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  • #46
    Re: Fat 4 RE Rx4 coupe

    I feel ya on the respray had to sell a Datsun after a code-matched respray looked an entirely different colour!
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Dfq7La9rg

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    • #47
      Re: Fat 4 RE Rx4 coupe

      (Sun Aug 10, 2014)
      Well long time between update, things move slowly with the 2 kids and work keeping me busy

      So the Gearbox was easy to fix but cost some good coin to do so, rear main seal easy and $15 for a recommended seal to ensure a good seal, the shifter housing oil baffle on the other hand was a pain. ordered the part for Toyota which was ex Japan and took 4 week to arrive, and a cost of $125, i also got a shifter gasket at the same time. Put it all back together and filled it with new oil and gear treatment.
      This lead me to checking the clutch which had some small sign of oil in the bell housing due to the sump leak, Pulled it all apart and check the flywheel. Found the flywheel bolt stretched. removed and replaced all of those bolts as nobody wants a flywheel coming off and 8000 RPM.



      ready to go back in



      The sump was a issue because you can't get it off with out doing one of two things, (remover the suspension cross member or remove the motor) well after doing the change over last time by taking the cross member out this time it was to the motor out. Started by removing all accessories bolt ons , turbo, waste gate, fuel lines etc and had the motor out in about 3 hours by my self





      with the motor out i ordered a new sump gasket and got to replacing that leaking one

      1. sump out and cleaned ready to go back on.


      2. added a small seam of sealant and got it installed.


      While the engine bay was clear i got to remove old idler arm and install my New 555 idler arm, after a quick lick of paint it is now installed



      The motor sat out for a month or so as i check over other things. I Finally got it all back installed last month on my RDO, Cleaned out the old coolant and put fluids and almost ready for start up again. need to charge the battery and new fuel and should be good to go

      So Now while i had my game face on and ready to work on the car i put the front end back on the ground and got to the ass end, which has been long overdue

      a couple of hour and brakes off, axles out and old Rx4 13b centre sitting on the ground ready for the Torson centre to go in


      more soon


      Measuring up the old and new for comparison
      Rx4 13B carrier


      Mazda Van carrier


      side by side


      Before cleanup and reinstall


      (Mon Aug 11, 2014)
      went down to a local engineering shop today with the drawing and specks for the tail shaft/Diff flange spacer,

      you need a 102mm x 12mm metal spacer with the stepped edge to lock it in place, just got to get some 40mm high tensile bolts for it and all should be good by the end of the week [-o<



      (Sun Aug 17, 2014)
      Got the diff flange spacer in 2 days and happy with the workman ship and the price $30 + new high tensile 40mm bolts and nuts for like $3

      test fitted with original Mazda flanges on tail shaft


      i had the space made at 12mm (which was the difference in the 2 diff centers length from hosing mounting to flange) and had a 4mm locating step added to ensure the space sits centric


      All installed and ready to go



      while i was playing with the back end i never had the disks retained to the axles, so i installed 2 locating screws on both axles, brought new Hawk rear street performance brake pads off a fellow member and installed them


      old pad top and new ones bottom

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      • #48
        Re: Fat 4 RE Rx4 coupe

        i like the spacer for the shaft! getting shafts done these days is so expensive, good little money saver!

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        • #49
          Re: Fat 4 RE Rx4 coupe

          Thanks Dave, yeah your right the cost of doing thing like tail shaft suck, that,s why i went this way also it makes it easy to convert back if i ever need too due to failure or sale.

          + way lucky to find a local machine shop close to me that did it so quick and cheap as per the specs i drew up and was perfect

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          • #50
            So another year and another All Japan Day and a big thanks to Kristan and the all Japan team for a good day on the lawns again, the beer were also good in the pub too

            so here are some pic's i took on the day

















            these 3 i found on the NET but liked the shots







            also there was a awesome write up of the even on speedhunters
            http://www.speedhunters.com/2017/03/...-all-japan-day
            car car was in one of the pics too

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            • #51
              awsome, any other links to this all japan day? Bit too much plastic stuff in the speed hunters thread, I'm sure there were better cars there than what they show.
              Last edited by restoremaz; 03-11-2017, 09:03 AM.

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              • #52
                Car looked tops mate, that colour is 👌🏻 I was taking note on plenum and intercooler setups that day I spent a while at your car, as I may need to upgrade in the future.
                Cheers for the pics btw.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by restoremaz View Post
                  awsome, any other links to this all japan day? Bit too much plastic stuff in the speed hunters thread, I'm sure there were better cars there than what they show.
                  Hi Dave,

                  yeah most of it is on facebook . so i had to log into my wife account just to find and see pics. they have not updated the All Japan Web site with Pic for years now which sucks
                  https://www.facebook.com/events/1830809290498425/
                  https://www.facebook.com/AllJapanDay/

                  but i found this links which may be worth looking at or not
                  http://speednation.com.au/all-japan-day-2017/

                  a few youtube videos
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVOUfwmjEyg

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7KWXIrUJtI
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YldK7q4WvK0
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h1CIc6oPk0

                  but yeah this year was more plastic and Nissan's that's for sure
                  Last edited by Fat 4 RE; 03-13-2017, 12:23 PM.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by beans161 View Post
                    Car looked tops mate, that colour is 👌🏻 I was taking note on plenum and intercooler setups that day I spent a while at your car, as I may need to upgrade in the future.
                    Cheers for the pics btw.
                    Cheers Ben some of those pics make that colour pop hey.

