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NSMB Automotive Thread ( Q&A, Car Porn, etc)

Jan. 19, 2016, 6:43 p.m.
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Upgrade turbo as it nears the end of life and added boost.

Brakes gets you deeper into the corners man….late braking for the win!

Jan. 19, 2016, 6:49 p.m.
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Springs, shocks, and really thick sway bars ftw.

Turbo kit.

Did the "suspension" (shocks/endlinks/adj balljoints, fr shock mounts, fr/rr sway bars, strut tower, rear seat brace) around 100k ago and the diff mount and brace about 140k ago. The diff brace/mount was one of the better investments for putting the powa down but I should've added the rear camber arms. I decided to leave the fun stuff (block intake trans) until it was setup for it or needed replacing, whichever first. Plus, its technically already fast enough and I needed to learn what awd does.. besides rock.

Depending on the intake optioned and tune, I could hit 400+ but I'll look at a compression test before. Safety first ya know ;)

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Jan. 19, 2016, 6:52 p.m.
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Upgrade turbo as it nears the end of life and added boost.

Brakes gets you deeper into the corners man….late braking for the win!

I may have one of the longer lasting k04's in a mazdaspeed, 3 or 6, but its definitely on the way out. Who needs big brakes with awd right? Riiiiiight.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 19, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
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If I knew then while I was building 500+hp rx7s what I know now, always build the car to handle the power first. Sucks to have a powerful car that wasn't initially built for that level of power.

Jan. 19, 2016, 10:47 p.m.
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Big brake kits are kind of a waste of money. You will get awesome performance by replacing any soft lines with stainless, bleed the brakes with dot5+,use quality brake pads, and new OEM rotors if yours need replacing. Maybe a brake bias adjuster if you find braking unbalanced.

Oh, and ditch ABS and control the car yourself.

Jan. 20, 2016, 5:17 a.m.
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Big brake kits are kind of a waste of money. You will get awesome performance by replacing any soft lines with stainless, bleed the brakes with dot5+,use quality brake pads, and new OEM rotors if yours need replacing. Maybe a brake bias adjuster if you find braking unbalanced.

Oh, and ditch ABS and control the car yourself.

Agreed. Spend the extra money on suspension and tires.

Jan. 20, 2016, 7:05 a.m.
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Are you missing a zero or two cuz I'm confused. The three words of Carbon Brembo and $50 are pretty mutually exclusive if I'm not mistaken.

faux carbon plastic brake caliper covers. again i reiterate: can't comprehend why things like this exist, but yeah.

Jan. 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
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Big brake kits are kind of a waste of money. You will get awesome performance by replacing any soft lines with stainless, bleed the brakes with dot5+,use quality brake pads, and new OEM rotors if yours need replacing. Maybe a brake bias adjuster if you find braking unbalanced.

Oh, and ditch ABS and control the car yourself.

Already have stainless brake/clutch lines, motul brake fluid, stoptech pads, slotted/drilled rotors. My car does stop ridiculously well when I want it to. But it'd (BBK) be an appearance peice/want.

As for the abs, I can ditch that plus traction control and dsc if I hit around 140kph since I have a faulty wheel speed sensor on the right rear I beleive. Trip that and it shuts its all off. Which means I can spin them almost any time. Not so good around this time of year mind you.

I'm going to be looking into how to turn those off via the AP when I get one.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 20, 2016, 2:48 p.m.
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faux carbon plastic brake caliper covers. again i reiterate: can't comprehend why things like this exist, but yeah.

Ahh it all makes sense now. Yea no thanks lol.

I still have the oem antennae which if people talk to me about the car, they usually ask why I still have it. Priorities right. Like an intake thats $96 USD off right now.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 20, 2016, 2:58 p.m.
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Agreed. Spend the extra money on suspension and tires.

Thats the next plan. my Mich PSS's are around 1/16 or 1.5 of a 16th if I'm lucky but still hook up. But I should budget for new summers but $2,000+ with the exchange.. a bit much. I may just roll the winters for a bit longer, destroy the super sports (if I can) for 2 months and put the winter wheels back on. The PSS' are amazing.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 20, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
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always build the car to handle the power first. Sucks to have a powerful car that wasn't initially built for that level of power.

That was my plan from the get go. I'm not interested in just straight line driving ;)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 20, 2016, 11:06 p.m.
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I found that a quicker ratio steering rack makes driving a lot more fun too. I took a power rack that is like 2.5 lock to lock and converted it to manual in my FC rx7, so good.

Jan. 21, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
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I found that a quicker ratio steering rack makes driving a lot more fun too. I took a power rack that is like 2.5 lock to lock and converted it to manual in my FC rx7, so good.

That would be ideal. Mines 2.6 at the moment. But thats also not a huge priority, for now.

Blog post: ordered a 3" intake w/ cnc maf house and filter. I may have said earlier in this thread to stay away from SURE Motorsports but due to the holiday price ($96 USD off) and the fact I didnt want a metal intake, I went with them b/c really, they cant really mess this up… knocks on wood

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

Jan. 21, 2016, 6 p.m.
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That would be ideal. Mines 2.6 at the moment. But thats also not a huge priority, for now.

Blog post: ordered a 3" intake w/ cnc maf house and filter. I may have said earlier in this thread to stay away from SURE Motorsports but due to the holiday price ($96 USD off) and the fact I didnt want a metal intake, I went with them b/c really, they cant really mess this up… knocks on wood

Did mazda stick any cats/resonators in the downpipe like subaru did?

Jan. 22, 2016, 4:17 a.m.
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Did mazda stick any cats/resonators in the downpipe like subaru did?

Yup, one in the dp, other in the straight pipe, which just that now. So I could be catless. AirCare's goin out still right?

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

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