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General Technical / Road tyres with the occasional track day
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:04:26 PM »
Bit of a less-than-common size, 205/45 r17. Working to a budget, so can\'t stretch to say £150 a corner at the moment. The main semi\'s seem to come in most sizes except for this. I did find 595\'s at 215/40, but been advised the extra width could cause rubbing on the front. Pity, since these are to be had for £90 each. The car came with non std sizes anyway, with the 215/40 on the rear but 205/40 on the front. Think I may well swap the rears to the front and see if I get rubbing. Very tempted with the 595\'s, because they are affordable and have a great rep. Decisions decisions!

General Technical / Road tyres with the occasional track day
« on: June 06, 2014, 03:46:38 PM »
Quote from: boosted;879877
What car are we talking about? I must admit when i started tracking years ago used part worns mod getting a set of 2nd 888s . Always plenty on ebay cheap and last longer than you think.

Not a rotary....dare I even mention an MG on here?? :2eek MG ZS 180. (runs for cover...but it has a great rep for handling and a great sound V6 engine up front!).

General Technical / Road tyres with the occasional track day
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:19:33 AM »
My father in law and I bought a cheap run around to do some track days (we work next to Bedford Autodrome, so not far to go! Lol!).
Anyway, we are not professional track drivers and don\'t want to stretch to semi slicks just yet. We need new tyres now ( got really cheap Chinese tyres on at the moment and want shot of ASAP).
I\'d like to ask for suggestions on what people have used? Basically we want a road tyre but one that is very grippy for the odd track visit. We won\'t be using the car regularly, so wear isn\'t really a consideration because of high mileage. Just wondering whether there is any consensus about what are seen to be the best road/track tyres?

General Technical / ATE Blue brake fluid
« on: June 04, 2014, 12:19:47 PM »
Thanks Martin. Will go ahead with the swap then. But what a daft situation for the Americans! "It\'s the wrong colour"!:Giggle

General Technical / ATE Blue brake fluid
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:03:35 PM »

Just bought some ATE Super Blue DOT 4 brake fluid. I notice on the front it states it is illegal for use in road cars. A very quick scout on the net suggests this is a US thing, where the fluid can only be clear or amber (in other words the fluid is the wrong colour!).

Anyone know whether this also applies to the UK?



What are people’s views on the efficacy of plain disks vs drilled vs grooved? Are the holes and grooves just a piece of marketing hype, or do they actually help under certain conditions? I’ve just bought a cheap run around and will be doing a few fun track days with it, but was advised to stay clear of the grooved/drilled options because they do little to improve braking but eat the pads much faster. Just thought I’d ask for other opinions – but I guess I’ll get a mixture! I understand the points about de-glazing and better air flow to aid cooling etc, and the concerns about drilled holes fracturing due to heat stress, but do the advantages actually exist or is it better to go with plain disks?


Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Clutch question - non-rotary
« on: May 10, 2014, 11:27:03 PM »
Ta for the reply. Mk2, about a 91 or 92 I think. Just wanted to check, didn\'t want to end up having to contemplate a huge and complicated job!:Thumbs-up

Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Clutch question - non-rotary
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:23:31 PM »
Hi there,
A friend has picked up a cheap Mk2 MR2, but the clutch needs replacing. Has anyone had one these cars, or worked on them? If so, any idea whether a clutch change is easy (within reason!), or whether it is an utter pain (e.g. engine out job)?

General Technical / Engine failure
« on: May 08, 2014, 08:22:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply. The guy told me 1) he was driving and then a load of smoke happened, so I guess it is not overfilling with oil, and that a seal went inside the engine, and 2) he had someone that looks after his fleet of vehicles, who "knows rotaries" look at it and said about the "oil in the water".
Yes, I take it with a pinch of salt, but on the evidence of the smoke it is re-build whatever. Just wanted to gain opinions on the oil/water quote.

I\'m going to have a look at it anyway, and maybe offer him some cash, but not sure he will sell cheaply though. :2Rolleyes

General Technical / Engine failure
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:46:31 PM »

I\'d like to ask for opinions. I\'ve been looking at an 54 plate RX8, with around 90k miles. I found out tonight that it has a blown engine. The owners description was along the lines of "alot of smoke came out the back when I was driving it". In addition, someone had a look and apparently there is oil in the water.

Could someone with a bit of knowledge suggest reasons for the above? Oil smoke suggests an oil seal ( to the side of the rotor?) has gone, and oil in the water suggests maybe part of the housing casting along the cooling channels has also broken? I remember seeing pictures in the past where the castings are very thin and can leak or break from corrosion?

He said he was quoted £1700 to fix (not sure what that means, but apparently he has a report but couldn\'t find it just now). He didn\'t say who this was, but hopefully will find out when I see the report.

Any thoughts?


RX-8's / Long shot - recognise this number plate?
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:55:28 AM »
Thanks for the reply! Haven\'t seen the guy to speak to him about it, but it may be that he bought it on a whim and found it not running and wants shot of it. We thought it wasn\'t running as it appeared here with the towing hook sticking out the front!

Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Dead RX8 : value?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:41:03 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

Any obvious way of telling of bearing failure, without pulling the engine to pieces?

RX-8's / Long shot - recognise this number plate?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:38:51 AM »
Any RX8 owner recognise this plate? FM54 UXD. It\'s a non-running 8, bought at an auction a few months ago apparently. It\'s parked up in front of our building, and it\'s been suggested that the guy who bought it may want to get shot of it. Just thought it was worth a shot to see if anyone recognised the number and had any history. Thanks.:Thumbs-up

Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Dead RX8 : value?
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:55:39 PM »
We\'ve had an RX8 parked up outside where I work for maybe 6weeks now. Just found out today that it belongs to the guy who owns the buildings. I\'ve been told that for "various reasons it doesn\'t work". It has been suggested that there may be a deal to be done, suggesting he wants to get rid of it.
I have no idea on values of 8\'s. So asking for opinions please. I know nothing about the car apart from it doesn\'t run. It is a 54 plate.
Anyone care to suggest a price that a 9-10yr old RX8 in non running condition would go for? From the outside it isn\'t in pristine condition either, with a few minor dings in the bodywork.
Any help would be appreciated!

General Technical / 3 issues if you can help ?
« on: July 26, 2012, 12:18:05 PM »
Quote from: AndyGen3;830423

3rd : first turbo  stopped working the no boost until second turbo and no valve etc.. checked all pipes etc and theres no major noises from turbos.. exhaust note is seriously deeper too..

If i remember correctly, the 2nd turbo will only come "online" when the 1st is upto pressure. The flapper in the y-pipe is triggered at a certain pressure, derived from the 1st turbo. So you can\'t have a situation when the 1st turbo is not working, but the 2nd one is. They also work in parallel, not serial, so if one is not working you would most likely see a drop in pressure anyway.

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