Guide How To Disable Daytime Running Lights (instructions)

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2021 CX-5 GTR
Yep kind of strange, not even offered as an option. Not the end of the world though, going to add some led DRLs with sequential turn signals.

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I actually started out looking at a certified 20 GTR at local dealer but they were trying to add a $2700 "CPO" fee on top of their other fees and lowballing my trade in. Ended up going to a dealer an hour away who had 4 CTs in stock, gave me $2000 over what I paid for my trade in and no crazy add on fees.
How are you going to add sequential turn signals? I assume it will be added on the outside of the housing? That was one big reason I went with a GT in 19 and a GTR in 21. I like the Carbon edition but it is essentially a Touring trim without all the nice features I like (better LED lights, ventilated seats, rear heated seats, HUD). Silly to me you can't add that to the Carbon.

You can add LED turn signals to what you have now. I bought built in resistor bulbs for the rear and had to go with VLED's in front with an exterior resistor. You would also need to swap your rear brake bulbs for LED. Your fog lights are already LED. You can also get an interior LED kit with all the bulbs you need as well.
 
How are you going to add sequential turn signals? I assume it will be added on the outside of the housing? That was one big reason I went with a GT in 19 and a GTR in 21. I like the Carbon edition but it is essentially a Touring trim without all the nice features I like (better LED lights, ventilated seats, rear heated seats, HUD). Silly to me you can't add that to the Carbon.

You can add LED turn signals to what you have now. I bought built in resistor bulbs for the rear and had to go with VLED's in front with an exterior resistor. You would also need to swap your rear brake bulbs for LED. Your fog lights are already LED. You can also get an interior LED kit with all the bulbs you need as well.

These kits available on Ebay, Aliexpress etc $60-$100
 
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Pueblo county CO
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CX-5 Sport 16.5 6M
Isn't there a way to disconnect the resistor that supplies the DRL?

I thought it would be in this thread but I can't find it.
 
Interesting. I think I would disable the incandescent light in the headlight(or swap to LED) if I got those) Looks strange with LED and standard bulbs as they don't flash the same way.
Not sure what you mean. Are you talking about the turning signal bulb in the headlight? (The headlight bulb is LED. ) They flash at the same time as the led sequential turn signal is triggered by the regular turn signal. One just flashes, the other is sequential. The colors match pretty well and all the guys that have done this seem happy with results. But you do you.

 
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2021 CX-5 GTR
Not sure what you mean. Are you talking about the turning signal bulb in the headlight? (The headlight bulb is LED. ) They flash at the same time as the led sequential turn signal is triggered by the regular turn signal. One just flashes, the other is sequential. The colors match pretty well and all the guys that have done this seem happy with results. But you do you.

There is a non LED turn signal inside the headlight housing. All the turn signal bulbs are incandescent on the CX-5 (which I don't understand considering the Mazda 3 has full LED lights on upper trims). If you watch the video you linked, the bulb in the headlight housing has the softer flash of an incandscent bulb versus the sharp ON-OFF of an LED so it looks really off to me - especially when you have the LED added at the bottom and you can see the LED in the mirror as well. I recently switched my front turn signals to LED which is a huge improvement over stock. The lights you posted look ok, but I don't care for the super low position at the bottom of the bumper. I am not a fan of the off position location of rear turn signals such as the in KIA Sportage (in the rear bumper separate from the rest of the rear lights). Very strange to me. Have you seen the other LED's that replace the reflectors in the lower rear bumper?

Mazda CX-5 Rear Bumper LED installation guide 2017+

If you go with the ones in front you would probably want those as well. I have two issues with the rear ones:
1) they are too low
2) why RED? Should be orange to match the standard bulbs.
 
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There is a non LED turn signal inside the headlight housing. All the turn signal bulbs are incandescent on the CX-5 (which I don't understand considering the Mazda 3 has full LED lights on upper trims). If you watch the video you linked, the bulb in the headlight housing has the softer flash of an incandscent bulb versus the sharp ON-OFF of an LED so it looks really off to me - especially when you have the LED added at the bottom and you can see the LED in the mirror as well. I recently switched my front turn signals to LED which is a huge improvement over stock. The lights you posted look ok, but I don't care for the super low position at the bottom of the bumper. I am not a fan of the off position location of rear turn signals such as the in KIA Sportage (in the rear bumper separate from the rest of the rear lights). Very strange to me. Have you seen the other LED's that replace the reflectors in the lower rear bumper?

Mazda CX-5 Rear Bumper LED installation guide 2017+

If you go with the ones in front you would probably want those as well. I have two issues with the rear ones:
1) they are too low
2) why RED? Should be orange to match the standard bulbs.
The good news is that you don't have to install these on your CX 5 if you don't like them.

Too low? Here's my last car, with factory S model appearance group, which includes DRL leds down low.

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2021 CX-5 GTR
DRLs are fine, it just looks strange to have a secondary turn signal down there (I assume those are not turn signals too, correct?) especially if the original isn't LED (as is the case on the CX-5). Not an OEM look in my eyes. As you said, different strokes for different folks.
 
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2019 CX-5 AWD
I recently switched my front turn signals to LED which is a huge improvement over stock.

Agreed, huge improvement for 20 bucks. I posted this a while back. They are much brighter and better at signaling to pedestrians and other vehicles.

 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Agreed, huge improvement for 20 bucks. I posted this a while back. They are much brighter and better at signaling to pedestrians and other vehicles.

Which one did you get? Switch-back? Build-in resistor?
 
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2021 CX-5 GTR
I went with VLeds and it came with external resistors. I tried using one with a built-in resistor as well but as I already had LEDs with built in resistors in the rear, they would all hyper flash (which is a known issue). It works perfectly with the external resistors and was not too hard to install.