Abbreviated Words Dictionary for Car Tuning Related

I know when it comes to car tuning a lot of what you read is complicated and sometimes all the terms used are not easy to understand. That’s why I decided to create abbreviated words dictionary for every level of car enthusiasts out there.

 

AP: The Cobb Accesport is an engine management solution upgrade. You have the ability to unlock power hidden within the vehicle by replacing conservative factory settings with more aggressive calibrations. You can upgrade path with pre-loaded Off The Shelf (OTS) maps or use custom mapping for any modification level.

 

AWR: Anthony Woodford Racing is a company that offers custom prototyping, race car engineering, and restoration services to automotive manufacturers, racers, and collectors.

 

BOV: Blow Off Valve operates on the intake side. When the throttle closes (like during an up-shift), the compressor is still pumping air for a short time, which now has nowhere to go. The intake pressure will rapidly spike, and the pressure valve opens to release this pressure spike. If the compressed air is vented to the atmosphere, the valve is usually referred to as a BOV. If the air is re-routed back into the intake (before the compressor), then the valve is usually referred to as a bypass valve or diverter valve.

 

BPV: By Pass Valve operates on the intake side. When the throttle closes (like during an up-shift), the compressor is still pumping air for a short time, which now has nowhere to go. The intake pressure will rapidly spike, and the pressure valve opens to release this pressure spike. If the compressed air is re-routed back into the intake (before the compressor), then the valve is usually referred to as a bypass valve or diverter valve.

 

CAI: Cold Air Intake are designed to draw as much cold air as possible, giving them their name. They are usually placed in the fender of the car under the side of the engine. It can also be called a cool air intake because the design is such that it places the air filter as far away from the heat of the engine as possible. Due to the intake having more piping, it is usually more expensive and difficult to install besides giving more horsepower and torque than the SRI.

 

CEL: Check Engine Light indicate malfunction of a computerized engine-management system. It is found on the instrument panel of most automobiles. When illuminated, it is typically either an amber or red color. When the CEL is lit, the ECU stores a fault code related to the malfunction, which can be retrieved with a scan tool and used for further diagnosis. The malfunction indicator lamp usually bears the legend check engine, service engine soon, or a pictogram of an engine.

 

CP-E: Custom Performance Engineering manufacture serious performance products in the US and always offer a lifetime warranty. Thirteen years in the business, the company engineer, manufacture, market, distribute, and install all of these parts.

 

DP: The stock Downpipe on your vehicle contains one catalytic converter. Replacing your downpipe is a common upgrade that results in some very impressive power gains over your restrictive OEM unit while giving your car a louder, more aggressive exhaust note. When buying you will have the choice between short or long downpipe, they are referred to as either being cat-less or as having a high flow cat.

 

ECU: An Engine Control Unit is an electronic device that controls a series of actuators on an internal combustion engine to ensure optimal engine performance. It does this by reading values from a multitude of sensors within the engine bay, interpreting the data using multidimensional performance maps and adjusting the engine actuators accordingly.

 

EWG: An External Wastegate is a separate self-contained mechanism typically used with turbochargers that do not have internal wastegates or used for regulating boost levels more precisely than internal wastegates in high power applications. An external wastegate requires a specially constructed turbo manifold with a dedicated runner going to the wastegate or may be part of the exhaust housing itself.

 

FMIC: Front Mount Intercooler purpose is to cool air that has compressed in either a turbo or supercharger. It is mount on the front of the car far from the heat of the motor. This place allows the FMIC to blow a lot of fresh air from the front of the car.

 

FSB: Front Sway Bar (also called anti-roll bar, anti-sway bar, stabilizer bar) is a part of many automobile suspensions that helps reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or over road irregularities. It connects opposite (left/right) wheels together through short lever arms linked by a torsion spring. A sway bar increases the suspension’s roll stiffness—its resistance to roll in turns, independent of its spring rates in the vertical direction.

 

HTP: Hi Tuned Performance began nearly 17 years ago primarily as an engine rebuilder but expanded over the next several years to include transmissions and all general repair, eventually adding body and collision work as well as paint to their services. The last 6 years have seen the inclusion of high performance upgrades, fabrication, and a move to manufacturing with a strong focus on research and product development. Their two main divisions include a full auto repair shop and also a performance division whose focus includes welding & fabrication, research & development, and manufacturing of the product line.

 

IWG: An Internal Wastegate is a built-in bypass valve and passage within the turbocharger housing which allows excess boost pressure to dump into the exhaust. A pressure signal from the intake manifold controls the opening of the internal wastegate. Many OEM turbochargers are of this type because it includes simpler and more compact installation. There are some disadvantages like a limited ability to bleed off boost pressure due to the relatively small diameter and less efficient performance under boost conditions.

