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MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #10 Winner!!


This week FaceBook Group winner is Samuel and his beautiful 2010 MazdaSpeed3 all the way from Mexico. Go!! “Mazda Team Mexico”. Congrats Samuel you deserve it.

Translation via “Google”:

My name is Samuel proud owner of a 2010 MazdaSpeed3 currently reside in Mexico City and the story begins in the month of June 2010 when the search began for a successor to my previous car, “Nissan Tiida Hatchback 2008” after many options me to value end up leaning on the car you never considered on my list among which “Mini Cooper S Chilli Hot 2010” & “Ford Focus ST / RS 2010.”
The car was just released here in Mexico and never took her importance as to be considered among one of my options until a friend told me about the car and said he considered it was a good option before buying a car is not lost absolutely nothing to go see him, heeding the other day I went to see him at the dealership and I immediately got on impact and then reviewing each of its components and equipment in general compared with other options in the list …
The next day I tried it and was driving when it was actually on board the car that filled all my expectations, coming from the test drive told the salesman who had seen a color very special in this car the famous “Blue Mica” and that’s how I chose the car that has given me endless satisfaction in every way.
Immediately started to look both performance parts and esthetic and thus began the development of self, as we all do not consider initially make many modifications but this is a vice infinity month left at the dealership and had the car with its “3” Protech Downpipe, “” Blow Off Valve Turbosmart “and” Cold Air Intake AEM, “being very satisfied with their performance did not plan to make more with the passage of time I start the car much more enjoyable and always with the feeling of wanting more and exterior modifications began with “Eibach Pro Kit Springs”, “VIS Racing Carbon Fiber Hood,” “Muteki SR48 Lug Nuts Purple”, “N> Fender Washers RG Purple” and so on.
In late March 2011 the idea of ​​starting a business in an effort to deliver the best that exists in the market for our cars and this is how it is born “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” company specializing in automotive performance, and imports from abroad, here really is when it begins the most important transformation of the car as the car becomes a demo of the brand.
The car began to attend various automotive events in order to publicize and disseminate the brand, attended the “PAACE AUTOMECHANIKA MEXICO SEMA SHOW 2011” being the only car of the 150 that appeared in the “Pan American Automobile Magazine in its issue # 200 Anniversary “one of the most important journals in the world automotive industry in Mexico, then part of the Car Show Event “HOT WHEELS 2011 DRIFTING MEXICO” with special recognition for AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE “endorsed by Mattel Mexico thanks to the support provided, months after the car is used by “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MEXICO” to be shown at the launch of the “Blu Ray FAST FIVE” in the offices of Universal Studios Mexico, months later, the car is used to form part of the image of “Meguiar`s Mexico” as part of its calendar 2012 and is now a proud winner and member of “Mazda Movement”.
Currently with low Km 10.100`s is a car that undoubtedly caught the eye of many, a car that hardly goes unnoticed that much love, effort, time and patience has been built.. future changes?? honestly do not know, that will decide the time …

Spanish:

