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I've read here a few time "just find a Mazda3 with a blown engine." Um, I seem to have trouble finding donor cars for my projects, lol ! Maybe I live in the wrong state.
No they're hard to find everywhere, which also adds to the cost of the used HID headlights. I remember seeing them for close to $300 on ebay a few months ago.
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Sorry about the lack of replies there. Life has been busy to say the least.

After getting the HID low and LED high into the halogen units and spending a little time on aiming, I'm not going to bother with finding factory HID housings. The cutoff is great on these TYC housings. HID is great, just a touch more blue than I hoped for, but it's fine. The LED high beams are phenomenal! Just hoping that longevity isn't an issue with these reviews I've seen from DDM anymore. (Knocking on wood).

I'll get more pics later, but took this the other night when I finished up. (It's showing bluer than it really is, thanks to the Google pixel automatic color/filter shtuff).
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Last week was the ARA season finale, here in town so I was pretty busy with all of that hoopla.

Couple of playlists from the weekend. (In reverse order of how the cars came through on stage, because I wasn't thinking when I put it all together)

Saturday:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis..._pmZeQD_MD3smq

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You can supposedly get away with using HID bulbs in halogen projectors. The high beams though just have standard reflectors which is a no no for HIDs. You'll still be lacking the self leveling feature but I don't think retrofit kits can generally do that. I don't know where he is getting the LED tail light conversion stuff though. You just get LED replacement bulbs and at worst you'll need to add a resistor to keep the turn signals happy.
Yep. I'm just going with LEDs in the standard tail light housings, license plate lights, interior lights, front turn signals. Would like to find a factory looking LED side marker, but so far after a very quick search, no luck. We'll see.

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If you find a donor car, you can get them for pretty cheap. Probably <$100 for the entire setup. Actually finding the donor car is the issue.
Yes. Donor cars are few and far between from what I'm discovering in Western Washington.

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Oooohhh, that's the same year and color as my MZ3! Is yours a 2.3L auto?

I can see you're missing some of the under engine shielding. Trust me, you want to replace everything that's missing.
Yeah. 2.3 auto. (Wife has had back surgery and can't daily a manual anymore, sadly.)

As for the factory "skid plate" missing, that is on my shortlist. Especially after driving some rally stage miles last week. I'll be fabbing up an aluminum skid plate, so it can take a little abuse. Also looking at figuring out a reinforcement or possibly fab up a custom core support as I don't trust the plastic core for a second. Hahaha

Also have decided to look into some proper dirt struts too after getting it out in the woods for the weekend.
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Yeah. 2.3 auto. (Wife has had back surgery and can't daily a manual anymore, sadly.)

As for the factory "skid plate" missing, that is on my shortlist. Especially after driving some rally stage miles last week. I'll be fabbing up an aluminum skid plate, so it can take a little abuse. Also looking at figuring out a reinforcement or possibly fab up a custom core support as I don't trust the plastic core for a second. Hahaha

Also have decided to look into some proper dirt struts too after getting it out in the woods for the weekend.
If you're looking to save some time and work Corksport makes an aluminum skid plate for these. It has an access door for the oil filter too. https://corksport.com/corksport-04-0...skidplate.html I do agree about the core support though. Plastic isn't a very good mount for a functional skid plate.
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Yeah. 2.3 auto. (Wife has had back surgery and can't daily a manual anymore, sadly.)

As for the factory "skid plate" missing, that is on my shortlist. Especially after driving some rally stage miles last week. I'll be fabbing up an aluminum skid plate, so it can take a little abuse. Also looking at figuring out a reinforcement or possibly fab up a custom core support as I don't trust the plastic core for a second. Hahaha

Also have decided to look into some proper dirt struts too after getting it out in the woods for the weekend.




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Dan is a semi amateur racer. The lights he wants will serve his racing purpose. Most that increase their illumination of their cars don't even really know how to drive them to their design in stock form let alone increase lighting to drive faster in the dark.

I would say wait and see what he uses and why?
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If you're looking to save some time and work Corksport makes an aluminum skid plate for these. It has an access door for the oil filter too. https://corksport.com/corksport-04-0...skidplate.html I do agree about the core support though. Plastic isn't a very good mount for a functional skid plate.
This is a nice looking piece (aprox. 2mm) but has no reinforcements. Most impacts form a little off roading may deflect some small slow speed impacts but will still buckle and dent easily with faster velocities.

I think a steel with ribbing would be better material and strength and cost about the same to cut, fit and weld.

But that one from CS all polished up would sure at least look really good. "BLING"!

Dan is a DYI welder and fabricator and I think will come up with something really well made for the task at hand!

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