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07-11-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,510
Posted By Steve Dallas

I do have the rear extenders. I think they are...

I do have the rear extenders. I think they are about a foot long and are just long enough to be convenient.
07-09-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 964
Views: 107,298
Posted By Steve Dallas

Royal Purple - "Better lubrication through...

Royal Purple - "Better lubrication through marketing!"
07-03-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 964
Views: 107,298
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ You are a brave person, I'll give you that!

^ You are a brave person, I'll give you that!
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-03-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

Here is the car in question: ...

Here is the car in question:

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.rx8club.com-vbulletin/2000x1124/20190620_210831_ab72c1adf1d7897a747df03e33283e438ae85146.jpg


Yes, it's a 4 door. No, that doesn't...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-03-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

I think he did break some ground in the...

I think he did break some ground in the beginning, especially where track performance intersects with street-ability, and then probably benefited from some hype. It did not take long for the rest of...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-02-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Yeah, I know those guys. They are the go-to...

^ Yeah, I know those guys. They are the go-to folks for S2000s, in fact. A lot of my students and one of my good friends run their Tracktive-based builds, and they are quite good. They also...
06-26-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1,216
Views: 297,212
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yes! Let's do see those pics!

Yes! Let's do see those pics!
Forum: RX-8 Racing
06-20-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,448
Posted By Steve Dallas

My new track toy was delivered today. PC680 in...

My new track toy was delivered today. PC680 in the trunk. 6 months old. Always on a tender or unplugged. It started to put it on the trailer; would not start to take it off the trailer. The...
06-13-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,948
Posted By Steve Dallas

I'll be able to post one of these "new toy"...

I'll be able to post one of these "new toy" threads soon. I take delivery of my hideous new Bimmer next week.
06-11-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,948
Posted By Steve Dallas

MX-5 Is Always The Answer Welcome to...

MX-5
Is
Always
The
Answer

Welcome to the other fold!
06-06-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By Steve Dallas

2011 RX-8 Grand Touring Black Mica 6MT

For sale is my 2011 RX-8 Grand Touring with ~46K miles on the chassis and 122 miles on the replacement (reman) engine and clutch so far. The engine was replaced under warranty on May 29, 2019 at El...
06-06-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 22,490
Posted By Steve Dallas

Ha! This one is for New Yorker!

Ha! This one is for New Yorker!
06-05-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,100
Posted By Steve Dallas

Miata Is Always The Answer Hate to...

Miata
Is
Always
The
Answer

Hate to see you leave the fold, NaP. I may be right behind you. In my case, I am most likely buying a friend's well track-prepared E46.
05-21-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,510
Posted By Steve Dallas

FYI, the SKF N4081 release bearing has almost...

FYI, the SKF N4081 release bearing has almost exactly twice the mass as the little one included in the Exedy kit. Mass does not necessarily matter, but it does appear to be a better constructed unit....
05-17-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,510
Posted By Steve Dallas

Lest people believe this engine died prematurely,...

Lest people believe this engine died prematurely, it probably did not.

Racers expect about 100 track hours out of a well-maintained factory-built piston engine. If you get more, you are doing...
Forum: Series II DIY
05-16-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 99,775
Posted By Steve Dallas

I removed my Fumoto valve before taking my 8 to...

I removed my Fumoto valve before taking my 8 to the stealership for engine warranty evaluation. I used it to drain the oil first, then unscrewed it. About half a quart of nasty, slightly grainy...
05-15-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,510
Posted By Steve Dallas

I'm just playing the game. I have been in contact...

I'm just playing the game. I have been in contact with Mazda NA a couple of times and will use them as leverage as needed.

The engine failed the block test, too. Exhaust gas in the coolant. That...
04-23-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yes. They are the same.

Yes. They are the same.
04-21-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By Steve Dallas

I'm pretty sure this post breaks forum rules. ...

I'm pretty sure this post breaks forum rules.

In any case, you need to post compression numbers, if you want to sell a rotary engine to knowledgeable people. Without 8 compression numbers, you...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
04-12-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yeah, I think you probably needed the XP20...

Yeah, I think you probably needed the XP20 compound. When run in their proper heat range, they do not fade and last a long time. They have just the right amount of bite and offer excellent control....
04-04-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Start a new thread in the New Member section...

^ Start a new thread in the New Member section with your specific issue.

At first blush, it sounds like you may have an intermittently failing thermostat and/or air in your cooling system.
04-04-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By Steve Dallas

Googling while driving at 70mph? I hope everyone...

Googling while driving at 70mph? I hope everyone I know is nowhere near you.
03-25-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By Steve Dallas

Those look fine and reflect a relatively healthy...

Those look fine and reflect a relatively healthy system.

I'm going to disagree with Loki on one point: everything in the ignition system is suspect at 20K miles. I had a factory Rev B coil fail...
03-20-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,694
Posted By Steve Dallas

All fuel maps do this. Fueling is done by load...

All fuel maps do this. Fueling is done by load and RPM. At very low loads (foot off the gas), less fuel is injected, but the fuel system does not go completely lean. An AFR of around 16.0 is typical,...
03-20-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 924
Posted By Steve Dallas

One does not simply reseal the engine for 4 to 5...

One does not simply reseal the engine for 4 to 5 hundred bucks. That notion is nonsense on stilts.

A genuine seal kit actually costs around $1200. Figure another $1200 for incidentals (tools,...
01-27-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,548
Posted By Steve Dallas

The 55 was rear-ended at some point, which caused...

The 55 was rear-ended at some point, which caused a fuel leak and eventual loss of fuel pressure. It may be more of a durability thing, and less of a reliability thing.

