Last post on Jul 11, 2007 at 11:53 AM
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Mazda RX-8, Audio, Exterior, Lights, Performance Mods, Tires, Coupe
#124 of 143 Re: RX-8 Car Cover [robbf]
Nov 20, 2006 (8:18 am)
I am thinking about getting a car cover too - we have a one car garage, but my wife's new convertible is in there for the winter. The only other time I have used a car cover is when I had a car that I only drove every once in awhile, not an everyday car. What type of cover do you have? Is it much of a problem when the car is dirty, or do you leave it off then? I primarily would use the cover simply to keep the summer dew, spring pollen, fall leaves, and winter snow off of the car (not to mention year around dust in the DC/NoVA area). I'm not worried about storage if it is wet, I'll just toss it in the garage since I have covered parking at work. Would you recommend the cover you have to other RX-8 owners?
#125 of 143 Re: RX-8 Car Cover [duke15]
Dec 08, 2006 (9:18 am)
I have a cover that my wife ordered online from Mazda parts. It actually says RX-8 on the front and fits the car perfectly. It was about $250 and does a decent job. I'm sure there are better ones out there, with multiple layers, etc. As you stated, I primarily use it to keep pollen, bird crap, etc. off it. I would recommend it for that use.
#126 of 143 Re: RX-8 Car Cover [robbf]
Dec 08, 2006 (12:59 pm)
Thanks. That cover definitely looks sharp. Is it waterproof?
Dec 10, 2006 (7:15 pm)
Hi, just bought my rx-8 today and needed someone to email me the links so I can get the x-men spolier. Also was wondering if anyone had the link for a good turbo kit with intercooler etc. Looking for the spoiler first though and if anyone has or is selling email me it. Mine is titanium gray metallic. Thanks
#128 of 143 Re: RX-8 Car Cover [duke15]
Dec 11, 2006 (8:17 am)
The cover is definitely water-resistant. I'm not sure that it's waterproof.
#129 of 143 Re: RX-8 Car Cover [robbf]
Dec 11, 2006 (8:49 am)
OK - thanks
#130 of 143 MP3 player aux input
Jan 06, 2007 (10:41 am)
Does anyone have an idea how to attach an auxilliary radio input? I want to play a creative MP3 player through the radio and the transmiters "have crappy sound". I have an 06 Shinka manual (with the satellite radio). Any thoughts were the satellite reciver is hiding? I thought about unplugging it using its RCA inputs, although not sure if that would work.
Thanks a bunch!
#131 of 143 Re: Mazda "Speed" Cool Air Intake [msrx8]
Feb 22, 2007 (1:00 pm)
msrx8, I know this is a reply to a rather old post, but the issue is about to become current for me. I will be picking up a 2006 RX8 Special Edition (new - 88km on the odometer)tomorrow. Mazda Canada has a promotion on where they are throwing in a floating spoiler, a set of Mazdaspeed wheels and a Mazdaspeed cool air intake with every new RX8. These items won't be available for installation until April so I have some time to decide, but given oldtimer2's description of the side effect and your diagnosis of the problem I'm not sure I want the intake. Can you give me an indication of the benefits of the intake and how intrusive the noise is?
#132 of 143 Re: Mazda "Speed" Cool Air Intake [peterrx8]
Mar 25, 2007 (9:38 pm)
This is just an update on a couple of things. I have got used to the whistling sound that comes from the new "cold air" I had installed on my wifes car. Techs at my dealership really dont know what is causing the sound but they thought it may be a natural aspect of the air going through the cold air duct and connecting tubing. It sounds like a turbo spooling up but there is no turbo. Kind of neat without the problems of a turbo or supercharger.
The "popcorn" sound I heared for the first time yesterday while my wife was driving in 6th gear through a winding road with sharp turns. I now have another idea about the cause and source of the popping sound. She had just filled her car with 93 octane gas at an off brand gas station named "Kangaroo" before driving through the twisting road.
The popping sound could be detonation of a cheap gas and air mixture that was really not high octane as shown on the pump. Combined this with her slowing down and then speeding up without changing gears (lugging the motor), as she negotiated the winding road. The next day I put 16oz of octane booster in the tank and and then had her drive through the twisting turns again but this time in 5th gear so as to not lug the engine. Well the popping sound did not do it again, so it could have been a combination of cheap gas and luging the motor. I will let up know if it starts pinging again.
The best I can tell the only really big problen with the roatry engine is that Mazda requires the use of light 5W-20 oil in this very hot runing engine in the USA to meet the government's MPG for thier fleet of cars. But through out the rest of the world Mazda requires the use of 5W 0r 10W-30 oil to properly protect the engine. The USA engines are failing before 20,000 miles where the RX 8's are not failing through through out the rest of the world while running a heaver oil.
I am getting tired so .........Later
#133 of 143 Re: Improved performance [rx8bear]
Mar 29, 2007 (9:47 pm)
Wow! I have a 2006 6SP Shinka and have about 2400 Miles on it so far, I don't drive it very much. But I have noticed that the power has faded some, or maybe it's just me but I think the performance has dipped a bit, I saw yoy replaced the Plugs and would like to try this on my car. Did you have this done for you? or did you change the plugs your self?. What exactally what plugs did you get? And how difficult was it to do? I would really like your feed back. Thanks very much. Any help would be great.