Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Small Update - Airpump Removal and Catch Can Relocation

Minor little update I did.  I decided to remove the Air Pump since I am now catless to clear up some room under the engine bay.  The more and more i clear stuff up the easier it is for me to work inside there.  I also noticed leaving the mounting bracket in the engine bay that was holding the air pump on, it gave a nice mounting solution for my Oil Catch Can.  I wasn't exactly happy with the spot it was mounted in before and felt it was much too far from the oil filler neck, plus the extra long hoses weren't very pretty to me.

I actually realized I never shot some pictures of this and being winter right now my car is put away.  Come Spring I will have more!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

WOO Polyurethane Engine Mounts!

I am going to start off by saying, this has to be one of the most underrated upgrades for any car.  I used to look at the costs of motor mount upgrades and would be like why the hell would anyway pay money for some mounts.  Now I know...

After my first autox day, my stock motor mounts were starting to get really bad, and my engine had tons of vibration and play,  After doing this everything is super smooth, including throttle response and acceleration.

I didn't buy new mounts, considering their really arent any aftermarket mounts available for the RX8 in the US market, but people have been filling their stock mounts with polyurethane for a long time with great results and thats exactly what I did.  I followed the DIY from my buddy Marc Monnar's Blog in which you can find here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

First Autocrossing Event!

For quite some time now, I have been wanting to get out on the track with the RX-8 and do some autocrossing.  My friend Marc has also been pushing for me to goto an event for at least a year now.

Today was my first EVER autox day, it was with the Renegade Miata Club in Devens, MA and shit was it a blast. I was extremely nervous at first going into an event with a lot of experienced drivers on the track, but this group was filled with the coolest and most helpful people ever.  I quickly felt relieved and just started having huge fun with everyone even before I set foot on the track.

Everyone was there to give pointers and help you start out and just get better and better with every run!

Here are some videos of a couple of my runs one being a spinout run lol, that were recorded using my friend Marc's GoPro Camera...

I must say after this one event I am highly addicted and can't wait to get better, and be competitive against some of the other top drivers!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Corksport Single Resonated Racepipe

UPDATE 3/11/2012:

So I was running this midpipe with the stock catback for awhile.  Recently I purchased a Mazdaspeed Catback second hand from a local RX8 owner.  The Corksport Midpipe paired with this catback is pure amazing.  The sound is super deep with zero rasp through all RPMs.

So ever since driving with aged coils and spark plugs and finally upgrading to the BHR Ignition, I started getting worried about a possible clogged Cat Converter since it is a common problem and common cause of engine failure. After doing some research I ultimately decided to go with a Catless Midpipe just to save on any future aggravation and worry. The next thing was, Which pipe do I go with?

After watching videos of multiple pipes I quickly learned that going straight pipe with not resonator was much too loud and pretty raspy too. So I was definately looking into a resonated pipe. After further research I found out a huge piece of information. The rotary engine heat just eats and blows out resonator packing, which basically means after awhile your resonator will be useless and your midpipe will sound like crap.

So this left me with two Companys that both use metal resonators with no packing material...

Black Halo Racing Single Resonated Midpipe $450
Corksport Single Resonated Midpipe $250
Corksport Dual Resonated Midpipe $350

Black Halo Racings pipe has recieved a huge amount of praise, and I have heard it in person and it is a great product. Using only one resonator, it keeps sound levels basically at a stock. The only issues in BHRs product is #1 Price, its a bit steep to say the least, and #2 their service was just way too slow. I waited 7 weeks for their ignition and I waited awhile for the midpipe then asked for a refund just because of the wait.

Corksport's pipes were a tough decision, I have always had good luck on their products with my girlfriend's Mazda2, but they do not get a lot of attention from RX8 owners, and I was unable to find one video of their midpipes except for their own which was paired with their catback exhaust. Well from reading numbers posted by them it seemed the dual resonated would be close to stock levels and their single resonated would be a few decibels louder. I decided I would give them a shot and ordered the Single Resonated.

Impressions- Well initially its a great looking pipe, nicee welds and the resonator seems good quality. Install wasn't hard except for removing the stock Cat (the 3 bolts on the header side are most likely going to be rusted to crap and are going to be a b**** to get out!) Aside from that no problems.

Right now I have the stock OEM Catback paired with this. The sound is actually really awesome, just cruising it isn't loud at all, the tone changed to a deeper tone. Cruising on the highway there is absolutely no drone either (again on stock catback). When you really hit it is when you realize you have a midpipe, the sound is louder but not cop trouble loud either and the power gain is definitely there.

Overall I am happy with my decision on the Corksport Midpipe. My only wish is, that they would provide more parts for the RX-8.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Axial Flow Short Shifter + Some Little Things

So a few weeks ago I decided to paint my intake pipe flat black because I was hating the flashy polished look. When taking the intake apart I found some oil deposit inside the pipe. After that I decided to finally install a Oil Catch Can. I ordered a generic can, simply because they are just a can to catch oil, no sense in spending $150 on a can right?

Also installed some Clear Corners!

