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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-01-2015, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Clubfed11's 2015 Build Log

What up all. Decided I should start a thread for my car as I just got a few things in the mail and should be slapping them on this week/end.

A lil backstory about me/the car:

This is the 4th car I've owned. Before that was:
1) 1990 Toyota Tercel ($500) Automatic
2) 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 (Lease) Automatic
3) 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 (Lease) Automatic
Currently-2015 Mazda 3 Sedan 2.5 Manual (s Touring)

On the Altima I had: Nismo full cat back, H&R Lowering Springs, Intake, ect.
I also ride motorcycles mainly, had to get a car again as I have been working on a lot of projects and I like to hike/backpack so it was hard to carry things around/hike with a motorcycle.

1) 97 Yamaha FZR 6
2) 2003 Suzuki GSXR 750
3) 1998 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R
4) 1984 Honda Magna V45 750
Currently-2005 Kawasaki Ninja 636

Anyway enough about all that. As this is the first real car (tercel didn't count but was a shit load of fun) that I own I will be really modifying it and trying to make it how I want. I'm focusing on power, then handling, then cosmetics. Rims/Tires/Drop are in the bag but I'm going to do those last due to money. I was also really disappointed when I lowered the '12 Altima on H&Rs. It rode great but it was a daily driver and I always had hella friends in there, constantly bottoming out (the car frame, bottom, not the tires) and speed bumps were a Beyotch. Would love to put it on air but I don't have money like that to throw into the car. Maybe down the line, who knows.

Current Mods Completed:

CS Short Ram Intake with K&N Heat Shield
Racing Beat Axle Back Exhaust
CS Short Shifter
JBR Shifter Bushings
JBR Heavy Shift Knob
CS Rear Motor Mount
Tanabe Strut Bar
Progress Rear Sway Bar
5k HID Headlights
3K HID Fog Lights
Interior/License Plate LEDs

Future Mods Wanted:

Orange Virus Tune
Rims, Tires (really like the MB Battles)
Springs/Coilovers depending on money

Cosmetics:
Window Tints (want to do the front as well, clear, just for temps)
Plasti-Dip/Wrap: Grill V, Fog Chrome, Window Chrome, Back+Front Mazda Badges, maybe the stock rims for now.
De-Badge the Mazda 3 and Skyactiv emblems on the back (DONE)
Other random crap I can think of...

Pics of day 1 below. Thanks for reading! Cheers!
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Great start to your build thread. (For some reason I see no pics.) Anyway, looking forward to hearing (and seeing!) more as things proceed.

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Heh, my mom had a sky blue Tercel 4 door when I was young. Went from Germany to WA, was given to my sister, and she crashed it. Like the 5 other cars she also crashed.
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Was that Altima lowered on OEM or OEM size tires? If so, that's probably why it bottomed out.
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Honestly I miss that tercel. It was a little hatchback and I took it up to Tahoe a few times. The guy before me drove it up to burning man. I actually learned how to drive on it because I bought it off my family friend.
Yes the Altima was on oem rims and tires. Didn't know that. Good looking.

I just installed the racing beat axle back. A little quiet for my taste. Hopping the OVT will spice it up a bit and maybe it'll get louder after settling in a bit. Or I could just throw a race pipe on there lol.

Also got my interior LEDs in. Will post pics in a few. Attached are a few I just took of the exhaust. Cheers
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If you want more loud just cut out the stock resonator. I'm sure that will be enough


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I don't really want to do anything that isn't reversible to be honest, but yes that would certainly make it louder. I read a few posts about an OVT really bringing the exhaust alive so I'll wait till after that to see how I like it. The knob, bushings and short shifter plate came in today! Will be installing them tomorrow hopefully.
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i highly recommend 3m crystalline tint, especially if you are going for heat rejection. i had 40% on all windows and it was amazing for heat rejection. they also have 40%, 60,70. 80, 90%. pretty light, but crazy heat rejection.
only down side is it is on the kinda expensive side. but well worth it
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Looking forward to seeing the progress! You'l love the CS short shifter... huge difference! I love mine.

I'm curious why you went with JBR bushings though. Unless it was a special offer at the time, I got my shift bushings free with my short shifter. Did something sway you to go with JBR for them and spring the extra $?

Black/white 2012 3-Sport Skyactiv. Rokblokz mudflaps. Black dipped hood/hatch/front lip, blacked out headlight interior with switchback halos/LED rope. Blue interior/footwell/engine bay lighting. Corksport power series exhaust with racepipe, Corksport SRI. OVTuned!
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Mistakes are either painful, or expensive... Or both.
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That 3M tint is really pricey, def out of my range but would love it. This is most likely the place I'm going and they do offer it. I might go down to the Ceramic or Color Stable.
Marin Auto Tint

The bushings I am referring to are these:
Solid Shifter Bushings Mazda 3 2014+ [SKY-MZ3-SSB] - $30.00 : James Barone Racing, Aftermarket Performance
vs Corksports:
CORKSPORT Mazda Shifter Bushing Set

Price was $30 at JBR with free shipping vs 39.99 at CS plus shipping.
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