2014
12.18

Feeling like your SkyActiv powered Mazda isn’t get the “shining” attention it deserves? Maybe you’ve already bought every CorkSport item you can, but just want more! I can’t blame you really; it’s a virus that all car fanatics fight.  So here’s fuel for the fire! Introducing the aluminum crank pulley for 2.0L & 2.5L SkyActiv engines!

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Manufactured from high-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, this precision machined crank pulley is sure to give you that extra level of detail you’ve been searching for. Plus it’s 100% designed and manufactured right here in the Pacific NW, USA.

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This crank pulley isn’t just looks folks, it’s got bite too!  With a 68% weight reduction, compared to the OEM component, your engine is going to rev faster due to the lower moment of inertia of the rotating mass.  I can’t guarantee your bum will feel the difference, but your 2.0L will.

You may also be wondering: “The OEM component is steel, will the aluminum be strong enough?” Absolutely! We’ve been testing the component on an employee car for 2 months (roughly 2000 miles) without a single issue. The accessory belts put a very small, almost insignificant, amount of force on the pulley.  The real concern is the bolt that holds the pulley on, but we got that covered also…see below.

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To be confident in the products we produce, we conduct FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on all applicable components.  In this case it is the bolt clamping force holding the pulley on the crank.  The crank pulley bolt is an M16x1.5 with a torque spec of 67-80 ft-lb.  For this analysis I used 79 ft-lb which creates a clamping force of 7557 lbf.  Looking at the color graph to the right, you can see that the maximum stress is ~12420 psi which is far below the material yield strength of ~40k psi.  So what does this mean to you? You can (but shouldn’t) torque that bolt down to ~250 ft-lb without worrying about your beautiful new pulley being structurally damaged, but you will have to worry about getting that bolt out next time…that’s your own problem.

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Add some shine to your engine bay and just a little more pep in your step.  Keep an eye out for the product release in the near future! Offered in anodized black.  Zoom – Zoom!

Barett – CS Engineering

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2014
12.14

Here are some famous quotes that we’re sure you can relate to when it comes to your car.

 

1. When you first begun your journey of building your car, and you find CorkSport’s website:

“You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.” [by finally hitting a 10 second 1/4 mile!] -Darth Vader (Star Wars)

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2. As your build grows and you realize that it is your duty to destroy all Hondas in street races!

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” -Uncle Ben (Spiderman)

3. When you invite your non-car savvy friends for a ride and they ask, What’s the power level?

“It’s over 9000!”  -Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

4. That day when you run into the inevitable, a popped boost tune, a passenger side motor mount failure, or you bottom out on a curb.

“Houston, we have a problem.” Jack Swigert (Apollo 13)

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5. After you visit the drag strip for the first time and get owned by the locals.

“I’ll be back.” the Terminator (Terminator)

6. During the many hours of washing, cleaning, buffing and waxing your car.

“Wax on, wax off.” Mr Miyagi (Karate Kid)

7. When a spot in traffic opens up enough for you to finally hit boost.

“I feel the need, for speed!” Maverick (Top Gun)

8. When you pull out the dental floss and remove the rear emblems.

“Badges, we don’t need no stinkin badges!” (Blazing Saddles)

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9. After you destroy another car in a race.

“Do you know who I am?…I don’t know how to put this, but, I’m kind of a big deal…People know me.” Ron Burgundy (The Legend of Ron Burgundy)

10. And finally, when you press that “place order” button and you are just waiting for it to say “order complete”.

“Show me the money!” Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire)

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Share your favorite movie quote that applies to your car with us on Facebook.com/CorkSport

 


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2014
12.10

Today’s blog post is dedicated to 10 of our loyal CorkSport fans. Thank you for staying involved with the Mazda community and supporting CorkSport. You and your rad rides are greatly appreciated.

Adam Ractliffe


Adam Ractliffe

Angelo Fabozzi


Angelo Fabozzi

Butch Bender


Butch Bender

Matthew Mullard


Matthew Mullard

Michael Thomas


Michael Thomas

Sarah Elizabeth Gosheh


Sarah Elizabeth Gosheh

Sean Strout

Sean Strout

Steven Bowerly


Steven Bowerly

Tito Speed Monica Rivera

Tito Speed Monica Rivera

Xeterix Ungoch


Xeterix Ungoch

 

Share your ride using #CorkSport to see it featured by us. Happy driving!

-CorkSport

#ZoomZoom

2014
12.08

To end off the year right, here is a revisit to some of the Mazda Meme Madness of 2014.

 

To all those failed drifts of 2014. Better luck next time guys.


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To the many awkward conversations with your significant other… when they realize you’d rather order parts for your Mazda Speed 3 than go to the movies…


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To those moments when you are in the middle of stepping up your Mazda’s performance with some major mods… and people still give you props. (They don’t even know whats coming.)

 

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To the boost and racing… Nuff’ said.

 

grandma

 

To every minute you spend checking for the delivery driver through the window, via email… or calling the house, etc.

 

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To that #ZoomZoom exhaust!

 

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To all those awesome pics you guys send in. Keep up the sharing, we love to brag for you.