                    If ya keen to so a upgrade some day just ask away as i did the design and made all the bolt on bits my self just had others to the fab work coz i cant weld (wish i could hey)

                    np on the pics thought you would like

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                    • #55
                      Been wanting to check my motor for some time now so i dropped around to a mates (thanks Brad) house and borrowed his Rotary Compression tester

                      Front Rotor


                      Rear Rotor


                      Over all really happy with the results as this motor was build 18years ago now, S4 turbo motor has standard Mazda apex seals, second hand housing and was run-in NA for about 8 of those years sat around for 3 years and has been turbo for last 6 running on 9 PSI all day and some fun times on 14 PSI

                      Time to fix a few little issues and get a re-tune me thinks knowing all is good and going strong

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                      • #56
                        Nice to see the cars out in the sun. Even better to see a reflection in a bumper bar.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Fat 4 RE View Post

                          Hi Dave,

                          yeah most of it is on facebook . so i had to log into my wife account just to find and see pics. they have not updated the All Japan Web site with Pic for years now which sucks
                          https://www.facebook.com/events/1830809290498425/
                          https://www.facebook.com/AllJapanDay/

                          but i found this links which may be worth looking at or not
                          http://speednation.com.au/all-japan-day-2017/

                          a few youtube videos
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVOUfwmjEyg

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7KWXIrUJtI
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YldK7q4WvK0
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h1CIc6oPk0

                          but yeah this year was more plastic and Nissan's that's for sure

                          Thanks, ill check them out.

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                          • #58
                            WOW so long since my last update

                            so after taking the car to All Japan day had it out a little bit, but work and family has that limited to not much

                            In October we had Brap to Birdwood which started back in 2014 and is a event that was start by local Rota head that just wanted to get there cars out and drive like the good old day of the Adelaide Rotor scene. it was its 4th year and i finally got my car to the event, missed the second year due to no rego and could not get onto the web site to renew it ops: so we took the kids and they enjoyed it



                            pulled this photo from the web as i was pulling into the car park for the pre meet ( i am looking at the camera looking angry lol )

                            another nice shot i found


                            a couple i took on the go pro



                            It was a good day and well run form the crew and i got 2nd best RX4 on the day but missed the announcement over the PA and did not get my prize till later in the day

                            i had the go-pro mounted on the front windscreen for the whole trip which i may post some of the incar up at some time



                            After that nice drive through the hills i notices the front end to be a little loose and was thinking its time for a wheel alignment!
                            Finally got some time in December/January holidays and got to do some checking and trying to find the issue of a slow draining battery while i was at it.
                            The battery was drained and would not take a charge! This has been happening on and off for some time now. When i did my rewire a few years ago i changed my alternator wire as per SIM_RX3 diagram and but did not follow the new Main cable back to the battery but upgraded the main loom wire to the correct gauge wire and connect it back to it. looking back now this may have been the cause of the slight battery drain for some time now and its time to pull it out and rewire it correctly

                            Now i did not take any real pic of this ( forget to these days ) but got to rewire it and a couple of little mods while i was at it with the loom and microtech wiring under the dash too. I think this highlighted the fact my S5 alt is not got enough output for my electrical system and accessories. i went down to u-pull it and hunted for some fuseable link holder and got a camery 3 fuse block and a ford EL falcon 7 fuse hold 110 amp Alternator, had work out what was best and where i was install it. time to pull the alt down and check it out

                            While a was checking this up close i noticed that the nos 555 idle arm i got a couple of years back and installed could of been a cause of the loose feeling steering. so i went a ordered a new idler arm bush and pulled it out to replace it.

                            this i did take a pic of



                            Changing this also found a bigger issue that my left hand inner tie rod was loose :shock: and rattling against the split pin thank goodness. So checked over all the tie rods and made sure nothing else was loose. This got me thinking about the other nos or replacement parts i had sitting around....... I pulled the steering wheel off to check that bush ( as i had a new one sitting on a shelf ) and let behold it was stuff too so i installed the new one

                            Took a couple of pics and new vs old


                            This fixed the loose feeling steering all round mow and had the car out at least 5 times while on holidays which was good to do. The 40 degrees day aint the best for a Rotary but at least the car runs well and did not get over 98 degrees (except the air temp was almost as high lol )

                            got to remember to keep this updated more often
                            Last edited by Fat 4 RE; 02-08-2018, 11:37 AM.

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                            • #59
                              Look lovely, could you do me a favour and show me what the badge looks like on the rear C pillar? Been looking for some for a while but don't even know what they're supposed to look like.
                              Thanks.
                              P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

                              http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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                              • #60
                                heres some .




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