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What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

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Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Yeah, I remember coming across that when I was researching fog/driving lights. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of grille mesh or even room between the grille and impact bar to mount these lights stealthily. But I always liked the look of exposed lights (because rally car!). I'm actually contemplating adding a second set to the front to have four lights filling up the section of grill I cut out... kind like this:
Yup, good ’ol Agbullet. The 1st gen three had a really big lower grille.
 

phunky.buddha

Booga Booga?
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2009 Mazda5 Sport
Posted it for sale finally... any takers? MANUAL MZ5, 1st gen. :)

 

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Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Yeah, I remember coming across that when I was researching fog/driving lights. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of grille mesh or even room between the grille and impact bar to mount these lights stealthily. But I always liked the look of exposed lights (because rally car!). I'm actually contemplating adding a second set to the front to have four lights filling up the section of grill I cut out... kind like this:

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And here’s a pretty cool looking switch I just ran across..... They look like they’d fit the Mazda blanks, and could give you some nice light controls for your external hardware.

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Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Replaced the 8 year old Wolo compact dual air horn in my sister’s ‘08. It has been having issues for a little while and was intermittently not working. It was a loud horn but still pretty high pitched.
Swapped in hella super tones. I’d have loved a nice front facing grille mount, but the 5 doesn’t offer a lot of space or mounting points in the grille. Even side facing in the stock location they are plenty loud.... certainly louder than a non working horn. I cleaned up the wiring run and taped it off to the
harness before I closed everything up.
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I need to fix the low tone horn in my ‘12 5 at some point.Those are mounted either side of the crash bar, and I’m pretty sure the ground on my low tone is bad.
 

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Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Did a couple of things to my ‘12 the last few days. Pulled off the bumper cover to check the ground on my low tone wolo disc (hella supertone lookalike) horn. Turns out the ground was fine, but the horn was dead. Ended up going with a new set of wolo trumpet horns (Happened to be in stock at the store a 1/2 mile from my house) installed just like the super tones I put in my sister’s car above.

Also drained the ATX fluid (added, drained, added, drained, added, drained). I had gone through about 13.5 qts doing that and the fluid coming out of the cooler line was starting to clear up and go red..... not entirely, just almost. It started out black, burned, and low on the dipstick so clear at all was a big change. Sadly my klutzy brain forgot to remove the drain tubing from the cooler and reconnect the car’s line before I went to pull it off the ramps to get it level for checking the dipstick. My son was right in front of the car and shouted as soon as he saw the fluid start to come out of the line, but I probably lost nearly a liter of fluid due to that mistake. Cleaned everything up and added the 1.5 qts of fresh fluid I had left but it’s just on the tip of the dipstick. I’ll need to run out and get some more tomorrow to top it off to where it should be.

Lastly I installed H&R progressive lowering springs for the CX7 in the rear, and replaced the rear shocks. Was going for a bit more support in the rear end since it tends to drag on things, especially when it’s loaded down with people and stuff. That project took a couple of days because the lower shock bolt seized up. Ended up buying an electric impact wrench which got it free, and now I have an impact wrench so bonus. End result is the rear end is tightened up nicely and corners beautifully. The ride height of the rear seems to have settled around just under an inch above stock ride height. I still need to do the front struts, and I’m trying to decide if I’ll stick the front H&R springs on too. I might install them, drive around and see how it is, then either go get an alignment or swap the stock springs back in. I have the impact now, so it’s only $30 for spring compressors. The uncompressed lowering springs are the same height as the uncompressed stock rears, but they’re designed for a car 500-600 lbs heavier.
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phunky.buddha

Booga Booga?
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2009 Mazda5 Sport
But is the compressed height the same as stock? If the free height is the same but the springs are higher rate, then you may be super tall in the rear at rest vs stock.
 

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Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
But is the compressed height the same as stock? If the free height is the same but the springs are higher rate, then you may be super tall in the rear at rest vs stock.
No, the uncompressed height is same as stock. This is compared to the OE CX7 springs which are ~2” longer and which increase the ride height by about 2”. Compressed and in the car, and now that the shocks have settled (and bearing in mind my driveway is not perfectly level) the ride height seems to be about 0.75-1.25” higher that stock. I edited my post to specify uncompressed.
 
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