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Kevin Knops: 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

Kevin Knops had owned his 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 for a couple of years before tragedy struck, and the engine spun a bearing. That was when the build truly started for him. Knops decided he was going to build the engine and make his Mazdaspeed3 a real one-of-a-kind build.

Owner: Kevin Knops
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Vehicle: 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
Horsepower: N/A
Club: N/A

SOCIAL
Facebook: Kevin Christopher
Instagram: @bluems3mn

Photography by Kevin Knops, NL Photography.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
Arias pistons 87.5
Manley I-beam rods
Keyed crank from SPEEDPERFORMANCE
Extensive wire tuck
Racethetix coil harness kit/bracket
Custom Crower 272/272 cams
Clevite rod and main bearings
Balance shaft delete
Titanium valve springs/retainers
Magnese valve guides
Sodium nitride intake and exhaust valves
Ported manifolds
NGK 6510 spark plugs
Precision 6766 DBB Gen 2 Turbo
Top mount exhaust manifold, Clutchmasters TD7R twin disk, Cometic head gasket
Jmf v2 with port injection
In-tank 450 pump and a surge tank with a 450 pump
4-inch intake
Vented oil cap
Dual damond catch cans, route 2 setup with 2 check valves and the PCV valve
TIAL Q BOV
Custom under-routed 3-inch intercooler piping,
Custom 3-inch downpipe
Precision 46mm wastegate with dump tube

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EXHAUST:
Custom single exit exhaust with a Magnaflow resonator and a 4.5-inch burnt tip muffler

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS:
Apexi turbo timer,
Glowshift oil pressure gauge, Grimmspeed ebcs
COBB accessport (tuned by Justin Brasil at Freektune)

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DRIVETRAIN
DSS axles
Clutchmasters Twin Disk TD7R

WHEELS & TIRES
Varrstoen ES6 wheels - 18x9.5 +30 (f), 18x9.5 +22 (r)
Nitto NT555 G2 tires - 255/35/18 (f/r)

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
BC coilovers
Whiteline sway bars

BRAKES
Drilled/slotted rotors

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EXTERIOR
Aftermarket grille
Painted rear valence
Black wrapped roof and mirrors
Color matched spoiler lip
Tinted taillights
27% tint
Rear diffuser

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LIGHTING
Innovited 55W 5k HID kit
Samsung LED side marker lights, reverse lights and taillights

INTERIOR
NRG quick-release
NRG steering wheel
Turbo timer
Glowshift oil pressure gauge
COBB accessport
Black painted interior and black wrapped ceiling
Carbon fiber ebrake handle
Custom heavy weight shift knob
TWM short shifter full assembly

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AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA
Eonon touchscreen 8-inch head unit
Kicker speakers

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COMPETITION EVENTS, CLASSES & AWARDS
Hot Import Nights 2018 MPLS - 2nd Hottest Mazda

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FAVORITE MODIFICATION
"My favorite modification has to be my turbo location on the engine. I love the way it looks!"

SHOPS/MECHANICS
Darton East
Rotatin Performance
Kelley's Automotive
Freektune

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