Fri, March 22, 2019
Thanks to all at BHR for putting together these awesome wall calendars! Great photos & variety of cars, they're all winners. What a sharp looking car. Thank you for helping to keep it alive. The new coils look they're going to be awesome! I hope your New Year is off to a great start.
Tue, October 02, 2018 4:14 pm
Thank you very much for your input.
Brian,The #1 issue in situations such as this is improper installation or location of the BHR harness ground wire. It needs to be located in the exact spot specified in step 11 or 12, which is the 10mm bolt on the inner driver's side fenderwell.CharlesBHRMon, October 01, 2018 5:47 am
September 30, 2018
September 25, 2018
Hey Charles, just received the clutch assembly and installed it, it’s amazing and I love the quality 👌, also appreciate the lanyard, calendar, and stickers too. Will definitely be slapping those on.
September 16, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 05, 2018
July 26, 2018
Got your ignition kit installed today and love it fits perfect thank you for a great product :)!!!
July 23, 2018
July 23, 2018
July 05, 2018
Mr. Charles :
June 11, 2018
I cannot thank you guys enough! Absolutely phenomenal experience! I will continue buying and advertising for you guys!
Seriously, THANK YOU!!!
May 23, 2018
Hey Charles, i just wanted you to know I got the BHR exhaust in today and i couldnt be happier with it. Thank you very much for all the extras that was the icing on the cake. I look forward to doing more business with you and BHR.
May 17, 2018- Comment from RX-8 Club
"To all of the people that were saying not to get the shitty D585 kit and spend the extra $200 and get BHR, you were right. I thought the mods were just paid off by BHR and I was wrong."
May 07, 2018 4:12 pm
John,How was that upstate drive last weekend? I hope you had ample opportunity to get that Renesis up to redline a few times and, if so, your engine should have sounded and run much smoother at and above 7,000 RPMs.Thank you for your kind words and testimonial about the fuel economy improving.CharlesBHRMay 04, 2018 10:40 am
Charles, I most likely will buy the thermostat when my mech comes back from holiday. As regards the wiring and coils: I can honestly say I do notice the difference. As I said before, without using the Sprint-booster for the all time since I 've been using your stuff. I noticed throttle response from a standing start is much quicker, the car has overall more power (not quantified by a dyno but when you drive a car for 13 years you get a certain feel for it ;-) ) it runs much smoother when on a highway, like silk, and my city driving usually gets me about 100 mile per tank. I'm currently looking at somewhere's between 120 and 130 miles so an overall increase in mileage of about 20 - to 30 miles . Put that into percentages and it equates to an almost 20% increase! This has be far been one of the best after market mods I have ever made to my automobile. Kudos to you and your products. I am always quick to compliment and make note when a product delivers they way they advertise it does, yours certainly stand amongst those that do. Thanks again for the handholding and for very building a superior product that delivers the goods. Taking her upstate this weekend for a good work out on the freeway and some twisty mountain roads and can't wait.Thanks again,John R
May 08, 2018
April 09, 2018
Hi CharlesThought I would send you a photo of my BHR equipped (coils & engine mounts) RX8, & I, at last Sundays “Rotary Revival” meet at Sydney Motorsport Park.Got to do about 40 laps around the 2.8km circuit which was a lot of fun. The coils I got from you, years ago, still perform fantastically & the new engine mounts are fantastic on the track. The products you sell are fantastic. Thank you.Please feel free to post this picture.--Paul S.
November 20, 2017
Ordered a BHR ignition kit and it came in super quick,
installed it the other day and I LOVE it. It's been running
great so far and I'm sure it'll only get better over the nextfew days/weeks. Your instructions and a few YouTube videos
made it easy enough for a 23-year-old girl with very little
experience to put it in all by myself, so thank you. :)
I would definitely order more from you in the future without hesitation!
November 01, 2017
August 04, 2017
Charles!!!! My god! Just (finally) had time to unwrap your new coils and they look freaking incredible! I cannt wait to get them on there!
June 13, 2017
Your customer support really is as good as all the reviews say. I appreciate this a lot. Ignition system on the way fast!
