Rocket Bunny RX-7

Project V8 RX-7:  Part 14 - Going Wide with Rocket Bunny's new FD3S Widebody Aero Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

If you follow us on our Instagram or Facebook page (and if you don’t why the F not?  seriously, click up there on the top right of the page and connect!) you know we received one of the first batch of FD RX-7 Rocket Bunny kits from TRA Kyoto to come into the states!  If this seems out of character for us, it is—never in our history have we put a bodykit on one of our project cars—and for good reason, most of them look terrible, are molded poorly and are difficult to install.  Depending on the vehicle, decent looking quality kits are increasingly difficult to find unless you buy a knock-off version which as you know we aren’t big fans of here.

The Rocket Bunny kit is different though, from the first rendering we were teased with last year it looked refreshing and bad ass!  Some argue it looks a little NASCARy or Lightning McQueen from the renderings but we like the look—more fodder to enrage the rotard troglodytes who insist we’re ruining this classic piece of Japanese automotive nostalgia!  More importantly though the 100mm wider rear overfenders and 50mm fronts will allow us to stick some serious rubber under there!


We picked our new Rocket Bunny kit up at the GReddy headquarters in Irvine, Calfiornia.  GReddy is the official U.S. distributor of TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny stuff.  Just a bit of company background so you don't get confused with all the names, TRA Kyoto and Kei Miura, the eclectic Japanese dude behind it all have been around for over 20 years primarily producing aero parts for other companies.  Rocket Bunny kits are his own in-house designs.  Crankandpistion.com did a pretty cool video of the history of the company and Miura HERE if you're interested in learning more!


Rocket Bunny RX-7We opened the box as soon as we got back to MotoIQ Megashop and laid everything out to see how ridiculous it would look on our otherwise stock looking RX-7 complete with the stock wheels it's wearing at the moment.  Too embarrassed to show it, you get this nice top view of all the parts arranged around the vehicle until it looks presentable... As imaginative as we are we're still having trouble envisioning a beautiful final product.
Rocket Bunny RX-7The front bumper replaces the entire stock bumper assembly of the RX-7, even the bumper support, so we may need to fabricate an extra impact bar up front.  Not that the stock fiberglass bumper support was doing a whole lot, but knowing it was there added a little peace of mind if nothing else.
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Mazda Phil
Mazda Phillink
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:03 AM
This is going to look awesome when you fill up those wheel wells.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:22 AM
Glad to see someone finally showing the "dirty" details on these kits. If it was my car I wouldn't be able to look while the cutting and welding was being done.

How do you mitigate against rust with all of those screws through the body?

Are the pieces FRP?

The kit definitely looks bad ass but I am not a fan of the little round lights at the front either.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 9:00 AM
For the wheel wells we used automotive undercoat which is like truck bedliner material to re seal things. For the final installation we will use stainless riv nuts, sealant and stainless button head allen bolts instead of the screws.
Dan Hamler
Dan Hamlerlink
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 2:42 PM
I've done a similar project and used this Eastwood product. The nozzle makes it very easy to cover "hard to get areas". The video provides a good illustration.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:20 PM
Uhhh... When did KW start making coilovers for FD's???
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:55 PM
When we ask. :)
Jeff Naeyaert
Jeff Naeyaertlink
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 6:54 PM
Yeah I was debating photoshopping that out of the pics since we haven't touched on the suspension yet but there were too many to do.. one of the next few articles will have those and some other 'spension goodies covered. So let's just call it a teaser :)
Scott Helmer
Scott Helmerlink
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:26 AM
Hahaha, how much would it take for us mere mortals to "ask" them to start offering sets for an AE86? :P

For some reason I've never been a huge fan of the look of Rocket Bunny stuff. Not really sure why. Either way, quality work, guys! :D
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:16 PM
Mmmm, FD widebody...
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:33 PM
I want to sick back with a straight face and ask 'So what is the end game with this restoration?' But I can't, I'm geeking out wanting to see where/how this is going!!!!! :-)
Friday, September 12, 2014 4:57 AM
The end game is SEMA 2014.
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