March 05, 2014
Guys, I have been an RX owner since 1988 and have NEVER had a product come packaged as easy to install as this. I received the ignition system last night and started putting it in at 6 PM and was done in 56 minutes. Fired up with NO issues and I immediately noticed the difference (although I ordered it because I had lost yet another stock coil, so anything was going to be better). I look forward to posting another review when they have been in a while; but I'm happy as can be with the setup and ease you've provided. THANKS!
December 19, 2013
FYI - coils arrived and have been successfully installed in car. My darling is running again, yay! :) And engine starts are much better (faster) now. Thanks a lot, you're best!
December 12, 2013
2012-2013 I was deployed overseas and was contemplating on a vehicle to purchase upon my return home. After looking through the Rx8 forums and becoming a member I was skeptical about the vehicle. However, I've followed your posts and the detailed information that Charles gives out to members and indirectly is made my decision a no brainer. I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank Charles for his indirect influence on the best purchase I've ever made. Thank you.
Got the parts today. THANK YOU! Idk if I told you but I had ordered the kit from *other company and ended up being a nightmare of delays n horrible cust service(had to get owner’s cell off his business application as he refused to respond to any emails, wish I recorded convo it was great). I had to dispute the charges and was so frustrated I almost said screw it. Dealing with you guys was great, really appreciate the communication and feel stupid for not going to you first. Parts look great and my daughter played with the flying monkey all day. I’d recommend you to anyone and everyone I know with an 8, which is a lot since I sell Mazdas and have for nearly 6 years. Can’t wait to get them installed.
ps feel free to post this wherever. I mean it u guys are a quality operation and I feel well taken care of (polar opposite of *other company).
I just wanted to let you know that I am very happy with how the BHR ignition and midpipe are working. My 8 feels like a brand new car. It feels much smoother at higher idle and the exhaust feels clear and sounding great. I just have the stock Cat-Back exhaust so the exhaust sound is very similar as with the stock mid-pipe w/cat, which is what I expected.
The only negative thing I would say is that the delivery time was a little long. Although I do realize that you were under the pressure of handling larger quantities of orders than you were used to. Overall I am very happy with the product and the communication I received from you while waiting for my delivery. Thanks again!
September 20, 2013
Got your package. Thanks for the monkey, my 2 year old loves it.
Coils are great, thanks alot you guys are legends. I will be spreading the word in aussie.
- Lance A.
Hey Charles, I just wanted to say thank you for getting the coils, wires, and plugs to me so quickly and I have to say the flying monkey is a very nice touch. Installed everything today and all fits well and runs fantastic. You definitely live up to the reputation you have attained.
Sadly, I am in the process of refiguring my exhaust configuration.First off, let me say I love my no cat BHR midpipe, and mated with the Racing Beat catback exhaust it is a delight to drive, with both enhanced performance and perfect sound. I sincerely hate to lose it.....but *other company has managed to take out all the fun and more importantly destroyed the trust of tuning with *other company.
I am not going to waste another second with him. I will never tell a guy how to run his business, so he will be fine without me as a customer.
I am planning/coordinating these changes now, and will place an order for a new catted midpipe with you in a few days.
I'm sorry to lose my beloved no cat midpipe, but dealing with *other company has been a less than savory experience.
Anyhow enough of my rant, I'll be in contact asap to place the order via your website.
September 3, 2013
Your coils is making me fall in love with my chariot again... Forgot what 9k rpms felt like.
May 8, 2013
Just to let you know it arrived safe and well today. Many thanks, I’m really impressed with the quality feeling of the kit, all the connectors and assembly seems really top notch. I should be working from home today but instead i think I’ll be fitting my ignition kit!
All the best Charles,
March 5, 2013
Thank You! You guys are the best!
Can't wait to purchase more of your awesome products (eh hem BHR midpipe...)
March 13, 2013
You guys are awesome! I love how fair your prices are. How I can order something and it shows up the same day as something I ordered a week before! And a few days later I get a hand written envelope with my invoice is something I never expected from any company and makes the whole experience dealing with you that much more enjoyable. I wish you all the best!
Thanks again! Keep up the great work!
