My build, slow but steady
I got my mazda about two years ago. Loved it from stage one, but oddly enough went WAY too long without making it mine. It is a molestial blue metallic sedan with the 2.5 and six speed. I got it on a steal of a deal being a '10 when the '11s were on the lot.
After getting a second job that will kickstart my career, I started having extra cash laying around and decided to treat myself to the first few things. I ordered the Corksport exhaust and Injen SP intake for her. The exhaust came in that week, but the intake just shipped friday.
Takes on the exhaust: 1; pretty noticable power increase in the mid range( where i spend most of my time) It's loud, but not ricey at all from what I expected. I have achieved record MPG's, although probably due to driving saner to avoid police attention. I raced a late eighties Audi (not sure of the variety) that had four people in it, just to the 45mph speed limit at the next stoplight. got a handshake at the gas station down the road and made a new friend for my winning and car. (there is no video, that would make it an organized street race [and until I find a decent CIRCUIT it's the closest I will come to racing.]) Highway drone is there, yeah, but I am weird and enjoy the subtle buzzzzz from the newfound power.
Other things I did prior to putting any actual money into the car were: grounding kit, Seafoam to get her cleaned out after 40k, detailed, washed, waxed, checked my alignment, and got about 150lbs of guns, ammo, junk, and books out of my car. these, at the time were the best mods I've ever done to a vehicle and brought it back to new life and inspired me to start blowing money on making her mine. Still wanna to VTCS delete and advance timing mod, but after doing the VTCS on my buddies '08, I'm not in any hurry to make special time for the chore.
I'm excited to see what the intake does for performance, mileage, and sound. I don't know if it's the best for our year/engine, but the details behind it sounded very promising.
I have been beating my head against the wall trying to decide what I was going to do appearance wise, I still don't know, but I know blacking out won't happen since the only pictures I've seen of molestial blue look really bad to me. I am starting to lean towards gold, since the wheels I'm looking at have that as an option. And I honestly hate plastidip.
Today I got into a situation where I had to slam on my brakes because sunday drivers are the best people in the world... not. My pedal went straight to the floor. Scared the piss out of me, but I successfully came to a safe stop with more space than I expected.
Needless to say, brake upgrades just got expedited to the top of my mod list, and bumped suspension upgrades to a few weeks from now. So now, on order, are HAWK HPS pads and a set of EBC rotors, which are actually gold anodized, something I noticed after hitting the confirm order button. Kinda suckered myself into a color scheme with that, which is cool.
I had planned on doing a set of coil overs in the future, but for my uses, a good set of lowering springs, YELLOWS, and an adjustable sway bar will, more than, fit my needs and desires at significantly less of a cost. Especially since I refuse to cheap out on this car like I have on past rides, I was looking at V2's V3's and the new corksport set. And where I live would cause me to ride towards the top of their travel limits, due to gravel roads and poor pavement.
ANYONE, Know what the general life is on the factory clutch for a spirited driver is? I'm sure it's coming up soon for me. When the time does come I'm going to get the fidanza flywheel and a stage 1 clutch from whichever vendor we have a general consensus as being decent and quality, if there is one on the horizon. A TWM full short shifter has moved up the list since my shift knob is peeling. (poor reason, but it works for my mental state)
I have some prelim testing done with 0-60's and whatnot, but the weather has changed so rapidly up and down here that testing post mod will have too much scrutiny to do any real good for anyone. My new boss is also involved with a local dyno shop and will probably let me make a few runs in the next few months just to get an idea of what's going on before I take a vacation to get a tune done by dynotronics shortly thereafter. Overall, I know I "shoulda bought a speed", but unless someone wants to show me how to get insurance down with it, it worked itself out of my price range, and for me it's the driving experience I'm after, not the horsepower figures. The 2.5 has just enough power to be fun in daily driving, but not so much to get me in jail for my daily driving habits.
As always, any decent input on things to check out/ stay away from is greatly appreciated.
Funner to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
Don't call it weak until you broke it.