I noticed that when I changed my differential and trans fluid I was missing a crush washer for the fill plug on the trans. I tried not to worry too much about it, but my cautious side got the best of me and with the semester being over I decided to change my fluids again and replaced the crush washers and bolts with OEM mazda parts that I got when I went to have my warranties serviced.
The eneos stuff is unreal. The shifting wasn't bad before, but with this new gear oil I go into reverse at least 100 times better, and shifting is just silky smooth with minimal force. I couldn't be happier. Appreciate the wisdom, my friend.
May 18, 2017
Got the midpipe today and installed it. Very happy!
Love my new mid pipe. Fit so so good. Like It belongs in my
car. Sounds great too.
Thank you. Glad to get those cats out.
Sorry to take so long to get this to you, but I got silly busy and I’m just now coming up for air. Anyhow, here goes, as follows:
I wanted to share my experience with fans of the RX8, especially those seeking honest performance gains from a great company, namely Mr. Charles Hill & Black Halo Racing. I have just about every product that BHR makes or has made installed on my RX8, and for good reason. It all works beautifully.
I finally got around to installing the BHR Long Tube Header, which so many customers pressed Charles really hard to build for our beloved Mazdas, and this review is for those headers.
The headers are beautifully fabricated and the fit is outstanding. A thorough inspection of the headers when I received them reveals a lot about how much thought and sweat went into fabrication.
The RX8 has some pretty tight clearances and the installation is a little challenging, but not particularly difficult for the average mechanically inclined individual to accomplish expertly.
In fact the most difficult task I encountered was the disassembly of an 11 year old RX8 that has some rust and corrosion to deal with. Replacement of the exhaust manifold with the headers and shorty mid-pipe was a snap with the rusty stock pieces removed and ready for reassembly.
Now for the good stuff. How does the car run with the addition of the headers? It runs great, and I would say that I intend to keep my RX8 for another 10 years without any reservation, and I can drive what I want.
The real world performance gains are felt between 3500 and 8500 RPM’s and it definitely pulls harder and revs faster to Red Line with that smooth linear horsepower the RX8 engine gives us, only more of it and quicker.
I can pass with more authority in Interstate Expressway traffic, without downshifts, without a lot of noise and fanfare, just plenty of that smooth power and a nice healthy high revving engine sound that is sweet to my ears. More than ever before, this is a seriously fun car to drive.
Bottom line, I am one very satisfied customer and BHR is my go to source for all things RX8. I rate these long tube headers 5 out of 5 stars for quality, performance, and value.
Hi Charles, Another happy customer of BHR! Purchased the Koyo Radiator and BHR ignition system and couldn't be more satisfied with how things went. Order was filled immediately and shipping was fast. Quality on the ignition system is top-notch. Obviously hard to tell without a back-to-back, but the car feels smoother. Koyo fitment was great too. Once the time comes, I'll definitely be returning for a BHR catted midpipe.
A new BHR fan,
January 07, 2017
November 30, 2016
October 23, 2016
October 14, 2016
I love the midpipe and ignition system! I load tested the battery and was weak so I replaced it. Now with everything my car starts immediately.
October 09, 2016
September 22, 2016
September 1, 2016
August 06, 2016
July 25, 2016
I consider BHR "affordable" because you not only sourced all parts but you also put together a very appealing package, and also have done the work yourself so you can stand behind what you are distributing! Also, being personable and replying to customers gets a gold star! ☺
July 18, 2016
July 05, 2016
Hi! Just received my ignition coils today and they look AWESOME. Thanks for all the free gear too! BHR is perfect. Thanks for being awesome !!
June 16, 2016
On Jun 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM <email@example.com> wrote:
Ben,I will upgrade you to Priority shipping and you will have your midpipe early next week. Tracking info forthcoming later today.CharlesBHR
I just ordered a midpipe from y'all, and wondered when I'd be receiving it and if rush shipping is available.
