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Forum: RX-8 Racing
02-12-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

Looks like a good way to do it, but yeah, doesn't...

Looks like a good way to do it, but yeah, doesn't work for my class rules.

Modifying the planted mount was easy enough and seems like it's plenty low enough for me. I've got enough range with the...
02-06-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 47,935
Posted By John V

The power delivery will be a lot different. If...

The power delivery will be a lot different. If your goal is to just make a lot of power, LS is your answer. LS will likely end up cheaper than going the direction I went, and you won't need to do any...
02-05-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 47,935
Posted By John V

Eventually, ~ 450 at the wheels. Until we...

Eventually, ~ 450 at the wheels.

Until we get the chassis sorted out and learn to drive the thing, probably around 300 to the wheels? I don't really think it needs that much power to be...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
02-05-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,644
Posted By John V

And an FD 5-speed trans, and an aluminum Ford 8.8...

And an FD 5-speed trans, and an aluminum Ford 8.8 IRS rear. Both are a decent amount lighter than the stock RX-8 stuff. Removing the PPF saves a lot of weight as well even after adding an overbuilt...
02-05-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 47,935
Posted By John V

The MZR is a great engine. The 2.5 was installed...

The MZR is a great engine. The 2.5 was installed in hundreds of thousands of cars in the US and it's very strong internally, very light, relatively compact and has a strong aftermarket following.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
02-03-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,644
Posted By John V

I'm at 2570 with about 4 gallons in the tank. No...

I'm at 2570 with about 4 gallons in the tank. No cage, full interior minus rear seats. Swapping out the renesis, PPF, rear end and stock trans saved a lot of weight.

Still need to add the splitter...
02-02-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 315
Posted By John V

Aluminum NC MX-5 Rear Upper Shock Mounts

Pair of NC MX-5 aluminum rear upper shock hats. These are shorter than the stock RX-8 hats so they work better for lowered cars with shorter shocks. What you see is what you get. Studs are in good...
01-26-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 47,935
Posted By John V

MZR 2.5L turbo first fire up. It's worth...

MZR 2.5L turbo first fire up.

It's worth noting that the firewall has not been cut or hammered at all in this installation unlike the other MZR installs that I've seen.
...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-26-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

The RX-8 lives, for the first time in at least...

The RX-8 lives, for the first time in at least two and a half years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNg43DdwjYA
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-25-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

I tried to order those twice and twice my order...

I tried to order those twice and twice my order was cancelled for "no stock." I gave up.

I ended up getting the seat low enough. I cut the rear mounts off of the Planted seat base, reshaped them...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-24-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

I literally had the spot weld cutting bit in my...

I literally had the spot weld cutting bit in my drill and was plugging in the drill when I took a step back and thought, "I don't have time for this." I realized that if I really had to, I could just...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-24-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

No big deal. So I pulled back the carpet and...

No big deal.

So I pulled back the carpet and performed some surgery on the driver's side part of the transverse brace under the seat and that let me drop the front of the seat mount an inch after...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-23-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

Thanks. That's kind of what I suspected. I don't...

Thanks. That's kind of what I suspected. I don't suppose you have pictures of what you did?
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-23-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By John V

Mounting Race Seats

Folks, I need suggestions on mounting race seats. I expected this would be a problem but until a week ago I didn't have seats to actually try to fit. I played around a bit this weekend and am looking...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-20-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Deep annoyance overtook me when I got my ECU back...

Deep annoyance overtook me when I got my ECU back ... and the immobilizer was still active. Long story short, there was a new release of the tuning software that the shop uses and the update flipped...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-20-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 966
Views: 116,821
Posted By John V

Legal. The porting allowance is to...

Legal.



The porting allowance is to facilitate alternate intake and exhaust manifolds that have a differently shaped opening than stock. Porting, as the rotary community defines it, is not...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-11-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Nope he's still in the Springs... he just sold...

Nope he's still in the Springs... he just sold the Elise a couple years ago because he wasn't autocrossing anymore and is looking to retire soon. He spends most of his free time playing hockey and...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-11-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Not much interest in this thread here, but here's...

Not much interest in this thread here, but here's a small update. I have a bunch of small stuff now that needs to get wrapped up. And a couple big things - engine management (I'm thinking Haltech at...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-11-2019, 08:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Mark, It most certainly is! Thanks again. ...

Mark,

It most certainly is! Thanks again.

Your XP car has an REW, right? With the four cylinder I'm hoping it will be a little easier to manage sound and EGTs, so I bought a 3" in/out, 6.25"...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
01-02-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

I made some progress over the holidays. Because I...

I made some progress over the holidays. Because I can't seem to be bothered to take pictures of incremental progress, some of this isn't really well documented.

Engine is back in for the...
12-11-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John V

I'm in Glenwood, which is about halfway between...

I'm in Glenwood, which is about halfway between Frederick and Baltimore. Mechanicsburg is about 100 miles away.

Yes, I'm looking for stock fenders. Really all I need are the arches, I'm going to...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
12-10-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Haven't felt like posting anything in a while....

Haven't felt like posting anything in a while. But I wrapped up the fuel system, so figured I'd put up some pictures.

Flow-through fuel rail with 6AN fittings on each end.
...
12-07-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John V

Thanks, you're just a bit too far away to be...

Thanks, you're just a bit too far away to be worth it. If you're ever in the area let's talk.
12-04-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John V

Thanks... shipping fenders from Canada is likely...

