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1988 10th Anni. Turbo
1988 TurboII

1987 TurboII
1982 GS

1981 GS

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The Father & Son 1993 R-1
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Built at Peter Farrell Supercars by Ray Wilson, this is the identical setup that he used to set the record for the fastest full-body Rx-7 in the country with a 1/4 mile time of 9.8 seconds at 145 mph. His race engines produce 800+ horsepower at the flywheel, and this engine was initially built for one of his race cars, but was put into this car for a friend. Purchased by us with the engine and all other parts in brand new condition with less than 1000 miles, the car makes smooth, reliable and absolutely FEROCIOUS power. This car is currently tuned for pump gas and 14psi boost. With this setup, the car dyno tested at 423 rear wheel horsepower and 502 flywheel horsepower. With the setup changed to race fuel and 35psi boost, the car will pull 680-700 rear wheel horsepower and 800+ flywheel horsepower (depending on ambient conditions). I cannot emphasize enough how fast this car is. Below is a parts list.

Upgrades include:
           Engine
2mm Ported and Clearanced Engine HKS T51R KAI Turbocharger
TurboSmart ProGate 45MM Wastegate 850cc Primary Injectors 1680cc Secondary Injectors Custom Fuel Rails Surpa In-tank Fuel Pump SX External Fuel Pressure Regulator with Steel Braided Lines (2) Turbosmart Blowoff Valves TurboSmart Manual T Boost Controller Underdrive Pully Set SS Braided Fuel Lines Intake
Greddy Aluminum Throttle Body Elbow PFS Race Intercooler w/kit, duct and clamp kit Exhaust
Custom Exhaust Manifold with Larger Runners 4" Downpipe and 3.5"Center pipe Full 3.5" Exhaust with PFS Muffler Electronics
Electromotive TEC3 Stand Alone Engine Management System Dual DFU Ignition with custom discharge rail HKS Electronic Boost Controller Overboost Fuel Cut PFS Wires NGK Plugs Optima Sealed Gel Battery, Relocated to the Rear Boost & Air/Fuel Gauges, Mounted on the A-pillar Greddy Turbo Timer
Drivetrain
9.5lb Aluminum Flywheel 4 -puck Copper Sprung Race Clutch
B&M Short Throw Sport Shifter Suspension
GAB Super 8 Adjustable Shocks H&R 1.5" Springs PFS Tubular Front Sway Bar
PowerStop Cross Drilled Front Rotors, Zinc Plated PFS Cross Drilled Rear Rotors
Russell Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Axxis MetalMaster Pads Front & Rear
Custom Painted Calipers Front & Rear Misc
Momo 300mm Steering Wheel NHRA Approved, 10 point weld-in Roll Cage (New, awaiting install)
 Total Cost of Just Upgraded Parts (no tax or labor)      $24,889.20. It would cost over $50,000 to reproduce this car.


1988 10th Anniversary Edition Turbo

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1 of only 1500 10th anniversary Rx-7's produced, this car was purchased by us as a father and son project to get to 500hp. It would be a shame to gut a perfectly good (and rare) car just to make a race machine out of it, but the car was purchased with a 33k mile replacement motor so the numbers no longer match anyway. The car was otherwise completely stock with the exception of an aftermarket exhaust and a new shift knob, is very clean and runs perfect. Due to the cost of the upgrades we decided to purchase the3rd gen Rx-7 that already had the upgrades that we wanted, and with my lack of a proper storage facility this car was sold in Oct. 2004. But it is nice to know that we owned a piece of history.

Just for fun, here is the list of parts that it would take to make this car reach the 500hp mark.
-Modifications Required to Produce 500hp as given by Chris at www.banzairacing.net

