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Old 06-24-18, 12:10 PM
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Can this '95 be a series 7?

Hello folks,

I'm looking at a nice car and I found something odd.
It should be a 04/1995 JDM car, but at least a couple things are off, to my inexperienced eye.
I see a later spoiler, and later tail lights. You can check in the pictures attached.
The second picture shows some holes: I'm wondering if those would be the correct holes for a '95 spoiler, hence meaning that the previous owner swapped the stock spoiler for a later-model one.

This leaves the round tail lights at the question: what's this car?

Thank you for your help.

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the rear "whale tail" (or "dolphin"?) wing and round lights... Both strange for a '95.


...were these the holes for a pre-96 spoiler?
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the only thing that matters is the vin. cosmetically, anyone can change whatever parts they want. it shouldnt be used as an indication of trim level, model year or series.
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It's probably a version 3 car. Look at the Vin. It will be like fd3s-300146.
The spoiler and lights are correct, although the boot lid may have been changed. It will have the 8 bit ecu, the 16 bit came in the version 4 cars.
series 7 is a thing the aussies made up and doesn't directly apply to the jdm cars.
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What is the VIN?
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The VIN info tag is stuck to the drivers door sill and looks like this. It is also on the engine firewall. If you put the FD3S-xxxxxx code into ??????? ????????? Mazda RX-7 it will show you the car's specifications.

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Dear folks,

Thank you all for the precious help.
I was sent to Spain for work this week, I'll be coming back next week and finally inspect the car at the shop. I will note the VIN and post the results here...

Cheers,

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Finally checked



I just came home from the shop. Amazing, passionate guy in there, who invited me to inspect the car thoroughly.
The VIN on the sticker at the door was so worn I couldn't read it, so he showed me the VIN under the bonnet instead: it reads FD3S-303387. It's an April 1995 car, which the web decoder reports to be a TYPE RS (????? RX-7 ? ?????? FD3S - ???????????? ). This kinda excites me, though the shop owner thinks it's just a mistake from the website. The steering wheel is the standard Efini, not Momo like it should be in a RS (right?), and the tachometer is a gorgeous 300kph ReAmemiya which I forgot to snap.
I attach pictures of its heart.

Apart from the double HKS filter, it's said to be original and in great shape.

Do you guys... Like it?

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Not an expert but it looks sharp to me. Any idea what kind of BBS wheels are on the car? I don't believe I've ever seen them before.
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that would be neat
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Originally Posted by EYEHAVEYOU View Post
Not an expert but it looks sharp to me. Any idea what kind of BBS wheels are on the car? I don't believe I've ever seen them before.
Not an expert either, but I like them very much. Not sure if the "FD" engraving means anything RX7 related or just a cohincidence.
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Not an expert either, but I like them very much. Not sure if the "FD" engraving means anything RX7 related or just a cohincidence.
They do look very good on the car, period correct appearance - hopefully someone chimes in with some infp. Just needs some new center caps by the look of it but that's an easy fix.
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The wheels are BBS RGR series, basically what is found on the Spirit R but sold as a BBS product instead of a Mazda part. Chassis/VIN numbers can be found in two places under the hood. On the information plate riveted to the firewall (above the brake booster in your picture) and stamped into the center of the firewall (directly behind the Upper Intake Manifold).

It's an early Version 3, still a S6 model. IIRC, S7 didn't begin untill December 1995 (I just woke up...lol) and that's when it got the 16-bit ECU and so on. While it is a cosmetic and easily changed part as PeloNZ mentioned in regard to the spoiler/tail lights, eFini badges on it are a considerable clue. S7 made the change to the Flying M badges.

Situations like this are why I offer to run a Build Sheet...after coffee
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Thank you! I was almost convinced it was a version 3 indeed. In the last days, I spotted many pictures of Efini (not Mazda) RX-7s from 1995 with the circle tail lights and the whale tail spoiler. So I think it's not a swap, kind of an "early domestic adoption" of the new features in Japan, maybe.
I checked the carpets and everything I could, they are '95, also that black crossover pipe next to the engine is a '95: if it were a '96, it should have had an aluminium Y-pipe.

The odd remaining part is the Type-RS thing. VIN code is FD3S-303387, and it's read as a Type-RS.
The only readable things on the sticker are the suspensions ("Hard S.") and the MODEL SPEC (F125-315). It took me quite some time, but I eventually found another user with the same Model Spec, and a picture of the full sticker: it's indeed a Type-RS, with the same Hard suspensions etc.

But... I have a Efini steering wheel in place of the Momo wheel that should be associated with the Type-RS model.

Is that possible?
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Thank you! I was almost convinced it was a version 3 indeed. In the last days, I spotted many pictures of Efini (not Mazda) RX-7s from 1995 with the circle tail lights and the whale tail spoiler. So I think it's not a swap, kind of an "early domestic adoption" of the new features in Japan, maybe.
I checked the carpets and everything I could, they are '95, also that black crossover pipe next to the engine is a '95: if it were a '96, it should have had an aluminium Y-pipe.

The odd remaining part is the Type-RS thing. VIN code is FD3S-303387, and it's read as a Type-RS.
The only readable things on the sticker are the suspensions ("Hard S.") and the MODEL SPEC (F125-315). It took me quite some time, but I eventually found another user with the same Model Spec, and a picture of the full sticker: it's indeed a Type-RS, with the same Hard suspensions etc.
But... I have a Efini steering wheel in place of the Momo wheel that should be associated with the Type-RS model.
Is that possible?
The round tail lights were introduced on Series 8, in 1999. Plenty of owners retrofit them, along with the 99-spec front bumper light housings, bumper, etc. Just did a build sheet, Type-RS with MSC code F125-315 exactly as you said. Built on 4/3/1995, 4 seats, Paint code 3L, FE5 interior, STC seat code. Your car is indeed a S6 with a N3A7 8-bit ECU, standard issue for Japanese spec cars with manual transmission

What I found slightly quirky is that Non-Sunroof cars got the eFini steering wheel, while ones WITH sunroof got the US-spec wheel. Section 3200 part 2 shows the Momo Wheel with a description on the page as "レザ モモ" (Racer Momo). It appears that it was an optional part, but a proper in-depth check would require translating the entire option charts. It's a very time-consuming endeavour and with everything currently going on in my life, my plate is a bit too full to take time off of work for it.
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The round tail lights were introduced on Series 8, in 1999. Plenty of owners retrofit them, along with the 99-spec front bumper light housings, bumper, etc. Just did a build sheet, Type-RS with MSC code F125-315 exactly as you said. Built on 4/3/1995, 4 seats, Paint code 3L, FE5 interior, STC seat code. Your car is indeed a S6 with a N3A7 8-bit ECU, standard issue for Japanese spec cars with manual transmission

What I found slightly quirky is that Non-Sunroof cars got the eFini steering wheel, while ones WITH sunroof got the US-spec wheel. Section 3200 part 2 shows the Momo Wheel with a description on the page as "レザ モモ" (Racer Momo). It appears that it was an optional part, but a proper in-depth check would require translating the entire option charts. It's a very time-consuming endeavour and with everything currently going on in my life, my plate is a bit too full to take time off of work for it.
Huge information there! Thank you!
I don't want you to wreck your spare time for me, but I'm curious: how are you "doing build sheets"?

Please excuse my ignorance.
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