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As per my intro post, I got my Type S a month ago and I've had a huge amount of fun already with this car! She's a 2007 that appears to have had a fair bit of customisation applied, but I feel the previous owner(s) left the job unfinished and I wanted to complete the look.

For reference, here's what my car probably would've looked like originally, as the 2007 is pre-facelift and is the original 8th gen Type S:
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And here's what my car looked like when I got her:
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The previous owner(s) appear to have fitted red body trim, the 'Inferno' sports grille with red badge, and a K&N sports air filter (not pictured, obviously) that makes the engine sound amazing.

However, I wanted to make some changes to complete the look. I was particular unhappy with the rear, especially the lack of spoiler. I wanted to add a Type R spoiler, but decided to be a little different and went for a black and red look. I'm proud that my car is a Type S and love that she has the panoramic roof and more eco-friendly engine than the Type R, so I wanted to celebrate that. I felt that a black spoiler would make her look more sporty, whilst being different to the Type R and a little more subdued. I bagged a black CTR spoiler for £50 off eBay and bonded it on with Sikaflex 255 FC (adhesive designed for windscreens and bodywork), and it's never coming off again!

To further the black and red look, I added the 'holey' Sumo vinyl cover by Coolice for the fake brake lights and changed the badges to black equivalents. I also added a matching front grille badge (stuck on with 3M VHB) and a generic GT badge on the left side of the boot (it bugs me a little how that side is empty by default).

My focus is now on repairing the rear suspension, which is rather corroded, unsurprisingly. Tyres are also being changed on Monday because the current ones are crap and don't match, and the driver-side rear has a slow leak. Once the maintenance stuff is done, I plan to change the wheels to 5-spoke black wheels (or paint the current ones), change the mirror indicators to those cool LED animated ones, and maybe replace the bumpers to get rid of the wear they've suffered over the years.

Here she is now:
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@Squibble and @Pitlane_badger, you guys saw my car at Simply Japanese before I made these little tweaks. I'd love to get your thoughts!
This looks SO good! I felt you'd been quiet of late, but clearly you've been BUSY. I really like both the changes you've made and the plans you have going forward. Your car is already lovely, but I just know going forward it's going to turn into a real gem under your ownership!
 

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That's a shame, you were really getting into that Civic! However, I know what it's like to reach a moment where the dynamics of the ownership tilt and you have to reconsider your position.

Your Z looks nice! I nearly had one myself, I was choosing between a 350z in burnt orange, and an RX8 in Velocity Red. The V6 sounded nicer than the rotary, but I felt the cabin of the Z was that bit too cramped for everyday use and I ended up picking the RX8. Fingers crossed your new car is more about tweaking than fixing, and if you get bored you now have all the knowledge and passion to find your way into an excellent FN2!
 

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By the way, do you still have the RX-8 or was that was your car before your FN2? @Tridi is considering getting one in the future so I'm sure he has some questions for you!
No, I moved that on some years ago. In truth, as nice as it was to look at, i was underwhelmed by the car itself. The fuel economy was embarrassing for the level of performance, it would only return about 250 miles from a tank, and it used (by design!) a litre of oil evey second fill up (so about 500 miles). Given the oil had to be to Mazda's specification it obviously wasn't cheap of course. The car was fairly quick, but gave so little feedback through the steering i often felt i may as well have a PlayStation pad rather than a steering wheel. So when all was said, the pure weight of cost, to give less power than a Type R and feel like i was uninvolved and unexcited made it one of only a handful of cars I regret buying. For the 16k it cost, I could and should have bought so many better options.
 

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Wow, thanks for the info! Very good to know. I think he will probably look at other cars now, unless we somehow have the space to keep the Z, Civic and an RX-8 as a project/track car!

My Z has the earlier non-'RevUp' VQ35DE engine and so isn't too much of an oil drinker, although it still needs regular checking and topping up. The RX-8 sounds far worse than even the RevUp engine!
There's a good reason you see so many of them going cheap, maintenance is much more frequent and critical than in most other Jap cars. They burn the rotor tips out if they get low on oil.

If I were looking for a N/A JDM car to daily and also spank round the track (but didn't fancy doing it in my FN2) I'd look at something like an S2000 or a DC5. The Mazda 6 MPS is probably the best performance car Mazda made if he's set on that manufacturer. Turbocharged options would be things like the Skyline GTR, MR2 (JDM had a 2.0 turbo version, we didn't get that) and possibly an Evo. Supra is too heavy to really compete with the Skyline, which is why as much as I loved mine (1990 MA70 shape 3.0 Turbo manual) for racing the Skyline is always going to win.
 
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