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Hey there everybody! My name is Jon from Los Angeles, CA and I am brand new to the forums. I have been looking to get a new car for a while and finally made the switch last week from my 2003 Honda Civic to a 2011 Mazda 3 i Sport. Right now she's only at around 36K. I am in love with her already! I'm not the best with modding, or cars in general but I am really eager, excited and anxiously awaiting to learn all that I can from everyone in order to get my car from my stock to rock. From the research I have done so far, here are a few of the mods I plan on making to my car:

Where is the best place to start (or other advice)?


Window Visors
HID Conversion Kit
Short Ram or Cold Air Intake
Exhaust System (Don't want to mess with Catyltic Conv though.)
Header
Alarm System
New Stereo w/ Subwoofer & Amp
Change LED lights inside / License
Plasti-Dip Rims / Emblems
Wrapped Roof (Black)
Lowering springs
Tint headlights and taillights
LED Interior lights under cargo, glove comp, etc.

Also, are their any Mazda 3 meet-ups in Southern California? I would love to meet some people!


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Welcome to M3F. Pretty sure there are local meets but you would have to find the local club.

Lowering springs is really the best bang for your buck visual mod. Yeah it's not cheap, but it looks sooooo much better if done right.

Short ram intake is your best bet for performance mods. Sounds nicer, looks nicer, cleanable filter, maybe slightly better performance, relatively cheap... there is really no downside.

Doesn't mean you can't do some of those other things you have planned though, especially the cheaper ones. Looks like a pretty decent list.


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What would be a nice noticable drop, but not to crazy since I live on a hill and my driveway can be rough on super lowered cars. I was thinking an inch or inch and a half?
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What would be a nice noticable drop, but not to crazy since I live on a hill and my driveway can be rough on super lowered cars. I was thinking an inch or inch and a half?
Go out and measure everything yourself, as it is very subjective. Measure what gap you would like to have at the wheel wells, and then measure/estimate how much clearance you need to get in/out of your driveway. Find a compromise between the two and go shopping.

Also keep in mind that there is no point blowing a bunch of money lowering the car if you don't lower it enough to even be able to tell it is different... my ex fell into that pit lowering her old Pontiac G5. Stock it was SUUUUPER high, lowered it was like normal car high.

For lols - [before] [after]
See what I mean? :P


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Oh wow! How much of a drop was there from the first photo til the second?
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Oh wow! How much of a drop was there from the first photo til the second?
I believe it was nearly 2" in the front and 1.5" in the back.
But the car was retardedly high to start with. On a 3 that would have a much more significant effect.


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