Mi nombre es Samuel orgulloso poseedor de un Mazdaspeed3 2010 actualmente resido en la Ciudad de Mèxico y la historia comienza en el mes de Junio del 2010 cuando empezè la bùsqueda del sucesor de mi anterior auto “Nissan Tiida Hatchback 2008” después de valuar muchas opciones me terminè inclinando por el auto que jamàs considerè en mi lista entre los cuales destacaban “Mini Cooper S Hot Chilli 2010” & “Ford Focus ST/RS 2010” .
El auto apenas se había lanzado aquì en Mèxico y nunca le tomè la importancia como para considerarlo entre una de mis opciones hasta que un amigo me hablò acerca del auto y me dijo que lo considerara que era buena opciòn y antes de comprar un auto no perdìa absolutamente nada en ir a verlo , hacièndole caso al otro dìa fuì a verlo a la concesionaria e inmediatamente me impactò y posteriormente me subì revisando cada uno de sus componentes y equipamiento en general comparàndolo con las otras opciones de la lista …
Al dìa siguiente hice la prueba de manejo y fuè cuando en realidad estaba a bordo del auto que llenaba todas mis expectativas , llegando de la prueba de manejo le comento al vendedor que habìa visto un color muy especial en este auto el conocido “Blue Mica” y asì fuè como escogì el carro que me ha brindado un sin fin de satisfacciones en todos los sentidos .
Inmediatamente empezè a buscar piezas tanto de performance como estèticas y asì comenzè con el desarrollo del auto ; como todos inicialmente no consideramos hacerle tantas modificaciones pero esto es un vicio infinito ; al mes de salido de la concesionaria ya contaba el auto con su “ 3” Protech Downpipe” , “Turbosmart Blow Off Valve” y su “AEM Cold Air Intake” , estando muy conforme con su desempeño no planeaba hacerle màs , con el paso del tiempo empiezo a disfrutar mucho màs el auto y siempre con la sensación de querer màs y màs comenzè con las modificaciones exteriores “Eibach Pro Kit Springs” , “VIS Racing Carbon Fiber Hood” , “Muteki SR48 Purple Lug Nuts” , “ N>RG Purple Fender Washers” etc .
A finales del mes de Marzo del 2011 surge la idea de crear una empresa con el afàn de distribuir lo mejor que exista en el mercado para nuestros autos y asi es como nace “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” empresa especializada en el performance automotriz e importaciones del extranjero , aquì realmente es cuando empieza la transformación màs importante del auto ya que se convierte en el auto demo de la marca .
El auto comienza a asistir a diversos eventos automotrices con la finalidad de publicitar y difundir la marca , asistiò al “PAACE AUTOMECHANIKA SEMA SHOW MEXICO 2011” siendo el ùnico carro de los màs de 150 que apareciò en la “Revista Automòvil Panamericano en su ediciòn #200 de Aniversario” una de las revistas màs importantes del mundo Automotriz en Mèxico , posteriormente formò parte del Car Show del evento “HOT WHEELS DRIFTING MEXICO 2011” con un reconocimiento especial para “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” avalado por Mattel Mèxico como agradecimiento al apoyo brindado , meses después el auto es utilizado por los “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MEXICO” para ser expuesto en el lanzamiento del “Blu Ray de FAST FIVE” en las oficinas de Universal Studios Mèxico , meses màs tarde el auto es utilizado para formar parte de la imagen de “Meguiar`s Mèxico” como parte de su calendario 2012 y ahora es un orgulloso ganador y miembro de “Mazda Movement” .
Actualmente con escasos 10,100 Km`s es un auto que indiscutiblemente atrapa la mirada de muchos , un auto que difícilmente pasa desapercibido que con mucho cariño , esfuerzo , tiempo y paciencia ha sido construido ; modificaciones futuras ¿? honestamente no las sè , eso lo decidirà el tiempo …









The Making of … 1 Year 6 Month`s Later – January 2012 .

PERFORMANCE :

– TurboSmart DUALPORT Blow Off Valve .
– AEM Cold Air Intake .
– Protech 3″ Downpipe .
– Ultimate Racing TI-Complete Turboback Exhaust 3″ .
– DENSO Iridium Spark Plugs ITV22.
– SURE Sidewinder Turbo Inlet Pipe .

DRIVETRAIN :

– SURE TORQ R3 Engine Mount .

ELECTRONICS :

– STRI Auto-Manual Turbo Timer (Voltmeter , AF Ratio) .

WHEELS & SUSPENSION :

– Eibach Pro Kit Springs .
– Dunlop SP SPORT 2050 225/40/18 .
– ACE LM Wheels .
– Muteki SR48 Neo Chrome Lug Nuts .

EXTERIOR :

– VIS RACING Carbon Fiber Hood .
– NEXTMOD-Front Lip Kit .
– NEXTMOD-Rear Lip Kit .
– Front Grill MAZDASPEED Badge .
– NR>G Purple Fender Washers .
– AP Carbon Fiber License Plate .
– Blue Al Valve Caps .
– Flat Black Mud Flaps .
– 3M Window Tint All Around 20% .

