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Xoon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:33 am 
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Hey folks.
Recently bought a Mazda 323F BA 1,8L. I am really happy with the engine. Id like to know what good non-engine performance upgrades you recommend.

I mostly drive in a rally like style, down windy roads with not many straits. Average speed was around 80km/h. My biggest problem is the breaks, they need a fluid change, pad change and flush. I got disks up front and drums in the rear.

I think I need better breaks, is there a good way to get discs on the rear? I can drill, tap and weld and I got access to a machining shop. I am also decent at mechanics.

I am also thinking about getting a better suspension and stiffening the chassis with struts, though I do not want to lower the car.


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HughieW
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:46 pm 
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Have a look through the threads on this forum - I've written a guide on doing a rear disc conversion, it's not too much work really :) as for handling, the usual recommendations apply - decent suspension, decent tyres, decent brake pads :thumbleft:

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HMT
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:21 pm 
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Rear disc conversion with MX3 parts, maybe front brake assembly off a V6 (270mm rotors), if you can source the parts. The rear discs actually helped a lot with the brake feel in my case.
Strut braces front and rear, if you like also rear sway bar.
Light weight wheels are also a no brainer.
And i'd suggest a closer ratio gearbox like BG GT or MX3 1.6 with the MX3 one being really short geared and the BG one in between MX3 and BA. If you dont drive long distance very often i recommend MX3.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:45 pm 
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HMT wrote:
Light weight wheels are also a no brainer.

Can't agree more esp coming of steel wheels. Don't forget with wheels, you don't only face the extra energy of the wheel weight travelling down the road at the car's speed but the rotational energy of the spinning wheel as well, so there's a double whammy there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:49 pm 
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pitrack_1 wrote:
HMT wrote:
Light weight wheels are also a no brainer.

Can't agree more esp coming of steel wheels. Don't forget with wheels, you don't only face the extra energy of the wheel weight travelling down the road at the car's speed but the rotational energy of the spinning wheel as well, so there's a double whammy there.

Patrick


That is if you care for the economy of the car.
Light wheels means faster spinning with less effort.
Rotational mass is lowered.
Light wheels has less rotational energy(because of their mass) and need more power from the car to keep the speed you want.
Faster acceleration, but driving at high speeds ends up using more fuel.


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