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Kufliclicks' 2015 Liquid Silver 6 Touring

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 7/6/18: 39,000

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

Exterior:
- Spec-D Fog Lights + OEM Fog Light Stalk
- 35% front window tint, 20% back window tint
- Black vinyl roof wrap
- Corksport License Plate Relocation Kit
- Black "Zoom-Zoom" License Plate Frames (front and back)

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- Corksport Short RAM Intake
- Corksport Cold Air Box
- Racing Beat Axle-back Exhaust
- Resonator delete
- Autoexe Strut Tower Bar (painted black)
- Progress Rear Sway Bar
- Megan Racing EZ Street Coilovers (2" drop from stock)

Summer Wheels:
- Enkei PF07 18x8.5+35
- Michelin Super Sport 245/45/18

Winter Wheels:
- Stock 19" rims
- Pirelli Ice Zero 225/45/19

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- OVTune, 93 octane

Future Plans:
- Debadging and blacking out emblems
- Black lip spoiler
- Corksport Turbo kit? I'm not even sure it's still in development. It's either this or an RX-8 summer car
- Stainless steel pedal covers. I like the look, but I don't want them to scuff. I might skip this one.
- Brakes. Probably don't need BBK, but want to replace OEM rotors before they warp. Research not started.
- Might research the Corksport RMM v2. People say it is less harsh than v1 and JBR's.
- Corksport flywheel/crankshaft pulley. I haven't seen this mod performed often, but the theory is solid. I wish I had more reference. More research needed, probably not worth it.
- 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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Hey guys, I'm ready to start buying parts! I've been doing research for about two months, but I haven't been able to come to a complete decision and want some second opinions.

First of all, I occasionally catch myself absentmindedly doing 5-10 over the speed limit, which has screwed me a few times. So, my friends recommended that I get a radar detector for the piece of mind. That being said, I am looking at the Escort Passport 9500ix and the Escort Passport Max. Both of these are proven performers, but the Max's premium price may be worth it for the ability to learn common false alarm frequencies. Does anyone have one of these, or recommend against them/radar detectors in general?

Secondly, intakes. There is a lot of reading material on this forum on CAI vs SRI, and believe me, I have read it. I originally decided on the Injen CAI. I have been reading a lot about the Corksport SRI with the Cold Air Box, and I'm not sure if it would be worth it, with all the complaints people on this forum are having. I was planning on calling Corksport to see if they have fixed those problems, but haven't gotten around to it yet. My question is: is the SRI w/ box better than the CAI? My M6 is my daily driver, and I spend most of my drive in low RPM on the highway. I would like a little more "get up and go", but not necessarily high-end power.

Lastly, an easy one. I have decided to go with the Racing Beat exhaust. I really like the note produced and look of the exhaust tips. My friends unanimously agreed with me, plus the Racing Beat was one of the cheaper options. I am not looking for raw performance, just style points. It doesn't seem worth it to me to spring for a custom exhaust or mess with the headers/cat. Are there any members that run this exhaust that had any problems with it, or switched away for any reason?

TL;DR tell me which intake and exhaust you like the most. Everyone else, thanks for getting through it.
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Let me be the first to chime in on the radar detector debate. I did choose to buy the Max2 over the 9500ix because I'm just that type of person. I liked the additional features offered by the Max, and at the time, the Max 360 was not available. I highly recommend the Max 360 if it's in your price range. But here is something that I'm not sure you know but is very important - any radar detector takes some getting used to. They're all gonna give false alarms, you just have to tell it what is a false alarm, and even then, if the popo in your area are smart, they'll set up their traps where there are common false alarms to trick you. A good/bad thing about the Max is that the range is phenomenal. I will get alerts waaaay before I come up on the speed trap. This is something you'll have to get used to also. I started thinking it was a false alarm, and a mile later, there's the cop sitting on the side of the road. But once you learn how good the range is, you'll realize the investment is worth it. One last thing. The more cars that get safety warning systems, the more false alarms you'll get. Remember that some of these systems use radar to work, so if you're close to like a newer GM vehicle, it will go off constantly. This can be very annoying. I've had it happen with Cadillac's and Silverado's mostly. Bottom line is, radar detectors require some patience and learning.

