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Post by Yorindesarin » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:40 pm

Ooft thats come up a treat. Might have to look into doing that myself at some point. My shrouds are unsurprisingly grey like everyone elses. Would be nice if they matched the rest of the plastics! But at the same time I may wait until I get a different bumper as mine has some damage to it. Though thats on the back burner for "when I respray to a different colour." So quite far down the line as of yet.

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

Post by Honkytonk » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:44 pm

Took it for a Razz tonight as it had been sat around for a week and a half, poor thing :(

Time away makes the heart grow fonder, and boy did I miss it. Gave it a proper good thrashing and saw a winning blue one stuck behind someone else going the other way - my hands were too firmly glued to the wheel to wave :twisted:
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by jondkent » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:24 pm

Took it for a nice long journey. Fun though Mintex pads are so squeaky that I've had enough of them. Back to ebc redstuff for me.

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

Post by ChrisHolmes » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:43 pm

The 1144s should not squeak at all if the bedding in procedure has been followed. Do you have the anti squeal shims fitted to the back of the pads.
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Post by jondkent » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:11 pm

ChrisHolmes wrote:The 1144s should not squeak at all if the bedding in procedure has been followed. Do you have the anti squeal shims fitted to the back of the pads.
Hmm, good question about the shims, I'll double check. Cheers

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Post by warpc0il » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:14 pm

A thin wipe of Ceratec on the back of the pads also helps prevent squeaks.
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Post by brix79 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:33 pm

Juey wrote:
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Finally took the plunge and bought some bumper dye - results are pretty remarkable. Took many coats to cover the blue/grey but very pleased with how it's turned out.
Time will tell how long it lasts.......
They do look the business, will be interesting to see how it lasts compared to DTP (Direct to Plastic) as I was very pleased with the results from that too. :thumleft:
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Post by brix79 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:41 pm

The Pettit is now on the car. At last!
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The tips don't quite line up in terms of their protrusion, not sure how to deal with that. :-k

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

Post by Juey » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:01 am

""The tips don't quite line up in terms of their protrusion, not sure how to deal with that. :-k ""

Worry not, the flames will even out the bodywork around them for you.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Juey » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:05 am

Devon_Fourie wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:40 pm
Juey wrote:
Finally took the plunge and bought some bumper dye - results are pretty remarkable. Took many coats to cover the blue/grey but very pleased with how it's turned out.
Time will tell how long it lasts.......

Used MLM bumper dye - came with a foam applicator (but this makes the dye go bubbly) and a micro fibre cloth - best to use this by dabbing into a small pot of the dye as it goes on more evenly without the bubbles :thumleft:
That looks wicked, I suffer the same issue, where did you get that black dye from? I could do with some.
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a google search for mlm bumper dye brings up options for applicators with the bottle.

I put on many coats to the bumper and shrouds and only used a quarter of the bottle - loads left for topping up when it needs it, but hoping it doesn't all run off in the first shower :shock: :lol:
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Bigblueknight3k » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:45 pm

Hello everyone need a bit of help want to fit oil pressure and oil temp sensors heard banjo bolts can be changed to put sensors in the top not got a clue what size etc any help would be great

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

Post by ChrisHolmes » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:47 pm

Bigblueknight3k wrote:
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Hello everyone need a bit of help want to fit oil pressure and oil temp sensors heard banjo bolts can be changed to put sensors in the top not got a clue what size etc any help would be great

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Simplest way is to use a sandwich plate under the oil filter and put both sensors there.
You can buy modified banjo bolts from the USA but your other option if your practical is get done banjo bolts from a breaker and drill and tap them yourself to suit the senders.
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Post by Luke0611 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:00 pm

Looked at it, sad that I'm no longer insured on it. Going to miss it when it goes

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

Post by Neilparry » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:14 pm

Set the alignment with our trusty gauge.
Maxed out on the negative camber and set the toe 1.5 ish out. Image
Rears already set as the rear end came off “Bully”.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by warpc0il » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:27 pm

Why have you "set the toe 1.5 ish out" ?

FWD cars normally run some Toe Out, as the wheels are trying to pull ahead of the car, so when all the slack is taken up under power, the result is nearer zero.

RWD cars normally run Toe In, as the car is being pushed from the rear, between the front wheels, so when all the slack is taken up under power, the result is nearer zero.

The Mazda specification for the 8 is Toe-In 1.4 +/-2.8,, which would allow you to to be 1.4 Out, but it still doesn't make any sense to me, unless you're planning to do something very unusual with the car.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by sKenDread » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:54 pm

warpc0il wrote:Why have you "set the toe 1.5 ish out" ?

FWD cars normally run some Toe Out, as the wheels are trying to pull ahead of the car, so when all the slack is taken up under power, the result is nearer zero.

RWD cars normally run Toe In, as the car is being pushed from the rear, between the front wheels, so when all the slack is taken up under power, the result is nearer zero.

The Mazda specification for the 8 is Toe-In 1.4 +/-2.8,, which would allow you to to be 1.4 Out, but it still doesn't make any sense to me, unless you're planning to do something very unusual with the car.
Maybe to get that "early turn in" feeling?
I had my alignment done recently and it was toe out on the front. It did have an early turn.
Now it's been set to stock again and I notice it's slightly heavier to turn in although straight lines seem to be more... Straight and cornering seems to be smoother
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by New Duke » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:35 am

When mine was setup recently for track we put on some toe out. The idea was indeed to improve cornering. But in our case that meant reducing the toe out as it was previously in snowplough. The sweet spot we found was an angle that would give a nice sharp turn in, but not kill the tyres or create any tangible parasitic loss through increased drag. Which is likely where you'll want a motorsport engineer with lots of experience, hence why I didn't argue and just helped.

We also went as maximum as possible on the camber for the same reason, but were limited by the design of the PZ suspension and height of the car.

My castor bolts were rusted solid (like will-need-to-be-cut-out solid) but thankfully both sides were perfectly even and at an OK angle.

I was planning to go back for a tweak now it's been tested on track. But it's very good already tbh.
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Post by warpc0il » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:44 am

Interesting...

I played with zeroing the toe on my Alfa, to improve turn-in, but found that the trade-off in rolling resistance (obvious by the tyre wear) and the increased tendency to tramline, didn't make it worth while, on the road.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Neilparry » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:12 am

It’s going on track and most of the tracks I go on are quite tight.

Looking for a positive turn in hence the toe. And you don’t get the tram lining on track that you do on the road.

It’s more a case of trial and error, so a tweet here and there is easily sorted.

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Post by V8 Power » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:06 am

My car was set with toe out (can’t remember how much) it definitely improves corner turn in on track.
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Post by bigpete8 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:16 pm

wiped the baked bean juice off the passenger seat....

Early start picked up breakfast on way in - didnt notice till back out at car at lunch :(
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Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:33 pm

Got some headlight restorer off amazon. Going to probably polish up my spare set of headlights off the car and swap them over when its a decent day!

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Post by Honkytonk » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:08 pm

Yorindesarin wrote:
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Got some headlight restorer off amazon. Going to probably polish up my spare set of headlights off the car and swap them over when its a decent day!
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Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:11 pm

Went for this in the end:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1

From what I gather most of them around the same price work just as well as each other.

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

Post by qwakers » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:52 pm

been having issues with the daily driver recently (not the rx8 but it is a car so sorta ok in here? :D. long list of issue with it but today it started using a lot of oil at full throttle and it cut out on me dead 3 times on the way home. thatll be the turbo just let go then :(

just going out to the garage to confirm, but this MIGHT put paid to me attending the ramp and bbq meet :cry:

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