E30Andrew's 'Slow Burn' Build Diary - [Red Pepper]

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  1. E30Andrew

    E30Andrew Silver Member

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    I am new to the Mazda/MazdaSpeed life, as I have been a Speed3 owner for about a week now, after purchasing @speed3bob 's red gen 1 after he posted it for sale here on the forums. I had her shipped down from MA to LA using Auto Movers USA, which was a pretty smooth and painless process, and got plates on her the next day.

    My primary reason for buying an MS3 was to replace my current DD (R53 MINI Cooper S); as it was getting too small for family needs, and I wanted something fun with 4+ doors to drive daily, that I could slowly mod over time. Will primarily be smaller bolt-on and cosmetics upgrades for 6-12 months before doing any big performance mods, but will post anything significant here.

    Immediate plans:
    • Just swooped a CPE RMM from their clearance sale - will install that soon.
    • Cobb shifter weight to replace the heavy stock weight
    • Remove side moldings
    • Some tints to keep out the LA heat
    • Sexy shiftknob from @Maisonvi
    • Upgrading whatever @JohnnyTightlips breaks when he drives it next month

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    Pretty. We are samesies now.
     
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    Yay! Excited to break some stuff for you.
     
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    • Smoke side markers
    • Big Turbo
    • Profit
     
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    Cleeeaaann!
     
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  6. Maisonvi

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    Keep those side moldings! Side moldings save lives.
     
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    Looks clean man. Congratulations. Gonna be a step up from the mini for sure.
     
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  8. E30Andrew

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    Have not had much time to do car stuff lately with the wedding coming up so soon, but did have a couple hours yesterday to get a few things done. Installed my smoked side markers and Ebay mud flaps, along with a much smaller shift counter weight. Feels much better with the smaller weight, and am happy with how the flaps turned out.

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    The stock shift counter weight weighs 549 grams if anyone was wondering.

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    Nice to know, was always wondering how much weight the aftermarket ones took it down to.
     
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  10. SharksInSpace

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    Did you buy smoked markers or do them yourself? I used VHT NightShade for full ricer scene points when I did mine.
     
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  11. E30Andrew

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    Nah, I swooped em on the Bay. $20/pair shipped, didn't seem terrible.

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    CONGRATULATIONS! 100% for door dildo removal!
     
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    Am I the weirdo that thinks they look better with the door moulding?
     
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    Mauro_Penguin Punk in Drublic. #BlackLivesMatter Motorhead Platinum Member

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    Nope, I do too.

    @Raider is the one hell bent on removing them all
     
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    Honestly at this point any car with them still on is so old that they are fused to the paint. You aren't getting them off without respraying the door. Unless you wait about ten more years and they will fall off on their own.
     
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    Kill all side moldings
     
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    False.
     
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    Plus side moldings make you faster. Its just science.
     
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    Flamable little fuckers
     
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  20. Maisonvi

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    Only way mine were getting removed was that way.
     
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