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10-08-02, 10:35 PM
Does anyone know of any conversions to do to a Mazda R1000 Ute? Im thinking of getting one and would like to know of some options. I would like it to be a daily driver, so I was thinking CA18DET. A rotor would be good (keeping inthe family) but it has to be reliable and cheap on fuel.
Any help would be great!
Forget the old wives tales about rotaries being unreliable.
I've seen both 1.4 litre (RWD 323) and 2 litre (RWD 626) motors in these with turbos on them. Actually got a run in the 1.4 and it scared me silly - not super quick, but AWFUL handling, and poor brakes.
If it was me, I'd look at a strong 1.5 litre motor from a RWD 323 panel van, with extractors and a DGV Weber. I know that's totally unglamorous and all, but I promise you that you'll be suprised at how well it goes, how little fuel it uses,... etc. And you won't get hassled by cops, won't have to spend mega bucks on brake upgrades, won't have to pend crazy money trying to get it to handle half-way decently, etc.
Drive one before you commit to anything... You will be shocked and appaulled at how they handle and stop. Don't think of them as being "R100 utes" - they have similar styling but that's where the similarities end... Think Suzuki Carry van with a ute body, and make it marginally better...
11-08-02, 09:46 AM
Yeah I took it for a drive, it as a 1400 motor in it. I wasnt too happy about the brakes, but as the owner showed me, they do work. You just have to step on them harder.
I would like a brake upgrade, cause it cant stop well anyway!
thanks for your help though!
Spac is quite right about the sensible choice of motor for it, but i have to say, i do find a rotary powered 1000 ute very exciting!!!:) If you did go the rotary route, something like a 12A bridgey would be a lot of fun and seriously quick in such a light car, but as you said, brakes and suspension would need some serious work! I know a guy (he's a bit of wanker though!) who has a 1000 ute in it. It is a really nice greeny blue, has 17s (rollerskate!!!) chrome gauges and a 10A bridgey which is currently being replaced by a 13B turbo. I would be very surprised if he doesn't write it off knowing is driving style!
11-08-02, 05:55 PM
hey I like your plan with the 1000 ute :)
if you go for a worked 1.4 or 1.5 from a 323, use a mazda 1300 sump and oil pickup, as it will work with the standard crossmember :) also if you go for a rotor, try to find an RX-2 sump, as this works with the banana shape X-member as well :)
and for the brakes, I would go to the normal mazda early RC stud pattern, easy to do, just use early 1300 axles out the back coupled with 1300/capella/808/323 type drums, they all the same size, and up front change the hubs to your choice of the above mentioned cars, I believe the hubs bolt straight on, just needing mounts for the callipers made up.
this is just off the top of my head, as you can tell I want one myself :) and thats just basic up grades for brakes etc. although I have also heard of people using modified gemini dteering knuckles, and even bongo van items modded as well.
but most things will need to be fabricated, no matter what you do.
11-08-02, 09:09 PM
Thanks alot guys. I am very interested in the sound of the 13B turbo though!!
I have heard that there is one with a CA18DET in one too. I like the sound of the late model motor a bit more then an older rotory or carbie.
Thanks alot for all the info though. If I get it, I will be back here looking for more help with conversions and what not!!!
Dude, old school rotors are tuff and personally i think would be better suited to the little 1000 ute. A 13B turbo would be very very quick and probably quite dangerous too! You would have tons of fun with a ported rotor, and if you don't want a carby, go injection for extra power, driveability and reliability! An injected 12A bridgeport would be awesome fun!!!:) :) :)
13-08-02, 07:51 PM
i think that you can legally put a 13b turbo in one, because they have a full chassis (i think). theres one in a hot 4s issue a while back and it did tens with a 13bt. they had done a lot of work with brakes and sus i think. good luck and post some pics.
13-08-02, 10:15 PM
do you know what issue? Sounds interesting!
14-08-02, 05:46 PM
may 2001, its got the CREATD lancer on the front p85. ;)
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