Page Four - Interior Mods (including Audio)
Tired of hearing me rambling on yet? haha Next, I went inside my ride to change a few things. I started with a practical mod, aftermarket pedals. I looked at Sparco, MOMO, and just about every aftermarket brand for a good set of pedals - but all of them had clips or had to be drilled. I didn't want to go that route, so I ran into the Mazda OEM replacement pedals. They actually snap onto the stock pedal, so I was all about that. Here is a pic.
Since the carpet quality is one area Mazda cut a few corners, I was also in the market for a dead pedal. Again, no luck in the aftermarket world - so - I found a fellow forum member (at mazda3forums.com) to design/make his own. Turns out, it matched the pedals nicely! Check out the results below.
Next, I wanted to cover up the airbag warnings on my 'el cheapo' visors Mazda so 'generously' screen-printed. Check out the photo below for my answer to this problem. Even though I do not have a turbo-charged '3' (yet), I really love the humor behind the sticker.
Another 'little' mod was my LCD cling. I wanted to personalize my ride, and this was the cheapest way to do so. Since our rides in 2004 did not have climate control, the right side of our HU LCD was blank. So, I figured a way to cover the space. Check it out!!
Also, I upgraded the interior lighting (i.e., map and dome light bulbs. So, check out 'Page Eight' for details. In the near future, I'll be painting my door and steering wheel panels silver to match the rest of the interior. Also, I'll be getting all-weather floor mats. Other than that, I'm not going to do anything else with the interior unless I feel like getting a little "froggy". :)
As I truly 'love' music, it is only natural that I upgrade my OEM sound system. Unfortunately, the OEM head unit is intergrated into the dash. This means either a custom HU to keep the OEM look. Luckily, I actually like the appearance of the stock HU (pictured below). Therefore, the stock HU remains in place for now.
Speaker-wise, Mazda did some 'odd' things in my ride. Even though I have the nice addition of OEM 1'' tweeters up front, Mazda selected four door speakers instead of two front door and two rear deck speakers. This is my first vehicle such a decision was made. I thought my sound quality would suffer, but it didn't (thank goodness).
Until I can gather some additional $$, the OEM tweeters remain. However, I have replaced the four door speakers with four new Infinity Reference (6802cf) 6x8 speakers.
To power the door speakers, I have a 500-watt Kenwood amplifier since my previous 800-watt MA Audio amplifier decided to blow up mysteriously. Without the amp, I was not getting much bass response. Now, I have a major punch in the doors that is clean and crisp in sound. Below, is a picture of the components.
If I want to add a deeper bass sound in the future, I'll be going with the Infinity Basslink 10'' system pictured below. Ultimately, I'd like to have a custom fiberglass stealth box made for a 10'' sub woofer (in the trunk), but I do not see the finances becoming available for such a project.
One of the coolest audio additions I put in was...a modified VW Phatbox system to work with Mazdas. It is basically a 20-gig hard-drive for your ride which speaks the track information (i.e., name of the song, the artist, the CD, etc.) to ya in audio. I love it! I'll put up some pics if I get a request...
Page One - Introduction
Page Two - Exterior Mods
Page Three - Brake Calipers
Page Four - You Are Here
Page Five - Engline Mods
Page Six - Aftermarket Lighting
Page Seven - Future Mod Planning & Various Pictures
Page Eight - MD/PA/VA Mazda Meets
Page Nine - Bio of the Owner