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Definitely a weird experience and still continues to be a fun one. So back in 15 I picked my self up a really cheap rx8 for about 800. The plan was back then to get a four port and turbo it. That's still the plan now but it's just postponed a little. Anyway to skip a bit of context, I knew the engine had low comp and intended to rebuild it. Unfortunately I'd had low comp due to bearing failure and doner parts were needed. Managed to pick up a 6 port engine that was freshly rebuilt for 150, with a "slight oil consumption issue", That turned out to be an oil seal that had eaten its way into the midplate.


Lucky the parts I needed were intact and there were two new and undamaged housing there for the taking. Lucky find really.. fast forward to Christmas just gone and I got the rebuild underway as it was the only time I get out of college. Manny late late night later and the engine was Finnished and put back in the car






It now sits waiting for a map and a nct so I can start bedding in the seals. I know it's a short thread but unfortunately my full build thread is trapped on another forum that's been down for maintenance the last month.

A few pics of the car as it sits now. Not the prettiest but definitely not Finnished.



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this might get a bit weird. bare with me...

well its getting cold out and its this time of year that we really should show our kindness. so i decided to take a car in for the winter ;) 

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ive been looking at Mazdas for a while. i wanted a mx5 for my first car. but i wasn't aloud one.... :( so now that i have a bit of money saved i decided it was time to re-explore the market for a mazda. funny enough a mx5 is more expensive than one of these. :confused: so after about a month of looking and some saving here and there i found this. it needs an engine, but thats half the fun. 

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ok so its time for some better pics







those black bump stops on the doors are coming off sooo dam fast!! :P
over all im very happy with her. she is what we would call "mint" :D



so this is how the struts turned out. they look clean and factory spec witch is what i wanted. 

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also they have a holding point witch is perfect for car meets

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and the struts fully close when the bonnet shuts, and fully extends when the bonnet is open to the exact same height that the bonnet support use to sit. 

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over all this easy mod freed up a bit of access space to the engine bay and really transformed the look of the engine. all my future mods will be a little bit easier now, and working with it will be just that bit nicer. definitely a mod i would recommend!

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first job will be to clear a space in the shed and give it a wash. i have some boot struts that i will be putting onto the bonnet, just like the s2000. it will be a couple small mods till i have enough money to spend on the rebuild parts. also ill get it on the lift soon to check out the under body. it will need new discs and pads with a drive boot and some other small things, nothing too expensive i hope.. :D

so next week i have a car test coming up for my a3 so most of today was devoted to making sure it will pass first time. this included a quick wash. the rims are looking nice again :D but i had a bit of free time this evening to work on the rex's corner, so with the help of a friend i started wiring in some new lights which will help me through these oncoming dark winter months... 


its basically an outdoor 10w LED bulb but they give a perfect white light 


i have 4 pointing at the car, 1 on each side and 2 at the bonnet. there is a fifth over the future work bench.. although it needs alot of tidying first before it can be used for anything.



just a bit more work to be done before i start seriously stripping the car, i might have a look at the air box tomorrow and clean the maf

massive difference to the quality of the light though. now you can actually see the bonnet struts....

so another quick update. i had a few friends over during the weekend to play with all the goodies that arrived. my bc br coilover parts arrived for hte a3 so now i have the full kit, 

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but due to someone over tightening the locknut i cant get the wheel off :/ so the a3 will have to wait a while. on the bright side tho. it passed its test :D 

and the rx8's parts arrived so we fitted them, managing to destroy a new spark plug in the process.. still dont know how we done that..... but anyway with three new plugs, and one clean ish one, with new d585 coils and leads we got her going. and pretty easily too. 
 we couldnt get it started when it was hot, but that could be a battery/ starter issue so ill be exploring those options first. over all though im very happy to finally have it running. next thing to do is buy shares in a fuel company.. [emoji14]


not much really happened on the mazda front... i was devoting this weekend to just my audi. but late thursday evening a spotted an add up on donedeal  for a good price so i sent a text and on sat i picked this up 

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got it for €155 ;) and it came with two sideskirts.....

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well.. yea the cat took those :confused:

in other good news, i dropped my audi :D

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 you would be seriously supprised at how well these cars handle with a proper suspension set up and some wide grippy tires!! so a very productive weekend

i started working on a bracket for the coils. that took a lot longer than i thought it would, but cost me nothing so i cant complain. i even painted it red for power.


I Managed to clear all the codes on the rex bar the coolant level sensor. took it for a spin and the car feels very dead.  it idles rough, no power and is a bit slow to start. that and it wont rev past 7k...  signs of a stuck secondary intake valve? looks like next weeks project will be to pull the valve and clean it, and to gut the cat :D [

gutted the cat and got a few nice chunks from it.




almost modern art :P






had a small bit of free time during the weekend so i started fitting the bumper. im almost happy with it, i need to line it up in the center, work on the edges a bit and then secure it with brackets. 

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bit of drilling involved in tying in the sides in and holding up the nose.. fiberglass for the win......

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a friend came over to get some work done on his car so while we waited for his exhaust to cool, we drew some pretty circles and made it look like the car was blushing. 

