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Old 09-22-04, 08:30 PM
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Targa Road Rally

Targa Newfoundland "The Ultimate North American Tarmac Rally" This rally takes place in Newfoundland, Canada. It will be on Speed Channel some time in January. This year we had two Rotary powered cars an 85 GSL-SE, and a 2004 RX-8.
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I plan on running my 89 GXL, so far i have (Racing Beat down pipe, sway bars with adjustable end links, springs) KYB AGX's, all new bushings, ss break lines, vented rotars, and much more that I can't even think of. I picked this car for Targa because the engine is reliable. I need to make it reliable enough to get through a 1800 mile road rally, any more ideas?

For more info on Targa check out www.targanewfoundland.com
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If you want it to last, rule number one is dont f*ck with it! After that, synthetic oil, a good baffle in the pan, and cooling. Make sure you keep oil in it, too.
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I've watched video of that event in the past, looks like a blast. Bill Arnolds Navigator, Tammy Hull is a member of our local car club, and races 3 series cars locally. Carl
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yeah its a great rally.. its sweet how they close over 500 miles of public roads to run as full out stages. Bill Arnold won Targa in 2003 and this years as well, I'm hoping that an RX-7 will put an end to it in 2005 haha. Also i thought that synthetic oil isn't very good for Rotary engines? I also just picked out some rubber for the rally, a set of Toyo RA1's so I hoping they'll help keep the car on the road.

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The common idea is that you don't want to run synthetic since the rotary burns it, and synthetic oils don't burn. The truth is that all synthetic oils burn, not all of then burn clean. Folks like Mazdatrix don't want to say "Hell yeah, go run that stuff", but I've been running Mobil 1/Castrol Syntec in 4 engines (3 cars) and haven't had any oil related problems. However, one (maybe two, I can't remember for sure) of those engines didn't have the oil pumps hooked up and working, so it wasn't burning oil regardless.

If you're really, really, worried about running synthetic, you can disable the oilpump and mix in a bunch of 2-cycle oil in with the gas. I've run all kinds of 2-cycle oil, from the Wal-Mart stuff to Amsoil, and next I'll try some true castor-oil, because I hear it'll up the poo in the motor just a little (and make it smell like the Saturday night dirt races ).
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Avoid castor oils. They leave a gumish deposit that can wreak havoc. Castor is an old-tech solution to a question that's been answered by newer and better products. The only thing it has going for it anymore is that it smells so sweet.
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Funny how everyone claims that their engine's failure was not due to an oil related problem. I wonder if ANYONE as had an engine failure, during normal driving, due to oil not doing its job. Running out of oil doesn't count
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Originally Posted by C. Ludwig
Avoid castor oils. They leave a gumish deposit that can wreak havoc. Castor is an old-tech solution to a question that's been answered by newer and better products. The only thing it has going for it anymore is that it smells so sweet.
True. However, I'm talking about mixing it in the gas, which is does better than dino-oil, all the while adding a little power to the mix.

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Funny how everyone claims that their engine's failure was not due to an oil related problem. I wonder if ANYONE as had an engine failure, during normal driving, due to oil not doing its job. Running out of oil doesn't count .
When an apex seal explodes (because you have both corner seals types in at the same time ) it's probably not oil related.
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See you in 06' or 07'!!

Finally someone else that knows about this thing!! It RULES!! I have been talking about this rally for the last few years ( since in conception anyways )

I am setting my FD up for that and the Targa New Zealand Rally. I may have to keep in touch with you for the simple fact that you live there already. Local road knowledge is everything

Unfortunately I think that an 85' is still too "modern" of a car to win the overall. I was thinking about when i want to WIN the rally, Maybe setting up a RX3/4 or a first year RX 78 or soo.And since there are no real rules telling you what you can put in for an engine... thro in a N/a 20b, ported and you'll cover the field Stay n/a though to keep the " reliability" factor

I know that for MY class the times are going to be insanly fast to meet. I just want to have fun rallying and not too worried about the overall. Hell,... the best thing about these rally's is that you can basically "make" a class for your car if there isn't one already. The Classic RUN what you BRUNG ideaology!!

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