ASSUMING Mazda has sorted...
01-26-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 611
Posted By Steve Dallas

You mean it lets you control the car, until it is...

You mean it lets you control the car, until it is sure you have run out of talent? How horrible!

Anyway, I watched the video and had a good laugh, even as my IQ was diminished. Then I read the...
01-22-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,545
Posted By Steve Dallas

I have an S2. My fans do not come on with the...

I have an S2. My fans do not come on with the ignition when cold.
01-19-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 241
Sticky Brake FAQ
Views: 126,404
Posted By Steve Dallas

I couldn't help but necro-quote this. It...

I couldn't help but necro-quote this.

It depends on the layout of the track. My favorite configuration at my home track is very hard on brakes. CoTA and Eagle's Canyon Raceway are even worse. As a...
01-05-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By Steve Dallas

NaP is giving you sound advice. The parts for a...

NaP is giving you sound advice. The parts for a rebuild cost about as much as a Mazda reman, and most rebuilds by a first-time enthusiast fail and end up costing quite a bit more to get running in...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-01-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By Steve Dallas

I put the Flyin's Miata end links on my NB Miata...

I put the Flyin's Miata end links on my NB Miata and tracked it for 2 years. They held up well, so I put a set of NC Miata links on my RX-8. No problems so far, but that car has only been to 6...
12-27-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,945
Posted By Steve Dallas

Troubleshooting the ESS starts on page 502 of the...

Troubleshooting the ESS starts on page 502 of the FSM. There are links on this site to an online copy of it. In my FSM [formerly] on CD, it looks something like the below. In a nutshell, if the ESS...
12-23-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,945
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yes, I read the whole thread. It's short. It took...

Yes, I read the whole thread. It's short. It took about the same time as searching for your codes for you. There isn't much here and the situation is not difficult to comprehend.

Not trying to be...
12-18-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By Steve Dallas

Aside from Loki's doom and gloom, you could be...

Aside from Loki's doom and gloom, you could be smoking as a result of over-filling the engine oil, or as a result of using a short funnel, which allows oil to dribble into certain vacuum lines. The...
12-11-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,193
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Should I add a reminder not to lose that little...

^ Should I add a reminder not to lose that little f**ker to my DIY, or should I just leave this here?
...
11-28-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 241
Sticky Brake FAQ
Views: 126,404
Posted By Steve Dallas

Definitely do not use that old brake fluid. It...

Definitely do not use that old brake fluid. It is absolutely full of water.

For street driving, it doesn't much matter whether you use DOT 3 or DOT 4, and for the record, they are compatible and...
11-15-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By Steve Dallas

To be fair, if he has had it for 6 weeks, he has...

To be fair, if he has had it for 6 weeks, he has probably been through 17,653 tanks of gas, so there is that. ;)
11-15-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 770
Posted By Steve Dallas

I have been running the HJS 9095 0182 welded into...

I have been running the HJS 9095 0182 welded into a BHR midpipe for over 10K miles, with about half of those being track miles, without any sign of failure. That includes one weekend during which...
11-13-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 425,706
Posted By Steve Dallas

I do not have an oil temp gauge in my car, but I...

I do not have an oil temp gauge in my car, but I have driven several race prepped 8s that have had gauges with oil cooler thermostats in place. It takes roughly twice as long for the oil to reach...
11-11-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 425,706
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Warm it up to what? Coolant temp = 180F? That...

^ Warm it up to what? Coolant temp = 180F? That takes about 8-10 minutes with my car when driving it at low load. Even then, the oil temp is still low, as it takes oil much longer to warm. I give...
11-04-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,017
Posted By Steve Dallas

Do NOT use any of that engine oil flushing crap...

Do NOT use any of that engine oil flushing crap in your car. It damages more cars than it helps.

Imagine having a skin of gunk covering most things in the oiling system. Now imagine breaking...
10-26-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 562
Posted By Steve Dallas

A bad battery becomes a load that will suck...

A bad battery becomes a load that will suck current from a booster.

Just buy a $100 battery from whatever auto parts store. Don't waste your money on AGM. Leave the car on a battery tender when...
10-21-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 425,706
Posted By Steve Dallas

It's not for environmental reasons. It is to...

It's not for environmental reasons. It is to keep slippery glycol off the track, should you spring a leak.

If you run distilled water, you need something to lubricate the water pump and prevent...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
09-18-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,670
Posted By Steve Dallas

I had data at one time that showed, on my car, in...

I had data at one time that showed, on my car, in my application, in my climate at least, that leaving the hot side partially open had little to no effect on coolant temps, but did help hold engine...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
08-30-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,670
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ I have just re-read all of your posts. ...

^ I have just re-read all of your posts. According to what you have done, you should be running cool as a cucumber! I have 2 thoughts and am otherwise stumped:

1. Are you absolutely sure you...
08-25-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,436
Posted By Steve Dallas

I have no idea, but the photos are stunning.

I have no idea, but the photos are stunning.
07-30-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 425,706
Posted By Steve Dallas

The most important feature of the angry lawyer...

The most important feature of the angry lawyer letter is the letterhead atop the page.
07-20-2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,895
Posted By Steve Dallas

Well, the core is worth up to $1,000, so I'd say...

Well, the core is worth up to $1,000, so I'd say he did OK on LetGo.
07-15-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By Steve Dallas

What you are referring to as the donut is the...

What you are referring to as the donut is the rear gasket. The OE front gasket is a circular gasket that fits into recesses between the pipes. The flat gasket you have there is pretty much...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-10-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,670
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ How is dropping your thermostat temp ~10F going...

^ How is dropping your thermostat temp ~10F going to improve your temps in "slight traffic," where the stock thermostat is completely open? That's where you need an undertray and foam. ...
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