Gain extra protection from rocks, road debris, and those pesky speed bumps with the CorkSport Aluminum Skid Plate for GEN 1 and GEN 2 Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3.
The OEM plastic splash shields do little in the way of actual protection and are prone to breakage from the smallest hit. Gain peace of mind in your lowered Mazda without losing any ground clearance or cooling efficiency.
Check out the video and info below for all the details.
The CorkSport Aluminum Skid Plate was CAD designed to fit like OEM and mount in OEM locations. This means an easy install with no drilling or struggling to align it with mounting holes. The two-piece design is an improvement over the older CorkSport one-piece design as it offers better hole alignment and more adjustability for variations in the plastic bumpers. In some cases, the CorkSport Skid Plate can even help a sagging bumper as it is much sturdier than the OEM splash shields.
Ideal for Modified Rides
Whether you are still stock ride height or lowered, dealing with speed bumps, pot holes, and road debris can be concerning with the limited protection of the OEM plastic splash guards. The CorkSport Skid Plate offers much better protection with its aluminum construction and even gains some ground clearance due to its angled design. In addition, the CS skid plate keeps engine bay temperatures the same or slightly lower than the OEM to keep your Mazda healthy. Lastly, if you are running a CorkSport Lower Tie Bar or FMIC kit, do not worry; they fit great with the skid plate!
Check Out CorkSport MS3 Lower Tie Bar
Check Out CorkSport Mazdaspeed3 FMIC
Manufacturing & Hardware
The CorkSport skid tray is laser cut from 11 gauge (0.090”) aluminum and then precision formed for an easy install on MS3 or MZ3. Each kit comes with everything you need for installation, including high strength hardware. We even use Torx (star bit) screws on the removable oil filter access cover to ensure the screws will not strip after repeated oil changes.
Designed in America: Designed in Vancouver, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.
CorkSport Service & Support: 2 year limited warranty, full color installation instructions, all necessary components, and knowledgeable telephone support at (360) 260-2675.
Has not been test fit with aftermarket bumpers or front lips. Modification may be required for fitment.
2.0L 2010-2013 Mazda 3 may require some minor modification for best fitment.
How To Install Your CorkSport Mazdaspeed3 & Mazda3 Skidplate
It will take you one hour to install the CorkSport Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3 skidplate with our easy-to-use instructions.
1 Hour Install Time
For 2004-2009 Models
For 2010-2013 Models
I would mark this better, however I came across an issue where the two front OEM 10mm bolts, for the front half of the plate, did not fit into the holes in the aluminum plate. I was underneath my car holding up this plate with one hand while trying to get the threads to engage with my other hand, for a long time.
Eventually I stood up with the plate and the bolt, and realized that the flange, or ridge, of the OEM bolt did not quite fit through the hole. So, I got out my drill and a grinder bit and was able to enlarge the hole so that it would fit. It is relatively thin aluminum after all. Then it installed correctly. But this should not have been necessary.
I also find it concerning that the kit requires the use of original OEM bolts. I was lucky to still have mine, but since my OEM plastic tray was destroyed and thrown out, it is quite likely that I would not have them and then I would have been SOL.
Thirdly, a nitpick, I wish it was designed in such a way to allow the main read half of the skidplate to be removed without first removing the front half. Make sure to do any work you need underneath before installing! I changed my manual transmission fluid beforehand, for example.
Donald Sullivan11/15/2020, 09:25 PM
As expected with corksport, the fit and finish is superb! And there is good clearance for the oil filter if you are running an oil filter sandwich plate. My one suggestion is to maybe add some kind of retaining paper washer for the bolts that run through the nylon spacers so you don't have to worry about the spacers falling out and rolling away when installing or removing those bolts.
Christian09/07/2020, 11:23 PM
Absolutely great fit
great product and it does fit with the Cobb front mount intercooler kit
Cameron M03/13/2020, 05:16 PM
Great replacement for the plastic stock under tray which I tore off last winter in the snow.