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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:09 pm 
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I lusted after a 4WD turbo TX-3 for years while I got around in a base model 5 door KE laser. That poor thing copped a hiding, got it airborn a few times with about half a dozen people on board etc.

Great cars, just a bit fragile gearbox wise.


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Those decals are 80s-tastic awesome!

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I am soooo jealous... :mrgreen:


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Oh, and very nice photography by the way. :tu: :mrgreen:

Did you take them?


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Mate I have an 87 TX3 4WD turbo (red over gray). Very similar look to yours but the round head lights. What is this LSD you have?? Where you find that?? You know I have heard of straight cut gear sets with dog engagment for these :D rally guys used them, dont know where you get them from though, not to mention about $8000aus new :(
P.S. Strut tops sound good too.

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cheers for the comments folks 8)

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very nice photography by the way. :tu: :mrgreen:

Did you take them?

Yup, I do all of my own photography, it's a great companion hobby.

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Mate I have an 87 TX3 4WD turbo (red over gray). Very similar look to yours but the round head lights. What is this LSD you have?? Where you find that?? You know I have heard of straight cut gear sets with dog engagment for these :D rally guys used them, dont know where you get them from though, not to mention about $8000aus new :(
P.S. Strut tops sound good too.

Australia and NZ never received the KC Laser in turbo guise, only the KE (twin headlight version like yours) which always intrigued me - typical Japanese keeping the best for themselves.

The rear viscous LSD is somewhat easier to find than you'd think. It originally came on the facelift BFMR Familia GT-Ae between 1987-89 (also known as the "rare-as-rocking-horse-shit lightweight rally version") but then from 1989-94 Mazda decided to use it on the BG8Z/BG8R Familia GT-X as standard equipment. Mazdaspeed also listed it in their parts catalogue for a few years.

I got a price on those Cusco strut top mounts today. 18,500 yen for a pair, which after shipping and other rubbish is going to work out to around NZ$400. a bit on the pricey side but it has to be done otherwise I'll be chewing out front tyres at an alarming rate, and RE001s aren't cheap. Pity Whiteline no longer manufacture adjustable strut tops for the TX3s/Familias, they would have been a cost effective alternative.

also I swear the exhaust never used to be this loud and droney, or maybe I'm just getting old and cranky. time to replace one of the resonators with a decent muffler :lol:

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When it's a 1994- Mazda B series pickup(stupid Ford Ranger) :x

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Replaced the rear muffler with a proper chambered-and-baffled system, and wow what a difference it's made at highway speeds. No longer drones and you can actually hold a conversation with the person next to you.

can also now hear how whiney the rear diff and gearbox are :lol:

Found a pair of front seats at long last, so will pick them up and install this week.

Just the Cusco mounts left now...

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When it is a 1975 Roadpacer?

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You know ya'll don't have to keep answering the question right? :P


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You know ya'll don't have to keep answering the question right? :P


I just needed an excuse to post something. Having lurked for a while... Neko.

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when its a kia potentia (mazda 929/luce)

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haha, very funny guys :lol:

so now everything in my interior actually matches. Spent this evening pulling the old BFMP seats out, swapping rails, and sticking the BFMR ones in. Here's how different the trim patterns are between the two:

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The old seats

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BFMR seats in finally. No more gangsta lean on the driver's side :twisted:

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Door card trim matches seat trim. I can die happy now.

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When it is a 1975 Roadpacer?

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Isn't that a Holden? :?

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nope. that is mazda with 13B and leather and.... well top of the line......

mazda swapped rotor motor technology for a few HJ Premier bodies and Roadpacer was born.


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When it's a Ford Telstar ...

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Curious seeing Mazda as Ford and GM products not more than ten years apart...

Incidentally, a friend worked at FoMoCo in the 1980s and was responsible for the localization program of that 626 into a Telstar. Considered for the same segment at the time was the first Sierra. See ya! Neko.

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nope. that is mazda with 13B and leather and.... well top of the line......

mazda swapped rotor motor technology for a few HJ Premier bodies and Roadpacer was born.

Guaranteed that body is NOT a Mazda. It s too FUGLY.

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Incidentally, a friend worked at FoMoCo in the 1980s and was responsible for the localization program of that 626 into a Telstar. Considered for the same segment at the time was the first Sierra. See ya! Neko.

Really? I would've liked to have been a fly on the wall during those years.

One thing I found incredibly odd was the decision not to export some of the more performance-oriented versions overseas at the first instance. i.e. cars like my TX3 with the DOHC turbo engine and 4WD, or even the Telstars with the 2 litre "Magnum" turbo. Wonder if that was Japanese intervention (saving the best for themselves) or foreigners thinking the technology was too fragile.

I mean, the Americans were scared of the 12A turbo rotary engines grenading and possibly compromising the image of reliability, which is why no export market ever received them.

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