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This thread will be updated every few days with New HOW-TO's. I will post links in this first Thread to keep it up to date !!!! If you do a new HOW-TO or find one not in the list, please reply. Trust me, with n00bs galore in this forum, there is nothing too big or too small to write about.

Abbreviations:
Axela = Mazda 3 in Japan
ECU = Electronic Control Unit
FMIC = Front Mount Intercooler
TMIC = Top Mount Intercooler (Stock on MS3)
CEL = Check Engine Light
BOV = Blow Off Valve
CAI = Cold Air Intake
SRI = Short Ram Intake
WOT = Wide Open Throttle
STS = Short Throw Shifter
EFI = Electronic Fuel Injection
VTA = Vent/Venting to the Atmosphere
CPE = Custom Performance Engineering
AP = AccessPORT (Made by Cobb)
DP = Down Pipe
CBE = Cat Back Exhaust
TBE = Turbo Back Exhaust
FWD = Front Wheel Drive
RWD = Rear Wheel Drive
AWD = All Wheel Drive
TSB = Technical Service Bulletin
HID = High Intensity Discharge Headlamps
TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System
NWS = Not Work Safe
NSFW = Not Safe For Work
MTX = Manual Transmission (5sp/6sp)
ATX = Automatic Transmission
ABS = Anti-Lock Brakes
SAB = Side Air Bags
SAC = Side Air Curtains

Slang Terms:
Blower/Blown = Turbo or Supercharger
NA = Naturally Aspirated (No Turbos or supercharger)
FI = Forced Induction (Use of a power adder ie: turbo/supercharger/nitrous...)
Boost = Amount of air pressure produced by turbo or supercharger measured is psi/lbs.
Drift = Art of Driving Sideways


START HERE

TURBOCHARGED MOTORS: The Components, Process, and Modifications:
Author/Credit: Boost Addict

MOTOR MOUNTS: The Basic Breakdown:
Author/Credit: Boost Addict

How You Hang The Gas Cap On The Fuel Door:
Author/Credit: CT-Zoom-Zoom


HOW-TO's:

PERFORMANCE/MECHANICAL HOW-TO's:

How To: Change Tranny Oil On The MS3:

How To: Front Caliper Removal (Change Brake Pads) MS3:

How To: Check the #4 Motor Mount/Recalled Bolt/Mount (MS3 Specific):

How To: Change your own oil (MS3 Specific):

How To: DIY Boost Gauge/Oil Temp Gauge/Oil Pressure Gauge Install:

How To: Install the XEDE Interceptor System:

How To: Install a Mechanical Boost Gauge:

How To: Install a AWR Rear Mount:

How To: Install a XS Race Pipe:

How To: Install TWM Shifter Bushings:

How To: Install a Mazdaspeed 3 CAI and Clean (See Post #4 for Downloadable PDF)
BY FAR...THE BEST WRITE UP (Used for Injen Install, but is the exact same with any CAI)
http://www.injen.com/galleries/products/41220071305SP6062_hd.pdf

How To: Install Oil temp/Pressure Gauges:

How To: Install Streetunit Rear Engine Mount with Pictures (See Post #8):

How To: Ground The Throttle Body (See Post #4):
Seperate Thread of Pics with No Instructions:

How To: Shift Light Installation:



COSMETIC/CUSTOM HOW-TO's:

How To: Independent Fogs WITHOUT Running Wires Through The Firewall (With Pictures)

How To: Shave MS3 Side Moldings/MS3 Emblems:

How To: Install/Hardwire Radar Detector:

How To: Reaching and Disassembling the Instrument Cluster/Taking Dash Apart with Pictures:

How To: Complete DD Navigation System Install with Pictures:

How To: Unlock Trip Computer On Non GT MS3

How To: Paint Your Calipers with Pictures:

How To: Install the Rockblocker Foglight Kit:

How To: Paint Your Headlights with Pictures:

How To: Paint Stock Rims:

How To: Tint Sidemarkers with Pictures (with Film):
How To: Tint Sidemarkers with Pictures (with Spray Tint):

How To: Install Rain Guards / Rainguards with Pictures:

How To: Install Clear/Tinted Reflectors And Side Markers with Pictures:

How To: Paint Your Emblems with Pictures:

How To: Program Homelink Rear View Mirror:

How To: Remove Cigarette Lighter Panel and Hardwire Radar Detector:

How To: Change the Color of your Radio LCD with Pictures:



Vendors and Forum Sponsors: (BEST PRICES HERE)

Street Unit Performance, Inc.
Corksport
COBB Tuning
CP-E.com
Mazda3Mods
Showcase Mazda
TWM Performance
Rosenthal Mazda / Finishline Performance
ARK Performance, Inc.
Ron Tonkin Mazda
PTuning
Jim Click Mazda Parts
XenonExpert / Apexcone
Hoen-USA
Revolution Performance Manufacturing
NSN Motorsports
The Xenon Store
F2cars
Unique Euro Design
Mazda3Online
West Imports
Redline Parts
TurboXS
MazdaSpeedStore.com
Mazmart



Non Vendor Websites:
http://www.ptuning.com
http://www.crossoverauto.com/ms3.htm
http://www.protegegarage.com
http://www.bellengineering.net
 

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Re: ::: OFFICIAL ::: MAZDASPEED3 HOW-TO THREAD :::

TTT ... slowly getting this thread put together !!!! Still not done with sites to MS3 Parts ....

