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Thread: What have you done to your MSP today?

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    Not today, but recently. Had way too much time on my hands.


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    Haven't been on here in what feels like years, but my MSP is parked due to a nasty noise, from what I'm assuming is a water pump bearing going out. Haven't torn into it yet to confirm.

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    Ordered a new OEM slave cylinder to replace the factory installed September 2002 part that finally went yesterday while out driving. Damn near 17 years and over 150,000 miles is not to shabby for part longevity.

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    Well, it wasn't my water pump bearing...



    Looks like the timing tensioner bolt failed or backed out. Luckily I was able to chase the threads in the block, hoping it's a solid fix. Replacement bolt will get Loctite for good measure.

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    Looks like its time for a new clutch line as well. After putting on the new release cylinder and attempting to bleed it, I noticed a fresh trail of leaking fluid coming from the original clutch line. I'll pick up one from the parts store tomorrow and fix it then.

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    Had no luck getting one from parts store or Mazda as both were closed last week on my only day off so I ordered a Centric hose from Amazon. Picked up a flare wrench set and installed it today. Car shifts like it always has again. Gave it a bath and of course its going to rain now.

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    Fresh motor getting dropped in soon

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    Discovered a missing center cap screw M4x10 7pitch metric and replaced. Also learned why the car has felt stronger than its normal 6.9 psi of boost. My OEM WGA has finally died after all of these years. Reminds me when I used to fill it up with Sunoco GT 100 and utilize my dual stage boost controller. I'll get around to installing an ATP WGA one day and drive accordingly until then.

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    There's a guy local to me selling a MSP 'for parts' he says it's complete but has no compression- he claims a likely blown HG but I recall the 2.0L's liked to throw rods. A Black Mica with 170K and a clean title/no accidents.
    I had an 00 ES and always wanted one of these cars; are they becoming hard to rebuild/maintain with parts availability? Do the major vendors still make aftermarket parts for them?
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    Like any limited production model some parts are discontinued. But that said there are still many parts available to keep your FS running.
    People made their rods/lsd etc break imo back when the cars first came on the scene. Aftermarket has been limited for awhile. Still shouldn't be hard to find enough key parts to enhance the performance and have a reliable car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTR View Post
    Like any limited production model some parts are discontinued. But that said there are still many parts available to keep your FS running.
    People made their rods/lsd etc break imo back when the cars first came on the scene. Aftermarket has been limited for awhile. Still shouldn't be hard to find enough key parts to enhance the performance and have a reliable car.
    thanks for your insight! I'm driving 2.5 hours to see a yellow 03.5 tomorrow, really hoping it's got good bones; the only other one up for sale is 7+ hours away or a Black Mica 03 with a busted engine.

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    Good luck. When you find one hopefully it already has things like hardpipes, upgraded intercooler, exhaust etc. I would stay away from ones with blown engines/transaxles unless you like projects. To me those things scream abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTR View Post
    Good luck. When you find one hopefully it already has things like hardpipes, upgraded intercooler, exhaust etc. I would stay away from ones with blown engines/transaxles unless you like projects. To me those things scream abuse.
    Tragically, the Yellow has catastrophic rust in the rear. I'm tempting to buy it for the parts though; he's telling me it has forged rods/pistons, a stage 1 clutch, replaced rear shocks/struts/springs, it had a BOV, a mixed hard/soft tubing, a piggyback of some kind, a pope header and 3" back exhaust.
    Pretty sure I can talk him down to $2100 but it will either need a complete unibody replacement or will be a parts car.

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