Big Installation was the AFE Short Shifter. Let me start off by saying, I have been wanting this upgrade for about 3 years now. And now that I have it, I have no idea why I waited so damn long.

Installation was super simple and took maybe 10 minutes.

Impressions - WOW, at first the first thing i said was this is stupid! The stock shifter throws honestly are very nice and short for a stock car in my opinion. With this, your barely moving to the next gear, plus gives you more feeling in the gearbox.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stopping Power!

Brake pads on my car were beginning to wear down. I was using Hawk HPS Pads and actually really liked them, the brake dust levels were really minimal and they stopped really nicely.

This time around a friend recommended the Axxis ULT Pads, and he also mentioned upgrading to stainless lines and doing a fluid flush.

So going on his recommendation I ordered those pads along with Agency Power Stainless Steel Brake Lines and Clutch Line, and some ATE Superblue Synthetic Racing Brake Fluid.

Installation and flush were a breeze, even though you will most likely need someone to help you with the flush.

Impressions - Unfortunately I installed all these together when my previous pads were gone, so all together what an improvement, the brake pedal was really firm (probably due to air in the lines before hand) and the car stopped on the dime.

After a few days of driving however, I noticed something that I am really unhappy about. DUST!!!

These pads give off so much brake dust your wheels will go from sparkling clean to black in just a couple of days even if you do use gears to slow down your car like I do.

The Axxis Pads stop great, but for the difference in stopping power vs the Hawk HPS, I will never buy them again, unless I can hire someone to professionally detail my wheels everyday.

Something to think about!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Altspace Photoshoot

So a good friend of mine and I have been talking about him doing a photoshoot of my car for quite sometime now. I am happy it took this long though because my car has come a long way since our first talks. Well I wont say too much except that Josh does amazing work and you should definitely contact him for whatever photo needs. Check out his blog here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Black Halo Racing Ignition Upgrade

If you are new with the RX-8 you will soon find out that the OEM Ignition doesn't last very long, average life is about 25-30k miles for the coils and spark plugs. OEM coils are about $50 a piece (Renesis engine uses 4) and a set of spark plugs is about $85 plus a set of new spark plug wires is around $60 also. Changing all this every 25-30k miles will get extremely costly and just annoying. Lots of people add a MSD and get good results just boosting the OEM parts.

But there is another way.... Black Halo Racing has a full plug and play ignition system that uses stronger coils and comes with full wiring harness to make for an easy installation. BHR claims this system will last 100k miles with no maintenance which is a lot more like it. The kit prices in at $499 which seems expensive but if you add the amount of money your going to spend on OEM replacements its a no brainer.

Impressions: Well right away I noticed how smooth the engine revs are. Revving all the way to redline just felt smooth as butter with no engine stress. I took it for a quick ride on the highway and the overall power felt much better. After about 5 tanks of gas I have also noticed a gain in gas mileage. Definitely extremely happy with this mod, matter of fact it is the best thing I have done to this car so far!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

TEIN + Enkei + Toyo

So last year I lowered the car on Tein S-Tech Springs. For the most part I love them. Obviously I would love to be on a coilover system but it is currently out of the budget for now. The Teins lower the car to a perfect height in my opinion and I love the fact that is lowers the front about a half inch more than the rear as the stock ride height has the front higher than the rear which looked awkward.

The wheels and tires i bought second hand off a local RX-8 owner who ended up going a different route with wheels and tires for his race setup. I ended up getting a great deal on wheels that are in mint condition and tires that have a huge amount of tread left.

The wheels are Enkei RP03 which are a lightweight racing wheel. they are 18x9 with a 40 offset, so the stance is really desirable. The tires are Toyo Proxes R1R 265/35/18, they are definitely a bit overkill for everyday street driving. The response and handling on these tires are crazy and definately need to be unleashed on the track.


I am a huge fan of good audio and high definition video so it was time i slowly upgraded the audio in my car.

Originally i was going to go with a Single DIN reciever but I came across a Navigation Unit on clearance for a steal, so I said what the hell you can never go wrong with a in car navigation unit built in, Plus the iPod interface and bluetooth cell phone screen interface was awesome.

The unit is the Pioneer Avic P700BT. Has all the preouts for amplifier upgrades and has on screen bluetooth cell phone controls and address book along with a Navigation that hasn't failed me yet.

Along with the Unit I added a Custom fiberglass sub box in the trunk with a 10" subwoofer and 4 channel amp.

This year I am hoping to get some nice JL Components for the Front Seat to pretty much complete my audio for now.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Things Change...

So its been awhile since I've posted anything in this blog. Since last time I have changed alot of things on the car, added stuff as well as removing stuff.

First off, I got rid of the AEM Intake and Exoticspeed Exhaust, i loved the combo but at the time i needed to go back to stock and make some cash for college selling them. I do plan on getting the Exoticspeed R1-T Exhaust again because I did love the tone from that exhaust, big ups to Exoticspeed on an incredible sounding exhaust!!

I also started to hate the look of my blacked out taillights so I bought a pair of stocks to put on again.

Not a great blog update especially after being away for awhile but I am using this as a filler as I have actually added a lot to the car since all this which will be in a separate post