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Old 10-12-12, 02:48 PM
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OH '90 FC3s 13B Turbo Build

Alright, I've been on this forum for some years now, searching, browsing other people's cars and mods so I've decided to make my own build thread.

Base car was bought as a complete NA GXL from Columbus, Ohio for 750$. Transmission was making horrific sounds, lights were pulsing, but worst of all the oil lines for the cooler were replaced with what seemed to be garden hoses. I decided to drive it home which is 1.5 away, on the way back the oil lines popped off 3 times, once spraying oil all over the bottom of the car and rear wheels, lets just say I actually hydroplaned on my own oil, good stuff.

I got the car in January of 2012 and since then been working on it, and got a chance to drift the car for the first time at the last three Club Loose Midvale events. This is a budget build, I'm a college student and have a part time job at Sunoco, so don't expect huge power and great looks, just functionalitty and some reliablitty.

Here's the current state of the car

Engine:

-s5 Turbo engine sold by Calin Gogonea (2RotorSpeed, check out his build thread)
- BNR stage 2 turbo
-Rtek 2.0 ECU
-HKS primary and Greddy secondary injectors, 750cc and 1000cc
-Aeromotive FPR and gauge
-"HKS" eBay air filter
-CXRacing intercooler and piping
-AEM TruBoost, AEM water temperature, AEM air fuel gauges
-XS Racing 3" exhuast, with 2.5" flanges, some BS right there
-Deleted emissions
-FD alternator
-Modified emissions harness
-Corksport SS oil lines
-Ford Escort elecric fan
-Koyo N-Flow radiator with Koyo 1.3bar cap, with distilled water and water wetter
-Royal Purple 20w-50 oil with RP oil filter
-Moroso coolant over flow, eBay oil catch can

Drivetrain

-ACT clutch
-s5 turbo transmission
-s5 turbo driveshaft
-s4 turbo differential
-s5 turbo axles
-Royal Purple tranny fluid with NEO Synthetic diff fluid

Suspension/Handling

-Corksport rear camber link
-Corksport DTSS eliminator bushings
-Megan Racing Street coilovers
-5Zigen FN01rc wheels 17x9 rear, 17x8 front

Brakes

-Stock!

Interior

-Stripped interior
-Unknown steering wheel
-Some sort of a delrin shifter
-RJS 4-point harnesses
-Harness bar
-Simplified rear harness
-Eliminated sun roof

Exterior

-Carbon fiber hood
-Terribly paint matched fender

This winter I'm planning on finishing removing sound deadening, painting interior white, new deep dish steering wheel, and relocated battery in the back. Definitely need to dump some cash on new brakes. New exhaust, current one wont let me boost past 10, and leaks all over the place. As for suspension I'm looking to get knuckles and Mazdatrix angle/bump steer kit. If income permits, will do bushings as well, but they seem fine for now.

Here are some pictures of the transformation

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More stuff to come over the next 6 months
Will have more detailed pictures in the future, this is all I could find
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Old 10-12-12, 05:36 PM
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Where is the build? lol
But I really wished I would have bought some black FN's when I had the chance...
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Old 10-12-12, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Broke_A_Baller View Post
Where is the build? lol
But I really wished I would have bought some black FN's when I had the chance...
I didn't take any pictures during the process as I didn't have a build thread, but I'm doing a lot over this winter so I'll make sure to be detailed

Here's what I got done tonight

New wheel came in, its a SportLine Racing 330mm deep dish, 130$ off Amazon, seems rigid and quality made, came with a horn button but no bolts.

