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Roger Beasley Mazda & MazdaMovement “Meet&Greet” Track Day!! This Saturday!!


MazdaMovement Events has gotten together with Roger Beasley Mazda to great a great day of

COME DRIVE WITH US!

Track day

Roger Beasley Raceway at Harris Hill is happy to invite you to our first driving event. The get-together will be Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 10AM -3PM.
Here’s what we have in mind to keep you busy at Harris Hill:

10-11 Coffee and Classroom-Learn some techniques that you will use both on the track and in your everyday driving

11-1 Parade Laps and SKYACTIV Demonstration

1-2 Lunch with Drifting Demonstrations and Right Seat Track Rides

2-3 Service Lane Competition with GREAT Prizes!

Roger Beasley Raceway at Harris Hill is located at 2840 Harris Hill Road, San Marcos TX 78666.

Please RSVP to RSVP@texasmazda.com or, for more information call Terry Drake at 512 406 7515.

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MazdaMovement Meeps “AntiFreeze” Feature Ride


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
CP-E CAI
CX Racing FMIC
TWM STG 2 Short Shift Kit
ACT Clutch and LW Flywheel
Autotech Fuel Pump Internals
BC Coilovers
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

MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #2 Winner


This beautiful 2008 MazdaSpeed3 comes from our “Pic4Swag” Winner Week#2 and she is a beauty. Alan has put some passion into his Mazda and it shows. Thanks Alan for showing your vision and passion for MazdaMovement.

My name is Alan Jackson (no relation to the country singer). I am 23 years old, and I am two classes short of graduating from the University of Texas at Tyler with my degree in Industrial Technology. I love to snowboard (which is weird since I live in Texas), and I also love road trips and working on mine and my friends cars. I guess you could say that I am part of the “hellafunctional” crowd as I am looking to get into autox and road racing in the very near future. My first vehicle was a 1995 F-150 that got me through high school, and then I moved on to a 2007 Pontiac G5. I hated the G5 as it was boring and felt bland to drive. In June of 2009, I bought my 2008 Metro Gray MS3 used with 17,000 miles on the clock after a friend/coworker suggested I go look at it. I test drove it and bought it a week later. I have loved every minute of driving since then.

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It didn’t take me long to start upgrading and I didn’t let the fact that I had absolutely no mechanical experience hinder my progression. My first mod was the Cobb short ram intake purchased and installed by me in August, followed soon by the Cobb turbo inlet pipe in October.

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It turns out that once you have been bit by the mod bug, you cannot stop modding…
For Christmas I got some Prosport gauges and a CPE triple gauge pod. I learned how to wire and installed the gauges before new years.

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I got a Grassroots Motorsports magazine for Christmas as well and while flipping through the pages I found the wheels that I had been looking for in a Tire rack add. I had been wanting some 18×8 light weight racing wheels but I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for them. The Kosei K1 TS wheels that I found in that add were the solution. I immediately put my four-wheeler up for sale in order to pay for the wheels. It sold quickly and I was on the phone with Tire rack before the four-wheeler was out of the driveway. It turns out that the wheels were on clearance because it was the last set of 18×8 Kosei K1 Ts’s they had or would be able to get in that size so I got them.

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They were very light and I decided to have them powder-coated semi-gloss black.

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The car looked great but I began to find myself wanting more power. So I ordered a Corksport testpipe and their rear motor mount inserts but it still wasn’t quite enough.

In July of 2010, I bought the Cobb Accessport and started learning how to tune. Many thanks to the people on mazdaspeedforums.org for their help in that department. I began tuning myself in august and by the first of September I had gutted my factory downpipe and started running a bit more aggressive tune. The car ran great for a while, especially considering the only money I had spent on power was for the intake, testpipe, and the Cobb AP. However, it was short lived. As it started getting colder, my fuel pump started to give up the ghost and I decided to play it safe and backed off the power some until I could get a CPE fuel pump upgrade. After getting the CPE hpfp, I decided to let Dustin Jones (PERM Tuning) take over the tuning for me. I thought my car was fast before, but boy was I wrong. Best mod you can buy is a PERM tune, hands down.

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Now, having owned the car for a year and a half and having put 43,000 miles on it, my suspension had taken about all the abuse it could. It was beginning to make a lot of noise and ride really rough. So… upgrade…

I purchased the BC racing coilovers and a James Barone Rear Sway bar in February of 2011 and my dad and I stayed up late and installed them one night after work. This was the mod that brought the whole car together.




