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Old 12-22-2014, 10:54 AM
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I like this. I like this a lot. :0
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So about 3 years ago i totaled my rx8.
My mistake was i took a turn fast on old used 60psi aired up rear tires which led to the guardrails. I learned the hard way.


Fast forward to now I'm still trying to build an rx8 I dream of. Maybe one day this one will be the way i dream of.

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Wasup guy,

Im 17 and im buying an rx8 asap just after i make 7k (im at 4k). I live in canada where its winter 6 months a year and disgustingly wet another 4. How do you suggest i get the most fun out of a rotary?

Thanks, Simon
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Wasup guy,

Im 17 and im buying an rx8 asap just after i make 7k (im at 4k). I live in canada where its winter 6 months a year and disgustingly wet another 4. How do you suggest i get the most fun out of a rotary?

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get a compression test before you buy one or you will need another 4k for a reman and thats if you swap it yourself. honestly if you are 17 and on a budget this aint the car for you
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Where do you live?

Personally I drive my car year round, but then I don't have to deal with snow on a regular basis, and winter tires work just fine.

But yeah, get an old Corolla/Civic/Accord and start there. Get one in stick and it should be fun enough for you to not fall asleep. RX-8 won't work for you well if you are on a budget.
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Originally Posted by UnknownJinX View Post
Where do you live?

Personally I drive my car year round, but then I don't have to deal with snow on a regular basis, and winter tires work just fine.

But yeah, get an old Corolla/Civic/Accord and start there. Get one in stick and it should be fun enough for you to not fall asleep. RX-8 won't work for you well if you are on a budget.
I already drive a corolla. Corollas are boring and i already topped its speed in pretty much any terrain. I snore when I drive.

Honestly why do I always get this response in this community. What the **** else am I suppose to drive that's fun?

- MR2s are pieces of **** for cornering (I will end up drifting it probably and we all know how demanding it is to drift an MR2).

- Lexus IS300 is ugly (in my opinion)

- Corolla AE86 is too old for my city to have any support of it

- Supra mk3 is too heavy in my opinion and its just as old as well

- nissan 240sx when would I find one in a reasonable price range lol

- nissan 300zx kinda too heavy, kinda ugly and pretty old

- Subaru WRX we all know how annoying they are

- Mitsubishi Lancer EVO any of them are out of my budget range, but im strongly considering for later

- Mazda Miata the old ones are super expensive on insurance and the new ones are ugly as ****

- MazdaSpeed3 considered it for a while, but I just dont like it enough, its just too ugly and it'll end up rusting lots

- MazdaSpeed6 same problem

- Ford Crown Vic has all the problems the RX8s have plus all the problems the Mazda3s have. Out of budget range after all the repairs I bet.

- Honda Civic EP3 SiR fun, but anyone who knows nothing about cars think they're shitty and honestly I don't know enough about cars to be absolutely sure they're not... And they're FF which Im not keen on (I've had too much ******* trouble with my rolla in the corners)

What am I missing? I really want something RWD or AWD, something fun and cheap, doesn't have to be fast stock but a little power with a little money is fine. 4 seats would be amazing!
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Originally Posted by THEDOOMEDHELL View Post
I already drive a corolla. Corollas are boring and i already topped its speed in pretty much any terrain. I snore when I drive.

Honestly why do I always get this response in this community. What the **** else am I suppose to drive that's fun?

- MR2s are pieces of **** for cornering (I will end up drifting it probably and we all know how demanding it is to drift an MR2).

- Lexus IS300 is ugly (in my opinion)

- Corolla AE86 is too old for my city to have any support of it

- Supra mk3 is too heavy in my opinion and its just as old as well

- nissan 240sx when would I find one in a reasonable price range lol

- nissan 300zx kinda too heavy, kinda ugly and pretty old

- Subaru WRX we all know how annoying they are

- Mitsubishi Lancer EVO any of them are out of my budget range, but im strongly considering for later

- Mazda Miata the old ones are super expensive on insurance and the new ones are ugly as ****

- MazdaSpeed3 considered it for a while, but I just dont like it enough, its just too ugly and it'll end up rusting lots

- MazdaSpeed6 same problem

- Ford Crown Vic has all the problems the RX8s have plus all the problems the Mazda3s have. Out of budget range after all the repairs I bet.

- Honda Civic EP3 SiR fun, but anyone who knows nothing about cars think they're shitty and honestly I don't know enough about cars to be absolutely sure they're not... And they're FF which Im not keen on (I've had too much ******* trouble with my rolla in the corners)

What am I missing? I really want something RWD or AWD, something fun and cheap, doesn't have to be fast stock but a little power with a little money is fine. 4 seats would be amazing!
Because it's irresponsible for us to just give you the blue pill. An RX-8 may be cheap, but it's not necessarily cheap to keep alive and running in top condition. The gas mileage, for example, is basically V8 level, and you have to feed it premium. I had a 99 Corolla 5-speed. As crappy as it was, it did double the MPG as my 8 with ease.

