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Hmm, ok. I guess I'll do one of these, if only for self-organization and to get flamed at.

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The date: earlier this year. The place: Craigslist. The time: I don't remember. The color of the walls: ehhh creamy yellowish? The average air-speed velocity of a common unla... YEA. OK.

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Hi. I'm Sean. When I was 14, I was taught how to drive AND how to drive manual (at the same time) in a 1986 Mazda 323 hatchback with no passenger side mirror (expensive option back then) and no tachometer. :huh: This car was later handed down to me, but by the time I got my license, it had become a potential money pit. So it was sold after I bought my truck.

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My 98 Altima had finally managed to outpace my bank account to the point where I could not immediately afford to have it inspectable. Needed lots of the things. Also, it was a slushbox. Time to go. Figured out that, with a bank loan, my comfortable budget for a new to me car would be $5000, 8000 max. Looked at many cars.. But a big (huge, really (yes, I get that a lot)) catch was that I have to easily fit my entire drumset (including rack system) into the vehicle for when i play out with the band. This REALLY limited my options, including the 2001 Impreza RS' I've been lusting over for years. So I was basically looking for either an 03-05 Forester or a Mazda 3 hatch, but I never really considered a 6. Couldn't find a single [decent] 3 Hatch in my price range, but plenty of Foresters. I like the AWD and utility possibilities of that vehicle (camping, etc..) and would be really excited if I could get one with a turbo. Anyway, while Craigslist browsing, I came across a 6s that sounded nice, but was going for much more than I was prepared to be paying for the next several years, but I kept it in mind as a backup. So later, on my way home at the end of a long day of looking at/test driving some Craigslist finds, I decide that it wouldn't be very far out of my way to take a look at the 6. Well, I suddenly lost a lot of interest in Foresters. But it was marked at twice what I wanted to spend. But I was starting to get pulled over for lack of inspection, so I had to make le decisione. Went to my bank with a list of two Foresters, with the 6 as a last resort. Welp, due to my shitty credit, it was going to be very difficult for them to approve of any vehicle over 100,000 miles without the Pope as my co-signer, so... DECISION MADE.

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SLUSHBOX ALTIMA BAD. MANUAL 6 GOOD. UUGGGHHH!!

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So I bought my 2006 Mazda 6s on June 8th, 2012.
The car already had aftermarket wheels and winter tires on, as well as the chrome gas fill cover.
The dealership did a terrible job detailing the car.. only wiping down the immediately visible surfaces.. only a fool wouldn't notice. I didn't notice all the dusty crevasses and such.
They also lied to me about the MPG the car got. 27MPG they said. Only an idiot would not check up on that before buying. Well I didn't bother looking that up beforehand, so I went ahead and put a deposit down, driving the car one more time to the ATM and back. Fun. I TELL YOU.

Here it is the day I took it home.. Wheel gap GALORE!


Most recent..
Tungsten Gray, V6, Leather, Auto Climate, Bose 6-disc, Factory HID, Factory fogs, Moonroof, Hatchback..




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I have a lot of unique ideas.. some more crazy than others...​

*Dim color = stock / un-modified

<Stand
--Lighting
----Headlights
------Low - 5000k HID FX-35 Bi-Xenon retro
------Directional - Projector lens w/ Switchback LED
------Int. Fog as DRL
------High - LED DRL / Spot light / Directional conversion in progress
------DRL - 5000K Flank LEDs
------Effect - nothing yet
----Fog lights - ebay 85W 5000k LED
----Tail lights - CAR_LED ghetto style
------Brakelight Mod
------3rd brake - Red LED strip w/ spray tint.
----Side markers - Clear lens, DD_69 LED conversion - awaiting blinker mod
----Rear Reflectors - Tinted, awaiting conversion to rear fog LED strips
--Bodywork
----Front lip
----Eyelids?
----External Antenna delete, Internal Amp'd antenna
----Front Bumper paint chips repair
----Hood paint chips repair
----Stupid-ass vandalism repair
----Rear Bumper repair & re-spray
----Rear bumper cargo protector
----Door Trim - Wrapped in Gloss Black Vinyl
------Mazda JDM Vent Visors
----Front Emblem - Black
----Rear Emblem - Black

<Sit
--Lighting
----Dome/Map - Red LED
----Courtesy - Red flank LED
----Vanity - awaiting LED
----Hatch - MAXLED White LED Strip conversion
--Gauge cluster/Dashboard
----Cluster smooth/stealthificationalizationalismification
----Cluster Indicators - RED ALL THE THINGS!
----Cluster Backlighting - Gauge Cluster Backlight Mod "B"
----Trim paint - 32P w/ clear
--Center Console
----Shift knob - Delrin "teardrop" (unweighted) painted 32P w/ clear
----Shift Boot
----E-brake lever - Button painted 32P w/ clear
----E-brake Boot - ebay real leather boot
----Console - Painted black, 32P trim, w/ clear needs touchup
----Arm Rest
----Cupholder Illumination - awaiting EL Wire, time
--Doors
----Driver Door Armrest replace - awaiting parts
----Door Cupholder Illumination - awaiting EL Wire, time
--Seating
----Repair Driver Seat Seam
----Rear Cupholder Illumination - awaiting EL Wire, time

