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Old 06-19-11, 06:04 AM   #1
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Talking My 83 GSL

I've been on this forum for quite a few years now. I've always tried to help out others to the best of my knowledge and have asked others for their help aswell. This forum has been awesome for me. I've never really posted progress of my car till now...

So, I got my dream car May 20th, 2006. It was a completely stock 1983 Mazda Rx7 GSL. It's not stock anymore, but it's just as nice as it was if not nicer. I've been putting it together how i've always wanted ever since. I like things clean and simple..

First, I want to thank all the people that have helped me along the way. You know who you are and I thank all you first gen members .

The car I'm building up:



ENGINE:
S4 13b 6port NA (rebuilt, approx. 50k miles)
Very strong motor, great compression

DRIVETRAIN:
F1 racing clutch kit: 6 puck sprung disc, heavy duty pp, T/O bearing, pilot bearing
T2 transmission
Custom driveshaft
Original LSD rear end

New yoke for T2 transmission


ECU:
Haltech Sprint RE
(Thank you Chris!! username C. Ludwig)


TURBO/MANIFOLD/WASTEGATE/ETC..
Turbo is custom built by ABETHETURBOGUY(one of the most reputable builders in the country.. T3/T4 journal bearing A.R .60 coldside, 360 degree oil bearing housing, A.R .70 hotside, twin scroll exhaust T4 flange with 3" V band exit. Good for 500 hp. Only planning for 250 rwhp
Megan turbo manifold
HKS style 50mm wastegate
Greddy RS BOV
Drilled and tapped front cover for oil drain. I used a 23/32 drill bit and 1/2-14 NPT tap
25" x 12" x 3" intercooler with 2.5" exits
2.5" intercooler pipe



INTAKE:
S5 Turbo LIM (had to port match for 5th and 6 ports)
S5 Turbo UIM
S5 Turbo TB
All painted aluminum in color


Exhaust:
3" downpipe, exhaust
RB 3" in/out presilencer
RB 3" in/out universal muffler


FUEL:
S4 460cc primary injectors
Injector Dynamics ID1000s secondary
Walbro 255 pump
Aeromotive FPR

COOLING:
Brand new 3 row original "short" radiator
Original clutch fan
12a thermostat housing
New hoses

SUSPENSION:
Re-speed Race coilovers front (forgot spring rate believe they are 350)
Re-speed adjustable spring perches rear. 150# spring rate
Tokico race illuminas up front
Re-speed camber plates
Tokico blues in rear
Stock sway bars (for now)
Mazdatrix strut bar
New mazda factory lower control arms
All new poly bushing everywhere

STEERING:
Stock
Replaced all ball joints, idler arm, tie rods with stronger "moog" units

BRAKES:
Stock for now
Hawk pads

WHEELS/TIRES:
15x7 Wed Autobahns +10 offset
Falken Ziex 510s 195/50/15 front, 225/50/15 rear
I repolished the wheels again when tires were off to fix some minor curb rash.

GUAGES, INTERIOR
Glowshift elite 10 series(wideband, boost, oil pressure)
Stock!! How I like it!

All I really have left to get her back on the road is exhaust, wire in harness, guages, and other minor stuff.

More pics to come! I'll have to take more pics with my camera. My phone pics are to small to upload here.
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Old 06-19-11, 06:09 AM   #2
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Where I was to where I am now..
Original 12a when I first got the car..


Old setup with 13b swap with mikuni sidedraft


Where I currently sit right now



I'll keep posting as stuff gets done. Thanks for looking
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Old 06-19-11, 07:59 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-11, 10:35 AM   #4
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It sure is beautiful, the wheels aren't my taste, but pretty classy anyways. What was wrong with the 12a, it looked in very nice condition?
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Old 06-19-11, 12:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to the turbo 1st gen club dude, you'll never stop smiling from here onwards.

I like the wheels....

Clean install anyways, although to make it that little bit cleaner if you can afford one get a Greddy induction pipe for the throttle body then you have a lot cleaner route.

Looking forward to more updates....
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It sure is beautiful, the wheels aren't my taste, but pretty classy anyways. What was wrong with the 12a, it looked in very nice condition?
Thank you! The 12a was slow and had a dowel pin leak. That's what was wrong I couldn't pass up on the 13b deal I have right now either..

