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General Technical / Ebay RX7 - its back!
« on: September 14, 2004, 08:49:20 PM »

This is the one we looked at about 4 weeks ago, at a traders garage..... admittedly a very nice car, but this is the one that is sold as a 2002, but carries a 1999 chassis plate! Not saying at all that it is anything wrong with it, but we never did get an explanation for the chassis number discrepancy!! We walked away.......

Anyone thinking of bidding.......ask some serious questions first!!

3rd generation RX-7's / Air Intake on 99on front bumpers.....
« on: September 13, 2004, 11:34:31 PM »
Piccy to maybe help explain what I\'m on about!

3rd generation RX-7's / Air Intake on 99on front bumpers.....
« on: September 13, 2004, 11:22:38 PM »
Hi there,

Any thoughts on the air intake on the 99 spec front bumpers?

Fitting my front number plate, it is apparent that it sits directly over the air intake! There is still room behind the plate, maybe an inch gap, but this is obviously a significant barrier to taking in air! I guess it may even be deflecting the air flow away from the intake!

Anyone with this front end ever thought about this? I think I am correct in saying that the air intake is in the number plate slot and not scooping air from the radiator hole.  (I presume Japanese plates are small and thinner, and not the chunky square things the UK has to have, so do not obstruct the opening).




Never heard of anyone that does rotary rebuilds in Bedford. Guess a garage could have taken the job on, and sent it out to one of the professionals. Would be worth investigating a bit more before you buy.

Prices will all be relative.....condition, mileage, modifications etc. So just asking if 8k is a good price, is difficult to answer!

Have a look on Autotrader....loads around and it will give you an idea of what is available and what people/garages are asking.

Originally posted by Matt.Wild

I realise that the Jap Type R is running at 280bhp compared to the UKs 255bhp, but how does that actually affect the accleration in the long run?  

I\'ve read in some places stating that standard 0-60 of the UK model is a shocking 6.7 seconds?  Have I been massively misled by these books and sites?  


Hallo Matt,

As others have said, UKs were quoted as 237bhp.

I have a re-print from Autoar+Motor magazine, from \'92, when they tested a UK FD......0-60 was timed at 6.0s dead.

As for the "pre-cat", which is still a cat, mine was removed before I bought the car, and has a free flow K&N panel filter (supposedly better flow than Mazda paper ones), and in 5years and 20k miles, never had a problem. I guess it is all degrees of modification, there will be a point after which something will go wrong. I suppose it is something no-one wants to find, though, \'cos once you do, its too late!!


3rd generation RX-7's / what\'s the catch???
« on: August 19, 2004, 05:46:31 PM »
True, but not sure this is the one, though!

No doubt someone will buy it, and be very happy with it (until they come to sell it to someonewith some RX7 knowledge!)

But still don\'t understand the discrepencies:

- 2002 registration but with a 99 chassis number
- 99 spec interior
- old style Efini steering wheel (pre-99)
- 2001 clutch ignition lock
- 02 spec cross drilled discs and red calipers

Probably other stuff to. Anyone care to explain the 99 chassis plate on a 2002 car??

3rd generation RX-7's / what\'s the catch???
« on: August 18, 2004, 12:33:55 PM »
Been there, seen it, driven it!

Would suggest avoid it.  It may be genuine, but something about really doesn\'t add up. My take on it:

Not great condition - lots of door dents etc. Easily removed, I guess though.

Chassis number apparently relates to a 99/00 car. But it  is now registered as as 2002 on a 52 plate, and sold as one of the last!????

Interior specs, from what I can gather, relate to a 99/00 car. BUT, it has a clutch interlock for the ignition, which apparently was introduced in 2001?

Has cross drilled disks with red calipers, but don\'t know what model these were included on - but Brian Longs reference book for 7\'s made no mention of these upto 2001 - someone else has said these were included on the Spirit R. But this is definately NOT a spirit R!!

So, decided that it probably isn\'t the bargain it appears and has a history that isn\'t obvious. The seller has no paperwork for it, rather he imported it in March, and says it is SVA\'ed and MOT\'ed. He couldn\'t even tell me what model it was.

You have been warned!

General Technical / Model Identification With VIN No?
« on: August 17, 2004, 09:18:41 AM »
Yes, peeled off!

General Technical / Model Identification With VIN No?
« on: August 17, 2004, 08:57:09 AM »
I am looking at an RX7, but the garage owner has no info on which particular trim/model it is.

Is it possible to decipher the VIN number and see what model it actually is?

(And are there any web sites that list the FD RX7 variants?)


General Technical / Which models do these belong to?
« on: August 16, 2004, 03:27:15 PM »
Saw some pics of an RX with 99on nose cone and adjustable rear wing.

The wheels were showing red calipers and cross drilled brakes - did any of the RX\'s come with these, or are these aftermarket add on\'s?

Wheels & Tyres, Suspension & Brakes / Rear Toe Link
« on: June 22, 2004, 02:18:46 PM »
Thanks for the reply, Glenn.

I know Mazda do the main bushes for the suspension (several other threads around), but in the service manual, it says check and replace bushes on the other suspension parts, but strangely does not for the toe link. I therefore wanted to see if anyone else had had these bushes wear, and if they are replaceable ( or whether the unit had to be replaced whole). Better to go into these Mazda dealers with a little knowlege !


Wheels & Tyres, Suspension & Brakes / Rear Toe Link
« on: June 22, 2004, 12:51:18 PM »
Anyone know if the bushes on the rear toe control link can be changed, or does the whole toe link have to be replaced as one unit?


Technical Stickies / *** Spark Plug Q\'s & A\'s for the FD RX-7 ***
« on: June 21, 2004, 10:39:56 PM »
Just spotted this info. Bought the factory service manual 5years ago for my 3rd gen (UK), and got a pile of ammendments with it. Never really bothered looking through them before, but glanced through them tonight, for something else.  With the comments above about Mazda having must have made a mistake with their recomendations for spark plugs, seems they did!
2 of the extra pages that came with the manual, are from a Mazda technical bulletin (FD/036), which states that the recomended plugs in the UK car should be:
BUR8EQP - Leading,
BUR9EQP - Trailing.

This info is repeated on pages G3 and TD5.

So it seems they finally caught on that there was a mistake in the UK manual, but it took them until 1998 to issue the technical correction! Better late than never, I suppose!

General Technical / Twin Turbo pack removal
« on: March 20, 2003, 08:47:46 AM »

Reading this thread with interest. Did my inlet manifold gaskets a while ago, so had to remove all the turbos and associated bits and pieces.

Seems it went well.

I see your comments on the boost pattern, is the classically quoted 10-8-10. I have just fitted a boost guage and can now also see I get a 10-8-8.

If this thread is still active, is there REALLY going to be that much of a difference with 2 psi? Is it a lot of effort/money for a tiny/or non-noticable improvement??

Hope you do get yours sorted, and let us know how much better it is!


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