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General Information

Year
2005
Make
Mazda 6
Model
S V6
Color
Steel Gray
History
Engine Type: 3.0L V6
Vehicle Class: Mid-size
Purchase Date: 0-00-00
Vehicle Mileage: 117000 Miles
Best MPG: 9.98610
Avg MPG: 9.98610
Total Mileage: 96950.3
Total Fuel Ups: 1
Purchase Price: $0.00 CAD
Total Modifications: 7
Total Spent: $1094.90 CAD

Modifications

Suspension
Product: Springs
Manufacturer: Racing Beat
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 0-00-00
Purchase Price: CA$0.00
Purchased From: Revolution Performance Motorsports
Purchase Rating: 0/10
Description: http://www.therpmstore.com/store/p/112-Racing-Beat-Suspension-Springs-for-Mazda-6-s-3-0L-Sedan-Hatch.html

Supposed to drop the height by .75" around with a 20% increase in spring rate.
Install Date: 0-00-00
Installed By: Self Installed
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments: As far as I know, the shop didn't cut my bump stops; no issues yet. Paired with Koni FSD dampers, likely cutting the drop to closer to .5" instead of .75". Car has noticeably less angle of attack changes in sustained cornering, likely due to less camber change from increased spring rate. On small low speed bumps or any surface changes the stiffer spring is noticeable, but not uncomfortable.
Product: FSD
Manufacturer: KONI
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 0-00-00
Purchase Price: CA$0.00
Purchased From: Revolution Performance Motorsports
Purchase Rating: 0/10
Description: Koni FSD self-adjusting sport damper.

http://www.koni.com/190.html

These things work great. Less so on squishy 16" snow tires - the tires slow down bumps too much to get the soft valving to work, or so it seems.
Install Date: 0-00-00
Installed By: Self Installed
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments: These are great for a daily driver, both tight body control and effective comfort over all sorts of road imperfections. Would rate them a 10, but the stiffer damper flow valve (used when going over smoother road surfaces) could easily be 10-15% stiffer without harming ride quality. Only negative I could think of is that their easy going ride quality belies how capable they are when you push the vehicle, although my vehicle could likely benefit in this area by upgrading to stiffer bushings in the suspension and subframes, an upgrade I've not seen.
Product: Rear Sway Bar
Manufacturer: Steeda
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 2013-05-07
Purchase Price: CA$137.90
Purchased From: Steeda
Purchase Rating: 10/10
Description: 22.5mm Steeda Rear Sway Bar. Reduced roll in the rear a small amount (uprated springs made more of an effect), introduced some lift-throttle oversteer and more neutral stead-state handling. Still understeers in slow corners and under power.
Install Date: 2013-05-18
Installed By: Myself
Installation Cost: CA$0.00
Installation Rating: 8/10
Comments: Installed new Moog end-links as well. Required a re-tightening and application of lock-tight due to a nut coming loose.
Product: Rear Floor Brace
Manufacturer: Street Unit
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 2014-10-10
Purchase Price: CA$125.00
Purchased From: Street Unit
Purchase Rating: 10/10
Description: SURE RDS-06 rear trunk brace bar.
Install Date: 2014-10-10
Installed By: Myself
Installation Cost: CA$0.00
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments: Should be installed with trunk carpet in place. Bolt-in location not super visible until seats are pushed forward and carpet pulled back. Requires socket extension, can't remember socket size.
Product: Steeda Ford Fusion Strut Tower Brace
Manufacturer: Steeda
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 2015-04-10
Purchase Price: CA$90.00
Purchased From: Steeda
Purchase Rating: 10/10
Description: Definitely felt it stiffen up the front end, allows the suspension to do a better job of controlling the wheels. Chassis feels tighter and more refined over bumps and road imperfections, less secondary flexing. Worth getting a tower brace.
Install Date: 2015-04-12
Installed By: Myself
Installation Cost: CA$0.00
Installation Rating: 7/10
Comments: Does not fit exactly, there is a harness carrier mounted on the firewall that is in the way - I bent it down and placed a sheet between the bar and harness carrier to prevent rubbing.
Wheel and Tire
Product: Ventus V12 Evo 215/50 R17
Manufacturer: Hankook
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 0-00-00
Purchase Price: CA$0.00
Purchased From: Purchased Used
Purchase Rating: 0/10
Description: UHP Summer Tire. An easy and effective upgrade for the stock suspension with stock wheels.
Install Date: 0-00-00
Installed By: Self Installed
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments: Great ride quality for the performance increase. Progressive break away makes limits very approachable, considering the front heavy nature of the 6. After suspension upgrades, the softer (for a UHP) sidewalls makes themselves noticeable.

An easy and effective upgrade for the stock suspension with stock wheels. If going to a lager wheel, would suggest going with a wider tire shorter, 235/40 if it works, to increase front end grip and minimize the sidewall.
Product: ExtremeWinterContact
Manufacturer: Continental Tires
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 2009-12-15
Purchase Price: CA$0.00
Purchased From: Tire Rack
Purchase Rating: 0/10
Description: Continental ExtremeWinterContact 205/60R16 on steelies. Helped stabilize the 6's twitchy nature on the snow, great snow grip. Better to run the rears 1-2 PSI lower than the front for better stability, although then mileage suffers.

Added stiffer springs and Koni FSD's later, would rather have 17's instead now. Too squishy to activate the soft valving on frost heaves and small bumps.

Will likely replace with higher performance, lower profile winter tires after these wear out. 4 seasons on and still good tread though.
Install Date: 0-00-00
Installed By: Self Installed
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments: Replaced with Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Product: Blizzak WS-70
Manufacturer: Bridgestone
Product Rating: 0/10
Purchase Date: 2013-03-07
Purchase Price: CA$0.00
Purchased From: Discount Tire Direct
Purchase Rating: 0/10
Description: Destroyed a Continental ExtremeWinterContact, had enough miles on those that I just picked up a new full set of Blizzak's to replace them.

Not as stiff in transitions as the Conti's, but also not as squishy in small movements, just an even flexing of the tire throughout the motion. No major snow experience yet.
Install Date: 2013-03-07
Installed By: Discount Tire
Installation Cost: CA$0.00
Installation Rating: 0/10
Comments:
Product: Pilot Super Sport 225/45R17
Manufacturer: Michelin
Product Rating: 9/10
Purchase Date: 2013-09-17
Purchase Price: CA$742.00
Purchased From: Discount Tire Direct
Purchase Rating: 9/10
Description: These are amazing. Amazing grip, makes the car feel noticeable more planted than the prior Hankook Ventus V12's (which were no slouches). Quiet even when losing grip, they just stick stick stick. Only gripe is that the sidewall flexes a little more than I'd like, gives a slight secondary movement after the load transfer in a sharp turn like a small bounce back; could be reduced with higher pressures, but the grip/ride/planted feeling is so good I'd rather not mess with it.
Install Date: 2013-09-17
Installed By: Discount Tire
Installation Cost: CA$0.00
Installation Rating: 9/10
Comments: Burned out the inside of one my old Hankooks due to a misalignment, so I called up Discount for a set (they had to transfer them, but were in before I was there) as I needed a new set before I left for Tail of the Dragon the next day. Painless.

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