 

JBR: James Barone Racing is a leading manufacturer of high-quality aftermarket parts for the Mazda community. They create quality performance products at the best values, and they give outstanding customer service and free shipping. They are partner with other members of the Mazda community in selection, design, and testing of new products to make sure they meet their needs. They control every step in the engineering and fabrication process to ensure the highest standards of workmanship.

 

NVH: Noise, Vibration, and Harshness is basically a measure of how much unpleasant aural and tactile feedback the car delivers as you drive. It is caused by the car’s mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the car’s interaction with road surfaces and its passage through the air. The main sources of NVH in a car are its engine, drivetrain and tires, as well as the sound of airflow along its body.

 

OCC: The Oil Catch Can take what is being sent out through the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, and separate the actual oil that may come out, collect it, and send just air and vapors back to the intake manifold. The goal is to avoid getting oil into the intake manifold.

 

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer refers to the manufacturer of the original equipment, that is, the parts assembled and installed during the construction of a new vehicle.

 

PCV: The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve is designed to regulate and remove fumes from the engine crankcase, and to alleviate crankcase pressure which could cause oil leaks or seal damage. The PCV system sending both air, vapors, and oil back in the intake manifold. It’s a way for gases to escape in a controlled manner from the crankcase of an internal combustion engine.

*Note: The PCV of the Mazdaspeed 6, from the first day out of the dealer, is deficient. I really recommend to buy an OCC or to replace the PCV to help the engine.

 

PM: The Passenger Mount is a mount that holds the engine to the body or to the engine cradle (sub-frame) of the car. In a typical car, the engine and transmission are bolted together and held in place by three or four mounts. The PM is located on top of the engine on the passenger side.

 

RMM: The Rear Motor Mount is a mount part that holds the engine to the body or to the engine cradle (subframe) of the car. In a typical car, the engine and transmission are bolted together and held in place by three or four mounts. The RMM is located at the bottom rear of the motor.

 

RSB: Rear Sway Bar (also called anti-roll bar, anti-sway bar, stabilizer bar) is a part of many automobile suspensions that helps reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or over road irregularities. It connects opposite (left/right) wheels together through short lever arms linked by a torsion spring. A sway bar increases the suspension’s roll stiffness—its resistance to roll in turns, independent of its spring rates in the vertical direction.

 

SRI: Short Ram Intake looks to increase power by reducing the amount of restriction on the intake air. In many vehicles, the intake air passes through a resonator and silencer box to help reduce induction noise. This restriction can limit airflow. A short ram eliminates the resonator and filter box, giving the air a short travel distance and hopefully increasing power.

 

TIP: Turbo Inlet Pipe replaces the OEM turbo inlet with a better flowing unit. The silicone inlet also increases the diameter for better flow and increases reliability. That in itself makes a huge difference on how much nicer the car drive, respond, and sound.

 

TM: The Transmission Mount is a mount that holds the engine to the body or to the engine cradle (subframe) of the car. In a typical car, the engine and transmission are bolted together and held in place by three or four mounts. The mount that holds the transmission is called the TM

 

TMIC: Top Mount Intercooler purpose is to cool air that has compressed in either a turbo or supercharger. Unlike the FMIC it is mount on the top of the motor and is less efficient.

 

UTQG: Uniform Tire Quality Grading, is a rating system originated in the US as a way to help consumers make more informed tire-buying decisions. Tire manufacturers give their own tires a grade for treadwear, traction, and temperature. Together, these numbers make up a tire’s UTQG rating—a three-digit number plus two letters. For example, 000 A A.

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Where Can You Find the Best Mazdaspeed 6 OEM Parts?

You are probably here saying to yourself “She will talk of tuning again” but no. I’m here to cover all the info I know and every question people have about this car. This time this post is all about where can you find the best Mazdaspeed 6 OEM OEM* parts.

 

*When referring to auto parts, OEM refers to the manufacturer of the original equipment, that is, the parts assembled and installed during the construction of a new vehicle. In contrast, aftermarket parts are those made by companies other than the OEM, that might be installed as replacements after the car comes out of the factory.

 

As I was saying in my post about performance parts (you can read it Here), sometimes we are looking for parts in particular and it is not always easy because the MS6 is not the most popular car. Even if the Mazdaspeed 6 is built on the same frame as the Mazda 6 they are 2 totally different car. Almost every part of the engine, the drivetrain and the body are different so you have to be very careful when you buy replacement parts.

 

Here are some important things you need to know:

 

First:

It is very important to make sure that every time you look at a part it is NOT for the standard Mazda 6. For example, if you buy brake rotor for a Mazda 6 instead of a Mazdaspeed 6 they will not fit. They are not the same size and they don’t fit on the hub. I know it already happens to me before and it is really annoying.

