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Well I never did one of these threads for the old car which I sorta regret. So after the old cars sad demise down to black ice on the M6 on christmas eve
(yep it was a lovely christmas present
), I am now back on the road in a new 5.


I have been steadily stripping off all the modded parts I had on the old car and wish to use on the new one and gradually breaking the old 5 and selling off parts too. It has to be said that this would not be possible without the help of Taffylude (Dave) and his missus. Dave offered me a place to put the car to strip it down (if you know where I live you'd understand why I can't do it at mine) and has been helping me to break the car down. I can't say how grateful I am to him for his help.


Let me know if you are after any parts as there's still lots left on the car.

My new car is an '04 euphonic 1.8 with just over 17k on the clock! The old MOT's make entertaining reading with the car only clocking up 800 miles one year! It's completely standard with all the extras that came with that special edition including an LSD!


Plans for it are to get the adaptronic installed to it in parallel with the stock ecu using an adaptronic boomslang. Fit the turbo from the old 1.6 to it, for which I will be needing a replacement manifold (and the BEGI 1.6 one will get sold). I also need a new intercooler as the old one is a bit bent! The 430cc injectors will get re-fitted too. The downpipe needs a new bung fitting to locate the O2 sensor further from the turbo so the LC1 doesn't get upset anymore!

I'm hoping that the downpipe mates up with the stock exhaust mid-pipe initially, but that will get replaced in due course with a 2.5" stainless mid-pipe and high flow CAT.

I also need to fit my goodwin racing backbox, fit clear/red reflectors, clear indicators, put my carbon gearknob on, fit afr gauge, oil temp gauge and boost gauges.

I'll keep the stock wheels as I like them, but the rubber on them will change as I'm not keen on the Turanzas.

The interior I'm going to leave pretty much stock as I like it as is. My Gaz' need to go back on too, just as soon as I get replacement dampers from Gaz for the rears.

That's all I can think off at the moment, but I'm sure there's more to do.

Here's some pics to start with.













 

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no i am not helping you fit your suspension again or should i say i am not helping richy fit your new suspension while you have a brew

mr slow please dont do a tec day

p.s looks like a nice car you have their sir

any help needed give me a shout i could with a rest
 

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Nice
Not a huge fan of the red inside, but a very nice and smart looking '5 nonetheless


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Nice
Not a huge fan of the red inside, but a very nice and smart looking '5 nonetheless :DMark
I'd have preferred full black leather seats, but the red is growing on me with time..... Couldn't really knock the car back just on the strength of the seats as the rest of the car was so good.
 

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..... Couldn't really knock the car back just on the strength of the seats as the rest of the car was so good.
Certainly not!!


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I'm now getting into the swing of things with the new car. The 1.8 engine doesn't feel quite as eager as the old 1.6, but it maybe because I've bot been giving it loads of load pedal yet.

The thing I'm really made up with, bizarrely, is the heated seats
I don't know how I managed without them before!

I got most of what I wanted to do on the old car done today. So tomorrow I'm just going to do a couple of things on the new one. Put on the oem chrome fuel cap, change the indicators for clears, change the rear reflectors for reds and order some clears for the front. And I'll put my carbon gear knob on, which should go well with the carbon effect console surround that came standard on the Euphonic model. Oh and it'll get a wash if there's time.
 

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Looks really nice, it's one of the best editions imo
Yeah it's got most of the nice extras on it that I'd like as standard. If it had a six speed box and the sport brakes it would be spot on. Oh and a turbo
, but there weren't many of them and none were sold from new in this country


But I have a turbo so that can be sorted.


Really enjoying the 6 cd changer and the extra speakers, I'm already listening to more music when driving.
 

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Just did a couple of very small jobs today. But it was a start!



Put on the red rear reflectors and the OEM chrome fuel flap, which you can just about see in the pic.

Couldn't put my clear indicators on as I discovered that one of them had a broken clip from the accident. So I'll need to get a new pair of these.

At the moment I can't make my mind up whether to put on the carbon gear knob or leave the standard leather one on. Think I'll just try it for a while and see what I think. There's nothing else I really want to do to the interior, I think Mazda got it pretty much right.
 

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I thought I'd better put up what my plans for the car are.

TBH they're pretty similar to what I did with the old car. So I will be putting my turbo, a new intercooler, injectors and all the other stuff I took off the old car back on.

I will probably stick with the adaptronic for the ecu, but will install it in parallel mode as in standalone mode certain things don't work like your immobilser and the airbags
. But I may well upgrade to a select 440 which would mean no wiring to be done and all the sensors are pre-calibrated along with a base map to get things started (at least for a stock car).

Just depends on what sort of trade-in Adaptronic will give me on the 420.