<Zoom & Shift
--Intake - Airbox Mod +
--Plugs - Pulstar Pulse Plugs
--Cover paint - awaiting 32P paint
--Exhaust
--Shifter - Ralco Short Shift
--Clutch & Flywheel

<Bump & Grind
--Springs - BC Racing BR Coilovers
--Shocks - BC Racing BR Coilovers
--Stiffeners
----Front Upper - Tanabe Strut Bar
----Rear Upper
--Sway bars
----Front Bar
----Front Links - Moog
----Rear bar - Progress 22mm
----Rear Links - Moog
--Bushings
--Calipers - OEM painted Rustoleum Rust Reformer Black
--Pads - Ceramic
--Rotors - Drilled Front, Drilled Rear painted Rustoleum Rust Reformer Black

<Roll & Grip
--Wheels
----Winter: Aftermarket by previous owner - Kosei 17x7 +?
----Non-Winter: Super cheap Akita something or other 17x7 +40 Re-painted Graphite Metallic by myselves.
--Tires
----Winter: 3x Graspic 2, 1x Graspic 3 (having mis-matched tires adds about 23 mph to top speed) 215/50R17
----Non-Winter: Hankook Ventus Sport K104 215/50R17

Bass & Treble
--Source
----Head Unit - Bose 6 CD
----Aux - Grom USB, Aux, Bluetooth, Speakerphone
--Output
----Front
----Rear
----Sub

MmmmmK?

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Please feel free to make organization suggestions.

Please feel free to make modification suggestions, but please do not criticize my personal tastes; "why would you do that? That's ugly" is a lot different than "Good job, just not my cup o' tea". Enjoy your stay! :D


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NEED SOME ROLLING PICTURES​
 

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MOAR PICATURES!! And some questions..

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1) Will the sedan's LED spoiler direct-bolt in place of the hatch's LED-less spoiler? I assume I'd have to drill for wiring...

2) Anybody have spare EL gauge cluster (even if it doesn't work or is scratched)? Looking for the internal plastic shroud, face, and spare OEM LEDs

3) Should I really be getting much better than 19-22mpg? I seem to get much worse on the highway than I do in city, and I am well aware of how to drive to save gas. Any fuel-saving modification / maintenance tips? Already changed plugs and cleaned MAF..

4) Anybody have a spare driver door armrest top for the black leather interior (it's actually rubbery)? Looks like somebody pulled the door panel off without knowing specifically how and broke every tab holding this part on.. I have to press it down every time I get into the car.. grrrr

5) The hell are these for? In my hatch lid behind the plastics..



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Good damn how I love that color!
Clean and nice looking 6 you got there!
Have you looked into a badgeless grille?
Those make the car lool much sportier!
And a 03-05 sports conversion also looks great!
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:)

I have newer pictures to post up as well. I just haven't hosted them yet.
I didn't think you were actually going to do it. Post the pictures before I spam your thread :) j/k now make me a ride thread on here ;)
 

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Car's Looking good buddy. About damn time you made one of these. :)
 

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Gaaahhhh nobody's said it...please change those rims mate! Pleaseee!
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There are many cups of tea, those are not mine :D

Nice car though, always cool to see a transformation from stock, even if it is still under construction/in progress. Keep up the good work.

P.S. stock tails cannot be opened, they are plastic welded together with sound ( I forget the exact name of the process-sonic or supersonic ultrasound high frequency something like that) but there is no way to cleanly open them up like the headlights.

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Well I've had one for quite a while on the other site.. In fact I literally copied the code over from that OP :p
Haha I know, but I pretend that I don't go on that website ever :)
 

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Gaaahhhh nobody's said it...please change those rims mate! Pleaseee!
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There are many cups of tea, those are not mine :D

Nice car though, always cool to see a transformation from stock, even if it is still under construction/in progress. Keep up the good work.

P.S. stock tails cannot be opened, they are plastic welded together with sound ( I forget the exact name of the process-sonic or supersonic ultrasound high frequency something like that) but there is no way to cleanly open them up like the headlights.

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I don't mind the rims as much anymore, but I definitely wouldn't have bought them myself. There.. I've updated some of the pictures. Have another look :)

I understand that the stock tails cannot be *cleanly* opened.. I've read the horror stories.. but I haven't given up finding a reasonable way to open and get back together. I have a couple ideas, but I don't dare until I get a spare set.
 

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PM me if your interested in a spare set to tinker with, I gotchu! :D


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The GT 1st gen 6 does NOT have a heated steering wheel. I dont think the 2nd or 3rd gen GT's do either.


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Are you sure it's not just an uncommon option, like the factory HIDs? Then again, i feel like I'd have heard about it by now on one of the forums..
 
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