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I decided to make a "build thread" about my car. I put quotations around build thread because although I am going to do stuff to the car, I'm not going to be posting daily/weekly/install pics or whatever, just occasional update pics after something gets done and I get the chance to take them.

I don't plan to do too much stuff, but I will continuously update the OP as needed.

Interior:
2 12" Pioneer subs and amp
Husky Liners
OVTune - 92 Octane (in progress)

Exterior:
Tint strip and 20% tints on sides and back
20x10 Vossen CVT silver w/ 245/35/20 Toyo Proxes 4+
Tanabe lowering springs
Muffler delete - MagnaFlow Y-Pipe/4" Vibrant SS Tips
Roof Spoiler

Future(! doing|? maybe):
BC coilovers !
Window deflectors !
Diffuser/skirts/lip !
New head unit ?
AutoExe bumper ?
ETC.
 

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Everything is going to look great. Just need a better camera to show them off. <img src="http://forum.mazda6club.com/images/Mazda6Club_2014/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
Yea, I actually bought a Canon Rebel T6-supposed to be one of the best starter cameras-not too long ago, but I don't really use it much; probably due to the fact that it was at my brothers house for months. But now I have it and am ready to use it, I just forgot the charger and SD card at his place. Also, those pictures were taken on my iPhone X, which if you ask me, takes great pictures; but I uploaded them as "attached images" which dropped their quality a ton. Anyone know how to fix this? Or another way of uploading pics and have them keep their quality? Because regardless of how good of a camera I use, they're going to get their quality dropped if I keep uploading this way.
 

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Oh man I always love the look of CVTs on the 3rd gen. Can't wait to see everything once you get it on the car!

Yea, I actually bought a Canon Rebel T6-supposed to be one of the best starter cameras-not too long ago, but I don't really use it much; probably due to the fact that it was at my brothers house for months. But now I have it and am ready to use it, I just forgot the charger and SD card at his place. Also, those pictures were taken on my iPhone X, which if you ask me, takes great pictures; but I uploaded them as “attached images” which dropped their quality a ton. Anyone know how to fix this? Or another way of uploading pics and have them keep their quality? Because regardless of how good of a camera I use, they're going to get their quality dropped if I keep uploading this way.
Imgur.com

Its sole purpose is free image hosting services, regardless of size. I also love that they give you super simple URLs to copy and paste into tags in here so they show up properly. The website itself is w/e and I stay away from it, but they know how to host an image.

I used to use Google's photo albums, but they specifically made the URLs so long and obscure, that they're worthless.
 

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Oh man I always love the look of CVTs on the 3rd gen. Can't wait to see everything once you get it on the car!

Imgur.com

Its sole purpose is free image hosting services, regardless of size. I also love that they give you super simple URLs to copy and paste into tags in here so they show up properly. The website itself is w/e and I stay away from it, but they know how to host an image.

I used to use Google's photo albums, but they specifically made the URLs so long and obscure, that they're worthless.[/QUOTE]

Any idea as to how I can do this on my phone? Since it only seems as though I can only upload through my photo library, which will just make them an attachment.

Btw, I'm using the AutoGuide app, since I can't log in through the safari/chrome app or my pc. But, I can copy the imgur link for the photo; will that make it like other peoples photos I see? That stay full quality and size? Or will that just be a link?
 

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Oh man I always love the look of CVTs on the 3rd gen. Can't wait to see everything once you get it on the car!



Imgur.com

Its sole purpose is free image hosting services, regardless of size. I also love that they give you super simple URLs to copy and paste into tags in here so they show up properly. The website itself is w/e and I stay away from it, but they know how to host an image.

I used to use Google's photo albums, but they specifically made the URLs so long and obscure, that they're worthless.[/quote]




I use IMGBB... Simple and straightforward.. [url]https://dredre41631460.imgbb.com/albums[/url]
 

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Wheels are on.

Vossen CVT 20x10 with 245/35/20 Toyo Proxes 4+


-Definitely needs a drop; ordered the Tanabe springs (haven't recieved them yet) but I was thinking of holding off on putting them on until I eventually bought struts because I saw people were saying that the springs will ruin the stock struts quickly. I think I'd rather just drop it when I get the springs rather than wait until I order struts which is idk when.. Thoughts?
-Front sticks out a little more than the rear does.
-Was a little worried that the stretch was going to be too much; nope, imo it's perfect.


Edit: Finally able to upload through my PC. These were quickies taken on my phone, I'll try to get better pics soon.