I have a project car rx8 that I'm driving next week to get rebuilt (rather than pull the engine and deliver it). Unfortunately, the cat is clogged and I'd rather drive it with the midpipe there. Is there any way I could find out if it would be delivered by Wednesday? I'm a student and work two jobs, so I can only get certain days off.
April 27, 2016
Then I sold it due to an emergency, and trust me BHR Midpipe was the only aftermarket Part that was sold for the price I paid including shipping and duties lol
Till date I regret selling it :-( ..I installed the OEM cat, gutted it but it's no where near BHR Midpipe. Sounds raspy, still feels restrictive at times.
I also noticed that my BHR midpipe had a nice deeper tone under 4K rpm anything above 4K it make my Exotic Speed RII exhaust come to live :-)
Also, BHR Midpipe was a lot lighter than the OEM Cat and midpipe. So for the folks that feel a noticeable difference I believe it's simply because;
A little gain + little weight reduction right under your butt (removal of CAT) = slightly quicker car.
Blame human psychology for thinking the gains are huge lol. I installed my AEM intake and felt my car was much quicker than it was with OEM intake, I did not notice how much heavier my right foot had gotten untill I ran through 2 gas tanks with much shittier mpgs
So to the OP, money spent on BHR is well worth it.. I love their Ignition kit and loved their Midpipe:-)
April 04, 2016
December 05, 2015
November 30, 2015
Just wanted to say thank you for such an product. Your service is absolutely perfect, the shipping was excellent even faster then our normal delivery times to our inner states here in Australia. To the kit itself, wow!
Absolutely love it! Fitted it on the weekend and noticed the difference straight away in smoothness and easier starts. I will never ever buy another kit again unless it's an BHR. Thank you very much for your splendid service!
5 out of 5 -Service
5 out of 5- Shipping
5 out of 5- for the ignition kit!
Keep up the good work!
November 3, 2015
I'm really excited to try the new mid pipe. Also, I want to thank you for the good products you sell, they are one of the best in the market in my personal opinion and I would never change it. I will look forward for the new pipe.
Have a great day, kind regards.
November 1, 2015
Received the kit today, and also managed to find the time to get it installed. All I have to say is wow. The car hasn't run this well since the day I brought it home, and the redline is smooth as can be. Solved my poor idle, hot start issues, and gave me back the pep my car has been lacking. Instructions were very detailed, and also very helpful. Couldn't have asked for anything better, except maybe a t-shirt, haha. Thank you for the lanyard and the stickers, I'll be proudly supporting BHR from here on out.
October 26, 2015
Had it installed the Friday I got back, just in time for a local car meet and highway cruise. Gotta say there’s definitely improved throttle response and has a much smoother idle now. Thanks for the great product!
September 29, 2015
Even as an amateur DIYer, I was able to install your ignition system without issues. Thank you!
September 29, 2015
Thank you so much!! You guys rock!! I've heard many great things about your products and now I have already experienced great customer service. You definitely impressed me and I looked forward to purchasing more great products from BHR, and will definitely put a good word out in the RX8 community.
Thanks Charles and all at BHR you're the best!!
May 07, 2015
Charles Thank you so very much. For the first time ever I got the exact parts delivered at the promised time and the best part is it works the way it was advertised.
I wish every business was like you. I really appreciate it and without a doubt you will hear from me every time I mod my car.
\m/ BHR ROCKS \m/
April 26, 2015
Simply wow! Thx for a great product.
April 23, 2015
Hi Charles, Just an update for your interest:
Parcel arrived: 10 April. Tight fit and few things to move including the engine lift-out plate that otherwise sits way too close to the back of the first coil connector and with vibration might rub through it.
Installed: 16 April, only one issue which was the coil assembly ground lead instruction to route to the driver side ground lug on the fender. It was too short to reach, but then an epiphany occurred - you lot drive on the other side of the car so it all made sense after that and is now on the passenger side fender for us normal folk...lol
Test drive: Notable difference in smooth idle and top rev note (Racing Beat 2" CatBack Exhaust). Still get a crack at high rev gear change and a nice blue flash out the back (but not when cops are around). Love it - thanks.
