Monday, September 21, 2020

Mazda RX-8 Reference Information

A new page has been added to the blog which will be a center point for Mazda RX-8 reference information. Factory service manuals (FSM), torque specs, part diagrams, deflooding procedures, and more information. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Street Prepared DIY Air Dam and Front Splitter - Part 4

I am building a front splitter and air dam to comply with the Street Prepared class for SCCA Solo. The last part in this post series - we paint, trim and complete the front splitter and air dam. Let's get to it:

Hanging using wire hangers from the dry cleaners

Friday, September 18, 2020

Street Prepared DIY Air Dam and Front Splitter - Part 3

I am building a front splitter and air dam to comply with the Street Prepared class for SCCA Solo. Next in the series is creating the street prepared air dam, securing it, sealing it, and getting the combined parts painted.

1/16" x 3/4" angled aluminum, marked in 1 inch increments and drilled

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Street Prepared DIY Air Dam and Front Splitter - Part 2

To continue the series, I am building a front splitter and air dam to comply with the Street Prepared class for SCCA Solo. We last left off having marked the splitter and outline on 15/32 inch Birch wood - including drilling mounting holes to the OE mount points.

Now we make it durable to road debris and flex stresses:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Street Prepared DIY Air Dam and Front Splitter - Part 1

My factory air dam finally has been damaged to the point where I'll take the time to build parts specifically classed for Street Prepared in SCCA Solo/AutoX:

Passenger side air dam mounts are torn, face is scraped pretty good too...

This will be one of a series of posts on creating a DIY air dam and front splitter. Let's look at the SCCA AutoX Rules, page 102 - Street Prepared Modifications:

Monday, September 14, 2020

Rear Caliper Assembly Swap & Fresh Rear Brakes

As mentioned in the previous post, sticking passenger rear caliper has to be replaced - as well as at least one set of rotors & pads, I opted to swap both rotors and pads.

StopTech Sport Slotted Rear Rotors

Important Removal Caliper/Assembly Notes:

Monday, August 24, 2020

Sticky brakes & other updates

While running the double layout Philly region AutoX event at the Wellsfraudgo / Wellsfargo center I noticed my car was not freely moving on the grid.

I was able to borrow a jack, stand, and 14mm wrench from a E.S. Miata driver (<3 thank you again) to identify and troubleshoot the issue. As the rain came I found the passenger rear piston not moving and sticking past a certain point.

These rotors and pads are toast, but these have been on since 2012, 🤯, so pretty good run. I ordered the last coated rear caliper from RockAuto, and found decent prices on a pair of StopTech slotted rear rotors and performance pads -- all to be installed before event 6 of the 2020 season.

Other updates: I had Blueberry realigned for max camber on OE parts with a slight outward toe bias. Unfortunately they're printer wasn't working for the print out of the specs. My intentions at event #5 was to push the car hard with the extra grip, however the sticky pad negatively impacted me.

The good news is the stiffness was from the center exit exhaust pipe in my street setup was rubbing on the frame/body; the new exhaust setup has no rub. Without the rear sway bar it allows the rear to step out more controllably - however I now need to update my driving style to be tighter when pushing the car.

The bad news is the race single resonated setup is unbearable on the highway going over 65... So it's good I still have my RacingBeat dual resonated pipe...more to come on that later.

Until next time, happy rotoring!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Extending the life of your RENESIS

Here are my top 5 tips to extending the life of your RX-8 engine. This is from over a decade of ownership and several power plants in different conditions, including low compression and re-manufactured. 

5. Upgraded coil packs, fresh spark plugs and wires.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Corona can't stop my doritos from spinning!

That's right, you heard me!

While the current 2020 SCCA AutoX season is essentially DNS (did not start, verses DNF - did not finish) thanks to the Wuhan Flu, that has not stopped me from completing other items that will soon be posted here on the blog...