 

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Also have an appointment on July 5th to go get a tint strip. Minor, but it'll make a difference. Got all my windows tinted by these guys but wasn't thinking of a tint strip at the time, oh well, they said they'll give me a discount.
 

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I got the delete done on Tuesday (7/3) and my tint strip on Thursday (7/5), I still need to get some pics, which I'm not sure when I will, lol.

Still waiting on my springs, they said ETA was 7/3 and I since I got no email or nothing from them on 7-3/4/5/6 I emailed them and asked what the ETA was (on 7/6) and they said, "Hello, let me check for you!" and I still haven't gotten a reply, so I'm just waiting atm :).
 

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Put the springs on. Between the look and the ride you'll be glad you did.

Have never heard the springs will mess with the stock struts. I'd need proof not hearsay to believe it. Anyway I call BS.

Wheels look great.
You should do more digging then. Not all lowering springs are designed to work optimally with your stock struts - it should be specifically stated. Tanabe's don't offer a very aggressive drop and they specify it will work fine, but a more aggressively dropped/stiffer spring will not play nice with the dampening rates of the OEM struts and will wear them out quicker than if you were to use your OEM springs.
@sav, nice car! the build is coming along nicely. you can use the Tanabe's on factory struts no problem if you want to, but I would suggest upgrading your struts to Bilstein B6 and put some corksport sway bars in there while you have the suspension taken apart.

Great choice on the wheels! Funny enough I was looking at those exact same Vossen's for my car. Currently debating between those or Rohana RFX7's.



I think deleting your second cat and adding an axle-back muffler would sound better than a muffler delete. or at least adding two resonators behind your exhaust tips to help filter the sound a bit.

To further clean up your car aesthetically, I would suggest the following:



 

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Anytime you go "AFTER MARKET" it should be obvious that you are altering the OEM equipment. While different springs may possibly shorten the life of a strut they do not "mess" with them and there is still NO proof that they do.
Yes there is. Stiff springs with an aggressive drop dramatically lower the lifespan of OEM struts. I've seen it more times than you can ever imagine. Every single person with experience on suspension says it.

Over at the BMW forums, H&R lowering springs are, quite literally a popular "downgrade". blows your struts in no time not to mention the shitty stiff, bouncy ride. They are too stiff for OEM damper rates meaning they don't work well together at all.
 

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Hate to admit it, but GI is right...

When lowering the car, it's recommended to replace the struts/shocks at the same time. I've never done it myself, but I've seen literally dozens of other owners on this forum lower their rides, only to replace the struts/shocks almost immediately due to them failing. That's if they weren't swapped out to new ones at the time the springs were installed.

If I was to lower my 6, I would budget for new ones anyway, so it gets done with the car on a lift or in a shop just once...

I'd link up some older threads in the suspension sections, but I'm on my cell. But I know they do exist here. If I'm wrong, then I apologize, but I don't think my memory has failed me just yet... lol

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Interesting you've seen it more times than I could imagine but yet in a recent thread you were/are quite ignorant about coilovers in general. We're talking about Mazda, Mazda mods not BMW. Show me any proof

Still calling BS. Link a few threads...
1. How am I still ignorant about coilovers?

2. How does the fundamental concept of shocks/struts on a Mazda differ from any other vehicle?

3. You can easily look it up yourself. It's all over the internet.

Hate to admit it, but GI is right...
If you hate to admit it... Don't.

I've never done it myself, but I've seen literally dozens of other owners on this forum lower their rides, only to replace the struts/shocks almost immediately due to them failing. That's if they weren't swapped out to new ones at the time the springs were installed.
Immediately is probably worst case scenario, but your struts sure as hell won't last very long. Regardless you can get much better performance and a suspension that articulates bumps and rough roads far better than OEM by upgrading your struts to good sh*t such as Bilstein.

If I was to lower my 6, I would budget for new ones anyway, so it gets done with the car on a lift or in a shop just once...
... And that's a great idea. I would also install some sway-bars front/rear and probably some camber plates on the front axle while i'm at it too. Will completely transform this cars handling and make it very capable. Mazda's G chassis is incredibly capable but with stock suspension and the not so good stock differential there is tons of potential left to exploit so long as the driver is good.

If I'm wrong, then I apologize, but I don't think my memory has failed me just yet... lol
No need to apologize, because you're 100% right.
 

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I had about 11k on stock shocks with cs before I switch them out.

I only switch them because I finally had time to work on the car one weekend.

Zero leaks and still functioned pretty good considering the beating they went through.


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