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Old 10-06-2016, 08:52 PM
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Discovering this made the need for new wheels a little more pressing.



Which was fine because there really wasn't room for the bigger brakes in the 16" wheels.

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And hiding in an RPF1 ... 17"



An the rear:




The 17x9 fit well in the front but the rear required a bit of a pull for the 17x10 but for fun, I decided to bolt the 17x10 with a 295 35 17 onto the front and see how close it is.



... close, but no cigar. Gonna need some wider fenders before that happens.

Picture with the 17s:

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Old 10-06-2016, 10:05 PM
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Is that a common failure of the factory rim? Heat or pothole related? That's nuts.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:10 PM
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Is that a common failure of the factory rim? Heat or pothole related? That's nuts.
It's common enough that I've heard of it before. If I recall right, there are 2 versions of those FD rims. Thin & thick spokes?

They're like the R32 GTR wheels in that they're one of the few 16x8" 5x114.3 options around.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:01 AM
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It's common enough that I've heard of it before. If I recall right, there are 2 versions of those FD rims. Thin & thick spokes?

They're like the R32 GTR wheels in that they're one of the few 16x8" 5x114.3 options around.
Yes, the first year seem to be the effected ones. My car came with 6 wheels (4 original thin, 2 later thick)
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:34 PM
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This is the way that the Hinson conversion arrived:



With a tall radiator and an AEM style intake that went all the way down into the front loweee valence ... Like so many cold air intakes, that I hate, it had a lot of bends and puny little filter in the end.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:36 AM
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After the first season the original radiator developed a small leak from the core. I was never a fan of the radiator/airfilter setup Hinson supplied ... it worked fine, but it was not esthetically pleasing to me.

This did give me opportunity to install this:



Funny that Mishimoto, in Japan, makes a rad to fit an LS swapped car, but not for a rotary powered one.

Moving the radiator back to the factory location meant that the Hinson air intake wouldn't work either ... which suited me fine.

The Mishimoto rad came with a filler neck that was lower than the top rad hose ... which seemed dumb... so I capped it off and fabricated a swirl pot in the upper rad hose and added some air bleed lines from the top of the rad, top of the swirl pot, and the top of the cylinder heads. These vent lines are run to an expansion tank mounted to the front of the cylinder head. Shown here, along with fabrication of an air box to fit the new K&N:

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Old 10-09-2016, 05:14 AM
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More photos of the new rad going in and the new airbox being completed. Here pictured with the OEM MAF.








There was also some requiring that went on. Under the hood, all of the rotary engine wiring was removed and under the dash, most of the wire you can see here is gone now. In all, about 35lbs of wiring was removed along with the complete air conditioning system.


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All together with the Lingenfelter 100mm MAF ... up from the factory 65ish mm.

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Old 10-16-2016, 03:39 PM
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And then there was the time I broke the diff ... ironically, on the street.



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