ENGINE
           Large streetported primary intake ports, with raceported secondary and exhaust ports 
           2mm/2piece apex seals, new apex springs, TEC seals, viton oil control seals
           New side seals, new corner seals using FD corner springs, Complete Master rebuild
           FD oil pump and oil pressure regulator
INTAKE
           Full block off plate set
           Secondary TB plates removed
           Vacuum line simplification/emission elimination
FUEL SYSTEM
           4 x 1680cc injectors or 2 x 1680cc secondary with 2 x 1000cc primary
           2 Walbro 255lph HP pumps
           Aeromotive rising rate fuel pressure regulator with FP gauge bung
           High volume fuel rails with -6AN fittings and SS line
COOLING (oil and water)
           Koyo aluminum radiator (much better than the Fluidyne)
           Black Magic non-thermostat controlled electric fan
           SS oil cooler lines (Mazdatrix)
           OEM oil cooler is sufficient
           RB 6-rib belt pulley kit
TURBO AND INTERCOOLER
           GT35/40 dual ball bearing water and oil cooled turbo T3 style base flange .70 compressor cover with 4" inlet. 
           1.06 exhaust housing (rated at 700hp with the 1.06 exhaust housing)
           42mm+ external wastegate
           Greddy S5 TII new style 3 row FMIC
           1 or 2 BOV's, prefer 1 before and 1 after the Intercooler
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
           Tokico or KYB non-adjustable shocks for rear w/adjustable for front (Tein coilovers are nice yet expensive)
           Eibach, RB, Intrax 1-2" lowering springs
           Energy Suspension polyurethane full bushing kit
           Eliminate power steering install manual rack and pinion
           Upper front strut tower bar, rear strut tower bar and front subframe connector bar
           Mazdatrix toe elimination bushings
BRAKES
           Crossdrilled or slotted brakes
           SS brake lines
           Hawk pads
EXHAUST 
           Full 3" RB or HKS (stay away from the single exhausts ridiculously loud)
           You can always put together a custom 3.250" system.
ENGINE MANAGEMENT
           Microtec,  Haltech or Electromotive Stand Alone Computer
           APEXI, HKS or Greddy boost controller
IGNITION
           1 or 3 x MSD 6A ignition amps
           Magnecore 10mm wires
           Colder NGK plugs 9s for leading 10.5's for trailing
           
DRIVELINE, TRANS ,CLUTCH
           Banzai Racing polyurethane FC motor mounts
           ACT Extreme clutch package
           SS braided slave cylinder line
           Mazdatrix shortshifter
           17lb lightened steel flywheel
           KAAZ differential
           4:30 gearset
           Solid front diff mount
           Nitto 555 drag radials
Cost of the above upgrades (even with eBay deals) is over $12,000.00

Links: Banzai Racing  |  RotorSports Racing  |  Rotary Performance  |  Rx-7 Club  |  MazdaTrix  |  FC3S Pro  |  FC3S.org  |  Team FC3S

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1988 Turbo II

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Purchased in October of 2002 this Rx-7 has only 49k original miles and lives safely covered in the garage. It only sees a few hundred miles a year, is in immaculate condition, runs perfectly, and is all original.. it even smells new inside. I bought this car because the '87 TurboII was missed so much and I couldn't pass up the deal. No upgrades are planned for this car, just Sunday drives and car shows. More pictures soon.

Click Here to see 2nd gen spec page.

Links: Banzai Racing | RotorSports Racing | Rotary Performance | Rx-7 Club | MazdaTrix | FC3S Pro | FC3S.org | Team FC3S

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1987 Turbo II (My first Turbo II)

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This is where my need for speed was finally beginning to be met. Purchased with a fall-on-your-face hesitation at about 4500 rpm's, I knew this car was going to take some work, but overall it was a clean car and even in this state was faster than any other car I had ever owned. After talking as many people as I could to determine the cause of the problem I quickly realized that not only are these cars very rare, but it's nearly impossible to find someone who really knows them. Thus I was left more confused than when I started. So... I just tore into it. I started with the exhaust because it needed to be replaced anyway, and I wanted to get a performance exhaust. To my astonishment I found the problem on the first try. The catalytic converters (both of them) were broken inside and clogging the exhaust. When they were removed and replaced with straight pipes, I was grinning to say the least. When all said and done the car was approximately 325HP thanks to an intake, larger Garret turbo, HKS exhaust and HKS boost controller. I even made my own turbo timer with a potentiometer and some components from Radio Shack. My stereo knowledge was refined by this point and so was the system. 10 top of the line Alpine speakers, 2 Alpine amps, 1 PPI amp and my trusty Orion made sure that there was no lack of tunes. I even installed one of the first LCD TV's in the glove box.

Click Here to see 2nd gen spec page.

Links: Banzai Racing | RotorSports Racing | Rotary Performance | Rx-7 Club | MazdaTrix | FC3S Pro | FC3S.org | Team FC3S

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1982 GS Project Car

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A LOT of work for a very little payoff. This car was purchased wrecked and nearly completed before finally scrapping the project just to get it out of the garage (thank God for parents who can deal with leaving their cars outside so their kids can tinker with cars). Straightened the frame & core support, replaced a couple struts and suspension components, repaced the front end (dog house) and re-did the interior.

