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2013 MZ3 2.0 SKYACTIV-G iGT 6SPD/AUTO HATCHBACK w/ Tech Package (38P liquid silver/metallic)
Build Date: June 2013 Purchase Date: July 31, 2013

Mods List
Performance
01. CORKSPORT Power Series Exhaust for SkyActiv w/ Racepipe & High Flow Catalyst
02. CORKSPORT Short Ram Intake for SkyActiv (black silicon & black/gray filter)
03. CORKSPORT Cold Air Box for SkyActiv (direct airflow modified)
04. CORKSPORT Urethane Exhaust Hangers
05. FORD E-Focus Rear Motor Mount
06. CORKSPORT SkyActiv Oil Catch Can
Suspension
07. ROAD MAGNET 1.75" Lowering Springs (blue)
08. KONI STR.T Shocks & Struts
09. SPC Forged Adjustable Rear Camber Arms
10. JBR Tru-Torsion 1.25 Rear Sway Bar (Red)
11. JBR Tru-Torsion Rear Sway Bar Brackets
12. CORKSPORT Front Strut Bar (black powdercoat)
13. POWERGRID Front Adjustable Endlinks (set to extend 1.5" to better accommodate 1.75" drop)
14. MOOG Heavy Duty Rear Endlinks
15. TEIN Rubber Spring Silencer Sleeves 130mm+ for front 90-130mm for rear (for tops and bottoms)
Wheels
16. VMR v701 18x8.5 +45 (custom powdercoat: argento 314 +extra wet gloss) wrapped with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport 235/40/ZR18
17. *2013 MAZDASPEED3 OEM 18" Rims 18x7.5 +47.5/+42.5 with spacers (gunmetal gray powdercoated) wrapped with KUMHO ECSTA SPT 225/40/ZR18 (alternative wheels)
18. VOLK RACING RAYS ENGINEERING 17 Hex 12X1.50 Lug Nuts (black)
Technical
19. BLACKVUE DR550GW-2CH 32GB with Wi-Fi + GPS 1080p Full HD DVR Black Box Recorder with Power Magic Pro
20. VG Shark Fin Antenna Version II (38P liquid silver/metallic)
21. PROCLIP Model Specific Custom (iPhone w/Lifeproof Case) Center Mount w/Tilt Swivel
22. ULTRAGAUGE EM Version 1.2
23. HELLA SuperTones 118dB Dual Tone Horn Kit (red)
24. OEM Style Reverse/Back-up Camera System
Lighting
25. VLED LPF 3500 Lumen 5K Reverse Lighting System
26. VLED 5K White 4 LED High Power Bulbs 194 T10 Wedge Style Bulbs (license plate lights)
27. VLED 5K White 6 LED High Output Dome Bulbs 170LM 31MM 3175 DE3175 (overhead dome & courtesy lights)
28. VLED (2)x 5K WHITE (Morimoto) XB LED Strip Lights w/ 31mm base adapter and wiring for DIY (DIY full interior high power auxiliary light)
29. KC HILITES Cyclone Under the Hood Lighting System (clear) x2 LEDs - 2200 total raw lumens
30. OSRAM Xenarc 66240 CBI Bi-Xenon Bulbs (high & low beams)
31. 5K White High Power 6 LED 360° 180LM 194 Bulbs (front parking lights)
32. V3 TRITON 5K White/Amber Switchback 7440/7443 LED System (front turn signals/DRL)
33. V3 TRITON Amber 7440/7443 LED System (rear turn signals)
34. SAMSUNG 7440/7443 15x2323 SMD LED Reverse Light Bulbs (white)
35. THESPEEDLINE.COM 2-Stage Rear Red LED Strip Reflectors (smoked lenses)
36. Customized Painted Headlights/Chrome Delete (Krylon Fusion-Hammered Black)
37. Headlight Orange Reflector Delete
38. Customized Painted Tail and Reverse Lights/Chrome Delete (Krylon Fusion-Hammered Black)
