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Hey Everyone!

I'm new to the forum. I've been off-and-on driving a Mazdaspeed 3 for the past few years and finally picked up my own for a steal here in Kansas City (Kansas side, not the ghetto side).

I'm Jeff.

I'm going to be starting a thread here pretty quick-like, once I get passed the newb-checkpoint for the forum and posting limits on where to begin with my mods, because the baby is essentially stock and I've been chattin' with friends about upgrading and wanted to see what the pros had to say.

Currently, she's a 2008 True Red. Gen 1, obviously, with about 115k in mileage and new timing chain. The only additional mod to the vehicle from stock is the Mazdaspeed Cold Air Intake.


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Welcome.

The engine has a chain not a belt, fyi.

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You know what I meant. -_-; Lol.

While I'm stuck waiting on the ability to post in other threads because of newbie-profile restrictions ...


I was talking with a buddy about the potential for dropping some serious coin for the front-mount Intercooler from COBB and he questioned the necessity of it so early on, regardless of the gains, because of the potential for turbo lag with a stock turbo.

Can I get a second opinion on this?

It's a beefy mod, so I'm not entirely sure that I want to do this first at all, and if someone is to sway my judgement otherwise, what exactly would you consider putting in first, as a "first-things-first" so that each mod feeds into the next?

I've been skimming the Performance thread and NA Power Stage, even though it's designed more for standard 3s, versus the MS3.

Thoughts?

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Welcome, was just in Kansas for a week and a half and was pleasantly surprised to see 4 speed3s during my stay there (although no other mazdas lol)

Btw that is True Red, not velocity red. Velocity red is nowhere near as nice.

If you haven't done so, upgrade your rear motor mount. That should be absolute top priority on your list. Oh, and remove your side mouldings, looks so much better without them.


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Welcome, was just in Kansas for a week and a half and was pleasantly surprised to see 4 speed3s during my stay there (although no other mazdas lol)

Btw that is True Red, not velocity red. Velocity red is nowhere near as nice.

If you haven't done so, upgrade your rear motor mount. That should be absolute top priority on your list. Oh, and remove your side mouldings, looks so much better without them.
I have a turbo inlet intake hose in red coming in (from CORP) and the rear engine mount as well (from COBB).

What else you got for me?

And I dig the side moldings! Gimmie a pic without them and lemme see what you're seeing. ;d
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Ahh for me I'm more of a aesthetics guy so I'm not the best person to ask. I upgraded to a speed so I wouldn't feel inclined to squeeze more power out of it (and potentially screw up my insurance or warranty) like I was trying to do on my old mz3 sedan.

Only other really essential thing I can think of is solid shifter bushings. There is a thread I made to DIY, or you could pay 40 bucks or whatever for nice pre-made ones.

Here is the modifications thread (stage 1/stage 2 etc) that I think you were looking for: http://www.mazda3forums.com/showthread.php?t=324152

Regarding the side mouldings, ok, here's one. The car looks sooo much cleaner without them. Trust me, I used to feel the same way - left them on for years. But once I took them off I saw the light.


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There's a sticky in the mazdaspeed section that I compiled, you might find some useful stuff.

Now for the intercooler. A front mount will cause MORE turbo lag! The hair has more turning to go through therefore INCREASING lag time.

First mod that's the best bang for your buck? Honestly a rear motor mount. If u start adding any more power the car will simply wheel hop like a bitch.

Once you have that done, definitely look into a cobb accessport. You will use it to tune your car at every step of your journey.

From there you would go intake, then exhaust (downpipe).

It's also essential to monitor fuel rail pressure. If it's drop bellow 1200 at WOT for gen1 speed3s (I think, double check on msf) you have to upgrade you hpfp internals. I'd suggest upgrading them regardless before you do an exhaust to ensure reliability.


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Cool

See, MBalik—

I was reading up on the FMIC vs the TMIC and everyone seems to agree across the board that the TMIC is better in the overall stance that it's shorter tubing and so everything can be maintained cooler, especially if you throw in an alcohol injector.

But the reviews I've all read ALSO say that the if you've got a TMIC, the best thing to kill off the heat soak from the motor ... is ... SURPRISE, Gen 2—A hood scoop.

The cost of a hood is the same cost as a CX Racing FMIC. The turbo lag only accounts for 400-800RPMs, from what I've been reading through on all the sites I can get my hands on, so I'm not really sure which route to take.

A new hood or FMIC. Lol. The FMIC I'm looking at also has an added BOV, but it will be changed eventually regardless.


Tomorrow is Install day.

I got a COBB (black) Engine Mount. Which I'm sorely disappointed that I didn't get any auto-stickers or shit with the box. 160 bucks for a mount is a bit retarded, personally. The least they could have done was throw in something not as worthless as a "thanks for buying our shit" index card...

Lame.

Anyways. </rant>

I also got 10' of 8 gauge grounding wire and the Turbo Intake.


@ Cab0oze—

I see what you are talking about. How do you remove those without having to do touch up paint because of discoloration from ... 6 years?

I originally thought you were talking about the skirts, which is why I was confused. I never thought about removing the pin mold.


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A hood scoop isn't worth adding/a new hood. I'm that case you can probably get yourself a custom fmic kit or cx racing for quite cheap. But I personally think going fmic is only worth it if your going to upgrade the turbo


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I got a COBB (black) Engine Mount. Which I'm sorely disappointed that I didn't get any auto-stickers or shit with the box. 160 bucks for a mount is a bit retarded, personally. The least they could have done was throw in something not as worthless as a "thanks for buying our shit" index card...

Lame.
Anyways. </rant>

I also got 10' of 8 gauge grounding wire and the Turbo Intake.


@ Cab0oze—

I see what you are talking about. How do you remove those without having to do touch up paint because of discoloration from ... 6 years?

I originally thought you were talking about the skirts, which is why I was confused. I never thought about removing the pin mold.
A lot of aftermarket car parts are way overpriced, which is why I try to buy used as often as possible. Got my RMM for $70 and it was like new.

For the side moulding - just heat up the tape that holds it on (or do it on a warm day in the sun) and peel them off. Mine came off after nearly 5 years of being in the sun all day and after removing the rest of the adhesive and hitting it with a bit of polish there was zero paint fade. Strangely enough the moldings themselves were several shades off the factory paint.

Worst case, you can always stick them back on, but you should be fine.

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A hood scoop isn't worth adding/a new hood. I'm that case you can probably get yourself a custom fmic kit or cx racing for quite cheap. But I personally think going fmic is only worth it if your going to upgrade the turbo
Agreed.


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