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.