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Dartz

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  1. Took it to Cars and Coffee on Sunday. Yes - I'm still alive. Took it to the NCT this morning. It failed. I have some MDF deckplates in the boot to keep spills from bothering the carpet. They didn't like them. They also didn't like the keyfob hanging from the mirror. It failed on a fucking keyfob.
  2. Some travellers fitted it with a cut-off straight pipe during the week. The noise was amusing On a 'look at that spa driving a car with his exhaust so loud he's wairing earmuffs driving it' level I never got it above 6000 revs. Even with ear defenders it was painful to sit in.
  3. Some scrote relieved mine of a 'catalyst' with creative use of a hacksaw. It now needs a new midpipe - prefereably with a hollow cat. And a rear O2 sensor because the cunts cut the loom. Anything floating around that I can grab? The car's parked up anyway since the work gave me the van so it's not Urgent.
  4. Driving South on the new M11 about 8pm on Friday - passed someone in a black RX8 fitted with a big wing, a fairly deep exhaust note and a distinctive white front and rear bodykit. Anybody we know here?
  5. Managed a hot start at somnething like 90rpm. Somehow. Complete with a dead cell on the battery. It ground over like it was in treacle, caught on a chamber by chance and stuttered to life. These D585's are still a brute. Didn't crank at all on the next key-turn. It was fucked by then. Of course, some Leaf nut in the carpark just had to point out that I wouldn't have to worry about problems like that. Yes - no electric car was ever stranded by a dead battery.
  6. Wow. I had a lot to drink that night.
  7. Almost bought a set of MeisterR for mine.... ended up going with the Flex's for reasons I can't remember. Wasn't dissapointed with them at least - but then I've only had the previous factory shocks to compare with. Even after 2 years on the car and some fairly horrific driving they're still clean.
  8. Modern cars are so well built, and so meticulously engineered that you can pretty much count on them lasting forever. Unless it's something where the manufacturer starts with L and ends with "and Rover" - provided you just keep it clean, keep up on the oil changes and servicing - it'll probably keep chugging along until petrol stations go the way of horse hitches. You have to go out of your way to kill the things. The thing with owning a Mazda RX8 is that you know it’s not a forever car. You can drive it brand new away from the dealer, or you can be the fourth owner down the line - either way you know that one day it will die. It's a guarantee. It doesn’t matter whether it lives its life as a garage queen or a daily driver. Whether it’s tracked or cruised. You know it’s eventually going to blow and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Whether it's the crank bearings, a coolant seal or a sideseal clipping a port or just the long slow decline unto death. Either it’ll go with a bang when you put your foot down to join the motorway - leaving only surprise silence and silence - or it’ll slowly and steadily decline until it just can’t get started anymore. While you can maybe make it live a little longer with careful maintainence and some clever and careful modifications, it's still only a short stay. It's no guarantee. And hen it finally does go pop, there are no more new engines. There is only a finite quantity of rotary engine parts out there. And while it can be patched up using either finite fresh parts, or or by swapping engines and parts out from other fallers, taking the best parts from broken engines and care until eventually eventually there will come a time when parts are so vanishingly rare and expensive one the few un-run collectors will remain. It won't be worth repairing. And that will be it. The car will finally be dead and gone. It is no forever car. It is a now car. It is a car that will die. So it is a car to be enjoyed while it still runs and drives and tackles the road with exhuberance and joy, brapping and banging between bends, frightening pedestrians and flooding carparks with the smell of victory. There’re so many things in the world that will be gone forever. Insects that’re dissapearing. Animals, plants, forests - whole ecosystems, countrys and sights that will soon be forever unseen. Or worse - torn up, stretched out and neatly packaged up and sold in their disneyland sacharrine variant for those few who can afford, with only a miniscule remnant of what made the true experience interesting. One day it will be gone. Nothing can be done about it. It's all fucked. The only thing left to do is to go out and enjoy them while you still can. The RX8 is just such a car. Like Cherry blossoms.
  9. Check ignition first. Probably your coils. Flashing CEL is only a misfire. Where the coils changed at rebuild? That said, white smoke could be coolant. Check the level in the expansion tank. Is it high, or is it low? Does it change? Grey smoke could be oil. Check the air filter and see if it's burped oil. Who did rebuild?
  10. Flex Z's? Those're good shocks. Have 30k on a set and they're still clean.
  11. 10,000km on the replacement engine. It still pulls strong. Everything else on the car's getting fucked. Of the three cars in the household it's the one that's put on the most km's in the last 5 years. Including the family diesel Megane. But it still runs.
  12. Solved the suspension problem. The preload adjuster on one of the shocks had jacked down over time and was causing the car to lurch since only one spring was fully supporting it. .
  13. Passed the big 160. Beginning to think the old engine had a slight water leak. Almost sure of it actually - the replacement just doesn't gunk up on the fillercap like the old one did. Sounds good. Runs good. An issue with the fanbelt was sorted. Ate about half a litre of oil in the meantime - which is a bit low, but most of that's been running at a steady 120. The NCT is coming. Will need to look at getting the suspension sorted. It likes to lean to the right on the power for no good reason then back left on a closed throttle. Being sat for a few weeks in the drive wasn't healthy for the bushings - neither was the snow. Neither are the ramps that twit Varadkar had the council install here. Have some nice dents on the belly from them now. Pictures came out stunning. Black and chrome is an amazing combination.
  14. Sounds like a dragging clutch. Although your clutch will stink if you ride it too much and it gets hot. That said, 1st to 2nd is a big jump with a big speed differential in gears. At high revs it can be very tough on the syncros. IIRC, Mazda even specifically advises against doing it in the manual. If it's really fucked and the clutch is fine you might have to double-clutch it because the syncro's gone.
  15. Probably a stupid question, but how did you get the housings to go together..... I thought the water seal location changed between the REW and the Renny?
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