Thanks... shipping fenders from Canada is likely to be prohibitively expensive. I'm looking to pick up something locally to avoid the cost of shipping.
12-01-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John V

Thanks but the local yards are cheaper than that....

Thanks but the local yards are cheaper than that. I just need one to hack up.
11-29-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John V

MD Front fender(s)

Looking to pick up one or more front fenders. Any color. Maryland area preferred to avoid shipping, but I'm willing to drive to pick up for the right price
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-20-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Yes, those fuel line hangers work great for 2AWG...

Yes, those fuel line hangers work great for 2AWG battery cable. I did remove the vent line to the gas tank as well since that picture was taken since I don't exactly need it and it was taking up...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-20-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

My plan is to run it at the first local events I...

My plan is to run it at the first local events I can to shake it down, and then throw myself to the wolves at the NJ ProSolo in May. I love ProSolo too much to miss a season, so I have a backup car...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-17-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 966
Views: 116,821
Posted By John V

My plan for the SM car has been the Flyin Miata...

My plan for the SM car has been the Flyin Miata NC front calipers paired with RacingBrake front rotors.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-14-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,573
Posted By John V

Probably not, but non-DSC cars are not exactly...

Probably not, but non-DSC cars are not exactly uncommon and it sure makes swapping different engines / engine management systems a lot easier than starting with a DSC car.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-14-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Yum. ...

Yum.
...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
11-14-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,573
Posted By John V

The easy button for ABS is just to convert the...

The easy button for ABS is just to convert the ABS module to one from a non-DSC car. Then you have standalone ABS that doesn't require the factory ECU.
10-24-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,128
Posted By John V

Correct. If you can get it through an...

Correct.

If you can get it through an inspection with no cats (or just install them), getting it to pass an OBD-II in Maryland is very easy.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
09-23-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

I haven't posted in quite a while, but work...

I haven't posted in quite a while, but work continues. A while back I made some engine mount brackets for the car. It took me longer than I'd like to get these done but I wanted to make sure that...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
08-29-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,519
Posted By John V

Nice looking build. What did you have to do to...

Nice looking build. What did you have to do to get the ABS to work?
Forum: RX-8 Racing
08-28-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,573
Posted By John V

We've gotten CAN functionality working through...

We've gotten CAN functionality working through Megasquirt on the BMW, so I'm hoping we can get the same working on the RX-8. I would definitely not want to run a stock ECU...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-30-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,217
Posted By John V

My understanding is that the 5-speed is...

My understanding is that the 5-speed is internally identical to the FD RX-7 TT transmission (and therefore the same as the FC RX-7 TII trans). If that's the case, it's very strong - it's what I'm...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-25-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,221
Posted By John V

Spools work great for drag racing, but when most...

Spools work great for drag racing, but when most of us say "handling" we mean turns.

They can be made to work for road racing and autocross. I had a spool in my car when I bought it and it does...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-24-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,221
Posted By John V

Sure, if you want to ruin the handling. ...

Sure, if you want to ruin the handling.

Wavetracs are junk.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-24-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,221
Posted By John V

And you also have to know whether it's the diff...

And you also have to know whether it's the diff or something else in your setup causing the problem you're chasing. It's easy to convince yourself you're fighting a suspension problem when it's...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-23-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,221
Posted By John V

The 1/1.5/2 "way" differential discussion always...

The 1/1.5/2 "way" differential discussion always confuses things. It makes a lot more sense to talk about how strongly a differential locks (or doesn't) when it's forward-driven versus reverse...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-12-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 966
Views: 116,821
Posted By John V

Penske lists the double digressive pistons for...

Penske lists the double digressive pistons for $140/ea. I'm sure you can get them cheaper if you work with one of the usual damper rebuild companies...?

There are people in the SCCA Autocross...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-11-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By John V

I've always used a hydraulic press to push in...

I've always used a hydraulic press to push in wheel studs, including the long ARPs on both ends of my RX-8. :dunno:
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-11-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 966
Views: 116,821
Posted By John V

Given that the double digressive pistons are just...

Given that the double digressive pistons are just not that expensive, I'd skip the VDPs and go with the double digressive. I don't have shock pot data but the sharp pavement transitions at Lincoln...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-10-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,255
Posted By John V

-3.5 is without a doubt not too much for a double...

-3.5 is without a doubt not too much for a double wishbone car. I run around -4.5 on a car with struts.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-10-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 966
Views: 116,821
Posted By John V

Hard to tell from the picture but that looks like...

Hard to tell from the picture but that looks like a linear piston and shim stack, which you definitely do not want anyway.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-09-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,222
Posted By John V

It's not a terrible car for SCCA C Street, but if...

It's not a terrible car for SCCA C Street, but if you run primarily on index I think you've got an uphill battle. The ND Miata is a better car for CS.

They're great STX cars, maybe not top of the...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-05-2018, 06:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

Options are good, if they fit. In this case, not...

Options are good, if they fit. In this case, not a good option :)
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-05-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

The Ronin diff is designed for the Explorer diff...

The Ronin diff is designed for the Explorer diff with two front mounting ears. They're plentiful, cheap, and very easy to find.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-03-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,559
Posted By John V

I've driven an RX-8 on Teins and thought it was...

I've driven an RX-8 on Teins and thought it was terrible, but that was ten years ago.

With wheel hop, I don't expect to have any issues. The rear diff is solid-mounted to the subframe, which is...
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