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    Hey guys,

    How you going? My name is Ricki. Some of you guys may know me from other forums, or maybe not!

    I currently drive a Honda Integra Type R (DC2), which is being parted out and soon will be sold. I'll miss it ALOT, but anyways... i've decided to get a 2008 Mazda 3 MPS Sports. So hopefully i'll have my ass in the drivers seat of a nice clean one in the next couple of months.

    Anyways, I have driven the car once, and loved every second of it, but admitedly don't know much about it, or turbos in general. I've always been a NA is best Honda fan boi
    So please go easy on my and really nooby questions!

    Hope to see you guys around.

    Cheers,

    Ricki.

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    Welcome Ricki, wow going from a high revving little beast to an MPS

    Good lucking in finding one that ticks all your boxes.

    Where abouts in NSW are you ? We have a cruise on next sunday (6th) to Bowral for lunch maybe you can come along and talk to some of the guys about their MPS3's

    Hope you enjoy it here, you most certainly will enjoy your MPS
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    Welcome to the real world

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    Thanks Blackbetty.

    Yeah it's going to be weird not to be revving to 8500RPM. lol. The DC2R was a great car, and ended up managing a 1.10.73 at Wakefield with a stock motor and gearbox, with bolt ons and a tune.
    The MPS will not be tracked though, but i'm going to TRY to leave it stock. haha. We'll see how long that lasts though. Already scoped out the Autoexe, and MazdaSpeed parts So i'm sure i'll grab a Intake, and some springs, as this car will be a street car.

    I would have loved to come for the cruise to meet some of you guys and ask some questions, but I have exams around that time. I will be sure to come to the next one though

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    I had a 2005 Type-S, not as hardcore as a DC2R, but a great car anyway. I loved the feeling the car offered and the lust for revs. You are going to a fairly different beast. Hope it suits.

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    Cool Mps rehab for turbo junkies u can checkout but u can never leave!!!!

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    Yeh Welcome Ricki. I looked and test drove a 2008 type r in black nice car actually a beautiful car but the MPS 3 won hands down... Enjoy when you get it... Buy a True Red one

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    Welcome Ricki.

    Hope you enjoy the change from revs to brute power. Going to be a learning experience for you I think lol.

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    A massive learning experience for sure. Can't wait to learn about turbo's and how to drive them. Going to be a different ball game!!

    I don't know any one with an MPS that tracks one, just wondering what are they capable of at say Wakefield stock and lightly modded?

    Also, been looking at 2007 and 2008 MPS, tthe only differences I can see are the seats? The 2007 is Grey centre with Black leather sides?, and the 2008 is an all black seat? Is this right, or a just a coincidence??

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    welcome mate i came from a EP3 to a MPS and love it i do miss the vtec though but yeah non the less MPS rocks!!! ahahaha

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    Man I loved your EP3, if it's the one i'm thinking of.

    Yeah i'm freaking excited to get one now... can't wait.

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    HI and welcome. i never knew much about turbo cars, but i quickly worked it out. as for leavig it stock i said the same thing ...i lasted a few weeks before exhaust than pannel filter.. THAN I WAS HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck and im sure you will enjoy it here

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    If I don't track it, i'll leave it stock. I'm not a fan of modding a car for the street. But yeahhhh... we'll see, i'll probably track it.

    OHHH I have to come up with a new Username aswelll. haha.

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    Welcome to the Forum enjoy your new ride too

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    try coming from a corolla to a 3MPS
    ive had my 3MPS for about 4 weeks now (a 08' MPS sports) so will try and give you a perspective of the difference between a NA engine and the turbo.... (have been in, but never driven a VTEC engine)
    the things i've found is that it will pull strongly from about 2500-3000 rpm very happily, and unlike a VTEC engine, it does it's best work from 2500-5500 rather than the 5000-6500 area
    you can get your crazy laggy turbo's, (WRX/EVO) but the MPS is designed to be more for mid-range grunt (kinda V8-ish)

    the other thing is, i rarely use more than 1/2 throttle, it gains speed so easily, that i never really feel the need to floor it!

    oh, and slight warning, if you floor it to 60 in 2nd, then drop back to 3rd/4th.... you can get a bit of a boost dump, which can be interesting...

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    Welcome, nice time around Wakefield too BTW.

    You might pick up a couple of secs extra around there, but in reality not much that you'll notice given it's a handling circuit.

