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The Steel Wagon 6 Build Thread (bring on the feels)

And it begins... much has changed over the last year with the swagon, I feel like I'm starting to reach a good break-point for modding... but I have a funny feeling it has only just begun...

UPDATED PICS as of (5/6/14)



2004 Mazda 6s Wagon
Steel Grey Metallic
150,000 Miles

Current Mods:

Engine:
Injen Super SES Cat-Back Exhaust (custom welded for the wagon)
Injen SP Cold Air Intake
AWR Wishbone Engine Mount
Denso Iridium Spark Plugs
Throttle Body Ground

Suspension:
GT-Spec Replica Strut Tower Bar
AWR Adjustable Endlinks
SPC Adjustable Front Ball Joints
KSport Coilovers
KYB Rear Shocks

Wheel/Brake Setup:
MSR 088 Candy Teal 19x8.5 +24 w/ Nankang NSII (225/35/19)
5Zigen Gunmetal Fighters 18x7.5 +42 w/ Hankook V4 (225/40/18)
Akata Spacers (3mm F; 5mm R)
EBC Ultimax Front/Rear Rotors
Hawk HPS Front/Rear Pads
StopTech SS Front/Rear Brake Lines

Exterior:
VIS Monster CF Hood
Retrofitted '05 WRX STI Chargespeed Lip
Retrofitted Lexus IS350 Side Lips
Smoked LED rear reflectors
Blazing Copper Painted Calipers
LED License Plate Lamps
Mazdaspeed Stubby Antenna
Plastidipped Emblems
Plastidipped Sports Grill
Custom License- Plate Relocate
Mesh Bumper Grille
Smoked Side Markers
DDM 6000K HID Kit
Xenon Super White Reverse Lamp Bulbs
Xenon Super White High Beam Bulbs
55W Xenon Fog Lamp Bulbs
06 Tinted Chrome Tail Lamps

Interior:
Corksport LED Conversion
Infinity 12" Sub
Alpine 700W Amp
Grom iPod Link (need to do L716 mod)
Custom gooseneck iPhone holder






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yea definitely, I'm hoping for a stanced look and everything, but I can't go too low given the roads around here... I have an assortment of speed bumps and other road obstacles on my way to/from work every day so it should prove exciting, hence adjustable coilovers FTW! lol
 

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so when I bought my 5Zigen's, they came with two basically new Hankook V4 tires and two well-used General Exclaim tires. Its time to order a couple more V4's to replace the Exclaim's so I was checking the tire specs to make sure I get the right ones... that's when I realize that one of my V4's has a width of 225 while the other has a width of 235...

so i'm in a bit of a dilemma, I like the 225's (which both of the Exclaim's currently are as well) but I don't know if I should buy 3 V4's with 225 or just get one 225 and one 235 and throw the 235's in the rear? what do you guys think? most places have a buy 3 get the 4th free deal anyway so maybe i just do that and have some spares...?

Granted these are about $170 a tire and I'm trying not to spend too much so I can afford my suspension revamp pretty soon too, haha
speaking of which, he's a selection of some of the stuff I have on order:


...To go along with some of the stuff I have waiting in the closet: Injen CAI, EBC Rotors, Hawk HPS Pads, StopTech SS Brake Lines...
I'll have some KYB Shocks/Struts coming soon as well and mayyybe a surprise exterior piece if I'm feeling ricey, we shall see, haha, looking forward to the summer months :D
 

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Well, you could check out some other tire options besides the Hankooks. You may be able to buy 4 tires for cheaper than you think. If you're willing to look at "budget" brands, you may have more options. A lot of guys have had good luck with Nankangs over the years and they're pretty affordable. I've also seen Federal SS-595 tires going for good prices on eBay. I'm weird about having matching sets of tires, so I'm biased toward getting a new complete set :)
 

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Well, you could check out some other tire options besides the Hankooks. You may be able to buy 4 tires for cheaper than you think. If you're willing to look at "budget" brands, you may have more options. A lot of guys have had good luck with Nankangs over the years and they're pretty affordable. I've also seen Federal SS-595 tires going for good prices on eBay. I'm weird about having matching sets of tires, so I'm biased toward getting a new complete set :)
true story, I've been considering it, though I do love the hankook's I have now, I'm usually just as OCD about matching sets of tires, but they are practically new so I'm tempted to just replace three, I'll look into the Nankangs though

I love wagons, miss mine :(
Yea I love her, what happened to yours?
 

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blake did you ever get the projectors you were lookin at for fogs? Im tryin to part together a fog kit for my facelift. I also miss living in maine where 10-20' snowbanks are norm. SNow tunnels RULE!
 

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blake did you ever get the projectors you were lookin at for fogs? Im tryin to part together a fog kit for my facelift. I also miss living in maine where 10-20' snowbanks are norm. SNow tunnels RULE!
yessir I did, they came in the mail a couple weeks ago:
Universal JDM Heavy Duty JDM Style Projector Fog Light | eBay

they are pretty big so I'm going to need to rig together some sort of custom mount to get them in, but they should work.

I have a few other things like the CAI and the Front Brakes which I want to sort out before I play with those though... I should be doing the drop next weekend too with a buddy of mine who has a lift :)
 

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what did you choose for a drop? springs or coils?

Dude i was plannin on doing the same things same lens. I have the 06 with the grills. i think i can rig a custom job until i get the 50$ inserts. I have alot of mods planned. This budy good enough to rent his time?
 

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I ended up finding a good price on KYB struts and shocks with strut mounts and Tein S-Tech springs *holds breathe* we'll see how that drop treats me in these parts haha...

awesome! yea, that would be great, each weekend till mid April I am hoping to devote some time for mods if I'm not out on business, so I will def be around to help :)
 

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What a beaut. I am curious about those LED rear reflectors. Off the shelf from the aftermarket or your own creation?
I actually found mine on eBay for $45ish, but like Smoke posted they can be done yourself as well :)


in other news, the Tein S-Techs, KYB Struts, and strut mounts went on today :eek:
still waiting for them to settle but they seem to be working pretty well for me so far!! *knocks on wood* lol
A couple teaser pics before the new tails and summer tires go on sometime this week or next:

 
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