39. Custom Painted (1 layer) VHT Night Shades Rear Tail Red Reflectors
40. OEM Fog Light Upgrade <w/car purchase
41. OEM Bi-Xenon Headlight Upgrade <w/car purchase
42. OEM LED Brake Lights Upgrade <w/car purchase
43. OEM Blue LED Underdash Kit <w/car purchase
44. CORKSPORT Underhood LED Kit
45. CORKSPORT LED Fog Light Kit (6000k)
46. Rally Yellow Fog Light Tint
Exterior
47. Blue Tinted Convex Side Mirror Lenses modded for BSM (blind spot monitoring) compatibility
48. BAYSON R OEM Style Side Skirts (38P liquid silver/metallic) **I Recommend OEM
49. BAYSON R MS Style Rear Spoiler (38P liquid silver/metallic)
50. RALLY ARMOR Urethane Mud Flaps (black/silver)
51. CORKSPORT Eyelids (38P-liquid silver/metallic)
52. CORKSPORT Front License Plate Relocation Bracket
53. CORKSPORT Rear Wiper Delete Plug
54. CORKSPORT Metal License Plate Frames
55. Rear Hatch Door Struts Color Match (38P liquid silver/metallic)
56. AUTOEXE Sports Aero Side Visors
57. PIAA Super Sporza Silicone Wipers
58. Custom Painted Calipers (G2 black)
59. Custom "Mazda 3" Caliper Decals (white)
60. OEM Rear Bumper Guards <w/car purchase
61. Custom Painted Front/Hatch Emblems & Logos (matte black)
62. Custom Painted Wheel Cap Emblems (glossy gunmetal gray)
Under The Hood
63. Engine Cover Color Match (38P liquid silver/metallic) *emblem (matte black)
64. Battery Cover Accessibility Mod
65. Fuse Box & Battery Cover Color Match (38P liquid silver/metallic)
66. CORKSPORT Hood Strut Lift Kit Color Match (38P liquid silver/metallic)
Interior
67. WET OKOLE Custom Neoprene Seat Covers (black) w/ Lumbar Support Added And With Added Custom Red "AutoExe" Logo Embroidery
68. WEATHERTECH Digifit Floor Liners
69. Black Leatherette "Evil M" Seat Belt Pads
70. FORMULA ONE PINNACLE Signal Enabling Ceramic Window Tint (35% front/15% rear)
71. SRP Custom Machined Billet Aluminum Racing Pedals w/ Footrest
72. AUTOEXE Sports Steering Wheel (red stitching)
73. AUTOEXE Leather Shift Knob (red stitching)
74. DURAGEAR Pet Liner (microfiber)
75. COVERCRAFT UVS100 Custom Windshield Heat Reflector
76. REDLINE Custom Nappa Leather Armrest Cover and E-Brake Boot (black nappa/black perforated nappa w/ red stitching & matte black CF vinyl stripe)
77. 4D Gloss Black CF Vinyl Wrapped Trim
78. All Interior Trim Accents Painted Gloss Black with Clear Coat (piano black finish)
79. Hand Pained Silver Trim on A/C Control & Nav Unit Knobs; Center A/C Vents; E-Brake Button; Shifter Trim (Gloss Red Acrylic Enamel)
80. Customized Hazard Signal Button Painted Gloss Black with Red "Biohazard Symbol" and Clear Coat (piano black finish)
81. Customized Glove Box Trim in Painted Gloss Black with Red "AutoExe" Logo and Clear Coat (piano black finish)
82. Custom Made Genuine Black Nappa Leather Quilted Door Panels with JDM Red Diamond Stitching from RedlineGoods.com
83. Stainless Steel Door Sill Scuff Plates (I recommend getting platinum versions)
84. BROADWAY 300mm Convex Wide Rear View Mirror (blue tinted)

