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Garrett's 3

Discussion in 'Project Cars' started by Gdschaf, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    well, here's my car. I bought it used from Morries Mazda on February 11th 2010.
    it's my 2005 velocity red mica Mazda 3 hatchback.

    honestly, I wouldn't deal with them ever again.
    When I first got my car it had 4 different tires on it, all worn differently.
    They were nice enough to throw another set on there within a couple of days but put on tires with about 50% tread on them.
    Then after the summer when I wore those tires out, I went back to get new ones because one of the parts of their whole "buy happy" program that I paid extra for is a tire replacement.
    Long story short, there was a lot of driving back and forth talking with stupid people to finally get new tires.

    ANYWAY,
    the day I brought her home she looked like this.
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    The first thing I did to her was paint my badges and engine cover
    if you want to know how to do it properly, here's a DIY
    http://www.mngaragegeeks.com/forum/...-to-Paint-Emblems-the-Right-Way&p=425#post425

    this is what they looked like when they were all done
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    and this is what my engine cover looked like after some paint
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    I ended up painting most of my engine bay like that, but apparently I never took a picture of it.

    another things I did right off the bat was get rid of that stupid front license plate box and relocated my plate.
    a link to how to do that is there here
    http://www.mngaragegeeks.com/forum/showthread.php?58-Relocate-Your-License-Plate&p=426#post426
    this is what it looks like now, minus the Morries Mazda stuff
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    the next thing I did was, well, I hated the stupid R/C car looking antenna, so since I never used it, I cut it while waiting for my shark fin
    here it is cut
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    and here it is with the shark fin antenna
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    I bought that from therpmstore here
    http://www.therpmstore.com/product_info.php?cPath=213_25&products_id=294

    the next things I did was add the Mazda logo onto my brake calipers and painted my little steering wheel control things
    this is what my calipers look like and a link to how I did it here
    http://www.mngaragegeeks.com/forum/...t-the-Mazda-Logo-on-My-Calipers&p=427#post427
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    and what my steering wheel control things look like
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    one last and simple thing I did to my car cosmetically was tinted my side markers
    it was as easy as spraying down a couple coats of night shade and I was done
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    and link to that here
    http://www.mngaragegeeks.com/forum/...ted-Side-Markers-and-Reflectors&p=428#post428

    that was pretty much all the cosmetic things I did right away.
    the thing I tackled next was my lights.
    the first thing I did was get a set of HIDs from the RPM store here
    http://www.therpmstore.com/product_info.php?cPath=213_25&products_id=38
    and they made a world of difference
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    then I made my fog lights independent which you can do too here (link to come later)
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    and then I painted my fog light surrounds and my fog lights.
    my fog lights where painted with yellow/amber stained glass window spray paint.
    that idea was all Joelle's
    after painted my surrounds black, this is what they looked like
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    and this is how I roll at night
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    I also disabled my running lights in the process and they still work as blinkers, a link to how you can do that here, it's really easy (link to come later)

    I put in an AUX input thing in, but not the one from Mazda, a link to the one you should get here (link to come later)

    The last thing I think I did to my car before moving to Washington for school was getting my rims powder coated.
    A buddy of mine knew a guy and I got a great deal
    this is what the look like off the car
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    and this is what they look like on the car
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    I did paint my center caps as well so everything's black except for the Mazda emblem and the lug nuts on my wheels
    which I don't exactly have a picture of, but new ones are to come this summer

    since I've been out in Washington, I haven't done a whole lot
    I did pick up a wink mirror at oriely's and a link to how to install that in a mz3/ms3 is here
    http://www.mngaragegeeks.com/forum/showthread.php?61-How-To-Install-a-Wink-Mirror&p=429#post429
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    i picked up some LED lights for my interior and lights for my rear license plate from corksport
    http://www.corksport.com/corksport-led-light-kit-2004-2009-mazdaspeed-3-and-mazda-3.html
    they look really blue in this picture but this is what they look like
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    and my exhaust underwent a make over
    I picked up speed 3 pipes and got my hands on a magna flow high flow cat and this is what it sounds like now
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZEyUo657-E
    and looks like
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    This is what she looks like now
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    UPDATE: 7/9/2012

    So it's been a while since I updated this. I think it's been over a year actually. well here's a small update.

    So last summer, many of you know, my transmission died. My 3rd gear synchro went out and I ended up getting a used transmission with 30k miles on it and while that was getting replaced, I picked up a exedy stage 1 clutch and light weight flywheel
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    I managed to repaint my foglights and foglight surrounds since they had a ton of rock chips in them from the drive to and from Washington.

