Stance Is Not A Crime | J-P’s Mazdaspeed 3

Imagine every time you take out your car you leave the house with fear in the back of your head that at any moment you could get pulled over for basically driving and doing what you love. The laws in Quebec, Canada as a lot of you reading this are aware, involves stretched tires, camber, suspension modification, and much more…This is slowly getting cars off the road due to impounds and crazy fines. This is Jean-Phillipe’s 34k Crystal White Pearl Mazdaspeed 3.

It was the first time meeting JP and I can tell you that it has been a while since I’ve seen a Mazda this clean from front to back. Everything looked brand new in box. JP learned a lot from his fully bolted first generation MS3 that he previously owned before this beauty.

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MIX-Nuts is a car gathering in Hiroshima, Japan, which show cases a variety of different cars, just like the name suggestions. This year was the first time this gathering was held with more than 100 cars that participated. Here is a highlight of the Mazdas that came out to socialize.

There was also a decent variety of makes of Mazdas that came out to play, from Mazdaspeed3s to Miatas.

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Benoit’s MS6

The sparkle of passion can begin at any age to express your life in a way that is unique to yourself. This is why so many people are often unsatisfied with their own car builds. This passion can be seen with Benoit Turmel’s 2007 Charcoal Grey Mazda Mazdaspeed6 from Quebec, Canada.

Benoit’s passion for cars and all things Mazda started with his first car, a 1991 Mazda 323, that eventually turned into owning a Mazda Protege with a custom turbo setup. Now that passion has lead him to the Mazdaspeed6, which is a pretty rare car to modify.

He was inspired by the aggressive stance that was beginning to get more and more popular with car builds, and wanted to express that in his own way on the Mazdaspeed6. Benoit loved the fact that it completely changes the look of the car with your own personal touch.

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You can plan as much as you want, but sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. For Jiang Zhifeng (江志峰) the plan of finding a Ford Focus in Taiwan was lost when his friend pointed him in the direction of a  clean Crystal White Pearl Mazdaspeed 3. However, the similarities between the chassis didn’t make this such an issue in the end.

Jiang was able to express his creative freedom on the car, just like any car enthusiast should be; building it for himself and growing to the love the car more and more. But, that fascination is something his wife will never understand.

He wanted to keep it OEM and maintain it to be clean as possible, which you can see is executed well.

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Hawaii Love

It has been awhile since we have posted Brad Pearl’s Mazdaspeed3 from Hawaii here on MF. Brad is one of our oldest supporters, and we have watched his car progress through the years. And so we love to support those that support what we are about. If you want to share what you got with us, then be sure to send us an email at

Last time we saw Brad post here it was back in 2012:
That sure was awhile ago, and the car is sporting a different overall stance now.

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SevenStock 17

SevenStock is one of the largest rotary powered engine gatherings in the world since 1998. The mission behind this event has barely changed at all 17 years later as it is still for enthusiasts by enthusiasts. SevenStock 17 was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, which has plenty of space for those showing support by having their car in the show area or putting their car out on the track.

Some cars we spotted in the spectator parking area.

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The Next Generation

From generation to generation Mazda has taken different directions with the way they build their cars from the interior soul to the exterior skin of the car. However, it has been awhile since there has been such a profoundly positive direction to the Mazda models; being praised by the whole automotive community. The current generation of Mazda models are inspired by the KODO design direction, which bring back the powerful stance of the car.

This can be seen on Yatabe Kiyomasa’s 2014 Mazda Axela from Ibaraki, Japan.

This shows off the simple modifications to the new generation Mazda 3 that can set the car apart from stock as more aftermarket support is given to the car.

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iAcrophobia MS3

No matter where life takes you from across the country to another continent, you will always be a car enthusiast to the end. This is the case for Dongguang Li who ended up about 7400 miles (~11900 kilometers) from home in Martin, Tennessee with his Liquid Silver 2010 Mazdaspeed3.

Dongguang was originally from Zhengzhou, China, but his education took him across the world to Martin, Tennessee to study at University of Tennessee at Martin. But, despite the distance and change in lifestyle in American, he still stayed an automotive enthusiast.

Eventually, he was able to continue his passion for cars in Tennessee when he purchased his 2010 Mazdaspeed3.

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Six Wagon

The Mazda 6 wagon is another variation that doesn’t exist in North America due to poor demand for such a model, but it is available in other parts of the world. This is pretty sad because wagons are just beautiful with their additional body lines/features. Our friend Junpei Sato from Yuzawa, Japan was able to get his hands on a 2013 Snow White Pearl Mazda Atenza wagon.

Junpei just started with this car, and kept it really simple with the essentials first. Pretty amazing how the essentials can make a car that much more appealing.

First, his suspension of choice was to go with Largus fully adjustable coilovers. Second, his shoe of choice for the wagon is a set of Work Wheels. Work Meister S1. 18×9 +18 with a 215/40/18 front and 18×10 +22 with a 225/40/18 rear.

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Rebirth of the White Lotus – Dead End


Starting from where I left off in part one (Full Circle) we had just started redesigning the trunk setup and talking about front camber. Since then I’ve finished installing the first variation of the trunk design as well as all the new suspension components. From then till now I’ve learned quite a bit more about the car and about myself. With regret I do admit that I failed to accurately document everything that had been done. Nonetheless, lets go through the little photos that I did take.

In the eight months that have passed I’ve driven the car for about six. I spent a little over a month “finishing” (not a good word to use around the GF) up everything for our anniversary meet in Las Vegas, Sin City Affair.

  • Finish front suspension assembly
  • Install front suspension assembly
  • Finish rear suspension assembly
  • Install rear suspension assembly
  • Finish designing trunk setup
  • Install new trunk setup
  • Alignment

Finishing the front suspension assembly was simple but with fault. The issue that I had with the compressed bag height had been combated with shortening the body of the lower strut mount, thus allowing the lowest point of the bag to be lower then before yielding the full travel of the suspension. However this also meant it required more pressure to raise the suspension to my previous driving height. The tophats required some finishing but really all that was left was to press in the studs. New top bag mount plates were water jetted and I ended up using my old lower bag mount from my previous setup. Last minute I decided to make some endlinks which were just some rod endings and stainless steel threaded rods. With the front suspension complete and installed I was able to put the front subframe on the ground which was what I was looking for, however the drive height was just too low. So now I’m stuck fine tuning the bag height as well as the strut length to get the most efficiency out of this setup. Nothing I’m not use to but a choir none the less.

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