Then I set about making it stop better. I managed to grab a set of Evo 8MR brakes for... $100. Heh. At this stage literally no one on the planet had done anything custom in terms of brakes on these things when I started this process, other than off-the-shelf big brake kits that looked like Taiwanese buckets of ****. However since this mod, and my contribution to the thread at http://www.mazdaspeedforums.org/foru...eed-6-a-62296/ a good two dozen people have performed the brembo upgrade with great success!
Then I put on more under body braces...
..and solid 88 duro engine mounts... Because the stock ones were made of some kind of cheese.
..So that's where the car was sitting, I'd pretty much solved most of the stock issues that Mazda didn't fix before they released the MPS. It's pretty entertaining to drive - it's no rocket ship, but it points into corners unlike any AWD I've driven, and just holds on. And in gravel, it's just immense.