Improve Your Mazda CX-50 with SRI Heat Shield

Long awaited; the CorkSport Heat Shield is now available for your Turbo CX50 CorkSport SRI System. Whether you have the CS SRI already or want to get both at the same time, the CorkSport Heat Shield for both Mazda CX-50 with the SkyActiv 2.5T is a great mod to include in your build. Keep on reading to see how the CS Heat Shield is able to achieve lower intake air temps that allow your motor to make power easier.

2022 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Heat Shield

For the CorkSport Heat Shield our main focus was keeping cool air supplied to the filter. The shield was designed to seal off the intake from as much heat produced from the radiator, engine, and transmission as possible. This led to a multiple piece design that is riveted together which allows us to utilize the OEM air ducting which supplies cooler outside air to the filter. The shield does not fully surround the filter because we have also found that there is cool air that also comes from the area in front of the tire and underneath the headlight while driving, helping to ensure that your intake sees as much cool fresh air as possible.

Turbo Mazda CX-50 heat shield for CS SRI

Now with all of this cooler air being supplied, how does it help performance? The basic concept is that since cold air is denser than warm air, your engine gets more air per cycle, and thus allows more fuel to be added to make more power. However, when a car is turbocharged, the process is a little more complicated. A turbo compresses and heats up your intake air and then sends it to an intercooler that cools the air back down. What that means is that the “colder air will make more power” generalization may not be as significant, especially with the advancements in modern turbocharged vehicles. Colder intake air does offer a benefit in the form of less stress on your turbo system. This means that your turbo does not have to work as hard to flow the same amount of air at the same boost pressure. Also a reduction in intake air temps can translate to slightly cooler air exiting your turbo compressor, which helps take some stress off the intercooler as well.

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5T Intake Shield

With all of the theory covered, let’s get to the real world results! In daily driving tests, we found decreased intake air temps with the CorkSport Heatshield installed. When cruising or when it’s cold outside, we were actually surprised at the low intake temps of the CorkSport SRI alone—there’s actually a surprising amount of fresh air that gets into the engine bay. Where the heatshield really comes into its own is when sitting stationary or driving on a very hot day. That’s when we saw our biggest improvements in intake air temp.

CorkSport 2023 Mazda CX 50 SRI heat shield data

Lastly about the manufacturing, the CorkSport Heat Shield is made out of carbon steel that is laser cut and precision formed. Carbon steel was selected for its strength and lower heat transfer over aluminum. To fight off corrosion, the heatshield is powder coated wrinkle black which gives the heat shield a great look and helps it blend in with the other parts in the engine bay. Both sections of the shield are attached together using stainless steel rivets for corrosion resistance and produces a nice look. Lastly, we include rubber seals along the top edge of the Mazda CX-50 Heat Shield to keep as much heat out as possible, and to prevent any unwanted vibrations or noise.

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5T Intake Shield

If you’re looking for the complete package, then CS is the ultimate solution from the air filter to the turbo.  The CS designed intake system integrates seamlessly with the SRI, Heat Shield and Turbo Inlet Pipe

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The Beautiful New Carbon Fiber Trunk Lip Spoiler for the 3rd Gen Mazda 3

2014-2018 Mazda 3 Spoiler

We here at CorkSport are excited to offer 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Sedan owners another exterior mod to add to your build. The new addition to the lineup is the CorkSport Trunk Lip Spoiler which replaces the small and hardly noticeable factory lip. The CS Trunk Lip offers a larger profile that flows nicely with the back of your Mazda to give it a more aggressive appearance. Available in both Carbon Fiber and FRP you can select the best option that will work with your build. More details and pictures of the new CS Trunk Lip Spoiler for the Mazda 3 can be found below. 