    Tip - avoid Autoexe for go fast bits unless you like giving money away. Check MPS Garage locally, rpmstore.com, protegegarage.com and streetunit.com in the US for go fast bits. Have a look around here too so you can see what works and what doesn't. Enjoy the MPS experience!

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    Ricki, enjoy the forums and your MPS when you get it! You could go from VTECMachine to MPSTorqueMonster!!

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    Welcome Ricki,

    Know the feeling of Vtec to turbo. My dad's a Honda fan so all I drove in my younger years were essentially VTEC cars. Turbo's a way difference for me and I like it better. Just didnt have to keep the high revs going as the guys have said...the grunt is available from 2500 onwards...

    Hope you find a good example and make it your own

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    Good to see someone converted from VTEC to turbo!! I was also a big fan of VTEC until i found my turbo fix haha i dont think i would ever go back now

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTECMACHINE View Post
    A massive learning experience for sure. Can't wait to learn about turbo's and how to drive them. Going to be a different ball game!!

    I don't know any one with an MPS that tracks one, just wondering what are they capable of at say Wakefield stock and lightly modded?

    Also, been looking at 2007 and 2008 MPS, tthe only differences I can see are the seats? The 2007 is Grey centre with Black leather sides?, and the 2008 is an all black seat? Is this right, or a just a coincidence??
    Upgraded series 2 model some 07 & 08 plated MPS3, nicer interior.... otherwise just the same....

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    Welcome! I am sure there will be plenty of information here for you.
    Pity you cant make the Bowral cruise - biggest one for a while for NSW

    Enjoy your stay!

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    Everyone is being helpful and nice already. So not used to this coming from Honda forums. haha.


    Quote Originally Posted by TallDan View Post
    Tip - avoid Autoexe for go fast bits unless you like giving money away. Check MPS Garage locally, rpmstore.com, protegegarage.com and streetunit.com in the US for go fast bits. Have a look around here too so you can see what works and what doesn't. Enjoy the MPS experience!
    Thanks for this. This is the answer I was looking for - Looking to do this car on a budget, oppose to the Integra. But I will ask detailed questions about intake and all. First mod will be Defi's, then intake of some sort, then a nice quiet street exhaust, followed by some Mazdaspeed springs. That's all I have planned for it, and that's pretty much as far as I want to go with this car. I just want to enjoy it and actually Drive it! I never got to drive the Integra really.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakespeare View Post
    Ricki, enjoy the forums and your MPS when you get it! You could go from VTECMachine to MPSTorqueMonster!!
    Thanks for the suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by 3MPSPWR View Post
    Good to see someone converted from VTEC to turbo!! I was also a big fan of VTEC until i found my turbo fix haha i dont think i would ever go back now
    hehehe definately not converted from VTEC to turbo. I'll always be a Honda fan boi. We have 4 in the family, and we've owned Honda's since I was a kid, i've worked at Honda, and just love them. I still consider turbo cheating and I will definately be back to a NA screamer one day for track work, but the MPS will make a beautiful daily driver. The thing I like bout the MPS, is that there is hardly any lag, and it's a beautiful car. My sister had a mazda 6 a few years ago, and I drove it alot - managed to blow the engine after 20,000 km's which was annoying. I've heard the MPS motor is pretty damn strong though I can't wait to own one!! This whole selling Integra thing is taking way too long.

    Quote Originally Posted by 240MPS View Post
    Upgraded series 2 model some 07 & 08 plated MPS3, nicer interior.... otherwise just the same....
    Awesome thanks. So it's just interior differences. I heard that the earlier ones had engine mount issues? Is this true, or was this just a bad batch that was recalled?
    Also, Sunroof's... Was this a dealer option?

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    Awesome thanks. So it's just interior differences. I heard that the earlier ones had engine mount issues? Is this true, or was this just a bad batch that was recalled?
    Also, Sunroof's... Was this a dealer option?[/QUOTE]

    Many myths out there spoken to many 06/07 made cars and have had no issues there was a lot of talk about turbos smoking but very few,and the sunroof was an option I did tick the box but because I requested exhaust and chipped it ws going to take 2 weeks all up so I can the sunroof...

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    Sunroof was a DEALER option not FACTORY.
    So basically it was 'aftermarket' - warranty would be from the dealer not Mazda.

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    Thanks again!
    Would love a Sunroof. I might just get one put in.

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