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Old 11-27-2018, 04:58 PM
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Its frustrating, because I spent so much time trying to make this a relatively easy drop in swap, yet here I am basically doing all the work anyway. Hopefully my work can pay off for some others like yourself.

My brother is low-key working with a guy who owns a cnc shop - long story short is we are trying to develop bolt on parts to ease others into the swap. Things like reusing the stock Rx7 ac bracket for the Rx8 compressor, D585 ignition coils that mount to that bracket, and a top mounted oil filter pedestal for easier oil changes. I don't know how long that will take, as the guy pretty much has his machines running full time on actually company parts. The car stuff is just a side project so no promises. If that ever gets going, I'll drop a link. Sucks for me as I have to wait to get pretty parts.

But yes I'm still very interested in the project - my recent move has taken a lot of time and planning. I took my final compression numbers about a week ago meaning I'm gearing up to start the brute force soon.

Anyone have any tips for what parts of the wiring harness can be eliminated? Maybe also what resistor packs, etc can be removed?
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Would be nice if someone made a good and readily avail kit that only needs the rew keg and turbo. Seems like the kits made to go ls and jz are readily available but nothing turn key for rew
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Get on with the swap man I'm finishing up mine.. Check out Nicon-Rotary.com I have all of their REW swap parts and so far they work perfectly and are half the price shipped from Russia than the American counter parts.. I eliminated all the un-necessary pig tails from the oem Rx8 engine harness and tucked the wires away in case I need any digital inputs in the future I can tap into them, altho the oem harness is very short and with a top mount Turbo the wires run real close to heat I might have to lenghten them with another oem harness. I wish someone had made an AC bracket already I'm still interested in one but I made my own for now, also to mount the alternator since I really want to run an Electric Water Pump and have eliminated the Tstat / mechanical water pump housing.

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Old 11-29-2018, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for posting VICEdOUT. I have been wanting to hear a review on the Nicon rotary swap parts. I have the engine swap mount and I've heard it sets the engine a little lower than desirable. Did you have this experience? I'm glad I'm sticking with the rx8 front cover to eliminate all the custom bracket fabrication.
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You don't really need any ac bracket (using the rx8 front cover), the two front bolts are more than enough to keep the compressor tight against the block. You just have to shave a little bit of metal off of the front iron. Been running it like this for a few years and thousands of miles and never has an issue.
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Hey man, I have the nicon mount and pan they offer and itís all good quality. My pan sits about flush with the mount.
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I managed to do a thing! Finally.
Wasted money on a leveler too....


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Also I did another irresponsible thing. Sometimes you have to run before you can walk.
Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone.
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