Plan of Action
The initial plan of action for my 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 is to slowly build up power starting with your standard bolt-ons. First we will start with a Dyno of the stock engine. We will find the original wheel horsepower of this car straight form the factory for our baseline. After that let the fun begin!
- Cold air intake
- upgraded top mounted inter cooler
- Blow off valve for fun!
- upgraded exhaust system
- engine mounts
After I install these after market parts I will then dyno the car again. These simple and inexpensive bolt-ons should be easy to do without any assistance from a shop and will be fully documented and available for download from the DIYs section. I am currently researching which brand to use for our upgrades and will keep you posted every step of the way.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from my 7 years of modifying cars is, do the research upfront, you pay for what you get and it is better and cheaper to do it once than twice. So my advice to you and words I live by… It is better to save and get the best than buy a less expensive and less effective part only to buy the one you really wanted later. Your $1,500 exhaust would end up costing you $2,250 (Greddy SP2 to a turbo back GHL on my MSP).