RaiderFab 1st Gen Mazda 6/ Mazdaspeed6 bumper fitment Instructions-FENDERWELL AREA

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    After doing the headlight set up and talking to Raider I decided I wanted to try and see if I could make his existing brackets for the Gen Juan MS3 work for the MS6 fender area. And I was able to make it happen using the existing bolt/hole that is used to mount the bumper to the fender. Again, this is just a general guide to show you guys it can be done. The previous owner of my car installed the stupid rubber band latches (only on one side??) so my main goal in doing this was to be able to reuse the existing hole.
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    Tools required:
    Drill/Impact
    Phillips bit
    3/4" step bit (I grabbed a 1/4"-3-4" step bit from Autozone)
    10 MM wrench/deep socket
    7/8” wrench/socket (I used an adjustable cause plumber)
    Masking tape
    Liquid teflon (Not necessarily necessary but you'll get it ) ( OR provided threadlocker)
    *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but not necessary* drill press/vice
    Cutting oil
    Tape measure/ruler
    Center punch/hammer


    1. Pull your bumper and remove the existing screw/bolt that formerly attached the bumper to the fender, this is the mounting location I used.

    The next two steps leave much up for interpretation.

    2. Figure out where on your Raider bracket you need to drill your new hole. DON’T be like me. Use a ruler, marker and center punch to mark where your new hole is going to be. I totally winged mine and my holes were not in the same spot. If I were to redo it, I would definitely get my holes as close to the bend in the bracket as possible because where my holes currently are cause the brackets to push out the fender liner just the tiniest bit. ~1/4-3/8ths from the bend and the fender side of the bracket

    3. Then I drilled ~5/16-3/8th hole using my stepbit to fit over the existing plastic bit that sticks out of the fender. You could probably cut the plastic bit flush with a razor and just drill a small enough hole in the bracket for the bolt to fit through. (Drilling the hole for the bracket I’d highly recommend using a drill press and cutting oil, Raider decided to make the brackets out of adamantium and they are VERY hard.) I don’t have a vice OR drill press so I just fastened my bracket down to my workbench with a couple self tappers in the existing holes.
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    4. Mount up the bracket in the existing location with your mounting post at the the bottom of the slot.
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    5. The remaining steps are exactly the same as fitting up the post in the headlight area, you’ll wanna put tape on the backside/front side of the bumper, a lil dab of threadlocker on the post and get your mark to see where it lines up. Drill a small hole from the backside and finish it from the front. Install the Quik latch and you’re done. The tab on the fender is a bit pliable so if you need to you can definitely bend it up or down if you’re having an alignment issue.


    You can see how very little it pushes on the fender liner, it’s a nonissue for me. I got 235/40s with a small drop and it doesn’t rub or create any issues function wise. It seems to push it a bit more on the passenger side than the driver side but I think that’s due to me not getting my holes in the same exact spot.

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    Thank you so much for taking on the project! 304 stainless steel is strong stuff!

    Next week I'll be posting this on RaiderFab.com! I intend to include a new bolt/hardware for the new hole.
     
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