If I keep the 420 then I'm going to need to wire in the map sensor and buy a boomslang to fit between the stock ecu, the adap and the main engine loom plug. It will also mean calibration of all the sensors and setting up a new map from scratch (there is some stuff I can use from the old turbo maps like triggering, some of the inputs/outputs and miscellaneous settings which I'll need to scour the settings to find).

I'm also going to need a new 1.8 manifold to replace the old begi 1.6 one, which I will be selling as soon as I can get it off the car.


The downpipe should just mate up to the existing exhaust mid-pipe (unlike the 1.6). Then I will upgrade the CAT and midpipe to a stainless freeflowing 2.5" midpipe (I asked for this on the previous car, but it wasn't done by the garage
), I'll probably get this done locally by cybox/cybrand as they're well.........local
and they were OK when I last used them.

I'm not looking forward to putting the gauges back in. I tried to remove them with as much of the existing wiring intact so that putting it all back in should provide fewer headaches.

Interior will stay pretty much as it is. I like what Mazda did with the interior in the euphonic so I can't see any reason to change it. Though the carbon gearknob may go in along with a CG Lock. At some point I would like a hard dog extreme roll bar. Or I need to persuade someone in this country to make a near copy for me.

Exterior will stay pretty much stock too, though I might put a track dog front splitter on like the last car (that is probably scattered in a zilion pieces over the M6 currently
) But I haven't really thought that one through yet. Though it wont be getting a heavy body kit as I like the clean line of the 5.

I'll keep the wheels on. I like the style, they're enkeis and they are pretty much mint with no kerbing. My Gaz suspension will be going back on too.

Can't think of anything else at the mo, though I'm sure there is more.
 

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The only thing I don't like about the Euphonic is the satin/grey accent trim and door handles - these need to shine imo.Luckily though, it can all be swapped
The wheels were also used on the USDM Miata SE, but were given a normal silver finishhttp://www.autos.ca/news/02images/02miata_se.jpg
"satin/grey accent trim", which bit do you mean? Do you think the door handles would like better with the chrome trims?
 

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Looks really nice, it's one of the best editions imo
If it had a six speed box and the sport brakes it would be spot on. [/quote]I'm sure the euphonic has the 276mm rear "sports" discs
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ok, the site I use for info on the euphonic doesn't mention the brakes as being the 'sport' ones, but it could be wrong as it states that the 1.8 came with a torsen LSD. My understanding was that everything after '03, came with a tochigi-fuji if it had an LSD. Easy way to check the brakes will be to whip a wheel off and just measure the disk. Where the fronts the bigger 'sport' brakes too?

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Yeah I'm pretty sure it's the bigger discs all round so 270mm front and 276mm rear.

Mark (freelance mazda) also said they were, he checked them out.

I met up with an mx5 owner who also reckons the euphonic has a lightened flywheel, I have no idea though, and I don't think it has, I've certainly not ever heard anyone else say that.

Would be good if it did though.....
 

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Looks really nice, it's one of the best editions imo
If it had a six speed box and the sport brakes it would be spot on. [/quote]I'm sure the euphonic has the 276mm rear "sports" discs[/quote]ok, the site I use for info on the euphonic doesn't mention the brakes as being the 'sport' ones, but it could be wrong as it states that the 1.8 came with a torsen LSD. My understanding was that everything after '03, came with a tochigi-fuji if it had an LSD. Easy way to check the brakes will be to whip a wheel off and just measure the disk. Where the fronts the bigger 'sport' brakes too?[/quote]Yeah I'm pretty sure it's the bigger discs all round so 270mm front and 276mm rear.Mark (freelance mazda) also said they were, he checked them out.I met up with an mx5 owner who also reckons the euphonic has a lightened flywheel, I have no idea though, and I don't think it has, I've certainly not ever heard anyone else say that.Would be good if it did though.....
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I don't think the lightened flywheel is the case as Mazda rarely did this, though I think there was a mk1 limited edition that had that. I'll be very pleased if it has the biggest 'sport' brakes though.

Any idea on which LSD it has?
 

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No idea on what lsd, but I can try and find out as I'm taking my car to a "specialist" soon so will ask them.

I'll also measure the discs myself so I can be 100% certain what size discs they are, I'll need to know as I eventually want to upgrade my discs and pads.

On another note I'm looking forward to seeing your car progress
 

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No idea on what lsd, but I can try and find out as I'm taking my car to a "specialist" soon so will ask them.

I'll also measure the discs myself so I can be 100% certain what size discs they are, I'll need to know as I eventually want to upgrade my discs and pads.

On another note I'm looking forward to seeing your car progress
Yes be interested to know on the brake size, though I may get a chance to measure them soon if I can get my Gaz's put on before the end of this week. In any case the gaz' will probably be the next big change to the car. I want some clear indicators and reflectors for the front, but 5parts are out of stock of the reflectors at the moment.

What 'specialist' are you going to?
 
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