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Thread: 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege - Clean!

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    '03.5 Blue MSP #2543

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    2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege - Clean!

    It's been a few years since I've been active here, and I'm sad to say goodbye to an old friend I've had since 2007, but it's time to part ways!

    Vital info:
    Year: 2003.5
    Color: Laser Blue
    Mileage: 127,000 mi
    Interior condition: 8/10
    Exterior condition: 8/10
    Location: Savage, MN (SW of Minneapolis)
    Asking price: $3500

    This car has been an ongoing project and excuse to turn a wrench in the garage when time allows. Since 2012-ish or so, I've only really driven it on nice days in the summer, so while it was a DD for several years, it's had a pretty easy life lately. I rebuilt the engine in 2011 to put in forged rods/pistons; though the engine ran perfectly at the time (still have the stock rods/pistons in fact). It pulls nicely at a modest 12psi with plenty of headroom left for an upgraded turbo! (Fuel pump and injectors are more than adequate to support 300whp) One thing I haven't done is get a tune yet, so I'm running an OTS map which means it's running a bit rich at full boost--typically 10.5 AFR or so. An hour or two at a tuner would probably unlock a fair bit of grunt.

    The body is in very clean shape, though there is a little bit of rust evident on the inside door edges, and the paint is starting to bubble a bit in a spot on the front driver door trim (see photos). The interior is clean as well, with no rips or tears in the seats. Mechanically, the car is solid as well. There are a couple of squeaks and rattles, and some of the suspension bushings could probably be freshened up, but relatively good condition for a >15 y/o car on mostly original suspension.

    The list of mods/upgrades I've done over the years is pretty long, so bear with me here. I'll list everything out below to the best of my knowledge, but feel free to ask if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer or provide more pics, and thanks for looking!

    All engine seals/gaskets/bearings replaced in 2011
    Align hone on main bores
    Cylinders bored .020" over
    Forged pistons (Wiseco 0.020" over)
    Forged rods (Eagle/K1)
    Polished stock crank
    ARP main studs & head bolts
    Cometic head gasket
    Oil pump internals ceramic coated and internal pressure bypass removed & replaced with external pressure regulator (crappy internal bypass on stock pump was found to be a main weak point in these engines!)
    Remote mounted oil filter
    Custom air-water intercooler with external coolant reservoir and pre/post IC temp display in dash and pump/fan control switch
    Intake manifold VTCS flappers removed for better airflow
    Fidanza 7.5lb flywheel
    Exedy stage 1 clutch
    Remote coil pack (to replace the stock coil on plug setup, both for appearances and some common knowledge that the coils from ~99 proteges gave a stronger spark )
    Mishimoto aluminum radiator with 12" puller fan and aluminum coolant reservoir
    SplitSecond FTC-1 Air/fuel controller (has timing control as well, but I never hooked that up)
    440cc/min injectors
    Walbro 255lph fuel pump upgrade
    Oil pressure sensor plumbed to main oil galley
    t25 turbo (Nissan SR20DET OEM replacement; nearly identical to factory MSP turbo, except waaaaay less $$)
    Boostsciences RDV bypass valve
    Forge Motorsports wastegate actuator
    80 durometer front/rear engine mounts
    Urethane filled stock side motor mounts
    Battery relocated to trunk to make more room for IC core
    AC system removed (it was leaking and I rarely used it anyway...)
    Orange powdercoated valve cover
    Engine and many parts painted in silver high temp enamel

    GHL 3" stainless catless downpipe
    Thermal R&D 3" catback with custom fitting to downpipe (so 3" from turbo to exhaust tip)

    Motegi Traklite 17x8" wheels (forget the offset)
    Nitto NT05 235/40/17 tires (>50% tread left)
    (This is a pretty aggressive fitment, and while the rear fenders are rolled, it will rub in the back if you have extra weight back there or hit a large bump while cornering hard)
    Hawk HPS pads
    Centric rotors
    Home made stainless rear swaybar endlinks (they are a bit noisy, but they work)

    Custom leather shifter boot
    Aluminum gauge rings
    AEM TruBoost boost gauge & controller
    AEM wideband O2 sensor and gauge
    Custom steering column gauge pod
    Pre/post IC temp display mounted to super tacky double-DIN panel
    Note: there is an oil sensor plumbed, but the gauge crapped out on me, so do not currently have it wired up. All you need is a single wire to the sensor and a power/ground to install an oil pressure gauge

    Seibon carbon fiber hood
    Spoiler removed and trunk holes welded/painted
    (both of the above were done as part of hail damage repair ~2010 or so)
    Interior 3rd brake light to replace spoiler brake light
    Smoked rear tail lights (light tint as you can see from the pics--never been hassled about it)
    35% tint on front windows / 20% tint on the rear windows (this I have been hassled for, but only because I was driving like a douche )
    Smoked side markers
    I have a whole pile of misc stock parts/extras that I will throw in.
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    2003.5 Laser Blue MSP #2543

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    Damn tempting even tho in TX.....................nice car, GLWS!

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    '03.5 Blue MSP #2543

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    Very nice! I am curious as to how much those houses sell for in your area.
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