FRANK WHITE'S1988 Mazda RX-710th Anniversary

Frank White's 1988 Mazda RX-7 10th Anniversary
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1988 Mazda RX-7

10th Anniversary



Horsepower200 HP
Torque200 LB-FT
Curb Weight2778 LB
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Engine Size1.3 L
Transmission Type5 speed manual
MPG (City/Highway)16-18 if lucky MPG

The Story

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? After selling my last turbo II I wanted another one and decided on a 10th anniversary model... I looked at a few that were basically trashed and had just about given up when I found this close to mint low mileage example on Craigslist... The seller’s were a nice old couple in Indiana who were asking a more than fair price, I jumped on the deal and immediately started making reliability mods along with basic maintenance; while it was immaculately taken care of, it is a 30 year old car and has typical 30 year old car problems (rubber hoses dry out and rot, electrical connections corrode, fuel separates and becomes varnish, etc) 

Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, and what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Mods so far have been pretty basic just to enjoy the car and address a few known turbo II issues. As for any 30 year old car obviously you should start with basic maintenance and addressing any leaks, of course a good tune up never hurts... aside from that the car was still wearing its original tires which were dry rotted and I’m pretty sure were no longer perfectly round, the brakes needed to be gone through as they were original and it hadn’t been driven much, and the first mod any turbo II owner should do removing the Boost cut which has killed more motors than anything else!!! 

 Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Definitely the Rtek 1.8 chipped ecu, it removes the factory boost cut, retunes the ecu for 720cc injectors, removes the start up rev to almost 4000 rpm to warm the engine up (last thing you want to do in a cold car with no oil pressure) and has a feature that allows the factory ecu to drop 1* of timing per every lb of boost over 9 for a bit of safety... basically allows you to turn the boost up a bit to take advantage of the factory motors abilities mine is set with a Greddy profec boost controller to about 10psi or double the factory boost. 

 How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? Selecting specific parts came from a combination of personal knowledge/history, research, and a lot of conversations with the RX7 community on FB and the net... No one person can know everything it’s amazing how someone may have a better idea than you do, or even just an idea how to make yours better... never discount any source without research as you might pass up on the tip you need to get the job done... Aside from that prepare for anything on an rx7 to take 2-3x longer than a typical car... most are 30+ years old bolts break, parts can be hard to locate, patience is definitely a virtue... Be Prepared to Swear A LOT!!! 

 What are you planning next? Next mods on the list is are a BNR stage II hybrid S5 turbo, (well of sorts actually making my own) I found a TA34 turbine (drop in upgrade) a T3/T4 rebuild kit with a 360* thrust bearing, and a T04B compressor housing with a H3 compressor which will be activated by a kinugawa billet wastegate actuator. All in all parts cost me about 400$ Because it flows so much better than stock and the compressor is so much more efficient I will be able to safely bump my at the wheels hp to about 280-300hp without punishing the motor with an unsafe boost level. Also the Series 5 turbo has a much better designed twin scroll manifold, and the wastegate flows a lot better to help curb boost creep. Along with that a major exhaust upgrade to a full 3” setup using RB universal mufflers and a custom made downpipe that has a secondary pipe for the wastegate to flow.

 (Also to help boost prevent boost creep). Then in addition I will be upgrading my factory fuel pump with a fresh Denso Toyota Supra twin turbo fuel pump which flows close to double what the factory is capable of, and rewiring it with a relay as the factory wiring wasn’t the greatest new and 30 years I’m sure haven’t done it any favors. While doing all of that I’ll also rerun my fuel lines to uncomplicate the fuel system, replace the fuel filter, and will be deleting what’s left of the “rats nest” vacuum system for simplicity and reliability What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? As with any project time management, funding, and keeping motivated. Having a project down so you can fix something often becomes a drag when you may have to wait weeks for a part to arrive and no one likes a dead car that sits!!!

Comments (13)
6 here now

[]Curtis Mclaughlin

Love the 10 anniversary

[]Frank White

Thank you

[]Curtis Mclaughlin

Has it been repaint all the ones I have seen have really bad paint flaking off

[]Frank White

It’s legitimately part of its rarity I’ve only seen maybe 3 without paint peel myself, mine and a few in auctions

[]Frank White

No it’s actually factory paint the original owner kept it in a climate controlled garage under blankets and a car cover... when I purchased it this may it only had 47000 miles on it

[]Curtis Mclaughlin

Wow that's amazing it looks good

[]Frank White

Thank you, it’s not absolutely perfect but that’s kinda the point I wanted a clean 10th anniversary that was totally stock so that I could mod it and drive it how I saw fit and I didn’t want to worry about it being a 100 pt collectors show car... I plan on keeping this one for a very long time, and don’t foresee getting rid of it...

[]Curtis Mclaughlin

Yea I hear you there a couple of my buddy's have a few of them one is a track monster that I have been I have been trying to tell him to turn it back stock and make his other turbo ll cause it would suck to have something happen to the 10ae I have been looking for myself one for about 5 years now

[]Frank White

Took me about 10 to find this one and it was finally found on Craigslist

[]Kit Lau


[]Ernie Szots

Wow, what a car. Absolutely love it.

[]Frank White

Thanks, I was passively looking for a 10AE turbo II for about 10 years and stumbled across this one with 47,000 miles on Craigslist for 7500$ while the car is by far not perfect it’s the cleanest one I’ve seen in the Chicago area that still wears its factory emron paint that was known to peel and only has a very few small blemishes and some tiny dents that might of been the result of typical parking lot mishaps

[]Ernie Szots

Great find. One I'll definitely be following.

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