 

Second:

Make sure to take the time to read the description of the parts you’re about to buy. For example look at these two descriptions. Take a minute to look at the description.

 

2006 – 2007 MAZDA 6 exc MAZDASPEED 6 Front and Rear Brake Pads and Brake Rotors OEM Replacement Direct Fit Brake Kit

 

 

2006 – 2007 MAZDA MAZDASPEED 6 MAZDASPEED 6 Front and Rear Brake Pads and Brake Rotors OEM Replacement Direct Fit Brake Kit

 

 

Did you find the one that is correct to buy for the MS6? The descriptions are about identical that it is really easy to made a mistake but if you said the second one you are right. In the first one you can see Mazda 6 “exc” Mazdaspeed 6 that means “except” or “excluding”. It is a term commonly used in parts descriptions but you have to look closely and sometimes read it twice.

 

You can also have Turbo in the description like this one.

 

2006 – 2007 Mazda 6 Mazdaspeed 2.3L Turbo Models ONLY ! 320mm Front + 314mm Rear Cross Drilled and Slotted Sport Brake Rotors + Performance Ceramic Pad Package

 

 

 

If it says turbo you know this is for the MS6 but if it says 2.3L and there is no mention of turbo there is chance that this is for a standard Mazda 6 2.3L.

 

Third:

 

There is a lot of names for that car depend on the country. It can change a lot depending on which website you are looking to buy your parts so it is important to know them all.

North America: Mazdaspeed6, Mazda6 Speed, MS6, Speed6

Japan: Mazdaspeed Atenza, Atenza MPS, Atenza GG3p

Europe, Australia & South Africa: Mazda6 MPS

 

Fourth:

 

It is a lot of trial and error for mass of customers but it is a lot easier when you can read a review about the product of your choice online. It is even better if you can buy from a trusty website that as an online customer service at your disposal at any hour of the day or of the night.

 

If you want to buy at your local Mazda dealer it is up to you but you will pay more than buying on the internet. Here are some trusty website to buy your OEM parts.

 

Advance Auto Parts

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If you don’t find everything you need with these website I don’t know where else you will find.

Here Are Some of the Mazdaspeed 6 Specs

What’s one of the first thing you want to know when you are looking to buy a car? If you answer the specs, you are right. It is a very important thing to know especially when it is something that you can’t see. So what about the Mazdaspeed 6 specs?

In case you have forgotten the brief on this car, the Mazdaspeed 6 comes only in sedan form, with all wheel drive, a six-speed manual and 274 horsepower. In 2006, the base price was $28,555 you had the option to add the Grand Touring package for $1930 that adds xenon lights, leather and keyless ignition. It was also possible to add the navigation option for another $2000.

They have not been bought alongside every other Mazda 6 variant and the Ford Mustang, in Flat Rock, Michigan, but instead at the Mazda plant in Hofu, Japan.

Here are the Mazdaspeed 6 specs:

Vehicle Type:

Body: 4-door sedan

Seating: 5-passenger

Trim Levels: Sport or Grand Touring

Price & Features:

Base: $28,555

Options: $1930 Grand Touring (Xenon lights, leather and keyless ignition), $2000 Navigation

Standard features: One touch power windows, Power door locks, Power & heated mirrors, Automatic climate control front air conditioning, Single front air conditioning zones, Cruise control, Heated seats, Sunroof, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Steering wheel mounted controls.

Standard safety equipment: Dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags

Driving assistance: Stability control, Traction control, ABS

Audio System: 6 discs in-dash CD, Bose premium brand speakers, 1 trunk subwoofer, 7 Total Speakers, 200 watts total

Comfort: Center console with leather and carbon trim, Steering wheel, shift knob and door panels in leather

Engine Type:

Motor: 2.3L MZR Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection, K04 turbo boosting at 15.6 psi at its peak

Displacement: 138 cu in, 2260cc

Power: 274 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Driveline: Font engine, All wheel drive on demand, Limited slip rear differential

Brakes: Front brake diameter: 12.6in width 1.0in Ventilated disc brakes, Rear brake diameter: 12.4in width 0.4in Ventilated disc brakes

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 105.3 in

Length: 186.8 in

Width: 70.1 in

Height: 56.3 in

Ground Clearance: 4.9 in

Curb weight: 3589 lbs

Fuel:

Combined MPG: 22

Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal

Fuel Type: Premium unleaded

EPA city driving: 19 mpg

EPA highway driving: 25 mpg

Performance:

0 to 60 mph:  5.9 sec

1/4 mile: 14.2 sec

Top speed: 155 mph

Colors:

Black Cherry Mica: 28W

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Black Mica: 16W

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Liquid Platinum Metallic: 30S

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Titanium Gray II Metallic: 29Y

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Velocity Red Mica: 27A

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Whitewater Pearl: 25D

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Where Can You Find the Best Mazdaspeed 6 Performance Parts?