And have you actually got quotes for insurance for an RX-8? Yes, I have heard that some insurance companies count it as a 1.3L 4-door car and it's, therefore, dirt-cheap to insure, but most people have said that's not the case in their experience. In my case, my RX-8 is as expensive to insure as the 08 Accord Coupe V6 I had.

If you have to pick from the bunch, go for the Miata, then have your name listed under your parent's insurance policy(that's what most high school/college kids do). An old Civic Si is also a fine choice, and you get the practicality.

Sorry if I am being blunt, but at the same time, I don't want you to regret your decision.
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17yo+tight budget+rotary+hoonin=your username. just giving ya the facts man. by all means you could find a decent 8 with good compression if ya look around but seriously read the new owners sections and dont think you are gonna make any decent power over stock levels without 10k+. if you are looking for a drift car a buddy of mine is selling his 240. its a turboed ka, caged, hydro, drift rear etc but the car is in pa and shipping would probably kill the deal. its street legal btw
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17yo+tight budget+rotary+hoonin=your username. just giving ya the facts man. by all means you could find a decent 8 with good compression if ya look around but seriously read the new owners sections and dont think you are gonna make any decent power over stock levels without 10k+. if you are looking for a drift car a buddy of mine is selling his 240. its a turboed ka, caged, hydro, drift rear etc but the car is in pa and shipping would probably kill the deal. its street legal btw
And import duties. And sh*t exchange rate.

I have heard that, as greedy as ICBC is, new drivers in BC actually pay less compared to new drivers in other provinces in Canada.
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Your forgot the RX8s actual competition: m3, 350z and s2000.

You can have plenty of fun with an 8 in any weather, by going out and driving it, and getting involved in motor sport. From Ottawa you can get to Tremblant or Calabogie within 2 hours, both fantastic tracks. In the winter, go ice racing, you'll learn a lot "in any terrain".

So I don't know what you're supposed to drive, nobody came here to solve that problem for you. Don't assume that because this is an RX8 forum, we automatically want you to have an 8. Based on how you have judged the other cars, it's probably best for everyone if you didn't.
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Originally Posted by Loki View Post
Your forgot the RX8s actual competition: m3, 350z and s2000.

You can have plenty of fun with an 8 in any weather, by going out and driving it, and getting involved in motor sport. From Ottawa you can get to Tremblant or Calabogie within 2 hours, both fantastic tracks. In the winter, go ice racing, you'll learn a lot "in any terrain".

So I don't know what you're supposed to drive, nobody came here to solve that problem for you. Don't assume that because this is an RX8 forum, we automatically want you to have an 8. Based on how you have judged the other cars, it's probably best for everyone if you didn't.
If OP has the budget for those, then I think he'd include the BRZ/FR-S/86 in the list as they are pretty much the go-to drift cars. An old M3 might be cheap, but then again you are dealing with an old German car and that's not cheap to maintain. Even the cheapest S2ks start at CAN$15k from what I have seen. 350Z's probably equally expensive, and yeah, have fun with the crappy Nissan interior.

But I do second the motorsport idea. Just go to an AutoX event. You can join with even just a Corolla(it's open to pretty much any car). Great place to have fun, hoon around and make friends. You can also talk to owners of the cars you mentioned and see what they say about their cars. Make for a great conversation piece.

And the last bit goes for any good car forum.

Edit: Actually, here is a suggestion: A 7th Gen(2003~2007) Honda Accord V6 Coupe 6-speed. Not too shabby w/240BHP, not too expensive, and Honda J engines are bullet-proof. It's not as good handling as an 8, naturally, but you can still have fun in it and definitely not fall asleep.

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Yeah, honestly if I had the money I'd go with a used FRS and give it a 3SGE swap... But obviously to start off with I dont have the money.

I'l make a decent amount this summer though, around 11K without including my already 4k. The reason why the 8 is so seductive to me is the practicality it has (yes I've found insurers at less than 3k a year) such as the four seats and suicide doors, the compactness it has similar to a miata but the front is larger than a miata making it easier to swap other engines with relatively good weight distribution afterwards (or at least hypothetically)

Yall know my money is in CAD right?

Anyways, I also really like the rotary design and kinda like a cartoon I respect, I wanna own something of the wankel engine... I've had people suggest me to swap it with a 13Bt or a REW and it'll do plenty of reliable power.

I feel like we've gone really far from the original thread's talk so let's bring it back. Let's say I drift an RX8 with a 13Bt making 300hp... What kinda tyres you guys suggest me? At what point would the tyres need to be larger than the body (which means widebody time)?
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Nobody is stopping you if you want an rx8 as a drift car get one. Mods coilovers, welded diff and bucket seat then drive a ton of events because seat time is everything. Just know replacing a rotary and swapping motors isnt cheap. So having a spare vehicle is a good idea.
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