Your Projects: Wankel? We Prefer “Magic Spinning Doritos”

By Colin Wood
Apr 17, 2020 | Your Projects, Mazda RX-8

As revolutionary as the Wankel engine is, it can be understandably intimidating for many people. Not so for forum user Bent-Valve, who purchased an RX-8 with a bad engine back in 2018.

How did Bent-Valve come up with the name for his new purchase? We'll let him explain: "The engine smoked, had metal in the oil, and is generally toasted, hence Smoky."

Thankfully the purchase came with a good engine, which was quickly swapped into the car without too many headaches.

The most recent bit of work on the RX-8 was chasing down an oil leak, which led to some insights into the way Mazda engineered the engine—like the five-layer, bolt-in gasket that Bent-Valve discovered.

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Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/17/20 10:15 a.m.

Pete's gonna drag you 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/17/20 1:05 p.m.

Just noticed the tow vehicle. Bonus points for the Ridgeline. 

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