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The 2015 Mazda 6 was the first and only Mazda I have driven. Mazda was recommended to me by two coworkers, who owned a stock '94 MX-5 and a majorly modded '12 Mazda 3. Being 6'4", I wanted neither of those cars, but thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt. They were fun to ride in. One weekend, I walked into the dealership and was greeted by a dealer about a half an inch taller than myself. I asked him what my options were, and he personally recommended the 6. Pamphlets lined his desk praising Mazda's high safety ratings and it's efficient SkyActiv engine. He offered to take me on a test drive. That test drive was the most fun I had searching that spring, and I drove quite a few cars. I remember one part very clearly: We were approaching a turn clearly marked 35 mph. "I know what the sign says, but trust me, take this turn at 60. The car can handle it." It sure did. If that doesn't sum up the Mazda 6, I'm not sure what will. I couldn't stop smiling during that test drive, and I couldn't help but think about the 6 while driving other cars. So, I bought one. Now, I want to make it mine.

Kufliclicks' 2015 Liquid Silver 6 Touring w/ Tech Package

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Purchased (new): April 10th, 2015

Mileage as of 12/19/20: 41,000

Interior:
  • Mazda H70 All Weather Floor Mats
  • Corksport LED Light Kit
  • Escort Passport 9500xi - Blue

Exterior:
  • Spec-D Fog Lights + OEM Fog Light Stalk
  • 35% front window tint, 20% back window tint
  • Black vinyl roof wrap
  • Corksport License Plate Relocation Kit
  • Black "Zoom-Zoom" License Plate Frames (front and back)

Engine/Suspension:
  • OVTune, 93 octane performance tune
  • Corksport Short RAM Intake
  • Corksport Cold Air Box
  • Racing Beat Axle-back Exhaust
  • Resonator delete
  • Autoexe Strut Tower Bar (painted black)
  • Progress Rear Sway Bar
  • Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers (2" drop from stock)
  • OEM Remote Start with fob

Summer Wheels:
  • Enkei PF07 18x8.5+35
  • Michelin Super Sport 245/45/18

Winter Wheels:
  • Stock 19" rims
  • Pirelli Ice Zero 225/45/19

Future Plans:
  • Maybe sell it 馃槩


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Hey guys, I'm ready to start buying parts! I've been doing research for about two months, but I haven't been able to come to a complete decision and want some second opinions.

First of all, I occasionally catch myself absentmindedly doing 5-10 over the speed limit, which has screwed me a few times. So, my friends recommended that I get a radar detector for the piece of mind. That being said, I am looking at the Escort Passport 9500ix and the Escort Passport Max. Both of these are proven performers, but the Max's premium price may be worth it for the ability to learn common false alarm frequencies. Does anyone have one of these, or recommend against them/radar detectors in general?

Secondly, intakes. There is a lot of reading material on this forum on CAI vs SRI, and believe me, I have read it. I originally decided on the Injen CAI. I have been reading a lot about the Corksport SRI with the Cold Air Box, and I'm not sure if it would be worth it, with all the complaints people on this forum are having. I was planning on calling Corksport to see if they have fixed those problems, but haven't gotten around to it yet. My question is: is the SRI w/ box better than the CAI? My M6 is my daily driver, and I spend most of my drive in low RPM on the highway. I would like a little more "get up and go", but not necessarily high-end power.

Lastly, an easy one. I have decided to go with the Racing Beat exhaust. I really like the note produced and look of the exhaust tips. My friends unanimously agreed with me, plus the Racing Beat was one of the cheaper options. I am not looking for raw performance, just style points. It doesn't seem worth it to me to spring for a custom exhaust or mess with the headers/cat. Are there any members that run this exhaust that had any problems with it, or switched away for any reason?

TL;DR tell me which intake and exhaust you like the most. Everyone else, thanks for getting through it.
 

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Let me be the first to chime in on the radar detector debate. I did choose to buy the Max2 over the 9500ix because I'm just that type of person. I liked the additional features offered by the Max, and at the time, the Max 360 was not available. I highly recommend the Max 360 if it's in your price range. But here is something that I'm not sure you know but is very important - any radar detector takes some getting used to. They're all gonna give false alarms, you just have to tell it what is a false alarm, and even then, if the popo in your area are smart, they'll set up their traps where there are common false alarms to trick you. A good/bad thing about the Max is that the range is phenomenal. I will get alerts waaaay before I come up on the speed trap. This is something you'll have to get used to also. I started thinking it was a false alarm, and a mile later, there's the cop sitting on the side of the road. But once you learn how good the range is, you'll realize the investment is worth it. One last thing. The more cars that get safety warning systems, the more false alarms you'll get. Remember that some of these systems use radar to work, so if you're close to like a newer GM vehicle, it will go off constantly. This can be very annoying. I've had it happen with Cadillac's and Silverado's mostly. Bottom line is, radar detectors require some patience and learning.

