2016
05.26

The 2016 ND Miata is a great driver’s car from the handling, steering feedback, and all of the little details Mazda put into the car. One thing I noticed in the car after driving it is that the shifter feels pretty good; notice I did not say great. As with any production car, you have to make a choice between quality and costs to deliver the best product you can.

MX-5 Short Shifter | CorkSport

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2016
05.19

How does the CorkSport Big Brake Kit hold up to the track? Has the kit been tested at the limit? What do the brakes look like after a weekend of taking a beating?

CorkSport Big Brake Kit

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2016
05.12

Dear Car Guy,

I recently had a birthday and was thinking about all of the awesome things I could spoil myself with. Then a thought occurred to me: We’ve never made it clear to your loved ones what to get you as gifts. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to hand the wife a list or shoot her a quick link to let her know what’s awesome to get you?!

So here it is: THE LIST!

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CorkSport Mazdaspeed 6 Rear Motor Mount

CorkSport Rear Motor Mounts: Get rid of that nasty engine movement with our upgraded rear engine mount. This component is one of the weak points when trying to make big power. $115.99 plus shipping.

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2016
05.06

After a long wait and a lot of testing, we’re proud to announce the launch of the CorkSport 4 Piston Big Brake Kit for the 2014+ Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, and the 2013+ Cx5.

Why upgrade your brakes to something of this level?

On our own 2015 Mazda 3 SCCA race car, we’ve found that even mildly increased power levels can burn up the stock brakes on the track. We melted the OEM dust boots off the stock calipers after two race weekends, which is not a good sign for longevity of OEM components.

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CNC machined from extremely lightweight billet aluminum, the CorkSport calipers use an opposed piston design that is fixed to provide highly improved pad wear and caliper rigidity over the OEM design. At just over 7lbs, the aluminum CorkSport Big Brake Kit shaves almost 7lbs of unsprung weight off each corner of your Mazda 3, all while adding more stopping power and a much better pedal feel.

Available in 3 anodized colors, this brake system includes everything you need to easily upgrade your stock braking system including: high strength steel brackets, calipers, slotted brake rotors, stainless steel braided front brake lines, brake pads, and all necessary hardware.

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The 2014+ Mazda 3 Big Brake Kit has the following features:

  • Superior Construction: Crafted from billet aluminum and made to last with durable components.
  • Longevity: With dual O-rings far away from the brake pads, these calipers are able to handle much more abuse than typical dust boot equipped calipers.
  • Lightweight: At just over 7lbs a side, this kit saves almost 7lbs of unsprung weight per corner!
  • Versatile: Designed around a popular brake pad style (Hawk #HB750), you can use almost any brake pad compound available on the market.
  • Available in Three Colors: Choose from black, red or blue in a durable anodized finish.
  • Ease of Use: With simple hand tools you can change brake pads in minutes and you are able to rebuild, so you can be back to factory fresh brakes in no time.
  • CorkSport Service and Support: Receive full color installation instructions, all of the needed installation hardware, and knowledgeable telephone support.

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The CorkSport 4 Piston Big Brake Kit is available at corksport.com for only $1,149.99 and is ready to ship now! For more information, visit our product listing here.

 

2016
04.28

Tired of looking at all of the Genjuan guys showing off their upgraded steering wheels? Not anymore! We just finished the development and release of the 2010-2013 Performance Steering Wheel. For those of you with a 2010-2013 Mazda 3 or Mazda 5, yes the wheel will work great in your models as well.

This is a complete steering wheel with no stitching required, unlike some of the other kits on the market. The CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel is designed to be a direct OEM replacement. It works flawlessly with the OEM steering column, covers, button panels, and airbag for a stress-free 30-minute installation.

The image below shows exactly what you will receive in the package.

Upgrade your gen 2 Mazdasspeed 3 and Mazda 3 interior with the CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel.

This is a fully assembled steering wheel with all the OEM components, including your original buttons.

Steering wheel upgrade for the 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3.

Think about this: What part of your Mazda do you have contact with every single time you’re in the car? Your steering wheel! Why not give your hands some much-needed love with hand wrapped and stitched leather. The wheel has a slight texture and a plush feel to it. We even used perforated leather in the high use areas so your hands won’t get clammy on spirited drives.

Upgrade your steering wheel with the CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel for he Gen 2 Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3.

The wheel diameter is the same as OEM but the thickness of the wheel has been increased, which is much more comfortable for long drives or just a quick jaunt to the store. The flat bottom gives it a more aggressive feel and actually makes it easier to get in and out of the car, especially for those of you with longer legs.

