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Old 07-15-2012, 04:58 PM
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TX New Guy here with a story, a plan, and a dream

Hey what's up? My name's Josh and I just thought I'd introduce myself to you peoples Been following this club ever since before I even bought my car, so I know the rules: Search, keep a fresh quart of oil with you at all times, and a redline a day keeps the carbon away. How am I doing so far?

The Story: Anyways, about the ride. Roxie (unique eh?) - 2004 Titanium Gray MT w/ Touring Package. 117,500 miles. Bought it January 20th...ish? Bought it off a small back lot in Austin for $7,600, paid in full from school money. It stalled 5 times on the way back home (It was fine when I test drove it!) before I parked it safely in my driveway. Drove it around the block later that night to get used to the transmission... Did I mention I learned how to drive standard when I bought the thing?

Anyways, had the failing fuel pump replaced for $630 (plus oil change and some kinda fuel cleaning service). After realizing I got stiffed on that little piece of hardware (Midas) I've done everything myself since then. Within the last month and 300 miles I've replaced my own interior lights, rotated my tires after a blowout (learned tire maintenance the hard way), put in new spark plugs and wires, and even installed a Stage 1 Exedy clutch kit. Car idles nearly perfectly, gas mileage is amazing (~120 highway miles one night on 4-5 gallons), and I can *sometimes* spin/chirp my tires on the first two shifts Was supposed to go drag racing this weekend for my birthday but my friend decided to postpone to an all-import night next week. Still gonna change all my oils though.

The Plan: Hopefully, next semester I'll be able to get a full REVi Intake, Full TurboXS Exhaust, a BHR flywheel, an Adaptronic ECU and a water-methanol kit... Because I know somewhere out there wants some data about an NA Renesis with some vapor and a tune Long term future includes rebuild, a turbo, and a widebody.

The Dream: I dunno, maybe this is just me being an aspiring noob or maybe this is actually going somewhere, but I've always wanted a career with cars. Designing, tuning, building, producing, racing - any and all of those would allow me to live a full life, and what better time to start than now, on my first car? Best case scenario: I further refine my lifelong passion. Worse case scenario: You guys get teardown pics of an old motor after water meth. But I'll never stop trying

In the six months since I've bought the car I've learned so much about about the RX-8, rotaries, and engines in general: the relevance of gear ratios, the intelligence of the PCM, peripheral vs. side exhausts ports pros and cons, fuel injector and intake port staging across the rpm range, split ignition timing, the importance of proper AF ratios and EGT's, volumetric efficiency for MAF tuning, porting, exhaust pulses affecting turbine spin, conventional vs synthetic and faulty oil seals, how proper oil distribution helps seal life, premixing, and most importantly the bond you develop with your ride at 9,000 RPM or during wrench time. You name it I've learned it... or at least read up on it. This Forum is awesome.

So... There's my story, Sorry for the long post, and Thanks to everybody for all the invaluable information, advice, and stories. Zoom-Zoom.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:08 PM
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I like a good story
And props to your dream. Keep doing what you're doing
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:06 PM
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Join the dream, ive owned nothing but rotaries since high school...
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:06 PM
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Let me know when you're ready to buy the full TurboXS. I've got header all the way back.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:11 AM
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Creto...already selling the exhaust?!
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:12 AM
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Yeah, thinking about switching back to the RP cat and tossing a Borla on it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:28 AM
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Creto, if you're still looking to sell it early September-ish I'll definitely take you up on that.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:31 AM
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Welcome...

and to this statement -------------"$7,600, paid in full from school money"

Please tell me that was not from student load money...
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by cornholio135 View Post
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and to this statement -------------"$7,600, paid in full from school money"

Please tell me that was not from student load money...
Nah, I had to sit out for a semester to pay some past-due fees (Dorm) so all the scholarships that I was supposed to get the 1st semester got rolled over into the 2nd. Also: 1) School was cheaper, since I lived at home that 2nd semester, so I had a LOT left over. 2) About $2,300 - $3,000 was previously saved up.

It helped me move from a civic budget to a sports car budget
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TL;DR. Welcome to the addiction.
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Damn that's some gap, lol. I'd forgotten what stock looked like.

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Damn that's some gap, lol. I'd forgotten what stock looked like.

Can't see the picture, stupid browser. Haha, if you're talking about the wheel clearance... Those pictures were taken when I had first bought it. The previous owner had undersized rubbers all the way around They've since been replaced, waayyyy less gap.
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Good stuff, and welcome to the Rick Roll.

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Join the dream, ive owned nothing but rotaries since
high school...
Likewise! And high school was a longggg time ago for me!
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Join the dream, ive owned nothing but rotaries since high school...
what like 2 years ago??? LOL
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Originally Posted by cornholio135 View Post
what like 2 years ago??? LOL
Give the guy a break.. He's got the same spirit I had at that age.
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Give the guy a break.. He's got the same spirit I had at that age.
Brandon can take it we've known him since before he grew to 7' tall
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