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Old 01-18-2011, 08:48 AM
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... captured on January 12, 2011, for posterity ... on the original engine ...

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... 200000 miles on the odometer looks a bit odd, though


UPDATE as of 111228: 235068 miles
UPDATE as of 120211: 240110 miles


2006 RX-8 Shinka, Galaxy Gray:
Bought it new with 13 miles on the odometer. Stock engine except for Sohn Adapter, Mazsport Ignition Solution, and the Mazmart Re-Medy water pump (see below).



MISC NOTES

Mainly, routine maintenance as specified in the User's Manual schedule

Driving Environment/Habits: Approximately 90+% highway driving;
Normal highway cruising speed is 80 MPH when traffic allows (which is ALL the time);
"red-line" at least once a day getting on the highway on-ramps;
Ummm ... aggressive, defensive driver hehe

Engine Warm-up: Mmmm ... let's see ... fasten seat belt, attach radar detector, turn on engine ... then go! I'm gonna say 15 secs. tops. I do try to keep the engine revs to below 4K until my coolant temp gauge reads 171 F (the time it takes the OEM temp gauge to reach its designated zombie spot)

Oil/Filter: Changed every 5000 miles, except for the 1st change;
Puralator PureOne PL4610 filter used for every change;
2800 miles (1st change), Royal Purple (RP) 5w-30;
90000 miles, switched to RP 15w-40;
I keep the oil topped off at the "full" mark at all times!

Gas: Chevron 91, sometimes 89

Transmission: Original OEM, no problems;
Redline Synthetic MT-90, changed every 35000 miles, give or take several thousand

Clutch: Still on the original OEM clutch;
ordered Exedy clutch from BHR, but it's been sitting in my garage since the 60000-mile mark;
Installed Mazsport clutch bracket as a preventive-maintenance item
110718: Clutch replaced at 216000 miles

Water Pump: Replaced OEM water pump with the Mazmart Re-Medy pump at 111000 miles for no other reason than the Mazmart impellers looked cool

Differential: Original OEM, no major problems;
Redline Synthetic 75W-90, changed every 35000 miles, give or take several thousand;
Recently developed a slight leak, need to look into it
110718: Diff replaced at approx. 216,000 miles

Ignition Coils: Replaced original OEM coils at 106000 miles because I had the Mazsport Ignition Solution laying around in the garage for almost 1 year, plus I had nothing to do that particular weekend

Spark Plugs: NGK OEM;
Changed every 35000 miles;
I roll my own plug wires at every plug change

Catalytic Converter: Still on the original OEM Cat

Sohn Adapter: Developed an oil leak around/near the Oil Metering Pump (OMP) at 163000 miles, so decided it was a nice time to install the Sohn Adapter (which was also laying in the garage for about 3 years). Finally stopped oil leak after reinstalling the adapter three times (thinner home-made gasket with lots of gasket sealer, replaced the rubber o-ring, and copper gasket);
I wish I had done this mod sooner (like at 10000 miles), I REALLY like this setup;
Using Amsoil Intercepter two-stroke in the oil tank

Tires: Currently on my 5th set, including the original Bridgestones;
Rotated tires/wheels every 5000 miles or so;
I once got slightly over 50000 miles on one set of Goodyear F1 GS-D3, but also got two flat tires (fronts) within 15 minutes of each other at the end of their lives.
110230: 6th set of tires

Road Kills: Yeah, one coyote and one jack rabbit --- the rabbit did more damage than the coyote;
numerous little tweety birds, and lots of car-size tumble weeds (they have a life of their own)

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Old 01-18-2011, 08:52 AM
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Awesome thanks. How often did you rev out the engine, and to what visual RPM?
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There is hope!! Hahaha.... I've been reading more doom and gloom threads recently.
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+1 on the achievement and for the thoroughness of your reporting!
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:06 PM
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this is awesome news! Though, I think the reason for this success is mainly due to the 90% highway driving.
Either way, hope this removes some doubt from potential/ pessimistic 8'ers!
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:11 PM
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zomg but you used synthetic oil, are you sure you dont mean 20,000 miles on the odo! BLASPHEMY

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Old 01-18-2011, 12:22 PM
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WOW, congrats Elf this is awesome!
For those who haven't seen Elf's car, it looks AMAZING. You would never imagine it had anything more then 30,000 miles, let alone having cracked the 200k mark.

