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    Another Slow MSP College Budget Build

    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.
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    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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    Goodness I really hope you are going to save that car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10spokess View Post
    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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    Post up a current picture please!

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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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    Thank god you saved that vehicle from that guy.

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    ^ what he said... GL with your project...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11B-33T View Post
    ^ 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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    Is that the 03.5 spoiler?

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    Thank you for saving that MSP
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    2003.5 Titanium Mazdaspeed Protege #1345 Purchased 7/20/10
    2003.5 Titanium Mazdaspeed Protege #1574 Purchased 10/25/14-SOLD
    2003.5 Titanium Mazdaspeed Protege #32 Purchased 3/23/19

    2003.5 Laser Blue Protege5 Purchased 6/17/17 SOLD
    2009 Highland Green Mustang Bullitt #5998 12.9@110
    2002 Red Protege5 RIP:4/25/10

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by 10spokess View Post
    Is that the 03.5 spoiler?
    Yeah it is. Bought it off of a forum member on this site actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuadmsp View Post
    i got the set of goldline lowering spring (rare discontinued) and shocks ill be putting up for sale soon
    I might be seriously interested in them depending on the price. Shoot me a PM when they are posted.

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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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