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A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:52:46 PM »
Hi all.

Been on here a while but not posted for ages. My 56 plate TS2 is pretty standard. It came with a spoiler and front fogs, other than that the only change I've made is to install bluetooth for hands free and music.

I previously owned a BMW MINI which I modded to a certain extent. Replaced lights, cat back, vinyls, strut brace and so on. Nothing huge but all nice mods. I however have no idea where I can start with the MAZDA. So below are my general questions I guess.

Are there good online shops for things?

What 'simple' but effective mods are there?

Any pointers welcome!

Would love new wheels, mine are in a shocking state.

It's Ice Blue, and think black bits would look nice. Any pointers on black badges, wing mirrors, wheels?


Sorry a very vague thread I know, but lacking inspiration.

Thanks,

James.

EDIT: Been looking around and I think smoked side indicators and black badges would be a good place to start. :)

Any links or good places for either of these would be appreciated, getting excited now. :)
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 02:43:27 PM »
Performance wise I don't think there's a lot you can do with the 1.6's, everything I come across only ever seems to be for the sport or mps models.

As for visuals why not go through with spraying your badges black? Do it with plasti dip first to see if you like the look of it. You could also tidy up the tail lights by swapping the red fog light lens for a clear one and putting a red bulb in there instead.

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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 08:30:56 PM »
So I've started, kind of. Shorter aerial and black valve caps. All in the little details right?!

Got a list of things to do too.

Black/anthracite wheels. May well get mine refurbed and powder coated.
Window tints
Black wing mirrors (wrap or buy black ones?)
Smoked side repeaters

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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 06:52:37 AM »
Morning jamski
                     I joined Mazda3revolution forum when I was looking at changing my alloys, those guys on there are mad on modding their 3's all models and years you will defiantly get some ideas on there it's a good place to start. Keep the pics rolling it's good to see people's ideas come alive  8).
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 11:31:41 AM »
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 11:51:32 AM »
So you haven't actually done this. What we have here is just photographic manipulation yes ?
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 01:16:16 PM »
I'd get some rx8 alloys, lower 30mm, tint windows and get wind deflectors. Sorted!

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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 04:58:43 PM »
Yeah all retouched, we'll see if it actually happens.

What size and how much would rx8 alloys be? And would they be a straight swap, old off new on??
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 11:25:18 AM »
Yeah all retouched, we'll see if it actually happens.

What size and how much would rx8 alloys be? And would they be a straight swap, old off new on??

Yep, straight swap, they're 18inch. I got a set off ebay needing 2 new tyres and a refurb for £75, although the condition wasn't too bad.

Or I'm selling the 17's off my Sport  ;D

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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2014, 12:07:06 PM »
Yeah all retouched, we'll see if it actually happens.

What size and how much would rx8 alloys be? And would they be a straight swap, old off new on??

Yep, straight swap, they're 18inch. I got a set off ebay needing 2 new tyres and a refurb for £75, although the condition wasn't too bad.

Or I'm selling the 17's off my Sport  ;D

I would like to go bigger, but to be honest 18 may be too big. What are the ones off your sport like? And how much? :)
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2014, 12:40:10 PM »
I swapped my 17" sport alloys for 18" Rx8 alloys paid £100 or there abouts off gumtree, £180 for complete powder coating in gunmetal, 4x new tyres £200 (with discount  ;D) well worth the time and effort and money. Take a look at my pics or look at my posts in tire and wheels section pics included there too.
And looking at sams post in the buy and sell section you could retain a similar look with his 5 spoke 17" sport alloys,  get them refurbed in your own choice of colour new tires and keep your old ones as winter wheels.
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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2014, 04:35:32 PM »
Yeah all retouched, we'll see if it actually happens.

What size and how much would rx8 alloys be? And would they be a straight swap, old off new on??

Yep, straight swap, they're 18inch. I got a set off ebay needing 2 new tyres and a refurb for £75, although the condition wasn't too bad.

Or I'm selling the 17's off my Sport  ;D

I would like to go bigger, but to be honest 18 may be too big. What are the ones off your sport like? And how much? :)

I've just put the ad up today: http://www.mazda3forums.co.uk/index.php?topic=13267.0  ;)

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Re: A few mod questions, and where to start?!
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2014, 04:35:32 PM »