INTERIOR :

– NR>G Carbon Fiber Shift Knob .
– Takata Shoulder Pads .
– Mazdaspeed Badge .
– Sparco 4-Point SeatBelts .
– Sparco Bucket Seats .
– Sparco Strada Floor Mats .
– Sparco Mini Pads .

OTHERS :

– Rear Bumper-Front Grill Colormatched .
– Xenon Fog Lights .
– SICKSPEED Oil Cap .
– ATE Blue DOT04 Brake Fluid .
– K&N Oil Filter .
– Red Line Synthetic Oil .
– JDM “Wakaba” .
– GO-PRO HD Camera .

Agradecimientos Especiales :
– AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE
– Pro S Graphics
– Mazda Team Mexico
– ANACM
– REC

Y principalmente a mis familiares y amigos .

SAMUEL DÌAZ .
CEO
AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE

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MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #9 Winner!!


This weeks FaceBook Group “Pic4Swag” winner is Andrew Nuse’s 2006 Mazda3 that really shows the passion in a D.I.Y. build. Congratulations Andrew and we can’t wait to see what 2012 brings to this beautiful Mazda!

My car was purchased in early summer of 2009, with not many intentions of having any serious modding done to it. I have always enjoyed the tuner scene, and I literally grew up around a race track. To rewind for a bit, my father was a co-owner and VP of Road Atlanta through the 90s, before that, he used to race just about everything. At one time our garage was filled with an old Ducati GP bike, three lotus race cars (dating all the way back to the 50s), a Ferrari Daytona (two actually, but one was a race car, the other a full street car), two sprint cars from the the 60s, and .. THE .. McLaren M30 (previously driven by Alain Prost), but that never saw our basement garage, I don’t think.

Forward in time, my car is.. my roots. Sort of. My father quit racing once my oldest sister was born back in the 80s. But growing up on Road Atlanta, being there almost every weekend it felt like, it was.. well it was literally where I grew up.

My car has been through a few odd phases. Exterior parts came first, and wheels and coilovers pretty much came last. It’s been a project, at an equal rate of my paychecks just about. Everything done to my car has been done with my own hands just about, only thing I didn’t get a hand in was installing the header, I was actually being pushed away from trying to help lol. There were absolutely no real directions in the beginning, and I still wasn’t very clear where I was going with this car until I found my wheels.

My wheels changed everything. I bought them from a drifter out in California, who didn’t really know what they were, and they were torn to bits. Curb rash around the entire lips of all 4 wheels, the paint on the centers was all chipping and was all the wrong color, wrong markings, everything. Once I started to work on them I attempted to research all that I could on them. That research brought me to the roots of where my car is today, and what Mazda is also. After contacting every Rays Engineering stores and even their headquarters, I finally came across what they were on a random website when trying to learn how to repair wheels, the website had the exact same wheels. Loandbehold, they are Rays Engineering GTPs from the 90s. They are the “non-mazdaspeed” version of the wheels, which, for those wondering, the Mazdaspeed version of the wheels are on the Mazda 787B. After spending weekend after weekend slaving on the wheels, and discovering what they were, there is no way I can move on to something else.

About halfway of the work into the wheels I purchased the roll bar, which was slightly used, and bought off another Mazda 3 owner who needed to go to a full cage and needed funding to run his 3 doing mountain climbs. And of course after the roll bar found its unlikely size inside of my car, began the full on strip.

My car weighs 300 pounds less than it did stock, is that many times louder, is driven almost every day to work and back home. People at shows freak out whenever I tell them it’s a daily car, but it is totally worth it when you hear a laugh and a big grin, and all of the thumbs up and smiles I get when people see the blue wheels.

The car has a long way to go, and this is just the beginning really. Within the next two years I expect it to be a race car on the streets appearance wise, have a fully built motor, can’t decide on boosting it still (I’m an NA guy I’m sorry, but man do I love it when boost kicks your butt), and find a way to lose a few more pounds.