April 21, 2015
Just finished the install of your ignition system. Went very smoothly. Let me say that your written instructions are much better than anything I've seen on Mitchell or Alldata. Seriously, keep up the great work. I look forward to doing business with you again.
April 11, 2015
I finally had time to install and test your new long tube header I bought back in December.
The car feels like a whole different kind of beast. The part I liked the most about the header is that it did not make my car all that louder. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it actually is. The installation was very easy and everything fit nicely. I had no issues with fitment at all! Car sounds amazing.
Again, I was very impressed by the quality at BHR.
Regards, Jamie C.
February 20, 2015
BHR Midpipe with catalyst
I just got the car out of the dealership today. I got to drive it from there to the body shop where I am getting the bumper replaced, and I have to say that this is the best that the car has handled since I bought it. Thanks for putting out such an awesome product. I will be back for more.
January 29, 2015
The ignition system arrived and I installed it! Tight fit but that's not a bad thing. It's much smoother now and I can actually idle at 5 mph in 1st gear which is awesome. No more smoking up half the street during misfires either!! Thanks for the help.
January 19, 2015
Hey Charles, I got the rear Progress Technology sway bar from my sister Maria and its awesome. I can't wait for the front one as well. She said you were an amazing dealer to buy from and I told her to use you instead of going to someone else. Thanks so much for everything you've helped me with and anything I've purchased from you.
Thanks for your time, Kosta K.
January 08, 2015
Charles, Before the holidays, I purchased a mid-pipe with a catalyzer, and about a week ago I purchased your ignition system. I just wanted to let you know that the process and service was nothing short of exceptional. I love the way the car sounds with the new pipe, and the ignition kit really changed the car. The instructions for the ignition kit were very easy to follow. You and your team at BHR do a great job! Thanks again
December 18, 2014
I received the midpipe yesterday and just got done installing it 30 min ago. Everything came out great and sounds awesome with the agency power exhaust! Thanks again.
December 11, 2014
Finally got the parts installed last weekend, I am very happy with this purchase! It’s hard to say how much was ignition kit and how much was my full 3” exhaust/midpipe/cat delete as I did both at the same time, but wow is the car ever different now! Between 1000 and 4000 RPM it makes so much more torque now, and is way easier to drive in the city – no longer need to rev to the moon just for daily driving.
Thanks Charles!! Warranty card goes in the mail tomorrow.
December 10, 2014
Thank you Charles!!!!!! In the many industries I have worked (audio, mechanical, hospitality) your company has made a great product accompanied by the best service I have EVER gotten in any of those industries. Unfortunately there is no one that can tune an rx8 in Austria (they don't like rotaries round here) and therefore I will have to go with the stock Pettit tune. But thank you once again, and if I run into problems I will contact you to see what possible tuning options I could purchase being on the other side of the world.
November 11, 2014
I got the system installed, great instructions it was a piece of cake, now I feel like I have a new car. It runs much smoother! Thank you again!
November 15, 2014
Hello Charles, Yes, this is a second order. My buddy of mine wishes to purchase some but some damn Target fraudulent charge forced him to get a new card and is waiting. So he gave me the cash and I am making the order.
Sorry for the confusion.
On another note, being an rx8club member and reading the forums about the new header, I hope those comments from those people don’t affect you. I really appreciate your products and your work proves how professional you are. I believe your work is the best and plan on saving to purchase many things from you. You truly are a great company/person to have in the rx8 community. In all the confusion other members make you guys speak the truth. I hope all is well and have a great weekend!
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Subject: Sorry one more question
October 30, 2014 10:42 am
Do you happen to have a list of the tools required for the install? I am just starting to work on this car, it is fairly new to me. Thanks again,
Oct 30, 2014 4:10 PM firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That is mentioned in the installation instructions, which I have attached.
Thu, October 30, 2014 2:14 pm To: email@example.com
I work in sales and your response time is outstanding! Thanks again,
October 16, 2014
I just wanted to thank you for all the advice you've given, and all the great products! Its so refreshing working with a quality product and customer service!