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1981 GS (My first Rx-7)

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Found in the parking lot of a friends apartment complex, I had never even been in an Rx-7 and even thought they were a V-6. While driving it home, I was still confused by the response of "Zero" to my "how many cylinders is it" when asking the guy if he would sell it. My dad said that he knew people that had them and loved them, so I thought it would be better than my 1980 Toyota Celica GT and bought it. A lot of research and some engine bay investigation revealed more and more each day about how unique these cars are. This car got quite a stereo and alarm system. The alarm was an Invisabeam, and was the first to sense a perimeter breach and not just warn, but speak the words "Warning, you are too close to the vehicle, please step back!"... If they did not, the voice would continue "Step back or the alarm will sound!"... If still no complacence, "5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1.. Perimeter violation" and the alarm sounded. I quickly realized that this actually attracted more people than it detoured. Full ground effects and Limited Edition wheels set this car apart from the crowd. The side skirts I made from factory MR-2 skirts by cutting them in half and using 2 front pieces, and the rear bumper piece was adapted from a junkyard find. The stereo went from an Audiovox and power booster to a $10,000 mind blowing experience of Alpine, Pyle Driver and Orion. Performance was upgraded by the addition of a Header.

Rx-7 History
The initial shipment of 150 RX-7s sold out in weeks. People were trading in SLR Toranas and GT Falcons for rotary power. In the USA, Mazda limited supply until its dealership network was strong enough to support service and sales. Demand for the RX-7 was so great, buyers were paying almost double the list price to own one. Even with the supply shortage, US sales in the first eight months reached almost 29,000 units.

Released in Australia in 1979, the Series I RX-7 came with the 12A engine producing 77kW at 6000rpm with 147Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Carburetion was a Nikki four barrel downdraft carburetor. Power was fed through a five-speed box with fifth an 0.825 overdrive.

The slinky aerodynamic body had a claimed Cd of 0.36, with the use of pop-up headlights saving 6 percent in drag. The engine was sufficiently small to allow it to be mounted in a front/mid location behind the front axle giving the car an excellent weight distribution of 51/49 front/rear. Mazda claimed a top speed of 200kph for the coupe; tests showed a more realistic 180kph. Acceleration to 110kph took 11.4 seconds, and the standing quarter was dispatched in 17.6 seconds. The $14,850 RX-7's performance, when compared to its competitors, stood alone. Datsun's 280ZX at $19,000, Alfa Romeo's $15,800 GTV 2000 and the Porsche 924 at a hefty $27,000 were all slower.

The RX-7's suspension used front struts and coil springs, with a tension rod and sway bar. Rear suspension was by a live axle on coils, located by four links with a Watts link and a sway bar. Sway bar stability gave flat cornering, with Mazda quoting 1.6 degrees of lean with a cornering force of 0.5G. Alloy 13x5 inch wheels were clad in Bridgestone 185-70 tires. How tire size has grown to a present Series VI RX-7 width of 16x8 with 225-50 rubber.

Steering, of the recirculating ball type, had 3.7 turns lock-to-lock and was criticized for some vagueness at the dead center position. Handling was balanced with mild initial understeer ultimately moving into oversteer if the power was kept on.

Instrumentation consisted of a speedometer (which often read optimistically), a very necessary tachometer incorporating a volts gauge, fuel and water temp gauges seen through a thick-rimmed leather steering wheel. Seats, trimmed in vinyl with velour inserts, were good with excellent lumbar and under-thigh support.

On the road the rotary engine gave the car a smooth, silent and swift progress. The engine was likened by test drivers of the time to a super-smooth six cylinder of twice the rotary's capacity, so effortless was its performance.

At the time of the introduction of the RX-7, Mazda was seen very much as the third Japanese car maker - behind Toyota and Nissan. The beauty of the RX-7's body shape and the well-sorted mechanicals complemented the engine, and set Japanese sports cars back on track.

Best of all, the RX-7's huge success meant that many people discovered the rotary engine for the first time. Re-discovery of the earlier Mazda rotaries inevitably followed.

