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Old 09-06-2015, 07:36 PM
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BC 2004 RX8 Engine Rebuild

Hi folks!

Been a while since I posted, but thought I'd do a 11 year, 190,000+ KM update.

Bought my 2004 RX8 used with 4000KM on it from a private seller in August of 2004.

I've had to replace tires (obviously) the starter, and after a squirrel/rat attack had the entire wiring harness + brake master cylinder + engine blanket and other odds and sods replaced. Also blew both coils on rear rotor a few years back, and drove it home resulting in a "melted" catalytic converter. I've replaced the coils and wires and plugs just a few months agao.

Other than that, it's been a great car. Last year or so I've been losing power/having poor acceleration.

I was thinking of getting a new car, but as it turns out, I had a serious problem with the thought of parting with it. Also turns out, in it's condition, I'd get nothing on trade in.

The car was a daily driver (mostly highway KM on it), but garage parked. Aside from a few dings on the body, some scuffed wheels and a few minor interior issues (cracked shifter cover, back of driver seat ripped by kids, homelink button worn) she's in amazing shape.

I managed to get a line on a fellow in Abbotsford BC that does rebuilds. For $5525 (including new clutch) I had it back in under a week. Steve was really surprised at how good a shape the clutch was in, but we replaced it anyway.

It's great to have it back and running as good as new. Can't wait to get it broken in!

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2004 RX8 Engine Rebuild by Steve @ Rotary - Album on Imgur
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Were you able to reuse the plates and housings?
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I would have stuck with OEM seals..they will work a lot better than the Atkins seals Especially with new housings

Looks like the engine was still in great shape other than that

Good luck for another 190K
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I've would of gone with Ianetti Ceramic Seals...Its like 2k but probably well worth it.
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Was able to reuse the plates, but not the housings.

Steve does a lot of work with Atkins Rotary parts, but that was the first build he'd done with those in my engine.

Was on a budget, if not, probably would have gone for a three rotor :-D
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Dude, Awesome! Keep us posted on how the rebuild holds up; it's only a matter of time before I'll need the rebuild and it's great knowing that I could keep the car in the country to do it!
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Do you have any more info on the shop you used for this rebuild?
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Do you have any more info on the shop you used for this rebuild?
Steve Wallace aka Rotary Motorsports. Steve has been in the rotary game for 30 years and has Tremendous Knowledge and is Honest! One of the few guys that truly stands behind his work, we have been working on a few projects together and its been awesome. Give him a call 1 Six0Four 64four six7zero8

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Originally Posted by olyrx7 View Post
Steve Wallace aka Rotary Motorsports. Steve has been in the rotary game for 30 years and has Tremendous Knowledge and is Honest! One of the few guys that truly stands behind his work, we have been working on a few projects together and its been awesome. Give him a call 1 Six0Four 64four six7zero8

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Yeah I agree Steve is great, he helped weld me a new down pipe for my RX7 FD. As well I just recently took my FD over to him to get my Compression test done.

Rocking 95 Psi currently.

Day i took my fd to get compression checked by Steve.

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love the pictures, did you get any kind of oil modification? glad to see you kept it.
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Beautiful car man!
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good to know that theres a capable mechanic in the valley, where is he located?
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Originally Posted by kieran813 View Post
good to know that theres a capable mechanic in the valley, where is he located?
Abbotsford

Steve Wallace-Rotary Motorsports

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Abbotsford
Thanks I'm from abbotsford I think ive seen the shop, forcefed is it?
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ForceFed is a different Company.

They do REW swaps into 8's..but not too much work on the stock ones.
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Originally Posted by dannobre View Post
ForceFed is a different Company.

They do REW swaps into 8's..but not too much work on the stock ones.
Thanks bro, if my engine fails I will know where to go, I recently moved and am not as equipped as I used to be, and if I am going FI in the future would you recommend a rew swap, ive read a lot of negatives on the FI renesis
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You got alot of research to do, surely you didn't hear that from this site. A REW swap is going to cost you big time $$'s compared to FI on a renny.
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Originally Posted by kieran813 View Post
Thanks I'm from abbotsford I think ive seen the shop, forcefed is it?
Nope two completely different places.

I will only vouch for Steve Wallace (Rotary Steve - Service for RX-7 and RX-8 Mazdas)
Aside from doing REW swaps in the 8's Steve also does amazing work on Renesis engines including Street porting, performance upgrades and regular maintenance if thats the road you decide to choose.

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Originally Posted by RotaryMachineRx View Post
You got alot of research to do, surely you didn't hear that from this site. A REW swap is going to cost you big time $$'s compared to FI on a renny.
thanks bro ive been readin quite a few build threads and tryin to figure out the best setup for my driving style, I am new rotaries and there is quite a lot ive learned and need to learn, ill keep lookin at renny options the FD buddies have brainwashed me ahah

and I will deff check out steve thanks
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