Oh the wonders of the East Coast. Potholes, 80mph in a 55 zone, Toll Roads and EZ Pass, humidity and some of the greatest people you will ever meet!
Kim, Brydon and I had the wonderful, nay, EPIC, opportunity this year to attend the EPIC NATOR MEAT put on by a few members from mazdaspeedforums.org . Sadly we had only a day and a half to hang out with hundreds of people, watch some drag racing, and join everyone for a Dyno Day. This is a one of the greatest events you can attend and has arguably the most knowledgeable people currently driving Mazdas all in one place. Not only did we get to see 500+ horsepower speeds at the event, but we got to witness some of the cleanest looking, most original, most unique and even the world’s fastest Mazdaspeed 3, all in one place.
Here are some of my Highlights.
- Hanging out till 3am in the parking lot and back patio of the hotel and learning more than I ever thought possible about Mazdaspeed’s, among other things…
- Rolling from Philadelphia to the Dyno Day and running into a crew of 6 or so Mazdaspeed’s who had no idea who we were in our weak little Honda rental.
- Eating some Killer food at Buca di Beppo and hearing so much passion and love of cars during the conversation.
- Finally getting to meet so many people that I’ve had such wonderful conversations with on the phone, through email, through PM, or in threads.
- Getting out of the Northwest rain and finally getting some Sunshine!
Some of the Worst Parts
- Arriving at 8am to the Dyno Day after a red eye flight leaving at 6pm the night before with a layover in Phoenix. Ugh.
- Not having my own 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 that got left back in Washington.
- Having to leave around 1:30 on Sunday.
- Not bringing shorts, the weather was beautiful.
- Accidentally buying bottled water that was $4 at one of those incredibly terrible and yet wonderful, quick stops in the middle of the highway. Place was a zoo and WAY to expensive.
- Walking into the wrong room at midnight.
Time for Drag Racing
Kim at the Drag Day doing some Social Media Updates
The World’s Fastest MS3 and Crew Getting Prepared for the Drag Day
Mazda’s only for Dinner at Buca di Beppo
Some of the Lovely People at the Dyno Day
Halfway through the Dyno Day, Check out those Numbers!
The Unexpected Mazdaspeed Crew we caught Rolling to ENM
Thanks for everything.
Introducing the Aluminum Oil Catch Can and Drain Valve Kit:
After many months of studying our previous design and listening to you, we are proud to announce the CorkSport Aluminum Oil Catch Can. The new and improved CorkSport Oil Catch Can will help rid your vehicle of contaminants, sediment, and other unwanted crankcase particles that can cause damage and premature wear to the engine components.
The added protection that an Oil Catch Can provides will increase the longevity of your engine. The Oil Catch Can is made of billet aluminum for strength and lightweight. Everything needed to install on your Mazdaspeed 3 is included, even the mounting bracket.
Don’t let your Mazda get contaminated by sediment, crankcase vapors, or unclean oil. With the CorkSport Oil Catch Can you will remove unwanted debris that would normally contaminate the intake tract. This allows for cleaner air entering the engine, lower detonation rates and increased longevity. Complete with 11 feet of reinforced silicone hose you can mount the Oil Catch Can in multiple locations.
For added convenience we have developed the Oil Catch Can Drain Valve Kit which can be purchased for $29.99. Draining your Oil Catch Can becomes a simple matter of twisting one lever with this simple to use kit. With both the Oil Catch Can and Drain Valve Kit you will have an all-in-one system for prolonging the life of your engine by keeping it clean.
You can read more about why a catch can is a good idea and why a catch can from CorkSport is an even better idea here: https://www.corksport.com/blog/the-dangers-of-direct-injection/ and here: https://www.corksport.com/blog/the-inner-workings-of-the-corksport-oil-catch-can/
The CorkSport Oil Catch Can is available online for $199.99, or with the Drain Valve Kit for $224.98. Visit the listing at: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-aluminum-oil-catch-can.html
You can buy the Oil Catch Can Drain Valve Kit Separately for $29.99. Visit the listing at: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-oil-catch-can-drain-valve-kit.html
The factory motor mounts on the Mazdaspeed Protege and the regular Protege are ill suited for spirited driving and preventing wheel hop. The stock mounts also are prone to wear and even self-destruction. Luckily CorkSport has a solution.
Designed as a direct OEM replacement, the CorkSport Mazdaspeed Protege Front Motor Mount maintains OEM fitment while adding a large urethane thrust surface for added stiffness and improved driver responsiveness.