If you are here reading my post you are probably looking to know where can you find Mazdaspeed 6 performance parts because that’s one of the thing I cover on my website. Sometimes we are looking for parts, specs or even some “how to” in particular and it is not always easy. This car is not the most popular for tuning but for us fans we truly believe that it is as good as any other platform.

 

The automotive aftermarket world is the secondary market in the automotive industry. Sound really big isn’t it? It worth billions of dollars in the US, Canada and Australia. So when it comes to look for some parts for your car it is normal to feel a little puzzled.

 

It is important to learn about the product that you are looking to buy to be sure that you get the best parts for all your needs. If you decide to go for the first product that you see online and finally when you get it, it’s not what you are looking for you would be disappointed? It is a lot of trial and error for mass of customers but it is a lot easier when you can read a review about the product of your choice online. It is even better if you can buy from a trusty website that as an online customer service at your disposal at any hour of the day or of the night.

 

Sure there will always be website that you can go on like craiglist, ebay or amazon but nothing is as good as an established company that know their products in depth.

If you have a local business that sell Mazdaspeed 6 parts go ahead and encourage the local market but if not here are the ones that’s you need to work with.

 

Vivid Racing

The team is super dedicated with the customer service, they will do everything to be sure you can get the better parts you need for the better price. They have a lot of expertise in what they do and have a lot of project car so they know how to make a good build. If you don’t find all you need Here you will not find anywhere else.

 

Streetunit

With 13 year in this industry, they refined what enthusiasts should expect from a performance company. In 2008 they founded SURE Motorsports, the division that produce all their products. They wanted to see on the market some high quality, American-made products with a lifetime warranty.

 

Corksport

Since 1998, Corksport has been developing and manufacturing aftermarket Mazda parts. Their team have one passion in common, Mazda performance. They are dedicated with the development of parts as well as with the customer service.

 

There’s a lot of other websites that sell Mazdaspeed 6 performance parts but the one that has almost everything you are looking for are these.

The RPM Store

Edge Autosport

The Mazdaspeed Store

Rally Sport Direct

 

These are the website that I buy or have bought all my parts for my MS6. I never had any problem with them they are so dedicated that it is really a pleasure to do business with them. There are some other smaller websites that I used every now and then for more specific parts like bolts or parts that can’t be found beside your local dealership.

 

So if you have any question or comment you can write it in the section box below.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

Here’s A Little Part of the Mazda History

In 2002, Mazda unveils the Mazda Atenza or Mazda6 as their new mid-size car. The name Atenza (which means Attention) is used only in Japan while Mazda6 is used everywhere else in the world. The Atenza/Mazda6 replaced the Capella/626, and has sold over one million units worldwide since its introduction, making it the fastest Mazda vehicle to reach the one million mark and make a little part of the Mazda history.

 

The model lineup consists of a 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and a 5-door station wagon. Drivetrain combinations include the MZR engine in configurations of 1.8 L, 2.0 L and 2.3 L I4, with a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. In some markets a 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 engine is also available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. European versions also feature a four-cylinder turbodiesel. Power is directed to the front wheels in most markets, although full-time all-wheel-drive models are available in Japan, Europe and Australia. The official Mazda chassis codes are GG (sedan/hatch) or GY (wagon) series.

 

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At the 2002 Paris Auto Show, the Mazdaspeed Atenza (known as Mazdaspeed6 in North America and Mazda 6 MPS in Europe, South Africa and Australia) was initially unveiled as a concept. (see picture)

 

It was originally scheduled to be launched in June 2005 but was delayed until November. The Mazdaspeed6 features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 L MZR I4 which produces 272 PS (200 kW) (European version is detuned to 260 PS (191 kW); the North American version, at 274 hp (204 kW), revised to 270 hp (200 kW) for 2007). All models have 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque. This 2.3 L DISI turbocharged engine features direct fuel injection. It has a revised front fascia with a raised hood, a 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive system uses Mazda’s Active Torque Split computer-based control, which routes up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions.

 

In North America, the Mazdaspeed6 comes in two trim levels; the “Sport” trim with cloth interior and standard key entry and ignition; and the “Grand Touring” trim with leather interior, keyless entry/ignition, and an optional DVD navigation (of which the Canadian model lacks DVD navigation). Automatic climate control is standard, as is a 200 W Bose stereo system featuring 7 speakers and a 9 in. subwoofer in addition to an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. A sunroof with moonroof feature is optional on the Grand Touring trim.

 

Even if Mazda had no plans to enter the car into rally racing, the Mazdaspeed Atenza could have been able to compete with its Japanese-made rival, the Subaru Legacy GT and similar sport sedans like the rally-car-derived Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

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