    Towards the end of the summer I ended up picking up a set of 1993 RX-7 FD wheels with Hoosier R6s on them. I rocked them for about a week til I killed what remained of the tires.
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    Shortly after I went back to school, at the Corksport end of summer bash last year, I broke my e-brake cable while parking on a hill. it was great. and then not to long after that I ended up doing some work on my brakes. here's the e-brake cable, corksport stainless brake lines, r1 concept drilled and slotted rotars, and centric pads.
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    (the e-brake cable still hasn't been replaced)

    I threw in an amp and sub too, but I don't have pictures of those. maybe I'll update this later with pictures and such.

    Right before heading back to MN for the summer, I picked up a set of Tein S-Tech springs from a buddy of mine, but due to school I wasn't able to get them installed before I left.

    when I got back to MN i noticed one of my tires were showing chords, which wasn't good. So it was time for a new wheel/tire set up. I got my RX-7 wheels painted white, I got BFG sport comp 2 tires, black lug nuts, and I got my car lowered on those springs I had. (need to update with more pics)
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    I ran into a problem with one of my control arm bushings and I have yet to replace that, and I also got my camber arms installed not to long ago.
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    I got an alignment
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    I threw on the free rallyarmor mud flaps I got from a buddy of mine out in Washington, and now this is what my car looks like today
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    and this because why not lol
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    (lol instagram)

    WOO UPDATE!: 7-24-13
    So a lot has changed since last summer. it's almost been a year since I've updated this.
    I'll add pictures when I get the chance, they'll all on my phone currently
    So a lot of you know the story about my broken motor mounts, but for those who don't, let me paint you a picture.
    Imagine 4 dudes, in a mazda 3, with Hoosier street slicks, at a dead stop.
    Now imagine it being revved to 4k and then having the clutch dropped.
    Yea, the motor pretty much hit the underside of my hood.
    any way, that broke all 3 motor mounts (BIG SURPRISE!) and in the fall, I replaced the rear one not knowing the other two were gone as well.
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    this is what one of my old motor mounts was like
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqLsqkJfK9w&index


    Ironically enough, the free reallyarmor mud flaps I got from a friend of mine out in Washington, got ripped off one night when backing down his mountain of a driveway.
    (insert picture here)
    I was also able to snag a hatch cover thing for pretty cheap
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    In the spring, I went on a little spending spree with my tax refund.
    I bought the other two motor mounts, rear sway bar, coilovers, intake, and rear sway bar end links.
    All of the motor mounts are StreetUnit motor mounts
    the rear sway bar is Hotchkis
    the coilovers are BC BR coilovers
    the Intake is an AEM cold air intake
    and the rear sway bar end links are from Corksport.
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    I got all that put on and got a good alignment.
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    the really fun part about installing my coilovers is that when I went to go bolt in the top of one of the rear struts, it snapped the bolt completely in half. the problem with that is that, that bolt was welded to the chasis from inside. I attempted to drill it out but no luck, after about an hour or two of frustration, I hit it with a hammer and it popped out. easy enough I guess. I replaced it and it's all good now.
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    after all that was squared a way, I went a while without doing anything other then maintenance to it.
    this summer though, I've done a few things to it.
    I curbed a wheel which wasn't good,
    I bought a header (which isn't in yet)
    and I got my roof wrapped in gloss black
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    here's a link to the album of more pictures of my wrapped roof from the guy who did it, Mark Wu over at Wu Wraps does great work
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.482541931831541.1073741925.109879845764420&type=3
    (I hope facebook doesn't break this link in the future)

    I also have something on it's way to my house right now and should be waiting for me when I get home early next week!

    That's pretty much everything up to now, like I said, I'll update this with pictures later.
    also I realize there are quite a few broken picture links because facebook decided to change things. so i'll be moving those pictures and update those as well.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  2. Rowtard

    Rowtard <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Lookin good. that mirror is insane
     
  3. derp

    derp New Member

    lower it :p
     
  4. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    i plan on lowering it, it's hard to do out here in washington, so many hills, and speed bumps, someone went speed bump crazy while designing my apartment complex's parking lot area
     
  5. derp

    derp New Member

    lower it, come to minnesota, then wish you were back in washington :p
     
  6. Shwangtwong

    Shwangtwong New Member

    tri point is a great company. although im not a fan of internal wastegates.
     
  7. Shwangtwong

    Shwangtwong New Member

    oh. and if you're planning on getting new fogs can i have your old bezels? i destroyed one in a snowbank lol.
     
