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Old 12-05-2017, 02:40 PM   #1
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Would you modify the front fascia?

If it was a no points / no penalty / permitted modification, would you make any changes to the front fascia / bumper cover?

I am thinking in terms of opening up the oil cooler or grill openings to promote better cooling.
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Pretty much duplicate the Mazdaspeed fascia.


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That's what I was thinking; it appears to have better cooling openings.
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It’d be better if you could cope out the bottom of the 5 mph crash bar to match the radiator shroud opening (just in front of the radiator).
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Itíd be better if you could cope out the bottom of the 5 mph crash bar to match the radiator shroud opening (just in front of the radiator).
Also a good recommendation to look into. Thanks, Team.
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It’s kind of an arch shape; higher in the center and then arcing down at the front chassis rails. Ideally you’d cut the matching shape into the lower half of the crash bar and then weld in a piece of thin sheet metal to seal it back up. I’m not sure if the rules you’re using allow that or even complete removal. Other countries don’t have it.
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Pretty much duplicate the Mazdaspeed fascia.
I had a Mazdaspeed front bumper cover on my car briefly, before I destroyed it. The openings for the oil coolers and radiator are certainly much bigger. You could easily see how much more of the coolers were exposed, because the shape of the opening could be traced by the bent fins.

I'm not certain mine was a genuine Mazdaspeed part, but it was surprisingly stiff and brittle. Also, the hardware used to attach the screens in front of the radiator and oil coolers was...crappy. I ended up drilling holes and riveting little brackets I made out of aluminum stock. And i made new, very light screen out of metal lath I spray-painted black.
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It’s kind of an arch shape; higher in the center and then arcing down at the front chassis rails. Ideally you’d cut the matching shape into the lower half of the crash bar and then weld in a piece of thin sheet metal to seal it back up. I’m not sure if the rules you’re using allow that or even complete removal. Other countries don’t have it.
the rules does allow replacing the front crash bar with tubular one. so that might be a better option than cutting up the stock one. not allowed to replace the front bumper, it would have been nice to be able to replace with mazdaspeed style front bumper. the series 2 front bumper seems to have larger opening for oil cooler.
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Itís heavier that I remembered; approx. 15 lbs. total

https://www.rx8club.com/series-i-tec...8/#post4067144

Whacking or torching the front center bar section only would be fairly easy too and save you from purchasing and fabbing the rest of it. I suppose it just depends on the person and what they can or want to do. If there are limitations like it has to dimensionally meet the OE part in either size or weight then modding it is probably the way to go. No limitations; then some 20 Ga small dia cross-braced tubes, flanges, and strips meet the bare min expectation is what Iíd do since thatís way out at the farthest point out past the wheelbase.
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it just have to meet similar crash protection as the oem, i don't know how they would measure that. does the stock bumper cross beam support the front bumper? if that's the case, they yeah probably better to notch out the cross beam and box it in.
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