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First of all, congratulations, and welcome to, the #1 Source for Mazda3 Parts and Accessories. As a new (or new to you) Mazda3 owner you will see that as each day of ownership goes by, you will love your Mazda3 more and more. We've created this guide to help make you much more knowledgeable about your Mazda and all the great things you can do to improve it!

Okay, so how do I get started fixing up my Mazda3?

One of the most common questions we hear from new Mazda3 owners is, I want to start modifying and customizing my Mazda3, but Im not sure how to start!

So we have created this helpful guide to assist you in modifying your Miata and answering your questions!

How can I get more power out of my Mazda3?

The great thing about the Mazda3 is that it responds very well to many modifications. If you want to squeeze out more horsepower from your Mazda3 there are a few ways you can go.

We recommend starting with a Exhaust System This helps the engine perform better, especially at higher RPM and thus provides you with more horsepower. Again, keep in mind, our exhaust systems ARE NOT LOUD RACER BOY EXHAUSTS.. They are nice, smooth and mellow.
If you havent changed your spark plug wires recently we highly recommend adding a set of Magnecor Performance Plug wires

I want to improve my Mazda3 exhaust system, but I don't want a loud racer boy exhaust like those annoying Civics I can hear a block away. Do your exhausts sound like that?

Trust us, we cant stand those load raspy exhausts, with the tips that look like coffee cans, either. Exhaust Systems are MELLOW and just a little louder than stock. Not only do our free flowing exhaust systems improve performance by replacing your Mazda3 restrictive exhaust system, but they will give your Mazda a wonderful deep, mellow sporty sound. Never raspy or loud.

My Mazda3 handles great, but I want it to handle EVEN BETTER! Whats the best way to improve my Mazda3 handling?

Improving your Mazda3 handling does not have to come at the expense of a harsh ride. One of the best ways to improve the handling of your Mazda3 is with a set of performance springs and shocks. The stock Mazda3 shocks usually only last about 30,000 miles. Its an often overlooked maintenance item, but worn out shocks will lead to poor handling and a bouncing effect with bumps or dips in the road. A new set of performance shocks will greatly improve the handling of your Mazda3 and the damping adjustment makes it easy to stiffen or soften the shocks whenever you wish in order to meet your comfort level, driving style or performance needs. We especially like the KYB Shocks for their great performance and easy adjustability.

When you replace your shocks, you can also install a set of performance springs. We especially like the Eibach Performance Springs as they are an excellent balance between performance and smooth ride. Performance springs improve handling two ways. First of all, they usually lower your Mazda3 about an inch. By doing so they not only get rid of that ugly wheel well gap but they also lower your Mazda3 center of gravity. This allows the car to maneuver more quickly through turns by reducing body roll. If you want to take your Mazda3 handling to an even higher level, we recommend installing a set of Racing Beat Sway Bars along with performance springs and shocks. Sway bars, or more correctly, anti-sway bars, work by helping your Mazda3 minimize cornering lean and respond to steering inputs more quickly. Your Mazda3 already comes with a set of sway bars. However, by installing stiffer, performance aftermarket bars, you can greatly improve your Mazda3 handling. Your Mazda3 will corner much flatter and be very responsive through the turns.

Here are a few more important things you should know as a Mazda3 owner that will allow you to get many years of trouble-free miles from your Mazda3

1. It's very important to properly maintain your Mazda3 The Mazda3 is a very-trouble free car, but like anything, you need to take care of it. It's very important to change your oil every 3,000 miles and your timing belt every 60,000. We recommend using genuine Mazda filters since they have an anti-drainback valve on them that allows more oil to stay in the pump, rather than all drain back to the pan, so at startup - when most wear occurs - the oil circulates into the engine much more quickly. Now some other filters also have this feature, like the Mobil 1 filter, but stay away from Fram and Purolator. In terms of the timing belt, if it breaks it won't damage your engine, but it will leave you completely stranded. So BE SURE it is changed EVERY 60,000 miles. In order to make it easier, we've put together some great maintenance packages. Take a look under Genuine Mazda Parts to get more information.

2. Most people would not necessarily describe a Mazda3 as "powerful", but then again, even most Miata owners do not tap into the potential of the Miata. Why? Because the first thing you must do if you want more power out of your Mazda3 is to shift at a much higher RPM. Most people never shift beyond 4,000-5,000 RPM. However, if this is where you are shifting your Mazda3, you are missing out on most of the cars power. Mazda3 make their peak horsepower around 6,500 RPM, so when you want power, you must shift at that point. You will be amazed at how much more power you feel. Not to mention that the next gear shift, you will be in more of a "sweet spot", and so on. You may be asking, "isn't this bad for the car?" In a word... No. As long as the car is warmed up and in good condition, you can shift it at 6,500 RPM all day long with no damage whatsoever to the engine. It's made to rev that high!

3. Do not overinflate your tires. Since the Mazda3 is a very light car, Mazda recommends 26-28 PSI in the tires. Don't beleive me? Check the sticker on your drivers side door jamb. Most people mistakenly inflate their tires to the maximum pressure on the tires sidewall, but this is not correct. Check your tire pressure and make sure it is between 26-28 PSI for an excellent safe ride.

There is one exception to the tire pressure. That is, if you are autocrossing or driving for performance, you can increase this pressure for less rolling resistance, however you do sacrifice some safety and ride comfort for this.

That's pretty much it! Just make sure to follow the recommend service schedule in your owners manual and you should be able to enjoy your Mazda3 for many years to come.

Welcome to the GoMazda3 family! We look forward to serving you as our customer. Feel free to give us a call at 1-866-466-4282 if you have any questions!
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