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07-18-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By Steve Dallas

Absolutely mandatory. Also get a block (exhaust...

Absolutely mandatory. Also get a block (exhaust gas in coolant) test done. I just had my engine replaced at 45K miles. It always started right up and otherwise showed no signs of failing...
07-18-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 964
Views: 107,298
Posted By Steve Dallas

Eh. How many Miatas have 200,000+ miles where 50K...

Eh. How many Miatas have 200,000+ miles where 50K or more are track miles? E36 and E46 BMWs? Honda Civics?

My Miata has 75K on the clock, where 30K are track miles. Runs like new.

Anyway, we...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-16-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 782
Posted By Steve Dallas

It can also hurt handling, if not done in a...

It can also hurt handling, if not done in a balanced way.
07-12-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,620
Posted By Steve Dallas

I am confused here. The drain plug is on the...

I am confused here. The drain plug is on the very bottom of the transmission. If the car is level, 95% of the oil will drain on its own. Mine has always taken a hair less than the published...
07-11-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,503
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.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-10-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yes. Corner balance it with the sway bars...

Yes. Corner balance it with the sway bars disconnected, then re-connect them with them sitting level and no resistance on the end links (carefully adjust them to the proper link) to prevent binding....
07-09-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 791
Posted By Steve Dallas

I see. I have a track like that near me. Try...

I see. I have a track like that near me. Try running your fans. At first, it seems counter-intuitive, because racetrack, but it works well on slower tracks with lower speed corners. Anything you...
07-09-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 791
Posted By Steve Dallas

I have not tried this in my RX-8, (have always...

I have not tried this in my RX-8, (have always run FL-22 and distilled water with enough glycol to protect to 0F, lubricate the seals, and prevent corrosion), but I run D water and MoCool in my Miata...
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!"
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-08-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

That's what I get for skimming too fast. I meant...

That's what I get for skimming too fast. I meant to say I have a couple different rear bars and am sure one of them will be to my liking. I am not a fan of stiff rear bars and usually run as little...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-07-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yeah, I know, but this is a budget car, and I'd...

Yeah, I know, but this is a budget car, and I'd like to keep it that way. I pretty much stole it, considering what I paid. The easy button in the Bimmer community is MCS, but I don't care to pay...
07-03-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,548
Posted By Steve Dallas

Oh geez. I love IMSA. I really hope they don't...

Oh geez. I love IMSA. I really hope they don't screw it up.
07-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 952
Posted By Steve Dallas

I can tell you that some cool looking aftermarket...

I can tell you that some cool looking aftermarket tow hooks end up breaking and/or falling off and ruining track sessions for dozens of people pretty frequently on track days. Tow hooks and...
07-03-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,548
Posted By Steve Dallas

I hope you are right. IMSA becoming boring will...

I hope you are right. IMSA becoming boring will be a death blow, and IMSA is one of the more interesting series out there. OTOH, I guess Mazda could use their rotary range extender or something. ...
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
07-03-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

Why the assumption I have not done the obvious...

Why the assumption I have not done the obvious thing and consulted Bimmer owners as well? I have done that. I am also interested in the experiences of people here and think folks on this forum...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-03-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

I contacted Inertia, and they do not currently...

I contacted Inertia, and they do not currently work on Bilstein shocks. They recommended Delta Vee in MI for motorsports re-valves.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-03-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

LOL! Trying to get rid of me already, Mark?

LOL! Trying to get rid of me already, Mark?
07-03-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,548
Posted By Steve Dallas

It won't be long before IMSA is as much of a joke...

It won't be long before IMSA is as much of a joke as F1 is.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-02-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ They are in Cali, which is not what's wrong....

^ They are in Cali, which is not what's wrong. The $2,000 and 2 months for middle-of-the-pack track shocks is what's wrong. I can get the same thing or better for ~$500 and 1 month.

Go to NASA or...
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...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-02-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

From the OP: "Who in the racing community,...

From the OP:

"Who in the racing community, besides Fat Cat, does a great job with re-valving Bilsteins for custom spring rates?"

;)

Looks like Performance shock at Sonoma Raceway also has a...
07-02-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 952
Posted By Steve Dallas

Paint the factory ones red. Done. Pretty...

Paint the factory ones red. Done.

Pretty much any tow hooks with the right thread pitch will work.
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-02-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

Hmmm... Bilstein does motorsports rebuilds now....

Hmmm... Bilstein does motorsports rebuilds now. $445 plus shipping.

https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/technology-and-knowledge/service/
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-02-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,341
Posted By Steve Dallas

Who Re-Valves Bilsteins?

Who in the racing community, besides Fat Cat, does a great job with re-valving Bilsteins for custom spring rates?

