And onto this weekend, I had the following stuff to change out:
And the front bumper to pull to fix the broken fog light:
I went with Spyder brand fog lights... OEM lense alone is $100, I got both sides new for $60 with all brackets and everything. It's OEM equivalent, only thing that would probably get me in trouble at a National event might be the fact that the new housings are plastic, not metal. Nobody will care locally and I can face the fact that this will NOT be a competitive car and I don't have the time to get super competitive myself in a short period of time. Only thing that kind of sucked was that I could not find the clear lense version in stock... so I got the yellow fogs. It's sort of growing on me.
Then I bled the brakes... you can follow this procedure that I've posted for bleeding the brakes CORRECTLY. The Mazda3 has a cross-split brake system... meaning you bleed in order of right rear, left front, left rear, right front. Check this link for details:
I also made a baller-ific brake bleeding bottle. Used an old beer bottle, label ripped off.. drill a hole in the top to tightly fit a clear hose into(used some 1/4" clear fuel line for a lawnmower), and VERY IMPORTANT: pierce a small hole in the cap in addition to the other one. I found out that without a vent hole, the bottle built up pressure and when I finished bleeding the first caliper, I took the hose off the bleeder and it spewed EVERYWHERE.
I changed the oil and filter with Mobil1 5w20 and a Purolator PureOne filter.
And I changed the trans fluid for some Redline MT-90. Here was how I found it easiest to change:
It takes just a few minutes to pull the air box so it's worth the time. I'll add that I suggest changing the trans fluid when it's warmer out... it took about 20 minutes to pour all of the fluid in at 32 degrees out.
That's all for now. After a few events I am going to get an autocross alignment(or possibly attempt to align it myself at home), and probably buy a K&N drop in filter, though I don't expect any real difference from the filter.
Struts/shocks might come late in the season if all goes well. First event is in a few weeks on April 7th... so hopefully will have an update then.