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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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I just bought a series 2 starter off of Amazon for $109. I was impressed with the build quality. It even came with a test sheet. Ridiculously faster than my aging 2 kw with 13 teeth.
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I found a new N3R3 on ebay for the same price. The specs in the ad said 2kw however when i recieved it, the spec sheet inside the box said 1.8 kw. Before this one, i found a Z1 starter 13 tooth and it claimed it was 2kw as well. However before i purchased, i read the reviews and someone said it was only 1.8 kw. So i kept looking. After i purchased the R3 starter, i found another one for $40 more but claimed it was a 2.2 kw. As i was issued a refund on the first one i bought, i have to search again for the 2.2 kw starter. Hopefully it will be truly 2.2 kw.
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how do the AT starteers compare to the manuals? Were the Gen 1 AT cars also equipped with a weak starter? I know the rebuilts are mostly 2kw, but it seems they are all 18 tooth starters, which seems way different from the MT starters
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AT and MT have different starters.

If your car is slow to crank and you have a strong battery, you could buy an upgraded starter.

https://www.rx8performance.com/produ...gh-rpm-starter
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