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Old 05-03-15, 10:42 AM
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Are Ex 7. Killed a 93. Resurrected a 94.

I figured it's about time I made a thread. Last summer I was looking to buy a fun warm weather car; at the time I was looking at air-cooled 911s and first gen Caymans, when I happened upon something very interesting. It was a very clean FD, local to my parents', relatively low mileage, that was mildly modded with a good ownership history, and selling for a very reasonable price. I emailed the guy, saying I was interested, that I could send a deposit and would be in town in a week and if I come see it. He agreed so I sent him the money and anxiously awaited to see the car. The car when I went to see it:

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You could tell the previous owner really loved the car and took care of it. He said someone called him up asking if the car was a turbo V6 and after hearing that, he refused to sell it to him. Myself, having a few friends that own FCs and FDs, I knew enough about rotaries that when I went to speak with him I knew that to keep the car reliable there would be a lot of maintenance involved, I'd have replace parts on a schedule, and best of all, that I would have the unfortunate task of flogging the car to prevent carbon build up. After the test drive, I think he thought that he had found the right buyer. As for me, although I had always loved the FD, I never thought I would own one, part of the reason being the maintenance involved. But after driving the car, I was hooked. It drove how I'd imagined it in my head all those years. It's as special as I had dreamed it would be. And the noise! Oh my the noise it made. I decided to buy it since it wasn't going to be my primary or even secondary car; it wouldn't see a lot of miles and I could afford to take the time to do the maintenance. But because of a mortgage I was waiting to close, it took three agonizing months before I could come and take delivery. Thankfully the PO was very patient and understanding. The day finally came and I picked up the car with exactly 79600 miles on the clock. I then stopped by TF Works on my way back home and loaded up the car with some parts.

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Somehow managed to stuff all new fluids (oil, trans, diff, brake), plugs, four 18x9.5 wheels, coilovers, steering hub, quick release, and steering wheel lol. Then trucked my way back home. Did all the maintenance including a new fuel filter, installed the coilovers, wheels, steering wheel. Ordered 99 tails, 99 lip, and Depo winkers.

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Then my plate came in

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By then it was around Thanksgiving so it went into storage. Then when March rolled around, brought it out of storage, changed the oil and got it ready for a road trip with my friends to the Smokies.

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The car goy tiring on the long highway stretches, but totally worth it when I got to mountains. Gas mileage wasn't that bad either, averaged about 20 MPG throughout the trip.

Now car sits with 83600 miles on it. I've owned it for about 9 months, and 4000 miles, 2000 of which were just from one road trip. So what have I learned about the RX-7?

First, I absolutely adore this car. The steering feel is amazing, the seating position is perfect (I'm only 5'6"), the power delivery is addicting. There are somethings that bother me about this particular car (need to replace window trim, seat belt retaining clip, driver's door handle, poor idle, always runs too rich, PowerFC) but nothing that can't or won't be fixed.

Second, maintenance really isn't that bad. I don't put enough miles on the car to say I really have to change it more than any of my other cars. Plugs are easier to do than my Subarus so that's not bad. The fuel filter is a pain, but even if I change it every 10000 miles, that's once every two years. The worst thing really, is waiting around for it to warm up, then again to cool down, and leaving the hood up when possible.

Third, I've become paranoid. I don't think the rotary is necessarily unreliable, but I do believe it's fragile. So I've learned to be more diligent with operating and maintaining the thing. Maybe that's what it takes to keep them lasting though. I don't mind, but I'm never really at ease. The first time I experienced the high RPM/high load/no high boost thing (not sure what it's really called), I thought I broke the thing. Then I learned that the sequentials do that and you have to go below a certain RPM to get high boost again. Even a non-issue with the water temps barely cracking 85 C sitting in traffic, and 90 C when I push it on the street, I'm paranoid it runs too cool.

Lastly, I've learned the car is tougher than I thought. It's taken everything I've dished out and has yet to let me down. There have been no problems so far and that's the way I want to keep it.

That brings me to today. The water temps have always been rock solid, I have not seen it over 210 F but the oil temps get as high as 235 F. So I bought OEM dual oil coolers for the car to keep the temps in check.