All that said, probably the most exciting feature of the CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel is the aggressive thumb grooves. These help you lock your hands in place, giving you more confidence on twisty roads and helps you fight the torque steer from your boost motor.

Cheers,

CorkSport

2016
04.14

Get your new MX-5 ready for the road with these key performance parts.

Here at CorkSport, we don’t stop until it’s perfect. Multiple designs and rigorous testing ensure the highest quality product for your Miata. We even spent the day at Portland International Raceway pushing the swaybars and springs to their limits!

Give your MX-5 the power it deserves with a few key performance parts:

Cold Air Intake System

Designed to help your Miata breathe easy and increases air flow. Our cold air intake system includes a CAD designed ABS box and lid, billet aluminum MAF housing, and an AEM high-flow dry air filter to keep your intake temp nice and cool.

Lowering Spring Set

An aggressive look without sacrificing functionality or ride quality. Our springs provide a drop of 1.6” in the front and 1.1” in the rear and a spring rate increase of 13% in front and 58% in rear.

Front Swaybar

Get your body roll under control with 3-way adjustability.  

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Front Swaybar End Links

Take your swaybar control to the next level. Our end links allow you to fine tune your left and right swaybar balance and they only weigh 1.4 oz more than the OEM units.

Rear Swaybar

Get your body roll under control with 3-way adjustability.

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Axle Back Exhaust

Top performance without the annoying drone. Manufactured from T304 stainless steel, CNC mandrel bent and TIG welded for a perfect fit and long lasting durability.

Only the best for your new Miata!

Cheers,

CorkSport

2016
04.04

18TH-birthday

Today is officially the 18th anniversary of CorkSport! That means 18 years of eating, sleeping, breathing Mazda — and we couldn’t be happier.

Check out some of our employees’ favorite memories, seasons, and reasons for working at CorkSport.

Derrick Ambrose

I have plenty of great days at CorkSport. Several of the great moments are getting the first race win in the CorkSport Mazda 2 B-Spec car at Autoclub Speedway, the many customer events we’ve had at CorkSport in the past, and the opportunity to drive so many great cars. The best moments have been every time we’ve moved locations. It’s always been into better and better facilities, which gives us the opportunity to grow into it, make our company better, and know the future is ahead with limitless possibilities.

Dustin Berentsen

My favorite memory so far of my time at CS was in late 2011 when a bunch of us went to SEMA in Las Vegas. I had been with CS for almost a year at that point and, while I had hung out with almost everyone outside of work individually, it was the first real time that we had gone and done something big as a group. It was also my first time going to SEMA, which was a cool experience. The highlight was the opportunity for team building and getting to know everyone in a neutral environment where everyone was just having fun. That was great.

Kelly Harris

After a decade with CS, here’s my top 10 reflections/moments/cars/people:

10. Korean BBQ in Toyako with Derrick and Rich.
9. OCC.
8. All 8 of my Mazda’s.
7. Mad bathroom dash through Mazda US’s shop. The cars I saw, oh cars!
6. The Mazda community and the dear friends I’ve connected with.
5. CS parties, always fun.
4. Did I mention the cars?
3. The evolution of CorkSport as a business.
2. All present and past staff.
1. My husband.

Brandon Johnson

The NATOR BBQ. We got to see all the local community. I met new people that have become friends. These are people we talk to on a regular basis now!

Luke McCarvel

My favorite day working at CS has to be the company track day. I’ve never had an opportunity to attend a race day like that before. I learned a lot of things that day, which help my decisions in building my car now and down the line. One thing I’d like to note is how well a track day reveals the weaknesses of your car. I’ve always been into the 1320, so it was a huge eye-opener on how important something like brakes are. Looking forward to any future race days!!

Vincent Melon

My favorite season for working at CorkSport is always the summer. I’m as cold blooded as it gets and I really enjoy when the sun comes out so I can soak in all the warmth. Some of my favorite parts of working at CorkSport are staying late after work to build engines or work on some racecars with my co-workers and fellow enthusiasts. I love going out to all the events, shows, track days, and just meeting other Mazda fanatics. Making new friends and memories are the best parts. Oh, also did I mention summer is prime race season? 🙂

Kim Russell

I’ve enjoyed working at CorkSport and the hilarity that happens on a day-to-day basis. Not many know, but we’re a small company, more like a family, and that allows for some amazing conversations, work parties, get-togethers, lunches, and meetings overall. We definitely have our serious moments, but it’s the ones that bring us together that are my favorite. Especially the things we learn about one another through Cards Against Humanity battles, Nerf gun wars (surprisingly, I won our first one), and mandatory fun throughout the years.

