Gray Schilling’s Mazda Protege

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Name: Gray Schilling

Age: 25

City: Middle-of-nowhere, Ontario, Canada.

Car: 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege

Occupation: Vinyl wrap installer / Stock Day Trader / Aspiring Photographer

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Suspension/Wheels/Etc: Custom Spec BC Racing BR coilovers, F:11 / R:13kg/mm 152mm Swift Springs, Custom Fly Slotted BC front camber plates, Fly Slotted Ksport rear camber plates w/ Self fabricated spring perches and ball joint washers, Megan Racing adjustable rear lateral links, Stop Tech stop sport front rotors, Stop tech power slot rear rotors, Hawk HPS pads, Current Wheels: Work Emotion CR-Kai 17×9 +17 With FK452 215/35

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Interior parts: Kenwood headunit, AEM Wideband o2 sensor, Autometer Boost gauge, Grip Royal ‘Royal Grain’ 350mm mahogany steering wheel, NRG steering hub adapter, Sparco horn button to match the OEM Knob and pedals, Custom steering wheel spacer, Custom horn ‘wiper’, Custom turn signal ‘engage-r’, Custom dual gauge pod/surround (made by a Mazdas247 forum member), One off shift boot (made by a M247 forum member)

Exterior/Other: Customized and Retrofitted Projector headlights; Morimoto Mini h1 6.0, Custom finished Tail lights, Custom fog deletes, side sills, rear spats, CR3 ‘Air Diversion Panel’, Mazda badge wrapped in tint, Gutted cats, muffler delete, raised exhaust, Custom paint work and repairs, Rear wheel arches, front pass fender, rear bumper, hood, front splitter, badge deletes, (Anything marked “custom” is been self fabricated or modified by me), Custom E-brake handle wrap, Interior bezels wrapped

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Tuning parts: ETS SMIC, Turbohoses hot pipe & StreetUnit CAI w/ custom 1″ BPV fittings, BoostSciences Reflex Diverter valve w/ 1″ tubing, Split Second air/fuel controller v2, CorkSport Bronze oil solid shifter bushings, “Nyloil” shifter-tranny brace bushing, Custom “Cold air box” W/ Air rams, HKS intake filter

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What was your first modification?: Performance lowering springs

What was your latest modification?: I wrapped a bunch of interior parts and bezels, installed new springs and struts, along with some small custom suspension bits.

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Do you have anymore plans for this car? If so, what?: Of course. I’m really just getting started. This car is special to me so I plan to slowly keep working on it for a long time.

Previously owned cars?: This is my first car technically. I’ve had it for 6 years now.

What car would you like to buy next?: I have a E38 740IL and a S13 Coupe which are my next projects. After that, I’m really intrigued by Japanese market Toyota C chassis cars, older 5 series wagons, and Jaguar Wagons or older xj8s. We’ll see!

To see more of Gray’s protege, check out his Instagram @stillsteezy

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