TUNING MENU 1993 MAZDA RX-7 (FD3S)
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.