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seriously considering some rocket bunny lights




the first update was that the drift wing finally arrived and dam is it big. 



decided to rest it on a tire and get an idea of how the car would look. the wings were off to i could get an idea of how much space was hidden behind the fenders. love the rough and ready look it had tho.



i got a glimpse of what my sticker would look like for rexy. still needs a few tweaks tho


also my suspension arrived. ive used BC BR's in the past before and i love them so when i seen a set for sale it was an instant snatch and grab



And with that, the College semester ended and ironically i had even less time to work on the car. the day after my last exam i started work and only returned home on weekends. still though it was money in the bank and thus, car parts could be bought. while i was waiting for parts to arrive i bought some steal bar and made up some brackets and arms. 



and then bolting it in place. 


ill have to reinforce this area later but for now its good.
with the arms in place i could start working on the height for the wing. 



and im vary tempted to go full battle stance... 



i had a quick look at the side skirts too, but ive decided to wait till im putting the arch extensions on aswell. that wat i can flare the rear of the skirts out to meet the flares. 



somewhere here i managed to get time to install some 585-r coils and a Mishimoto rad.....  




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mid summer rolled by and i decided it was finally time to rip the engine out so i could decide if i needed replacement parts with the rebuild kit. so up went the car and out popped the engine.



its actually alot heavier than i thought and took a few of us to move it. but eventually it was over in my corner where i could start the strip.




unfortunately when i did pull it apart i found bearing failure resulting in two worn rotor housings. luckily i found another engine for sale for cheap with a "slight bit of smoke" coming from the exhaust. since it was a 6-port version and i needed the stationary gears for my 4 port if i ever wanted it to rev past 8, i seems worth the money. 
took the 5 hour round trip that night and stripped it the next day. the car had been booked to be crushed by the previous owner which i though was weird at first but when i stripped the engine it was apparent he had just pumped about 3k into it only to have it fail after 3-5k miles eek.pngrolleyes.pngwink.png. with only an end face damaged from the bad oil ring i got a set of brand new parts including, two new rotor housings, and a spare clutch.



this also gave me two spare rotors for decoration


and after a bit of cleaning they looked quite good


so while i was waiting for parts to arrive i started back on the spoiler.... and broke the window.. 



but found one at a local scrapyard so all was ok.. so i went back to trimming down the spoiler arms and im happy with how they turned out




a week rolled by and in was still waiting for parts so out came the purple paint.. it was inevitable after all..





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and ma exhaust came biggrin.png



and goopy parts biggrin.png





unfortunately the side seals were missing form the so while i was waiting for them to be sent out i started on the wiring loom. i wanted to move it from inside the engine bay to inside the fenders. there was room for it so it was just a matter of re-routing it through the available holes. to do this, i needed to pull out the dash and pass everything back through the firewall.


the next step was to splice the wires going to the abs and extend them by about 1 foot. some of these were canbus and needed a different repair method



the loom got moved into the light holes but it was still in its original position above the radiator. the drivers side needed very little work since the air pimp was removed.



after i put the ecu back in the move started to take shape. 





next steps for hr engine bay will definitely be a battery relocate and a airbox delete so I have more room there 


and to top it off my Purely sticker arrived smile.png 






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Well done with the great write up. What are the plans from here?

Engine wise it will be a battery relocate and an air intake for now.

Body wise I'm going for a mazdatrix arch kit, some wide wheels. Probably rpf1's and then a dmac diffuser to tie the rear together. I'll need to sort the suspension out as well. Not too sure about that other than a respray or a Megan racing kit. I need to Finnish the 3" Mani back exhaust I have as well and reinforce the boot to take the wing. Then it's a respray

Most of that is on hold until the summer. #brokecollegelife 🤔

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Well it's been a while since I was here [emoji28]. Plans have slightly changes since then. I'll have to go read through and see where I left off. [emoji25]

Where'd you get a good core for 150?
If I could find for one for that price I would, just to build it on a bench, oil it up to keep the corrodion out, and let it lie in state until the running one went bang. Or it could get sold in the boot as a 'fresh engine'.
There was a car for breaking that had an engine still in it. I bought it for the 6port stationary gears and when I got talking ti the mechanic that was breaking it he said it had been rebuilt recently but was burning alot if oil. When I opened it I found a badly damaged end plate and center plate but everything else was more or less new. I just got lucky I guess

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I think the first thing I should catch up on is the engine build. Back during Xmas 2016 I finished this beauty off. Since then I have racked up over 11k miles so it's safe to say I couldn't be happier with the build. Added purple parts as well,. Before it was cool to do so (looking at you nic [emoji58][emoji28]) #hipster

Also got a new fuel pump and installed that 332c9eec53d595d83aa27cadf6ecf21e.jpg3fa0bd4742f30412e014bf4d463301df.jpg58bf6894cb10a0932d4b2d780e36d7aa.jpg0c93ac627c3bf4bc99081ac5d2c6cc25.jpg3045c4a7834f3002c5c0a561f09660b2.jpgcd4547de1b688d8f28e5016821453684.jpg54138efbbd7911078684ecb18c7d8b5e.jpge2267b571b6ccb6ad0164ba4a772906b.jpg828550cc39921a5e39bd9eab3da06c0c.jpg783de987e0b80fe950a4d6d0e761b533.jpgb36b3e2df428243355feff9a7e9be6b3.jpg934151d8140a33f043522e06d62dd522.jpgec80ac2b3e213b5e94a738eb03e85242.jpg

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Nice work Davin! [emoji4] Good shout checking over the loom too! [emoji6]
Thanks so [emoji4]. I wish I had taken more photos of the loom when I done it. I seem to do mods and only think to post pics on the forum a week or two later. Like the wiring for the Jap folding mirrors and the euro heated lenses. I have very few photos of that [emoji26]. Still. Gotta say the wire tuck is one of my favorite mods to the car

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21 hours ago, CyberStream said:

Like the wiring for the Jap folding mirrors and the euro heated lenses. I have very few photos of that emoji26.png.

A write-up of that would be pretty cool - it's a good combo to have. :) Quick one actually on that: do the puddle lights that are on the IDM/UKDM mirrors still exist/work with the JDM ones?

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