 

baby

 

… This one speaks for itself.

 

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Some people do yoga… we work on our cars. To all that hard work and time put in to each and every Mazda out there.

 

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And finally… to all the future memes of 2015 and beyond… bring em’ on.

 

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Thanks for taking a drive through 2014’s Mazda Meme Madness.

-CorkSport

#ZoomZoom and then some.

2014
12.03

There’s nothing more fun than checking out what you guys are all up to out there in wild world of daily #MazdaLife. Today’s blog is focused on what brings life to Mazdas… YOU GUYS. Whether it was the paint job/rim color combo or simply the rockin’ shape of the spokes… here are some of our favorite rims as shown on Instagram.

 

 

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Jealous that your ride isn’t up here? Share some shots of it using #CorkSport. We are always looking to show off for you.

Special thanks to:

@ahmbo1_turbo,  @eudmautosports,  @airforcesuspension,  @boosted_lucas,  @callmekmart,  @everyoneshomey,  @hachikin_racing,  @hector_evo,  @jaredberkely,  @jurgonkitfok,  @kokocollado,  @mesha_hata_ramadan,  @ms3turbo, @murdermazda,  @mzdaswag, @nateride1990,  @rotarylounge,  @streetclassracing,  @tsw_alloywheels_aus,  @ty_mx5low, @utahskillest,  @vladimir_tsybankov,  @wag_swag and  @whitezilla3 for all the awesome shots. Keep em’ comin!

Looking to deck out your ride? Check out some of our latest and greatest from CorkSport.


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2014
12.01

With all of the talk of doom and gloom for the next rotary I wanted to share the experience I had with the help of Mazda during Sevenstock 17 on Nov 22nd.  I hate to say it but while I was at Sevenstock helping out with the Diesel Mazda 6 I experienced the awesome side benefit of being next to three 4 rotor cars in the same garage.

The recent message given from Mazda about the rotary engine being important but not in the cards for a current car has been a heart breaker for the rotor heads out there, myself included as I daily drive an 87 Turbo FC.  I can definitely say that from the top down the rotary engine is important to Mazda despite it not being considered for a new car right now. Take a look at this 787 which Robert Davis (senior vice president U.S. operations aka he runs the show in US) personally drives.

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There is a genuine love for the rotary with him, I watched him wipe down the car after going out onto the track for one session. In conversations, the restoration of other rotary race cars was brought up many times and when Robert isn’t driving the 787 above he rolls in an Rx8 in NASA PT racing, when time affords it.

See the first car in the line below?  It is one of the Rx-792P IMSA GTP prototypes.

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I watched Weldon Munsey (Manager of Dealer Affairs) hop out  after just one session with a big smile on his face.  You could tell he just loves driving that car.

This next car is one of my favorite Rotary race cars (as I had the opportunity to see it raced at Portland Intl Raceway in the early 90s).  The 4 rotor GTO kept the basic shape of the FC rx7 (which included the stock roof panel, windshield, and tail lights) and the rest of the car was pure business with a 4 rotor engine.

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Not a big surprise another Mazda executive drives it, Jeremy Barnes (Director of public relations).  I am sure the re-occurring theme is not lost here, these guys love rotaries and if the opportunity presents they will be pulling to get another car released for all us rotards out there.  In the meantime enjoy the video below from Sevenstock 17 with a few drive byes of the 787 and the 792p wide open on the throttle at Autoclub Speedway.

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- Derrick Ambrose from CorkSport

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Derrick started working with cars when he was in high school.  A friend had a GLC which they tweaked a bit which then became a 323 then into RX-7s and it was all Mazda down hill from there. His current projects are a 1968 Mustang, The 1988 323 GTX (never ending project), 1986 Honda Shadow Motorcycle and a 1968 Silverline Rambler 16′boat. For motorsports activities he has previously participated in drag racing the CorkSport Protege Drag car and Rally Cross with the 323 GTX. Currently he is driving the CorkSport Mazda 2 B-Spec race car.

If you attend any events CorkSport is at Derrick will be the guy you will talk to at most of them, so stop by and say hello!

2014
11.28

corksport discount

Okay guys, let’s cut straight to the point here!

We’re offering free ground shipping to our U.S. customers through Cyber Monday! This amounts to a pretty huge savings when you consider the cost of shipping heavy products.

International customers, no way we’re leaving you out. Enjoy $25 off your order of $150 or more through Monday!

Restrictions do apply, but they are few & far between.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the new parts we’ve launched over the last several weeks. With a stellar pair of new exhausts and an incredible intake system, there has never been a better time to customize your Mazda than this weekend.

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Let us know what questions you have on Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

CorkSport

 

2014
11.26

Dear Car Guy,

Hope all is well with you this fall season. The holiday season is upon us, and I just wanted to take a moment to remind you of the things we should REALLY be thankful for.

I could go all sentimental and remind you how awesome it is to be involved with one of the greatest group of Car Guys ever, but being Mazda fans we already know that it’s a given.

I could go into the depth of how great it is that Nator and clubs like it pick up the slack, build relationships, help each other out, and support their brothers and sisters in need.

I also have the option to take the time and call out each and every one of the individual people who make our involvement in the Mazda community amazing.