Minnesota RX Club
I’ve installed the parts and it’s a significant improvement from my last ones... given that I had 3/4 coils overheated and burnt to a crisp, and 2 malfunctioning spark plugs with one completely full of oil and gas.... oops Anyway, just thought I’d give you some feedback, everything went smoothly so far and I’d like to thank you for you time and product!
December 14, 2012
Worth every penny. I'm so glad you guys do what you do!
October 2, 2012
Received the ignition, first impressions are awesome :D Haven't changed the plugs and wires yet, and I reset the ECU but the car runs so much better already. Thanks for the monkey, stickers.
Looking forward to dealing with you again!
September 1, 2012
The coils are great. Thanks for your help. The car is definitely more responsive!
-John the Computer Guy
Sep 25, 2012
Hi, I am loving my new flywheel and I'm very happy with my purchase. Thanks for everything Charles!
Hey Charles, just wanted to drop a line and thank you for building such a great product. I installed the ignition yesterday and can't believe the difference it made. The install was very easy and the instructions spelled it out perfectly. I have placed another order for brake pads and springs, I will be ordering quite a bit more from bhr in the future, so Thanks again!
September 4, 2012
Finally got time to install the parts. Very happy, coils work great and midpipe sounds good. Install was pretty easy, everything fit perfect!
Thanks for all the help and great service!
September 24, 2012
I just wanted to thank you for this great product.. I have only had it on for 2 hrs and I notice a difference already.
It is amazing!
July 27, 2012
The ignition arrived today. Unfortunately I had a misfire yesterday. I guess I should have ordered it last week. T2 coil on the back rotor looks like it's dead, has white discoloration on bottom of coil. The other three probably weren't far behind.
Installation was no problem, though it is tight as indicated in the instructions. Toughest part was getting the nuts back on the studs to attach the BHR ignition to the stock base plate. I did disconnect the alternator wire to free up a little more space. Total time expended was about 2 hours including changing the spark plugs. I guess that's not too bad considering I pilot a desk for my day job.
Car started up without any issues after buttoning everything back up. Engine seems noticeably smoother throughout the rev range. Wish I had gotten these years ago.
July 20, 2012
Sorry for the late update but I have received and just installed the ignition system. It has completely changed my driving experience, the car picks up speed faster and has more response. Thanks so much for making this possible. :) Also i love the screaming monkey surprise.
July 30, 2012
Sorry for the delayed response - got the coils a few weeks ago, but only had them fitted today.
Brilliant, very happy! Already noticed an improvement in responsiveness.
Thanks very much and all the best to your team.
April 26, 2012
Good Afternoon, I received the package a few week ago and installed the coils last week. Very noticeable improvement in throttle response and top end power. I believe all my coils were on their last leg as the epoxy on the bottom all had milky burn spots. Great Product easy install.
P.S. Thanks for the monkey! We will do business in the future.
May 23, 2012
Thanks a bunch, got the midpipe last week and immediately got it on the car. Love it so far, only had it on for about a week but the sound is great, the feel is great, the fumes are great! Props to the team for such an awesome product. I'm sure I'lll be back around when it's time to replace the coils so i can get myself a BHR Ignition as well. :) Oh, one last completely unrelated question LOL. What oil do you recommend we run in our cars? I bet you guys have done your own share of UOA's and I was just wondering your own opinions. Thanks!
May 10, 2012
Just dropping you a line to let you know that I have had the midpipe installed for about 2-3 weeks now and thus far I have no complaints at all. The deep throaty sound is awesome and the cat is not glowing orange like the original Davesport was.
Once again, thank you for correcting this and I highly recommend this cat with future sales on this midpipe. Thanks for everything; I will be contacting you soon to purchase the ignition upgrade.
March 18, 2012
Just want to say thank you for the awesome coils. I have installed it and use it on the track. (http://youtu.be/wQRqV2bFCbI)
Now that the Black Halo Racing Midpipe is in regular production and things are going smoothly with them, we at Black Halo Racing wanted to share with all of you the processes, trials, and tribulations we endured in order to make such a seemingly simple product and why it took 14 months before we got it right.