  8. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    yea if I get new ones, they're hella broken behind the bumper, I don't know how they've stayed in to be honest lol
     
  9. ij1889

    ij1889 New Member

    garrett, my springs are 120 for new ones, get them, and drop it like its hot
     
  10. derrian

    derrian Administrator Staff Member

    Garrett, you did a great job on your car! And yes, come back to MN!
     
  11. Shwangtwong

    Shwangtwong New Member

    that bottom part that sticks down and screws onto the bumper ripped off mine lol. otherwise. any idea where i could just get the bezel and not a whole assembly?
     
  12. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    I'm getting coils, then I'll really drop it like it's hot lol


    Thank you :D I'll be home in 4 weeks


    no idea, by the looks of the paint on my fog lights and bezels, i'll probably have to repaint both of them, and since I painted right onto my fogs i'll probably end up buying a whole new kit. i'll let you know if I have spare bezels when i'm done
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011
  13. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    bump for small update. I still need to add a few more recent pictures.
     
  14. derrian

    derrian Administrator Staff Member

    Pics or ban!
     
  15. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    I'm working on it, there's only so much I can do at work
     
  16. Grappler

    Grappler <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Ban hammer is getting restless... :p
     
  17. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    Well, I seem to update this thing about once a year, and it's almost been a year, and most of you know I had my motor take a shit on me at the end of last summer so this post will be an update!

    I've also updated the original post with pictures that were all broken.

    first, a few minor things I did between my last update and my motor dying.

    I bought a radar detector, escort passport 9500ix. I hard wired it into everything and I like it
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    as you know i have a grom aux audio thing and I always had the aux cable running through the front vent, so I decided to make a port and mount it into my dash which turned out better then i thought it would
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    I also had to roll my fenders because I was rubbing a lot and I found a lot of rust that i ended up touching up with some paint i had laying around. my car doesn't miss Minnesota winters
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    My car started making a knocking noise right before it was time for me to drive back to Minnesota last summer.
    Video of the original rod knocking
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RProS5gjDbc&feature
    My mom, brother, and I drove cross country on my rod knocking motor and my mom rented a car to follow us with in case something happened we wouldn't be stranded in the middle of Montana.
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    we took it easy and we made it after about 32 hour of driving. it was a wednesday night so I washed my car and drove my rod knocking car to Sonic that nice
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    the next few days I started taking it a part. at this point, I still wasn't sure it was rod knock since my oil came out perfectly clear (not having shiney bits in it). I was puzzled, so I broke out a knife and cut up my oil filter. this is what i found
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    it wasn't a happy sight...

    after pulling the oil pan and oil pickup, i ended up find a lot of rather large chunks in the mesh of the oil pickup
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    it took a few of us one saturday to have my motor out
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    I got my new long block (remaned) about a week after
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    threw my oil pan and some other parts in a parts washer down at RS Motors
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    then I started putting everything back together. I got a new water pump, new belts, new tie rods, and I was able to put my vibrant header on for the first time
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    the following weekend, everything went back in, it went pretty smooth and it was running Saturday night.
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    lol Jon
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    lol spaz
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    video of the first time it ran with the new motor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UefZYLNofu8&feature

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    I changed my oil 3 times that night. and the next day I went to go get an alignment at firestone (just the tie rods)
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    oh I also failed to mention (i kind of hinted at last update) I got a speed 3 wing and had it painted, i have a few pictures that you can kinda see it in. that last one for example
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    and yeah, that wrapped up last summer.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  18. Gdschaf

    Gdschaf New Member

    Now this school year, i haven't been able to do much but here's what happened.

    I dyno'd my car at tork motorsports in Washington
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    then i was really smart one day and after checking my oil I forgot to put my oil cap back on which led to this happening at the Sea-Tac airport...
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    then to follow that bit of bad luck, I had one of my corksport brake lines go out on me.
    luckily the warrantied it but it took them almost 2 weeks to get me another line which sucked for me.
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    I had the mazda dealer here do it for me. I would of loved to do this myself if i had a place to do it...

    then I had one fog light go out on me so i bought some LED ones but a friend of mine offered his yellow halogens and it was a tough choice
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    but i ultimately ended up going with the yellow halogens but I have the LEDs for when I can resand down my fog lights and get the wrapped instead of painting them this time.
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    and that's it for now, I really need to wash my car, stupid Seattle weather and it raining all the time.
    I've been throwing around the idea of upgrading my stereo here this summer, just something simple.
     
  19. cmspaz

    cmspaz New Member

    LOL, at the pic of me. Have to torque that manifold somehow!

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hET2wLEsnr0[/video]

    Just a little play...
     
  20. derrian

    derrian Administrator Staff Member

    You did a ton to that thing last year :) Good job!

    Did you wrap the top of the car yourself? or have someone do it?
     

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