The history of my car.
lip spoiler w/dedicated front brake ducting, a rear wing, and from what
I can gather slightly different indications on the tachometer. I wanted
just the stuff to go faster and chose to do away with the namby-pamby add-ons
like leather seats, cruise control, sunroof, and the high-end Bose Acoustimass
sound system. I did, however, retro-fit
an OE CD player in the dash that I picked up used. At the time of purchase
it had a little over 20,000 miles and had been freshly repainted as one
of Mazda's factory repaints
so it looked in mint condition. It was also completely and utterly stock!
The seller told me he had purchased it and had it serviced locally so I
was able to get a record of all the warranty and recall work. The car was
also still under its original
3yr/50,000 mile warranty. Immediately after purchasing the car and having
read of the many minor annoyances that infected the 1993 model year I showed
up at the dealership and had them address them all. The work order was
over three pages long! All were covered under the warranty. With the basics
taken care of I began to enjoy my new car.
In the beginning - June 1996
|I purchased my car in June of 1996 from a guy who lived 2 miles
from my house. I had hunted for 9 months for a CYM (Competition
Yellow Mica) car but found nothing but 1 extremely worn example that
was over priced. All the other CYM's were in CA. However, in hindsight
I am very pleased with what I bought. It is, to be complete, a 1993 Vintage
Red (VR) R1 model with a 5 spd transmission. The build date was April of
1992! The 3rd generation models were sold from 1993 through 1995 in the
US and are commonly referred to as FD3S models. For those who may not know,
the R1 model came with 2 oil coolers (base and touring models have only
1), z rated tires, stiffer shocks, a front strut bar, suede like seats,
Things were not all roses
A few things began to crop up - like the 3000
RPM hesitation and clunking
in the right front suspension (of which the dealership could not diagnose)
I also discovered the hazards of owning such a car - that is, how much
of a target you are for the police and other drivers. Other drivers just
don't seem to see you or are totally clueless when it comes to estimating
your speed. I can't count the number of times people have pulled out in
front of me or the number of trucks that have tried to run over me! And
the police, well lets just say that 72 in a 35 isn't something you would
typically associate with my driving. The power and speed of the car is
both infectious and frustrating. Too much of a good thing -for the street
What to modify?
MADS Rotary Expo - 1998: I'm 3rd from the right
Photo courtesy of MSCW
|Well it wasn't long before I felt the urge to tinker. So I dropped
in a K&N air filter
and installed a used Borla
cat back exhaust that literally was given to me, and bought a
factory front end cover (which I'm glad Idid because they don't sell them anymore) to protect the new paint.
I was happy for a while but I needed more. So I began to explore the aftermarket
and whattaya know - want parts? There was more than I could have imagined
and afforded. For all my efforts so far I have won awards in all car shows
that I have cared to enter. First place at the April 1999 and March 2001 MSCW Rotary Exposition
and a second place in the May 1998 Rotary Exposition both in the modified
rotary division. For all the specifics on what I have done so far, go to
the THE HEART OF THE BEAST, STOPPING
AND TURNING, and THE COMFORT ZONE and then
come back to see what's next on the agenda.
AFTER ALL THIS WHAT'S LEFT? NOT MUCH BUT ALWAYS MORE!
Rear Fender Flares - a desire for more rubber in the rear
with the given power has now become more important. Spinning tires in 2nd and 3rd gears is no fun. Well ok it is
a little but not when you are after forward motion. Pettit rear flares and a number of other options are ont he table but I've yet
to decide what I like the best. And then there is the irreversible bodywork that must be done. Scary.
Widened rear wheels - with wider rear arches wider wheels can be installed.
The Kinesis 3 piece wheels are mdolular and rebuildable. I have a source who can supply wider lip section to add another 1-2 inches
of with to the wheel and go from the existing 18x10 to an 18x12 wheel. The only drawback is a need to buy new rear tires.
Gearing - gearing is the easiest way to make you car faster. Go with shorter gear and the torque
multiplication will make any slug a rocket. not that my car is a slug but the 5th gear ratio is very tall and useless at anything
other than saving fuel. Since my car is a toy only fuel mileage while cruising isn't that important. So I currently have a set of short drive
5th gears cogs and coupled with a new 4:30 rear differential ring and pinion gears it will add a more useful 5th gear both on the track and driving
around those country lanes in the lower gears.
Improved Suspension - The old tried and true Koni "yellers" with the Ground Control coilover
conversion was the shiznit in it's day. It still performs amicably to this day but the products on the market far exceed the now 10 year old
performance of the adjustable Konis. Hence I'm in the market for something better and
the Stance GR+3way look like a pretty nice setup with reasonable US technical support.
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