Anyone Here Get Their 2.5T Tuned Yet?

Dude, do you have the same user name on M3post and messaged me about my WTB tire ad? Small world if so.

You should pick up a cx9, it's a great suv with nice driving dynamics. Definitely punches above its class.
No, not a member there. I guess I'm really not that "original" after all... haha

CX-9 is definitely on the short list - feel like it's a lot of bang for the buck. Hopefully this thread generates a little more "bang" down the line!
 

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I'm cheering for you guys, Mazda Owners need more options. Spread the word about this thread, get people to join and post here about this...Let's build a demand center here and keep the conversation alive...I wonder, if Mazda turns the next gen Mazda6 into a high performance model (and the other models receive a variant with the same treatment eventually)..It could help "boost" the overall Mazda Aftermarket.
 
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I'm cheering for you guys...It could help "boost" the overall Mazda Aftermarket.
I'm cheering for more mazda aftermarket too, but if you notice, the aftermarket is built around cars in which the owners like to "hoon" around in (on road or even off road). The only real, current Mazda product that fits that bill is the MX-5. All other current Mazda offerings do not support the "hooniverse" culture.

In road and rally racing, what Mazda products are being used? This question will show you where any (performance) aftermarket will cater too.

Before the aftermarket steps up, they need to see a product to support, and a culture around that product that wants more than than stock and continue where the factory stopped. The CX-5, any engine, is not in this category.

If Mazda were to develop a Mazdaspeed 3, 6, or even a Mazdaspeed CX-5, using the 2.5t engine, then the aftermarket might take notice. Maybe the vehicle tuning scene would go beyond simple things like intakes/exhausts, stiffer bushings, and suspension upgrades. Then again, maybe it wouldn't.

A culture has to be in place before the aftermarket gets involved. Right now, there is no go-fast, hooniverse culture surrounding the CX-5 let alone Mazda in general.
 

Antoine

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If Mazda were to develop a Mazdaspeed 3, 6, or even a Mazdaspeed CX-5, using the 2.5t engine, then the aftermarket might take notice. Maybe the vehicle tuning scene would go beyond simple things like intakes/exhausts, stiffer bushings, and suspension upgrades. Then again, maybe it wouldn't.
Great points...There is talk of this turbo engine being used to possibly bring back Mazdaspeed and or a new higher performance / grade tier. I agree that Mazda needs to inject serious performance potential into its lineup to have a better chance at reviving the aftermarket...A new flagship high performance model would not hurt either!

Still...Showing interest via this thread and keeping the discussion going can only help this cause...Like, post and share if you want to see more aftermarket support!
 

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CorkSport has also been pretty receptive in terms of hearing their customers out and bringing certain things to market, like their air intakes and even an exhaust option for the CX-9, of all vehicles. They have also developed intercooler and boost piping upgrades. Bolt-ons are cool and all, but once someone figures out how to tune the 2.5T, they can really make use of all those bolt-on parts to make some real power. Then, once people are made aware of what it can do, other companies/tuners will hopefully be more likely to hop on the 2.5T wagon.

I personally feel like it makes a lot of sense to put resources into tuning the 2.5T engine because it's currently available in three different models with lots of talk of putting it in others (like the Mazda3).

EDIT: Like the *AWD Mazda3 hatch
 
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I talked To Daniel from DR Tuning Friday and he told me that he has abandoned tuning work on the 2016-2018 2.5T because it uses the gen3 computer and only deals with the CX-9 and the 2018 Mazda 6. So he is going to start working on the gen4 computer which covers more platforms which will with give him a head start on the new gen5 which will be coming out soon. So for all of us that have 2016-2018 CX-9's are probably out to lunch. With the new Mazda 3 coming out I guarantee all of the tuners will be jumping in for that platform.
 
Hey all,
I just got my 17 GT AWD last week and I love it. Being the gear head that I am, one of the things I looked at before buying was the availability of tuning options for the car once I get towards the end of my warranty. Right now all I can come up with is Orange Virus Tuning, but it seems there aren't any credible reviews out for their tunes on our motor just yet. Add to it the fact that the tune with the handheld tuner is $800, I'd be hesitant to purchase it. So this begs the question, anyone have any tuning options or have their 2.5T motor tuned? Alot of the Ecoboost guys are running tunes on their 3.5s and 2.7s and what not and they're showing good power gains with solid reliability, so I'm wondering if the same options exist for Mazda. Any thoughts are appreciated.

