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Mazda RX-8 Accessories and Modifications

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  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    You've have to be the happiest person I've seen on here. Is that what the Florida weather does to you?
  • cheezeboycheezeboy Posts: 218
    LOL!!....you have no idea, after 23 years of Wisconsin weather, how happy I am to be in Florida for the last 14!!....would you not be happy also if on Christmas day you were on a beach, with sand, and surf, and bikinis, and pizza, and bikes, and did I mention bikinis?.....plus the whole "No State Tax" thing is kinda nice.....AND I can drive my RX8 all year long on snow-free roads!!

    was at the dealer today and they told me that they have a bunch of accessories, from the web site, in stock now!....lord help me - I am so weak! (but happy according to carliker) :-)
  • i chose not to get the spare for the same concern that you have. turned out that the car came with the spare no charge as it was only available with the other options i wanted. after my first ride i removed it and it is now sitting in my garage. trunk is small enough!!!
  • if you have them, can you tell me how easy they attach, and if they look as good as you planned. is the quality high, for the price paid? with a list price of $250, i see an online web site selling for under 200.00....
  • I'm probably going to buy one of these beauties in 1-2 months. I saw the showroom model here in Dallas, TX, and it had some alumninum fender strakes on it, and it looked VERY sharp. I'm going to add them to my car for sure. It adds to it like the Corvette door side panels - that extra bar added to the outside of the door - looks very good. He had them marked up to $412 including install. Whatever. He said he could sell me the part by itself for 240. Again, what the crap ever. I can get them from a dealer in Virginia for 186.88, and I only looked on the net for 10 minutes. The only thing (and this isn't a big deal) is that if they put them on WHEN YOU BUY THE CAR, then they are under the car's warranty, not the part's warranty. That just depends on what's important to you.

    He told me that to install them, they take off the grill panel, and if I'm not mistaken, he said there was something behind the grill already there that allowed them to be mounted easily. The part should come with instructions though if you do it yourself - or the part dept. should be able to help you. They are VERY sharp though - they add an extra 'zing' to the car, especially if it's a black or dark gray RX8 in my opinion. This part might be on eBay soon for even less, but I haven't seen them on there yet. This being a new car and all, it might be a little longer till that price goes down. But 186 was the lowest I could find, and it was at Rosenthal Mazda in Virginia. Good luck. My e-mail address is Bamadog AT bamadog DOT com.
  • The spare tire to me isn't worth the time or space. With the RX8 already coming with Runflat tires, it's worth having some extra space in the trunk. The spare tire even 'sticks out' in the trunk impeding the space I need to actually put stuff IN the trunk (it has some overhang & is mounted to the roof of the trunk in the middle of the speakers). It's rather gaudy if you ask me. Go with the runflats and put your money into a better accessory... can't wait to buy my RX8!
  • flatsoflatso Posts: 24
    the rx-8 does not come with runflat tires
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    One could only wish!
  • Weird - cuz the Mazda dealer here in DFW said that they DO have runflat tires - I checked, and they have Goodyear runflats on them. Maybe that dealer put them on - I don't know... but they WERE runflats. It's definitely a good idea if you decide not to go with the space-taking spare.
  • I appreciate all the information I've learned form this board and the other Edmunds RX-8 boards. After seeing the cosmetic options available for the RX-8, and reading about the factory option packages from people who've bought them, I've decided to go in a different direction.

    I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and within the next couple of weeks will be buying or ordering a base 6-speed, Titanium and black cloth interior. The only option I'll get will be the factory cargo net! None of the factory options I've seen improve the car's performance -- I've grateful Mazda is not nickel-and-diming us for good wheels/tires/brakes like others do. When a reliable chip comes along that restores the car's original horsepower, that will be my only performance modification.

    As soon as I get the car I'll have all the badging removed. I don't want anything to distract from its complex contours and unique shape.

    I'll end up with a very clean-looking RX-8, with minimum weight and complexity. For sound I'll use my iPod and noise-cancelling Bose headphones, as I do now with my Miata (only on long trips). The car's sound system will be used for the radio only.

    I plan to keep my RX-8 for a long time. From personal experience I know Mazda's long-term durability is top-notch. And from viewing this car I know it will look as fresh a decade from now as it does today.

    When I've got the car I'll post some pics on my Web site so you-all can see a "minimalist" approach. In the meantime, thanks for all the info.
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  • flatpickflatpick Posts: 43
    How about some pics!!
  • kylerckylerc Posts: 17
    Can someone explain what this is? Other sites say it is cheaper then chrome or new.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    John, consider the Mazda replacement MP3 CD player (the one for the 3 or 6 should work as well). You can buy it new online for a couple 100 or so, and possibly for less used! You won't have to carry around the iPod and all the associated paraphernalia! Not saying its a better option, just that it may be more convenient!
  • mysteriomysterio Posts: 5
    I was going to get the GPS but decided to just get a handheld one for about $800 from http://www.magellangps.com
  • I am looking to purchase a new RX-8 and have been debating between the two solutions myself: factory-installed GPS for $2000 or 3rd party navi for about $1000. I am leaning towards getting the navi factory option for three main reasons:

    1.) Better integratiion. The controls are conveniently located on the armrest for easier operation while the display is mounted high on the dash for maximum visibility and safety. No need to clutter the dash with the obligatory wires and mounting equipment.