As far as mod's go, I believe any intake you get, you should get a cold air box. I questioned the heat soak issue for a long time, until I put the CS cold air box in. If you check out my Fuelly page, you'll see that since I added it in March, my mpg's have shot up to the high 30's. It has made a huge difference in mpg. Everything seems to work smoother and better. I personally have not had the screw issue with the CS air box, but yes, that little rub does happen. Small price to pay for 5mpg.
 
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I can chime in directly on both topics. I had a Passport 9500 in my 6 before I sold it, and it was GPS enabled and learned false alarms. After driving the same route a few days in a row, it will store them and not give false alarms anymore. I now have the Passport MAX in my SS and honestly it does about the same thing as the 9500, except I can sync to my phone via bluetooth and control it.

As for the intakes, I had a K&N on my 6 and really liked it. Its actually for sale right now (for sale section). I went this route because at the time I bought it, it was the only one offering a heat shield/ surround for the filter. This engine doesn't produce much heat at all so the shield the K&N offers is more than adequate. I had it on my car during repeated 100* days here in South Mississippi and it never hiccuped or threw a code. It really is nice to have some sound come from the car too. I find myself speeding a lot more when I can't hear the car, because it takes some of the sensation of speed away.
 
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I've been using a Valentine 1 for a long time now and find it to be the best for my needs. Also, new units are sold with new anti falsing software to weed out most of the proximity sensors from surrounding traffic.

Another point to remember when using a radar detector is that it's virtually useless if you're running alone. Ambush is still ambush, but staying around other traffic a bit to flush out the signal earlier will always benefit you.

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CAI pays for itself after a while.... It's a fairly simple install, as long as you're getting well engineered parts.

Last year on the way to New Hampshire I was getting 34-35 mpg in my MX5.

Highest I got before the intake was 30.
 
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I went with the 9500ix, and I'll give some thoughts once I use it for a few weeks. That being said, I have my eyes on the SRI w/ box and was hoping for a few more insightful posts on that. Thanks to the previous posts! You learn something new every day.
 

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I have a Velentine 1 and have had it for a long time. It's a trusty companion and the directional warnings are EXTREMELY useful.

With that said the popo in many areas has moved largely to laser, and with laser odds are you won't get a warning from the car in front of you being tagged. If the laser detection goes off and you're speeding, unless you're in a pack and the next car is quite close (thus you MIGHT have gotten some of the energy aimed at him) it basically just told you to pull over and collect your ticket.

I still run with the V1 from time to time, but it's no longer my "on all the time" tool simply because it no longer *reliably* provides an effective warning, and there's nothing worse than thinking you have a sentinel posted only to find out that he's asleep!

Waze these days is actually MORE useful in any area with meaningful traffic because it's close to real-time and even "pop up" radar or laser doesn't evade someone SEEING the cop and tagging his location before you get there.
 

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I have a Velentine 1 and have had it for a long time. It's a trusty companion and the directional warnings are EXTREMELY useful.

With that said the popo in many areas has moved largely to laser, and with laser odds are you won't get a warning from the car in front of you being tagged. If the laser detection goes off and you're speeding, unless you're in a pack and the next car is quite close (thus you MIGHT have gotten some of the energy aimed at him) it basically just told you to pull over and collect your ticket.

I still run with the V1 from time to time, but it's no longer my "on all the time" tool simply because it no longer *reliably* provides an effective warning, and there's nothing worse than thinking you have a sentinel posted only to find out that he's asleep!

Waze these days is actually MORE useful in any area with meaningful traffic because it's close to real-time and even "pop up" radar or laser doesn't evade someone SEEING the cop and tagging his location before you get there.
Someone recommended Waze to me not that long ago, but I haven't used it yet. I have it downloaded and ready to go, but I find it hard to shift away from Google Maps. It's never done me wrong, you know?
 

