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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
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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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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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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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...
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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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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Very cool, I will eventually change out the wheels in the future with similar specs to what you're planning except maybe running a 245/40/19 to stay closer to the overall diameter of the factory wheel/tire combo. But for now, I'm gonna put some mileage on the stock tires. I'm looking forward to see which style of wheels you end up going with once you decide on the fitment. I'm also curious to see how the car handles with the larger sway in back.

Thanks and you're right about tire size that kind of slipped my mind. Going wider usually goes a little taller. Something I'll be needing to pay close attention to. May end up with a 40 rather than a 45 to make this fit. I can already tell it's going to be close. I'm thinking I may have to consider a -40 offset rather than -35.
 

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Installed the Tanabe Tower Strut Brace today. I've installed a couple before but did something a little different this time. Found it from reading all of the literature while researching. It was part of the information on their website but interestingly not mentioned in the instructions that were supplied.

Installed the two brackets on the strut tower and then before attaching the brace we lifted the front end off the ground taking the weight off of the tires, attached, adjusted the strut bar, torqued everything down and then lowered the car back down. I hadn't ever heard of or lifted the front wheels off the ground before installing the brace/bar. It's also the first brace I've installed that is adjustable. Certainly made for an excellent fit.





Even on the short drive home the difference with lowering springs on the front and the tower brace installed was noticeable. Now I just need for the rear sway bar to hurry and get here to get it installed and replace the rear springs.
 

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↑↑ boggles the mind really... ↑↑


Anyhow...my parenting class says that when my 2-year-old displays behavior I do not approve of I should ignore it and re-direct.


Que redirect.

@idrive did you have any problems with the horizontal attachment bolts on the strut bar. I didn't follow the instructions with regard to tightening procedure? I tightened mine incorrectly and really bent them. Blew my mind the amount of bend I put in that M10 bolt. I had to cut it to get it out.


Your build is awesome by the way!
With the tower bar being adjustable the brackets were attached without the bar being attached so there wasn't any pressure on them. Then raised the wheels off the ground and attached the bar, adjusted it so it was nice and snug and then dropped the wheels back on the ground. No bending, everything nice and snug. Is that what you're asking me. :smile2:
 

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Discussion Starter · #30 · (Edited)
Curious where you purchased the Tanabes from? I'm assuming these are the NF210s?
Yes, NF210's - purchased those from the "for sale" here on the forum under the suspension section. You'll notice he just closed his "for sale" ad a week ago. Good Guy BTW

The tower brace was purchased from:
www.sparktecmotorsports.com/tanabe-chassis.html - they shipped the next day after ordering.

I purchased the rear anti sway bar from:
ultraracing-usa.com/mazda-6-jg-2012-2016-rear-anti-roll-sway-19mm/

They sent me a message the day after ordering which I didn't see for a couple of days. Said the bar was in production. I have written back asking for an ETA and have not heard back. I really wish Tanabe made one. I would have ordered theirs.


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Guess I need to check the front porch more often. Just looked out and the OEM accessories box was sitting there. Going to be a hot one here tomorrow so will be getting up early to do the installs.

Splash Guards front and rear, footrest, brake and accel. covers.

 

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I'm curious to see how the splash guards fit, can you please snap a pic or two of them when they're installed?
I will.

I sat up and read the directions of all the items last night and decided I'd do the pedals first which I just finished. I'm not sure I'll get to flaps until tomorrow although the rears have a chance later this evening.

Here's the before.



Here's the after.

 

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The gas pedal is mostly smooth which I think is a good thing. I don't want to call it slick but you can move you foot about without any resistance. Can't say it acts/feels much different than the regular pedal

The brake pedal definitely has some excellent grip What looks like holes are rubber pads protruding out. Not a hard slippery rubber but dense, sticky, hard, spongy feel. lol

The foot rest is machined so the edges around the circles/holes have an edge that extends outward. Best way I can think to describe it is it's kind of like a cheese grader. Definitely has some grip.
 

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Just went back and looked closer at your unpacking pics of the pedals. I can see what you are saying. Gas and rest have holes, but the brake has the rubber nodes on it. Makes sense. Where did you order from?
The dealer I bought the car from. They give me a 20% discount on parts and ship them to me at no charge. I bought from a dealer 300 miles away from me instead of the local dealer. The only way the local dealer will ever see this car is if it needs warranty work. We'll know in a few hours how the splash guards fit. Very straight forward, no drilling.


If you scroll up a few posts the link to the accessories is in ChazzyJ's post.
 
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