I have your ignition system and midpipe installed with the aem intake and cobb accessport on the way. I am also hoping to get your BHR motor mounts ordered shortly since I think I need to replace my current ones.
Have a great evening and thanks again!
-- Sean A.
October 18, 2014
I reinstalled the coils/bracket/plug wires today and I did not experience the same issues as the first time. This time, I attached the leads to the coils prior to installing the bracket, just to make doubly sure that they were all firmly seated. I was also extra careful to make sure that the coil harness connectors were all clear from any pinching obstructions. I suspect that on my first installation attempt, either one of the leads was not properly seated on its respective coil, or the engine hanger bracket was pinching or shorting one of the harness plugs. If there was a problem with the harness, it seems to be fine now.
In any case, the car now feels perfect. The engine idles very smoothly, and pulls strongly from a standing stop all the way to redline. There's no trace of lumpiness, vibration or hesitation, just a strong, constant surge of power. Now this is how it should feel! It literally feels like a new engine. I'm really impressed, and I'm very happy with the kit.
Thanks again for all of your help, and thanks for a great product!
October 16, 2014
I appreciate the full backstory about BHR as this explains a lot, as I've always just got snippets here and there on 8club. It seems you've been through quite the journey with BHR. I have a deep respect for what you've been able to accomplish with BHR on your own despite the "hurdles".
Keep up the good work. It's impressive that you've made such a mark in the RX8 community. It's a niche market and I can't imagine how difficult that must be. I'm young and just a student right now but people like you are real role models to me as I'm in the process of trying to figure out what I'm doing with my life.
I have the upmost appreciation for excellence, quality and emotion and that's why I love the RX8. I think BHR really embodies the 8 in the same way.
I'm gonna have to save up for your flywheel now!
October 14, 2014
Wow, Charles. Thank you so much.
I really appreciate your customer service and going out of the way with the warranty. You and BHR are just legendary amongst the RX-8 community and now I understand why. I'll definitely be hitting the forums and telling my friends how great dealing with you is.
I will probably reinstall my OEM coils for the time being and timing light test them too.
Thanks for all the help and insight on this. Hopefully my baby will be back running strong soon.
October 12, 2014
Would just like to say that the ignition coil kit turned up alot quicker than expected here in Australia. The instructions are so simple to follow and the kit itself is remarkably easy to install. The drive feels smoother and it seems to just keep pulling through the top end. You have a well designed and built product. Will definitely shop with you again. 11 out of 10 stars :D
October 11, 2014
Well I removed the L1 plug today and sure enough...It was cracked on two sides. I replaced it and the car seems to be back to 100% if not better. Your experience definitely came in handy and again I appreciate your help! Thanks so much.
Charles replies; Spark plugs on the Renesis can sometimes be cracked during installation (especially when being installed in the L1/T1 positions) due to the slight off-center angle required when using a ratchet and extension. The best solution to this is to use a "u-joint" between the socket and extension.
Subject: Re: Need some help with my ignition coils please...... October 10, 2014
Thanks so much for your help with this issue. I've never known of a cracked plug so I didn't know what it would cause. I know I used a spark plug socket but who knows what could've happened. I'll put it on the lift this weekend and check it out. Thanks again!
September 30, 2014
Thank you very much for your input... Its nice to know there are still companies out there that can still support information to single man operations like mine with my daily driver...
I greatly appreciate your timely response and because of that you will most certainly gain my future business
September 30, 2014
I went back to the forums and quickly noticed the "owner of BHR." Boy I felt stupid, no sh*t he's heard it LOL.
I have read so many posts about how much everyone likes your midpipe, my good friend has one on his and it sounds great with his exhaust setup, and I am convinced. I have ordered a good number of parts from you and have been nothing but pleased. I do not doubt I will love this as well.
Can't wait for the headers to be released, I continue to look for updates and will be ordering those to compliment my exhaust setup!
Will look into ordering a resonator from you in the very near future!
September 6, 2014
I purchased your ignition system and the pulley set. I love both, and am amazed by the quality of both your product and the response time.
