My CorkSport Mods: Keith’s Mazda 3 Sport

I’ve met a lot of amazing people thanks to my Mazda 3 Sport, but Yolanda Sampson (Instagram: @bluehalogirl) is the one I blame for this addiction we call “modding.” When we met, I hadn’t done much to my car yet, just a couple minor things like tinted windows and tinted taillights. She had a feeling I’d be into meeting some more like-minded locals and invited me to a meet. We got along like only two Mazda nuts could, and it was game over for me.

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My CorkSport Mods: Andrew’s Mazda 3 i Touring

Back in March 2015, I bought my Mazda3 i Touring brand-new from the dealership with intentions of keeping it stock. Clearly, that didn’t last long. The challenge was how to make an already fun car more fun. That’s when I turned to CorkSport.

Having purchased my third Mazda, and having numerous friends who shop through the company, it was a no-brainer to start here first. The first week having the car, I purchased the license plate relocation kit because, let’s face it, the factory mount looks atrocious smack-dab in the middle of the grille.

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New Products for the 2014 Mazda 3

CorkSport is proud to announce some exciting products for the 2014 + Mazda 3.

 

CORKSPORT 2014+ Mazda 3 SkyActiv – 2.5L Short Ram Intake

To start off we have the 2014+ SkyActiv Short Ram Intake. The intake is designed to reduce the intake restrictions and improve power throughout the entire RPM range with gains up to 6 horsepower. The MAF housings are engineered to exact tolerances and manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum. The Short Ram Intake is a great first upgrade to help your SkyActiv open up and breathe.

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2014 + Mazda 3 – 2.5L Short Ram Intake – Order yours online today – Only $179.99

2014 + Mazda 3 – 2.0L Short Ram Intake – Order yours online today – Only $179.99

CORKSPORT 2014+ Mazda 3 License Plate Bracket Relocation Kit

Next we have the Mazda 3 License Plate Bracket Relocation Kit. This will help you offset your factory license plate to the drivers side to allow for better airflow and improve the overall look on your 2014 Mazda 3.

CorkSport 2014+ Mazda 3 License Plate Relocation Kit

2014 + Mazda 3 License Plate Bracket Relocation Kit –  Order yours online today – Only $99.99

CORKSPORT 2014+ Mazda 3 Hood Strut Kit

While working on your Mazda 3 you keep on running into the same problem, the hood prop is always in the way. It does its job of keeping the hood from falling on your head, but it is always difficult when working in the engine compartment. CorkSports hood strut kit cleans up your engine bay and makes it easier and safer to work on your Mazda.

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2014 + Mazda 3 Hood Strut Kit –  Order yours online today – Only $109.99

 

The Best Power Mod For A Mazda

In the ongoing quest to make your Mazda more powerful, and fun to drive, we have developed many great aftermarket options.

The stock airbox and air intake on most Mazdas were designed for economy instead of power. The problem with using the stock filter and airbox is that it functions similar to breathing through a rag. The rag does a great job of keeping contaminants and dirt out, but it also requires extra effort to pull air in.

When you upgrade the intake to a CorkSport Short Ram Intake you remove the air stifling setup and finally breath freely. Suddenly, your car goes from an underpowered, oxygen lacking zombie, to the free breathing, throaty roar of increased horsepower and freedom.

Take a look at a section from our book “The Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide” about how a Short Ram intake system should be your first modification for power.

If you are looking to start the year off right, and are ready to upgrade your intake system we can answer any questions on which option is best for your ride.

Want to start 2014 off with some extra power? How about just letting your Mazda breathe easy? Thankfully you can do both with one simple modification, the Short Ram Intake.

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Lower Prices, More Power, and White Silicone!

White Silicone is HERE!

After a few teasers, and much demand, we finally are releasing White Silicone Options for the following parts.

So if you want a unique look or a car color matching intake, the White Silicone option just might be for you!

Looking for an intake?? Looking for a sale?? We’ve got both!

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We already know that the CorkSport Short Ram Intake is the best in the game, but what could make it better? How about a lower price for Xmas? If you haven’t noticed our price drop on the CorkSport Stage I Short Ram Intake, Stage II Short Ram Intake or Cold Air Intake for the Mazdaspeed 3, Mazdaspeed 6, and Mazda CX-7 then take a look! These prices are for a limited time only so if you or a friend have been waiting to purchase, now is your chance!

