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Old 06-21-2006, 06:14 PM
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Lol, yeah. They'd love that. Actually I've heard of the ol' hairdryer method then peeling it off carfully. Might want to post a message in the "show and shine" forum and ask what others have done.
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:13 PM
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I am going to a detail place, they claim they can remove with no problem. Are there any performances places in the area that you trust. I want to get an intake.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:47 AM
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I'm serious. Take it into the dealership. They don't have any right to put their name on your $35,000 car! You shouldn't have to pay to get it taken off or risk scratching your paint. Thats just my two cents.
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I had my car pinstriped at a custom shop after I bought it, and the guy there was nice enough to take off the "LOU FUSZ" sticker. He used a blow drier to soften it for just a few seconds, then used a razor scraper, it didn't look like it was that hard to do without scratching the paint. Then he used a little lighter fluid to get the goo off. The whole thing took 90 seconds. I agree that the dealer should take it off, though, but I wouldn't make a special trip. But if your car is like mine (was) you'll be back there within the first 12,000 miles to have your brake rotors reground, or at least for a couple of recalls.
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:04 PM
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Ok thanks guys. I was looking at intakes and the average price I saw was about $275, and for the "chip" $950. Is this what you guys have seen? Also I need the name of a trusted performance place.
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Yeah, the Racing Beat Revi w/ "ram air" will cost you a little more than $275, but you can definitely get an intake at a lesser price. As far as a "chip," I'm assuming you're meaning something like the Interceptor X or something? Because you can get a piggy-back ecu for much much less. An hour of tuning at the dyno and you're all set. Of course I'd leave the tuning until you've added the bulk of your performance mods so you can tune it accordingly.

I'm almost convinced that the only real power to be had in this car is to go turbo or supercharger, though. Midpipes, intakes, exhausts, flywheels, etc. are all good for a little here and here, but the only big increase comes from forced induction. So, on that note... I'm now taking offerings for the "Help Buy 'WaterLogged' a Turbo" fund.
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I missed the "trusted performance place" question. What kinds of stuff are you looking for them to do? If it's stuff like exhausts, suspension, intakes, amplifiers, subs, and pretty much anything outside of the sealed engine, Modena and myself have dug into pretty much all of it on our own cars and do quality work. The best part is that the labor is free! (well you can pay us in beer)

If you're looking for a tuning shop, Tuxedo Park Racing is just across the river in Illinois. They specialize in rotaries. http://www.tuxedoparkracing.com/

I do my own tuning of the e-Manage, but am most likely going to head over there and have them fine-tune it when I finally decide to get off my butt and do it.

If you're wanting something a little closer and are looking at doing something like a lightened flywheel or a beefier clutch, then I'd try Lightspeed Motosports on Olive just East of 170.
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:26 PM
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I was looking at the Unichip Engine Control Unit. It boasts a 18.5 increase in horsepower and 12.1% gain in torque (with cold air intake and catback). I don't know what the increase would be on mine with an intake and just the mazdaspeed sport muffler and exhaust. Not sure yet on what exactly I want to do. I am getting the cold air intake this Friday.
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:41 PM
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I do see what you are saying though. I found online a performance module that states simular results for $25. Is that what you have in your 8?
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:43 PM
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I've got the Greddy e-manage gold w/ the RX-8 harnesses. It's a "piggyback" type ecu and lets you tune the AFR and Ignition timing. It's reported to give up to 20+ hp, but really all just depends on how lean you want to run the car before risking pinging. Also if you really tune aggressively you'll definitely want to get some sort of makeshift heatsink on your coils. I've currently just got a modest tune until I can get the heatsinks installed and my happy *** to the dyno to get hooked up to an O2 sensor. I currently just do my tuning with an OBD-II scanner, a laptop and a USB cable.
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:34 PM
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Thanks for the info. We need to bet a six pack or something on run times on 7/9 at Gateway.......just to make it interesting.
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:13 PM
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Hey waterlogged, what filter size do I need to get so I can put an apexi into the stock box? Is there an easy way to do that? I have seen it done with a blitz and wanted to do the same.
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heres a good site: http://www.horsepowerfreaks.com/pric...es/Air_Filters