Mazda 3 Large OEM style Trunk Lip Carbon fiber

The CS Trunk Lip expands upon the OEM lip to provide a much more prominent and pronounced profile. Also, fitment of the CS Trunk Lip is right in line with the factory lip, so installation is straightforward without any surprises along the way. During the install, no modifications are necessary so you always have the option to return your car back to stock if needed down the road. The CorkSport Trunk Lip also includes the necessary double sided tape to secure the trunk lip so installation can be completed without any interruption.

BM BN Mazda 3 Carbon Fiber Sedan Spoiler JPG

The CS Trunk Lip is available in two separate materials. These include a carbon fiber version and a full FRP version. Both CS Trunk Lip Spoilers start out with a base layer made of fiberglass and in the case of the carbon fiber lip, it then gets overlaid with twill weave carbon fiber of course. The carbon fiber lip is then coated in a UV-resistant epoxy resin to give it a high gloss finish as well as protection from the elements. 

2017 Mazda 3 Sedan Carbon Fiber Spoiler Wing

The full FRP lip comes in a grey primer which will need to be prepped and sanded. It can then be painted or wrapped with vinyl to achieve whatever look you’re after for your 3.   

2014-2018 Mazda 3 Carbon Fiber Trunk spoiler white DIY option in gray primer

If you’re interested in adding the CorkSport Trunk Lip SPoiler to your Mazda 3, you can head over to the product page to see more angles of the Mazda 3 Trunk Lip Spoiler installed. We are also available if you have any questions about the trunk lip, so feel free to reach out!

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The new Carbon Fiber Trunk Lip is designed to be durable and light weight. Choose between a primer painted lip or the carbon fiber weave. You’ll enjoy the style of this OEM designed spoiler.

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It’s Finally Here! The Performance Turbo Inlet Pipe for the Mazda SkyActiv-G 2.5L Turbo

The best and most complete intake system for your Turbo Mazda is finally available!  Introducing the last piece of the puzzle, the CorkSport Performance Turbo Inlet Pipe.  Combine the turbo inlet pipe with the CorkSport Short Ram Intake and Heatshield to create the complete intake system for the SkyActiv-G 2.5T engine found in nearly every model Mazda currently produced.

Skyactiv Turbo 3 Filter Inlet Engine Placement

Why does an upgraded turbo inlet pipe matter?

Power comes from efficiently flowing air in and out of the engine. When there is a restriction in the flow path, this causes a power and efficiency loss.  Our goal was to design a new performance turbo inlet pipe that removes the restrictions of the OEM design, fits like OEM, and integrates perfectly with the already existing CorkSport Short Ram Intake and Heatshield.

The Turbo Inlet Pipe for the4th Gen Mazda 3

Here you can truly see the difference in size!  While the shape of the CorkSport Turbo Inlet Pipe is…unusual…it’s for good reason.  We invite you to check out the design blog for more in-depth details.  

In a nutshell, we investigated the typical aftermarket design path of a metal pipe, but a 2.5 inch metal pipe was not good enough.  We thought outside of the box to truly design the best turbo inlet pipe option for the community.  We moved up to a 3 inch inner diameter system to maintain a continuous 3 inch inner area matching the MAF housing. 

Full Image of the 4th Gen Mazda 3 Turbo Intake System

It’s the final piece in the CorkSport 4th GEN Turbo Intake System making it the best and most complete system on the market!

Turbo Inlet Providing Power Gains

So does it make power?  Short answer. YES IT DOES!  While tuning for the 4th GEN Mazda platform is still primitive and restrictive, we are able to see faster spooling and higher flow before the ECU hits the load limits.  This tells us we are making more power with the addition of the turbo inlet pipe to the existing CorkSport short ram intake system.  It also tells us there is more potential in the system once tuning develops further.  We can promise, as tuning does develop, we too will further test and validate the benefits of the turbo inlet pipe system.

Power gains are great, but another key addition to the driving experience is unleashing the induction and turbocharger noise trapped by the factory air intake system. The CorkSport SRI and TIP frees up a surprising amount of turbo noise when driving around and provides more induction sound under hard acceleration. The extra level of turbocharger noise is enjoyable when you want, but doesn’t get in the way when you don’t.