The Stage I Intakes have dropped from $179.99 to $149.99

The Stage II Intakes have dropped from $249.99 to $219.99

The Stage III Cold Air Intake has dropped from $279.99 to $249.99 without Turbo Inlet Pipe and from $349.99 to $319.99 with the inlet pipe.

So why would we drop the price? Easy! We want to get you the most for your money this holiday season. This means you can now give your Mazda more power, for less!

 

Installation help is on the way!

We are constantly searching for ways to improve your experience with CorkSport. Many times we re-visit our parts to see what we can do to improve them; lately we are also starting to turn our attention to improving the instructions that our parts come with. You’ll notice the change starting with our latest products and also some of your favorites. We recently upgraded the instructions for all of our Mazdaspeed 3 intakes to fill them with more pictures and easier to understand steps. Here’s an example:

 

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 As you can see, the pictures are full color with easy to find call-outs of key items and steps. In addition to coming printed out with every CorkSport part, you will find them easy to link to on every product page and easily viewable on any computer, tablet or phone. Just one more way that CorkSport has your back!

Increase Room In Your Engine Bay with a New Battery Box

CorkSport 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 ECU Relocation Battery Box

The Mazdaspeed 3 has a Battery Box that takes up more space than a watermelon in your refrigerator. Even worse, the stock ECU location can often interfere with intake upgrades. With these facts in mind, CorkSport decided to design a new Battery Box with a new location for the ECU.

With the new CorkSport 2010-2103 Mazdaspeed 3 ECU Relocation Battery Box, the ECU gets relocated towards the front of the engine bay and gets protected from dirt, grime, grease, and other unwanted contaminants. The ECU is mounted onto plastic like the factory configuration to prevent any possible interference that could occur with a metal box. Those of you in colder climates will be very happy to know that this box allows you to keep the standard group 35 batteries that are recommended and provided from Mazda. The new CorkSport Battery Box also allows for intakes up to 3.0″ in size, and possibly larger to fit into your engine bay without cutting, drilling or otherwise modifying any parts or pieces of your Mazdaspeed 3. Simply install the new CorkSport Battery Box, which is completely bolt-in, and then utilize the extra room for your larger intake.

The CorkSport 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 ECU Relocation Battery Box is made of a durable matte finished FRP construction. All necessary parts, bolts, and brackets are included to install and no modifying is needed. CorkSport designed the Battery Box to cleanly integrate into your engine bay without standing out. You can paint it or customize it yourself if you choose, or leave it as-is for a stock OEM style appearance.

The CorkSport 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 ECU Relocation Battery Box is now available for sale and priced at $159.99.

Learn more about this product, or purchase it, here: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-2010-2011-2012-2013-mazdaspeed-3-ecu-relocation-battery-box.html

CorkSport September Featured Car of the Month: Brandon Graser

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Brandon found himself looking for a new car, and in the price range that he had at the time, he test drove quite a few. He was hooked on the fact that the Speed 3 was the “best bang for your buck and the most fun to drive”. He enjoyed the overall look, style, a feel of the car; “this one” was the one to get.

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Every car he had ever modded started with an intake and since “CorkSport was right here in town, just a couple miles away” it seemed like the most realistic option for him to check out what we had to offer. He can’t quite recall whether or not he purchased the CORKSPORT Stage II Power Series Short Ram Intake for Mazdaspeed 3 by itself or if he walked away with a lot more that day after talking with Austin. (Our records show he definitely did: CORKSPORT 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3 Cat Back Exhaust, CORKSPORT Urethane Exhaust Hangers, CORKSPORT Mazdaspeed 3 Downpipe).

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He does know that he definitely went on a binge and found himself at CorkSport quite often. Of course, he found himself working on his car even more. CORKSPORT Underhood LED Light KitCorkSport-Featured-Car-Of-The-Month-Brandon-MS3-Underhood-LED-Kit

He’s never been to a show, nor has he entered a contest, so let’s just say he’s batting 1000 at this point, after winning the CorkSport Featured Car of the Month with his extensive submission and CS plastered Mod list.