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Someone recommended Waze to me not that long ago, but I haven't used it yet. I have it downloaded and ready to go, but I find it hard to shift away from Google Maps. It's never done me wrong, you know?
Google maps now gives updates from Waze, but I believe only for accidents, not police. I use Waze on long trips, but having it on eating away at my phone battery every time I drive, no thank you. I'll stick with my radar detector. That said, although I have Escort's app downloaded onto my phone, I rarely use it. I find it more gimmicky than anything and I like simple and easy while I'm driving. Isn't that why we bought Mazda's? For the simple, straightforward driver focused experience? If I wanted complicated software, I would've bought a Fusion with Sync or whatever they're calling it now.
 
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I tried Waze for the first time today, and it took me to the middle of a busy highway and said "You have arrived." I think I'll just stick to old reliable Google Maps for now. That being said, I have my Passport 9500xi now. It seems great, but I'm going to have to get used to it.
 

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I tried Waze for the first time today, and it took me to the middle of a busy highway and said "You have arrived." I think I'll just stick to old reliable Google Maps for now. That being said, I have my Passport 9500xi now. It seems great, but I'm going to have to get used to it.





It could have been me who suggested Waze, since it's what I've used for awhile now. I haven't ran into any address issues at all, and I think it does a pretty good job of guiding around traffic when it saves you time; but who really knows how long a more direct route would have actually taken.


I don't have a radar detector so if I know I'll be 10+ over the speed limit I'll throw on Waze since it does a pretty effective job of keeping you aware of cops on the road. Sure, sometimes the cop is gone from where they say they were but slowing down to the speed limit for a few isn't a big deal. I would say its definitely saved me a handful of times.
 
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I live in VA where radar detectors are illegal. I guess people here use Waze religiously (including myself) and they are reported 99% of the time when they are hunting speeders. This is probably THE worst state to speed in but sometimes driving down 95 gets boring.
 

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I live in VA where radar detectors are illegal. I guess people here use Waze religiously (including myself) and they are reported 99% of the time when they are hunting speeders. This is probably THE worst state to speed in but sometimes driving down 95 gets boring.
I drove through Virginia today and felt naked without my 9500ix on the windshield. I had it back in place by the time I hit Ohio and then Waze saved my ass by pointing out a cop that was shooting laser. The radar detector would have just been a ticket confirmation had I not been forewarned of him.

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After researching and talking to a few buddies of mine, I decided that discounts were not worth waiting for, as they are few and far between. I ordered the following:

Corksport
- Short RAM Intake (all black, polished clamps)
- LED Light Kit
- License Plate Relocation Kit

Racing Beat
- Axle-back Exhaust

I am waiting on purchasing the Cold Air Box from Corksport while they work out the kinks, but I will once they do. Rounding out my next CS order will be front and rear bars, and maybe a RMM. After that, I'll look into headlights and taillights. That doesn't mean that I am done, just that I'm done for now. Thanks for the help, everyone! I'll get some pictures up after I install everything.
 

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, I installed my parts! Here's a quick rundown with some pictures:


1) Right License Plate Relocation

So, this one was pretty simple. My first mod of the day, complete with instructions. First, I unscrewed the dealership box from the front bumper. This part made me sick, because the drill holes left are big and ugly. (the kit did come with bumper plugs, but they are black, so I am currently painting them) After that, I used a screwdriver to pry the cover off of the tow hook. The anchor was a sturdy metal rod, which screwed almost all the way into the bumper. This anchor supported a brace, which supported the license plate holder itself. I used a level, and the whole thing turned out very sleek. Corksport provided theft-resistant screws for the license plate, which are nice, but I feel unnecessary. In case of emergency, they provide a key to keep in your car. The job took me about 30 minutes (with a lot of breaks).
BONUS! Today I got some new OEM polished stainless steel frames. I needed the front one, because my plate bent without support.

Before:


Sans License Plate:


After:



Bonus (look at those bumper holes!):




2) Corksport SRI

The hardest part about this install was removing the factory airbox. The thing was huge! The box itself extended from the top of the engine bay all the way to the bottom, and was clipped in everywhere. Corksport provided step-by-step, extremely detailed instructions with pictures, and I never felt lost. I chose all black with polished silver clamps for my intake, to fit the eventual theme of the car. The car feels immediately quicker, and the sound is very nice. I disconnected my battery here to reset the ECU, because that causes the car to relearn my inputs and the new parts (this inadvertently caused my MPG to drop lower than it had been in a while, but still higher then when I got the car) I expect the benefits to fully kick in once I get a tune. This mod took me about an hour with a few breaks.

