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Wow that's crappy luck, glad you're okay though.

Whenever you'd like, I can change this thread's title and move it to a spot so it can become your build thread, rather than having to start a new one :)
 

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Wow that's crappy luck, glad you're okay though.

Original post updated!

Whenever you'd like, I can change this thread's title and move it to a spot so it can become your build thread, rather than having to start a new one :)
Hey, I'm ready for this to be a build thread! "Kufliclicks' 2015 Liquid Silver 6 Touring" works fine as a title, and I would like this moved into a more appropriate spot. Where would you recommend? Thanks again.
 

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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

Photo album coming soon!

Purchased (new): April 10th, 2015

Mileage as of 8/16/16: ~19,500

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

Exterior:
- Corksport License Plate Relocation Kit
- Black "Zoom-Zoom" License Plate Frames (front and back)

Engine/Suspension:
- Corksport Short RAM Intake (all black, polished clamps)
- Corksport Cold Air Box
- Racing Beat Axle-back Exhaust
- Autoexe Strut Tower Bar (painted black)

Awaiting Install:
- Front bumper plugs (painted, but need to clean holes first)
- Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers

Future Plans
- Window tint. A good idea, but it's illegal in MN under 50%, and completely illegal on the windshield. Is it worth just getting the 50%?
- Fog lights. I bought a stalk for cheap, and am looking for housings and lights for a deal. Still need to decide on Halogen vs HID vs LED. Will probably install myself.
- Wheels and tires. Currently looking at going to 18's and dropping the car. 17's are too small and I don't like the look. Still researching wheel styles.
- Stainless steel pedal covers. I like the look, but I don't want them to scuff. I might skip this one.
- LED Emblems. I don't like debadging, but would love LED's. More research needed.
- Brakes. Probably don't need BBK, but want something tougher than OEM. Research not started.
- Rear sway bar. Is this even necessary with the front strut + stiff suspension? More research needed.
- Corksport rear motor mount and crankshaft pulley. I haven't seen these mods performed often, but the idea is solid. I wish I had more reference. More research needed.
- OVTune. The last power mod I will do. Still deciding on balanced vs performance. Will probably do 91 octane, but only because 93 is hard to find around here. Maybe also get an economy tune for winter.
- Winter tires. I will probably raise the car back to stock and use OEM wheels. More research needed.
- Headlights and taillights. I have seen some beautiful lights on this site, but I am far from doing these. I will at least replace the OEM bulbs with HID's or LED's.



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it seems you have a good set of basic mods for you car.

i always found the most improvements i got out of my car was when I did my suspension and tire upgrade. I know they are not engine mods but upgrading the shocks/struts and springs matched with a good set of tires really improved and change the driving characteristics of the car.
 

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it seems you have a good set of basic mods for you car.

i always found the most improvements i got out of my car was when I did my suspension and tire upgrade. I know they are not engine mods but upgrading the shocks/struts and springs matched with a good set of tires really improved and change the driving characteristics of the car.
Thanks! I actually plan on doing those as my next performance upgrade. It makes sense that those affect the car the most. I bought a set of Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers, and am researching wheel brands and sizes. I think I'll go with gunmetal or two-tone black/silver 18's. I'll find tires after I find the wheels.
 

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Thanks! I actually plan on doing those as my next performance upgrade. It makes sense that those affect the car the most. I bought a set of Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers, and am researching wheel brands and sizes. I think I'll go with gunmetal or two-tone black/silver 18's. I'll find tires after I find the wheels.
when looking at 18s take a look at a lot of pictures
i am not sure with the news model 6
but when i had my old mazdaspeed6 i pit 18s on them and i don;t know if it was just me but they looked very small on my car. i kind of rushed picking my wheels because i was more concerned with the tires but i always regretted not spending more time with the look of my wheels
 

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I can't explain why, but my OCD kicks in the second I see that front plate not lined up in the center:blink:


Sorry you we're able to catch up to the vehicle that caused the damage. I've had something similar happen to me (a boat oar was not secured properly and flew out of a guy towing his boat) and there was nothing I could do to avoid it; it smashed square into the front end and hood of my BMW and shattered into a million pieces.