In the Spring of 2009, during one of Arizona's famously beautiful evenings, Charles was in the garage building a bunch of BHR Ignition Systems when he heard several cars approach his house. Knowing that he had no warrants issued for his arrest (this time!) he wandered out to the driveway to see 4-5 guys approaching him with folding chairs, looking like they planned on staying for a while. Since this group included other BHR team members, Charles figured it must be some sort of "intervention" and immediately recalled the sketch from "Chappelle's Show" where Tyrone Biggums receives his own intervention. The difference was that there was no toilet for Charles to flush himself down and escape the brow-beating this group was about to heap upon him.
Up until this point, Charles never saw the need to develop a BHR Midpipe because he felt the market was saturated with them already and the available products were sufficient to satisfy the market's needs. This was what the guys intended to enlighten him about. The fact was, Charles had already been looking at various resonators available in the supply chain, and saw a couple interesting versions, but never felt the need to investigate further.
The gang began to regale Charles with all sorts of reasons why he should strongly consider having BHR develop and offer our own midpipe and the reasons were as varied as they were plentiful. Charles listened and then responded with the same set of criteria that are used to evaluate whether BHR pursues any of our product development or not;
1) We must be able to build a unique version that is obviously different from anything yet offered. 2) We must be able to build a more durable version of whatever we are offering. 3) We must do it as inexpensive as possible while still making it a worthwhile effort for the team.
These are the main criterion that go into every original product offered by Black Halo Racing.
Once the discussion was over, Charles agreed to pursue the BHR Midpipe idea, which started with purchasing the Moroso 92055 Race Muffler as it has a very unique design which uses no internal packing.
He then removed the resonator from his catless Bonez midpipe (which included a typical straight-through resonator design that every other midpipe offered currently uses), which was purchased several years earlier and served his needs quite well, and installed the Moroso unit. The results were exactly as he had hoped and expected; deeper tone, smoother and quiter sound, and great fitment underneath the car. Todd's interpretations while using the prototype BHR Midpipe were spot-on as far as the tone that was generated by the design that Moroso uses for their race muffler; the midpipe with this muffler had created a whole new sound from the Renesis engine and one that was universally pleasing and acceptably quiet at the same time. Todd also loved driving through freeway tunnels and close to retaining walls while revving his Renesis to 9,000 RPMs and listening to the unfettered sound of this prototype midpipe. (We think you will, too.)
We also organized a Sunday afternoon where our prototype midpipe was to be tried on several RX-8s, with different cat-backs on each one, and different expectations from each owner. Summary; everyone loved what they heard and each cat-back (even the OEM unit) had new life breathed into it. See the video-documentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ocVv5Vx_w
The guys at BHR then purchased several more Moroso 92055 mufflers and installed them on their own cars. The same outcome was repeated and we all drove our cars around for a month or two before we were satisfied that they withstood the durability element.
So, we announced a new BHR Midpipe and sold 7 of them right away.
We built these 7 pipes and shipped them out to their happy recipients. This is where things went sour......
Shortly after installing the BHR Midpipes on their cars, we started getting calls/e-mails from those first 7 customers that there was a strange "rattling"/"buzzing" sound emanating from inside the Moroso muffler. In a couple cases, a guitar pick-sized piece of metal was ejected from the exhaust system.
We had those faulty midpipes shipped back to us and cut one of the mufflers open, lengthwise. We discovered that the welding Moroso used to secure the internal baffling to the muffler case was inferior, as well as discovering the gauge of the baffling plates was insufficient to withstand the unique characteristics of a rotary engine's exhaust output.
Charles contacted Moroso to discuss the situation and the fact that there was a hungry and excited market for our midpipes to be equipped with their muffler. Moroso asked to have the faulty mufflers sent back to them for evaluation. Moroso also expressed grave concern, initially, and promised to redesign the mufflers per BHR's specifications/concerns and replace every bad muffler we had. Moroso built two modified mufflers and they were utter failures, as well. Shortly after this, Moroso stopped responding to Charles's e-mails about Moroso's promise to replace all 7 mufflers and the next chapter in "The Saga of the BHR Midpipe" will clearly indicate why Charles no longer cares about Moroso's promises.
