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Forum: New Member Forum 06-09-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 528
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...
Forum: Series II Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension 05-17-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 05-09-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
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...
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 05-02-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,324
Posted By Steve Dallas
Hey, nap, I want my thumbs back, you creepy...

Hey, nap, I want my thumbs back, you creepy bastard!
Forum: General Automotive 05-01-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 04-25-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
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.
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 04-01-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 42,495
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 12-31-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6,869
Views: 367,891
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.
Forum: General Automotive 12-21-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 726
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 12-13-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 458
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 12-13-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
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: 1,988
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?
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 11-28-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6,869
Views: 367,891
Posted By Steve Dallas
Cheaper and easier to swap cars to get DSC.

Cheaper and easier to swap cars to get DSC.
Forum: New Member Forum 11-16-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 11-12-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 280,506
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 11-11-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 280,506
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...
Forum: Series II Technical and Trouble shooting 10-26-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 597
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.
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 10-26-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6,869
Views: 367,891
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...
Forum: RX-8 Multimedia/Photo Gallery 10-25-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By Steve Dallas
I'd drive it OVER town.

I'd drive it OVER town.
Forum: New Member Forum 10-25-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 445
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...
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 10-24-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2,169
Views: 243,911
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 10-24-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 10-24-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
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?
Forum: General Automotive 10-18-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 621
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: 4,760
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 10-16-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,424
Views: 280,506
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 10-05-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,782
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: 3,060
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
Forum: New Member Forum 10-04-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,782
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.
Forum: New Member Forum 09-22-2017, 05:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
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...
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 09-21-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,738
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.
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 09-15-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,570
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
Forum: RX-8 Discussion 09-14-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,570
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.
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 09-13-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,840
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:
Forum: New Member Forum 09-13-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,357
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 09-11-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
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 /...
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 08-23-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,691
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 08-22-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,602
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.
Forum: New Member Forum 08-11-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 918
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.
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 08-09-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,691
Posted By Steve Dallas
I track my car, and I want the extra camber.

I track my car, and I want the extra camber.
Forum: New Member Forum 08-08-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
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...
Forum: New Member Forum 08-03-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,400
Posted By Steve Dallas
I add the oil first.

I add the oil first.
Forum: Series I Tech Garage 08-03-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,691
Posted By Steve Dallas
Japspeed has them. They look suspiciously...

Japspeed has them. They look suspiciously similar to Megan "Racing's" offering, though.
Forum: New Member Forum 08-02-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Dallas
Stock fan motors are a little cheaper here...

Stock fan motors are a little cheaper here...
Forum: New Member Forum 08-02-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Dallas
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a fan...

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a fan that will outperform stock for $100. The known good option is the FAL 420...
Forum: Series II Technical and Trouble shooting 08-02-2017, 07:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,016
Posted By Steve Dallas
I think we need to reset expectations around here...

I think we need to reset expectations around here for the cost of a rebuild. People keep throwing around numbers in the $2500 range, but almost never costs that little. $3500 is probably a more...
Forum: New Member Forum 08-02-2017, 07:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Dallas
I can't recommend buying an eBay radiator. You...

I can't recommend buying an eBay radiator. You never know if it will fit, nor how it will perform, nor how long it will last. Not worth the gamble to save $100 in my mind. Koyo...
Forum: RX-8 Racing 08-01-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,219
Posted By Steve Dallas
I'm not so sure about that. Running that little...

I'm not so sure about that. Running that little rebound in the rear will allow the springs to launch the rear of the car post compression, which will make it very light over some types of bumps. I...
Forum: New Member Forum 07-29-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,188
Posted By Steve Dallas
This is absolutely terrible advice. Always get a...

This is absolutely terrible advice. Always get a compression test. It is the only way to truly know the health of the engine.
Forum: New Member Forum 07-22-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By Steve Dallas
The one with the extra "2 small pipes" is for...

The one with the extra "2 small pipes" is for automatic transmissions. That is the transmission oil cooler.

Buy a TYC or a Denso. Don't waste your time and money on one of the cheap-O...
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