It took me about 30 seconds to realize that the guy should be liable for something like that, so I was able to catch up to the guy and signaled for him to pull over. Thankfully, he was one of the considerate drivers out there and understood his mistake. I'm really glad I didn't just figure I was screwed, because it ended up being a couple grand in damage.
 

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I can't explain why, but my OCD kicks in the second I see that front plate not lined up in the center:blink:


Sorry you we're able to catch up to the vehicle that caused the damage. I've had something similar happen to me (a boat oar was not secured properly and flew out of a guy towing his boat) and there was nothing I could do to avoid it; it smashed square into the front end and hood of my BMW and shattered into a million pieces.


It took me about 30 seconds to realize that the guy should be liable for something like that, so I was able to catch up to the guy and signaled for him to pull over. Thankfully, he was one of the considerate drivers out there and understood his mistake. I'm really glad I didn't just figure I was screwed, because it ended up being a couple grand in damage.
The first time I saw a car with the license plate to the side, I hated it. I can't quite explain it, but it has grown on me. I really like it now. Glad you caught up with that guy, but my damage is far less severe. My insurance paid to fill the cracks, but I'm on the hook $250 if I want to replace the windshield. I will eventually, but I can't right now. :crying:
 

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Finally, I have some updates for you guys!

I picked up a Spec-D brand fog light kit from CARiD, and an OEM Fog Light switch from chutoyy. I went with Spec-D just because they had a decent reputation, a good price, and the design I liked best. The chrome eyebrow wasn't in the picture on the website, but I love how it looks. It really accents the grill trim and body lines. A pleasant surprise, for sure!


I opted to go through the bumper to install the lights, since the help I enlisted already had experience removing the bumper on Mazdas. I helped with the clips, but he went under the car and unscrewed everything. There were A LOT of screws. We actually broke a clip; it was the very last clip on the right side (looking at the car). It was screwed in, but we didn't know, since the other side didn't have a screw. Nothing a little silicone and duct tape couldn't fix, though.

My friend did the hard work, and I installed the light switch in the meantime. There weren't really enough steps to warrant taking pictures, but these two manuals told me everything I needed to know: 1 2

Bumper off (looks like someone gritting their teeth, haha):


Car Unmasked:


Here are a couple of shots installed before buttoning up the car:




I also got around to plugging those nasty bumper holes! I used the plugs that came with my CS Plate Relocation Kit and picked up an OEM Liquid Silver Paint Pen from the dealership. I paid about $12 for the pen, compared to the $40 for pre-painted plugs. I also had to drill the holes bigger, but I did a much cleaner job than what was there. Once the holes were cleaned, I used some clear silicone calk to seal the plugs in the holes. Here are a few pictures of the completed job:



This was a great learning experience, and I definitely needed a set of fogs. There were a few nights and storms I wish I had them in the past, so I pulled the trigger. The dealership quoted me for $550, parts and labor. I ended up spending $72 on the fogs, $20 on the stalk, and $25 on some pizza for labor. DIY saved me some serious money. Here's a very cool picture of the finished product:

(look at the lighting on that emblem!!)

These will probably be my last mods for a while. I may buy the stainless steel pedal covers, but I am still undecided. For now, I will spend my time researching wheels and tires for tax season. I already own a set of coilovers, and will install them in the spring.
 

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That's really odd yours came with chrome covers. They looks oddly similar to the ones sold on Aliexpress. I wonder if some bought the set, put the covers on and returned it for unknown reasons?


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That's really odd yours came with chrome covers. They looks oddly similar to the ones sold on Aliexpress. I wonder if some bought the set, put the covers on and returned it for unknown reasons?


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Exciting news! Last week, I ordered a set of wheels and tires from a local Discount Tire. Delivery will take 4-6 weeks, so I will install those with my coilovers then. I waited a long time and did a lot of research, but I am done making decisions.

Here's what we have to look forward to:

Enkei PF07 18x8.5+35
Man, these wheels are Curious Gorgeous! I am dropping down from the stock 19s to save weight and money on tires, but going with the 8.5 width for a more aggressive stance. Gunmetal was also high on my list, since it complements the Liquid Silver so well. As a fan of fatter spokes, these caught my eye early. I put it off, since Enkei is a more expensive brand, but I ultimately decided to buy what I wanted.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/45/18
So, what would be the point of buying nice wheels and skimping on tires? I was between a few brands, but I knew I wanted summer tires with good rain grip. I was between this, the Continental ExtremeContact, and the BFGoodrich Sport COMP2. I read a ton of reviews, and the dealer himself ran the Super Sport. He even went as far as to show me what they looked like on his car. Sounds like a winner to me.

