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kevin 22 Verified Driver
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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?

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Kevin Anderson

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Try google "rx-8 suspension" Even Sears carries the Eibach kit
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02855...01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda-Performance-Parts/RX8/Suspension.html

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Paul McLester

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didn't the latest grassroots or sportscar talk about modifying a RX-8 for autocross? wonder if that would help.

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kevin 22 Verified Driver
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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.

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Kevin Anderson

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I would call Good Win racing and ask them what they suggest for your budget and goals.

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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.

Alberto M Goncalves
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What Greg said. [Smile]

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.

kevin 22 Verified Driver
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good advice, let me look into this some more.

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Kevin Anderson

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quote:
Originally posted by kevin 22:
your right, I just found the issue, Seems they installed a set of $4000 coil overs alone.

Whoops sorry Kevin. I didn't claim to read the article, just saw it as I was flipping through.

Of course if you bring that to track events I won't be able to try to follow your line anymore. There goes that learning plan.

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Andy Bettencourt Verified Driver
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Kev...let's talk.

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Mitch Taylor
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speedsource in sunrise florida, they have info. in grass roots motorssports. They are rx-8 racing, just watch the petite lemans seriers.

Sylvan is a great guy.

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here's a suggestion.. these guys usually show up
at NASA-SE and NASA midatlantic events. They
race RX-8s, really nice people.

http://www.racewithroar.com

They probably might be able to tell you some
good information on suspension setup.

Just becareful about RX8s on the track, a few
people have managed to melt the rear bumper cover. Don't bump draft one either, it might
cause you to have your front bumper cover
melted.
[boggled]

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Tom at http://www.partsgroup.com/ would be a good source they just won the ARRC enduro and the 9 hour at RA

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Tom Neel
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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.

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Tom.. that setup is nice, car looked very stable when being pushed.

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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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I will give another vote to Goodwin Racing. A friend of mine has KW Variant 3 coilovers on his car. The ride on the street is good and he managed a trophy in STX at the Solo Nationals this year.

Brian C.

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I can do a few Mods. I race for RDR in Huntington Beach.

   

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