Re: another track day thread!
Well then, you have wisdom and judgment, two things sorely lacking in today's society LOL
I'm no kid either, not that far off from you ;-), got started late in life, but now I'm hooked. The stock shocks and springs work just fine at the track. I did several track days with just the brake enhancements and tires. Having done my modifications a bit at a time and running track days in between each mod, IMHO I would say to do it in this order:
1) Safety equipment (I know, you may not do this)
2) Brake enhancements: at the very least, run street/track/autocross combo pads, bleed brakes and run racing brake fluid. Ideally, a new set of rotors plus stainless steel brake lines would be nice too.
3) Tires - r-compound are night and day against street tires, they alone add serious grip and handling - but those Dunlops are pretty darn good for a street tire ;-)
4) Suspension - I don't know why anyone thinks suspension doesn't make much of a difference on this car, but that is just plain false. Again, night and day between stock shocks/springs vs. the Koni Sport Shocks and H&R Sport Springs. Iwill retract what I said about handling going from good to great - more like good to amazing handling. I then added a beefed up rear sway bar and headed to the track again. The handling has been, in no uncertain terms, transformed to race car quality - mind you, I have the shocks set to fairly stiff for the track, so daily driving comfort is hugely compromised, but I love it. I literally felt like I had gotten a new car with the suspension upgrades.
If that's all you ever do, I think you will be set. And yes, the synchro was blown in upshifting. One more thing - have fun!
2007 Mazda3 2.0L 5-Speed Black Sedan; Injen CAI; Vibrant Header; Magnaflow Exhaust; SRS Pulleys; Mazda5 Tranny; Exedy Stage2 Clutch/Flywheel; Koni Sport Shocks; HR Sport Springs; SPC Adj Rear Camber Arms; TriPoint Racing RSB; Corksport Mid-Chassis and 4-Point Braces; Centric Rotors; Hawk Pads; Technafit SS Brake Lines; AWR PMM; TRZ RMM, TM; Visual Garage Shark Fin; Sparco/Sabelt Seats; Sparco Harness Bar; Schroth/Racequip Harnesses; Enkei RPF1 w/NittoNT01