Car #: 22
Year : 1991 Posts: 270
I can't find any info on the internet, everything seems to be geared towards the tuner crowd.I want something a bit more series. I want to start doing some track days with the RX8. But I am not sure what to install. I want to leave the engine alone and just concentrate on Suspension. I wish they made a kit for the RX8 like the spec miata. anyone have any experience?
Car #: 22
Year : 1991 Posts: 270
your right, I just found the issue, Seems they installed a set of $4000 coil overs alone. That is more then I want to spend. I would like to spend maybe $1500-$2000 on coilovers and sway bars...tops. and actually less if possible.
Car #: 99
Year : 1995 Posts: 49
Be careful about going too far... the car will quickly become very unpleasant for anything but track use. I am part of the pace car team at Mazda Raceway as well as maintain the 3 pace cars for Mazda. Our RX8 pace car has all the suspension bits available through Mazdaspeed, shocks/struts, springs and sway bars (with solid end links). The car is a VERY capable track car that is a blast to drive. It sits low, runs 18" wheels and is still pretty livable on the street. After 5 years and over 13k (mostly track) miles of abuse, it is still tight and performing strong. I should point out, besides being a saftey car, it is used for VIP pace car rides, where we go all out and do our best to give thrill rides to important people for 30-40mins several times a day during the big events.
Good Win Racing is a good source. AutoRND also has suspension, rims and brakes for the car. PettitRacing.com and RX7.com is also a good RX source.
Plenty of people do fine with off the shelf Konis and springs. Coilovers are usually less comfy than Konis and springs on the street unless you spend some bucks for the coilovers that have well designed shocks.
Edit - just noticed your budget. For that budget, go with Konis and Springs. They work well and are durable. Any coilovers for that price will be junk and won't last.
Car #: 57
Year : 2000 Posts: 18
Kevin, I have built & raced two RX8's in SCCA as well as NASA this past year and came up with an excellent budget custom Koni shock package that duplicates the KONI Challenge shock package but with more shock travel and steel bodies as opposed to aluminum bodies. The cost is actually half the price of the KONI Challenge shock package. We just ran the same set up at the ARRC enduro & the 9 Hour NASA race at Atlanta this past week and won both races. Feel free to call me at my shop if you still need any help. We will have another rental car available in another month if you would like to see how the shock package feels.
Car #: 23
Year : 1995 Posts: 912
quote:Originally posted by Mitch: speedsource in sunrise sflorida, they have info. on grass roots motorssports. They are rx-8 racing, just watch the petite lemans seriers.
Sylvan is a great guy.
Sylvain is a great guy and he may have info on RX-8 mods, but don't confuse the RX-8s they run in the Rolex series with the RX-8 you buy from Mazda. They run a tube frame chassis with carbon fiber RX-8 body panels. I doubt they use any part from an actual RX-8.
Rober Davis Racing in Huntington Beach may be a good source. They run a bunch of RX-8s in SoCal. They have entries in PTB, PTC and PTD.
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