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Wow that's crappy luck, glad you're okay though.

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Wow that's crappy luck, glad you're okay though.

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Hey, I'm ready for this to be a build thread! "Kufliclicks' 2015 Liquid Silver 6 Touring" works fine as a title, and I would like this moved into a more appropriate spot. Where would you recommend? Thanks again.

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The 2015 Mazda 6 was the first and only Mazda I have driven. Mazda was recommended to me by two coworkers, who owned a stock '94 MX-5 and a majorly modded '12 Mazda 3. Being 6'4", I wanted neither of those cars, but thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt. They were fun to ride in. One weekend, I walked into the dealership and was greeted by a dealer about a half an inch taller than myself. I asked him what my options were, and he personally recommended the 6. Pamphlets lined his desk praising Mazda's high safety ratings and it's efficient SkyActiv engine. He offered to take me on a test drive. That test drive was the most fun I had searching that spring, and I drove quite a few cars. I remember one part very clearly: We were approaching a turn clearly marked 35 mph. "I know what the sign says, but trust me, take this turn at 60. The car can handle it." It sure did. If that doesn't sum up the Mazda 6, I'm not sure what will. I couldn't stop smiling during that test drive, and I couldn't help but think about the 6 while driving other cars. So, I bought one. Now, I want to make it mine.

Kufliclicks' 2015 Liquid Silver 6 Touring w/ Tech Package

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Purchased (new): April 10th, 2015

Mileage as of 8/16/16: ~19,500

Interior:
- Mazda H70 All Weather Floor Mats
- Corksport LED Light Kit
- Escort Passport 9500xi - Blue

Exterior:
- Corksport License Plate Relocation Kit
- Black "Zoom-Zoom" License Plate Frames (front and back)

Engine/Suspension:
- Corksport Short RAM Intake (all black, polished clamps)
- Corksport Cold Air Box
- Racing Beat Axle-back Exhaust
- Autoexe Strut Tower Bar (painted black)

Awaiting Install:
- Front bumper plugs (painted, but need to clean holes first)
- Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers

Future Plans
- Window tint. A good idea, but it's illegal in MN under 50%, and completely illegal on the windshield. Is it worth just getting the 50%?
- Fog lights. I bought a stalk for cheap, and am looking for housings and lights for a deal. Still need to decide on Halogen vs HID vs LED. Will probably install myself.
- Wheels and tires. Currently looking at going to 18's and dropping the car. 17's are too small and I don't like the look. Still researching wheel styles.
- Stainless steel pedal covers. I like the look, but I don't want them to scuff. I might skip this one.
- LED Emblems. I don't like debadging, but would love LED's. More research needed.
- Brakes. Probably don't need BBK, but want something tougher than OEM. Research not started.
- Rear sway bar. Is this even necessary with the front strut + stiff suspension? More research needed.
- Corksport rear motor mount and crankshaft pulley. I haven't seen these mods performed often, but the idea is solid. I wish I had more reference. More research needed.
- OVTune. The last power mod I will do. Still deciding on balanced vs performance. Will probably do 91 octane, but only because 93 is hard to find around here. Maybe also get an economy tune for winter.
- Winter tires. I will probably raise the car back to stock and use OEM wheels. More research needed.
- Headlights and taillights. I have seen some beautiful lights on this site, but I am far from doing these. I will at least replace the OEM bulbs with HID's or LED's.



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it seems you have a good set of basic mods for you car.

i always found the most improvements i got out of my car was when I did my suspension and tire upgrade. I know they are not engine mods but upgrading the shocks/struts and springs matched with a good set of tires really improved and change the driving characteristics of the car.
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it seems you have a good set of basic mods for you car.

i always found the most improvements i got out of my car was when I did my suspension and tire upgrade. I know they are not engine mods but upgrading the shocks/struts and springs matched with a good set of tires really improved and change the driving characteristics of the car.
Thanks! I actually plan on doing those as my next performance upgrade. It makes sense that those affect the car the most. I bought a set of Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers, and am researching wheel brands and sizes. I think I'll go with gunmetal or two-tone black/silver 18's. I'll find tires after I find the wheels.
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Thanks! I actually plan on doing those as my next performance upgrade. It makes sense that those affect the car the most. I bought a set of Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers, and am researching wheel brands and sizes. I think I'll go with gunmetal or two-tone black/silver 18's. I'll find tires after I find the wheels.
when looking at 18s take a look at a lot of pictures
i am not sure with the news model 6
but when i had my old mazdaspeed6 i pit 18s on them and i don;t know if it was just me but they looked very small on my car. i kind of rushed picking my wheels because i was more concerned with the tires but i always regretted not spending more time with the look of my wheels
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I can't explain why, but my OCD kicks in the second I see that front plate not lined up in the center


