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Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2017, 10:54:46 AM »
Mounted the lifting bracket to the valley, and started mating the engine to the trans. This took a little bit longer than anticipated, but after some will force I made the two go together.







Had some buddies come over to assist





Big grin on my face! this was a happy moment!


It's in!!!



Badass pic I took:

Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2017, 12:06:18 PM »
intake installed:



Large amount of heat wrap on the fuel lines and clutch lines:






Trans mount fitted up:


Motor mount look really nice, tightened down the biscuits to get the engine height correct.


Shifter alignment, needed to cut the trans tunnel a bit. Went with MGW



Also started installing some accessories, picked up an alternator bracket and a nice power steering mount. I will be running Fbody accessories on the LS3.


Offline kinger

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2017, 02:25:31 PM »
So clean.  I love that I have working ABS but man I love the clean look of the ABS delete.  Stock LS3 intake fits hood/firewall just fine?
93 Touring, 6.2L, 415/425 Whp/Wtq, 8.8, samberg everything, AC, PS, TC, Cruise, LED Tails, HID head lights, immaculate interior and paint.

Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #33 on: December 07, 2017, 12:32:51 PM »
So clean.  I love that I have working ABS but man I love the clean look of the ABS delete.  Stock LS3 intake fits hood/firewall just fine?

Yes it clears with a 1/4" to the firewall lip. We will see about the hood lol.

Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #34 on: December 07, 2017, 12:38:14 PM »
Starting fitting up the power steering pump. Since the Fbody power steering pump will over power the factory Mazda steering rack, I bought a Turnone pump reducer to try to get the flow to a more "light" feeling level.



Installed and lines ran:




I also mounted the extended clutch bleed line and mounted it to a bracket on the intake.



Shifter hole block-off black installed and knob fitted. Went with a C6 shift knob, should look factory-like!



Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #35 on: December 07, 2017, 12:43:15 PM »
Filled the power steering system with Driven oils power steering Fluid:

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Will be using an Odyssey PC925 battery, and fitting it under the bin behind the passenger seat.








Offline 7th Heaven

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #36 on: December 09, 2017, 05:36:07 PM »
Coming together nicely
Want a FD/FC A/C wire harness? Message me if in need!!  :cheers:

Offline Esser

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2017, 03:32:11 PM »
Made my own wire terminals for battery relocation.





Started wiring in the engine. I went with the PSI conversions wire harness. Quality seems spot on and price is great compared to all other harness manufacturers. I 3D printed a hole size reducer so that the 2inch firewall grommet on the harness would mate up to the existing 3inch hole on the FD firewall.







Heat wrap installed:


I was also able to get the samberg radiator installed:




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Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2017, 11:44:58 PM »
Looks great, I dig the 3D printed piece.
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Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #39 on: December 13, 2017, 06:48:04 AM »
Have you checked the clearance between the IR strut bar and the crossover fuel pipe, ours was zero?

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Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #40 on: December 13, 2017, 11:36:27 AM »
Have you checked the clearance between the IR strut bar and the crossover fuel pipe, ours was zero?

My fuel cross over happens after the strut bar, and the strut bar clears the intake by about 1/4". Your engine may be a bit too far forward? I can get more pics of mine if needed.

Offline MPbdy

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #41 on: December 13, 2017, 11:49:16 AM »
I had to clearance my strut bar as well with a factory LS3 intake.  It bolted down seemingly fine until I saw the interference.  There was about a 1/4" that needed to be relieved.

Offline Cobranut

Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #42 on: December 13, 2017, 11:53:37 AM »
I had to clearance my strut bar as well with a factory LS3 intake.  It bolted down seemingly fine until I saw the interference.  There was about a 1/4" that needed to be relieved.

I had to do the same.  Ground a little crescent out of the bottom to match the intake
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Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #43 on: December 13, 2017, 11:56:12 AM »
The only difference I can see is you have the Samberg fabricated engine mounts in place of the C5 ones, perhaps the offset is different.

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Re: Esser's LS3 FD RX-7 R1
« Reply #44 on: December 13, 2017, 09:56:33 PM »
The only difference I can see is you have the Samberg fabricated engine mounts in place of the C5 ones, perhaps the offset is different.

I have the aluminum Corvette mounts, and had to similarly clearance my brace as well.
1995 FD, 7.0 Liter stroked LS3, T56, 8.8, Samberg kit.