TUN­ING MENU 1993 MAZDA RX-7 (FD3S)

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OWNER RANJ JAAF HOME­TOWN PHILADEL­PHIA, PA OC­CU­PA­TION CHI­RO­PRAC­TOR; PER­SONAL TRAINER EN­GINE 13B-REW with street port and RX Parts apex seals; Borgwarner S360 turbos; cus­tom twin-scroll man­i­fold, V-mount in­ter­cooler, 3-inch ex­haust; A-spec blast­pipes; Sy­napse En­gi­neer­ing Syn­chronic blow-off valve; TIAL 44mm waste­gate with ex­ter­nal dump; wa­ter-meth in­jec­tion; IGN-1A ig­ni­tion sys­tem

DRIV­E­TRAIN Spec Stage 2 clutch

EN­GINE MAN­AGE­MENT A’PEXI Power FC

FOOT­WORK & CHAS­SIS Stance Gr+ coilovers BRAKES Stoptech lines and rotors

WHEELS & TIRES 18x11 Enkei RS05RR wheels; 295/30R18 Hankook TD Z221 tires

EX­TE­RIOR Cus­tom Shine Auto Project/feed-in­spired wide­body, rear and side dif­fusers, hood; ’99-spec front bumper and lip; Car Shop GLOW V1 LED tail­lights, rear deck spoiler; RE Amemiya mir­rors

IN­TE­RIOR Braum Venom seats; Renown USA 100 Rosso steer­ing wheel; black car­pet, head­liner, plas­tic pan­els; Bub­ble Tech ver­sion 2 race door pan­els with pull straps; shaved clus­ter and cen­ter con­sole

THANKS My par­ents and sis­ters for putting up with me mak­ing loud noises in the garage ev­ery night; cousin Shaida and friends RJ and Justin for moral sup­port; my beau­ti­ful fi­ancée Qisar for sup­port­ing my pas­sion with cars and be­ing able to spend the hours wrench­ing in the garage; Eric at West Jones Auto for a phe­nom­e­nal job on the paint and body­work; Ken at Shine Auto Project for the qual­ity-made body pan­els; all the man­u­fac­tur­ers that helped make this car come to­gether.

Then some­thing ex­cit­ing hap­pened… the col­lege Ranj ap­plied to in Cal­i­for­nia ac­cepted his ap­pli­ca­tion. It was time to move out West, where he wouldn’t have to worry about cold Philly win­ters any­more. Be­fore re­lo­cat­ing, he de­cided it was time to ditch the stance and get wit’ the func­tion. The RX-7 re­ceived up­dated aero cour­tesy of Shine Auto Project, then a lo­cal body shop re­sprayed the FD in its orig­i­nal red. While the shop was at it, they also took the op­por­tu­nity to have the new fen­ders molded to the body for a smoother look, which also made room for the 18x11 Enkei wheels and 295-se­ries tires. “I was over the stretched look,” he says. “I wanted some­thing with big hips over meaty tires.”

Ranj up­graded the in­te­rior next with a set of Braum Venom seats, then con­verted the fac­tory tan car­pet and head­liner to black. Bub­ble Tech door cards were also a nice touch to give the cock­pit a more “race” feel.

Be­sides the body and paint, Ranj tells us he did ev­ery­thing him­self in his garage, which is quite im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing he started the project in high school. He’s since grad­u­ated from col­lege and works as a chi­ro­prac­tor in Or­ange County, which may ex­plain why he’s so hands on and not both­ered by most peo­ple’s reser­va­tions about the 13B. “I’m so happy with the way it looks,” he says. “And it sounds like an or­ches­tra. The ro­tary, the Borgwarner turbos, ev­ery­thing works to­gether.” The only fu­ture plan he has now is a three-ro­tor 20B en­gine build—when funds per­mit, of course. Nat­u­rally, that will be some­thing he’ll get his hands on as well, and you can for­get about any other type of en­gine swap that’s not a ro­tary.

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