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Discussion Starter #22 (Edited)
November 7th will be a sad day.

Well, I guess it's time for another update.

November 7th will be a sad day: I'm storing her for winter :(

Chris is already aware of this, but I guess it's time to let everyone else know about it. I am a high-end detailer and have my own company, so I haven't had much time to work on the car recently because of all the work I've had. (Regular day job + detailing)

Since the last update I've given up on finding the boost leak and decided to upgrade Intercooler and Piping. I'm moving on to a V-mount setup with aluminum piping (Battery relocation required).

I also ordered a boost gauge, and mid-pipe to monitor my air pressure and get rid of that clogged cat. Over the winter I'll be upgrading fuel pump to either the NipponDenso TT Supra pump or the Bosch in-line 280lph pump to bump fuel flow. If things go to according to plan, I should receive my Apex'i Power FC to control the whole thing. I should also be getting my restriction plates to eliminate boost creep until injectors get an upgrade as well (for eventual single turbo conversion - meaning I'll have an adequately sized WG).

On to what I've gotten done: as I mentioned, I'm a detailer and everyone knows the shoemaker is never well shoed (is that a word? :p) I decided to give my car the winter prep it needed. Unfortunately, I didn't take pics of the whole process, and even if I did, I don't think y'all are interested in viewing a detailing thread :p So, to keep it short, here's a quick run down of what I did:

-Washed my wheels with Ph neutral cleaner (and a tooth brush)
-Sealed my wheels with the proper wax
-Cleaned the car with AutoGlym Car Shampoo (twice, to make sure everything is off before the next step)
-Stripped everything off the car with a stripping agent/soap (To get rid of all conditioners, glazes, waxes and other chemicals on the paint and leave a fresh layer of paint to work with)
-Clay barred the entire car with Riccardo blue Clay (aggressive clay)
-Washed the car again to get rid of the clay lubricant
-Waxed the car with three layers of AutoGlym HD Wax (each laid down and removed 15 minutes after, waiting 24 hours between layers)

So, this is pretty much what the car looks like now before it goes into storage:











And for those who might want to see the effect of the AG HD Wax, here it is (note: the video was originally intended for Chris,that's why you hear his name at the beginning:p)


^Best watched on YouTube in large size. This video shows the beading and repulsion of water from the wax.


So that's pretty much it for now. I'll update when I get new parts in with pictures! :)


And for those who are interested in my detailing, you can check out (and like) my facebook page here. Bare with the French on the page, I'm in a bilingual area.


Cheers!
 

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It don't go fast yet King. It'll go fast next spring when I fix all the little booboos on it. I.E.: Boost leak and clogged cat. And when I give it a little "pep" and remove the speed limitor, I.E.: Power FC :)
 

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Nah, last summer, the transmission was the problem. Now it's a boost leak and clogged cat. I must say that other than minor issues causing it to not run to peak potential, I haven't had any issues with the car itself. I still have perfect compression on all 6 rotor faces.
 

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how the hell did you get one for 7k, shells here are 4k with no motor and not perfect. (I have been looking) Ones like you found are 9k+ and decent ones are 12k...

Find another at 6-7k I will pay cash and come drive it home. Bye Bye Miata and Probe Hello RX7 FD lol.
 

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No ZE power, he's right, they are all worth 9K+ around here. I got mine this cheap because it was an auto. Shells still go for roughly 4K here. let's also not forget that these are RHD cars, the LHD variants are almost double the price.


BTW Cross, I didn't get it for 7, I got it for 6 :p
 

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November 23rd, 2010 Update!!!!!!!!

Although the nice warm season is over, that doesn't mean I'm taking a break from the car. I'm doing a lot more studying as well as buying more parts.

So far I have purchased:

-ProSport Gauges electronic boost gauge
-Megan Racing down-pipe and mid-pipe
-Restrictor plate
-CXRacing V-mount intercooler.


Don't worry, that's just dust on the clear vinyl protection









Yes, it's a Megan Racing, but I inspected the welds and test fitted them. Everything seems great.