About the car:
93 base 5 MT with glass sunroof
Rebuilt with OEM seals and street port, and tuned on a PowerFC by Banzai at around 72000 miles in 2008
OEM twins running sequentially
PFS SMIC
Koyo Rad
Metal AST
Silicone hoses
RP water pump
Gotham fuel rail
850cc x4 (probably why the idle sucks with PFC)
HKS downpipe (IIRC)
Racing Beat exhaust
Came with Tokico Blues and Tein S Techs, now on Stance coilovers and Swift Springs
99 lip and tails
Depo smoked winkers
Sparco hub
Nardi Classic steering wheel
R1/R2 dual oil coolers

Future things I want to do:
Find and fix the oil leak on the driver's side (possibly the pedestal, the line to the cooler, where the pan is tapped or I just suck at putting on the filter)
Replace all the solenoids
Wheels
A modern ECU and retune for better drivability
OEM two piece side skirts
99 spec turbos running non-sequentially or a 35R/S300SX twin-scroll single turbo (when the OEM turbos finally give out)
Possibly a driver's seat

Nothing crazy or flashy, I just want to keep the thing running and driving. It's great as is so I see no reason to really mess with it other than small things like replacing bushings or strengthening the PPF and things like that. I'm enjoying my FD, I hope you all are too!

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Old 05-04-15, 12:43 PM
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Nice find! She looks to be in very good shape, you should bring her out to some local meet this year, how far are you from Chicago?
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Beautiful FD!
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Old 05-05-15, 01:39 PM
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Thanks guys! Would love to go to some meets; used to live in Glenview but I live in Ann Arbor, MI now.
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Was it Colin's car from WI?
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Originally Posted by earlqhan View Post
Thanks guys! Would love to go to some meets; used to live in Glenview but I live in Ann Arbor, MI now.
Shoulda brought her out last year when you were still in IL!

BTW, this is not a base, base don't come with sunroof, and glass roof only come in 94, so the PO swapped the metal roof with a glass one.
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If it is the car that I think it is, it is a base with an aftermarket sunroof installed.
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If it is the car that I think it is, it is a base with an aftermarket sunroof installed.
You're probably right, since I didn't see the option on the window sticker (car came with all receipts) which makes me a bit sad since I would've preferred the tin roof.

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Ahh, that would explain the sunroof then, she still look really good regardless.
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So it's about time I made an update. Back in 2015, at the last minute I decided to do some laps at Gridlife at Gingerman. It was raining pretty hard the morning of, so I was pushing, but it was so greasy I couldn't really get any speed on my tires. Then the rain stopped and the track started to dry out and the dry line started forming. I went out, started getting some confidence, started pushing the car, when next thing I know, I'm pirouetting into a tree. Now, for those of you who have been to Gingerman, you're probably asking yourself, where the ef are the trees? If you look to the left on the straight between 9-10, they're over there. Yes, all the way over there lol.

Basically, a combination of speed, damp track, the wrong line, wet grass, and a lack of talent all contributed to the rear end getting away from me around 80 MPH at the exit of 9. While I waited to get towed out from the trees, I was worried about 1. the car and 2. how to get home to Ann Arbor.

After what felt like an eternity, I eventually got towed back to the pits and tried to assess the damage. Had to climb out the broken window because the driver's side floor got pushed in about a foot and the car now vaguely resembled a "C" from the front. My heart sank, I knew the car was dead. I had killed an extremely clean, problem free car with only 80K on the clock. Luckily, that was the worst of it. My friend who was sitting shotgun and I were unharmed. Then came a series of fortunate events.

I started the car and it fired right up. No leaks. Shut it off and wait. No leaks. So I packed up my stuff and drove it straight home 2.5 hours away and it made it no problem. Amazingly, the only things to really get damaged were the body, the undertray got ripped off, the rear bin cracked from getting pushed in so far. Pretty much everything else was still intact. Still, I was sick to my stomach over losing the car and lost sleep wondering what the insurance was going to offer. I feared the worst.



The next day I drop off the car to make an insurance claim, they said they'll need a few days. In the meantime, a friend tells me one of his college friends is selling a complete 94 with a broken motor. So I go with him to check it out. It's a red on tan, with a broken glovebox handle, and some rust on the driver's side rear quarter. He had already removed the engine and trans so that would save me a third of the work. Then he told me the price and I couldn't refuse it. If I have money left from the insurance check, I'd buy it.

