2016
08.26

This may seem long overdue, but let me explain …

Here at CorkSport we listen to all of our awesome customers and take great care on how we plan our projects for product development. A well-fitted front lip specifically designed for the Mazdaspeed3 has understandably been a very frequent request. There is a lot that goes into producing a great product, especially a tight-fitting front lip. Long story short: We wanted to get all of our ducks in a row before we attempted to execute a custom Mazdaspeed3 product you all would love.

First, we had to get the entire front of the car scanned and transferred to a form that we use in 3-D modeling. Then, the real work began. In a market full of lookalikes and eBay knockoffs, it was important we created something unique and genuine in design. We wanted it to be special to us, but most importantly special to you and your car.

The design process was lengthy and full of questions. We went through many designs searching for the right combination of fit, clearance, and curves that complement those of the car. After a handful of concepts, we finally settled on a design that looked like the right balance. Then came the refining process. We adjusted the jawline of the lip inside and out with careful consideration of how much it hung below the bumper to get the right aggressive look — without being over the top or too low to get out of a driveway.

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To double-check all of our hard work, we 3-D printed the lip in four sections and installed them on a car to see what it would look like. The design fit great, but aesthetically it just wasn’t quite right. So it was back to the CAD model.

The first design didn’t have the wow factor it needed. It was too subtle, and just didn’t provide the aggressive feel the MS3 is known for. We pulled the jawline out a bit more and increased the height of the fins to make it stand out more. We added a few more fitment details, and then we were ready for more 3-D prints. The end result is pictured below, and got huge praise from our many awesome fans. Thank you!

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We were happy with the results too, so now it’s off to get these manufactured!

I got so wrapped up in talking about the creation of the front lip that I haven’t said anything about the lip’s construction or two-piece design. The lips are manufactured from black ABS measuring around three millimeters in thickness and sprayed with a durable matte black coating. This way they come to you looking sharp and ready to install, or can easily be sanded and sprayed any color you desire.

Many of you may wonder why we went with a two-piece design. Well, its simple: It’s much cheaper to package and ship, which means lower cost for you. The seam between the two halves is covered by a joint piece, and an aluminum plate on the underside of the lip strengthens the joint. All of the necessary hardware is included, and of course, full color instructions that you’ve come to love.

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It’s been a long few months, but we finally made it! We are happy to announce the upcoming (very soon) release of the CorkSport Front Lip for Gen2 Mazdaspeed3! Gen1 guys you just hold tight, alright?

 

Derrick Ambrose, CorkSport, Mazda

 

2016
08.25

It’s fair to say that we all love the look of a lowered car, especially when it’s your car right? However what we don’t love is lowered headlights, but sadly that’s a result of your ride’s new look. There are less desirable ways to fix the new lowered headlight issue and there are correct ways. Here at CorkSport, we wanted to provide you the correct method to get your headlights back in line.

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2016
08.24

Back in March 2015, I bought my Mazda3 i Touring brand-new from the dealership with intentions of keeping it stock. Clearly, that didn’t last long. The challenge was how to make an already fun car more fun. That’s when I turned to CorkSport.

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2016
08.23

CorkSport is pleased to add the new Mazda ND Miata LED Lighting Kit to our growing list of products designed to enhance the look and performance of the new Mazda MX5 models!

Mazda Lighting Kit | CorkSport

This kit expands CorkSport’s line of LED light kits specifically designed for Mazda and Mazdaspeed model vehicles and has been customized for the Miata. Designed to replace the standard yellowish lights with cool white/blue ambient light, this kit gives your car an enhanced look in the interior of the vehicle and license plate lighting.

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2016
08.19

If you’re new to reading our blogs, you may not know how we feel about Mazdas. (Spoiler alert: We like them. A lot.) As a companion piece to our post last year, 6 Hilariously Classic Mazda Models, we’ve got a fresh batch of Mazdas to delight and destroy your ideas of what a Mazda should and shouldn’t be.

Mazda MPV

Mazda MPV Minivan | CorkSport

Nothing screams OG like a minivan with rear-wheel drive and the option to switch over to four-wheel. The MPV remains in production today, though we prefer the attitude of the ’89 model. Hell, drop some speakers in the back, and you’ve got a WMD. Check out this video of one crushing a body of water.

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2016
08.12

It has been a while since I touched on the subject of Mazda giving diesel a shot again in the United States. Back in 2012, it looked promising that we would be getting the Skyactiv diesel-powered vehicles like the rest of the planet. After working on the calibrations to meet the U.S. emission standards, Mazda discovered they could meet the emissions, but could not hit the power levels to give owners the driving experience Mazda is known for. Mazda wanted to hit the targets without the addition of urea injection to clean up emissions. They were squarely behind the diesels, even racing the Mazda 6 diesel in IMSA, 25 hours of Thunder Hill, and in prototypes. In the end, the diesels were abandoned, but the message was still there: Diesel models will be sold in North America, it just became a when.

Skyactiv Diesel Mazda | CorkSport Blog

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2016
08.05

Big Brake Kit | CorkSport

So you’ve installed your brand new big brake kit, and you’re thinking, “These really should keep me under control.” And maybe you’re even dreaming about being the latest, late-braking braker of all time in your run group. Well, before you start celebrating your newfound glory, there are three things you should consider.

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2016
07.28

Have you installed a downpipe or replaced the turbo in your Mazdaspeed 3? How many times did you hit the aluminum foam heat shield on the back of the firewall and curse the damage done? We have a present for your Mazdaspeed 3: the CorkSport Firewall Heat Shield.

heat shield engine bay mazdaspeed

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2016
07.26

Have you upgraded your intercooler or are you thinking about it in the future? Let’s face it; when you remove the OEM intercooler cover and the TMIC from your engine bay, it leaves behind a rather utilitarian-looking motor with four exposed coil packs, a pile of wires, and sensors, which are not pleasing to the eye. We have the solution for your Mazdaspeed.

Mazdaspeed 3 coil cover engine

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2016
07.21

Upon landing in Portland for a summer vacation, I was welcomed with a Mazda MX-5 ND equipped with every goody CorkSport offers — lowering springs, sway bars, intake, exhaust, and a short shifter to top it off.

Mazda MX-5 | CorkSport

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