I had Texas Track Works (formerly Pro Tuning Performance) do the alignment. They did an excellent job, and I highly recommend them.

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As the weather began to get warmer, the car began to lose a little bit of its pep. I decided to add a little water/meth injection to help keep the BAT’s down over the summer. What a difference that made! The car became a whole different animal.

As I went through the summer, I had now owned the car for a little more than 2 years and I had done right about 69k miles. It’s July, and I decided to go on a road trip to Missouri to meet up with Nator Missouri guys for a dyno tuning day. Dustin flew in and tuned up a bunch of cars and we all had a lot of fun.

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But this is where I found out that my turbo with nearly 70kmiles was done making power. Running a catless exhaust with intake and water/meth injection, I only made 250whp on the same dyno that intake only cars were making 270whp. The low amount of power plus the smoke that boiled out after getting off the dyno was the push I needed to upgrade the turbo.

Enter the GTX3071r!!

Old

New

A bunch of my fellow Mazda enthusiast/friends and I spent a Saturday installing that bad boy.

It was a fun experience and we had a good time with only a few minor set backs.

To go with the turbo, I picked up a CNT catless downpipe and a Hallman Pro MBC.


My friend Nathan is currently letting me borrow his Corksport top mount intercooler until I get my custom front mount setup installed. And I also picked up a prototype PERM Tuning 3.5” intake (which will be getting powder-coated soon). In order to throw a little color in the engine bay I got a candy blue powder-coated valve cover and a wrinkle black ported and polished VTCS delete intake manifold.

This brings us to the current setup as it sits today. With 78kmiles and surprisingly excellent compression, the car is making around 400whp. It is currently on the stock motor and the original clutch but there is definitely a built motor in the cars future.

Now that traction is a major issue, I’m looking at getting a different wheel/tire setup. I will probably be going with a 17×9 rpf1 and I’ll be trying to squeeze in some 255/40/17 tires. Also, I will soon be adding a full 3” exhaust and a front mount intercooler along with an aftermarket exhaust manifold to “complete” it. But as anyone who modifies their car knows, it will never be “complete”.

This car has taken me so far in the last two and a half years. I look back and I cannot believe how much I have learned, or how many friends I have made along the way.

For instance, I got to meet Mario Andretti at a car show.

I also got to help represent MSF at the Royal Purple sponsored Forum Wars

And I’ve made friends across the country.

I guess my Mazdaspeed 3 has been a little bit more than a car for me. It has been a journey.

Thanks for reading, and I would also like to thank my friends for all the help they have given. Nate for letting me borrow your intercooler (which you will get back soon) and your tools (which you will never get back), Dave for driving up from San Antonio to help install a turbo (that’s a 5.5hr drive incase anyone is wondering), Romel and Kyle for taking killer pics of my car, and finally, Dustin for the amazing amount of effort you put out to help advance the platform and still manage to find time to tune my car. Lastly, I would like to thank Mazdamovement for bringing the mazda community together and helping us to share our passion for mazda with the world.

-Alan Jackson

Current MOD List:
ATP GTX3071r turbo
PERM Tuning 3.5” Intake
CNT catless Downpipe
Ported & Polished Intake Manifold with VTCS Delete
CPE Safe Seal Injector Seals
CPE Center Gauge Pod
Prosport Gauges
Corksport TMIC
Streetunit EGR delete
SURE TIG’s
SURE Rmm
BC racing Coilovers
SPC Rear Camber arms
JBarone Racing Rear Sway Bar
Cobb XLE Bypass Valve (thanks to speedforums.org and JP at Edgeautosports)
Cobb Accessport
PERM Tune
And a whole lot of sweat and blood.

MazdaSpeedForums.org “Sunday cruise”


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www.CarolinaMazdas.com “Forum Spotlight”


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http://www.carolinamazdas.com/forums2/forum.php

Mazda RX7 | Owners, Parts, Repair, Performance, Mods, Wheels – RX7Club.com


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http://www.rx7club.com/

“Forum Spotlight” Hellenic MazdaSpeedClub in GREECE


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http://www.mazdaspeedclub.gr/forum/ucp.php?mode=register

Forum Spotlight “Mazda Owners Club of California”


http://www.moccforums.com/forums/index.php