Another Slow MSP College Budget Build

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Mazdaspeed Protege
I will start this off by a little background of myself. I'm currently a freshman at UW-Platteville. I am a Mechanical Engineer major as of right now. I purchased my Mazdaspeed Protege in August of 2013 Before that, I had a 1995 Jeep Wrangler. And before that, a 1996 Dodge Intrepid. All of my vehicles and parts have been purchased entirely by me, and me alone which I take pride in. I'm fairly new to this forum and turbos so feel free to add your insight. I plan to slowly mod my MSP visually as well as performance wise. I would like to be around 200 whp in the end. Feel free to ask questions, and get off topic.
Now some pictures:
Dodge Intrepid


The Jeep right before I sold it to buy the MSP.


The Day I got the MSP...wow did he have an obsession with blue.



Current "Mod" List:
-Injen CAI
-2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege Rear Spoiler
-Dual Gauge Pillar Pod
-Equuis Boost Gauge
-Mishimoto FMIC - Custom Ebay Piping
-TurboXS BOV
-Protege5 Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
-CR3 Swaybar Relocation Brackets - Energy Poly Bushings

Purchased/Future Mods:
-2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege Front Lip (awaiting paint and install)
-Subie S204 Lip
-SSAFC V1 (purchased, awaiting install)
-Wideband
-Custom Turboback exhaust
-Pope Downpipe - awaiting install
-Oil Pressure Gauge (awaiting install)
-Coilovers or Lowering Springs
-New wheels or paint the stockers (bronze)
-JDM Badgeless Grill
 

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Mazdaspeed Protege
Goodness I really hope you are going to save that car!
Yeah, it was way over the top. First day I had it I removed the hood scoop, stickers, and painted the windshield wipers black. I also removed about 9 feet of wire that was hooked up to nothing. He also had all these blue lights inside that I removed. Why did everything need to be blue?
 
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This is the most recent one that I have. It looks the same, minus the fake air louvers on the sides.

 
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^ what he said... GL with your project...
Thanks, I will be starting work full time next week so hopefully I will be able to mod a bit this summer before school.

Prepped the spoiler for paint yesterday. Hopefully I will get that painted soon. My cousin's boyfriend paints for a living so it should be pretty cheap...now I just need to sell the 03 spoiler that's on the car to pay for paint.
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i got the set of goldline lowering spring (rare discontinued) and shocks ill be putting up for sale soon
 
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So this happened this past Saturday..


I also managed to get the parts of the CAI painted black. They were the polished aluminum, and I'm not much for fancy bling in the engine bay. I want a more "stock" look.
 
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Thank God you saved that poor MSP from that other owner. Talk about riceee. besides the wing and the CAI. what else you plan to do to it?
 
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Yeah we won't racial profile here...but you can probably figure it out. I want to lower it, but haven't decided if I want coils or just lowering springs yet. New rims eventually. I REALLY like the Evo 8 rims. I had a lead on some from the forum but never heard back from him. It was the same guy I bought the wing from actually, I just didn't have the money at the time for them. A FMIC sometime also. It needs new tint, and exhaust as well. There is a mild fart can on it now, not too fond of that. I want a 3" turbo back eventually. But that all depends on how much money I have left over after college bills start coming in.
 
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After looking like this for about a month and a half, I finally got everything put back together. I had a cracked body seam on one side that was letting water in, and the driver's side had a missing rubber grommet. Man was that cracked body seam a PITA to seal up. Nothing I tried would seal, but I finally got it all fixed up.


After dealing with a pretty large clunk for about a year, I finally looked underneath to see that the rear sway bar bushings were shot. I could move the sway bar by hand between the bracket! Lol. So I ordered these. Now just waiting on my CR3 relocation bracket.
 
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Sold the 03 spoiler yesterday, and shipped it today. I will be getting the 03.5 spoiler painted this Saturday. Also got my CR3 swaybar bushing relocation brackets in the mail today. Quite pleased with the packaging and the shipping time; pretty high quality stuff.


Now if I could just sell some of my other stuff...
 

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cool. i'm sure you'll enjoy the quiet rear end over bumps and what not lol. was the first mod i ever purchased -the axr clunk fix
 

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