Another thread resurrection, arise from the dead thread, you're needed again...
I have an MSM, with A/C and P/S, and a low-mount EFR6258 but unfortunately the lower radiator hose obstructs the barb where the EBC hose needs to connect to on the compressor's housing (the location is pointed to by the green arrow):
The yellow "circle" shows where the water inlet barb was modified to provide some clearance for the EFR6258 but it's not enough to allow the EBC hose to be connected.
Here's 99mx5's setup which shows the EBC mounted and this hose connection (approximately 4 o'clock).
99mx5 modified his water inlet and re-routed his radiator hose forward, through the belts and pulleys:
This looks "scary-close" to the belts and pulleys and I have a larger sway bar which means I can't really take this route.
After spending a lot of time under the car and feeling around under there, I believe that if the water inlet's radiator hose barb is rotated to point somewhere between 45* down and straight down instead of parallel to the ground, there is actually enough room to run the hose behind the A/C compressor and under it, straight to the radiator inlet and give me clearance for the EBC hose. You can see in the top photo that there is enough room for the radiator hose to run behind the A/C compressor.
It may need to run at 45* behind the A/C compressor and the P/S hard lines moved a bit but it's a far more direct route than the convoluted across-and-weave OEM route.
Has anyone tried this before, it seems much simpler than other solutions so there must be some reason why more complex versions have been produced - and WHY didn't Mazda do this in the first place?