Then, I go back to the insurance agent and in another stroke of luck, he offers the car for exactly what I had bought it for. Sounded too good to be true, so I was nervous for what the buyback was going to be. Then he told me and my jaw dropped. It was pennies on the dollar. I felt like I was making out like a bandit. So I bought it back and drove it home.

A few weeks later, I'm towing the 94 back home and have two broken FD's, one with a broken motor, one with a broken body. I just needed to combine them... I had planned to finish the car and have it back on the road that summer, but then life got in the way.



For work I went overseas for two months so by the time I get back it's already September. I had been planning on proposing to my then girlfriend since the beginning of summer and worked out all the details. I get back then on my birthday, I propose, she said yes. I used some of the leftover insurance to upsize her ring and also get her something she actually wanted, a project E30.



Things were good. I had made progress on removing the tan interior from the 94 to bring in the black interior from the 93. Then about two weeks after I had proposed. We found out we were pregnant...



Our parents being conservative, they insisted we get married before the baby was born. Luckily, they paid for the vast majority of it, so we didn't really argue. However, the last of the insurance money went on the honeymoon. Since I had pretty much two of everything, I figured it'd be okay. I was also travelling a lot for work, so I didn't even get a chance to taste the wedding food, much less have time to work on the car. Luckily, my wife picked a steak dish that I still dream about...



So now, I was living with my then fiancee, while paying rent at my old place until the lease was up, taking away both garage spots from my old roommates like a true dick lol. It was the middle of winter and I just didn't have the motivation to drive fifteen minutes and work in the cold. Then spring rolls around and the weather is finally warm but the little guy decides to show up.



Now working on the car is the last thing on my mind. I have to learn how to swaddle, how change a diaper, figure out why he's crying, learn how to not kill myself or my wife about how much milk is too much. There was just no time, energy, or motivation to work on the car.

It's summer of 2016 and our separate leases are about to be up, so I have to move, again. The Ann Arbor housing market is dictated largely by students, young professional families, and the wealthy. So the best we find is a townhouse with a one car garage. I have to hurry up and take the engine and trans out of the wrecked donor (93) and put it into the good recipient (94) because there's no way to bring the powertrain from a storage unit home in a RX-8. So I start prepping the car for transplant.




Then I get the engine and trans installed with the help of my old roommate, install the black carpet and HVAC boxes just before the lease is up. To this day, I'm still not sure what the differences in the wiring harnesses from a 93 to 94 and base to touring are, so I ended up using the 93 engine harness, the 93 front "ring" or "u" harness, then put the 94 dash harness on the 93 dash to use in the car since I prefer the 93 dash.



Shortly after installing the powertrain, we move in and I park the 94 and as many parts as I can in the garage. There were literally parts everywhere. In the small crevice (to make it about a 1.25 car garage), there was a stack of wheels, a wing, a dash, the fenders, the front bumper, underbody panels, etc. Behind the car was the seats. Inside the car were random trim pieces. It was like an explosion scattered the parts about the garage.

Everything else went into a storage unit, which means I have go to the storage unit every time I need to get something off the donor, and eventually go back again because of something I forgot...

Fast forward to 2017 with still no progress being made. Once again, there's no time, energy, or motivation but then something miraculous happens. The baby gets older, he starts sleeping through the night, he then starts sleeping on a regular schedule, and we start feeling like our regular selves. Shortly after Parker turns one, I'm finding myself with a lot of time at night, but I end up mostly just watching TV because that's just what I had been doing the last year. Then my wife asks me why not work on the car? Even Parker has a running car (a gift from his grandmother on his birthday).



I think to myself, why not work on the car? So that's what I start doing. I spend a day to sort out the garage and clear some working space. Yes, this is the area after cleaning, sorting, and installing parts to create some space, so use your imagination as to what it looked like before I got started. It was mentally exhausting to even think about the logistics of working on the car.



