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Talking mazdaspeedmyk's 2015 Mazda CX5

A few weeks ago I picked up a 2015 Mazda CX5 in Soul Red. It's the Touring trim, FWD. I didn't spring for the Bose, moon roof, or tech package, but I got the dealer to throw in the roof rails and cross bars.

So far, with the help of @razerer and @sublime27, I've added Hella Horns, DDM Tuning 4300k lows and 5000k fogs, and Rokblokz mudflaps. I have 30% tint in the fronts that closely matches the OEM privacy glass rears. I also threw on the JBR RSB Tru-Torsion 125. Just like an upgraded RSB on the MZ3s, the JBR drastically reduced body roll and improved cornering. It's set to full stiff.

I had Rays RE30s left over from my MS3 and thought the CX5 would make a good home for them.

Wheels:
Rays RE30, 18x7.5 +50
Color: Mercury Silver
Weight: Approx. 16 lbs.

Tires:
Yokohama Parada SpecX, 235/60 R18.
Tire Weight: 31 lbs

My friend had them on his Rav4 and he recommended them to me. The reviews on TireRack were positive too. They are as quiet as the OEM tires and grip well. The new tire/wheel combo is 47 lbs vs OEM 17" at 48.5lbs. Everything sits closer to the fender. 10mm spacers would get it pretty flush, but would require extended studs. 15mm would be too much and poke out the sides.

Here's the size comparison for the tires vs. OEM tires.
Speed Variance: 2.02% too fast.

Lugs:
McGard 65557BK Chrome/Black SplineDrive Lug Nuts (M12 x 1.5 Thread Size) McGard 65557BK Chrome/Black SplineDrive Lug Nuts (M12 x 1.5 Thread Size)
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Stock Suspension.

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Looks great! Crazy that the tire is about twice the weight of the wheel!
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Looks great! Crazy that the tire is about twice the weight of the wheel!
Wheel weight is the only reason I went with the Rays. The VMR v702s I also have, would have looked better, but they'd weigh too much with that tire.
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2015 Mazda CX5 on Rays RE30, 18x7.5 +50

Looks nice!
I wouldn't say I helped much.. Besides dropping the bumper on yo face muwahahaha

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it looks amazing! especially with the hella horns. if mazda made the awd + mt i'd get myself one


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I went with the OEM Cargo Box and cross bars. The box was about $300 from the dealership. It was great to have on my vacation to Vegas and Zion National Park. I stuffed it with 2 medium duffle bags, a large one, a medium sized ice cooler, and 2 sleeping bags. I was getting about 25 mpg during the trip. I didn't notice any noise with it up there, but the car did sway whenever a large gust of wind hit it from the sides.

Cargo Box info:

CX5 OEM Cargo Box
Item Number: 0000-8L-G05

L 55" x W 35.2" x H 18.2
Capacity = 13 cubic feet
Wt. 31 lbs.
It can hold up to 100lbs, including the weight of the box.















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I did an oil change and installed the Fumoto Oil Valve, F-106N. I used an adjustable wrench to get the lever to be on top. The torque spec for the OEM oil plug bolt is 23-30 ft lbs. I don't have a way to check that, so I just cranked it tight.

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I installed the JBR RSB. JBR's RSBs are, by far, the best I've experienced. The JBR 125 Tru-Torsion is my 5th RSB for my Mazdas. I've had the Corksport Ver1 for my old MZ3 SA. My MS3 had CS Ver1 and Ver2, and finally the JBR 250 Tru-Torsion Bars. The JBR 125 Tru-Torsion Bar for the CX5 was an immediately noticeable improvement in the cornering. Body roll is significantly decreased. So much so, that my wife commented on it. I have it set to the stiffest setting, cause everyone likes it when it's stiff.

Here's a pic of the difference between the CX5 OEM RSB and a the JRB RSB:




This was a medium difficulty install, since you have to remove the rear spring and shock, and lower the sub frame. Also, there is little room to use power tools to remove the sway bar bushing nuts. It took me forever to get them off with a ratcheting box end wrench. The install can be done with one person, but a friend is good to have around to help out.


Some install tips:

A ratcheting box end wrench is your best friend. The space is tight to remove the sway bar bushing nuts and the ratcheting action was a life saver, instead of having to pull off the wrench and only being able to move it a fraction of a turn at a time.

Since my 14mm ratcheting box wrench wasn't clearly labeled, I kept fumbling with it as I was trying to take off and put on bolts. The big thing that helped me was, placing some painter's tape on it that said "ON". This saved me so much time trying to figure it out every time.

I had a pain of a time removing the top driver's side nut of the sway bar bushing. Eventually, I sprayed some PB Blaster on it and that helped it to come out.

The instructions say the nut on the lower shock mount is 17mm, but for the 2015s it's a 19mm.

A 2x4 is handy to have. I used it to separate the lower the rear control arm and to help get the shock off its' bolt. I also used some PB Blaster on the shock bolt to help slide it off.

I didn't feel comfortable loosening the subframe bolts without support, so I placed the jack at the subframe lift point to hold it.

The JBR instructions don't mention which hole is the stiffer of the two. But from their other RSB instructions, I'm assuming the hole on the inside is the stiffest setting.

As you're putting everything back together the instruction say to secure the end links to the lower control arms. This made it difficult to get the spring back in. I left the end link on the passenger's side unattached to the lower control arm until after I had the spring and shock reassembled.

JRB instructions don't list the torque specs, so I grabbed them out of the shop manual:






Buy the bar. You know you want to. SPEND!!!

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Btw, if you ever decide to go lower, you will most likely have to use the softest setting. The oem link will break because of the preload.


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Btw, if you ever decide to go lower, you will most likely have to use the softest setting. The oem link will break because of the preload.

I'm not going lower with this car. The next thing on the list is a push bar like the one on the CJ Wilson Zombie Edition CX5, and a led light bar. The only thing is that I can't find any push bars for our car. I'm going to have to look for a JDM one next time I'm in Japan.


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