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Old 12-31-10, 05:29 PM
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very clean build the engine bay is looking clean love the color scheme. keep up the good work
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SiH... Great build. The white exterior with no wing really emphasizes the pure design of the FD and makes me take another look all over again. (Deja Vu never looked so good.) Understand the wheel ***** thing, but really liked the white-wheel-monochrome-80's kind of look the first photos had. Maybe have some made with white centers and aluminum lips or paint the LM's if its not sacrilege? Love the white and black -- Panda -- engine. Not important at all, but just never got hot with purple. As I watched you keep changing the pieces, I crossed my fingers that it would all came out blue-anodized, but you went the other way. Very nice work. Tasty.

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To get a compliment like that from Gordon, you know you gotta be doin something right! Again it's good to see someone else with such attention to detail love builds like this

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Old 12-31-10, 06:59 PM
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Old 12-31-10, 10:50 PM
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Wow. you did all this and it doesn't even look like you have a garage as everything was done outside in the lousy English weather.
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Old 01-01-11, 02:53 AM
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You're like my English long lost twin.... Sorta lol just as OCD but more motivated. I originally went with satin black everything in the bay but have since changed to all wrinkle finish black with purple annodised accents (ps your fuel rail is awesome)
Lol Cheers dude I wanted to go wrinkle black but couldn't find anyone to do it The Satin isn't exactly as I wanted it but seems to work ok when all put together.
The rail is lovely - Kev at BilletBitz over here does some stunning work.

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SiH... Great build. The white exterior with no wing really emphasizes the pure design of the FD and makes me take another look all over again.
Cheers man - I don't think of myself as a purist, but the reason I bought an FD is because I love the shape in it's purest form - it's just a flowing collection ofganic curves, and I think stripped back to body, wheels, and little else, it just looks so sweet.

Understand the wheel ***** thing, but really liked the white-wheel-monochrome-80's kind of look the first photos had. Maybe have some made with white centers and aluminum lips or paint the LM's if its not sacrilege?
I'd thought about that, but I've done the white wheels thing over and over again - My other half's Eunos is white with white centres and polished lips, and I'm not convinced - I think with the LM's I just want a clean and super classy looks, so I'm probbly either going to go light gunmetal centres and polished lips, or a dark 'shadow chrome' effect all over.


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But you just do it right in front of your house with no private gate or anything lol. I applaud you man.
Hehe, with house prices in the UK, as a someone on a not-huge salary, we didn't really have an option on our first house House is currently on the market though and one of the main wants for the next place is a garage!


Can you get more detailed specs on the bbs wheels? And tires? They sit amazing
Sure - they are:
Front: 17x9.5 et25, wearing a 225/45 Toyo R888
Rear: 17x9.5 et25. However, I've reverse mounted the lips on the barrels, so they now sit at roughly an et12, but with a 3mm spacer. Tyres are 235/40 Dunlop D01j's.

Yup, they're narrow stretched tyres, but they fit the 'look' I love - any loss of grip from tyre width is hopefully balanced out by running the track spec tyres - they're super grippy!

And more pics of the blonde
Hehe, my wife isn't really the exhibitionist type, so no

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very clean build the engine bay is looking clean love the color scheme. keep up the good work
Thanks dude

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Wow. you did all this and it doesn't even look like you have a garage as everything was done outside in the lousy English weather.
It can be a bit 'testing' at times


Not done much of late at all unfortunately - We've had heavy snow and freezing weather over here, and the car being outside and me having terrible circulation in my fingers isn't really conducive to lots of work being done. Plus the whole Christmas thing!

Car is currently on the road again, and to do list stands at:
- Re route brake lines to relocate further from the wastegate outlets - too close for comfort:
- Add in brake bias adjuster for the rear
- Remake turbo lines in PTFE (not happy with the rubber braided coolant ones)
- Hide FPR at bottom of the firewall
- Install under car swirl pot (being finished at the moment)
- wrap manifold
- sort a new air filter - the current K&N was only temporary, and is way too small
- Hide clutch line inside car
- Possibly acquire an SSQV and get a flange welded somewhere discreet.
- Repaint the inside of the boot, and install some decent sound deadening in the car.
- get my friend to move the Lambda sensor on the downpipe to somewhere more discreet, and weld another boss on for a wideband (future proofing!)

That's all for the mo!
I'll grab some photos at some point of where it is now, if it ever stops raining.
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Old 01-01-11, 02:45 PM
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she's a beauty! keep it up! and understanding wives are great aren't they. i remember one time i was porting my wastegate on the kitchen table with my dremel at 11 at night, got metal shavings everywhere, she even cleaned it up for me then helped me install the turbos the next day gotta love er'
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Old 01-01-11, 02:48 PM
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hahaa np.. this is inspiring ... loving this
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Old 01-01-11, 03:09 PM
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you are probably my bestest hero i never met but want to be like when i grow up. i love the wastegate pipe, its serious business
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Old 01-01-11, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by SiH View Post
Hehe, with house prices in the UK, as a someone on a not-huge salary, we didn't really have an option on our first house House is currently on the market though and one of the main wants for the next place is a garage!

Well i dont know how it is over there but if i did something like that around my area, with that kind of house setup, i can be sure the car will be gone the next morning lol

I was always fond of the UK lifestyle. Idk, every show i watch, or the news you guys always seem happy lol. Plus the accent and your women. I love when girls speak with the british accent. Drives me crazy lol


Sure - they are:
Front: 17x9.5 et25, wearing a 225/45 Toyo R888
Rear: 17x9.5 et25. However, I've reverse mounted the lips on the barrels, so they now sit at roughly an et12, but with a 3mm spacer. Tyres are 235/40 Dunlop D01j's.