Over the course of about a month, I get to work.
I connect all the connectors in the engine bay
Put the dash in
Take the dash and HVAC out when I realize I forgot to install the heat shielding I bought for the floor
Reinstall the HVAC and the dash
Install the cluster and panels
Install the seats
Bolt the trans to the PPF
Solder the broken oil level sensor wire I broke when removed the engine
Install the dual R1 oil coolers
Install the A/C lines
Install the radiator
Install the I/C and plumbing
Install the fenders to make some space
Charge battery
Fill oil
Fill coolant
Add fresh gas and premix

Then it was finally time to try and start it. It was the moment of truth. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking something had gone wrong from the car sitting to long. To my disbelief, it fired up the first try, no hesitation, just the usual, fuel and premix rich cold start. I burped the system, then shut if off. I was getting close to driving.


Remove the rear brake rotors from the donor and install on the recipient
Fight forever to remove the front rotors, give up and decide to remove the knuckles
Fight forever to get the wheel speed sensors off
Remove the shocks off the recipient
Clean off grime on the suspension and underbody
Remove coilovers off the donor
Install coilovers off the donor
Remove the OEM exhaust
Remove the Racing Beat exhaust from the donor and install on the recipient
Drill out rusted bolt on aluminum diff brace and re-tap the threads
Tighten down fenders
Break the lower fender bolt
Drill out and re-tap the threads
Struggle to line up the fender because it's from the 93 and is slightly bent from the accident and the fender support is slightly bent from when the 94 got backed into on that same fender
Install rebar
Install front bumper
Remove rebar when I realize I forgot the foam bumper support
Reinstall front bumper
Bleed clutch
Put on wheels

Then I take it for its first test drive. I immediately realize I forgot to add PS (ATF) fluid by how heavy the damn steering is, but whatever, nothing is going to stop me from driving the car at this point. It's dark, the gauge cluster doesn't light up, but the headlights work. I just take it to the gas station down the street and let it idle.



After a while, I see water running under the car. I limp it back home and diagnose that the upper coolant hose and clamp are too high up so there's a small gap that water seeps out of when the system is pressurized. Fix that, top it off. Add ATF, bleed or burp or whatever it's called for power steering by turning from lock-to-lock a few times. After doing some research, I remember my buddy borrowed my TNS relay to test his car and I forgot to put it back in the relay box. Now the cluster and tail lights are working but the speedo and odo are not working. I look it up, seems common enough so I don't worry about it. I also have a seatbelt warning going off and I realize I forgot to connect the connector. So I don't worry about it.

I drive to work the next day, nervous as all hell, steering wheel all crooked because it needs an alignment, but it makes it! I do notice before I go to start the car, the car is low on coolant so I top it off, it seems to be about a cup or two so I investigate when I get home. I park, shut off the car, and notice it's still leaking from the same point where the upper radiator hose goes over the nipple inlet. Adjust it some more, burp the system and we're good.

I get the car aligned, then to try and get rid of the seatbelt warning beep, I pull the seat out, the kick plate, and the gas/hatch lever cover and I can get my hand under the carpet to pull the harness through the carpet slit and reinstall everything. Still beeps... I move on to removing the "coolant" which is probably 90% distilled water, then go to a more reasonable 66% water, 34% coolant ratio more or less (probably... it got messy...)

I still have a few more minor issues to sort out but tonight I drove around and got food with friends. It was my first time cruising in a long time. I have to say, I have missed driving the RX-7 dearly. As hot and uncomfortable as it can get, it just puts a smile on my face.

Sorry for the long expository, this is as much for me to remember as it is to share with you guys. Hopefully it will motivate some others in the middle of their project to keep going. The next post will be much shorter. I promise, with better pictures too.

TLDR: Crashed car. Found a rolling shell. Got engaged. Got pregnant. Moved. Got married. Had a kid. Moved again. Took two years to get it running.

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Congrats man! It took a while, but it sounds like it was worth it in the end. Good luck ironing out the rest of those issues.
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Congrats man! It took a while, but it sounds like it was worth it in the end. Good luck ironing out the rest of those issues.
Thanks. It's kind of nice knowing pretty much every part of the car so I know where to divert my attention first. After the long-winded post, just a few pictures of how it sits now





Went for a cruise last night with some friends. M6 vert, LS1 FD (drift car), Dodge DEMON, and a fully converted 135i to 1M (all the mechanical bits too, not just the body).



Went to the Car and Driver Cars and Coffee today where I spotted possibly the cleanest, most well-preserved 10AE FC I've ever seen, if not on the planet.




