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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2007, 12:51:22 PM »
The Purists won\'t like this but here is a picture that inspired me to try and fit big diameter RX-8 wheels to the car.

I have also found it interesting that all around the RX-4, Mazda put the word "Rotary" or used Rotary shapes wherever possible.

i.e. on the boot, grill, rear side wings and even the center caps on the wheels.

The reason I have found this interesting is because this 1970\'s "Rotary theme" is not used on any other car until 2003 with the Rotary badged RX-8, indeed this is one of the reasons I decided on RX-8 Lightning yellow instead of the normal Sunset yellow used on RX-7 FD\'s, and if, if, I can get RX-8 wheels it will give a bridging the years theme nicely top the car especially because I formed a club to encompass both Old and New School http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.smileycentral.com%252F%253Fpartner%253DZSzeb008%255FZNxuk101YYGB%2526i%253D36%252F36%255F1%255F13%2526feat%253Dprof/page.html" target="_blank">http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_1_13.gif" alt="SmileyCentral.com" border="0">http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fimgfarm%252Ecom%252Fimages%252Fnocache%252Ftr%252Ffw%252Fsmiley%252Fsocial%252Egif%253Fi%253D36%252F36_1_13/image.gif">
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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2007, 12:56:13 PM »
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and of course the colour is great :god :cool
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2007, 01:32:30 PM »
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I would like to know  what to do with the 13b door saloon I have and how much its worth,
Its got just under 20k on the clock and has been dry stored all its life.1 owner and 4 stamps on history. Any takers????????????????????????? Oh I forgot  to mention its UK new



First thing is get some pictures up and we can go from there with helping you with a value
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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2007, 11:14:33 AM »
I want one more than my legs. Great colour choice too.

Now i\'m not a purist but,i really really really think you ought to fit some period retro jdm dished wheels on it.....15" max.

This kind of thing


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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2007, 11:29:12 AM »
I think Mr.Bishi may have a point el Presidente.... :Giggle
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2007, 01:09:38 PM »
yup
those rims would look sweet on there

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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2007, 01:36:44 PM »
I prefer Clive\'s approach, I\'m afraid...  Modern cars have big wheels, and this isn\'t a resto, it\'s an update, so update the wheel stuff.  I\'m doing the same with my 1st gen - the stuff that is going on is better than the factory setup.  The suspension is contemporary, the bushes are poly, the fuelling is modern plumbing, the cooling is done through modern alloys, and the interior is as new and modern as can be done.
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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2007, 03:09:09 PM »
But modern cars have big arches that accomodate the bigger wheels so they don\'t look totally out of proportion, When you start adding 18 inch wheels on an older car it starts to look naff imho.

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« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2007, 09:43:39 PM »
The RX-8 Wheel and up to date colour idea was to try and span most of the Rotary years all in one car and my eventual dream if I have the Penny\'s is to have a 350 brake FD single Turbo engine to have a bit of many Rotary years encompassed in the car,

BUT without cutting anything to fit it in as I want to keep this rust free car capable of being returned to stock if required many years from now.

I was actually going to just push the car away until for at least a year and try and get a more powerful engine screwed together,  but Lisa has convinced me to screw the car back together to get it mobile so people can see it.


Back to the wheels,

I toyed with Minilites but then every body ends up with "period" Minilites so discounted them.

Until I get the car back and on the way to being reassembled I have no idea if the RX-8 wheels with adapters made up will fit, and whilst I am a subscriber to "no such word as can\'t", like I said, this is a car that I won\'t cut the shell about to make things fit so if I cant get steering with very few mods I will have to reconsider.

The other thing about big diamiter wheels is that I have a set of RX-8 Disc brakes laying around that I would like to fit to go on, and you ain\'t going to get 15" wheels over those monstrous 322 and 302mm Disc\'s!.
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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2007, 09:54:20 PM »
Definately a very nice car. The oldskool look is fantastic and I think won\'t ever look too dated.

As for the hot topic on wheels. I was shocked at how small 17\'s looked on the 1st gen. The proportions wheren\'t screwed up at all and looked amazing.

Its more a case of how it drives down the road on 18\'s !

Can\'t wait for more info and pictures :D

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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2007, 10:27:20 PM »
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But modern cars have big arches that accomodate the bigger wheels so they don\'t look totally out of proportion, When you start adding 18 inch wheels on an older car it starts to look naff imho.


Quick look, huge arches,



Or would you prefer these originals, mind you the rotors on the Ben Hur bits are trick.
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2007, 10:30:07 PM »
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I prefer Clive\'s approach, I\'m afraid...  Modern cars have big wheels, and this isn\'t a resto, it\'s an update, so update the wheel stuff.  I\'m doing the same with my 1st gen - the stuff that is going on is better than the factory setup.  The suspension is contemporary, the bushes are poly, the fuelling is modern plumbing, the cooling is done through modern alloys, and the interior is as new and modern as can be done.



Did you know the Americans have a new word for these type of cars, they are now calling old cars with modern bits, "recreations"
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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2007, 11:12:20 PM »
that I didn\'t know, but retro is cool.  Would love an rx3 coupe next...  (Or a datso 240... Not rotary, but don\'t tell anyone... *grin*)
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« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2007, 11:39:27 PM »
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Its more a case of how it drives down the road on 18\'s !


Shaun


I know what you mean, in it\'s last guise of ownership my FD had 19" and 18" wheels which I thought looked good but boy did it screw the ride and handling
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« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2007, 06:27:19 AM »
Thinks, enviously: *sigh* ......"rust free"..... "sigh*  :-(