I believe the car has also seen a few track days here and there so that again speaks to the potential of this motor.
Can't wait to get this car back on the dyno next month.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:35 PM
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you should send a pick of the odometer to MNAO, maybe they'll send you some swag
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Congratulations Elf for setting such a longevity record.
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Congrats! This would be a first as far as I know. Although I must admit I kind of don't believe you But if it really is true then that is awesome!

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9k, 100% true.
I see Elf every year that dyno day and my first question to him is always, "So, how many miles on that beast now?"

I knew he'd be close to the 200,000 mile mark come dyno time but I didn't think he'd have hit the mark this quick. Awesome, awesome accomplishment.

Oh, and +1 to sending the pic to Mazda, you should draft a quick letter to them with a picture of the car and the odometer, I'm sure they'd send you something cool.
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Originally Posted by RX8Soldier View Post
this is awesome news! Though, I think the reason for this success is mainly due to the 90% highway driving.

No doubt. Start and stop driving is the hardest on any vehicle, rotary or not.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:58 PM
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Awesome achievement ELF, Congratulations.

Originally Posted by RX8Soldier View Post
this is awesome news! Though, I think the reason for this success is mainly due to the 90% highway driving.
Either way, hope this removes some doubt from potential/ pessimistic 8'ers!
QFT
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Awesome !

Bloody amazing - Gives me some hope with my pathetic 39,000 km (25,000 miles) - Well done

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You use Synthetic?

omg you so going to hell cuz what do u noobs know more than mazda they say no synthetic mineral is the best for longevity omg

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nice job man ! 200k w00t !
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I'm looking forward to wrapping it out on the dyno next month.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by SleepeR1st View Post
Awesome thanks. How often did you rev out the engine, and to what visual RPM?
At least once a day, til it beeps (~8.5K), getting on the highway on ramps.
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Enjoyed the write up. Nice to see the maintenance plan works.
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My congratulations !!!

Ref:
Sohn Adapter: Developed an oil leak around/near the Oil Metering Pump (OMP) at 163000 miles, so decided it was a nice time to install the Sohn Adapter (which was also laying in the garage for about 3 years). Finally stopped oil leak after reinstalling the adapter three times (thinner home-made gasket with lots of gasket sealer, replaced the rubber o-ring and copper gaskets);
I wish I had done this mod sooner (like at 10000 miles), I REALLY like this setup;
Using Amsoil Intercepter two-stroke in the oil tank


What was your average oilconsumption (quart/miles) before installing the Sohn adapter.....
Any change in consumption thereafter?

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You went through less set of tyres than I did in 20.000miles rofl
'Grats on the accomplishment... any compression numbers?
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Originally Posted by RX8Soldier View Post
this is awesome news! Though, I think the reason for this success is mainly due to the 90% highway driving.
Either way, hope this removes some doubt from potential/ pessimistic 8'ers!
I tend to agree with you on the highway driving --- I think stop-and-go traffic, especially in the hot and dry regions (southwest U.S.), is a death sentence for this engine.

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Originally Posted by paimon.soror View Post
zomg but you used synthetic oil, are you sure you dont mean 20,000 miles on the odo! BLASPHEMY

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hehe ... yeah, I always get a kick outa those oil post/threads ...
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Originally Posted by Jedi54 View Post
WOW, congrats Elf this is awesome!
For those who haven't seen Elf's car, it looks AMAZING. You would never imagine it had anything more then 30,000 miles, let alone having cracked the 200k mark.

I believe the car has also seen a few track days here and there so that again speaks to the potential of this motor.
Can't wait to get this car back on the dyno next month.
Dyno Day(s)!!!! Hopefully I'll get the BHR ignition installed before then.
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I who is the closest one to your 200k mark.
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