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    Sucks! But certainly know from experience that they are fuel hungry beasts, so not totally shocking.

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    When street mufflers, cats, and other sound reducing parts are removed from RX-7s, as is done in race cars, they sound like absolute $h!t at idle, and they have to idle a lot to warm up before racing. Very loud $hit. Try spending a race weekend hanging out with the 7s Only Mazda GT series drivers and you will know what I mean. I also don't like the throttle response, which is an on-off switch, and all that farting they do when you lift. Good riddance!!!
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    Man that's too bad, my first three cars had rotaries in them. Nothing like the sound of a ported motor at 10k rpm and the backfiring.
    If nothing happens and there is no one around why did it not happen?

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    R.I.P.

    Rotary is awesome! I told myself one day I'm going to get a 3 or 4 rotor built =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    When street mufflers, cats, and other sound reducing parts are removed from RX-7s, as is done in race cars, they sound like absolute $h!t at idle, and they have to idle a lot to warm up before racing. Very loud $hit. Try spending a race weekend hanging out with the 7s Only Mazda GT series drivers and you will know what I mean. I also don't like the throttle response, which is an on-off switch, and all that farting they do when you lift. Good riddance!!!
    Spoken like a true heathen! Enjoy your VTEC, y0.
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    What do you expect he's been worshiping at the Temple of VTEC.
    If nothing happens and there is no one around why did it not happen?

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    I'm a hardcore Honda enthusiast, but have always been a fan of Mazdas, especially the rotaries. Now I want to look for an FC.

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    FDs are beautiful cars, but very fragile.
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    Back in high school in my street racing days, when we all had the little Integras and Civics and Mustangs which were mostly stockish, there was this one rich kid in town who had a fully built/ported/straightpiped FC turbo2 (who always blew his motor, but whatever) and an older friend of his who had some crazy single-turbo FD. They were the ****, and the flame/backfires were the coolest thing ever for us kids..

    I remember one night where I was the one lucky dude to get a ride-along in the FD, I remember we hit 100mph from one residential street light to the next, which was totally crazy and unsafe and whatever, but back then if was awesome. I only have good memories with the Mazda rotary cars, and this is kind of sad news to me. If you have a nice example of an FC/FD, it might be best to hold on to it and pass it on to your kid. Obnoxious, loud, 2-stroke oil burning, overheating finicky gross polluters of the like of the FC and FD will never be built again, and there's a special charm when you have one running just right. Plus they're damned good looking cars. RIP

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    yeah, im on lots of mazda clubs, its kind of tradition, to have a couple extra rotary engines laying around for "tune-ups" and constant rebuilding.. the weight balance on the RX8 was awesome, but the power band was weak, and the gas mileage for a newer car was total crap!! the RX8 actually qualified for clunker status, right out the door.. so no surprises here..

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    Sad to hear There's nothing quite like a peripheral-port rotary motor. That and the RX platforms were/are tons of fun.
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    Some of them make some pretty obnoxious noises, but I have a buddy with an RX-8 he uses for track only, and it sounds great. All the RX-7s and 8s were cool, but the FD has to be one of the prettiest cars ever made.

    The rotaries will still be at the track in the same numbers, and the tailpipe flames will always be fun to see. I just hope Mazda continues its motorsports development program.
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    My 3-rotor sounded pretty ok

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    I bummed to hear it but also not surprised. I've never owned a rotary but have always drooled over them. I love the flames of the race cars, but I'm with Richard on the way they sound in the paddock.
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    my first sport car was a first gen RX7. loved the rotary. it was pretty reliable back then. just loved the way it rev.
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    my first car was an 84 RX7 GSL-SE with a 13B. I only had an intake, test pipe, and a muffler. It sounded so good, nothing like the typical 4 bangers that we had so much of in high school. Revs are soooooo smooth!. The stock redline beep warning sound on all the rotaries were cool too.

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    I agreed on the FD. Its one of the most beautiful Japanese car. The lines are just plain sexy.

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    I had a 72 RX3 sedan, 73 RX2 and a 88 RX7. I had the most fun in the RX2 because nobody expected it to be fast and I was really glad the FC RX7 had strong front ends on them that may have been the only thing that saved me in my accident with a 18 wheeler.
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