The CorkSport Advantage:
- Large Thrust Surface for reduced vibration versus other aftermarket motor mounts.
- Black Powder Coated Finish with Zinc Coated Sleeves for a durable, lasting finish.
- OEM Fitment Designed as a direct OEM replacement for a worry free install
- CorkSport Service and Support: Receive a 2 year warranty, full color installation instructions, all of the needed installation hardware and knowledgeable telephone support
The CorkSport Mazdaspeed Protege Front Motor Mount is available at our online catalog for only $89.00 and is in stock today. For more information please visit our product listing at https://www.corksport.com/corksport-mazdaspeed-protege-protege-front-motor-mount.html
Around this time of the year everyone is looking for a good deal on some parts to make their money stretch just a little further. If you are a Mazda enthusiast you may naturally take a look at CorkSport to see what we have to offer in the way of deals this holiday season.
This year CorkSport has a large range of parts on clearance for Mazda enthusiasts across the spectrum, from 90-94 Protege parts all the way up to the 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3.
Need some examples?
For the Mazdaspeed 3/6 we have an Aluminum Fidanza flywheel for $373 on the shelf.
Want something for the exterior of your Mazda? How about an AutoExe Rear Bumper which fits 2004-2009 Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazdaspeed 3s. We have one available for $389 which is $263 off the regular price.
Yes, we have suspension parts available too with everything from an AutoExe front sway bar for the Mazda 3 to adjustable swaybar end links for the Mazdaspeed 6.
Many of the items we have on clearance are parts which will no longer be available once we sell out so this could be your last chance to get them. This is especially true for parts that we have listed for the older car models like the 90-94 Protégé.
Now here comes the really fun part. Beginning today until the end of the month, we are giving you a chance to make an offer on any of the clearance items we have listed! If a price is just out of reach, but you REALLY want that product, you can email me Derrick@corksport.com with the part you are interested in and your best offer. There are rules to this so please read the rest of this post before you go crazy and start sending over your offers.
We are not accepting offers on regularly priced items. This only applies to clearance items.
Email is the only way we will accept an offer on a clearance part.
Do not call up to make an offer, I will not be able to help you on the phone about it.
Do not post up on this blog with an offer.
Do not post up on Facebook or in a forum either. I will not be looking there and we will not answer you.
Do not send us a contact us email through our webpage with an offer on a clearance part, we will delete it.
If a part is no longer in the clearance section then it is sold out or no longer available at the clearance price.
This is a first come, first serve deal, so please no whining or complaining if the part is no longer available or
P.S. We will be adding more parts to the clearance section as the week goes on (no, not top mount intercoolers, intakes, or exhaust systems…or any other CorkSport parts that have been released in the last two years) so feel free to check back throughout the next week to see if a part you want comes up.
I know many of you have been anticipating this release. Well the day has finally arrived! CorkSport is pleased to announce the release of our all new Coilovers for the Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3!
Offering superior handling without sacrificing comfort, the CorkSport Coilovers feature 15-way adjustable dampening settings and full length adjustment that can be lowered -.8” to -2.5” in order to meet every drivers handling desires.
The CorkSport Mazda 3 and Mazdaspeed 3 Coilover Kit is manufactured using chrome silicon metal alloy with a cool bend process that give the springs strong tensile strength while offering precision down to 10/100th of a kg.
The front springs have been designed using a linear 7k spring rate with helper springs for a more comfortable ride and include 45mm inverted gas filled dampers to maximize unsprung weight, reduce side loading, and increase efficiency.
Also included with the front coilovers are front adjustable camber plates to replace the factory rubber mounts. The camber plates add additional adjustability with up to 3 degrees of negative camber and are designed with built in M10 studs for easier installation and solid pillow ball bearings and housing to reduce unwanted upper strut mount deflection.
The rears have been designed using a progressive style spring to compliment the linear fronts for improved handling and steering control. The pillowball mounts have been designed to provide additional feedback by eliminating the deflection in the OEM rubber bushings. A spherical bearing is used in place of the rubber bushing for improved tire grip and more accurate wheel alignment.
The CorkSport Coilovers have been fully tested and every damper is tested for compression and rebound. They are also fully rebuildable, making them a long-term solution for your suspension set-up.
For more information about this product or to purchase a set today, please visit CorkSport’s online catalog at https://www.corksport.com/corksport-mazdaspeed-3-mazda-3-coilover-suspension-kit.html