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    Second gen front sway bar interchangability

    Long story short - I've upgraded my rear sway bar and a few other things, and think I could use a mild boost upwards on the front. So... It seems established that the swaybars for the first-gen 3/MS3/5 can be interchanged. What I've been unsuccessful at is finding information on the second...
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    Realigned and rebuilt my shifter assembly, and swapped the rubber shift mount bushings for a few washers epoxied together. This is no easy thing to get to on a 5 with a rear center console - some of those fasteners are in really awful places. Anyway, it's never been quite right. Tore it apart...
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    Recommend: e-focus rear motor mount

    I'd like to bump this thread just because - it's that good. I did this swap this weekend. My old mount was a bit creaky but not visibly torn. The difference was still night and day. There is a tiny, tiny increase in NVH at low revs. Honestly, if I hadn't read about it before I don't know if...
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    Hawk HPS 5.0 Pads and Centric Cryo High Carbon Plain Rotors - What could go wrong?

    Did the shims help the noise issues any? I'm looking to upgrade my front pads and would like to get more bite but without too much shrieking. Ruby
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    6mt "rubberiness"?

    Hi all, I've noticed that there's a certain amount of "rubberiness" in the linkage of my 2013 MZ5 6MT, especially with vertical motion. Overall the gearbox is still easy to shift precisely, it just feels as though there's not as solid of a connection. What's the wisdom - bushings, cables? On...
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    New to mazda

    Nice - I have mixed thoughts on the LED bulbs in the stock projectors, if you're unhappy at all with distance punch or excessive foreground light, I would seriously consider modded H9 bulbs instead. They're absolutely beautiful with the stock halogen optics. HIR1 9011 bulbs will fit in the...
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    Looking for some peeks under the backside of a CX-7...

    Hi, I'm a happy Mazda owner - but I own a 2013 Mazda5, and I spend most of my time on this site over in that corner. Anyway, I've been investigating the possibility of putting in a European or Australian towbar, and find myself wondering how close the MZ5 and the CX-7 are in the rear...
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    Drivers' side windshield wiper chatter?

    Has anyone else run into a problem with drivers' side wiper chatter? It happens when the wipers reach the end of their stroke and the drivers' side wiper is basically vertical. When it pulls back, there's some grab and wobble and noise. I've cleaned the windshield thoroughly and have tried...
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    Identifying trim level - Touring vs GT?

    I guess so. I've always been very sensitive to glare, so I put a high priority on giving myself effective seeing while keeping oncoming traffic from getting too much glare. I've tended to run high output bulbs in my vehicles, scrupulously aimed, and there's already a mark on the (manual)...
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    I made my first drive in heavy snow in my MZ5 a couple of weeks ago. I have to say, I was prepared for it to be a little ugly (and, being the California Sierras, I was carrying chains in the event of total snow-carnage) and I was actually not that disappointed with it. The ground clearance was...
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    Identifying trim level - Touring vs GT?

    It's funny - those headlight adjusting dials are on every car I've ever driven in Europe, going back for decades...some expensive cars there have automated load-sensitive leveling, but most cheap ones don't. I've never understood why they aren't routinely common in the USA, Mazda is one of the...
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    2012 5 HID low beam replacement kit?

    Where low beams are concerned, I honestly think the best upgrade (for seeing ability) is to stick with the (very good) stock projectors, but to go to halogen H9 bulbs with a slight base modification in the lows. These offer much more light (2100 lumens vs 1200, going from H11 long-life bulbs in...
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    LED H7s in a Mazda5?

    I'd like to urge again to avoid LEDs. Their lighting properties are fundamentally different than those of a halogen filament. Your projector cutoff shield will reduce glare, but there is no LED replacement that's street-legal for halogen headlamps for good reason. If you want to see well, the...
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    Rear fog light?

    Does anyone have a good example of how the rear fog light is implemented in markets where it's routinely sold (Europe, UK, etc)? It's been surprisingly hard to find information! Thanks! Ruby 2013 Mazda 5 Sport 6mt
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    Static review: White wall & lux comparison: LED, H11 LL, H11+100, H9

    LEDs still don't have nearly the luminous point intensity of a filament, and that's what's going to contribute in large part to the "punch" of the beam. I very much doubt there's one out there that can outperform a 9011/HIR1 bulb placed in our stock main beam reflectors. It's very easy to...
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    DDM Tuning HID kit

    I really have to recommend against running HID capsules in halogen projectors if there's another alternative. While the design of a projector will ensure that you get a sharp cutoff almost regardless of what light source you have, off-center light like HIDs must produce will give blotchiness...
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    Upgrading brakes?

    Thanks all for the advice - I'll start with a fluid change and better pads. In the (distant) past I did brake upgrades on various older American cars, though I think they were in much more need of it! I just have found myself in love with this silly car, and want to do things right the first...
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    Upgrading brakes?

    So...my brakes aren't really inadequate, but I feel like they could use an upgrade. I feel like the handling of my MZ5 is outstripping its braking, and while I don't drive like a maniac I do like those to be balanced. What's the prevailing wisdom for a Mazda5? I've read about the Mazdaspeed 3...
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    Looking for shocks for a second gen. Maybe HD stock height springs?

    I have a 2013 MZ5 with 39k on it and a MS3 rear sway on the way, and it feels like the rear shocks are not damping enough. There's bounciness in the back especially when I have any kind of weight back there. I'm not interested in lowering it any, the ground clearance is low enough as it is and...
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    New to the Mazda crowd

    Hi Tawrus, just one more thing (geez I sound like Columbo lately)... The reason I advocate the H9+HIR1 setup is in part because the 2012- NA Mazda5, and other vehicles with a projector H11 low beam and a 9005 high, have the best-case setup there is for potential halogen upgrades. It's a...