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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Sterling the Slow Build Thread

I purchased my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L Hatchback on October 23rd, 2013; 22 days after I totaled my 1990 Mazda Miata.

Now I didn't even know what the Mazda3 really was until I totaled my little Miata, and I might had not have even gotten it if had I found a decent Miata on Craigslist to purchase with the insurance money. None the less I came across what I just thought at the time was one of the best looking budget friendly hatchbacks, and I bought it!

I bought it with ~96,114 miles on it, and have already made it to just over 1̶1̶0̶,̶0̶0̶0̶!̶ ̶(̶8̶/̶1̶8̶/̶1̶4̶)̶ 126,000 (9/2/2015).

Current Priorities:
*B̶u̶y̶ ̶b̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶p̶u̶s̶h̶p̶i̶n̶ ̶f̶a̶s̶t̶e̶n̶e̶r̶s̶
*B̶u̶y̶ ̶b̶e̶i̶g̶e̶/̶c̶r̶e̶a̶m̶ ̶p̶u̶s̶h̶p̶i̶n̶ ̶f̶a̶s̶t̶e̶n̶e̶r̶s̶ (unavailable)
*B̶u̶y̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶t̶e̶ ̶s̶q̶u̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶i̶m̶ ̶c̶l̶i̶p̶
*Broken driver rear quarter trim piece
*Broken driver rear vent/shelf trim piece
*M̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶c̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶ ̶s̶h̶i̶f̶t̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶t̶
*Order red dildo shift knob
*P̶u̶t̶ ̶s̶c̶r̶e̶w̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶s̶i̶d̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶r̶i̶m̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶c̶u̶p̶h̶o̶l̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶e̶c̶u̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ (not going to)
*B̶u̶y̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶t̶e̶ ̶c̶l̶i̶p̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶i̶n̶s̶i̶d̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶d̶o̶o̶r̶ ̶c̶a̶r̶d̶
*S̶e̶l̶f̶ ̶t̶a̶p̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶c̶r̶e̶w̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶E̶Z̶L̶i̶p̶
*W̶r̶a̶p̶ ̶r̶a̶d̶i̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶z̶e̶l̶ ̶p̶i̶e̶c̶e̶


Exterior:
Mazdaspeed 3 replica wing
Side molding removed
eBay evil Mazda rear emblem
Plastidipped emblems
P̶l̶a̶s̶t̶i̶d̶i̶p̶p̶e̶d̶ ̶s̶i̶d̶e̶m̶a̶r̶k̶e̶r̶s̶
P̶l̶a̶s̶t̶i̶d̶i̶p̶p̶e̶d̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶r̶ ̶r̶e̶f̶l̶e̶c̶t̶o̶r̶s̶
Debadged 2.3 emblems
eBay Vinyl eyelids
OEM tow hook painted green
License plate bracket removed
EZLip foam lip
8̶0̶0̶0̶K̶ ̶e̶B̶a̶y̶ ̶H̶I̶D̶s̶ 8000K SDX HIDs
Yellow fog light bulbs
Yellow fog light glass housing
Red painted calipers
Red painted lug nuts
Plastidipped front grille
eBay stubby antenna
Hydrogard wiper blades
O'Rielly's mud flaps
eBay window rain guards
P̶l̶a̶s̶t̶i̶p̶p̶e̶d̶ ̶O̶E̶M̶ ̶1̶7̶"̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶e̶l̶s̶
18x7.5 +42 mesh wheels
O'Reilly's dice valve caps
5% tint all around/ 35% front two windows
Customized license plate

Interior:
eBay 8" didlo shift knob
Crown Royal shift boot
eBay LED lighting
Kenwood DDX470 Headunit
Infinity 6829CF 80RMS Speakers X4
Hifonics Brutus BRX 1600.1D
Hifonics Brutus BRX 640.4
Knu Concepts 4guage wiring kit X2
Kicker CVX 10" 600RMS X2
Audio Express Prefab HDF Box
Rear strut tower frame grinded
Custom wrapped pillars
Checkered cloth pillars

Suspension:
BC Racing Type BR Coilovers

Performance:
Resonator delete
Muffler delete
eBay muffler/tip combo
Throttle body ground
Intake resonator delete
AEM cold air intake

Future Plans:
Garage Vary front lip
STI Front splitter/lip
M̶a̶z̶d̶a̶s̶p̶e̶e̶d̶3̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶g̶
Side skirts
A̶f̶t̶e̶r̶m̶a̶r̶k̶e̶t̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶e̶l̶s̶
I̶n̶t̶e̶r̶i̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶r̶a̶p̶
Body filling/repair
Paint job
Mazdaspeed3 calipers
Slotted brake rotors
Corksport endlinks
Strut tower bar
C̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶a̶i̶r̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶a̶k̶e̶

Here's how she started:


Here is Sterling as she sits today:





PREVIOUS PROGRESS:













































































































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Hey I'm a follower on your Instagram ! :P

Nice car, wheels and ms3 wing are the best things you should buy !
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Hey I'm a follower on your Instagram ! :P

Nice car, wheels and ms3 wing are the best things you should buy !
Thanks man! Appreciate the follow!

I'd love to get my hands on a MS3 wing, but unfortunately haven't had any luck finding one locally...

Wheels are the next upgrade I'm saving for, just as soon as I make a decision as to which ones to get....


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murdering my firefox lol, you should consider resizing these MASSIVE images for the sake of... everyone lol

Especially if you're going to have that many in your OP

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murdering my firefox lol, you should consider resizing these MASSIVE images for the sake of... everyone lol

Especially if you're going to have that many in your OP
+1, I think I just ran out of bandwidth for the month :P

That aside, nice work! Off to a great start


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murdering my firefox lol, you should consider resizing these MASSIVE images for the sake of... everyone lol

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+1, I think I just ran out of bandwidth for the month :P

That aside, nice work! Off to a great start
I am so new to this....it's crashed my browser several times...

Let me know how I can help!

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Thanks! That means more than you can imagine to me!


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I am so new to this....it's crashed my browser several times...

Let me know how I can help!
I've never used imgur so I'm not sure if they have some way of auto-resizing pictures, but your best bet is just to resize them before uploading. I usually do them one at a time in my graphics editor but if you have a lot of pictures there are some small tools that let you resize/shrink them all at the same time.
Maybe like this one: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows...image-resizer/


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