Mazdaspeed 6 aka Antifreeze!
My passion for Mazda began with my first car and my first Mazda, it was a 1988 Mazda MX-8 that was beat to crap with no interior door panels and a broken door handle. After all that car problems that I went through I picked up a few other random cars before I got behind the wheel of another Mazda. Shortly after joining the military I purchased a silver 2007 Mazda 6, that I absolutely fell in love with. The flow of the body lines were so appealing to the eye with the headlights and tail lights. I have always been into cars but I was never fortunate enough to enjoy the performance aspect of cars. So I figured id look into seeing how I could make my Mazda a little faster. And after searching around on the web it hit me, I found the AWD, Turbo version of my car. At that point I began to kick myself in the ass for not doing my homework prior to buying my regular Mazda 6. O well, because about a year later I got deployed and realized that I had the perfect chance to trade mine in on something a little better.
During my deployment I spent 98% of my free time searching around for the best car for under 20k, I had guidelines for my search though. The car must be new-ish, Turbo or easily turbod, manual transmission of course and not FWD. Sounds easy enough right? Not at all, in that year I looked at everything from early Audi S4’s (the V6 Biturbo) Audi A4’s, 350z’s, M3’s, BMW 335i’s, and numerous other makes and models. Around the end of the deployment I realized that sooner or later I would have to make a decision, so with about a month left I found a 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 for sale about 3 hours away from where I lived in Texas and I contacted him and offered to put a deposit on the car for him to hold it for me until I was able to pick it up. The entire time I was on the phone with the car salesman I was on the Street Unit website putting parts into my cart and making sure I didn’t forget anything. So once I got off the phone with the salesman I instantly called over to Street Unit and spoke with Shane to start a nice relationship by ordering a decent amount of parts to get things started when I got home.
Fast forward about 3 weeks, I am now back in Texas and i get to my friends house that I had all of my parts sent to and when I walk into the house this is what I laid my eyes on-
I was pretty stoked to walk in and see all of that but that was only the tip of the iceburg. So me and a good friend of mine who also owned a Mazdaspeed 6 started our trip to the dealership to pick up my new car. We pulled into the lot and instantly noticed her sitting out all clean and pretty looking. 🙂
Got on the road to head back and I noticed a weird sound coming from under the hood, pulled over and noticed the clutch on the A/C compressor wasnt working, which in turn means no A/C. Doesnt sound too bad accept I was in Texas in the middle of the summer. It was about 110*, we got stuck in about 3 extra hours of traffic, on the highway, with black leather seats, in the heat, with no A/C. So to say the least it was really freeking hot. Once we got away from the traffic jam we got onto it pretty hard on the highway and we got pulled over, not once but twice. The first time we were doing about 130 or so and he clocked us at 95 in a 65. got out tickets and went on our way. Then we got pulled over for going to slow, amazing how that works right?
The next day the car and all of my parts got dropped off at the shop for install, BC Coilovers, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, CP-E intake and of course 3 mandatory upgrades for any Speed 6 owner.
Here is a pic from teh day I brought it back from the show after the work.
A few days later I got to install my CX Racing front mount intercooler, that didnt go as planned to say the least. There is a few spots that need trimmed down or removed in order for the pipes to fit and in the process of doing so we stabbed a hole into the radiator causing antifreeze to leak everywhere giving my car her name “Antifreeze” it seemed appropriate.
The next day we had it towed to the shop to fix the radiator.
After all of that was taken care of it was a very rapid process from there on out for me to where the car sits today. I was in the shop and on the phone with Shane almost every other day for the next few weeks. There was a weekly meet in town that had about 50 or so cars every week. We were usually the only Mazda pepes there but we made friends with two others who became good friends pretty fast due to our common passion. We traveled everywhere as a pack and always working on someones car, this is what it looked like every single day at the house.
We went out and did a few photo shoots with them and just shared the love for Mazdas, here are a few pics we did.
One thing lead to another and my friend with the other Speed 6 ended up trading his in for a 2011 Speed 3, so since he had aftermarket wheels on his Speed 6 that ment that the wheels off of the new car needed a home 🙂 Thats where i come in,
I instantly fell in love and most everyone else did as well.
My time in Texas was up and I had to begin a trip across the country, I made it to my first stop in St. Louis where for the first few days everything was fine, then the belt snapped causing the A/C compressor to sieze up. There go another few days because a new one is almsot 1000$ so finding a used one was tricky but we got it sorted out. The car then made it from there to Maryland with no issues So everything has held up just fine and no major issues with the car at all. All i need now is some new wheels to set everything off 🙂
I will leave you with a few of my favorite pictures so far.
ATP 3” Catless downpipe
Magnaflow 3” Catback exhaust
Dnp Turbo Manifold
Cobb Turbo Inlet Hose
CX Racing FMIC
TWM STG 2 Short Shift Kit
ACT Clutch and LW Flywheel
Autotech Fuel Pump Internals
Drilled and Slotted Rotors + Hawk HPS pads, front and back
SURE Motorsports Dreadnaught, Juggernaught, Torq R6
Built with heart and blood 🙂
COBB AP Custom Tune