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Thanks. It's kind of nice knowing pretty much every part of the car so I know where to divert my attention first. After the long-winded post, just a few pictures of how it sits now



one hell of an update!!!



OK which wheels are these? also, can you provide details of the size/width/offset/tires ?
this is exactly what i want to do.

they look like the spirit R wheels but bigger.
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one hell of an update!!!



OK which wheels are these? also, can you provide details of the size/width/offset/tires ?
this is exactly what i want to do.

they look like the spirit R wheels but bigger.
BBS RG-R. 18x9.5 +45 Front (debating on whether or not to throw on a small spacer) 18x9.5 +20 Rear. 255/35/18 tires all around. They're pretty hard to find. I believe all 18's in 5x114 are imports from Japan because they're not listed in these sizes on BBS's US site.

I had them up for sale forever and no one bit on them, found out a body shop could just repair the rear fenders for a reasonable price so I decided to keep the wheels.

Side note: I do have a pair of 18x8.5's for sale in the wheel section...

Also good job with your build. It's like a much better done version of the same project.

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Love your writing style and the story and your car looks great.
Thanks. I know the long form isn't for everyone these days, but since I'm not good about keeping photo/video records it's the only way I could really share the story. That being said, I did find some photos during assembly for a more complete story.

First, on the 93, I had to cut the door skin to cut off the the stopper and pry the door up to get it to open. That would allow me to get the dash the rest of the interior out.



The original tan seat had a seized bolt which ended up snapping. I ended up having to drill out the bolt and retapping the threads. (something I found to be a reoccuring theme on this car -_- )



When removing the front knuckles, the hardest thing to do was remove the wheel speed sensor since it was basically frozen to the knuckle. This alone probably took an hour or so, per side.



Before and after using solvents and a wire brush to clean up the suspension. I know I could have just swapped them or used a media blaster, but at this point I was so close to driving and I knew they would just get grimy again, it wasn't worth the time to me.




Some of the heat shielding I used on the floor and trans tunnel. They seem to work great because now I only notice the heat by my feet lol. I'll probably add some to the firewall behind the dash the next time it's out. But I also do have more ideas on what to do about combating the in-cabin heat.




Here's the rust on the rear fender. A local hot rod/body shop said it'd be about 800-1000 dollars to fix, so rather than going with overfenders, I'm just going to get new metal grafted on. I'm actually glad because none of the rear overfenders preserve the OEM body lines. Since I want to enjoy the car as much as I can for now, I've scheduled to bring the car in at the end of October.



Luckily, between the insurance check, buyback amount, and the price I got the shell for it hasn't cost me too much money so far. After parting out the original donor, I might even end up breaking even which is awesome. Since money has to go towards expenses, student loans, and daycare, the goal is to only spend money from parting out the car into fixing this car and getting it back to how the 93 was. So what I'm planning to do now is:

Clean and put the underbody panels back on
Fix the seatbelt beeping issue - My guess is that it's either ECU2 or a mismatch from the 93 single airbag stuff with the 94 dual airbag stuff
Fix the speedo/odo or ditch them for Speedhuts
Convert A/C to R134a and get it working
Repair the rear fender with METAL, no body filler
Scuff and shoot the exterior in VR (looked into changing the color with the new Mazda Soul Red Crystal, but they couldn't get the paint through DuPont, and would be over 3K in paint material alone :sheds tears
Tear apart the in the motor from the 94, inspect it, and rebuild it to keep as a spare

Then, down the line:

Get the sound system to work. Have all the Bose components, but may gut them and add new stuff. I have no idea what I'm doing in this department because I don't know anything about wiring OR sound systems. A truly deadly combination!
New wiring harnesses and AEM Infinity. I want to get rid of some of the extraneous wires and connectors and use new sensors for what I need
Ditch the PFC for an AEM Infinity. The PFC is fine but it has limitations and with the 850 primaries, the idle is just terrible and I can't tune it without a Datalogit. The reason I'd go Infinity is because a friend can get me the ability to write my own controls for it, use CAN to output all the gauges on a single digital dual DIN display rather than having a million gauges because a stock interior just looks so good.