Hmmmm . You are the first person to not like the autobahns that I know of...

Old pic(no longer have curb rash)


Car with 225/50/15s in the rear




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Welcome to the turbo 1st gen club dude, you'll never stop smiling from here onwards.

I like the wheels....

Clean install anyways, although to make it that little bit cleaner if you can afford one get a Greddy induction pipe for the throttle body then you have a lot cleaner route.

Looking forward to more updates....
Thank you! I feel welcome already .

I do want to get the greddy elbow you're talking about. For now to get the car on the road i'll use what I got. I'll get the greddy elbow later on though.
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Old 06-19-11, 02:14 PM   #7
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Please Please Please go get some dirt on that thing quick....lol great looking car love it
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Old 06-20-11, 07:59 PM   #8
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WOW....car looks great.....i need a sound clip of the exhaust when your done.good luck..
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nice fb. turbo 1g is where i'll end up too, hopefully within the next yr or so. curious tho, how's the ride with those spring rates? i daily mine.
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Any pics of your glow shift gauges? How close do they match the rest of the interior lighting?
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Question regarding your intercooler. Is that the CX Racing one? Do you think the 27x12x3 version would fit in the same position you have yours? I need one with 3" inlet/outlet, which is available in the slightly larger size, so I'm wondering if I should go for it.

Your wheels are lovely, by the way.
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Please Please Please go get some dirt on that thing quick....lol great looking car love it
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WOW....car looks great.....i need a sound clip of the exhaust when your done.good luck..
Thanks rx71king!! I will definitely have pictures and sound clips once done! I want the car to be rather quiet while cruising. I will have a open wastegate pipe though...

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nice fb. turbo 1g is where i'll end up too, hopefully within the next yr or so. curious tho, how's the ride with those spring rates? i daily mine.
Thank you! I can't wait! I love the spring rates! I daily drove this car for almost 2 years with that setup besides the rear spring adjusters I just put in(had rear RB springs) and loved every minute of it. Little to no body roll, very responsive. Very happy with it!!! I still have stock sway bars too though.. so with a re-speed bar it should be even better!

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Any pics of your glow shift gauges? How close do they match the rest of the interior lighting?
I don't have the guages wired up yet. I'm more worried about getting the larger stuff done first. Little stuff can be done last minute. They should match pretty close, if not perfect. Thats the main reason I went with glowshift. I'll have pics once wired in!

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Question regarding your intercooler. Is that the CX Racing one? Do you think the 27x12x3 version would fit in the same position you have yours? I need one with 3" inlet/outlet, which is available in the slightly larger size, so I'm wondering if I should go for it.

Your wheels are lovely, by the way.
It is a CX racing intercooler. I'm sure it would fit just fine. The exits would have to stick out of the radiator supports most likely. My intercooler fits just in there with a little bit of room. I don't think my intercooler could fit any better for my application . If it would help you I can get pics of the exits for the intercooler so you get an idea? Thank you!
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Looking very good! Welcome to the club, prepare to have a big dumb smile on your face the first time you hit some boost Very nice looking car too!
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Looking very good! Welcome to the club, prepare to have a big dumb smile on your face the first time you hit some boost Very nice looking car too!
I'm looking forward to it!

Thanks for the kind words!
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Thanks doodie007!

Got my custom driveshaft done!

I have a aftermarket driveshaft from mazdatrix with replacable u joints. The shaft is for 83-85 cars. So, I called Dave at Mazdatrix and told him I had a t2 transmission and needed a yolk for it. He got me just what I needed. A brand new yoke in 2 days.

So, all I did was take my driveshaft and new yoke to dans driveline shop, had them swap the yokes (used old ujoint since it was only a year old and driveline shop said it was perfectly fine). They did that in 5 minutes for $15. Also relubed both front and rear ujoints.

So instead of spending $300 on a totally custom driveshaft, I spent $60 total to do the same thing . Yes, it fits perfectly in the car!

I wouldn't have known to go this route if bad 83 hadn't posted information about swapping just the yokes. Thanks again bad 83!

New yoke installed


My drivetrain is complete and ready now!!
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^glad to know that works. Mazdatrix should just start selling that driveshaft already done, I bet people would buy it...
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Welcome to the club.

I do think your turbo is a bit small though and you will want more power soon.

