The Shine FEED Type II spoiler that has been on the car for the past 2 years served its use well, but it is time to expand towards bolder directions. Since I had the ’99 front bumper installed for the third time, I decided to maintain a congruency at the rear as well with a ’99 spoiler. I hesitated on this choice because I originally never liked the ’99 spoiler. I always thought it looked a bit too “JDM”, if that’s even a proper way of describing it, and reminded me of Evos and STIs. After looking back at these spoilers for so many years, I eventually acquired its taste. At the same time, I yielded to my inner Ricer and simply embraced it. Which probably explains why I coincidentally drive an Evo X as a daily.
I was attracted to the FEED Type II spoiler for its carbon fiber center and race oriented appeal. While perusing options for the ’99 spoiler, I was immediately drawn to the Odula center section for the very same reason. It has a 3D profile with an extended lip for a more aggressive look. I picked it up during the same time I was sourcing an OEM ’99 spoiler in Japan.
Once everything was ready, I dropped the spoiler and center section to William and asked him to clear coat and tint the carbon fiber. He also did a nice, subtle black fade at the front and back edges. Lastly, I asked William to install everything since I didn’t trust myself to drill the additional holes in the hatch required for the ’99 spoiler.
The ’99 spoiler really makes an impactful update to the car’s aesthetics. To make a more understated change, I switched out the Efini emblems with the contemporary “Flying M” Mazda emblems. I liked the ambiguity and mystique of the Efini emblems, but eventually decided it would probably be more favorable if the masses could actually recognize this car. I would rather people (and cops) know that it’s “just a Mazda” than to potentially have the idea that it’s a kit car, or the like. Plus, with the now ’99 exterior, it seemed apt to keep with the times for the emblems, too.
These emblems and part numbers are specifically for the ’99+ RX-7.
The front emblem is larger than the rear.
In my sly ways, I was then able to convince (trick) my lovely female friend to utilize her smaller, more precise hands and deep clean the engine bay. While she was busy scrubbing away at all the metal surfaces and nooks & crannies, I was on the floor fine-tuning the front bumper’s fitment and simultaneously giving out slave-driver orders. And with that, the engine bay was rendered spotless. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.