    2.) Better accuracy. I am *ASSUMING* the nav system option includes not only the GPS receiver but also a speed monitor and gyroscope. Does anyone no this for sure?? I am under the impression that all factory-installed systems have speedometer/gyro for improved accuracy, even my 2002 BMW 325Ci with a slow-[non-permissible content removed] ghetto CD-ROM-based system had speedometer/gyro integrated...

    3.) More secure. With a removable GPS, you run into the situation where you have to "hide" your GPS whenever you park because its defintely a hot item for thiefs to steal. Thiefs are stupid, but they're experienced enough to know current factory-installed GPS and/or audio systems are useless once removed.

    That's my $.02.
  • rx8riderx8ride Posts: 5
    Can't figure this one out. I recently purchased a Mazda front mask for my 8 prior to a cross country trip. Installation went fine except for the wide tab that is supposed to slot into the top of the grill opening. Because of the design of the grill, the tab will not push all the way in between the bumper and grill and so the mask is not pulled down tight which allows air to work up underneath. Am I doing some thing wrong here or do I have to modify the grill in some way? I followed the instructions carefully (or so I thought) but am stumped. Anyone have similar problems with this installation? Could it be because in CA we have front plate mounting as well? I've of course removed the front plate before install but still have this problem. Help would be appreciated.
  • donaldsdonalds Posts: 28
    The tab should push in all the way, it is tight but mine is all the way in, the problem I have is around the headlights at high speed, it will lift and flap alot.
  • rx8riderx8ride Posts: 5
    The whole point of my post was that the middle tab will not slide in all the way (at least on mine it won't) due to the construction of the grill. I had the same problem you mention with air getting under the mask around the lights. That was because the tab would not insert fully into the grill. I'm taking mine to the local Mazda dealership in the next day or two to ask the question so I'll see what they say.
  • Since I got the RX8 (aprox 1 1/2 months) so far I have had this car in the shop a few times. 1)"M" flash since car was spending lots of gas 2)oil light coming on/off often and spending too much oil(aprox 4 quarts in 4,000 miles)they changed the oil pan since there's a change or recall on the oil pan(there's a bulletin according to the service dept when I talked to them 3)there's an issue with the intake and they're correcting it right now(I'm driving a rental for a couple of days)other than that this car is ossum. I had a 1989 Mazda RX7 that went up for sale a couple of weeks ago with my motorcycle and a 12a bridgeported, NOS ready engine ("0" miles since modified)race ready. Bridgeported by Papo Mazda Racing in Chicago, you can see them at http://usa.motoseller.com/c/sys.php?a=5&b=302 Anyways, I wanted to warn you guys what you try on your rotary rocket. DO NOT USE A TURBONATOR from turbonator.com, it caused my car to bog down and faulted out my computer and had to reseted twice and that's why now is in the shop, carefull, them cars are too expensive to be playing with. I know what I'm doing with rotaries, but the RX8 is a new ball park.
  • stevo696stevo696 Posts: 1
    hi there ive just got a rx-8 in red ,im in england and nobody has a spoiler on there cars yet over here,what i want to ask you is do you no where i might be able to buy one of these.any sites etc...cheers steve ps like the car
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    I see those on e-bay once in a while. you buy them and they come painted the color you want them. might check on there. i got mine through my dealer!!
  • Have u guys seen the RX-8 in x-man? I need to get the front lil parts basically accessories. I would like to buy them, I know I have seen it somewhere on NET like 3 months ago, but now I have searched and searched, and can't find the parts. Do you guys know any sources to find those products I would desperatly like to buy them. Thanks
    CB.
  • zinny72zinny72 Posts: 4
    hi, I just joined the club today. I have an '04 with the navigation system and am also interested in knowing how to do this. I noticed your message is well over a year old. Are you still an active member, and, have you solved the problem?? thanks, Zinny72
  • zinny72zinny72 Posts: 4
    hi John, just joined the club, have been an '04 new car owner. I also just recently removed the badges and found out about the holes in the front and rear that need to be filled and repainted. I am curious, did you do it, what did it cost, and does it devalue the car? Personally, I like the clean look too without them, thanks, Zinny72
  • :confuse: Does the Mazdaspeed Spoiler use the same holes in the trunk lid as the regular mazda spoiler?
  • I was thinkin of going with this body kit for when i get get my 8, but decided im going to get the mazdaspeed body kit, if you still want the X men body kit, go here

    http://www.andysautosport.com/bodykits.php?id=Ma04RX&brand=Erebuni
  • trispectrispec Posts: 305
    You're not driving anywhere in the Boston area I hope. For $199 at BJ's wholesale they sell a DVD movie player that hangs over the front headrest.
  • I have 4 stock RX8 stock tires and wheels with less than 1000 miles on them. They are Bridgestone Potenza RE40 225/45/R19 with 18 inch alloy wheels. They are too slick for winters in Chicago. Does anyone know how to find a buyer long distance?
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    you want to sell them? You're not keeping them for summer driving?

    If so, put them on e-bay.
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