Brandon’s list of Mod’s:

CorkSport Stage II SRI w/CorkSport  turbo inlet pipe
CorkSport  catted downpipe
CorkSport  catback exhaust
CorkSport Urethane Exhaust Hangers
CorkSport  short throw plate/weight
CorkSport shifter bushings
CorkSport  mudflaps
CorkSport  big brake kit w/ STOPTECH crossdrilled/slotted rotors
CorkSport  rear brake pads and stainless steel rear lines w/ STOPTECH crossdrilled/slotted rotors
CorkSport  front mount intercooler
CorkSport  race rear motor mount
CorkSport  front eyelids
CorkSport  LED underhood light
MAZDA OEM J-Spec Mazdaspeed Axela Tail Lights
Synapse Engineering Diverter Valve
Cobb AccessPort
Redline Tuning hood strut lift kit
Kuda Mount w/ hardlined Iphone 5 Proclip charger

And of course, a handful of CorkSport vinyl stickers!

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AMO, (Awesome Mazda the Original) as his one of his lady friends has christened it, is something that he’s pretty proud of. “I’ve done most of the work myself with the help of some friends, and all of it with very little previous DIY experience.”

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When asked what his “favorite” mod was thus far, he said, “The most significant difference in the car is how it sounds now, after the cat-back exhaust and the downpipe were put in.” CORKSPORT 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3 Cat Back Exhaust, CORKSPORT Mazdaspeed 3 Downpipe.

Next on the list for upgrades will be some lowering springs or coil overs. “The car pretty much looks stock at this point. You can’t tell how much work has really been put into it, because I’ve left the styling alone except for the eyelids and array of stickers of course. It’s a “NEED” to make it look better, and the improved handling will just be a plus.” CORKSPORT Mazdaspeed 3 Lowering Spring Set, CORKSPORT Coilover Suspension Kit Mazdaspeed 3/Mazda 3

Brandon doesn’t find himself alone in the car that often. Remo, his full breed miniature long haired dachshund, is normally right there in the shotgun seat being a perfect copilot. “He’s an old quirky little guy, but always up for a drive.” You can find Brandon and Remo around the Vancouver, WA area, headed to and from work or taking the occasional drive out to Sunset Falls. “It’s in the middle of nowhere, with zero traffic, lots of twists and turns and of course the privacy to drive a ‘bit’ faster.”

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Do you want to show off your Mazda? Think you have what it takes to be the next featured car of the month? Send an email with at least 3 high quality pictures and a full mods list to kim@corksport.com and you can find out!!!

CorkSport Wants To Make Your 2014 Mazda 6 Even Better

If you have a 2014 + Mazda 6 then today is your lucky day! CorkSport is officially releasing the 2014+ Mazda 6 Rear Sway Bar, LED Light Kit, and License Plate Relocation Kit.

Relocate Your Plate

In order to improve airflow, and look better we created the 2014+ Mazda 6 License Plate Relocation Kit. The stock location of the license plate blocks the air flow through the grill of your Mazda 6 which is why we relocated the License Plate to the Tow Hook adapter location. This kit is simple to install and really creates a stunning front view of your Mazda 6.

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The CorkSport 2014+ License Plate Bracket Relocation Kit is available at our online catalog for only $89.99 and is ready to ship now. For more information please visit our product listing at: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-license-plate-bracket-relocation-kit-for-2014-mazda-6.html

Lights, Camera, Action

Allow your new Mazda 6 to shine, literally. Replacing the yellowish lighting inside the cabin of your Mazda 6 is one of the simplest upgrades to your car and makes the cabin more visible, cleaner looking, and feel higher end. Don’t let the yellow light of the Mazda 6 ruin the atmosphere or limit the clean look of the interior, instead swap out the bulbs for fresh white LED lights.

The CorkSport 2014+ LED Light Kit is available at our online catalog for only $59.99 and is ready to ship now. For more information please visit our product listing at: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-led-light-kit-for-2014-mazda-6.html

Own the Corners

If you want to handle better, then this is the upgrade for you. Adding the 2014+ Mazda 6 Rear Sway Bar will limit the body roll when cornering by helping transfer some of the inside compression to the outside suspension. The rear sway bar effectively increases the compressed springs rate by helping distribute the load more evenly across the rear suspension. This helps control body roll and ultimately helps you corner flatter, faster and with more predictability.