Mod list.. or something like that:

Wheels & Suspension
MATSU Motorsports tower strut bar
BC Coilovers with Extreme Drop Package
Dominant Engineering Rear Camber Arms
Rays Engineering (2 pc.) GTP 17×8 / 9
Toyo Proxes 205/40 all around

Performance
TWM Short Throw shifter
SR*S Type HKS High Performance Exhaust
Takeda Short Ram Intake
NGK Laser Iridium plugs
Advanced Ignition Timing
CPe Rear Motor Mount
Hotchkis Full Sway bar Kit
Cordova Motorsports bored TB
Balance Shaft Delete
Custom Oil Baffle
Draxas Header
Buddy Club Condenser Kit
Street Unit Passenger / Trans solid motor mounts

Exterior
Debadged (2.3 & Batmanized M)
Type R stubby antenna
Red painted calipers
Bosch ICON wipers & wipers lowered
Rear wiper delete
Speedline Wide angle mirrors
Speedline side and rear clear reflectors
Side molding delete
Red taillight tint
Speed3 wing
RallyArmor Mudflaps
GV Lip
RE Amemiya Speed 3 wing addon
Umnitza Halos
DDM 6k HID
Front Wiper delete

Interior
GROM V2
CPE center gauge pod
White interior trim
WINK mirror
RJS Racing 5 pt. Harness
Autpower Roll Bar
Aeroforce Twin Scangauges
INTERIOR DELETE. Minus the dash. (for now)

MazdaMovement “Pic4Swag” Contest!!


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MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #7 Winner!!



Since it’s purchase in March 2004, this RX-7 has undergone a complete transformation. Rescued from a curbside where it was left to rust, it was given life again.

In September 2003, Jessica moved from California to Texas. Located in her neighborhood, was this RX-7 that never moved, did not run and was rusting out. After doing a small amount of research on RX-7’s, Jessica knew she had to purchase it. In 2004, she purchased the non-running RX-7 for $800 and immediately started working on it.

The RX-7 started undergoing a complete transformation! She started collecting parts to complete the Turbo II conversion (5 lug hub swap, the turbo hood, and the Turbo II spoiler). Next came the Mariah authentic wing, a wing [no longer in production] made in the early 90’s and has been on many RX-7’s. This wing once sat on a orange Mazda RX-7 that won “Best FC in show Seven Stock 9” in 2006, which was parted out after an engine fire claimed the chassis.

In 2007 the engine and drive train came together for this RX-7. A 3 day long project, engine rebuild, engine pull, engine drop and TII drive train swap.

In 2008, the body work began. It was a year long process until the paint was finally applied to this beaten up chassis which also needed replacement panels and body filler. In 2009, this RX-7 finally received its glossy red coat. The interior was also switched out and painted black. In December of 2009, this RX-7 was awarded “Best Mazda in Show” at the “Import Face Off” event in San Antonio, TX.

With the exception of exhaust modification and intercooler fabrication, all the work has been done by Jessica Hewitt. She knows her RX-7s inside and out!

Mod list:
complete tii swap
engine rebuild with stock port
t3/t4 turbo
forge dual piston BOV
battery relocation
front mount intercooler
fuel pressure regulator
re-wired upgraded fuel pump
550/750 injectors
bdc ported throttle body
center force dual friction clutch
rteck ecu engine manigment
4 way adjustable shocks and struts w. camber
PROTHANE Suspension Bushing
glowshift wide band 02 sensor
swapped interior including seats
redline shift boot, arm rest, and ebreak boot set.
greddy profec b spect II boost controler
5 lug hub swap from 4 lug hub, with tii breaks
gp sport body kit
mariah “mode 5” early “prototype” spoiler purchased from jesse rooker
aero works dash cover w/ “jdm flavor” gauge pods
nrg leather steering wheel with cherry red inserts
nrg leather shifter nob with cf insert
aero works stereo surround

MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #6 Winner!!


This weeks “Pic4Swag” Winner is Jonathan Herrera and he is our FaceBook Group winner Week#6. His pic was chosen because it shows the passion and dedication behind his MazdaMovement. Great job Jonathan and this is his story!!

Hello, my name is Jonathan Herrera. My Mazdaspeed 3 was born in August 2006. Champ Car Atlantic Series powered by Mazda originally owned the car. It was used as the Official Pace Car for the Bank Atlantic series prior to the 2008 series.

