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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicymazda0323 View Post
    Jeez that really blows!!! SMH
    Yeah... Replaced the rears with Moog 'universal' TMU 31.75mm bushings and brackets- $16 for the pair from Advance Auto Parts. My bushings were okay, but the drivers bracket was bent when I received my JBR, reformed it, but had a slight clunk from the rear left- it's now gone.

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    Put in my downpipe today!! Pretty happy but it was a pain to do!! Now I just have to save up for a turbo. Not sure which one though?? Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicymazda0323 View Post
    Put in my downpipe today!! Pretty happy but it was a pain to do!! Now I just have to save up for a turbo. Not sure which one though?? Any thoughts?
    I'm waiting to replace the downpipe along with the turbo. However, I think I'll probably go with the Corksport for 'ease of install'. People complain of boost creep, but per Corksport, there were design changes to correct it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicymazda0323 View Post
    Put in my downpipe today!! Pretty happy but it was a pain to do!! Now I just have to save up for a turbo. Not sure which one though?? Any thoughts?
    What downpipe did you go with?

    I'm thinking of going with the CNT downpipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    What downpipe did you go with?

    I'm thinking of going with the CNT downpipe.
    I bought a used one but it was basically an eBay brand.. no fitments issues and it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    I'm waiting to replace the downpipe along with the turbo. However, I think I'll probably go with the Corksport for 'ease of install'. People complain of boost creep, but per Corksport, there were design changes to correct it.
    I was looking into the corksport and I like the ease like you said. I also was looking at the bnr s3 and s4.

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    I think I'm just going to do fuel pump internals, downpipe, upgraded TMIC and maybe the upgraded turbo and be done with power mods to the car. I went stupid with the MSP, think I'll just add some power and leave it "relatively" stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    I think I'm just going to do fuel pump internals, downpipe, upgraded TMIC and maybe the upgraded turbo and be done with power mods to the car. I went stupid with the MSP, think I'll just add some power and leave it "relatively" stock.
    Awesome.. car is fun with those mods

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    Okay. So. That clunk/rattle/bang noise from the front of the vehicle is on the left side. It occurs at slow speeds over very rough terrain -OR- loading/unloading the drivetrain. My intake hasn't been mounted properly so that was secured as well as securing the lower engine cover as the metal support was detached from the plastic. I didn't expect the noise to be from either of those items, but they needed to be corrected either way. If I load the drivetrain, depress the clutch quickly, I can duplicate the noise. If I do heavy engine braking, when going back into throttle there is a small 'bump' felt as though something is shifting backward. I'm going to disconnect my sway links and road test it, but it seems more drivetrain related. Just so happens that it occurs at low speeds over very rough terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    Okay. So. That clunk/rattle/bang noise from the front of the vehicle is on the left side. It occurs at slow speeds over very rough terrain -OR- loading/unloading the drivetrain. My intake hasn't been mounted properly so that was secured as well as securing the lower engine cover as the metal support was detached from the plastic. I didn't expect the noise to be from either of those items, but they needed to be corrected either way. If I load the drivetrain, depress the clutch quickly, I can duplicate the noise. If I do heavy engine braking, when going back into throttle there is a small 'bump' felt as though something is shifting backward. I'm going to disconnect my sway links and road test it, but it seems more drivetrain related. Just so happens that it occurs at low speeds over very rough terrain.
    In my experience on several Mazda cars, it always comes down to the sway bar bushings.... When you disconnect the endlinks, you can then rotate the swaybar freely, and you can then feel the play in the sway bar bushings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    In my experience on several Mazda cars, it always comes down to the sway bar bushings.... When you disconnect the endlinks, you can then rotate the swaybar freely, and you can then feel the play in the sway bar bushings.
    Oh, I know. 11 years with Mazdas has shown me that. Bushings look to be okay- previous page you'll see where I checked them and found them to be okay, but the passenger bracket retaining bolt has been broken off in the subframe and some asshat tack welded the bracket directly to the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    In my experience on several Mazda cars, it always comes down to the sway bar bushings.... When you disconnect the endlinks, you can then rotate the swaybar freely, and you can then feel the play in the sway bar bushings.
    Oh, I know. 11 years with Mazdas has shown me that. Bushings look to be okay- previous page you'll see where I checked them and found them to be okay, but the passenger bracket retaining bolt has been broken off in the subframe and some asshat tack welded the bracket directly to the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    Oh, I know. 11 years with Mazdas has shown me that. Bushings look to be okay- previous page you'll see where I checked them and found them to be okay, but the passenger bracket retaining bolt has been broken off in the subframe and some asshat tack welded the bracket directly to the frame.
    To me they have always "looked ok"... LOL

    I could not believe that when I read that about yours being welded.
    THAT IS MESSED UP BROTHER!

    I have 2 new Mazda OEM brackets I can send you... I got them as spares, but my old brackets were not rusty or abused so they were not needed.

    However it sounds like you are going to need an angle grinder, easy outs, left handed drill bits, a torch, and some good karma for your mess...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preferio View Post
    Okay. So. That clunk/rattle/bang noise from the front of the vehicle is on the left side. It occurs at slow speeds over very rough terrain -OR- loading/unloading the drivetrain. My intake hasn't been mounted properly so that was secured as well as securing the lower engine cover as the metal support was detached from the plastic. I didn't expect the noise to be from either of those items, but they needed to be corrected either way. If I load the drivetrain, depress the clutch quickly, I can duplicate the noise. If I do heavy engine braking, when going back into throttle there is a small 'bump' felt as though something is shifting backward. I'm going to disconnect my sway links and road test it, but it seems more drivetrain related. Just so happens that it occurs at low speeds over very rough terrain.
    Try to get a look at the Drivers side motor mount. May not be easy with the battery tray right there. Does not sound like sway bar linkage to me but of course it could be.
    Bang might be MM. Clunk could be end links. Control arm bushings Ball joint. Rattle i would have guessed intake, or turbo inlet piping.
    Have some one watch your engine rotate while you rev it in neutral.

    also you could take a jack, again with two people, and lightly !! lift the transmission side of the casing while someone watches from above.
    Not for nothin' but how does the passenger side motor mount look up top ?

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