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Old 11-06-2018, 06:30 PM
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hi everyone,

i just recently purchased a series 1 RX8 everything is running smoothly (thank god). i have obviously done a lot of research into the RX8's and i want to tackle some of the common problems not when but *IF* they happen. starting with the starter motor & battery. i have had a look around this forum and the internet but no one gives a clear answer, what is the best starter motor to put in the series 1? research has shown the R3's Series 2 starter is the best, but no one has actually confirmed if it fits? has anyone tried it or fitted one before?

any help would would be much appreciated!
thanks - Tom.
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series one 04-05 came with a smaller starter then upgraded to a bigger one. the s2 has a different # of teeth but im 99% sure it fits and is the prefered one
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Assuming you're in North America, any manual starter fits any manual RX8. Any Series 2 starter will be an improvement. Look for H3Z1 part number.
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yeah itís a 2004 series one. the series 2 starter has 14 teeth right?? & no sorry iím from Australia, does that change anything regarding whether it should fit or not?
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Assuming you're in North America, any manual starter fits any manual RX8. Any Series 2 starter will be an improvement. Look for H3Z1 part number.
so it shouldnít matter where itís from?
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series one 04-05 came with a smaller starter then upgraded to a bigger one. the s2 has a different # of teeth but im 99% sure it fits and is the prefered one
do you know how i can find out whether or not mine has been upgraded being an 04 series 1?
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look at it. the upgraded one is longer and is 2.0kw the first gen is 1.6 kw iirc
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look at it. the upgraded one is longer and is 2.0kw the first gen is 1.6 kw iirc
okay ill take a look thanks!
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Assuming you're in North America, any manual starter fits any manual RX8. Any Series 2 starter will be an improvement. Look for H3Z1 part number.
Didn't think series 2 fitted ?
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Didn't think series 2 fitted ?
Then my car has been starting through sheer force of will for a couple of years now.
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I posted a thread with no responses. Looking to upgrade my 05 starter as well. Found on rxperformance.com a manual starter for $200. Trying to get opinions. Ive seen both negative and positive posts on these guys.
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Assuming you're in North America, any manual starter fits any manual RX8. Any Series 2 starter will be an improvement. Look for H3Z1 part number.
I think you meant N3Z1
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I found an N3R3 starter for $158 new with no need to return my old starter. Is this a good starter? Sorry, new at this.
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