As far as engine and power, that's probably the least of my concerns. When the stock twins go, it will be between BNR twins with a simplified sequential and 7670 EFR (or similar frame) single. I really like the twins and the only reason I would go single is because it is less mechanical stress on the engine and car.

The idea behind the car is to preserve the character of the original car and keep it a rolling restoration so I can always drive it if I want to. I know it's kind of a lame goal and by no means do I think "OEM is always best," but I've seen a lot of people pour countless hours and dollars to try and achieve the impossible: building the perfect car. I think they actually enjoy the build process, not the car because I get the sense they feel they never really achieve their goal and they don't enjoy driving it when it's complete. It's immensely satisfying for me to watch the progress of these ultra cool builds and pull ideas from, but for me, I never want my car to get to a point where it's so precious I feel I need to limit the miles and wear white gloves to handle it. I'd actually prefer it if I ended up with the highest mileage FD in the world.
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is it just me, or are the pictures not working? I see all Xs
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Originally Posted by earlqhan View Post
BBS RG-R. 18x9.5 +45 Front (debating on whether or not to throw on a small spacer) 18x9.5 +20 Rear. 255/35/18 tires all around. They're pretty hard to find. I believe all 18's in 5x114 are imports from Japan because they're not listed in these sizes on BBS's US site.

I had them up for sale forever and no one bit on them, found out a body shop could just repair the rear fenders for a reasonable price so I decided to keep the wheels.

Side note: I do have a pair of 18x8.5's for sale in the wheel section...

Also good job with your build. It's like a much better done version of the same project.


thank you!!

about the wheels, I think this time I want to go with 17s, as the 18s I had (RPF1 18x9.5 +45) rode a little hard and had too much grip to run springs softer than ~8k.
i want to do a 17x8.5 - just a little more wheel/tire than the stock wheels.
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Looks like you'll be back on the road in no time Does insurance in USA normally cover damage done on a race track? That doesn't exist here.
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is it just me, or are the pictures not working? I see all Xs

about the wheels, I think this time I want to go with 17s, as the 18s I had (RPF1 18x9.5 +45) rode a little hard and had too much grip to run springs softer than ~8k.
i want to do a 17x8.5 - just a little more wheel/tire than the stock wheels.
Pictures work fine for me 17x8.5 in 5x114 only come in one offset of +55. I believe you can give up a kidney to get them new at Tire Rack.

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Looks like you'll be back on the road in no time Does insurance in USA normally cover damage done on a race track? That doesn't exist here.
There's two things in America, you can get "track day insurance" or some cover them when it is a driving school (non-timed event). Already driving it though! Only issues right now are the non-working Speedo/Odo and Seat Belt warning. Washed the car last night.



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Swapped the ECU2 from the 93 into the 94. Everything looked identical except the numbers in the plastic stamping in the corner.



Although now this connector isn't connected to anything. But, looking at the two ECU2s, I'm not sure I ever had this connected. Anyone know what it's for? Also what the ECU2 receives from the bottom most connector?



I'm not certain if the ECU2 was malfunctioning or if they're different and it was expecting to sense a passenger side seatbelt with the 94 unit, but either way, no more seatbelt warning light! Now, time to address the dead speedo...

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Looks like my car is made of unicorn tears and the speedo fixed itself



Actually, it was intermittent so that helps diagnose things. Most likely not a bad speedo but a loose connection so I guess I'll have to trace the wire to see if it's frayed or has a loose terminal somewhere...
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As much as I miss having the stock gauges (I always loved the odometer readout on the speedo) switching to a speedhut setup was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was able to implement all of the stock gauges but I put a boost/vacuum gauge where the fuel gauge is at and bought the GPS speedo with the fuel gauge so it all looks fairly OEM. The only downside I could see is that you lose cruise control if it still works somehow.
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Bro! I felt like I just read a novel! That was awesome. I could feel my stomach sinking when I was reading the part where you crashed on the track. If anything ever happened to my car I know for sure I wouldn't be sleeping either haha.

Amazing turn of events! Ended up with 2 FD's and loads of experience, not to mention getting married and having a kid. Whew, what a ride.

Hopefully I'll run into you on the streets Ann Arbor sometime! Let me know if you ever need a second pair of hands wrenching on your FD. I could always use more experience working on the FD and I'm sure you could teach me a thing or two!
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