and for the sticker, use a hair dryer and sinply peel it off. Then use a mild buffing agent to rub off the rest. I saw it done this weekend, takes like 5 seconds, but I would still take it to the dealer to stick it to the man.
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I ordered the racing beat Revi intake kit and Revi ram air duct. Should be here no later than Tuesday. After talking to one of the guys at Racing beat I decided not to get the ecu. I am going to the dealer tomorrow to have the sticker removed. Now I am trying to find some Mazdaspeed decals.
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Originally Posted by terretsboy
Hey waterlogged, what filter size do I need to get so I can put an apexi into the stock box? Is there an easy way to do that? I have seen it done with a blitz and wanted to do the same.
Good question... I'm not surewhat size to go with. Assuming all of the ones in that link fit in the stock airbox I'd say go with the one with the largest surface area. But you could also go with a less-expensive K&N drop-in filter if you're going to maintain the stock airbox.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by chico elder
I ordered the racing beat Revi intake kit and Revi ram air duct. Should be here no later than Tuesday. After talking to one of the guys at Racing beat I decided not to get the ecu. I am going to the dealer tomorrow to have the sticker removed. Now I am trying to find some Mazdaspeed decals.
Congrats on the purchase. I know I'm happy with my intake! Here's a little in-car footage so you can get a little of the "fun factor" before it's installed.

Make sure when you right-click and "save as..." on the links to download them first.

https://www.rx8club.com/showpost.php...&postcount=237

Speaking of install... are you needing help with the install? We've done a couple things in the past. http://modena.no-ip.com/ The intake install is under "Water Logged".
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:11 AM
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What is the size of the tube that I have to put the filter on if I keep the stock airbox? This is what I want to do:

https://www.rx8club.com/showthread.p...ght=superscout

You up to the challenge? Maybe we could all get together and work on it. I also want to install some more tubing to force more air into the airbox and create more pressure and therefore push more air into the engine.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:37 AM
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Just let me know. I'll bring my wrench and the beer.
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You game bill?
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and what about modena?
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Originally Posted by terretsboy
and what about modena?
The work's done usually at his place since he's got the bigger garage and pool... and is a pioneer of RX-8 modding. <--- shameless plug

When are you guys getting these intakes? Also, terretsboy, do you realize a mod to the intake will put you up in STU class with me? We just might have to bet beers on race results now! Of course for every STi/Evo we collectively beat we'll have to do a shot.

Modena and I are usually up for any time you guys are as long as there isn't a race that day. This coming weekend is a 4-day one for me. One of the days would make a great install/BBQ day!
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I like the idea. I have agood mental picture of us in the gates taking shots everytime an STI gets a time slower than us. HAHA. I'll just have to keep the stock box looking stock so that I can slip under the radar.

The next time I'll have a free weekend is the weekend of the 7th. Work for you guys?

Why isn't modena on this thread?
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I like the idea. I have agood mental picture of us in the gates taking shots everytime an STI gets a time slower than us. HAHA. I'll just have to keep the stock box looking stock so that I can slip under the radar.

The next time I'll have a free weekend is the weekend of the 7th. Work for you guys?

Why isn't modena on this thread?
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I am here

Just having fun in a world called "Vista"
Playing with banks, lawyers, ext.

My ride is even dirty and thatís a big deal to me...

Next week I will have a whole week off, brother in-law is visiting from Belgium and boy does he love us Americans... Crazy about cars, mods, and beer...

So if you need a garage to install some Reviís bring it on!
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Sounds good we should make some plans. I might order the APEXi filter if I could figure out if it would fit! Any advice on how to find the right size modena?
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Are you looking for the diameter of the opening before the MAF? I believe the correct answer is 3". If that's not what you're looking for send a quick PM to the guy who had that setup and see what he did.
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