CX-50 OEM Splash Guards Installation

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USA
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2023 CX-50 PPT
For anyone thinking about the Mazda splash guards, I installed them this morning and it was pretty easy--maybe 45 minutes total which included some brief interruptions. The process was less complicated than the Mazda ones for my previous CX-5, or so I recollect. You do have to drill one hole underneath each edge, but Mazda smartly placed factory dimples in the proper locations on the vehicle so that simplifies things. Also, definitely follow the instructions to graduate upwards in the 3 drill bit sizes--3, 6 and then the final 9mm. I tried skipping the 6 on the first hole and the 9 meandered too much. After the drilling, it is a mix of using the existing trim clips plus new ones included with the guards and then fully removing the inner 3M tape cover and then pressing on that to ensure a tight outer edge fit. The factory trim clips have cutouts which makes them much easier to open than past versions. You may have some trouble with the 9mm drill bit on the front as that plus my drill length barely fit height-wise from the garage floor--I had to go in slightly off vertical.

Snapped a few quick pics. There is a slight color difference, but not as pronounced as the lighting in the pics makes it seem. The fit is also very good--much closer than my last CX-5s, although that may have been installer error. ;). The one negative is that the guards still have a scooped-out design and that always trapped a lot of mud & dirt on my CX-5, so I'm sure that will be the case here too.

Still strange to have a vehicle that doesn't yet have a robust aftermarket accessory selection...heck, any at all other than roof crossbars it seems.
 

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For anyone thinking about the Mazda splash guards, I installed them this morning and it was pretty easy--maybe 45 minutes total which included some brief interruptions. The process was less complicated than the Mazda ones for my previous CX-5, or so I recollect. You do have to drill one hole underneath each edge, but Mazda smartly placed factory dimples in the proper locations on the vehicle so that simplifies things. Also, definitely follow the instructions to graduate upwards in the 3 drill bit sizes--3, 6 and then the final 9mm. I tried skipping the 6 on the first hole and the 9 meandered too much. After the drilling, it is a mix of using the existing trim clips plus new ones included with the guards and then fully removing the inner 3M tape cover and then pressing on that to ensure a tight outer edge fit. The factory trim clips have cutouts which makes them much easier to open than past versions. You may have some trouble with the 9mm drill bit on the front as that plus my drill length barely fit height-wise from the garage floor--I had to go in slightly off vertical.

Snapped a few quick pics. There is a slight color difference, but not as pronounced as the lighting in the pics makes it seem. The fit is also very good--much closer than my last CX-5s, although that may have been installer error. ;). The one negative is that the guards still have a scooped-out design and that always trapped a lot of mud & dirt on my CX-5, so I'm sure that will be the case here too.

Still strange to have a vehicle that doesn't yet have a robust aftermarket accessory selection...heck, any at all other than roof crossbars it seems.
They look like the plastic is not the same color as the trim, just the lighting or are they slightly different?
 
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USA
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2023 CX-50 PPT
Primarily the angle of lighting in my photos and the different directional planes of surface there.

A clear example of that is the lighter appearance of the rear left door and the cladding indentation looking much lighter than the front in the full side photo, and that's all factory (and doesn't look that way in more evenly lighted scenarios).

It also had since occurred to me that the dealer prepped the car and the guards would not be. I then used a black plastic restorer product on all the cladding and guards and it now appears virtually identical.
 
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