The CorkSport 2014+ Mazda 6 Rear Sway Bar is available at our online catalog for only $229.99 and is ready to ship now. For more information please visit our product listing at: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-2014-mazda-6-rear-sway-bar.html

We also have the CorkSport 2013+ CX5 Rear Sway Bar available here: https://www.corksport.com/corksport-2013-mazda-cx5-rear-sway-bar.html

Upcoming Products:

CorkSport has been hard at work at more than just the parts listed above, soon we will be releasing the CorkSport 2014 Mazda 6 Power Series Short Ram Intake. Just like all our intakes this has been tested in varying conditions for proven power gains and improved sound.

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If you can’t wait to improve the sound of your 2014 Mazda 6, we also have an exhaust for the Mazda 6 that will be released soon. It sounds great and looks even better.  CorkSport has a great opportunity for one lucky person. If you simply HAVE to HAVE the Mazda 6 Axle Back Exhaust before anyone else then send Spencer an email (Update: we have already filled the beta testing spot.). We are looking for one lucky 2014 Mazda 6 owner to Beta test our CorkSport Axle Back exhaust and give us their thoughts. If chosen you will get to be inside the testing process and work with our engineers to provide feedback about our newest part!

Stay tuned for official release dates and more exciting news in the near future!

Also, if you haven’t signed up for our Email Newsletter, now would be a great time. This is where we release coupons, news, release dates, events, and more.

Grams Per Second Explained

At CorkSport we’ve had a lot of questions over the years about mass air flow (MAF) signals. Including some great discussions about a pesky measurement called grams per second (g/s) and what that really means. There is a lot of interesting misinformation out there that we have heard and wanted to take the time to explain how grams per second actually works and what it really translates to. To understand what grams per second really is, we will first discuss where the reading comes from.

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When you are logging a MAF signal you have a few options. One is MAF voltage and one is MAF signal. They are really the same thing, just expressed in different ways. The MAF sensor itself is a 5 volt system that gets a signal from the air traveling in the MAF housing. A typical MAF sensor uses a wire or film that is heated electrically. The incoming air cools the element to which the sensor has to regulate; this regulation lets the ECU know how much air is going through the engine. This voltage is then converted in a table stored in the ECU (Engine Control Unit) and this is where you get your g/s reading.

Picture of MAF sensor from Mazdaspeed 3

Now for the fun part: when you purchase an aftermarket intake the MAF housing shape and diameter determine the voltage reading and thus the g/s reading. If the housing has been engineered correctly then the reading should be fairly close to the factory reading. Often the factory runs cars on the rich side for fueling when they are in open loop. The sizing of the MAF can be adjusted to create more power at the top of the rev range by leaning out the air/fuel mixture. The MAF signal also is a major part of calculating load values which control timing and most other functions of the engine. This is not a part that should be taken lightly or changed indiscriminately. In our extensive testing we have found that even half a millimeter in diameter of a MAF can cause measureable differences.

 

The g/s reading can also be used to check power increasing mods such as exhaust or intercoolers. If you log power runs you can see the g/s increase with different mods. Although, be careful when comparing data on the same car. If you aren’t testing on the same day or conditions you can see slight differences because of air density or other environmental conditions. Unfortunately, when you want to compare different intakes you will not be able to show an apples to apples comparison. Because the MAF housings are not the same sizes between brands the signal will be different. If you check a MAF housing that is larger than stock you will read less g/s and one that is smaller you will read more g/s. Simply put, when comparing different intakes or any other factors that are different: Grams per Second does not equal power.

 

CorkSport MAF Housing

With all the complications in making a MAF to perform exactly how you want, we chose a one piece fully machined aluminum MAF housing. This way you can precisely control quality and sizing. Then by creating an air straightener that is injection molded we can have the most control over our MAF signals. There can often be issues with purchasing lesser quality MAFs housings that are welded together or bolted to pipes. Not only can you have leaks but you cannot preserve the shape perfectly. Look for more intake articles and an explanation of what a big MAF intake is and when you actually need one soon.