I am confident with these brands, and can't wait for May. I am going to slap these on with a set of Megan Racing coilovers; I'll have a brand new car!

Until then, cheers!
 

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Looks great! How does she ride on those 245 tires and the lowered siuspension? Twin Cities have some brutal roads.
 

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Looks great! How does she ride on those 245 tires and the lowered suspension? Twin Cities have some brutal roads.
The tires are a dream compared to the old Dunlops. I had about 26,000 miles on them, and they were already worn almost to the wear bars. The rain handling tanked and the road noise was terrible. I set the coilovers to a stiffness setting of 9 in the front and 11 in the back. For reference, I remember reading somewhere that OEM compared to about a 5 on these springs. This was recommended by a friend of mine, but it takes some getting used to. The bumps are harder than before, so I might soften up. I haven't been able to align the wheels yet either, but I am setting up an appointment for next week. Once the car is aligned, I will have a better idea. Otherwise, the car handles better and accelerates much quicker. Between the wheel and tire, I lost about 10lbs per corner.
 

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Hey everyone! Sorry for the long hiatus, but I took some time away from the internet and then procrastinated typing up my updates. I also lost the pictures I took when my phone went, but I'll try to make up for it this summer.

Summer 2017:
I picked up a set of Megan Racing Coilovers second-hand from Jomar23M6 on this forum. If it weren't for price and opportunity, I probably would have just stuck to the Corksport Lowering Springs. To finish off the suspension upgrades, I wanted a set of summer wheels and tires. They had to be light, perform well in both dry and wet conditions, and look sexy. After much deliberation, I decided on Enkei PF07s wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports. I was on the fence about picking up a rear sway bar and rear motor mount, but I pulled the trigger on these ones. I also picked up a set of camber bolts and rear camber arms in preparation for the alignment. Over one Sunday at the beginning of May, a team of legitimate mechanics and I (mostly them) put everything on the car. We ended up at a 3-4" drop. I adjusted the coilovers to be very stiff with the big drop, and loved how responsive the car had become. I ran into issues with the Minneapolis roads and harshness of the RMM under load, but everything else was perfect.

Here she is on the same day:


Winter 2017:
Since I didn't want to deal with potholes and "snowplowing", I decided to raise the car to a 2" drop. The RMM added incredible engine feedback and lightning quick shifts, but I was not willing to deal with the vibrations all winter. I removed it and swapped back in the stock RMM. I have it for sale here. I am toying with the idea of trying out Corksport's RMM v2, since it reportedly has less harshness. Also, I swapped my summer wheels back for the stock 19" rims with Dunlops. At this point in time, I had 24k miles on the Dunlops. During a rainstorm a few days later, I experienced some hydroplaning. I called Dunlop and complained about the quick wear on the tires, and they sent me to a nearby shop for a check-up. Dunlop agreed with me that their tires suck and credited 40% towards a new set of tires. Unfortunately, the stock tires are a weird size and very few winter tires exist in it. I decided on Pirelli Ice Zeroes, which cost just under $500 with labor. These tires don't have the best ride, but they carve through snow and ice like no one's business. I originally didn't believe the hype surrounding winter tires, but now I won't go a season without them. Nothing feels better than driving through an area with stranded cars and not losing grip. In the future, I might consider getting a set of cheap steelies in a more normal size to save on tires.

Spring 2018:
This season, I am going to get some cosmetic mods out of the way. I have an appointment on Monday for a resonator delete at a local body shop. Barring an outrageous estimate, I will be getting this done the same day. I already love the growl of the Racing Beat exhaust with the short ram intake. I am hoping for something a little more loud and not so ricey, but we'll see. My friend and I have a separate appointment on June 15th at a tint shop. My 6 and his white 2014 Chrysler 300 are getting tinted and black vinyl roof wraps. I have seen pictures on other silver 3rd gens, and I think it would look great. To match, I plan on blacking out or removing some emblems, as well as pick up a dark lip spoiler. Specifics haven't been decided yet. I am also having trouble deciding on if I should wait for the Corksport Turbo Kit, as they seem to have gone dark recently. I would happily shell out the money, but the OVTune is my backup plan. I'm really looking forward to this stuff, and I can't wait to post pictures!

