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2018 Signature
Pearl White
Chestnut

Not going to do anything extreme. I'm also hoping for others ideas, suggestions and experiences.

I had the OEM Rubber Floor Mats, Cargo Tray and Chrome door sills added before taking delivery of the car. When I got the car home a full paint correction was done.

Have since added Window Tint and a full front end Clear Bra.

First Pic is stock - no window tint
Second - with tint and clear bra. No, you can't see the clear bra unless you're 6" away "looking" for it.


 

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Wish I could get a picture to attach that is full size instead of a thumbnail.
Use a picture hosting website such as Imgur, then grab those URLs and put them into your post with the IMG tag and they'll display full sized :)

Looks good so far - gatta start somewhere :D
 

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Tanabe Coils and Strut tower bar are on the way. Expect to have them installed within about 10 days. They don't make a anti sway bar for the rear so looking for another option.

As of now Ultra Racing looks to be the best choice. Rather than the rear sway bar I'm thinking about doing the rear lower https://ultraracing-usa.com/mazda-6-jg-2012-2016-rear-lower-2-points/ instead as I still want to keep some "comfort" but thinking the rear lower will tighten it up a bit. If you order from them today 5-29-18 they have 20% discount.

To full rear anti sway bar or not..... anyone with any opinion/insight?
 

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Have also ordered the following Mazda OEM accessories.

Foot Rest cover
Accel Pedal cover
Brake Ped cover
Windshield sun screen
Front and rear mud flaps


Was told about 10 days before receiving.

Will be posting pictures as each item arrives and is installed.
 

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Have also ordered the following Mazda OEM accessories.

Foot Rest cover
Accel Pedal cover
Brake Ped cover
Windshield sun screen
Front and rear mud flaps


Was told about 10 days before receiving.

Will be posting pictures as each item arrives and is installed.
Can you please post up a link to the pedal covers and the mud flaps? The mud flaps are not OEM, correct?
 

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Can you please post up a link to the pedal covers and the mud flaps? The mud flaps are not OEM, correct?
I got the link from this site. Pretty sure it was Chazzy J that posted it but after just spending the last 20 minutes looking for it I can't find it. I'm going to send him a PM and see if he'll post the link here.

Yes, the mud flaps (splash guards) are OEM.
# GHR1-V3-450 *FRONT
# GBVG-V3-460 -REAR
 

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I got the link from this site. Pretty sure it was Chazzy J that posted it but after just spending the last 20 minutes looking for it I can't find it. I'm going to send him a PM and see if he'll post the link here.

Yes, the mud flaps (splash guards) are OEM.
# GHR1-V3-450 *FRONT
# GBVG-V3-460 -REAR
Are the mudflaps the same versions as previous years? I wonder why Mazda didn't list them as an accessory when you build an 18 on the website. I can't see how they wouldnt be the same as what was offered on years 15-17.

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Are the mudflaps the same versions as previous years? I wonder why Mazda didn't list them as an accessory when you build an 18 on the website. I can't see how they wouldnt be the same as what was offered on years 15-17.

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I hope they're right as I specifically clicked on 2018 when it asked you to choose the year. I even double checked. 2018

They don't or at least didn't use to show the pedals either and I'm quite sure tinkerguy has a set already.
 

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Thanks.

I did find the pedals also.

I'm just a little leery getting accessories when half the Mazda sites don't even list the '18s as an option yet...
 

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Thanks.

I did find the pedals also.

I'm just a little leery getting accessories when half the Mazda sites don't even list the '18s as an option yet...
Just got off the phone with my parts guy (again) who double/triple checked everything and says they will work. Pedals-Splash guards.
 

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That's it.

Thank You

And

I decided to go with the Rear Anti Sway Bar. $50.40 discount purchased today. Wonder if the wife is going to notice the difference. 0:)

Hopefully get all the suspension mods installed over the next 10 days along with the splash guards and pedal covers and move on to phase II.

Lots of before and after pics to follow.
 

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What are your tint percentages? I have a 2016 6 with snowflake mica and not sure about the different tint degrees at the front and back of the car.
 

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Side Windows are 30% Rear Window is 20% Forgot to mention the 3M™ Automotive Crystalline Series was used.

I would suggest to check your State laws to ensure you don't go too dark. I know some States don't enforce as aggressively as others.
 

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I've just encountered the fastest shipping ever. Springs were shipped Saturday and they arrived late yesterday, Tuesday.

This works great as the tower brace (according to the tracking I just received) won't be here until next Tuesday. I'm going to try and install the springs later today and that will give them a week to "settle" before installing the tower brace which ideally is a better scenario.

Will be taking measurements and pics before and after. With a little luck they will be posted later tonight.

EDIT:

Installed the Tanabe front coils which took just over an hour and that was taking our time making sure it was done perfectly. Very pleased with the way it turned out and honestly just wasn't that difficult. Needless to say having a shop and ALL the tools makes a big difference.

For the record my bud owns a three bay (w/two lifts) shop so working on the car couldn't be any easier or more convenient.

We went around to the rear to see what we needed to do and quickly realized we had to remove a few things to install the springs that we would need to remove when we install the rear sway bar. Unfortunately the sway bar won't be here for another few days/first of next week. Anyway we decided to wait and do the sway bar and the rear springs at the same time.

Initial measurements show a hair shy of a 1" drop in the front but after a bit of settling and having the rear come down we're thinking the total front drop is going to be 1 to 1&1/8". The before measurement (ground to lip of the wheel fender was 27.75". Now sitting at 26.85" The temporary extra rake didn't look as bad as I thought it would but will be much happier when we get the rear lowered. Without trying to explain everything I just told the wife to drive my truck for a few days if she needed to go anywhere. :grin2:

Here's a couple of pics of the front, before and after. I'll post all the before and after pics and measurements when we get the rear springs installed. Black springs are the stock springs.



 

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Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on ride quality and pictures of the car after everything is in. I'm likely only doing the springs, and spacers on the rear wheels to push it out 15mm.
 
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