August 12, 2014
Thank you for super-fast service on the BHR ignition system. Also I will like to thank you for the flying monkey! I take it that was my birthday present. Looking forward to future business transactions with BHR since I'm going to be purchasing light flywheel, midpipe, reinforced clutch pedal. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things. I'm not a first time rotary owner since I still own a ‘93 RX7. My RX8 took over daily driver duty from my ‘84 RX7 GSL SE that I drove for over thirteen years and still own. The GSL SE still drives but it was time for a newer car and rotary is the only way I go. Thanks for helping keep rotary alive and reliable.
August 11, 2014
Charles, We got the clutch pedal on Friday and installed it on Saturday. It was a bit of a chore pulling out the old part, because it broke on the left side upper bolt hole and blocked the nut. But once we pulled it out, the new part went right in. It looks very durable - nice welds. Thanks for the quick replies and getting it to me so fast. I look forward to doing business with you again.
August 03, 2014
Hi Charles. Just a line to let you know I received the ignition kit and fitted it about a week ago. I thought the quality was excellent! The fitting was made easy by a video I found on Youtube showing exactly how to fit them, although the instructions would have been easy to follow, had I needed them. To be honest, my car has only 30,000 miles and was working fine but I thought I would upgrade to BHR ignition kit. I must say it has made a difference all around so it’s a big thanks from me!
Kind regards, Mick
PS- thanks for the flying monkey, my grandson loves it!
RX8 Club Good-Guy thread
A few months ago, my car started acting up, got CEL's, misfire, etc. After speaking with Charles for quite some time, I finally ordered a BHR Ignition kit from them. All of my emails were responded to incredibly fast, and never once did he sound un-happy to be assisting me with not only buying an Ignition Kit, but also helping me to determine what is wrong with my car, possible problems, detailed solutions and tests I could perform. Finally, his educated guess on what problems my car is suffering from. I ordered my kit a while back, and Charles told me the exact date that it would be shipping out on.
Due to the Canada Post strike, I was looking into possible other shipping options (Of which I would then pay the extra). Charles helped me in finding the right solution for my current situation, and of course, my package was shipped out on the exact date he originally specified. Not only that, but it was the next day that my package had arrived!
Charles has been a pleasure to work with. He is extremely helpful in finding out what is going on, and what my car needs to get back up and running. There was never a time when he was pressuring or trying to get me to purchase anything, plus he even went out of his way to aid me in getting the package to me as soon as possible. His responses were snappy, his attitude is always upbeat and positive, and in general, Charles/BHR is great to do business with.
I will definitely be doing business again with him, as I recommend anyone else should.
July 06, 2014
Just a quick note. The coil kit turned up a week or so ago. All fitted and working very well.
The difference was very noticeable and I am very pleased. I have an engine that rev's properly now!
May 29, 2014
I got the fuel pump yesterday. I want to thank you for your quick response and customer service.
May 12, 2014
Thanks for the tip Charles. Managed to get it all installed today. First time swapping out the plugs myself and it was a bit of an ordeal! Only other snag was bending that loom down far enough to make room to plug in the wires into the coils.
Your installation instructions were super helpful. Although I found DIY's on YouTube real handy too. My car seems to be running smooth now though. :)
Thanks again for all your help!
May 11, 2014
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the BHR ignition install went well and completely remedied my issues and then some. I don't even recognize the car! Smoother idle and harder acceleration, what an improvement. I definitely understand what you mean when you say the car sounds different.
At any rate, just wanted to say thanks again for the great product and the great conversation. I appreciate everything.
Hope all is well,
May 10, 2014
You've proven to yet another customer that BHR does indeed have legendary after sales service. Long may it continue :) btw coming from OEM coils and leads that were in perfect running condition I did still notice an improvement in performance at midrange and also approaching redline. Have a great weekend, and don't work too hard.
May 05, 2014
Good Day Charles.
Package arrived last Monday. Installed this past Saturday, with new spark plugs. Worked perfectly, installation was a breeze. Cured all my problems. Down on power, funny noise at higher RPM’s. Now it pulls like it used to. Thanks for everything. I will be purchasing more products from you in the future.