Mike
I added a K&N air cleaner and got more then I expected. 11HP and 15Torque local Mazda was impressed.
 
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5 years and counting, and maybe never. It's ironic that the "Zoom Zoom" brand can't get anyone to bring more Zoom.
 
I talked To Daniel from DR Tuning Friday and he told me that he has abandoned tuning work on the 2016-2018 2.5T because it uses the gen3 computer and only deals with the CX-9 and the 2018 Mazda 6. So he is going to start working on the gen4 computer which covers more platforms which will with give him a head start on the new gen5 which will be coming out soon. So for all of us that have 2016-2018 CX-9's are probably out to lunch. With the new Mazda 3 coming out I guarantee all of the tuners will be jumping in for that platform.
Does the 2019-2020 have the gen4 computer?
 

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I talked To Daniel from DR Tuning Friday and he told me that he has abandoned tuning work on the 2016-2018 2.5T because it uses the gen3 computer and only deals with the CX-9 and the 2018 Mazda 6. So he is going to start working on the gen4 computer which covers more platforms which will with give him a head start on the new gen5 which will be coming out soon. So for all of us that have 2016-2018 CX-9's are probably out to lunch. With the new Mazda 3 coming out I guarantee all of the tuners will be jumping in for that platform.

That's disappointing, to say the least.
 
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Wrong again. Please take my advise from another thread where I asked you to just stop talking about Mazda and SKYACTIV Technolgy.

You know absolutely nothing about the SKYACTIV program. It was not built on "old technology".

Do you know where the name comes from?

Do you know how the program started?

Do you know what the initial goal of the program was?

What was a byproduct of the initial goal?

Until you can answer these questions correctly, I think you should not express your unfounded opinions on what's under the hood of current Mazda's.

I worked for Mazda for over a decade, before and after the roll out of the SKYACTIV program.

I will gladly educate you on it if you are willing to listen.
Hi, I am interested!
 
The gen4 is in the 2019-2020 but I am thinking most of the tuners will start working on the Mazda 3 when it comes out because that will be the biggest bang for the buck.
Won’t the mazda 3 be a gen 4 computer and if so it would make sense to start on our platform as it’s been in production longer.
 

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Won’t the mazda 3 be a gen 4 computer and if so it would make sense to start on our platform as it’s been in production longer.
Just a guess, but it seems that the gen3 computer is different enough to warrant the decision. Since the gen3 is only available on pre-2019 MYs with the turbo (16-18 CX-9 and 18 Mazda6, both low volume sellers), and the gen4 is more widely available on the newer models with higher volume (specifically the CX-5), it makes sense to start there from a business perspective.

Its just a shame as the early adopters were the ones that were most vocal about wanting a tune, and now they're getting shafted.
 
Hi, I am interested!
Holy Moses, that was an interesting thread from 3 years ago. I believe that guy got banned but was spewing nonsense about Mazda engineering.

I’d have to get all my notes from that time period, but it was some cool stuff Mazda worked on. Many of which you can see in Dave Colman’s interviews. He’s a top engineer with Mazda. Not sure if he’s still with the company or not, but was with the rollouts of various SKYACTIV products.
 
Just a guess, but it seems that the gen3 computer is different enough to warrant the decision. Since the gen3 is only available on pre-2019 MYs with the turbo (16-18 CX-9 and 18 Mazda6, both low volume sellers), and the gen4 is more widely available on the newer models with higher volume (specifically the CX-5), it makes sense to start there from a business perspective.

Its just a shame as the early adopters were the ones that were most vocal about wanting a tune, and now they're getting shafted.
To quote myself from 3 years ago, I didn’t think anyone would bother with this motor unless it found its way into a performance varient. The upcoming Mazda3 Turbo is the best chance at that. It’s a lot of time and resources to invest in performance of a family hauler. I, for one, have zero interest upgrading the performance of my 2017 CX-9.

I just don’t think the 3 is going to gather that much support either, to be honest. No M/T and starts at $30K. Plus, tests have shown that while the engine puts out impressive paper specs, it isn’t tuned to light up the pavement.

I remember when the Mazdaspeed6 and 3 came out, CP-E put in the time and made some really good performance upgrades. Cobb has an AcessPort too. A buddy of mine had a speed6 that was a monster. I just don’t see that type of demand or direction with the Mazda3 Turbo...
 
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