Along the way, one of the customers whom Charles endearingly referred to as "The Magnificent Seven" (because they had purchased those first 7 midpipes on nothing more than BHR's reputation) discovered who it was that may have actually originated and patented the design that Moroso was using for their muffler. This moment was pivotal in the development of the BHR Midpipe because BHR were about to give up on the entire idea of developing their own midpipe.
Charles called the gentleman whose name was forwarded to him and the ensuing conversation turned the entire situation around. BHR were back to full-on development of the Black Halo Racing Catless Midpipe!
The story that Charles heard regarding the design of the race muffler BHR is exclusively using in the BHR Midpipe was very typical of the performance aftermarket industry and it essentially involves a seemingly "large" company with a huge market presence blatantly violating patent law and copying the ideas of a smaller company with a much smaller presence. This is a principle that does not sit well with the guys at Black Halo Racing.
Further, the gentleman to whom Charles was speaking (upon hearing that these mufflers would be used on a rotary engine application) addressed every single concern the guys at BHR had before Charles even had a chance to express what their concerns were. At this point, Charles KNEW he was talking to the right guy and that the BHR Midpipe was going to redefine what people expected out of midpipes for rotary applications.
As such, if one were to compare the BHR Resonator/Muffler to the previously-mentioned Moroso unit one would see much better materials used (14 ga. instead of 16 ga. stainless steel), far better weld penetration, and longer weld beads on the deflector plates inside the resonator/muffler.
The result was a very quiet, pleasingly smooth, and intimidatingly deep tone with no more "rasp" from the Black Halo Racing Midpipe for the RX-8. A somewhat unexpected, albeit beneficial, outcome was also that our midpipe allows each cat-back system with which it is used (even the OEM system) to retain it's original tone and character, causing their owners to fully appreciate the sound of their chosen cat-back system (in many cases, for the first time since they installed their cat-back systems).
Since the Black Halo Racing Midpipe uses a resonator which has no internal packing, and our resonator builder has the highest quality standards we have seen, we at BHR expect these midpipes to also retain their original tone/character for the life of the car.
Todd produced a humorous on-line "commercial" for the Black Halo Racing Midpipe and it can be seen here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ageTxrHVNk
Black Halo Racing will be featured at the SoCal Ultimate Dyno Day at SR Motorcars - organized by Jorge Leal (Jedi54 on the RX8Club forum) on March 27-28, 2010.
This year we're going BIGGER & BETTER than ever before. We will have TWO full days of LIVE webcasts, dyno runs, Cobb AccessPORT tuning, and all the shenanigans you've come to expect from BHR at these events. Black Halo Racing will be on site with AccessPORT tuning by MazdaManiac as well as various services as needed by those attending, including parts installations, demos and rotary compression testing. There will also be some big surprises for everyone who attends! If you're in southern California this is an event you'll not want to miss.
Saturday (3/27) will be a day of tuning and dyno runs for the turbo and supercharged cars. Phil's Pettit-supercharged RX8, which has been meticulously built and tuned by BHR, will be shooting for some huge numbers on a 4-port automatic. Charles R. Hill will be running his ported nitrous powered RX8 as well as a few of Socal's finest rotary cars.
On Sunday (3/28), the dyno will be invaded by the majority of the NA group doing runs for power and many receiving AccessPORT tuning by MazdaManiac.
If you're interested in Black Halo Racing products then you will not want to miss the event that everyone will be talking about!
SoCal Dyno Day 2009 Video
If you can't make the event be sure to watch our news area and our live section for streams and further access information!
Arizona Mazda Club is hosting another action packed Dyno Day at UMS Tuning!
Black Halo Racing wants to first congratulate Aaron Dant for being featured in Super Street Magazine's Reader's Rides section and also say thank you for the various mentions in the article!
Aaron's 2005 Shinka RX8 is a well equipped and tastefully modified example of every rotary owner's dream. His ride is sporting the BHR Ignition Upgrade, BHR Throttle Body Spacer as well as MazdaManiac's Greddy Turbo Upgrade with the Garrett 3071 and is tuned by MazdaManiac with the COBB accessPORT.
All of us here at BHR are excited to see Aaron's RX8 get the attention it truly deserves.
Be sure to check out additional pictures of Aaron's car in our Customer Rides picture gallery!
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