Thanks for everything, especially the Monkey….
April 30, 2014
I installed the ignition system last night. Everything went well. The car runs just like when I first got it. Thanks for the excellent packing and supporting the 8 community. My car feels real smooth. This product is a must for any 8 owner. It should be the first thing anyone buys.
April 26, 2014
I received the coils and it is the best thing I've gotten for my car. Also, I didn't realize that I emailed you on my iCloud email account and thought you weren't responding, sorry. Anyways, I am one happy customer, thank you!
April 21, 2014
I got your ignition kit Saturday and I installed it on the car. What a difference. I only had one solid plug in the whole car but the hard starts are cured and power is up. I'm still game for a complete BHR exhaust for the car as well.
April 5, 2014
I just wanted to send you a message and let you know the kit has been installed. All decals are present and applied. The kit makes a WORLD of difference! It is simply impressive. The power throughout the entire RPM band is amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this kit. And again Thank you sir. I'll be in contact soon for more parts.
If you own an RX8 and you do not own this kit, you're wrong.. This kit is amazing in every sense of the word. This kit should've come stock. It's simply impressive. It makes the WORLD of difference. Complete power throughout the ENTIRE RPM band. BHR I take my hat off to you.
Enjoy your day sir.
SGT Travis A. W. (RET.)
Northwestern Human Services
Direct Support Professional
I finally earned enough time from my gunsmithing duties to take a few days to do some upgrade maintenance with my RX8...... and not feel guilty. Besides I just had to get away from the bench and milling machine for mental health.
My first task was to replace the midpipe with your BHR resonated no cat unit. I should have just beat my face with a ball peen hammer and got the bleeding out of the way! LOL!! Two (2) Exhaust manifold to cat pipe nut/stud were just not going to play fair with even the best wrench and socket efforts. I broke two 6 point snap on sockets, and got real friendly with my ratchet handle a few times. Damn that hurts. OK, you can stop laughing now.
After completion of the midpipe installation I replaced the oil pan with the Greddy +600cc cast alloy unit, topped it all off with RP 10-30 and a new filter, cleaned up the mess, turned the key and lit a fire in 13B.
The sound quality with the stock muffler is actually surprisingly good. In my opinion/experience it would suit a lot of customers like me that want a slightly deeper tone at idle and only a slight increase in loudness under a load during acceleration. It has a nice subtle cackle and deeper tone under deceleration to boot.
The performance gain is not remarkable, but it is evident that it behaves differently, and acceleration is enhanced by a noticeablel margin. The engine seems to labor a less, yet performs with more of a responsive "crisp feel". Kinda hard to express without numbers, but it is exactly as anticipated,
Bottom line at this time is that I really like your midpipe. The quality of the construction is top shelf, the hardware and gaskets are very thoughtfully included, and the entire assembly "fits perfectly". Not "fits great", but fits perfectly!
Well done my friend. You built a better mousetrap, and that ain't easy!
I will keep you posted, and I will stay in touch. You have certainly helped to put the fun back into my RX8, and for that I am sincerely appreciative. As a small businessman, I know you can not take that to the bank, but I know it means just as much as the paycheck at the end of the day. Kudos.
I will post nice words on the RX8 club asap, and see how many people will give me a hard time about where I choose to post them. LOL!! Knuckleheads.
You da Man!
March 22, 2014
Thanks for the help Charles. I have seen you post on RX8 Club and have heard great things about your company and your products. I will probably get the Arram off you in a week or two since I do not race it.
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!
I ordered my clutch Sunday and I am just receiving it today. That is the fastest shipping I have ever seen by far. I felt it deserved recognition since its all the way from Arizona to Baltimore. Thank you for your good services. I will always come to you guys for Rx8 parts now.
All I have to say is WOW! What an AWESOME product. Top notch quality. Your ignition far exceeded all my expectations. Just thought I'd pass that along to you & the rest of BHR.
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.
September 20, 2013
Not sure if my clutch bracket is broken (yet), but I’m so darn tired of the squeaking. Appreciate the quick shipment.
