Chris, glad to hear the update, and looking forward to seeing what you do with the car. This is one of my favorite Mazda 3s, so I'm obviously hoping to see it continue racing.It's been a long time since an update. Sorry to the one person, you, who actually reads this thread. Haven't gotten to do much racing this year. I was home for a 7 week stretch this Spring, other than that I've been working out of town in the middle of nowhere Indiana since January. I'm finally home now, but I'm in the process of moving to The District in the coming week.
Hoping to get involved with the Washington DC Region (WDCR) up there quickly. They have an event on Oct. 12th that I will be trying my best to get to. After that I will be evaluating/weighing my options for the future of the stealth wagon. Keep racing, part out and/or sell.
If I decide to keep racing, many things need to be done. Number 1 is new tires. My R-S3 version 1s are nearly 4 years old with ~125 runs on them. I'm leaning toward version 2s, but we'll see what comes along next year. Struts and shocks have 67k hard miles on them now, they really need a freshen up. New/replacement bushings, wheel bearings, O2 sensors, and thermostat need to be considered.
One major update to the car was done in August. A new clutch was installed along with some machining on the flywheel and all new bearings. After running the original clutch to 142k miles, the new one feels awesome. The car is alive again.