Decals (all silver in color)
Mazda3Revolution.com x2
AutoExe

Detailing
01. PINNACLE XMT Speed Clay Bundle
02. 22PLE VX1 Pro Glass Coating - 30ml
03. CQUARTZ Foam Block Applicator Pad
04. 4"x 4" Suede Microfiber Application Pads

Brand New (day one)


Speed3 wheels (day two)


Formula One Pinnacle Signal Enabling Ceramic Window Tint (35% front and 15% rear)


CorkSport Short Ram Intake (before install)


CorkSport Decals and Short Ram Intake (after install)


CorkSport Decals and Short Ram Intake (after install)


CorkSport Power Series Exhaust for SkyActiv with Racepipe and High Flow Catalyst (before install)


CorkSport Power Series Exhaust for SkyActiv with Racepipe and High Flow Catalyst (before install)


CorkSport Power Series Exhaust for SkyActiv with Racepipe and High Flow Catalyst (after install)


Custom Painted Front Emblem (gunmetal gray)


Custom Painted Rear Mazda 3 Emblem (gunmetal gray)


Custom Painted Rear SkyActiv Emblem (38P and gunmetal gray)


REPAINTED ABOVE (matte black) & swapped "SkyActiv" badge with an "Axela" badge




Custom Painted "M" on Wheel Caps
& Volk Racing Rays Engineering Hex 17 Lug Nuts


Rays Engineering Custom Decals (silver/black)


G2 Brake Caliper Paint Kit (black) with Mazda 3 Decals (before install)


G2 Brake Caliper Paint Kit (black) with Mazda 3 Decals (after install and wheels on)


G2 Brake Caliper Paint Kit (black) with Mazda 3 Decals (after install and wheels on)


PIAA Super Sporza Silicone Wipers w/ Spoiler


PIAA Super Sporza Silicone Wipers w/ Spoiler


Broadway 400mm Blue Convex Wide Rear View Mirror


AutoExe Sport Aero Side Visors


AutoExe Sport Aero Side Visors


AutoExe Sport Aero Side Visors


AutoExe Sport Steering Wheel


AutoExe Sport Steering Wheel and AutoExe Leather Shift Knob


AutoExe Leather Shift Knob


Ultragauge EM version 1.2 (before installed)


Ultragauge EM version 1.2 (after installed)


Mazda 3 Stainless Steel Scuff Plates (ebay purchase)


CorkSport Adjustable Rear Sway Bar *now on setting 2 (after install)
Installed CS Rear Motor Mount Inserts as well.



Interior Dash/Trim Mods:
Trim: 3M Di Noc Black Matte Carbon Fiber Vinyl
Trim Accents: Painted Gloss Black with Clear Coat + Red Decals






4D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (now replacing the 3M Di Noc from above)











Hand Painted Knobs and Red PVC Molding added







Diamond Quilted Black Vinyl Door Trim (removed some red pvc molding from above)




Bayson R MS Style Spoiler (before install)






Bayson R OEM Style Side Skirts (before install)




Bayson R OEM Style Side Skirts and MS3 Style Spoiler Painted (before install)



Bayson R OEM Style Side Skirts and MS3 Style Spoiler Installed






Redline Goods Custom Made E-Brake Boot (black nappa/jdm red thread/matte black carbon fiber vinyl stripe)

Redline Goods Custom Made Center Console Armrest Cover *extra padded (black nappa/black perforated nappa/jdm red thread/matte black carbon fiber vinyl stripe)

(installed)


KONI Str.t
Road Magnet 1.75" lowering springs
SPC Camber Arms (not pictured)


Before Drop

After Drop








CorkSport Front Tower Strut Bar (will be painting blue to match engine cover/sri)




Custom Painted Headlights (Krylon Fusion - Hammered Black) *more pics and full install on page 11 of this build thread



CorkSport SRI Cold Air Box for SkyActiv (direct airflow mod by "skyactiver" installed)








CorkSport Rear Wiper Delete
(before install)

(after install)


Decals *all silver
(before install)


CorkSport Stubby Antenna



Eibach Pro Spacer System 6 10mm Hubcentric Wheel Spacers (rear wheels)
(before install)


(after install)


Eibach Pro Spacer System 5 5mm Hubcentric Wheel Spacers (front wheels)
(after install)


Hella SuperTones



Corksport Hood Strut Lift Kit





Smoked LED Rear Reflectors from TheSpeedline.com (2-stage)





Samsung 7440/7443 15x2323 SMD LED Reverse Light Bulbs (white)

(before)

(after)