CorkSport Turbo Inlet Pipe Intake System Engine View

The Turbo Inlet Pipe Made Better & Fits Like OEM

Let’s talk about how its made; the material and manufacturing method used is another advantage over the OEM counterpart. The CorkSport TIP is Roto-Molded out of a high temp nylon to offer good strength and flow while retaining an OEM like appearance. The CorkSport TIP also utilizes two silicone couplers which are reinforced so they don’t deform under vacuum high load. The silicone coupler that connects the SRI to the TIP gives a nice smooth transition between the two when compared to the OEM coupler, which has ribs that introduce unwanted turbulent air into the TIP.

The Best Intake For Turbo Mazda 3 Silicone

The outlet silicone that leads to the turbo features a barbed fitting to retain the valve cover breather and we also provide a silicone breather hose to connect the two together. This barbed fitting can also be used for an oil catch can if you want to add one in the future.

4th Gen Turbo Inlet Pipe Colors

The last component that is included with the CorkSport TIP is the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket is made out of 304 stainless steel and was designed to work with both the air-to-air intercooler system found on the Mazda 6, CX-9, and CX-5 and the air-to-water intercooler system found on the Mazda 3, CX-30, and CX-50. From the factory they have different mounting locations for the TIP so we decided to offer a single mounting bracket that will work with which ever model you have. 

Hardware for the Turbo Inlet Pipe Hardware

As with most CorkSport performance products, this Turbo Inlet Pipe kit includes all the necessary installation hardware and color step-by-step installation instructions to ensure you have a quick and straightforward install.

The addition of the CS Turbo Inlet Pipe on your Turbo Mazda is a fantastic mod to further build upon your current CorkSport SRI. And Heatshield.  At this time, no competitor intake systems have been test fit with the CorkSport Turbo Inlet Pipe. 

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The 4th GEN Turbo Inlet Pipe

The final component for the most complete intake system for your 4th Gen Turbo Mazda is finally available!

The 4th GEN Turbo Inlet Pipe

The final component for the most complete intake system for your 4th Gen Turbo Mazda is finally available!

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Not-So-Low Lowering Springs For The Gen4 Mazda 3 Turbo

Since releasing our original turbo springs for the Mazda 3, we have noticed that some people would like lowering springs for their Mazda 3 Turbo that offer a milder drop in ride height, but still provide the same great handling characteristics as the originals. This is the reason behind the new CS lowering springs for the turbo Mazda 3; the “Not-So-Low” springs. The drop in ride height has been reduced 0.5 inches in the front and 0.3in in the rear and offers another option for those wanting lowering springs for their Turbo Mazda 3. Keep on reading to get a look at the new CS lowering springs in action.   

Turbo Lowering springs on a 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo in gray

First let’s go over the main difference between the new CS lowering springs and the original ones. Ride height is increased 0.5 inches over the previous lowering springs in the front and 0.3 inches in the rear which brings the total drop to 1.0 inch in the front and 1.5 inches in the rear for hatchback models. The slightly heavier sedan nets a total drop of 1.0 inch front and 1.6 inches in the rear. The sedan sits just slightly lower in the rear because of the extra weight, but also sits level and looks fantastic! The milder drop in ride height still looks low enough to give your Mazda an aggressive stance, b

Mazda 3 Turbo lowering springs in black

Now onto the benefits of the CS lowering springs that you can feel. The improvement in handling that you get from the CS lowering springs really helps bring some much needed sharpness to the Mazda 3 Turbo. Lowering the height of the car also results in the center of gravity being lower, which helps reduce the amount of body roll felt while driving. Also in conjunction with this, is the increased spring rates, which also play a major part in reducing body roll while cornering. This gives you more confidence while driving at the limit. We have also adjusted the rear spring rates to help reduce understeer when pushing your car to the edge and helps give it more neutral handling characteristics.    

