MAZDASPEED6 REFRESHER PARTS PREVIEW Posted on 26 Apr 00:00
My 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 was beginning to show it's age. With over 100,000 miles on the odometer, and now over ten years old, there are several of the softer rubber bits on the car starting to soften and wear. This has presented itself in the car as a general clunky feel when driving over bumps, accelerating and turning. The components in question are the rear motor mount, the rear differential mount, the front lower control arm bushings, and even the exhaust hangers. For the mounts and exhaust hangers, I have opted to go with the Corksport made upgrades shown below.
The rear motor mount shown on the left, will be replacing a CP-e mount that has been on the car for over 60,000 miles now, which includes some heavy track use, heavy mountain road use, and just the daily stop and go traffic grind. The rear differential mount pictured on the right, will be replacing the original OE mount. Yes, I said original. That may seem crazy to anyone that knows this car, as it was singled out as one of the key weak points of the car. It is probably a fix that has been long overdue with over 100,000 miles on it now, but better late than never. Those nifty blue exhaust hangers are being employed to further tighten things along the exhaust, along with the more rigid drivetrain. I have been plagued with an intermittent rubbing of my down pipe, that seems likely to be a combination of worn mounts and exhaust hangers. Hopefully, the addition of all these upgrades eliminates the rub as well as sharpens the cars response with an overall increase in rigidity.
The final piece, is another repair that has been long overdue, the front lower control arms. These are long overdue because there was a service bulletin released by Mazda, that indicated the large bushing on the end would wear and end up sitting on the frame in a way that causes noise. That noise has been present for years, and largely ignored by me until now. Recently, the bushing wear seems to have increased to the point beyond being just noisy, but actually causing a harsh feel in the front suspension. I could have simply replaced the bushings alone on the existing arms, but in this case opted to get the entire arm. I did this firstly for ease of install and secondly to replace the aging ball joint on the other end of the arm, since it made sense to do with 100,000 miles plus. Once all these bits have made it onto the car, I will update with a review post on the end results. Thanks for watching!
-photos and writing by: Robert Sixto