wlkelley3 SuperDork
May 1, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Well, I guess I've just run into the last of the known RX8 issues that could happen, that I know of. I have an 04 RX8. Had the flooding issue at 98,000 miles and dealer replaced the engine under warranty. I currently have an intermittent low coolant light even though the level is topped off and doesn't overheat. On the way home from work today the clutch felt a little weird and then I heard a crack and lost full pedal travel. Worked well enough to get home easily. Checked the pedal and structure and found the pedal support bracket cracked. I know it would be easier to replace but where is the best place to get a clutch pedal? Looks like I can remove it, weld up the crack and probable put a doubler on it. Any issues with going that route? I can afford a pedal but grassroots at heart (meaning used to not be able to afford nice things). Opinions?

Rufledt SuperDork
May 1, 2014 9:09 p.m.

Don't have an answer on the best place to get a pedal, but have you thought of welding it and then adding this?:

Is that one of the billions of small things they changed between the S1 and S2 rx8's? I haven't had a problem with my 2009 beyond the marbles in a can noise at high RPM (fixed under warranty), but I'm still under 20k miles

wlkelley3 SuperDork
May 1, 2014 9:44 p.m.

That actually looks better than the doubler process I had in my head. Looks sturdy enough that it won't happen again. Thanks! Another GRM rescue. Ordered.

May 1, 2014 10:44 p.m.

I was pretty sure that this was covered under a recall - no? I had the one on my GF's RX-8 replaced when it started squeaking and I'm pretty sure it was just out of warranty. Worth a call to the dealership in any case.

May 1, 2014 10:46 p.m.

Yeah, never mind. It was just an extension of the warranty on that part to 100k miles. Sounds like it won't help you...

bgkast SuperDork
May 1, 2014 11:21 p.m.

Somebody is parting out a rx8, check the $2014 classifieds

Streetwiseguy UberDork
May 2, 2014 12:09 a.m.

It was a recall, and the new bracket from Mazda is quite a bit more substantial, I think. Thats the easy button, although anybody with a welder, a bit of sheet metal and the most rudimentary knowledge of how to make a triangle can fix it.

wlkelley3 SuperDork
May 2, 2014 11:11 a.m.

About 136,000 miles on the car now. 38,000 since the engine warranty change. Out of warranty now.

May 2, 2014 11:43 a.m.

I don't think recalls are affected by warranty. I got a recall done on my truck at 175k miles that none of the POs had done.

May 2, 2014 2:04 p.m.
bgkast wrote: Somebody is parting out a rx8, check the $2014 classifieds

False, or I'm blind.

EDIT: I found it.

wlkelley3 SuperDork
May 11, 2014 9:34 p.m.

Update.
Ordered this and waited a week for it to arrive. Meanwhile I drove the Miata, it needed a workout anyway. When it came in, pulled the clutch pedal and saw that it was cracked all the way across. Trial fitted the kit and even missing 2 bolts (I didn't have the right size drill bit) it stiffened up so just tacked the crack and installed the kit (after getting the right size drill bit) and reinstalled into the car. Works like a champ, pedal has no wobble and has a secure feel.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

You Need This: Track-Ready 1991 Mazda Miata for $5500

30 minutes ago in News

What’s better than a Miata? How about a Miata that’s ready for the track?

MX-5 Cup Racing: Live on Your Screen This Friday and Saturday

2 days ago in News

Catch all the action of the Global MX-5 Cup race at Road America live this weekend.

How to Run Compressed Air at Home

2 days ago in Articles

A guide for installing an air compressor and air tools in your home garage.

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI 4Motion

2 days ago in New Car Reviews

Say hello to the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S with 4Motion. It comes with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that is ...

You Need This: $1600 Street Racer Ford Festiva

3 days ago in News

It already has a GRM sticker and everything.

Get Your Subscription Combo Deals!

3 days ago in News

Get both our magazines for the price of one!

Your Projects: smokindav’s VW GTI Project

3 days ago in News

Love a good MK5 GTI? You might enjoy this build thread.

Wing It: Simple Talk on the Complex Subject of Aerodynamics

3 days ago in Articles

Whether sleek, boxy or somewhere in between, all cars interact with the air while racing down the track.

2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec

3 days ago in New Car Reviews

Acura is introducing something new for the 2018 model year: the Acura TLX V6 A-Spec. It's the highest trim level ...

You Need This: 1989 Suzuki Swift GTi

4 days ago in News

For sale: one of Suzuki's under-appreciated hot hatches.

Buyer's Guide: Chevy Cobalt SS

4 days ago in Articles

All the information you'll need on GM’s entry in the sport compact wars.

Wednesday Night GRM Live: Are You Using the Right Chemicals for the Job?

4 days ago in News

What do all these cans even do!?!?

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
D0x0ZE36uG6lB0l08sbohASYGHGV73ou