I have an E46 with Billie PSS fronts and B8 rears, and I want to double the spring...
Forum: RX-8 Racing
07-01-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By Steve Dallas

You know the answer to that question. Even...

You know the answer to that question.

Even if you got 1HP out of it, you would not feel that in a 3,000Lbs car, and it would make no difference to lap times.
07-01-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,415
Posted By Steve Dallas

They compression tested it after they installed...

They compression tested it after they installed it. It measured low to mid 8s. Of course, that is subject to change as it breaks in. The car is for sale, so I don't have any plans to spend any...
06-30-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,415
Posted By Steve Dallas

True, but I didn't get to inspect it, so I don't...

True, but I didn't get to inspect it, so I don't really have any input, other than to say it runs as expected under 4K RPM. Haven't revved it past there yet, due to breaking it in gently.
06-27-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 800
Posted By Steve Dallas

I used XP10 F and XP8 R to good effect. I ran...

I used XP10 F and XP8 R to good effect. I ran Mobil 1 0W40.
06-26-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1,216
Views: 297,203
Posted By Steve Dallas

Yes! Let's do see those pics!

Yes! Let's do see those pics!
06-24-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By Steve Dallas

^ Life changes, mainly. I moved to a different...

^ Life changes, mainly. I moved to a different area a year ago and need different vehicle configuration and better gas mileage for my long commute.
06-21-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,313
Posted By Steve Dallas

Definitely check out the cat. You could have...

Definitely check out the cat.

You could have created a vacuum leak.

You could have mixed up the wires.

You could have not snapped a wire on snugly.

You could have a bad wire.
06-21-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,964
Posted By Steve Dallas

That oil temp looks a little low to me. You...

That oil temp looks a little low to me. You generally want oil to run above the boiling point of water to promote condensation evaporation. Hopefully it is peaking above 212F for a period of time...
06-21-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,083
Posted By Steve Dallas

Compression and block tests are far better for...

Compression and block tests are far better for assessing the health of your engine.
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...
06-20-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 83,396
Posted By Steve Dallas

Try it and let us know how it works!

Try it and let us know how it works!
06-18-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,177
Posted By Steve Dallas

Not really that much of a PIA, if you know what...

Not really that much of a PIA, if you know what to look for. Thought it might be ignition-relatedl; swapped the leading and trailing coils; problem went away; tested the trailing coils; found weak...
06-18-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,136
Posted By Steve Dallas

OK. I made a snap judgement and took you for one...

OK. I made a snap judgement and took you for one of the typical [being nice] still fighting the oil wars. You obviously know something about physics and chemistry, and it has been 20 years since my...
06-18-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,136
Posted By Steve Dallas

What "pressures"? If you mean general oil...

What "pressures"? If you mean general oil pressure, you are incorrect. Thinner oils produce lower pressures under the same pumping force.
06-18-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,139
Posted By Steve Dallas

Chalk marks sort of work for 60 second runs. ...

Chalk marks sort of work for 60 second runs. They do not work for 20 to 30 minute sessions.
06-17-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,947
Posted By Steve Dallas

That is the CUTEST little tiny diff I have ever...

That is the CUTEST little tiny diff I have ever seen!
06-17-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,139
Posted By Steve Dallas

There is no single answer to that question. It...

There is no single answer to that question. It depends on the temperature, type of tire, track surface, track direction, spring rates, rim size, alignment settings, etc. You need to measure temps...
06-16-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,936
Posted By Steve Dallas

You need to test things, not make assumptions...

You need to test things, not make assumptions about their health.
06-16-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,503
Posted By Steve Dallas

Oops! I misread that! Is there such a thing as...

Oops! I misread that! Is there such a thing as verticle dyslexia?
06-16-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,177
Posted By Steve Dallas

I had a BHR coil that would intermittently fail...

I had a BHR coil that would intermittently fail under high RPM. Charles sent me a replacement Next Day with no hassle at all. They have all been fine since 2013.
06-16-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,503
Posted By Steve Dallas

I did a dumb thing Friday. I occasionally have to...

I did a dumb thing Friday. I occasionally have to drive out west to Cisco, TX for work at my new job. From my house in the country outside of Fort Worth, that means a 90 minute drive, where 2/3 is...
06-16-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,503
Posted By Steve Dallas

The FSM lists the spec as 150kpa. It does not...

The FSM lists the spec as 150kpa. It does not specify, but I assume that is the mean front vs. the mean rear. The difference between rotors is not as important as the difference between rotor faces...
06-15-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,503
Posted By Steve Dallas

That engine is technically passing. It is common...

That engine is technically passing. It is common for the rear rotor to have lower compression due to its proximity to the cat.



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