Put your coil set in last weekend, and I couldn’t be happier. I have an ’05 with 55k miles, and my 2nd set of OEM coils had about 30k on them. While I didn’t have any specific problems, it was getting harder to start and felt more and more sluggish. The biggest improvement in my car is in lower RPM operation, where prior to the BHR coils it would strain and lug (like in 2nd gear coming around a corner). It feels like I have about another hundred foot pounds of torque now. Smoother, and a LOT more pull down low. Very well made, nice instructions, and worth every penny of the additional cost over OEM coils. Nice job, Charles!
September 3, 2013
Your coils is making me fall in love with my chariot again... Forgot what 9k rpms felt like.
Aug 17, 2013
Just installed the kit and the car is running amazing. Cleared up the idle issue and the rennie is running better than ever. Thanks for everything.
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
December 14, 2012
Worth every penny. I'm so glad you guys do what you do!
Dec 1, 2012
Thank you so much for all the info/help and fast replies, I really appreciate how you handle everything.. specially standing behind your products.. Have a great weekend.
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.
May 15, 2012
Thanks for the fast service. Got home from work today (Thursday) and the coils were on the door step, half hour later my 8 was back up and running. She's running really well again now with easy starts. Top notch product and support.
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 2, 2012
I received the ignition last Saturday. My wife was there when I opened the box. She spent the next 20 minutes launching the screaming monkey from one side of the house to the other. Put it back on my baby on Sunday. Made a trip to Indiana and back. She is running well again :) It's hard to believe that you would be able to improve on what I had before.
Thanks and have a great day!!
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 25, 2012
I finally got the replaced coils back in over the weekend. I had an autox on Sunday and the response was seemingly much better as was the idle smoothness. I scored the highest point total I had in several years and beat many people that I usually don't. I know this is not definite proof that it was the coils as it could have been better driving or a favorable course, but I think there is definitely credit to be given to a better running car. So, I think your fix was right.
Upon initial installation, it is difficult to tell if there is any improvement if you don't have anything to gauge it by such as a before and after dyno. I should have pulled them earlier instead of waiting. However, the Time Trials at the track was pretty clear evidence that something wasn't right.
After doing business with you several times over the last several years, I was confident that you would stand strongly behind your products. You proved this to me again this time. It is great to feel what the car is supposed to run like again!
Thanks and you know I will be in touch the next time I need your products,
PS Feel free to use this letter if you need any recommendations or referrals.
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.
April 9, 2012
The installation was completely straightforward & even you're included directions (which can at times can be downright awful) were incredibly concise. Plenty of clearance all around & the only thing I took note of was where the OEM (male/female?) harness & the BHR mated seemed to be a little tight. Which gave me a brief concern about possibly compromising the wiring harness, but basically all it just took was just a little attention in carefully routing the new connections. Other than that very minor observation (IMO), it was a blast. Exceptional product Charles. My hat is off to you & the BHR staff. :)
April 24, 2012
I received the ignition system yesterday and installed it today. I have to say it is better than I expected. The improvement in the smoothness of the engine and the responsiveness of the throttle is astounding. I could not be happier with the system. Thank you to you and your team for the effort you've put into developing the system. It more than lives up to its reputation.
April 5, 2012
On behalf of everyone from the RX8 Owner's Club UK, thanks very much for your help and patience throughout, and thank you for making this a smooth and easy transaction. Truly a pleasure to do business with you, and a shame more businesses do not take issues such as customer service quite as seriously as BHR.
With kindest regards,
March 30, 2012
Received today and fitted the ignition coils with no problems at all, fits perfectly and I have to say that it’s very well engineered. Took the car for a long drive this morning and they work perfectly.
Thanks again BHR.
March 23, 2012
The first package has arrived and I just picked it up from the Post Office. It's the one containing only the 2 units.
The rest are in the UK. 4 have cleared customs, and the other should do so shortly, so I should have them all by the end of next week.
Very happy with the one I've seen. I'm not going to unwrap any more individual units unless there is damage to the box. Top quality unit Charles, very happy. Build quality and materials is outstanding. A thing of beauty indeed !
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)