Any Suggestions Guys ?!?!?!?

EDIT: Any more sites ? list the ones i have forgotten ...

also, anybody else been able to find any more how-to's ? whether this site or another ?
 

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I will have a "How to" Write up done for:
Installing Oil temp and pressure (that one you posted is one or the other not both)
Installing Dynamat
Maybe a DIY on making a guage pod also


Maybe find a link for a earthing/grounding kit, since people will ask
and a link for Installing a AMP on a BOSE system since alot of owners have GT's

Seems like you have most everything, lots of things are exactly the same on the REGULAR3 and the MS3
 

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Re: ::: OFFICIAL ::: MAZDASPEED3 HOW-TO THREAD :::

[quote author=Mattleegee link=topic=75531.msg1360432#msg1360432 date=1177394826]
I will have a "How to" Write up done for:
Installing Oil temp and pressure (that one you posted is one or the other not both)
Installing Dynamat
Maybe a DIY on making a guage pod also


Maybe find a link for a earthing/grounding kit, since people will ask
and a link for Installing a AMP on a BOSE system since alot of owners have GT's

Seems like you have most everything, lots of things are exactly the same on the REGULAR3 and the MS3
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Found the Throttle Grounding link. 1 with pics and 1 without. Any others you can find would be great !!!!

A DIY Gauge Pod would be a HUGE hit !!!! i would even be interested in that one and the AMP for the bose system....
 

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[quote author=CaSHMeRe link=topic=75531.msg1359157#msg1359157 date=1177364683]




Vendor and Non Vendor Websites to Purchase MS3 Parts !!!

http://www.streetunit.com
http://www.twmperformance.com
http://www.FinishlinePerformance.com
http://www.arkspeedracing.com
http://www.TonkinPartsOnline.Com
http://www.mazdasportparts.com
http://www.ptuning.com
http://www.cp-e.com
http://www.crossoverauto.com/ms3.htm
http://www.protegegarage.com
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i feel non-vendors should be removed since the vendors here pay a decent amount to be here. we support these forums non vendors don't. but other than that this is a great thread!
 

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Re: ::: OFFICIAL ::: MAZDASPEED3 HOW-TO THREAD :::

[quote author=RonTonkinMazda link=topic=75531.msg1363187#msg1363187 date=1177479076]
i feel non-vendors should be removed since the vendors here pay a decent amount to be here. we support these forums non vendors don't. but other than that this is a great thread!
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i was thinking that at first. I put all vendors FIRST on the list and you Guys have your own Sections/Threads. I will bold and also specify you guys are vendors, I just feel, that there are more products found on other sites that vendors don't necessarily carry. So instead of people asking where to find this specific part, I will just post the site.

Personally, vendors of this site have the best prices around, however, i don't want to necessarily tell someone they can't shop somewhere else. I am not here saying 1 is better then the other. And this is pretty much a NON-PARTIAL thread. I am not giving more credit to 1 site/vendor over another.

I want the mazda3/masdaspeed3 community to be able to see ALL options !!! and feel they have every right to see these options...
 

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cashmere for president... we NEEDED this kind of organization.. very nice link setup as soon as people decide to fill in blanks...

I love it man... good job!
 

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[quote author=Boost Addict link=topic=75531.msg1363225#msg1363225 date=1177480290]
cashmere for president... we NEEDED this kind of organization.. very nice link setup as soon as people decide to fill in blanks...

I love it man... good job!
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thanks bud ... what blanks need to be filled in ? if you click the "How To" it actually opens that link to the thread....
 

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[quote author=CaSHMeRe link=topic=75531.msg1363236#msg1363236 date=1177480855]
[quote author=Boost Addict link=topic=75531.msg1363225#msg1363225 date=1177480290]
cashmere for president... we NEEDED this kind of organization.. very nice link setup as soon as people decide to fill in blanks...

I love it man... good job!
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thanks bud ... what blanks need to be filled in ? if you click the "How To" it actually opens that link to the thread....
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Oh no, they work fine.. I just mean once new How Tos come about you can fill in things that are missing or not yet addressed...

oh btw, you need to get a Mods attention to get this stickied!

(Im digging the Vendor/Non-Vendor segregation, really helps the vendors stand out [as they should])
 
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