OEM Style Backup Camera Install




BLACKVUE Wi-Fi 2 Channel DR550GW-2CH 32GB, Car Black Box/Car DVR Recorder with Power Magic Pro














VLED V3 Triton Switchback System For Front Turn Signals (white/amber)

"more pics soon"

BLUEBATMOBILE Glossy 60% Smoke Taillight Overlays
Before

After





CORKSPORT License Plate Relocation Bracket Kit



Under Hood Customizations
- NEW CorkSport (black) SRI silicone and filter only *replacing the blue
- got CS Front Strut Bar powdercoated (matte black)
- paint matched battery and fuse box covers (38P liquid silver/metallic)
- paint matched CS Hood Struts (38P liquid silver/metallic)
- paint matched engine cover (38P liquid silver/metallic)
- painted engine cover emblem (matte black)
- swapped white CS stickers for silver
*all above finished with VHT engine clear enamel







VG (Visual Garage) Shark Fin Antenna Version II



CorkSport Eyelids (38P liquid silver/metallic)







Custom Painted Tail and Reverse Lights (Krylon Fusion-Hammered Black)







ProClip Model Specific Center Mount and iPhone w/ Lifeproof Case Bracket







JBR Tru-Torsion 1.25 Rear Sway Bar (Red)
JBR Tru-Torsion Rear Sway Bar Brackets
Moog Heavy Duty Rear Endlinks
(replaced CorkSport bar)




Redline.com Black Nappa Leather with JDM Red Diamond Stitching




Sent that back b/c it wasn't quilted and found out it wasn't possible to do after the stitching.
Here is the re-ordered material



and here are some install pics








CorkSport SkyActiv Oil Catch Can (sorry no installed pics)


Black Leatherette Seat Belt Pads w/ evil "M" logo


Blue Convex Mirror Lenses from TheSpeedline.com modded for blind spot monitoring compatibility








Eastwood Fender Rolling Tool in preparation for the next mod


New wheels
VMR v701 18x8.5 5x114.3 +45 (custom powdercoat: argento 314 +extra wet gloss)
Wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/40/ZR18









VLED LPF 5K Reverse Lighting System 3500LM with 10W CREE XM-L2







KC HiLites Cyclone Water/Heat Resistant High Power Universal LEDs




weatherproof on/off toggle switch mounted onto fuse box cover


VLED (2)x 5K WHITE (Morimoto) XB LED Strip Lights w/ 31mm base adapter and wiring for DIY (DIY full interior high power auxiliary light)





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With suspension being next on my list and I expect to have aftermarket front and rear bumper as well as MS3 style wing..I figured I'd hold off just a little longer on side skirts until I can get it all painted/installed at the same time. Good news is by the time I drop and add skirts etc, this car won't need much else.
Thanks for the kind words and thanks to all of you with build threads as it has educated me on much I didn't know about when I started all of this.
 

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Added a bunch of new pics and others I had to dig up to the first post!
Also ordered some 3M 80 Spray Adhesive to do a more pro job wrapping my interior trim next week. Decide on doing a couple pieces in red Plasti-Dip with Red Metalizer and Glossifier to balance out the color scheme. Broadway 300mm blue convex rear view mirror on the way as well. Interior is going to look awesome one way or the other by the time I get done with it.
 

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Dude, I'm not sure if you have enough done to your car :stuart:

Nice build!
little stuff so far but yeah I know. I bought it to save money..had a 2003 f-150 super crewcab v8. Gas to work and back went from 20 buck to 5 bucks. That extra 15 just ended up in the buy shit for the car fund. FML :death:
On a positive note, I wouldn't change a thing. Getting this car was a very wise move for me and couldn't be happier.
 