Red Mazda 3 with the Not So Low Lowering Springs

For the new CS lowering springs we have retained the proven spring rates from the original lowering spring kit. This results in a front spring rate of 3.4K while the rear has a spring rate of 5.9K. This gives you a great balance of still being able to enjoy daily driving while also giving you a sportier feel when hitting the backroads. The Turbo Mazda 3 also features stiffer dampers that control the extra weight added by the turbo better so the ride is smooth and not bouncy.    

Single side view of black not so low lowering springs

These springs also feature the same simple installation of the original kit and only require modification to the factory bump stops so that proper suspension travel is retained at the lower ride height. The springs are made with high tensile strength spring steel to ensure that they perform consistently and will not settle over time. The springs are then powdercoated black to provide a durable finish and protect against corrosion. They also feature spring silencers to prevent any additional noise during suspension travel. 

Back side of 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo with Lowering Springs

Well that covers the major details of the new CS lowering springs for the Mazda 3 turbo. Head over to the product listing for more pictures and give us a call if you have any questions on the lowering springs.

P.S. The car in the above images is riding on Advan GT wheels in 19×8.5 +38 size, wrapped in Kumho 235/35 R19 summer tires.

P.S. – We hope are as happy as Aaron Maves with his new springs!

CorkSport sponsored drive Aaron Maves with Mazda 3 Turbo installed Lowering springs

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Stand Out with the Wing Extension for Your 3rd Gen Mazda 3 Hatch

Already have the Mazdaspeed “MS” style spoiler for your 3rd gen Mazda 3 hatch, but looking for just a bit more unique look? CorkSport is proud to announce our Mazda 3 Gurney Flap Style Spoiler Wing Extension just for you.  Designed for the “MS” style aftermarket spoiler on the 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback.  This is an aftermarket spoiler, not the OEM spoiler.

3rd Gen Mazda 3 Hatch Gurney Flap

While the “gurney flap” style wing extension is not new to the automotive aftermarket community, we wanted to offer our interpretation of this fun, useful and stylish performance part.  We approached this design with the goal to add style, and some function, and durability. 

2018 Mazda 3 Hatch Spoiler Extension

With such a simple performance part how can we be unique and durable?  That comes down to the design and materials…more specifically the combination of those two.  The common option on the market today uses a plastic material for the “flap”.  This is cost effective, looks decent, and has decent durability.  However, over time the plastic may degrade due to use, weather and UV radiation.

The CorkSport “flap” is made from 5052 Aluminum sheet and then powder coated a satin black for a durable and long lasting finish and construction.  Mounting the “flap” are three CNC formed stainless steel brackets and four underside mounting screws…also stainless steel.  This gives you a total of seven mounting points meaning there is no need for messy and finicky double side tape. 

Mounting brackets for Mazda 3 Gurney Flap

Designed specifically for the Mazdaspeed “MS” style aftermarket spoiler for the 2014-2018 Mazda 3 hatchback.  Sadly this will not work for the OEM spoiler, but hey maybe that could happen in the future!

Mounting Brackets for Mazda 3 Gurney Flap

While we cannot make any official claims to added down force, we have found the car to feel more stable at speed and a little gurney flap never hurt anyone.  It sure looks good on the Tail of the Dragon mounted on Bradon’s 3rd GEN Hatch!

Measuring at 4” in flap depth, the CS design is a very noticeable as you walk up to the car with a pronounced flap and tumble polished stainless brackets.  All the underside hardware is black stainless so it blends into the satin black powder coat.

Performance Spoiler Extension for Mazda 3

Thanks for checking out the 3rd Gen Mazda 3 Hatchback Gurney Flap Style Wing Extension.  Send us some high res images of your 3rd gen with the gurney flap to possibly get a feature on the CorkSport social media!

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