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Old 04-29-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I HATE to do this but my build thread is in the "other" forum. I figured if anyone is interested, by all means take a peak. I will continue to update on this forum as well.

http://www.rx7club.com/showthread.php?t=694027

I have it up on jack stands right now fixing a coolant issue that I should have known better to "rig". I will have it back on the road by next weekend and am planning on hitting the dyno late May or mid June.

Here are a couple pics of the "finished" product(quotations because it is ever changing )

















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Old 04-29-2009, 08:52 PM   #2
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I am a HUGE S4 tail fan!



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Current set-up with a couple extra goodies



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Thanks for looking and as I promised, updates will be here too. Cheers!
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:10 PM   #3
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that is a sexy blue!
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Nice color, very clean... what color is that?

I dont want to jump to the "other" forum to read the entire thing, lol..
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Thanks. It is 1999 Honda SI Electron Blue with a Ferrari/Glasurit clear.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:51 PM   #6
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Damn I love your car! I've been looking at your car ever since I signed up to 7club. I think I remember asking what tire size your were running out the back. 265 right?
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:08 AM   #7
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Very clean car. Looks superb!
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Wow FC3S Murray.... the attention to detail is impeccable. Great job. Great choices on everything in the engine bay and the final product really shows how time and attention to detail pays off! Extremely clean ride!
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:49 AM   #9
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Thanks guys!
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Great looking car. Love the color.
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Update: Bad news sort of....

I have a hair line crack at the dowel casting on my rear iron. It is slowly seaping oil, about a drip every 30 seconds. I was in denial at first and I replaced o-rings on my pedistal, sealed the Oil Pressure port, ect. But i watched it seap from the casting and I just uttered, "F*CK!"

It IS the S4 rear iron so I guess it just can't take even 360 whp. So sad because I just was about to dyno.

GOOD NEWS is I am going to order a brand new rear iron from Mazdatrix and from what Kevin Landers told me Mazda will send me with the iron with the BEEFIER casting. Kevin says he hasn't ordered a S4 rear iron BUT S5 he has and it was beefier.

So I will take the engine out, pull the bad iron CAREFULLY, trace the port job since I have no template, Port the new one, put in new water seals and o-ring and original side seals. Kinda risky but this is my ONLY option right now. Mazdatrix and Racing Beat techs told me today that they have done the procedure and both stated, "just don't move the engine around a lot once tension bolts are removed."

Gonna be a while before she is back on the road due to moving in to a new house we bought BUT never the less this still isn't as BAD AS A BLOWN engine.

Will update wiith pictures during the removal and install. F*ck me sideways man!
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Just ordered a new S4 13BT rear iron from Mazdatrix.

Mazdatrix confirmed that Mazda does send a new unit with the beefier casting, so I will only have to port the new iron as opposed to having to deal with buying a S5 rear iron and enlarging the rest of my S4 ports to comply with the 1/8 '' S5 larger port.

Mazdatrix recommended that I buy a new rear rotor housing since they state all cracked rear iron motors "oval" the dowel hole area on the rear rotor housing.

I am skeptical since I do not push high boost and the rear iron did not explode on me.

I requested some measurements from them regarding limits on the rear housing since the FSM does not specify in the ENGINE secition and the TECHNICAL INFO section as well.

I am awaiting a response.

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Mazdatrix got back to me and said there is no measurement check because mazda wasn't expecting people to push these little pea shooters this hard.

To sum it up they said if there is any wiggle in the dowel pin once i remove the rear iron, the rear rotor housing should be replaced.

I also am going to measure the hole with a caliper and see if it is uniform.

Man, I am slowly losing patience with rotaries. This isn't my first time either, this would be engine # 6 if this one dies. 1 a year: 3 to mechanical failure, 2 to stupidity and 1 to TOO much power. haha.
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Spring is out and the rotaries are popping like the spring time flowers. Sorry to hear about the iron, look at it this way, a few hundred bucks and you can push more power

BTW....... LOVE the color, LOVE the tails
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Thanks man. Your color is great and unique. I need not mention the tails since "our kind" are slanderized for such hideous 80's tail light obsession.

I HOPE this is jsut a remove and replace job. If that rear rotor housing is fucked so is my hope to have it out this summer. With the new mortgage, a rebuild is gonna take enough time and money to let damn old man winter rear his ugly head again up here in Montana by the time I am finished.

Wife and daughter make free time very very slim.
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