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Forum: RX-8 Racing
09-18-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,255
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: 110
Views: 4,255
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: 856
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: 6,960
Views: 377,958
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: 1,823
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: 368
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: 110
Views: 4,255
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. ...
07-03-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,219
Posted By Steve Dallas

The company that pioneered the D585 coils setup...

The company that pioneered the D585 coils setup and invested in all the R&D and testing is a rip-off company? It would be more accurate to say all the other companies that have copied BHR are the...
06-20-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 806
Posted By Steve Dallas

See this page: ...

See this page:


https://www.rx8club.com/series-ii-diy-161/diy-series-ii-2009-rx-8-oil-change-184207/page7/
06-09-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 787
Posted By Steve Dallas

If your coolant level is continuously doing down,...

If your coolant level is continuously doing down, and you do not have external leaks, and you do not have white smoke in your exhaust, you are either boiling it or you still have air in the system...
05-17-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,250
Posted By Steve Dallas

Mine started doing the same thing after I...

Mine started doing the same thing after I upgraded the sway bar and end links. I replaced the end links with a different brand a few years later to see if I could get it to stop to no avail. I...
05-09-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 878
Posted By Steve Dallas

Except for when we aren't. Imma? Who...

Except for when we aren't.



Imma? Who is Imma?



Why wouldn't you just spend a little more money on a car with a 6 port / 6 speed to begin with? Much less risky than trying to source a...
05-02-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,409
Posted By Steve Dallas

Hey, nap, I want my thumbs back, you creepy...

Hey, nap, I want my thumbs back, you creepy bastard!
05-01-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,447
Posted By Steve Dallas

I like my the CD changer in my RX-8 and use it...

I like my the CD changer in my RX-8 and use it all the time. I burn mp3 playlists onto 6 CDs and put them in the changer. Each CD holds roughly 100 medium quality songs. The changer just plays them...
04-25-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,043
Posted By Steve Dallas

Those engines are worth $1000 as cores for a...

Those engines are worth $1000 as cores for a Mazda reman or custom built engines. In other words, buying one is a great way to set $1800 on fire.
04-01-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 44,243
Posted By Steve Dallas

Here is a link to NGK's page for reading spark...

Here is a link to NGK's page for reading spark plugs:

NGK Spark Plugs (http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/about-ngk/faqs/spark-plug-faqs/how-do-i-read-a-spark-plug)

Your plugs look normal to me, if a...
12-31-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6,960
Views: 377,958
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Manual transmission or auto? Need better...

^ Manual transmission or auto?

Need better photos. No way to tell what that is from the photo provided. It could be a cover or shield hanging down. It could be that you picked up a road gator.
12-21-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 872
Posted By Steve Dallas

Anxiety issue aside, we are all in similar boats....

Anxiety issue aside, we are all in similar boats. Most of us love the platform and the drivetrain and live in "fear" of eventual engine failure. We all have different levels of tolerance for the...
12-13-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 480
Posted By Steve Dallas

Compression test results are a MUST on both cars....

Compression test results are a MUST on both cars.

RE: the difference in suspensions between the R3 and base/sport models. One thing not mentioned is, the Bilstein dampers on the R3 last a hell of...
12-13-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By Steve Dallas

You know, we could see a LOT more of the engine...

You know, we could see a LOT more of the engine bay, if you filmed it in landscape. Portrait video is a disease in need of eradication.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-30-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,106
Posted By Steve Dallas

Wait. We are recommending riding the bump stops...

Wait. We are recommending riding the bump stops on purpose now? Do we enjoy spreading heartache?
11-28-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6,960
Views: 377,958
Posted By Steve Dallas

Cheaper and easier to swap cars to get DSC.

Cheaper and easier to swap cars to get DSC.
11-16-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 943
Posted By Steve Dallas

Great news! Do keep an eye on the coils. ...

Great news!

Do keep an eye on the coils. Even genuine OE coils can fail rather quickly. I had a B revision coil fail completely in under 20K miles with no CEL. I got tired of worrying about...
11-12-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 284,268
Posted By Steve Dallas

They are semi-metallic, so yes, really dusty. ...

They are semi-metallic, so yes, really dusty. Fortunately, the dust is not corrosive.

Mazda and/or Sumitomo changed the brake pad formulation several times over the years. Some OE replacement...
11-11-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 284,268
Posted By Steve Dallas

Those are OE pads. Our cars use a Sumitomo brake...

Those are OE pads. Our cars use a Sumitomo brake system.

I took mine to the dealership for its 6,000 mile oil change this morning. They REALLY hate those $24.99 coupons.

Also asked about the...
10-26-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 668
Posted By Steve Dallas

The S2's increase in oil pressure is not enough...

The S2's increase in oil pressure is not enough to activate the pressure relief valve in the S1 filter, unless the filter is very dirty. You are fine.
10-26-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6,960
Views: 377,958
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Probably not. A certain film of carbon builds...

^ Probably not. A certain film of carbon builds up so fast in these engines, that anything removed will reform very quickly. Best thing to do is run name brand or top tier premium gas. Gasoline is...
10-25-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 911
Posted By Steve Dallas

I'd drive it OVER town.