OEM Airbox:


Engine Bay:


Intake Close-up:



3) LED Cabin Light Kit

This mod was very simple, but tedious. Once again, Corksport offered very detailed instructions, which made sure I didn't forget anything. The lights I replaced were: the interior dome lights, the front door courtesy lights, the glove box light, the license plate lights, and the trunk light. Each light, save one, had a cover that slipped off with a flat-head screwdriver. I have big hands, so getting the bulbs out was a pain in the ass. Since the battery was disconnected, I just pried the bulbs out with a screwdriver. DO NOT do this while the battery is connected. The hardest part about this install by far was the glove box light. I had to remove the glove box, unscrew the light fixture up in the dash, unsnap the fixture, and replace the bulb. Altogether, this mod took me about 45 minutes.

Dome Lights from Back Seat:


Dome Lights from Outside:


License Plate Lights:


Courtesy Lights:


Trunk Light:


Full Package:



4) Racing Beat Exhaust

This install was surprisingly easy. The only catch is that you need a lift or stands to complete it. I went to a friend's garage and he was nice enough to help. Even though my car is only a little over a year old, the OEM exhaust was starting to rust. Damn you, Minnesota winter! Despite this, the bolts came off easily and the hangers only needed a little WD-40 to get them loose. Racing Beat provided some dense instructions on a sheet of paper, but nothing hard enough to misinterpret. Everything slipped into place and bolted in fine. The OEM exhaust was SUPER heavy! The muffler itself was big and clunky, so there is definitely some weight reduction going on here. Finally, I reconnected the battery and fired her up. The note produced is a mean growl, and I am very happy with it. At no point is the exhaust annoying, and I have gotten a lot of complements for it. I brought my 6 to the dealership yesterday, and word got around. I may have done some accidental advertising, haha. This is definitely the most satisfied I have been with the car, and I was satisfied to begin with. I mean, I bought it, right? This install took me about 45 minutes, including unboxing and jacking the car up.

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Tips:



I'm very happy with my mods so far, and I now turn my head to wheels and tires. There is a lot of information out there, so I have to do my research. Hope you guys enjoyed!
 

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Wow! Lots of good work sir. Good choice of plate frame; I've got the exact same one :D

Makes me want to keep modding my car, but I don't want to keep getting my wife angry :lol:

How's the exhaust sound with the new intake?
 

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Thanks for the detailed update!

I'm a new 6 owner and I've done most of the same stuff to my car...except, no front plate relocate and I've got the K&N intake, not the CS one. The intake and exhaust have worked out better than I ever expected. I love the subtle but distinctive growl from my car now, every time I punch the gas!

(Last car I owned seemed to resist modifications like the plague! Everything I did seemed to make the car more unlivable.)
 

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Wow! Lots of good work sir. Good choice of plate frame; I've got the exact same one :D

Makes me want to keep modding my car, but I don't want to keep getting my wife angry :lol:

How's the exhaust sound with the new intake?
Thank you! The mod bug bit me something fierce, and I'm lucky that I'm the only one on my bank account, haha.

I installed the intake first, so I have no actual reference point without it. That being said, it sounded throatier than I heard in Youtube videos. That could be the intake, but that could also fall under technological shortcomings. All I know is, I like it. :grin2:

I chose that plate frame because I really like black on liquid silver. It just pops better than the silver on silver would (plus, Zoom-zoom > Driving matters)

Thanks for the detailed update!

I'm a new 6 owner and I've done most of the same stuff to my car...except, no front plate relocate and I've got the K&N intake, not the CS one. The intake and exhaust have worked out better than I ever expected. I love the subtle but distinctive growl from my car now, every time I punch the gas!

(Last car I owned seemed to resist modifications like the plague! Everything I did seemed to make the car more unlivable.)
Congrats on the new 6! The car definitely seems to take to the extra air well! I was leaning toward the K&N intake myself, but I decided that I wanted to enclose it entirely. Instead of taking a risk with compatibility, I stayed in the CS family, and I'll buy the box when they fix it.
 

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Just a quick update! I bought an Autoexe strut bar and some Megan Racing coilovers from Jomar23M6. Not only was communication great, but the items were shipped well, and quickly! Currently looking at wheels. I plan on moving this info to a build thread sometime soon, then I will do a proper update.

In the meantime, I just had a nasty impact filled on my windshield. A metal ball rolled about 60mph towards me, off of someone's truck on the way to work Thursday morning. They didn't stop, and there wasn't a way for me to track them down, so I have to eat this one eventually. I didn't think to get before photos, but if anyone wants, I can post some afters.
 
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