I have installed and started engine without incident. Time now to put a few hundred miles to start break-in. I will present a few ideas (next blog) concerning the flooding-low compression that plague RX8’s, especially earlier ones and what i gleaned from this project.
In the context of Mazda RX8 flooding and hard-starting issues, it’s important to know how critical plugs, ignition wires, ignition coils, battery and starter are for reliable starting. These components should be in A1 condition-always, and this especially holds true for high mileage 8’s. In fact, this is a universal rule for all Mazda Rotary vehicles.
I have completed the Mazda RX8 engine rebuild and about ready to add-on peripheral components; manifolds etc. To summarize, I’ve replaced all seals and Rotor Housings, flow-port the intake and exhaust, blueprint and added all the little tricks iI know to achieve maximum compression pressure. RX8 engines are not exactly easy to R&R because the engine sits down and back making transmission bolts all but inaccessible. I think the makers want you to remove engine and transmission as a unit from below the car. I did neither.