2014
07.23

Dear Car Guy,

It’s been a while my friend. I hope this finds you well and enjoying the midsummer heat, hot nights, car shows, and scantily clad women that July and August tends to provide.

Over on our end of things, it’s been hot and busy! Keeping up with your requests has kept a smile on my face though. From a simple request for a drawing on the box, to the silly requests like sending livestock, “surprise me”, or simply “make me smile when I open this up”, it’s been a lot of fun and a good break to my day.

It got me thinking though, some of you get surprised without a request, others of you send them in as notes on your order, and still yet others will shoot a quick email saying you’d love to see what we at CorkSport can come up with.

So here I am, writing to you, sharing a few of my past favorite requests:

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Though we can’t honor all requests, we certainly try our best!  Whether you want us to build you a sling shot, a lizard drawing on your box, or simply request us to send you the strangest thing we can find in our desk… we love the personal aspect that we get to attach to your orders!

Often our best requests come from the comment field in order notes. Feel free to list notes, jokes, or requests in this box here:

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So remember to feel free to request some drawings, or silly things, it breaks up the monotony and gives you (and us) a smile! Hope all stays well Car Guy! Until next time, stay fast, stay safe, and stay happy!

 

-K

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2014
07.16

 

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These are the first images of the new Mazda2 or Mazda Demio as it will be known in Japan. Thanks to CarScoops.com for the photos.

 

Luckily it looks like Mazda decided to stick pretty close to their fantastic looking Hazumi concept, which is great news for anyone that loved the aggressive style.

 

We also noticed while looking at the photos that there appears to be some sensors at the top of the windshield just like in the newest Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. I assume this means it will be getting the adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers, brake assist, and other fancy technology for at least the higher end models.

 

Personally I’m a big fan of the interior, it looks sporty, clean, and upscale. Definitely a winner in my book!

 

Though Mazda hasn’t announced the engines yet, we are pretty confident that they will be releasing it with a 1.5L SkyActiv engine, and possibly the SkyActiv-D 1.5L also. We can only hope!

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2014
07.11

Mazda Rotary Turbo Rx-7 Rx-8 Rx-9 Rumors from CorkSport

 

According to Motoring.com.au and an “insider” they have some new information on the next RX-7.

So what are the interesting facts they supposedly have heard?

1. Mazda is going to use a twin-scroll turbo setup with power near 450 hp.

2. Mazda will no longer use the MX-5 platform as a base.

3. Mazda has registered both RX-7 and RX-9 as names with Japan’s trademark office.

4. Mazda plans to celebrate their first Rotary powered cars 50th birthday in May of 2017 with the release of their new RX-7 or RX-9.

 

So what do you think? Does Motoring.com.au really have an insider in Mazda realizing this information? Or is it all just more speculation and made up rumors?

Let us know on Facebook.com/corksport

 

 

2014
07.03

CorkSport Shifter Bushing Set for the 2012-2013 SkyActiv Mazda 3

Say goodbye to sloppy loose and poor shifts! Keep the shifter feeling crisp and clean by installing the CorkSport Aluminum Shifter Bushings!

The new CORKSPORT shifter bushing set is CAD designed, machined for exact fitment, and made from billet aluminum which is anodized blue for a long lasting durable finish.

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The factory OEM bushings are made out of rubber that gives soft and sloppy shifts. Over time, shifting gears can cause the soft rubber bushings found at the anchor point of your shifter assembly to deteriorate and fall apart.

Luckily CorkSport has a solution with the CorkSport shifter bushing set that gives you solid shifts and a firm responsiveness which will never wear out.

These bushings will improve your shift feel significantly and increase the fun factor times 10. Plus you can finally prove to your friends and family that the stick shift is greater than the slushbox.
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Designed for easy fitment on the 2012-2013 Mazda 3 SkyActiv with manual transmissions.

Order the CORKSPORT shifter bushing set  today – Only $39 HERE!

 

BONUS: This is a perfect time to add the Adjustable Short Shifter and adjustable shift knob to cut down on installation time and give you the best shifting possible in your Mazda!

2014
06.23

 CorkSport Camber Plates

CorkSport is proud to release Camber Plates for the 2014+ Mazda 3, 2014+ Mazda 6 and the 2013+ CX5.

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Our camber plate kit is an ideal option for people that are looking to enhance their driving experience with precision camber settings. Whether tuning your Mazda for performance or track, these camber plates will allow the precision adjustment. The CorkSport Camber Plates have been designed with solid pillow-ball bearings and housing that reduce unwanted upper strut mount deflection and are ideal for racing or high performance driving.