They custom fabricated a full roll cage from the trunk to inside the dashboard and removed everything in the trunk and also the backseats. They then fabricated a rear seat filler painted to match the body (True Red). They also wired up four front strobe lights, one light bar in the rear, and two more strobes in the back lights for the Pace car role my car played. My car was also signed by Johnny Unser, A famous race car driver from the Indy 500 series.




ChampCar was then absorbed by Indy Racing League in 2008. The Atlantic Series continued for 2 more years. There was a lawsuit that completely shut down the Atlantic Series so all of the cars, including the ChampCar Official Pace Cars, were auctioned off. During this auction, a guy named Scott, a contract employee for ChampCar World Series as an official, bought the car with around 3000 miles on it. The car was garage kept until he went to Champion Porsche at the beginning of 2011 and traded in the Mazdaspeed 3 for a Porsche.

This is where I came along after a long search for a car. I looked at everything; from Subaru’s to the Mazdaspeeds. My dad has bought several cars from Champion Porsche over the course of 11 years. We came across this Mazdaspeed 3 Official Pace Car on their website. I then started to do TONS of research on Mazdaspeed 3s and this one in general. This car was something I really liked because my family and I go to the track all the time; whether it is Palm Beach International Raceway, Sebring, Homestead, and more. It served a nice purpose because of the modifications that were done. We then went and bought the Mazdaspeed 3 a couple of weeks after we found it online. Since then, I’ve done a lot of modifications and have gone to many track and auto x events. The car has been very good to me.






I’ve met many new friends since I’ve gotten my Mazda. I met my “brother” Pace Car that was also used in the same series as me (Mazdaspeed 6). I also go to meets almost every week, whether it’s an Exotic car meet with friends or a Mazda meet. I always get a lot of questions about my car. The Mazda community is like no other.


I want to give shout outs to my Dad for making all this happen, my Mom, Wyatt at StreetUnit, Sharaz at Champion Porsche, Heath for bringing us Mazda guys even more in a group with Mazda Movement, and Juan at Turbo Wax for making my car so shiny!!! Thanks everyone!

Here’s my Modifications;

Exterior
-3m DI-NOC 1080 Carbon Fiber roof/gas tank/toe hook cover
-Full Pace Car Flash Kit – 4 in front, 2 in back, 1 light
bar in rear window
-Rally Armor mud flaps
-Front fog yellow vinyl
-Painted red calipers
-Rear windshield wiper delete
-Custom black emblems
-HD front lip
-Stubby Antenna
-Removed side moldings
-Rolled Fenders
-Tinted Side windows and back window with cutout for Pace Car Light Bar
-Custom Miami Heat license plate with custom lettering

Interior
-2 Crowe Enterprises 5 point Harnesses
-Full Custom Roll Cage – Built in house at the
ChampCar World Series Garage
-Custom Rear Seat Filler – Fabricated in the ChampCar World Series Garage
-Prosport Boost Gauge in Airco vent
-Carbon Fiber Mazdaspeed Rear view mirror cover
-Valentine 1 Radar detecter

Suspension
-Mazdaspeed Coilovers
-Mazdaspeed Camber Kit

Wheels
-BBS RG-R – One Piece Die Forged Aluminum
-SURE Motorsports TVS Caps – Ignition Red.

Power Performance Mods
-F5 Fujita Cold Air Intake System
-CorkSport Racing Down Pipe
-Mazdaspeed Cat Back Exhaust System
-SURE Motorsports Torq R3 RMM (Street Urethane)
-4 Sport Stop Brake Rotors
-COBB AP Stage 2
-KMD HPFP Internals
-SURE Motorsports Sidewinder (Turbo Inlet Pipe)

Honda vs Mazda at a Meet!!


Big Shout out to Darren Bajnath for this comical look at MazdaMovement!!!

MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #5 Winner!!


This weeks winner from our FaceBook “Pic4Swag” contest is Oliver Schoch and his amazing 2005 Mazda MX-5 NC1 sporting a 1.8 liter sporting OZ Ultraleggera wheels (17×8 w/+48 offset) in “Matte Black” on Hankook S1 Evo rubber (215/40). His mod list is tasteful but effective. Stance set up is H&R adjustable suspension with a Front strut bar. Performance Mods are a AEM Cold Air Intake and a BBK Exhaust (2 X 84 mm).