Sorry you we're able to catch up to the vehicle that caused the damage. I've had something similar happen to me (a boat oar was not secured properly and flew out of a guy towing his boat) and there was nothing I could do to avoid it; it smashed square into the front end and hood of my BMW and shattered into a million pieces.


It took me about 30 seconds to realize that the guy should be liable for something like that, so I was able to catch up to the guy and signaled for him to pull over. Thankfully, he was one of the considerate drivers out there and understood his mistake. I'm really glad I didn't just figure I was screwed, because it ended up being a couple grand in damage.


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I can't explain why, but my OCD kicks in the second I see that front plate not lined up in the center


Sorry you we're able to catch up to the vehicle that caused the damage. I've had something similar happen to me (a boat oar was not secured properly and flew out of a guy towing his boat) and there was nothing I could do to avoid it; it smashed square into the front end and hood of my BMW and shattered into a million pieces.


It took me about 30 seconds to realize that the guy should be liable for something like that, so I was able to catch up to the guy and signaled for him to pull over. Thankfully, he was one of the considerate drivers out there and understood his mistake. I'm really glad I didn't just figure I was screwed, because it ended up being a couple grand in damage.
The first time I saw a car with the license plate to the side, I hated it. I can't quite explain it, but it has grown on me. I really like it now. Glad you caught up with that guy, but my damage is far less severe. My insurance paid to fill the cracks, but I'm on the hook $250 if I want to replace the windshield. I will eventually, but I can't right now.
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Finally, I have some updates for you guys!

I picked up a Spec-D brand fog light kit from CARiD, and an OEM Fog Light switch from chutoyy. I went with Spec-D just because they had a decent reputation, a good price, and the design I liked best. The chrome eyebrow wasn't in the picture on the website, but I love how it looks. It really accents the grill trim and body lines. A pleasant surprise, for sure!


I opted to go through the bumper to install the lights, since the help I enlisted already had experience removing the bumper on Mazdas. I helped with the clips, but he went under the car and unscrewed everything. There were A LOT of screws. We actually broke a clip; it was the very last clip on the right side (looking at the car). It was screwed in, but we didn't know, since the other side didn't have a screw. Nothing a little silicone and duct tape couldn't fix, though.

My friend did the hard work, and I installed the light switch in the meantime. There weren't really enough steps to warrant taking pictures, but these two manuals told me everything I needed to know: 1 2

Bumper off (looks like someone gritting their teeth, haha):


Car Unmasked:


Here are a couple of shots installed before buttoning up the car:




I also got around to plugging those nasty bumper holes! I used the plugs that came with my CS Plate Relocation Kit and picked up an OEM Liquid Silver Paint Pen from the dealership. I paid about $12 for the pen, compared to the $40 for pre-painted plugs. I also had to drill the holes bigger, but I did a much cleaner job than what was there. Once the holes were cleaned, I used some clear silicone calk to seal the plugs in the holes. Here are a few pictures of the completed job:



This was a great learning experience, and I definitely needed a set of fogs. There were a few nights and storms I wish I had them in the past, so I pulled the trigger. The dealership quoted me for $550, parts and labor. I ended up spending $72 on the fogs, $20 on the stalk, and $25 on some pizza for labor. DIY saved me some serious money. Here's a very cool picture of the finished product:

(look at the lighting on that emblem!!)

These will probably be my last mods for a while. I may buy the stainless steel pedal covers, but I am still undecided. For now, I will spend my time researching wheels and tires for tax season. I already own a set of coilovers, and will install them in the spring.
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That's really odd yours came with chrome covers. They looks oddly similar to the ones sold on Aliexpress. I wonder if some bought the set, put the covers on and returned it for unknown reasons?


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That's really odd yours came with chrome covers. They looks oddly similar to the ones sold on Aliexpress. I wonder if some bought the set, put the covers on and returned it for unknown reasons?


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