As far as mod's go, I believe any intake you get, you should get a cold air box. I questioned the heat soak issue for a long time, until I put the CS cold air box in. If you check out my Fuelly page, you'll see that since I added it in March, my mpg's have shot up to the high 30's. It has made a huge difference in mpg. Everything seems to work smoother and better. I personally have not had the screw issue with the CS air box, but yes, that little rub does happen. Small price to pay for 5mpg.
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I can chime in directly on both topics. I had a Passport 9500 in my 6 before I sold it, and it was GPS enabled and learned false alarms. After driving the same route a few days in a row, it will store them and not give false alarms anymore. I now have the Passport MAX in my SS and honestly it does about the same thing as the 9500, except I can sync to my phone via bluetooth and control it.

As for the intakes, I had a K&N on my 6 and really liked it. Its actually for sale right now (for sale section). I went this route because at the time I bought it, it was the only one offering a heat shield/ surround for the filter. This engine doesn't produce much heat at all so the shield the K&N offers is more than adequate. I had it on my car during repeated 100* days here in South Mississippi and it never hiccuped or threw a code. It really is nice to have some sound come from the car too. I find myself speeding a lot more when I can't hear the car, because it takes some of the sensation of speed away.
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I've been using a Valentine 1 for a long time now and find it to be the best for my needs. Also, new units are sold with new anti falsing software to weed out most of the proximity sensors from surrounding traffic.

Another point to remember when using a radar detector is that it's virtually useless if you're running alone. Ambush is still ambush, but staying around other traffic a bit to flush out the signal earlier will always benefit you.

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CAI pays for itself after a while.... It's a fairly simple install, as long as you're getting well engineered parts.

Last year on the way to New Hampshire I was getting 34-35 mpg in my MX5.

Highest I got before the intake was 30.
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I went with the 9500ix, and I'll give some thoughts once I use it for a few weeks. That being said, I have my eyes on the SRI w/ box and was hoping for a few more insightful posts on that. Thanks to the previous posts! You learn something new every day.
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I have a Velentine 1 and have had it for a long time. It's a trusty companion and the directional warnings are EXTREMELY useful.

With that said the popo in many areas has moved largely to laser, and with laser odds are you won't get a warning from the car in front of you being tagged. If the laser detection goes off and you're speeding, unless you're in a pack and the next car is quite close (thus you MIGHT have gotten some of the energy aimed at him) it basically just told you to pull over and collect your ticket.

I still run with the V1 from time to time, but it's no longer my "on all the time" tool simply because it no longer *reliably* provides an effective warning, and there's nothing worse than thinking you have a sentinel posted only to find out that he's asleep!

Waze these days is actually MORE useful in any area with meaningful traffic because it's close to real-time and even "pop up" radar or laser doesn't evade someone SEEING the cop and tagging his location before you get there.
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I have a Velentine 1 and have had it for a long time. It's a trusty companion and the directional warnings are EXTREMELY useful.

With that said the popo in many areas has moved largely to laser, and with laser odds are you won't get a warning from the car in front of you being tagged. If the laser detection goes off and you're speeding, unless you're in a pack and the next car is quite close (thus you MIGHT have gotten some of the energy aimed at him) it basically just told you to pull over and collect your ticket.

I still run with the V1 from time to time, but it's no longer my "on all the time" tool simply because it no longer *reliably* provides an effective warning, and there's nothing worse than thinking you have a sentinel posted only to find out that he's asleep!

Waze these days is actually MORE useful in any area with meaningful traffic because it's close to real-time and even "pop up" radar or laser doesn't evade someone SEEING the cop and tagging his location before you get there.
Someone recommended Waze to me not that long ago, but I haven't used it yet. I have it downloaded and ready to go, but I find it hard to shift away from Google Maps. It's never done me wrong, you know?
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Someone recommended Waze to me not that long ago, but I haven't used it yet. I have it downloaded and ready to go, but I find it hard to shift away from Google Maps. It's never done me wrong, you know?
Google maps now gives updates from Waze, but I believe only for accidents, not police. I use Waze on long trips, but having it on eating away at my phone battery every time I drive, no thank you. I'll stick with my radar detector. That said, although I have Escort's app downloaded onto my phone, I rarely use it. I find it more gimmicky than anything and I like simple and easy while I'm driving. Isn't that why we bought Mazda's? For the simple, straightforward driver focused experience? If I wanted complicated software, I would've bought a Fusion with Sync or whatever they're calling it now.
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I tried Waze for the first time today, and it took me to the middle of a busy highway and said "You have arrived." I think I'll just stick to old reliable Google Maps for now. That being said, I have my Passport 9500xi now. It seems great, but I'm going to have to get used to it.
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