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Time to join in on all the STF threads going around.

The car is a pretty straightforward and light build as of now. The usual 7.5" wheels and 225 tires, CAI, Mazdaspeed coilovers, camber plates, and Tri-point street bar.

No better way to introduce the car than videos from it's fastest runs at Solo Nationals.



I still feel the car has a long way to go. Lots of parts still to throw at it and plenty of fine tuning after that. I'll do my best to keep this thread updated with events, results, and car changes. Cheers!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 09:35 AM
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Nice driving Eric!!!

I'm glad you put this thread up because the more all of us share/swap info and ideas the better we can make these cars. As you mentioned, there is still a lot of untapped potential there. I want to see the Mazda3 stay on the top of the STF heap and develop the car further.

Btw guys, Eric's been on the front of the SCCA Solo homepage for awhile, pretty cool!

http://www.scca.com/solo/

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nice driving and congrats again on the win Eric!


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Eric, tell us a little more about your suspension. Where you just running spring rates/springs that came standard on the KW/Mazdaspeed coil-overs? How about camber plates, which ones are running?
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Eric, tell us a little more about your suspension. Where you just running spring rates/springs that came standard on the KW/Mazdaspeed coil-overs? How about camber plates, which ones are running?
It's currently sitting on the standard Mazdaspeed coil-over set-up. Big Tri-point rear bar and Corksport plates. That's about it for suspension. Big plans ahead, but who knows when we'll get there.
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The cold weather has taken a beating on the current OEM battery. Took this as an opportunity to do some scheduled maintenance upgrading.

I opted for an AGM 18 lbs. battery from Deka (apparently the same company that manufactures Braille). It's a little on the heavy side for a lightweight battery, but this car is being built as a compromise car. Not everything can be race spec

Being driven everyday of the year means first off it has to start.....every day of the year.

A little bit shorter.


A whole lot thinner.


Installation was simple. A pair of top mount terminals and a 1" by 1/8" piece of scrap metal cut and drilled to fit.

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Congrats to Eric from first looser here

It never occurred to prep my daily driver but the 3 is a good car for STF. The mini had the handling down but not enough oompf to really pull out of the corners. My car owner on the mini and I decided to sell it and she'll be getting a Z06 for A-Street and I'll be lightly prepping my 3 for STF and deciding which to go to nationals in


The Millers out of Seattle are fully prepping a mini and should have the ability to invest what I never could in the car. (just sent them my brakes and control arms). So we'll see what that's like.


As for the 3...I think I'll put a race seat in it so I don't flop around the car and some coilovers.

Current setup:

- adjustable upper rear control arms
- MS3 rear bar
- 1/2 AEM cold air intake
- Passenger side AWR motor mount


I figure with some 17s, bfgs, coilovers and an exhaust it should be nice to drive. I'm going to go stiffer rear spring and lighter bar. I never liked how the huge rear bar drove on the mini and the Tripoint street bar on the MS3 is just so so...


Anyway, congrats to Eric again...maybe we can have a Mazda3 duel in 2014.

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For all those wondering why I have been absent from this build thread...

I'm on the way home from work New Year's Eve, first to pull up to a red light at a four way intersection. Three lanes wide and I'm stopped in the middle lane. I look down to change some audio settings. I assume normal sitting at red light duties (just checking what's going on around me) when I see headlights flash from right to left in my rearview a ways back. Then I see the same headlights flash left to right, this time a little closer. Silence.

BAM!

I was stopped right where the police car is on the left side of the pic in the middle lane. Follow that forward into the intersection and you'll see the 2nd police car, then the EG Civic that hit me, my car, then the fire truck.


The Civic slammed into my RR corner spinning us in opposite directions resulting in secondary contact of the rear of the Civic and front of the 3.

Doesn't look too bad does it?


Until you see how much force was absorbed by that one corner of my car.


Mad cambers yo!


So I had the car towed to the local yard, then found a reputable body shop to do the repairs, then had to tell insurance where to take it. After the shop had it for a day they called with the news. "Unfortunately I have bad news, your car is a total loss." The adjuster was really cool. He saw my SCCA and auto-x.com stickers and told me he was also a soloist. I told him of the car's recent successes and he was even more sympathetic. He then notified me that he recorded all the aftermarket parts and condition of the car and that I could have it towed to my driveway for removal of said parts.

The body shop removed most of the affected panels.


Rear quarter and rear door not even close to lining up. Also a view of the burnout machine...I mean rental car.


Took me around 8-9 hours to return the car to stock.


That was the easy part. Having a rental car for a limited time, and more importantly finding a suitable replacement car in that short time proved extremely stressful. Have to thank the wife big time for dealing with me and driving me up to MD to pick up the replacement.

Color change time!
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