Barett Strecker

There are many memories I could talk about, but probably the most hysterical was from the first company BBQ I attended a couple months after I started. The BBQ was at an employee’s home a bit out in the country. They have lots of acreage and a couple ATV’s. Being the country boy I am at heart, I hopped on the ATV to go exploring for JUST a few minutes. Two hours later, they finally found me and had to pull me out of a mud hole I was stuck in. I was covered head-to-toe in mud and had missed most of the BBQ, but it’s a CS memory that will never be forgotten.

Here’s to another 18 years of aftermarket Mazda parts!

Cheers,

CorkSport

2016
03.31

The CorkSport Cat Back Exhaust System gives your new 2016 Miata the power it needs without the annoying drone.

We know you’ve been eyeing the CorkSport Axle Back Exhaust System for your 2016+ Mazda ND Miata, so let this catch your attention even further! CorkSport is proud to announce the release of the Cat Back Exhaust System for the 2016+ Miata!

Give your 2016+ MX5 Miata the power it needs with our cat back exhaust system.

Every great exhaust system begins with two main ingredients:

1. High quality materials

2. Exceptional manufacturing

Here at CorkSport, we realize that without these two key factors, no matter the design, a great product is just not attainable. Every CorkSport exhaust system is manufactured from T304 Stainless Steel and precision bent using CNC mandrel tube benders. The mandrel benders maintain a consistent diameter throughout the many bends that exhaust systems may have. Then, all necessary welds are performed with TIG welding to insure a long-lasting and rust free connection.

The fun doesn’t stop there! The exhaust system needs to sound and look great also. The CorkSport Cat Back Exhaust System features two high-flow resonators to reduce and eliminate unwanted drone without restricting the exhaust flow. Speaking of flow, the exhaust system is constructed from 60.5mm diameter tubing vs the OEM 54mm to further improve flow and provide a deeper exhaust note.

If you’re concerned that the full cat back exhaust system may be a bit too loud for your liking, don’t worry. The CorkSport exhaust system is available as the full cat back exhaust or just the axle back exhaust.

Check out the two video sound clips below to figure out the best exhaust note for your Miata.

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CorkSport Axle Back Exhaust System

And for the “cherry on top,” the CorkSport exhaust system features dual double wall exhaust tips to maintain the OEM look, but with a higher level of style. Wake up your Miata today with the CorkSport Performance Exhaust System!

2016
03.30

The sexiest Mazda of the week for CorkSport.

Sexiest Mazda pics of the week!

Our top picture this week goes to Matthew Coderre and his sexy, blue Mazdaspeed 3. He recently upgraded to a new Mazda 3, but at least he stayed in the Mazda family!

Mazda looking fresh with a green wrap and an orange wrap.
Our other top picture features @mauricek10 and @dmillaire in our most recent #MazdaCrushMonday.

Keep those Mazda pics coming so we can keep sharing! Use #CorkSport for a chance to be featured on our social platforms and maybe you’ll be our next pic of the week.

Cheers,

CorkSport

2016
03.15

Dear Car Guy,

I was admiring how different all of your rides are. As a general statement, there are lots of ways to make your baby unique and personalize it to your style. At CorkSport, we try to do the same thing with our brand, our name and our reputation.

We love when we hear back from you that we’ve done great things with customer service:

  • Following up with your questions via email, phone calls, Facebook, forums, and face to face.
  • Sending out a little bit a joy with some of your packages.
  • Supporting you when something goes wrong and keeping in touch throughout your order fulfillment.
  • And just being a part of the conversations that happen within the Mazda platform.

We want (and try) to get you to engage with us too!

You frequently make us laugh by telling a joke or letting us know what you’re thinking in the comment section that comes with your order.

WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU and often we find a fun way to show you that we read your note, joke, sarcasm, or saw that you had a question.

Here are some of my favorites from recent months:

Jennifer sent out a “few” valentines to bring a smile and some happiness when you opened your order:

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Our shipping team drew on some of your packages:

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We sent out some extra goodies for you and your loved ones:

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And we even shared a little bit of Mazda history with you!

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We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! It makes the day go by that much faster and gives us an opportunity to really connect with you and figure out what we can do to best serve you and your ride! We’re here to help by bringing knowledge, parts, supplies, support, and hopefully good-natured humor and joy every once in a while!

ALWAYS leave a comment in your order. The more original you are with your notes, the more fun we can have in return!

Thanks for passing along the joy! Stay safe, stay fast, stay happy!

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