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The CorkSport Camber plates are engineered and CAD designed for precise fitment then CNC machined from anodized aluminum.  The Camber Plates can be installed without modification to the strut tower but camber adjustment will require removal of the strut assembly. Alternatively, with just minimal cutting of the strut tower camber can be adjusted with just a small hex wrench.

Precision adjustment, durable design, and a great price all add up to the best Camber Plate on the market.

Order yours today – CorkSport Camber Plates – Only $359

Camber measurements will vary depending on vehicle model.


 

 

2014
06.19

Mazdaspeed Camshafts for DISI MZR Motor

After two years of testing, design and research, CorkSport is proud to announce the release of our Mazdaspeed Camshafts for the 2007 – 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 and the  2006 – 2007 Mazdaspeed 6. Specifically designed around the MZR DISI engine platform, this camshaft set is engineered to reliably provide an increase of power and torque without sacrificing lower rpm power and torque.

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The cams have been thoroughly tested on our in-house Dyno Dynamics Dynamometer. Controlling test conditions to rule out power differences from tune, gas, temperatures, and other factors our camshaft set produces dyno proven power gains of up to 26 horsepower on a OEM motor! We accomplished our goal; a large band of power increase, limited lower rpm power loss, and a smooth idle.

We regularly beta test our products with customers. These cams have already been daily driven and track proven. Read a previous blog where Voltron shares his experience with his CorkSport performance parts and setting personal track records on his Mazdaspeed.

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Camshaft! What the heck is that? We break it down for you in our whitepaper and give you the gory details about our development process.

Order your CorkSport Camshaft Kit  today – Only $499

The perfect upgrade for every 2007 – 20013 Mazdaspeed 3 and 2007 – 2009 Mazdaspeed 6 owners that wants to fine tune their motor to perfection.

2014
06.12

If I were to make a list of OEM parts that I dislike, in the number one spot would be the shifter. I hate feeling like I am stirring a large pot of soup when I am putting my car into gear. Any auto enthusiast wants a solid shift when they are driving.

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When I was given the opportunity to test out the Corksport short throw shifter, I was so excited. Not only was I testing for a high quality company, but I was finally able to get rid of the sloppiness from my OEM shifter. The install went smooth, it was the first time I have installed a short shifter on my own, but it was a piece of cake with the step by step instructions that came with it.

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Once it was installed my car felt so much different. The shift felt smoother, and much more solid than the stock shifter my car had in it. Not only am I able to adjust the length of the throw but I can adjust the height, which comes in handy since every driver is different and will have a different on throw and height.

 

With the short throw shifter alone it took 85-90% of the slip from my shifter, but there was still that slight movement when I pushed the shifter into gear, especially when shifting aggressively. Being as picky as I am it did frustrate me – so when Rich contacted me to see if I wanted to test out some shifter bushings my eyes lit up like the fourth of July. Of course I said yes, and the install took all of 15 minutes. The bushings took the remaining movement out of the shifter and I am SO happy with the quality of the parts that Corksport sent me.

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I am honestly happy that I received the short shifter prior to receiving the shifter bushings instead of installing them together. Now I know what part changes what movement in the shifter. I can definitely say that pairing these two products together in your car is in your best interest and that each part does have a dramatic change. These products are well worth their money and I would recommend them to any car fiend that is looking for a more responsive and solid feeling shift.

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Don’t have an adjustable shifter yet? Check them out:  Mazdaspeed or Skyactive.

 

2014
06.04

We have been listening and they are finally here. The CorkSport Hood Strut Kits for the 2007 – 2009 Mazdaspeed 3.

While working on your Mazdaspeed 3 on those weekends when you are adding that performance upgrade you keep on running into the same problem, the hood prop is always in the way. It does its job of keeping the hood from falling on your head, but it is always difficult when working in the engine compartment. CorkSports hood strut kit cleans up your engine bay and makes it easier and safer to work on your Mazda.

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With an easy installation and no drilling necessary, this direct bolt on, is the perfect next addition to your first generation Mazdaspeed 3.

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2007 – 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 Hood Strut Kit -  Order yours online today – Only $109.99

2014
06.04

At CorkSport we value innovation. We’ve got dozens of products that are unique on the market. Our Blow-off valve is being patented. How do you innovate a shift knob? That’s a tough one but we found a way!

Are you ready for one of the first shiftknobs that you can adjust?  At its lightest, weighing in at 175 grams, and adjustable up to 320 grams, you will be able to tailor your shift weight to your driving style.