I'd drive it OVER town.
10-25-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By Steve Dallas

Definitely get the compression test. Some reman...

Definitely get the compression test. Some reman engines have failed in as little as 50 miles. One guy recently had his fail as he was leaving the dealership with it. Very many have failed in less...
10-24-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2,169
Views: 245,459
Posted By Steve Dallas

Not that is matters, but I consistently measure...

Not that is matters, but I consistently measure average EGTs at the rear O2 sensor around 1750F on the track. Surprisingly, street temps are not that much lower. I have graphs around here...
10-24-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By Steve Dallas

If the slave is bad, brake fluid will leak out of...

If the slave is bad, brake fluid will leak out of the boot, while you squeeze it.

Bleeding a master is one of those things that is sometimes cake and sometimes takes hours. There are 2 methods I...
10-24-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By Steve Dallas

Two possibilities. You either still have air...

Two possibilities. You either still have air trapped in the system somewhere, or the master cylinder is defective. Also, did you replace the slave cylinder while you were in there?
10-18-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 642
Posted By Steve Dallas

Link is broken. Fixed it. ...

Link is broken. Fixed it.

www.wheelsmag.com.au/news/1710/sub-standard-steel-claims-have-car-makers-scrambling-for-answers...
Forum: Series II DIY
10-17-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,217
Posted By Steve Dallas

OK, so no time for actual data. Just anecdotes. ...

OK, so no time for actual data. Just anecdotes.

I put on a new set of brakes, including whatever Raybestos rotors were on clearance and Carbotech XP10/XP8 pads, bled the calipers with fresh...
10-16-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 284,268
Posted By Steve Dallas

Took it to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit for a 4...

Took it to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit for a 4 day instructor certification training and driving weekend. Passed the certification tests and practicals and am now certified by the Motorsport Safety...
10-05-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,222
Posted By Steve Dallas

Bennett Built doesn't have any R&D costs to...

Bennett Built doesn't have any R&D costs to recover, since they didn't develop anything beyond a revised bracket, and they don't have much in the way of customer support nor warranty costs, so yeah,...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
10-04-2017, 07:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,284
Posted By Steve Dallas

Much cheaper version: ...

Much cheaper version:

https://rotaryperformance.com/collections/rx-8-everything-for-the-rx-8/products/oil-cooler-thermostat
10-04-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,222
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ It's a newb question, so it belongs in the newb...

^ It's a newb question, so it belongs in the newb forums. The answer is BHR all the way.
09-22-2017, 05:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 488
Posted By Steve Dallas

I beat up on standard Caymans at the track all...

I beat up on standard Caymans at the track all the time. They are so close that the differences are in setup and driver. I also beat up on lotus Elises and Evoras. The 8 punches way above its...
09-21-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Steve Dallas

Take it in 3 months prior, in case they want to...

Take it in 3 months prior, in case they want to hassle you. That will give you plenty of time to escalate to Mazda NA or find another reputable dealer.
09-15-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,622
Posted By Steve Dallas

If you're gonna do it, at least do it right: ...

If you're gonna do it, at least do it right:

Miata
Is
Always
The
Answer
09-14-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,622
Posted By Steve Dallas

[Raises hand] I read the RX-8 was in the top...

[Raises hand]

I read the RX-8 was in the top 3 best handling cars under $100K, and that was enough to seal it for me.
09-13-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,437
Posted By Steve Dallas

I'm 44, so IDK about that Millenial thing. ...

I'm 44, so IDK about that Millenial thing. Actually, that might be the greatest insult you could throw my way! :spank:
09-13-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,624
Posted By Steve Dallas

New coils should absolutely be your next...

New coils should absolutely be your next priority. The cat was killed by failing coils at some point in the past. Otherwise:

RX8 Club’s recommended maintenance schedule, more comprehensive and...
09-11-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By Steve Dallas

Ohlins are arguably the best at around $2000. ...

Ohlins are arguably the best at around $2000. Below that price, Bilstein PSS is arguably the best at around $1100. If you really want adjustable rebound PSS9 costs around $1500.

Stance / BC /...
08-23-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 12,316
Posted By Steve Dallas

I have seen 8s on RB springs, and they look good....

I have seen 8s on RB springs, and they look good. Lowering is maybe a little over half an inch, which is a nice conservative amount that reduces the gaps in the fenders, but doesn't look silly low...
08-22-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,775
Posted By Steve Dallas

They reduce airflow by around 50%, so there is...

They reduce airflow by around 50%, so there is your trade-off. I just straighten the fins every couple of years and spritz them with a light coat of Eastwood Radiator Black.
08-11-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 949
Posted By Steve Dallas

It won't hurt your engine. It will just piss off...

It won't hurt your engine. It will just piss off everyone unfortunate enough to have to endure it.
08-09-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 12,316
Posted By Steve Dallas

I track my car, and I want the extra camber.

I track my car, and I want the extra camber.
08-08-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By Steve Dallas

Welcome! Read this thread in its entirety: ...

Welcome!

Read this thread in its entirety:

https://www.rx8club.com/new-member-forum-197/new-potential-owners-start-here-202454/

A rotary specific compression test is a must, before buying...
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