The ideas and possibilities of what to be thankful for this Holiday season are limitless Car Guy, but I want to point out just a few for your enjoyment, and possibly a laugh or two.

Car Guy, remember to be thankful for:

 

1. Be thankful for long winding back roads.

These allow for less cops, higher speeds (not specifically recommended by CorkSport), and a great place to hone in your driving skills. I would say “the wind in your hair”, but I know that just reduces aerodynamics, so your windows are normally up. With your music low in the background so you can hear the deep rhythmic sound of your exhaust, be thankful for the alone time, because we all know there’s not much that’s more relaxing than a long drive to clear your head.

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2. Be thankful that you’re no longer a NOOB on your specific forum.

You’ve learned to SEARCH first, and find the source, instead of asking questions in shout or getting owned in a thread that you posted under the guise of ‘seeking information’. You’ve learned the value of finding things out for yourself and, when you’re in a good mood, sharing it with those around you.

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3. Be thankful that BOOST +COLD WEATHER= a little slice of heaven.

Enough said.

 

4. Be thankful you’re a MAZDA ENTHUSIAST, and not one of the following.

  • The tin and fart can Honda ricer philharmonic orchestra.
  • The snobby and expensive BMW  crew.
  • The “mine’s bigger than yours” truck crowd.
  • The “I don’t understand my car, but it’s AWD and I paid for someone to do all the work for me, so it’s clearly unbeatable” Subaru Sect.
  • The “let’s trade parts and figure out how to and keep your car running” vintage car group.
  • The “everyone has one” Mustang, Camaro, and other muscle car connection group.

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Just remember Car Guy, there are TONS of things to be thankful for, and these are just a few. Enjoy the Holidays.

Stay fast, stay safe, and stay happy!

-Kim

Written by Kim Russell. Kim works in our HR/CustomerService/Training/Accounting departments and manages a little bit of everything here at CorkSport. Many of you have enjoyed the artwork and little “extras” Kim throws in with your orders. Yep, CorkSport would pretty much fall apart without Kim.

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2014
11.24

3 Myths About What’s Under the Hood of Your Mazdaspeed 3 (Too be Taken Lightly…)

 

So you drive a Speed 3 eh? You probably think you are the shiz-at with your FoMoCo powered wagon…, but don’t worry bro I’m here to set a few myths straight.

Myth #1: “Elevendy” gears.

 

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First, don’t be fooled by Mr. Diesel; you do not have “elevendy” gears begging to be double-clutched from stop light to stop light.

So give that lefty pedal a break and stick (pun intended) with 1st through 6th…throw a little R&R in there if you must.

Myth #2: The “black hole”.

 

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Second, there is not a black hole hiding under your hood sucking all your money away.  You may tell you girlfriend that, but come on seriously?

There’s a hunk of metal under there that you keep attaching more expensive hunks of metal to, but if your “black hole” excuse is working then you got yourself a real keeper… If not… check out financing.

Myth #3: Your “mating call emitter”.

 

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Lastly, the hunk of metal (I mean black hole) does not have a “mating call emitter” attached to it, I promise.  Red lights are not the green light to shoot for the redline of your hunk of metal and it will not draw the attention of the potential mate, at least not the attention you are seeking.

BUT, if that does happen to attract a potential mate, then you already know the black hole excuse will work flawlessly.

Thats all for now.

Zoom-Zoom

-Barrett@Corksport.com

2014
11.21

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R.I.P Mazda RX Rotary

We received some sad news a few days ago about the much loved Rotary RX-7, RX-8 and other RX series. The official word according to the Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai is that “we don’t have that kind of vehicle in our future product plan.”  when asked about a future RX. 

Honestly I’d love to pontificate about this more, but there isn’t much to say. It sounds like the final word from the current CEO. When pushed further he gave some reasoning that honestly makes perfect sense, “If you increase the number of segments, then the resources we can allocate to each will decline and that will prevent us from developing truly good products.” Also stated was the fact that “It’s difficult for us at present to further expand our lineup. The company is still in the process of improving its financial structure. We want to focus our limited resources on the Skyactiv products that we have today” 

Though this probably makes the most sense from a stability standpoint, it certainly doesn’t make us excited or want to say “Zoom-Zoom”. What happened to the Mazda passion? All that racing knowledge and development? Did they just give up on pushing the bar? Honestly, I don’t think so, I just think they are changing focus. The Rotary is off the board in the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean their current lineup won’t see some improvements…. after all, what about that Mazdaspeed 3 and MX-5?

Nonetheless, let us all take a moment of silence and mourn the passing of the RX series, for now.

 

Cheers

Spencer@CorkSport

Spencer CarsonWritten by Spencer Carson. Spencer is a car enthusiast and Mazda fan at heart. Whether enjoying the power of a modified Mazdaspeed 3, or driving top down in his 1992 MX5, he always enjoys getting behind the wheel. As much as Spencer loves driving, he loves helping out other Mazda owners even more. Whether helping at a local install day or heading to a car meet across the country, he loves chatting about Mazda and giving advice on how to get more Zoom-Zoom out of any car.