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Current and Past Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles
1992 Acura Legend LS Coupe 5 speed


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The Acura Legend Coupe is a rare find, especially with a 5 speed manual transmission. Along with all the standard power options that we expect like power steering, brakes and windows, Acura took it a bit further with the Legend coupe. With heated leather power seats, heated power side mirrors, power rear quarter windows, automatic climate control, power seat belts (to make them easier to reach when the door is closed) and motorized auto-latching power doors, the Legend was a car before its time. Armed with a north-south arranged, 200 Horsepower 3.2 litre V-6, the car has no lack of power and easily keeps up with the latest creations from Japan. Upgrades include clear front marker lights and bumper turn signal lenses, Intrax springs, 18"x7.5" Konig Tantrum wheels with 235 40-18" tires. Also upgraded is the stereo, an added XM receiver with Polk Audio component speakers, 2 Alpine 3548 amps, and a Rockford Fosgate 500 watt amp running a single 10" sub.

Specifications
Powertrain Options and Availability
Second-generation Legends carried a larger (3.2-liter) aluminum V6 engine than their predecessor, with four valves per cylinder and sequential multipoint fuel injection. Now, however, it was mounted longitudinally instead of transversely. Horsepower rose by 25 percent, to 200, while torque output reached 210 pound-feet (a 30-percent gain). New distributorless direct ignition used one coil per spark plug. Legends may have a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, which added momentary ignition-retard for smoother shifts. Coupe engines gained 30 horsepower in 1993, and a GS sedan adopted that engine a year later.

Engines Size liters  |  cu. in. |  Horsepower  |Torque   |           EPA city/hgwy
       ohc V6 3.2          |    196   |          200         |    210      | 5-spd18/25    Auto19/24
Acura Legend                2-door coupe  |   4-door sedan 
Wheelbase, in. 111.4 114.6
Overall Length, in. 192.5 194.9
Overall Width, in. 71.3 71.3
Overall Height, in. 53.5 55.1
Curb Weight, lbs. 3516 3516
Cargo Volume, cu. ft. 14.1 14.8
Standard Payload, lbs. -- --
Fuel Capacity, gals. 18.0 18.0
Seating Capacity 5 5
Front Head Room, in. 37.3 38.5
Max. Front Leg Room, in. 42.9 42.7
Rear Head Room, in. 35.9 36.5
Min. Rear Leg Room, in. 28.7 33.5

Links: www.legend.org


2001 Honda CBR 929 RR
Dual overhead cam
16 Valve
In-Line 1.0 litre 4cyl
375 Lbs
152 Horsepower @ 11,000 RPM
10.30sec 1/4 mile @ 138mph
170+MPH Top Speed

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Purchased brand new on February 24, 2001, this bike has been babied for every mile. Completely stock except for a painted wind screen, yellow rear seat, fender eliminator, frame sliders, turn signals, stainless steel braided front brake lines, HH pads and Pirelli race compound tires..

Model Honda CBR 929 RR 2001 
           Category: Sport 
ENGINE 
           Type: 929 cc, water cooled, 4 - cylinders in line, 4-stroke 
           Bore x stroke (mm): 74 mm x 54 mm 
           Valves: 4 valves/cylinder 
           Power: 152 hp (113.3 kW) @ 11000 rpm 
           Torque: 76 ft. lbs (103Nm) @ 9000 rpm 
           Fuel System: 40mm Throtle Bodies, Fuel Injection 
           Fuel Economy: 35-40mpg
           Quarter Mile: 10.3 @ 138 Mph
TRANSMISSION 
           Gearbox: Close-ratio 6 speed 
           Final drive: 530 O-Ring Chain 
WHEELS 
           Front tire 120/70 ZR-17 Radial
           Rear tire 190/50 ZR-17 Radial
           Front brakes: Dual full-floating 330 mm discs with 4-piston calipers 
           Rear brakes: single 220 mm disc with 1-piston calipers 
CHASSIS
           Twin Spar Extruded Aluminum w/ Pivotless Swingarm
           Rake & Trail: 23.8 degrees/97 mm
           Front Suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS™ cartridge fork
           Rear Suspension: HMAS Pro-Link® single shock  
DIMENSIONS 
            32.1 inches (815 mm)
           Wheelbase 55.1 inches (1400 mm)
           Fuel capacity - reserve 4.8 gallon US (18 l)
           Dry weight 374.8 pounds (170 kg)
           Fuel Capacity: 4.9 Gallons
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
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