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    Chris_Top_Her CX-5 Build Thread

    2013 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD 2.0 L Skyactiv W i P




    Motor/Drivetrain
    - Corksport Short Ram Intake
    - Dynotronics ECU Tuning Software - Stopped, 7 months and no progress. Not recommended as of Sep 2014.
    - Corksport Axle Back Exhaust
    - Optima Yellowtop
    - MIT Hood Struts
    - Corksport LED Engine Lamp (Removed, extra wiring in the engine bay and on the battery looked ghetto)
    - Fumoto F106 Oil Drain Valve

    Suspension/Wheels
    (Werner) Heine & (Heinz) Remmen Sport Springs
    Corksport Rear Sway Bar
    Ultra Racing Strut Tower Brace
    Ultra Racing 4 Point Front Lower Arm Bar
    Ultra Racing 2 Point Rear Lower Arm Bar
    TSW Mallory 20" x 8.5" w/Toyo Proxes ST II, 20/255/45 (Equipped)

    Exterior/Lighting
    - OEM Hood Visor
    - OEM Roof Rails, Painted Black (Silver Default)
    - Stainless Steel Fog Covers
    - 6000k HIDS
    - 5000k DRL and Fog Lights
    - Hella Twin Super Tones
    - Curt Hitch #C13127

    Interior
    - Chinese OBDII HUD
    - Audio
    - CX-5 Illuminated LED Door Sills (Blue)
    -Blue LED Dome/Footwell Lighting
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    Installing Rear Lower Bar

    Front and Rear Bar
    Rear Sway Bar




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    The car looks really nice. How do all those engine and suspension mods affect the ride?

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    Nice mods !

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    Nice car Chris.
    Corksport is the correct name.
    Which springs do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tibimakai View Post
    Nice car Chris.
    Corksport is the correct name.
    Which springs do you have?
    LOL, saw that typo as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by tibimakai View Post
    Nice car Chris.
    Corksport is the correct name.
    Which springs do you have?
    H&R Sport Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by dougal View Post
    The car looks really nice. How do all those engine and suspension mods affect the ride?
    Less body roll, more fun engine sound, faster revving (powercurve moved slightly up, as with most cai/sri).
    I am waiting for my Mazda Edit stuff to come in the mail and I want a 93 tune, and rev limiter bump.
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    Curious since I feel like I'm following in your footsteps (despite different engines), how would you rank your performance mods? As in, what had the most impact from most to least or if you were to do it again, what would you do first?

    I can't modify the exhaust (RE: California) but I'm looking at changing the wheels to lighter, wider ones, lowering (probably not more that 1.5"), and improving structural rigidity (tower struts probably first.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErgoZoom View Post
    Curious since I feel like I'm following in your footsteps (despite different engines), how would you rank your performance mods? As in, what had the most impact from most to least or if you were to do it again, what would you do first?

    I can't modify the exhaust (RE: California) but I'm looking at changing the wheels to lighter, wider ones, lowering (probably not more that 1.5"), and improving structural rigidity (tower struts probably first.)
    Early adopter gets the boo boo motor but it's still a fun car. The springs were the first suspension change I made it was an immediate difference in handling (was still on the stock wheels at the time) and probably the most worthwhile single mod I have. I have the H&R (also the only option at the time) which drop about 1.5", enough to get rid of the excessive imo wheel gap, and still leave good clearance for say 20" wheels. I like Cocksport but I am very skeptical how a 20" wheel would work out with those, without a LP tire. Struts are holding up well after 35k mi and hard driving. Aesthetically, I'm glad the wheel gap was reduced; it looked corny to me and I did not get the car because I wanted ground clearance, it was more for the utility of the space. Of course, adding wider wheels made a difference as well, but I would say it was less than just the changing he springs alone. When I originally purchased the stb I was not expecting any noticeable change, I was mainly purchasing it to reduce stress on the front of the frame as I plan to keep the car (and drive hard) for a long time and preserve the stiffness as much as possible. I was surprised that I noticed a change in how my car reacts in a heave-leaning turn (high peed curve, or a tight turn at say an intersection). In a very simple example, it made the difference of a slight powerslide if turning left at 2 lane intersection where there is a 3rd inside lane for making aleft turn only, without cutting into that left turn lane (eg following the line). I can actually mash the gas (in manual mode of course or it will understeer the turn) and shift 1-2 or 2-3 depending on speed at mid/high rpm and come though nicely. If that makes any sense. It also reduced a flat lateral movement I was getting when entering a sharp highway curve at about 70-75+. Because of that I went ahead and got the lower bar to add some more distribution and the rear as well. Once I get the Corksport RSB I probably won't mess with the suspension anymore unless specific parts need/should be upgrades (end links etc).

    Keep me posted on what you are doing, I try to share my experience for others to learn from, also there are some helpful dudes on here that give good tips too. If you are getting different wheels try to at most meet the stock weight of the 19" wheel/tire (~60lb), lighter is better, and it's not always the wheel the tires can vary 2-4 pounds too. For me and the 2.0 motor it made about a 1-2 mpg difference at cruising (pretty rare I don't really drive long enough or bored enough to use cruise control) between two aftermarket wheels with a 3lb difference and same tire; maybe not so much with the 2.5. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErgoZoom View Post
    Curious since I feel like I'm following in your footsteps (despite different engines), how would you rank your performance mods? As in, what had the most impact from most to least or if you were to do it again, what would you do first?

    I can't modify the exhaust (RE: California) but I'm looking at changing the wheels to lighter, wider ones, lowering (probably not more that 1.5"), and improving structural rigidity (tower struts probably first.)
    most exh. is CAT back so no worries in CA, CX5 is too quiet but that is what the masses wants.

    agree if you have the $, do lighter wheels/better tire combo, if still not to your g force needs, then RSB, if need more then Springs.

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    Chris, the TSW Sochi Black and Pirelli P Zero 20 x 8.5 ET 40 and 245/45/20 are a weight of 22 + 28 (for the tyre) = 50 Lbs !! So this is far beneath th OEM wheels (19 inch x 7) They are more near the weight of the 17 inches OEM !!!!
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    wayyyy too much invested in a 2.0

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    Chris, the size of the wheel doesn't matter since the outside diameter won't change by going bigger wheel. You can put 22" wheels there, if you maintain the outer diameter.
    I hear many people that, I put bigger wheels to fill up the gap. That is stupid, that way the speedo will be way off.
    Bigger wheels you get, thinner your tires will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveCX-5 View Post
    Chris, the TSW Sochi Black and Pirelli P Zero 20 x 8.5 ET 40 and 245/45/20 are a weight of 22 + 28 (for the tyre) = 50 Lbs !! So this is far beneath th OEM wheels (19 inch x 7) They are more near the weight of the 17 inches OEM !!!!
    Thats a good wlcombo; however part of it was what design did I want . My other option was nurburg ring 23lb, but I liked Mallory more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringer View Post
    wayyyy too much invested in a 2.0
    Not seeing that a 2.0, 2.5 or any other of the diesel 4 bangers available in other markets makes any significant difference regarding "being too much of an investment".

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