July 24, 2019

Rob has an RX8, and his journey with it.

A wedding!

Some friends of ours had the most amazing wedding – at a Roller Derby bout! I offered the RX-8 as the wedding car, and they said yes! After a quick bath, and some ribbons, we were good to go! After delivering Melissa to the Wedding, everything went off without a hitch. Congrats to Melissa and […]

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The Path to Roadworthy

Lots of photos and descriptions of what I’ve done to the RX8 to get it roadworthy

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REALLY fixing CEL Error P2259

After the CEL came back on after my last attempt, I realised that I’d have to replace the solenoid. This is an annoyingly difficult thing to get to, but THIS TIME it’s fixed. If you are thinking of doing this yourself, I have some left over and I’m selling them on eBay – these are […]

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Coolant Flush Day!

As I wasn’t too sure when the coolant was last flushed, I thought I may as well do it today, just so I know what’s in there. Obviously, being the idiot that I am, I didn’t even bother WATCHING any videos or RTFM’ing any more than ‘Oh, there’s a drain on the bottom of the […]

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Fixing CEL Error P2259 (Take 1)

There’s lots of people who’ve had this error, and lots of information on the net about how to fix it. The consensus appears to be that, more often than not, it’s just a bad contact and NOT a failed solenoid. (Edit: It’s not the contact, it’s the solenoid – see below) This is extremely handy, […]

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Front and Rear Cameras

As part of the headunit update, I had the rear camera replaced, and a new front camera installed (so I don’t accidentally run into parking bollards!). It’s hilariously confusing to switch to it when you’re doing 100kph, because it’s about 15cm above the ground and is just a blur!

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New Headunit is in!

Unfortunately, this now makes the cracked airbag cover look worse than it did, so that’s next on the fixlist. I’ve been told that that cover cracking has happened to more than a few people after they’ve had their car in for the Airbag recall, and it was fine before. I’m going to get in touch […]

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So THAT was a bad day.

After I came home from buying the new head unit (at about 10am), I took a photo of the car (just to keep track of the narrative of the car, and for future reference). Here’s that photo. (Link to HQ Original) I went inside, and started to do some work, and at about 5, a […]

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It’s impossible to buy a FOSS Head Unit

I really REALLY wanted a head unit that supported Android Auto. I also wanted a head unit that was open source. These things appear to be mutually exclusive, unfortunately. So, instead, I have bought a Kenwood DMX8018S, which has three camera inputs. They are going to be used for Reversing (obviously), a Front Camera so […]

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The aftermarket Fuel Flap was sticky

It was almost a two-person job to open the fuel cap – one to pull the lever up, the other to wiggle the cover until it popped open. It also had a carbon-fibre looking wrap on it, which had warped and bubbled, so I decided to take it off. There was a fair bit of […]

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