I have a brand new (300 miles) custom T04 60-1 that was build by BNR as his stage 4 with a T04 hotside, external wastegate, oil and water etc. Turbo was putting down 360whp at 14 psi with minimal lag. I went GT35R to break the 400whp number and the turbo is no longer needed. I don't want it to go to waste and I can give it to you for next to nothing.
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I'm very curious to hear how you like the Haltech. So many choices out there, I will eventually need to choose one as well.
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^glad to know that works. Mazdatrix should just start selling that driveshaft already done, I bet people would buy it...
Definitely! Good to know they can get the yokes though! Saves some money.

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Welcome to the club.

I do think your turbo is a bit small though and you will want more power soon.

I have a brand new (300 miles) custom T04 60-1 that was build by BNR as his stage 4 with a T04 hotside, external wastegate, oil and water etc. Turbo was putting down 360whp at 14 psi with minimal lag. I went GT35R to break the 400whp number and the turbo is no longer needed. I don't want it to go to waste and I can give it to you for next to nothing.
Thanks!

I should've clarified. I know the center section is T3/T4. I know the compressor housing is a TO4. I'm not exactly sure what the exact size of the turbo that makes this??? I'm told this will have all the power I will want. Like an isurance policy. What you want, but has plenty more if you need it...

I'm looking for 250 rwhp on this setup. With a later build and same turbo hopefully 350rwhp on next motor.. If I end up needing it, I'll let you know. Don't think I will though.

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I'm very curious to hear how you like the Haltech. So many choices out there, I will eventually need to choose one as well.
I haven't used the haltech yet. Still not wired in yet. From what i've been hearing, go haltech. I was looking at microtechs. I actually asked a question on what microtech to get in the microtech forum. Surprisingly, some said "quick, run away...haltech" ..

Pm user C. Ludwig. He went out of his way and helped me out. I got my haltech through him. He knows his stuff and actually used to work with microtechs, but now prefers haltech. He'll help you out with what setup you have. Very cool guy!
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wow you've been busy

car looks rrreeaaalllll good

Oh and on those Auto Bahns there is one issue I see

that'd look better on my car lmao


keep up the good work
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Your HP goal is wise. The problem with turbo cars is that HP is like a drug that constantly calls you. "If what I have is good, more must be better."

Take my advice: Stick to your plan and resist the urge!

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Dude!! Glad to hear your almost done. Just a piece of advice on your engine. If you are running 9.4 compression with stock Mazda apex seals, DO NOT run over 10 psi. PLEASE go and get you a set of teflon coolant seals and a set of chryoed Atkins 2 piece apex seals. I have ran upwards of 20 psi on mine without a problem. I have sworn that if I get my hands on another set of S5 9.7 rotors, I'll tear my engine down in a heatbeat to put them in!

BTW, I love the WEDs
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Thanks guys!!

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Your HP goal is wise. The problem with turbo cars is that HP is like a drug that constantly calls you. "If what I have is good, more must be better."

Take my advice: Stick to your plan and resist the urge!

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I'll definitely take the advice. haha I expect the motor to last a bit, but my next motor i'll plan a little more. I'll know the exact limit of the motor.

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Dude!! Glad to hear your almost done. Just a piece of advice on your engine. If you are running 9.4 compression with stock Mazda apex seals, DO NOT run over 10 psi. PLEASE go and get you a set of teflon coolant seals and a set of chryoed Atkins 2 piece apex seals. I have ran upwards of 20 psi on mine without a problem. I have sworn that if I get my hands on another set of S5 9.7 rotors, I'll tear my engine down in a heatbeat to put them in!

BTW, I love the WEDs
Haha Thanks man!!! Me too! The thing is I don't know what kind of seals are in the motor. I know it was built by a very reptuable engine builder. I bought the motor cause the compression on it was awesome. It's been a VERY strong motor for me the past few years naturally aspirated..

I fear that even though the motor has great compression and power, it might be one of those tear downs where to just replace some seals, I would need to replace a housing or iron or something worn lol. I'm going to run it as is, not go over 10 psi and see how long it last. I already made a limit of 12 psi before you told me that. I'll make it 10 though now .

I'll take note of that and make sure for the next motor to get those seals!

Thanks man!
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Very nice build. It's going to be a blast to drive. I have been craving boost something serious, but it will come in due time.

Your wheels are sexy!

Keep up the good work.
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