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I bought it to save money..had a 2003 f-150 super crewcab v8. Gas to work and back went from 20 buck to 5 bucks. That extra 15 just ended up in the buy shit for the car fund. FML :death:
Reminds me of my buddy who just picked up a Civic hatch to replace the Suburban that he was driving daily. The gas savings in the first couple months paid for the car. He hasn't bothered modifying it, though. He plays with V8 350Zs at his day job, so I'm sure to him no amount of money is worth dumping into a Civic. :cheesy:
 

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...and so it begins. Ordered Road Magnet 1.75 springs..may go ahead and get camber arms too. Going to get Koni Str.t in the next week or two but won't install and drop my ride until I get my side skirts and Knight Sports front bumper to get painted..then will install and drop everything at the same time. All likelihood won't have any of this done for about 3-4 months this just marks the beginning of the real transformation. "Atom" eyelids on the way and want to custom paint inside my headlights but will probably wait until I do the rest of this work.
 

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...and so it begins. Ordered Road Magnet 1.75 springs..may go ahead and get camber arms too. Going to get Koni Str.t in the next week or two but won't install and drop my ride until I get my side skirts and Knight Sports front bumper to get painted..then will install and drop everything at the same time. All likelihood won't have any of this done for about 3-4 months this just marks the beginning of the real transformation. "Atom" eyelids on the way and want to custom paint inside my headlights but will probably wait until I do the rest of this work.
Great stuff! You will definitely need the camber arms or you'll be running in the -3 to -4 deg range in the back. And obviously if you are planning on opening up the headlights, wait until you are done before installing the eyelids.

Your car will feel great once lowered with the new dampers. Do you have a RSB yet?
 

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Great stuff! You will definitely need the camber arms or you'll be running in the -3 to -4 deg range in the back. And obviously if you are planning on opening up the headlights, wait until you are done before installing the eyelids.

Your car will feel great once lowered with the new dampers. Do you have a RSB yet?
Good to know on the eyelids..I'll probably bump up the headlight paintjob and get it done soon.
No, but I'm either ordering RSB or camber arms today/tomorrow. Prob get RSB since I don't need camber arms for another couple months when I actually install everything.
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how easy are the RMM inserts to install? I was going to get the racing rear motor mount but read up and seems it vibrates quite a bit so just getting inserts.
 

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Good to know on the eyelids..I'll probably bump up the headlight paintjob and get it done soon.
No, but I'm either ordering RSB or camber arms today/tomorrow. Prob get RSB since I don't need camber arms for another couple months when I actually install everything.
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how easy are the RMM inserts to install? I was going to get the racing rear motor mount but read up and seems it vibrates quite a bit so just getting inserts.
Not hard at all...you do need to get your car up on stands though...remove the skid pan and just a couple of bolts to remove the mount and put one of the inserts on either side...they only go in one way so you can't reverse them, then put it back in.

I have an auto too and the inserts are all the extra vibes the wife will tolerate...would have liked to get a full CP-E mount but I'm happy with the inserts...I haven't experienced any wheel hop since and the driveline slop is significantly reduced...now that they are more broken in the vibes are pretty minimal now...and it's mostly when going slow in reverse.

You will love the RSB upgrade...huge difference in handling...since your springs and dampers are going in later I'd get the RSB before and enjoy it first and just get the camber arms when you are ready to drop.
 

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Finally decided to take advantage of the down time and get some interior work done. Here are some pics...

Ugly silver trim I call the "accents" (before)

Red Plasti-Dip base (4 light coats)

(close up)

Red Metallizer Plasti-Dip (3 light coats)

(close up)

Final coat w/ Plasti-Dip Glossifier (3 light coats)

...while this was my goal, and it turned out far better than I thought it would, the metallic made it pinker and glitter would have made me feel like I was in my dad's old bass boat. It completely lost the "sporty" look. Peeled it all off and started over this time only using only base red and glossifier.

Final product (4 coats red Plasti-Dip & 2 coats of Glossifier)

(close up)

...light coats give a powdercoat look. I like it matte but am going to try glossy for a bit.

Now for some fun with Di-Nok...yay! (WARNING: extreme patience needed to make it look good and do it proper)



So after about a day of frustration, here is the final product pre-installation.

I did the steering wheel too but forgot to take pics. I have 2 more pieces to plasti-dip red when I can figure out how to remove them and about 4-5 more to wrap as well when I figure out how to remove center console on my 2013..can't find anything lol.
Pics of everything installed tomorrow. Interior should have a COMPLETELY different look to it now. Hope it was worth the effort.
 
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