So Congrats again to one hot Mazda ride in Germany!!

Here is some more info about his MX-5 at his website. http://www.true-red-miata.blogspot.com/

MazdaMovement “Mazda Meeps Spotlight” Week #3 Winner!!


I’ve known Matt for a years now and when I found out his car was this weeks “Pic4Swag” Week #3 winner I couldn’t have been more proud. He has been a big supporter of MazdaMovement.com since day 1 and has the drive and passion for Mazda. Congrats my friend! Well deserved. -Heath @MazdaMovement

This is his MazdaMovement journey….

Definitely an honor winning this contest. Makes me super happy and greatful! I’m Matt Lamphier from Deltona FL, I actually own 2 Mazdas currently. Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m 20 years old,
I work as an exterior refinishing and waterproofing contractor, which is odd because I’m fully certified as a moblie electronics tech. (Alarms,Navigation systems, stereo, and custom enclosures) Well my
first mazda was a brand new 2009 MazdaSpeed 3. I instantly began the modifications, full sound system, all suede interior, H&R lowering springs, white Konig lightnings and so on…


And then zoom zoom boom boom happened….

Well of course the dealership wouldn’t cover it so I put the speed down for awhile…

I then bought a 1992 Mazda Miata for a daily on December 14th,2010…..


I’m the type to not keep anything stock…so it needed paint, and wheels and a nice drop.

I was very happy with her for awhile….I started losing love for my MazdaSpeed 3….so now all my time and money will go into Miata…

I had gotten the fitment bug…

Stance Mindset 15×8 +25….with 25mm spacers..


After I had it like that for a few months I decided to turn my Miata into a complete headturner, and boy is it now…

I had goals of what I wanted…I wanted Workmeister wheels, bolt in roll cage and a nice paint job..

Here is some progress pix..


Now time to go to paint!!!!!




Well after having a fresh coat of paint…I decided to go a different route with my tailights…since stock ones wouldn’t look very good..



Now it’s time to get the car together for the new look!!

This is how she sits now…




Very long nights and days have been put into my car. Without the help of many this wouldn’t have been a possibility…I’d Like to thank my buddy Heath Patterson from MazdaMovement for bringing us Mazda enthusiasts
together in such an awesome and tight way…I’d also like to thank Tanq industries for the body /paint work, Guys at Discount Tire for best services, my parents for their love and support and of course last but not
least, my best friend Chris, He has been with me since day one with my Miata… Always motivated to help me and has never given up, I truly appreciate him.

Current mod list..

Exterior: Custom teal metallic paint job done by TANQ Industries, All smoked lighting, 6k hid headlights, 3k hid foglights, Benen rear tow hook, AutoKonexion 40mm fender flares, tail-lights painted red, and Racing Beat type 2 front bumper

Wheels: Work Mister CR-01 15×9 -18, Gorilla lug nuts, one off wheel locks, 195-45-15 Nexxen 3000

Suspension: Raceland coilovers, Raceland Shortened Rear swaybar endlinks, Harddog 6pt bolt in roll cage, Racing beat rear subframe brace, polyurathane suspension bushings

Engine Mods: Dc Sports Headers, Custom 2.25″ catback, Koyorad 55mm radiator, MMR solid motor mounts, Engine raised up 1″ with a 1/4″ steel skidplate.

Interior: Broadway 270mm convex mirror, Bride Zeta driver seat, NRG 4pt harnesses, Harddog 6pt bolt in roll cage, custom made aluminum door panels,
Congo River golf ball shift knob, purple Crown Royal shift boot, NRG short shifter, Power Acoustik dvd player single din headunit, c4 component speakers with Clarion amp.

Future plans for my Miata is to get the engine bay shaved and painted, as well as the engine wire tucked, also I’m thinking that my front bumper is missing an intercooler 😉

Matt Man

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!!

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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.

“Pic4Swag” week 2 WINNER!!


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Congratulations goes out to Alan Jackson for this epic pic of his MazdaSpeed3.

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