starter, K&N air filter, Eibach Pro Kit Springs, Bilstein B8 Shocks, RR D585 Coils, Magnecor Leads, Aero Kit

rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:51 pm

Had it in getting a second hand AC compressor fitted, turns out it's leaking in the exact same way as the original (came off a similar mileage car, so must be a common failure time). So it's looking like the best option will be to fit a brand new compressor at about ten times the cost :(

That can wait until the new year.

User avatar
V8 Power
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 8875
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:48 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Strato Blue
Location: Evesham Worcestershire
Has thanked: 180 times
Been thanked: 392 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by V8 Power » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:04 pm

Give Bigpete a go at supplying a compressor.
I had one off him and it has been faultless.
These users thanked the author V8 Power for the post:
rotatopotato (Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:13 pm)
Peripheral Ported intake and exhaust
Carbon seats
Sabelt 6 point harnesses
Direct cold air feed
Tein Monosport coilovers
Lexan front windows with sliders
Carbon Adjustable wing
Feed gearknob
Axial short shift
OMP suede wheel with quick release
RE Amemiya front splitter & canards
Autec lightweight alloys
Whiteline ARB's
Stripped interior
RRP Coils MSD leads

rotatopotato
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 pm
RX-8: 192
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Glasgow
Has thanked: 70 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by rotatopotato » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:13 pm

This is the second time it's been in, tbh at this point I think I'd rather take the hit on a brand new one and know its going to work, especially as the labour costs of fitting/gassing are starting to add up. At least with new parts it's done and dusted.

User avatar
Yorindesarin
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 2395
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:40 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 25 times
Been thanked: 320 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:58 pm

Finally installing my struts.. Minor accident occurred..
IMG_20200918_154544_01.jpg
Whelp.. Ima just.. Be over here.. Removing my upper intake manifold. 😂

Angle grinders going to be coming out to carefully split the nut off so I can hopefully unscrew the bolt thread..

User avatar
nightfire10
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 4315
Joined: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:11 pm
RX-8: 40th Anniversary
Colour: Crystal White
Location: poole dorset
Has thanked: 1047 times
Been thanked: 481 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by nightfire10 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:11 pm

Mot time!

Sent from my VOG-L29 using Tapatalk


Image
Passed but the left exhaust failed but right was fine, he recons it drawing air somehow. Image
These users thanked the author nightfire10 for the post (total 2):
CLOVERLEAF159 (Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:30 pm) • ChrisHolmes (Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:36 pm)
Hayward's Street/bridgeported rebuild,595's,Tein coilovers edfc Racingbeat rear anti roll bar oil pres oil temp gauge pod's,lockwood front rear grills,Tinted wind ws folding tow hook's,595s,connect2
To do install sohn tank bracket made but still need to get time to install,caliper painting :thumright:
180 of 400

User avatar
Yorindesarin
Club Member
Club Member
Posts: 2395
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:40 pm
RX-8: 231
Colour: Velocity Red
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 25 times
Been thanked: 320 times

Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:05 pm

Managed to sort the rivnut issue thankfully with the help of my angle grinder... Its probably my favourite tool purchase so far... Something doesnt budge? CUT IT! Heh. See my project thread for some top quality pictures I swear.

Struts installed. Upper intake manifold almost removed. Should get the electric connectors off the back of the solenoids tomorrow... Going to clean up the top of the manifold because its all oily... And possibly remove more insulation around the bay. May also go find out the price of replacing the underhood insulation too..
These users thanked the author Yorindesarin for the post:
Vj4sothername (Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:53 pm)

Post Reply

Return to “RX-8 Discussion”