Originally Posted by IHeartGroceries
I think the major incentive for the CS units over Redline or other, is that they are not fastened to the hood w/ rivets.
Actually, many of the newly released Redline hood strut kits are bracketed to existing bolts on the fender and hood. I would not bother with a riveted system.
I actually made a phone inquiry to Redline (left a voice mail message) about a week ago, and even though the message said a particular individual would call back ASAP, haven't heard a peep. I expressed my interest and that of others, and asked for a callback regarding the possibility of a kit for our cars. Specifically, I wanted to know if they were successful in getting an R&D vehicle, and if so, how far out a bolt-on product might be.
I also completed a product request form at Corksport, but again I've heard nothing. For what's being marketed as a highly rigid yet light car, our hooods are surprisingly heavy. It would appear that passing on an aluminum hood is just one area where Mazda saved a few dollars, same with the non-backlit passenger power window switch, non-backlit power doorlock switch, and not tieing in sideview mirror position to the 1-2 seat memory switch. I guess the R&D dollars to Skyactiv the new "6" and "3" have to come from somewhere. Actually, I recently read an article that the increased chassis rigidity vs. the previous generation "6" was accomplished with only a total of less than 25% high tensile steel, and that certain ring structures were unitized using high technology adhesives vs. the weld and mold processes some higher end manufacturers employ. I suppose we can't complain because the results of the new front offset crash tests confirm that however Mazda's doing it, they're doing it well.