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Dartz last won the day on May 14

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  1. Heh. Yeah. AC is cooking the engine. Dropped nearly 6 degrees at idle just by turning it off. So much humidity in the air that it's just popping out of sensible cooling, condensing gallons of water from the air and dumping all that latent heat, let alone the air temperature.
  2. Came within a whisker of overheating it in traffic. Just caught the temperature gauge start to move off centre to the right in slow traffic outside belfast - after nearly 40 minutes of slow traffic at that. Popped windows and stuck the heater on full blast to bring it back. Ended up taking a few minutes at lisburn to check if anything had blocked the radiator - seemed clear. Coolant bottle was very full....
  3. On D585's. There's no consistency to it. But it's always an hour and a half, to 2 hours after shutdown after the gauge has dropped back off the bottom. Wonder if it's just taking time to get the fuel mix right or something. Never any trouble anywhere else.
  4. Was a whim. But, rigged up with some mad-max racks on the boot and roof to carry spare parts, tyres, fuel and places to sleep. Maybe it could be done.
  5. Car backfired so hard, France surrendered to it. Petrol from this fecky little place in Wexford seems to run like rocket fuel in it.
  6. The bizarre starting problem returns. It always struggles to start an hour and a half to two hours after being shut down. Today, it caught and died when I backed off the key. Then fired on the second attempt. It's not even a problem. Just an odd quirk.
  7. Looking at driving directions from Dublin to Vladivostok - and henceforth, the ferry to Japan and on to Hiroshima. I hear the trans-siberian has been fully paved. 21 days driving. 3 solid weeks of 8 hour days across the top of russia. 2000 litres of petrol. 33 stops - or an average of 2 per day if we're not draining the tank. 1 mid-way service. Be some fucking story to pull it off in an RX - and just hand the keys back over at the factory. Cost something like 5-6k to do, mind. With fuel being half that. And God knows what Russian petrol would be like.
  8. It's a car that makes me happy. It's a car that depresses me becase I can't relly look after it the way I feel it deserves to be looked after.
  9. After 300km, the fresh oil I put in is already fairly brown and dirty. Then again, it's an old engine. In other news, a whallop from a rock or a brick or something in wexford left a nasty buckle on the belly. Whack! Need to get into the rust at some stage. It's not bad, but it's there. It's an old car. Wabi-Sabi has taken a hold, despite the depressed efforts I make. And I'm sitting her plotting a new MX5 to replace it when the NCT comes due. Might just be able to afford it.
  10. http://www.racingbeateurope.com/brx8-tein-mazda-rx8--flex-z-damper-kit-to-fit-all-rx-8-including-r3-models-b-927-p.asp 700 Brit-bucks new. But good.
  11. 1500 miles? A bit short? I normally aim for 5000km, but it usually ends up being close to 6-7k, with about 2 litres added through natural consumption anyway over that. Works out as every 6 months or so, but mine's run regularly on long journeys and work rides. Anyway. Got the front brakes done. New disks and pads. Discovered a stuck caliper pin, but sorted that. Disks were well bolloxxed too Bolts on the rear caliper frames still defying the best of brute force. Can't even get a breaker into them with the wheelarch in the way. But aside from a stone-score the rear disks and pads seem to be fine.
  12. Second hand, or new? Am running Tein Flex-Z for the last month or two and am quite happy with them.
  13. I've had full loads in the back and even with two blown shocks never bellied the car. But if she's slamming into the bumpstops then bouncing back up, chances are it's the shocks that're gone. Rear shocks are notorious on these for letting go (Like at high speed around parabollica.... )
  14. Basic service. Oil, filters and a blast to clean the MAF. Still did a power of good. Running smoother on the 15W40 - suspiciously so. One of the main bearings might be a bit iffy. Brakes are well fucked mind. HAve new disks and pads and fluid. But I need a breaker bar to undo the bolt holding the caliper frames on. They've been there since the car left the factor and are well seized. Impact driver just can't get into them.
  15. Drove to Cork and back, fully loaded. Boot and back seats used to the max.... Engine ran like a watch. The rest of the car is very much getting into decade-old car syndrome. Especially after taking the battering Irish roads offer. List of shit that might need attention soon is growing - ARB bushings, a wheel bearing, disks, pads and fluid, diff and trans-oil. I've been putting off the gearbox until the engine's out for a rebuild but the engine refuses to have problems. 300km and the needle is just bareley below halfway, with plenty of shenanigans along the way. So that'shealthy at least.