Silver Surfer

Recently there has been a movement among a good number of car enthusiasts to select air suspension over coilovers to achieve what they want out of their own car. Air suspension has gotten more affordable as technology on this type of suspension has improved over the years. However, air suspension is for those that want to essentially “park hard,” and have multiple levels of adjustability for any daily situation. This is the case with Jovany Cuesta’s 2011 Liquid Silver Mazdaspeed 3 from Northern Virginia.


Jovany enter the car world his sophmore year of high school. One of his friends introduced him into tinkering with cars, which eventually made him realize his hidden love for cars. And of course the Fast and the Furious franchise played a big role in it as well.


The first generation Mazdaspeed 3’s were in full affect during his high school days. Jovany’s friend’s crystal white pearl MS3 started his search for one of his own, but eventually the second generation facelift was released. At first he hated the facelift; it was just “goofy” looking. But with most things, the more you read up and experience the more it will eventually grow on you. So, Jovany ended up with the thing he hated at first, but now the thing he loves the most.


Jovany started modifying his car from day one. As he himself matured, the car took on many different forms, but the best one yet is what we see today.


The best thing that Jovany has accomplished is the overall appearance of his car with the help of his wheel fitment. He decided to choose a set of fully polished 18×10 CCW LM5T for his shoe of choice. Jovany wanted to sit the rear fenders on the quarter panels where the tire and lip of the wheel meet. This was done by stretching 205/40/18 tires on the wheels to give the fenders the little room it needed to do that.


The front end has the subtle modification of a Subuaru STi front lip.


Jovany modified the interior by deciding to go with a Grip Royal sleek steering wheel with NRG hub and NRG quick release. He also obtained a NRG harness bar that was powder-coated fluorescent white with a NRG seat harnesses.


The interior rear trunk area was done-up with a custom wood floor to house and place Jovany’s air setup and audio. His air setup includes his flurocent white 4 gallon air tank with Airlift V2 digital management, and Viair 444c compressor. The audio is a 12″ Rockford Fosgate P1 subwoofer with a 1200 watt AMP.


Jovany decided to go with Airlift front air struts with camber plates, and custom rear lower control arms with custom rear bags for his air suspension. With Corksport rear toe arms and SPC rear camber arms to adjust his toe and camber settings appropriately.

Modification List

Engine
-SURE motorsports:
-turbo inlet pipe
-short ram intake w/ element shield
-short shifter weight
-short shifter plate
-short shifter bushings
-boost tubes (intercooler pipe)
-Tanabe tower strut bar

Exhaust
-Custom stright 3in to gutted
-Magnaflow muffler w/ tips

Exterior
-HID 8K head lights
-EnlightAuto LED fog lights
-STI front lip
-HIC window Visors
-20% front window tint
-15% rear window tint

Suspension
-Airlift front struts w/ camber plates
-Customs rear bags
-Custom rear lower control arms
-Corksport rear toe arms
-SPC rear camber arms
-Street unit front drilled and slotted rotors

Wheels
-Fully polished CCW LM5T’s
-Gold ARP bolts
-18×10 on 205/40 all around

Interior
-SURE short shifting bushings
-Airlift V2 digital management
-4 gallon air tank powder coated fluorescent white
-Viair 444cc compressor
-Grip Royal sleek steering wheel
-NRG hub
-NRG Quick release
-NRG seat harnesses
-NRG harness bar powdercoated fluorescent white
-HKS turbo timer
-5 panel mirror
-12″ rockford fosgate p1
-1200 watt amp
-Custom wood floor(hatch floor)

Jovany would like to thank his team at Xclusiv: Alliance and #SoTrendy for all their support and help, and being a great family. To Sebastian Marin for helping out with the pictures, his wonderful girlfriend for supporting him and putting up with the car, to all his friends that have seen him mature with the car and helped him get this far, and to his awesome parents for always supporting and loving him.

Hope you guys enjoyed Jovany’s ride. Thanks to Sebastian Marin for capture this for us. You can enjoy more of his work here: www.SebastianMarin.com. There are more pictures in the gallery below. Thanks.

6 comments

  1. you car has come a hell of a way man, i always loved it even with the blue and white camo/tye dye or whatever you had on it when i met you. i remember you got tickets for like everything on the damn car once. its come a long way and is my favorite ms3

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