Yup, they're narrow stretched tyres, but they fit the 'look' I love - any loss of grip from tyre width is hopefully balanced out by running the track spec tyres - they're super grippy!
So wait, the wheel with the reverse mount is +12 offset AND you added a 3mm spacer, so its really +9?? Can you confirm that??

Reason me asking is because im going with a 9.5 rear wheel with a +15 offset but im gonna run a 255 tire. Just wanted an idea of how it would look in the rear. But its gonna be 18".

Hehe, my wife isn't really the exhibitionist type, so no
lol hey it was worth a shot. UK wimminz are pretty hot though
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Old 01-10-11, 02:30 PM
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Cheers guys

1QWIK7 - yup, it's about et9 on the rear - I'll measure it properly some time
You'll need a small flare with a +15 and a 255

So I haven't really done much of late, due to the festive season, lack of garage, terrible circulation in my decrepit 29 year old hands (yay, thanks years of falling off bikes) and abundance of this.



Anyways, bit warmer of late, so I got a bit ricer-tastic.




For the brakes I've shamelessly taken Ben Lewis's idea - no non ABS/Split circuit for the FD, so one port to the front LH caliper, the other one to the front RH and tee'd to the rear. Got a Wilwood bias valve to go in there to sort that out.
I'm not happy with the lower line, may do it again at some point.


And dicked about with the clutch a bit, but not very happy with that at all

Line going through the cabin - sorted out the stuff underneath so just need to run it inside now.

If I could find somewhere to recreate these in SS, I'd do that, but I can't. I don't want to risk ruining the awesome flarer that Ross (Sloth) has lent me.

Swirl pot on the way when [email protected] Torque has time between building awesome race cars, downpipe being modded by an awesome friend, and FPR relocated to somewhere silly, but it was too dark for photos of that by the time I'd jacked the car up.

Oh, and real men don't have garages and floodlights, real men lie on their back in the peeing rain and use one of these.


I did as well. Hasn't helped, I'm still most definitely non man-like.
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Old 01-10-11, 09:36 PM
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Hey man looking good.... What offset are you using? ohhhh never mind i just seen it on there lol
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Looks good man. I'm in to watch the progress.
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Old 01-11-11, 12:31 AM
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oh how this thread is full of win... i just looked over your build bro and i MIGHT have to steal your idea with the brake liness running a long the sub frame =)
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Wow, hopefully in 11 years when Im 29 I will have this done to my FD
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Old 01-11-11, 04:37 AM
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you are probably my bestest hero i never met but want to be like when i grow up. i love the wastegate pipe, its serious business
you spoke for me +1
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Awesome, its rare that I see Brits doing RX-7s properly
There are plenty of decent RX-7s in the UK. What your definition of "properly" is depends on whether you will like all of them though.

There are less FDs in the UK than in the US, so the absolute number of superb examples is less eventhough the percentage comapred to the US is about the same.
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There are plenty of decent RX-7s in the UK. What your definition of "properly" is depends on whether you will like all of them though.

There are less FDs in the UK than in the US, so the absolute number of superb examples is less eventhough the percentage comapred to the US is about the same.
^^^^ What he said
As I said earlier, there are some epic, epic FD's in the UK - it's just there are less of them.
Check out FDUK/MazdaRotaryClub and some of the build threads on there, and pick up some mags like Banzai if you can get hold of them - the likes of Matt Wiltshire, Marco, Craig Taylor, Colum, James Willday, [email protected], [email protected], Mark Nash, Bramble, Lee Mills, Max, Lee Myers, Freddy, Mark Fawkes, Rob Blackshaw, Steve Garrett, Kash, etc etc (to name but a few, there are sh!tloads more that I've not put down) all have incredible cars that eclipse my build. Seriously worth checking out the UK scene - we're more than just the odd muppet with a stock car trying to make out he's some sort of record breaking hero.

We Track, Drag, Drift, street drive, daily, and weekend warrior our cars just like you guys do - big international hugs, atlantic chums
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Very nice build. Your tastes differ from mine in some ways but your intention and execution is spot on.

LOL at the flashlight. At least get yourself a proper LED headlamp. Those are magic.
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Nice Build!!!! how did you install the leds on your gauges their nice!! is that a kit you bought and if so from where?
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updates bro?

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There are plenty of decent RX-7s in the UK. What your definition of "properly" is depends on whether you will like all of them though.

There are less FDs in the UK than in the US, so the absolute number of superb examples is less eventhough the percentage comapred to the US is about the same.
What I meant was that from my experience, 95% of UK done RX-7s are terrible chavvy cars, built as cheaply as possible & cutting corners where they really shouldn't be cut. There are some good ones, granted, but only a handful.
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ps powdercoat your cooler and turbo comp housing black
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What I meant was that from my experience, 95% of UK done RX-7s are terrible chavvy cars, built as cheaply as possible & cutting corners where they really shouldn't be cut. There are some good ones, granted, but only a handful.
Really? 95%? What "experience" would that be then? It probably explains why you are noticeable by your absence from the UK forums....and why your ludicrously overpriced car failed to sell there recently. I suspect that your statement above is utter bollocks, and if you ever turned up to any of the meets and saw the quality of UK cars for yourself instead of living vicariously as a forum troll you may have to eat your ill-advised words.

Still, de nada, everyone's entitled to an opinion, no matter how narrow-minded and unsubstantiated it actually is and I won't foul up Simon's thread any further on you
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