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    • ginashamz
    • By ginashamz 12th Oct 18, 11:27 AM
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    Update on the RX8
    • #1
    • 12th Oct 18, 11:27 AM
    Update on the RX8 12th Oct 18 at 11:27 AM
    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a 2006 Mazda RX8 PZ couple of months ago for a very cheap price and found the following problems:
    1. did not have PZ Bilstein shocks and Eibach strings but the standard ones
    2. Rust on lower side sills and the underside of the rear boot
    3. A lot of play in the steering wheel

    Since, I have had the following work performed:
    1. Purchased a used set of PZ suspension from Ebay and had that fitted for a total price of 400
    2. Got the garage to wire brush the underneath of the car and add a protective layer of coat and went to a body shop to sand down the rust on the side sills, re-putty and paint for the total amount of 500
    3. Replaced the lower universal steering joint (unfortunately main dealer part only!) for a total of 200
    4. Had a full service (oil and filters, differential oil, coolant flush, tranmission oil and compression test) for 280. My compression readings were all in the high 6s.

    Oh, and I also got a four wheel alignment done for 50. All in all I got my car for 1000, and paid another 1400 for all the above work, so a total sum of 2400!

    The car now drives perfect! Everything works as it should, and it starts every time and pulls well. Bad thing is that I have Runway tyres on the rear (nearly new from last owner) but they actually make the car more fun to drive as the back end slides out more easily

    Very happy, I now own a car that's in perfect running order and also appreciating in value
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    • ginashamz
    • By ginashamz 12th Oct 18, 11:30 AM
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    • #2
    • 12th Oct 18, 11:30 AM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 11:30 AM
    I forgot to say that the PZ suspension made a massive difference in the car ride feel and handling, all for the better. Less body roll and felt more composed at higher speeds.

    My next mod is to add front and rear Racing Beat anti-roll bars. This will apparently make the car have zero body roll when cornering. That 9k RPM is intoxicating, but at lower revs (less than 5k RPM) it drives like a standard car.
    • Exile_geordie
    • By Exile_geordie 12th Oct 18, 11:49 AM
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    • #3
    • 12th Oct 18, 11:49 AM
    • #3
    • 12th Oct 18, 11:49 AM
    Why not use one of your other threads on this car?

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    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 12th Oct 18, 11:57 AM
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    • #4
    • 12th Oct 18, 11:57 AM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 11:57 AM
    So is it driveable now? Are you going to tell your insurer about the modifications?
    I'd put some good tyres on it so you can get round corners properly - I wouldn't be going near "higher speeds" on crap tyres.


    I'm glad it's mostly sorted now, too.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 12th Oct 18, 12:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 12:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 12:02 PM
    Can you beat a Polo (or whatever it was) away from the lights now?
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 12th Oct 18, 12:08 PM
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    • #6
    • 12th Oct 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 12:08 PM
    C'mon then, let's see the pics?
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 12th Oct 18, 12:15 PM
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    • #7
    • 12th Oct 18, 12:15 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 12:15 PM
    C'mon then, let's see the pics?
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    We've not had any pics for the last 4yrs - no reason to start now
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 12th Oct 18, 12:52 PM
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    • #8
    • 12th Oct 18, 12:52 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 12:52 PM
    Maybe he still hasn't bought that tin of custard yet?
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    • Nodding Donkey
    • By Nodding Donkey 12th Oct 18, 1:13 PM
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    • #9
    • 12th Oct 18, 1:13 PM
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    • 12th Oct 18, 1:13 PM
    Are you going to tell your insurer about the modifications?
    Originally posted by Herzlos

    What 'modifications'?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 12th Oct 18, 1:26 PM
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    What 'modifications'?
    Originally posted by Nodding Donkey
    The upgraded shocks for one.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 12th Oct 18, 1:31 PM
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    The upgraded shocks for one.
    Originally posted by neilmcl

    They've been put back to stock, so that's OK. I meant the roll-bars.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 12th Oct 18, 1:32 PM
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    The upgraded shocks for one.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    He put PZ shocks back in to a PZ

