I don't know where this idea came from about the gaskets and seals costing over $1,400?! You must
be buying retail from the dealer. Professional builders buy at as much as 30% below retail on non-race orders, and at cost on race engines. I don't recall off hand what I paid on my last race engine for the gasket set, but it was not much more than $100. The seals were Carbon, which are the cheapest, and we didn't do the side seals, though all
the springs were replaced, as well as the oil control o-rings (which were surprisingly costly). Total cost of the rebuild in parts was about $400. These were MazdaComp prices, of course. (You can read about it in the February issue of Grassroots Motorsports, which is already on the way to mailboxes now). Doing it 'right' (all new seals and springs, save housings) is around $1,000 for ordinary folk like us. Rob Golden at Pineapple Racing gets it for less, which I know for a fact (he's a friend). The reason his rebuilds are relatively affordable are that he makes no profit on the parts -- he estimates for his labor only, at $60 per hour. Plus, most of his customers don't buy the basic package. They want oil mods, porting, and so forth. One individual recently ordered a whole new engine -- new side and rotor housings, new rotors, all new seals of course, new tension bolts, even a new flywheel nut. And wanted it ported and got the oil mods too. This was decidedly expensive. What's my point? You can
get a decent rebuild for not much more than doing it yourself, as professionals get discounts that we do not. They can also do it much faster and at a higher quality than most amatures/enthusiasts could do it. The main problem, unfortunately, is in finding honest rotary rebuilders who actually know what they are doing AND are not too lazy to do it. I've watched Rob pull apart motors from almost every vendor currently in the business and was startled to see rather low quality in many things (particularly bad porting). Regardless, at least I know one good rebuilder and that's all I need! Obviously, I'm biased but I can't help but gloat over my good fortune to live in the same city as Pineapple Racing and to have become friends with Rob. At least people living elsewhere can ship their motors to him ($94 one-way from Chicago, for example). Sorry for making this sound like a Pineapple Racing commercial, but it was more to illustrate my point.