I eliminated most of the wires from the rear harness leaving behind lights, fuel pump and hatch lock wires. Because this isn't daily driven, I removed the defrost relay and along with its wiring

As for the sun roof, I decided to shed some weight and removed the opening mechanism, lid portion comes off easy after unscrewing a few bolts. It's held level by a rear step lip and a bent lip on the front of the opening, later I am going to make two brackets across the opening to bolt the lid making it removable, i saw this done on another RX7, maybe a forum member, can't remember who though

Next week, I need to pick up some dry ice and pound the deadening away before I weld a harness bar and fix rust holes, If I have time will paint the interior as well


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This was taken before harness was done, now its wrapped in braided material and neatly tucked along the corner of the car

Also the bolts you see sticking out the transmission tunnel are my custom crossmember mounts which have been cut from a manual chassis, need to weld those in permanently. Owner before me let the manual tranny lay on the automatic crossmember, unmounted
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And here's a bag of wires

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Ordered an engine start button, so I can get rid of the mess below the wheel
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Old 10-13-12, 12:42 AM
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Let me know how you like the wheel when you drive it a bit. I'm looking for a good steering wheel for my fcs
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nice build i like the front mount it looks good! cant wait to have my swap finished !
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Looking good
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Originally Posted by Broke_A_Baller View Post
Let me know how you like the wheel when you drive it a bit. I'm looking for a good steering wheel for my fcs
Got to drive the car a bit around the block, wheel feels good, quality is very similar to MOMO wheels, doesn't bend, good wheel for 130$
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Nice. I need to get my car running again.
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Looks like a fun car
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Ordered Mazdatrix tie rod ends with rack spacers and Abercrombie Motorsports knuckles! Going to swap my steering rack, as this one makes metal to metal noises.
Also found out that one of my couplers got cut somehow and leaks a little. Will post steering setup when done. also decided to buy some cheap rotors and pads for the front as the ones I took off today where f*cking embarrassing.
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Ordered Mazdatrix tie rod ends with rack spacers and Abercrombie Motorsports knuckles! Going to swap my steering rack, as this one makes metal to metal noises.
Also found out that one of my couplers got cut somehow and leaks a little. Will post steering setup when done. also decided to buy some cheap rotors and pads for the front as the ones I took off today where f*cking embarrassing.
which ends did you use from Mazdatrix? I'm waiting for MAX to get my knuckles done, but it seems that Mazdatrix has a pretty inexpensive bump steering kit
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Originally Posted by Broke_A_Baller View Post
which ends did you use from Mazdatrix? I'm waiting for MAX to get my knuckles done, but it seems that Mazdatrix has a pretty inexpensive bump steering kit
I ordered the Super Angle Kit, comes with rack spacers too. going to see how well the wheels clear with the knuckles and see if I want to run spacers too or not.

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Very nice man, good luck with the build!
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Abercrombie knuckles and Mazdatrix kit should be getting here this week, will do alot of updates!
Deciding if I want to rip the front harness apart, clean it, and rewrap.
I'm planning on going to a event in PA an a few weeks, really want to see how it drives with steering mods, snow better hold off!
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Over the last couple of weeks I finally got around to installing the Abercrombie knuckles and Mazdatrix steering kit. Also found used aftermarket rotors and pads with around 1000 miles on them, will be picking those up those up this weekend. Here is a picture of the progress so far.

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Over the last couple of weeks I finally got around to installing the Abercrombie knuckles and Mazdatrix steering kit. Also found used aftermarket rotors and pads with around 1000 miles on them, will be picking those up those up this weekend. Here is a picture of the progress so far.

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Alright, I have officially dug myself into a deep hole.
Once I got around to installing new rotors and pads, I found that 2 out of 4 pistons on the driver side front caliper were seized, spent some time trying to get them loose and decided to buy refurbished ones instead. That's all fine but as with every project comes many problems and the brake line fittings were completely rusted and seized WOOT! As of now my brake lines to each corner are removed and I'm waiting on a set of SS soft lines. Lots of work and money I barely have spent but it better be worth it in the end!
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Snowball effect...


Atleast its going to be done right!
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Lots of things have changed since my last updates.
Decided to do a cheapo L-mount setup in hopes of reducing some lag and cleaning up the bay. Brakes are almost done, waiting on poly coated spool of brake line. Bought new crush washers for all oil lines and got new injector seals from Mazdatrix. I have all the bracketry figured out for the radiator setup and will install everything once the bay gets cleaned and painted. Also working on cleaning and simplifying the front harness as it was soaked in oil. Got abunch of parts on the way so it should only be about 3 more weeks till I get to drive it! Here are some pics of the current situation.

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