    Hows that an upgrade?
    "We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem."
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 12th Oct 18, 1:34 PM
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    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a 2006 Mazda RX8 PZ couple of months ago for a very cheap price and found the following problems:
    1. did not have PZ Bilstein shocks and Eibach strings but the standard ones
    2. Rust on lower side sills and the underside of the rear boot
    3. A lot of play in the steering wheel

    Since, I have had the following work performed:
    1. Purchased a used set of PZ suspension from Ebay and had that fitted for a total price of 400
    2. Got the garage to wire brush the underneath of the car and add a protective layer of coat and went to a body shop to sand down the rust on the side sills, re-putty and paint for the total amount of 500
    3. Replaced the lower universal steering joint (unfortunately main dealer part only!) for a total of 200
    4. Had a full service (oil and filters, differential oil, coolant flush, tranmission oil and compression test) for 280. My compression readings were all in the high 6s.

    Oh, and I also got a four wheel alignment done for 50. All in all I got my car for 1000, and paid another 1400 for all the above work, so a total sum of 2400!

    The car now drives perfect! Everything works as it should, and it starts every time and pulls well. Bad thing is that I have Runway tyres on the rear (nearly new from last owner) but they actually make the car more fun to drive as the back end slides out more easily

    Very happy, I now own a car that's in perfect running order and also appreciating in value
    Originally posted by ginashamz
    All sounds good.

    Watch those outer sills though - the only way to get rid of rot is to cut it out and replace it with new metal. Fillers will bubble through again at some point.

    Yes, you've now a car that should retain its value at very least and hopefully appreciate
    "We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem."
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 12th Oct 18, 5:13 PM
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    He put PZ shocks back in to a PZ

    Hows that an upgrade?
    Originally posted by motorguy
    When he mentioned replacing the "standard ones" I assumed he upgraded the originals.

    Although, all is moot given that we can't trust a word he (and all his other current AEs) post.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 12th Oct 18, 5:23 PM
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    AndyMc.....
    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a 2006 Mazda RX8 PZ couple of months ago for a very cheap price and found the following problems:
    1. did not have PZ Bilstein shocks and Eibach strings but the standard ones
    2. Rust on lower side sills and the underside of the rear boot
    3. A lot of play in the steering wheel

    Since, I have had the following work performed:
    1. Purchased a used set of PZ suspension from Ebay and had that fitted for a total price of 400
    2. Got the garage to wire brush the underneath of the car and add a protective layer of coat and went to a body shop to sand down the rust on the side sills, re-putty and paint for the total amount of 500
    3. Replaced the lower universal steering joint (unfortunately main dealer part only!) for a total of 200
    4. Had a full service (oil and filters, differential oil, coolant flush, tranmission oil and compression test) for 280. My compression readings were all in the high 6s.

    Oh, and I also got a four wheel alignment done for 50. All in all I got my car for 1000, and paid another 1400 for all the above work, so a total sum of 2400!

    The car now drives perfect! Everything works as it should, and it starts every time and pulls well. Bad thing is that I have Runway tyres on the rear (nearly new from last owner) but they actually make the car more fun to drive as the back end slides out more easily

    Very happy, I now own a car that's in perfect running order and also appreciating in value
    Originally posted by ginashamz
    Happy enough to race my Bugatti Veyron?
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 12th Oct 18, 5:48 PM
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    Happy enough to race my Bugatti Veyron?
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    Wont stand a chance against my Supersport (the one with the Diesel conversion and 16 turbo's).

    So much torque.
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    • James2k
    • By James2k 12th Oct 18, 5:57 PM
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    If we don't get pictures, i'm thinking legit mental issues.

    @ op

    if you so happy then why not post pictures? Also my jeep is about as fast as your rx8 is in a straight line, and its 2 tons o fun. Ill leave the s5 at home.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 13th Oct 18, 11:39 AM
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    If you paid 1000 for an RX8 then I would say the engine compression is going to be your biggest bill.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 13th Oct 18, 12:18 PM
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    If you paid 1000 for an RX8 then I would say the engine compression is going to be your biggest bill.
    Originally posted by tonyh66
    And hes told us compression is good... ?
    "We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem."
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 13th Oct 18, 12:45 PM
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    And hes told us compression is good... ?
    Originally posted by motorguy
    and my chocolate fireguard is good for another winter......

    just a picture of the runway tyres and the PZ logo together, im not bothered about the custard.
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