Please feel free to hit me with questions here or DM. Thanks!
 

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On the morning of April 30th, I dropped my car off at a body shop for a resonator delete estimate. They told me they would get it on the lift by lunch, which should have been a red flag that I was about to be bent over a table. I was skeptical, but in a hurry and on my way to work. A few hours later they called me with a $300 estimate. The number was shocking, and I was expecting something about half that price. I was already having a tough day at work and didn't want to pick up my car without the mod. I pulled the trigger, and they cut out the resonator and replaced it with straight pipe.

I've had the resonator delete for a few weeks, and I absolutely love the sound. No regrets. You can hear the engine clearly, but it's only loud with the pedal to the floor. There is almost no droning, which was my big fear with this mod. I also noticed the whistle from my cold air intake is louder, but this could be my imagination. I do have to say that the cold start is obnoxious to passers-by, since I park in an indoor structure at home. Outdoors it is still loud but tolerable. I lost the video I took, so I will take another soon.

Here's a picture of the resonator with a key fob for size comparison. This thing is huge! No wonder the car is so quiet.


Lastly, I updated the OP. I will continue to update with my mods and future plans.
 

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On the morning of April 30th, I dropped my car off at a body shop for a resonator delete estimate. They told me they would get it on the lift by lunch, which should have been a red flag that I was about to be bent over a table. I was skeptical, but in a hurry and on my way to work. A few hours later they called me with a $300 estimate. The number was shocking, and I was expecting something about half that price. I was already having a tough day at work and didn't want to pick up my car without the mod. I pulled the trigger, and they cut out the resonator and replaced it with straight pipe.

I've had the resonator delete for a few weeks, and I absolutely love the sound. No regrets. You can hear the engine clearly, but it's only loud with the pedal to the floor. There is almost no droning, which was my big fear with this mod. I also noticed the whistle from my cold air intake is louder, but this could be my imagination. I do have to say that the cold start is obnoxious to passers-by, since I park in an indoor structure at home. Outdoors it is still loud but tolerable. I lost the video I took, so I will take another soon.

Here's a picture of the resonator with a key fob for size comparison. This thing is huge! No wonder the car is so quiet.


Lastly, I updated the OP. I will continue to update with my mods and future plans.
Please post a video/audio of the cold start. Any difference in Butt performance?

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I cut together a rough video of my exhaust note with cold start, warm start, revs, and a quick 0-60.

VIDEO HERE

I wouldn't say there was a change in performance, even on the butt dyno. The car definitely sounds faster than it is though, haha.
 

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Back on June 15th, I brought my car into a professional tint shop for a black vinyl roof wrap and some tint. I want to put up pictures, but there hasn't been a good day to wash my car and it is very dirty. I jumped on ebay and bought a bunch of supplies to start washing myself. Since then however, the weather has been very rainy and muggy. I have a teaser picture from my apartment's gross garage, with better ones coming in the future. I went with 35% tint on the front windows and 20% in the back. The tint came out way darker than the samples provided to us showed, but it still looks good. In hindsight, I would do 35% all around.



I also just yesterday purchased an OVTune! Very, very exciting stuff. I combed the forums here several times, and big, big thanks to solar365 (yes, I read that post SEVERAL times). I decided the Corksport turbo kit wasn't worth waiting on, since they have mostly gone dark about it. They even deleted the original blog post detailing the kit! If I decide I want to go faster in a Mazda, I'll just buy an RX8 :wink2:

Here are the tune objectives I asked for:
- 93 octane summer tune
- Higher rev limit
- Bouncing rev limiter
- Increase low end torque at 50% throttle or more
- Maximize high end power
- Set EGR valve to closed almost all the time. Only have it function enough to keep the valve working properly
- Eliminate touchy throttle pedal at light throttle application as a result of using higher Octane

I will have to do some more research, since I wanted to look into a 91 octane economy tune for winter. How would you even tune for snow and ice? I have so many questions.
 
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