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To really feel your shifts, adjust the weight to the lighter side, as low as 175 grams and feel the intricate shift points as you flow through the gears. For those that like heavy knobs, you can max it out to 320 grams, giving you smoother shifts that easily falling into gear as you shift up and down through the gears.

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For example the first generation Mazdaspeed 3 (2007-2009) OEM shiftknob weighs in at 260 grams and the 2nd generation Mazdaspeed 3 (2010-2013) weighs in at 280 grams. You can find that sweet spot above or below that OEM weight to customize your driving style.

After you find that ideal and magical weight, installation will take about a minute as you screw on the knob. There are no set screws or adapters, it will screw straight on the OEM shaft as they were designed specifically for your Mazda vehicle. CAD designed and manufactured out of a durable deep blue or sleek black aluminium for a long life and incredible feel.

Order your CorkSport Adjustable Shift Knob Today – Only $89

 

2014
05.22

What should sponsorship look like?

We have hundreds of people contact us every year to be sponsored. Some want free parts, some want discounts, some want to test parts, some want to simply represent a company they love, and others simply want the satisfaction of saying, “I’m sponsored!”. What should sponsorship look like though? We have only a handful of sponsored drivers because we believe that sponsorship should be a relationship, not just money thrown at someone. At the same time we have thousands of customers who want to support us, and hundreds of customers that ask for sponsorship. So the real question is how do we provide a sponsorship program that is best for everyone? A program where we can sponsor more people, the right people, AKA the people YOU want sponsored.

Why do we sponsor people?

We sponsor people for several reasons.

  • We like you: We have so many amazing people in the Mazda community and we want to support the growth of the Mazda modification scene.
  • When you get support, you give support: It’s a proven fact that when someone tells their friend about a great part, product, service, or event that it can be better marketing than Google ads, billboards, TV commercials or any other form of typical advertising. The best advertising that we can have is simply by providing the BEST customer service, BEST parts, and a great experience for all Mazda owners. One way to do this is too sponsor drivers who can tell you exactly what our parts are like!
  • Testing: We are always working on new parts for your car and the best parts are the ones that get tested, revised, tested, revised, and tested again. Though we have plenty of cars at our disposal in our shop or personal garages, often the best testing comes from YOU. Plus when you can say “I beta tested this, and that shit WORKS” it lets others know that we aren’t just making stuff up.

How does it Benefit you?

It depends on what you are looking for. As a sponsored driver you might get discounts on parts, recognition in the community, or you might even get to work personally with some of our engineers to develop and give feedback on our latest parts in development.  As CorkSport rolls out a new Sponsorship program we want to be able to invite everyone into being a part of a team that can benefit you and us, equally. This means that the more you invest in your car and the Mazda community, the more we invest in you.

How does it benefit us?

This one is more difficult to measure. Sponsorship can often appear to be a one-sided endeavor. In many sponsorship relationships you might get paid with free product, or even cash, to say something like “After every race, I drink a refreshing bottle of Sporty Sport Drink“. Now the statistics on how many customers choose to purchase Sporty Sport Drink because of your sponsorship is a tough measurement. In the same way it’s hard to measure how often someone sees your sweet looking Mazdaspeed 3 with a CorkSport decal on the side and decides to find out what CorkSport is and then buy something. Nonetheless it does happen (we hope) but, there is more to sponsorship than just advertising to make more money.

Sponsorship benefits us because it allows us to be a part of the Mazda community. We don’t always get to be at every Mazda event, we don’t get to talk personally with every Mazda customer, and we don’t even get to respond to every Mazda thread, question or email in our great big world. When we sponsor someone we get to make a connection with you, and then you get to be our ambassador for all those people we can’t personally interact with. In other words, we get to be part of the Mazda community, due to our CorkSport Sponsored Ambassador Team.

The Best Part about Sponsorship:

The best part about sponsorship is the fact that it is a community benefit. Sponsored drivers get cheaper parts, or new unreleased parts, or recognition. Mazda drivers that aren’t sponsored get the extra knowledge and help from the sponsored drivers, and get feedback about parts they don’t have. Finally Corkspot gets the benefit of creating a better Mazda community which is why we started the company in the first place! Because we love Mazdas!

Sponsorship is about sharing OUR love of Mazda with YOUR love of Mazda, and spreading that love beyond where we can reach individually.

 

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Have some ideas for when we roll out our new program? Have you been impacted by one of our sponsored drivers, or someone you think should be sponsored? Have a brilliant plan to benefit the Mazda community? Email Spencer@CorkSport.com your feedback and ideas!