De-lurking and hopefully de-noobing. I first registered last year after buying a 2003.
Previous owner sold it because it has 155k miles and low compression on cylinder 1. My plans were to put a low(ish)-mileage longblock in it and then prepare for a turbo, with the eventual goal of running track days reliably and as cheaply as possible.
Later last summer I saw a CL ad for a guy selling a 99 set up for SCCA STR autocross. He was willing to part out the car, so I ended up skipping the engine for wheels and tires, coilovers, front sway and a header. Specifics, you ask? 949 Xida CS with helpers with 700/400 rates, RB big sway and endlinks (I've read 949 endlinks are better, but they were part of the package), 949 15x9 6ULs with 225 RS3s, and RB header.
As it sits with Xidas and 6ULs installed (front needs to come down another 1/4 to a 1/2, and rear needs to go up 1/2 inch):
Front sway and endlinks go on next week for an autocross the following weekend. (To satisfy event requirements for Mazda parts program.)
I'm preparing for a NASA track day at my local track, Heartland Park in Topeka, and I have the following on my list:
- Replace longblock
- Install header
- Replace radiator
- Replace motor mounts
- Thoroughly inspect brakes replacing parts as needed (pads, rotors and fluid at minimum)
- Add Hard Dog roll bar
- Alignment with 949 specs
Next year calls for TSE big brakes up front, new suspension bushings throughout and possibly MS3x for N/A tuning.
Hopefully I was good noob. I registered, read, searched, researched and bought pretty much the best I could.