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Old 03-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by TravisR View Post
Got yourself a fancy sec of mics with 4 digit places
As Scotty said, "The right tool for the right job."

I think they cost me all of about $20 each. They're cheap Chinese-made mics, but they work ok.

Well, .002 would be almost exactly the difference between my old stock gearset and a theoretical spec of "0.3700". I'm glad to know that this was by design- it worried me slightly.

It also bothers the hell out of me that the Mazda catalog is looking increasingly wrong in this regard. I really wish they'd give the complete VIN suffix, and not just the last four digits.


Holy hell, I'm retarded. Literally, as in "My mother smoked meth during the second trimester." Those numbers AREN'T VIN suffixes, they're datecodes! How the hell did I never realize this before?!

9301 means "year 1999, month 3, day 01."

It is there, in small, smudged print at the bottom of the catalog page. As ***** Wonka said, it's right here, in black and white, clear as crystal:

136036 definitely puts my engine in the "middle" production class, between 9301 and 0701.

Hmmm. So going back to the '99-'00 catalog:

Wait a minute... ZL01? What the hell is a ZL01?

(google google.)

1.6l Mazda3? Was THIS the engine that went into the Euro-spec 1.6l NBs?

If so, then "the change" didn't happen in March of '99 as Rosenthal claims, it happened in July of 2000, which would be about the time that the factory would have started producing VVT engines for model year 2001. And THAT would be consistent with what Travis has been saying all along, and the catalog is not wrong.

So what the hell is up with Rosenthal's website?
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So what the hell is up with Rosenthal's website?
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