The Restrictor Plate is simply a 2.25" exhaust flange to create enough restriction in the exhaust flow to eliminate boost creep.



-Bar and Plate intercooler
-Core Size 15" x 10" x 3.25"
-2.5" Inlet & Outlet
-3.25" Thickness Core

What's going to be purchased over the winter:

-New KOYO aluminum radiator [check]
-2.75" polished aluminum piping and couplers for IC
-ProSport Gauges water temp. gauge [check]
-ProSport Gauges oil temp. gauge [check]
-ProSport Gauges oil pressure gauge [check]
-Innovate LS-1 Wideband
-GM 3-bar map sensor
-Apex'i Power FC with commander
-Apex'i AVC-R boost controller


With all this, I should be pushing near 300rwhp. If all goes well and business(detailing) keeps up and progresses, I should also be able to go single turbo. But that's an IF for now.
 

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With an aftermarket downpipe and no cat, you better put that boost controller at the top of your list ;)

Where are you planning to tap your oil gauges? Sandwich plate or somewhere by the cooler? Is that gold and black strut bar painted or powder coated? I'm digging that color combo :D
 

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Actually, the boost controller won't change anything because of the amount of boost creep I will get. The only 2 options are porting the waste-gate (which I will be doing during the complete engine rebuild with the Atkins 3mm kit) and by using an exhaust restriction plate which works wonders from what I've read on rx7club.

As for the oil temp. gauges, I'm not sure exactly where yet, but def not close to the oil cooler as that would compromise the reading since it'd be cooler fresh out of it.

Yes, the gold and black strut bar is painted, by yours truly :) Thank you.


March 17th, 2011 - UPDATE!!!!!!!!!

So over the winter, I didn't get everything I wanted, but I should get it all by the end of spring. What I did get however, is a new set of wheels with rubbers. I got myself Enkei RPF1's, in 17 x 9 +22. I will be running Hankook RS-3's in 255/40R17 on all 4 corners. :)

[Wheels and tires aren't in yet, so here's a generic picture of them]


[Same for the tires]


I also got myself some 99-spec bumper lights and the FEED front bumper and side steps.

[Side steps not shown]


Additionally, I will moving from a stock oil sump system to a oil sump delete and running premixed 2 stroke gasoline and oil. :)
 

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Ummm FEED bumper :tup:

I like those Enkei, they should go well with the car.
 

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March 22, 2011 - Update

Wheels are in. Instead of just showing you them, I thought I'd have a bit of fun and have them strip for you though. So, if you will, play "She's got legs" from ZZ-Top while you SLOWLY scroll down. :p



















And just to give you an idea of wide they are....






I'm not sure yet when the tires will be in, Hoping by the end o the month.
 

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I lol'd haha nice strip XD btw is it the FEED bumper or not? I forget...

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The "transmission saga" post should definitely be longer. Like 8000 word essay longer. Lol you had so many problems with that douchebag and his garage XD it was a 2 month process to swap a tranny... btw this threadf is actually rly good....fun to relive your rx7 experience online :p
 

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June 4th 2011 - UPDATE!!!!!!!!

The year has been quite busy so far with the regular job and the detailing company, meaning I haven't' had much time to work on my car. Last night, I got lucky and was able to spend a few hours getting things done though.

I had my wheels and tires mounted and test fitted them on the car. The rear fits fantastic...


But the front...




OOPS! A little wide. Since I'm going towards an entire Carbon Fiber Front end, I'll get the FEED wide front fenders instead of the SEIBON OEM front fenders.

I also need to adjust the suspension height about 0.5-0.75 inches in back and 1.25-1.5 inches in the front to clear the wheels and to make sure I don't damage this...








Just to show you how low it sits on the MazdaSpeed MS-01's right now...



Also, this is my shop where I do my detailing, but don't worry...it's normally MUCH cleaner than this. I kinda made a mess when I got excited about installing my new FEED bumper! :D
 
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