Alex was MazdaMovement’s “Pic4Swag” contest winner for Week #1: Here is a nice write up on his car and his passion for MazdaMovement. Great Job Alex!!
My name’s Alex Roszko, I’m 23 years old. I’m a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos. I’m majoring in Geography. I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m proud to be from Texas, as most Texans are. I’ve skateboarded for 10 years, played drums for 6, and been an avid music fan since day one. I hate math, love Dr. Pepper. Before I owned my MS3, I owned a lifted 1997 Z71 pick-up and a 2000 VW Jetta. Both had incredible sound systems, but I didn’t start really getting into cars until May 6th, 2009.
I bought my 2009 Mazdaspeed3 brand new with 72mi on the odometer on May 6th, 2009 in Houston, TX (my hometown).
A month after I bought it, I took a road trip for a month to all the national parks in the western US with on of my good friends. Everything was packed in my car, enough food, clothes, and supplies to camp in the great outdoors for a month. My car was totally stock. By the time I got home from the best time of my life thus far, my car, Gandalf, had 6,000mi on it. 2 months, 6,000mi. (Pictures of my car on the road trip, stock as a rock).
In November 2009 I bought a Cobb SRI and Turbosmart BOV. A few days after install I bent a rod and my car was in the shop for a month. They replaced the long block and I finally had her back in my hands. The modding continued; SRI and BOV went back in, along with a TWM Short Shifter and SU Solid Shifter Bushings. More things followed like a HKS Turbo Timer and SU Rear Motor Mount.
May of 2010 I bought BC Coilovers. I slammed my car on stock rims, I loved the new improved handling and road-feel. About a month later, I was ready for wheels. I purchased Hyper Black Rota Grids, 18×9.5 +38 fromWheeldude.com. I also ordered a set of Work lugs to make it pop! (Pictures of the wheels in box with my Work lug nuts)
I made an educated guess on the tire size, I got 235/40/18. I took everything to a shop some friends owned called 786 Motoring. They spent 7 hours rolling/pulling/rolling/pulling/cutting/pulling/dremmeling/etc. to try to get these bad boys to fit with running as little camber as possible. They finally got them to fit, but I came to realize the tires were too big. I rubbed on every bump, even the rear tires rubbed on acceleration. (Pictures with 235/40 mounted)
I immediately bought new tires, a friend recommended 215/35/18’s, so I trusted his judgement and went with it. They were way too small. (Pictures with 215/35 mounted)
I turned around, sold those tires and bought some right in the middle, 225/40/18. Perfect. NO rubbing, NO problems. (Pictures with 225/40 mounted)
I didn’t do many mods after I did the wheels and suspension, but I finally got some money back and got a CX Racing FMIC and a Cobb Accessport, 2 mods I’ve been dying for. I loved them, and the improved performance was noticeable. I also changed the lugs to Mutegi SR-35’s in the neochrome flavor. Shortly after all of this I did a photoshoot with a member (BillLee) on a local Houston forum. He did a great job, made my car look expensive! (Photos by BillLee with said mods)
Another dry period followed of not much modding until I had some more money. Next was a CNT Catless TBE, Cobb Turbo Inlet Pipe, PTP Fuel Pump Internals and a badass street tune by my friends at South Side Performance (SSP) in Houston. This is where my car sits now. 320whp/360wtq, holding 21psi to redline, 53,000mi, all while sitting mighty pretty. (Pictures of my car in its current state with all mods listed)
A HUGE thanks to my Dad for supporting me with my passion for cars. Thanks to my friends who have kept me excited and lent their wrenchin’ hands on many occasions. Thanks to Mazdaspeedforums.org for the overload of useful information, and its fiery, yet knowledgable members. Thanks to Texas State Gearheads for being a great community of car enthusiasts and friends. Another huge thanks to David, Tim and Eric of South Side Performance in Houston. David is a Mazda mastermind, best tech in the business. I won’t be taking my car anywhere else. They’re also Evo/GT-R/STi/Anycar experts. Highly recommended. Last, but not least, thanks to MazdaMovement for all the awesome efforts to get the Mazda community noticed and gain the credit they deserve!
– Alex Roszko
Turbosmart Dualport BOV
TWM Short Shifter
HKS Turbo Timer
Rota Grids 18×9.5 +38 (Hyper Black)
CX Racing FMIC
CNT Catless DP
PTP Fuel Internals
SU Solid Shifter Bushings
Red Stuff Brake pads
Mutegi SR-35 Neochrome lugs
Lamin-X Yellow Fog Overlays
Braided SS Brake Lines
Alpine Type-S Door Speakers
Alpine Type-R 10″ Sub
Rockford Fosgate P5002 Amp