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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Result (I think!)
« on: December 19, 2008, 11:12:31 AM »
Ordered something for the car, £315 from RDHJapan. Just got the letter from Parcel force, and have only been charged £23 in taxes and £12 by Parcel Force. So the total charge is only about 11% - far better than the 25-30% I was expecting! Oddly the £23 tax is only 7%? Not sure what is going on there? Unless RDH have put down a very low value on the packaging...?

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Buying from RDH Japan
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:21:40 AM »
I see a few people have bought from these guys and all with good things to say about them.
My question - (relates to my other thread) - those of you that have bought from them, have you got stung for UK import/VAT taxes on your purchases? Their website gives a price for the delivered item, but no mention that it may be upto 25% more expensive due to the UK taxes. Am I likely to get stung for an extra 25%?

(Basically, I need to get something forthe car, I can source it from outside the UK but within the EU, but also from RDH which is cheaper. But, if I get charged for VAT + import duty on the RHD stuff, then it works out more expensive than the EU source.)

Thanks Andrew

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As per title, if you bought an item outside the UK but from a company within the EU, do you still get charged import tax and VAT on the purchase?
(Presumably these charges are relevant to all purchases from Japan!)

Thanks
Andrew

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Import Tax for goods
« on: September 26, 2008, 04:58:45 PM »
Hi there,

Is there a fixed tax rate that you pay when buying items from abroad? If so, what is it? The standard 17.5% vat or is it different? Does this only apply to new items, or does this cover 2nd hand stuff to?

What happens if you return something to the States, for example, for repair. Surely you don\'t stung for import duty when it returns? Could you label a mechanical item as a repair job, and circumvent the import taxes?

Cheers,
Andrew

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / FD back at the London Motorshow
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:52:07 AM »
If anyone\'s interested, Mazda are displaying several cars in a small area next to their stand under the banner of the heritage area. I understand there will be at least an FD (mine :Giggle) and an MX5, there may be others from Mazda\'s history, I\'m not sure. Will be cool to see an FD (well I am biased!) back on display at such a prestigious event!

(PS - a quick thanks to Clive who started the chain of events that lead to the car being used! :Thumbsup!)

Andrew

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Look what I\'m getting for 2 weeks!
« on: July 17, 2008, 11:17:28 AM »
Very nice.....:Thumbs-up

http://www.born2speed.com/newstemplate.php?id=203

Looking forward to seeing what it is like!

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / When Was Your Car Issued in Japan?
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:15:19 PM »
From another website - link below -, a (truthful?) log of the issue date of Jap cars. No idea on the size of the database or how far back it goes though.

http://www.fdowners.com/showthread.php?t=874

I used Google translator page to look at it in English. My car comes out with the same date as was on the import documents.

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Twin Turbo in RX8
« on: February 11, 2008, 10:30:40 AM »
Just a curiosity question: was speaking to my neigbour yesterday, while cleaning the FD, he seemed to know a bit about rotaries - he then mentioned that a friend of his did a twin turbo transplant into his RX8 (he reckoned "nothing would touch it on the road".....:2Confused) . I did question the fact that was it a twin turbo or a single turbo - he was adamant it was a twin (so presumably as FD transplant?).

So, does anyone know if this has been done before, and he isn\'t just getting his story confused?

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Just looking for a new tuner for my bass, and came across this...

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/Catalogue/ViewProduct.aspx?productId=2536

OK, not exactly the perfect shape, but close! :D

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Was It You I Spotted? / Northampton - Silver K-reg
« on: June 09, 2007, 02:25:50 PM »
Just finished a gig at the King Billy - standing outside chucking the gear back into our cars - with loads of crap cars racing around :Laugh  - then a silver FD idles by - a breath of fresh air! They just look so good! Nice one!

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Interesting Car....
« on: October 13, 2006, 12:46:06 PM »
http://www.j-spec.com.au/list/index.php?ID=7985

Says only 13 ever built.....don\'t like it personally, but interesting that Merc did once allow themselves a bit of experimentation in design!

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Rachaels\' RX7/RX8 in Top Gear mag
« on: July 04, 2006, 12:36:26 PM »
OK, so not a feature, but TG were driving an Astra Coupe and took it to a "cruise" - there are a few snaps of it parked up next to the pink RX7/RX8 hybrid. National fame at last?? :yes

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Anyone else spotted them?! :yes  Celebrity status? Hmmm....well....... :Laugh Not sure if they actually know they are there, though!

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General Technical / Do these plugs look OK?
« on: April 19, 2006, 10:39:29 PM »
Just changed the spark plugs - do the old plugs look OK? The pic below shows
top left = rear rotor, leading (plug is a 7)
top right = rear rotor, trailing (plug is a 9)
bottom left = front rotor, leading (plug is a 7)
bottom right = front rotor, trailing (plug is a 9)

Notes on the pics: the front rotor has that classic tan colour which we\'re taught is a sign of a good mixture. Is this still true for the rotary? The rear plugs are a little blacker (running slightly rich? - a good sign?)
The plug on the top right does not have a chunk missing, some of the carbon on the surface just flaked off!
And they all have a circular wear pattern, presumably where the spark has eroded the 4 outer electrodes - again, is this normal? Plugs are 3k mile old, by the way.

(The car is std (inc ecu), and run on Optimax).

Cheers!

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