What did you do to your CX-9 today?

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2016 CX-9 GT AWD
Just picked up my cx9 today. I put in the 3D maxspyder mats for the 3 rows. Still need to get the cargo one at some point. Set up my 2 booster seats in the third row and a car seat on the passenger side second row. Put in the “drop stop” things between the seats and center console (prevents things like phones from falling in between the seat and center console). I have the led bulbs for the reverse lights and license plate lights. I noticed that the trunk light was halogen so I’ll need to buy one of those and install it too. Tweaked the infotainment settings to my liking. (I read reviews that people complained that the HUD would cut off if you sat too high but you can adjust the positioning of the HUD in the settings to rectify this...)

A few things that bother me are the location of the 12v port (I really thought the one in the front was an additional one for the passenger) as I wish it was located under the hvac controls, the lack of a 12v port in the arm rest storage compartment, and that the middle seats return to an awkward position after you pull them forward. Hope these things got fixed in newer models.

One thing I found really neat was the lighting behind the handles on the front doors. No review I saw mentioned that.

Edit a day later: installed both led reverse lights in about a minute. Incredibly easy, thanks for the tutorial @sm1ke. The license plate lights are coming in today. I did it pretty easily on my cx5 and it’s the same as the cx9 so that should be simple as well.
 
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This is a great forum for me all these years. Couldn’t be any happier. Here is what I have done so far.
- Replace engine oil drain plug with Futomo valve for eaisier diy oil change
- Hardwired Viofo A129 Pro Duo Dash Cam
- Hardwired front footwell ambient light
- Add carbon fiber to center console and side doors
- Ordered Carplay2air adapter to try wireless Apple carplay.
How did Carplay2air ended up working, did it work well ? I was looking into it but on some car models reviews said they were having connection issue at vehicle start.
 
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2018 CX-9
How did Carplay2air ended up working, did it work well ? I was looking into it but on some car models reviews said they were having connection issue at vehicle start.
It works great once connected. Indeed, sometime it has a connection issue and require to either reboot Mazda connect or reinsert the USB adapter cable. I would not recommend until they can fully fix with firmware update.
 
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2009 Mazda CX-9 GT
I installed this license plate frame last July, then the spacer last November. It always bothered me that there was no attachment between the plate and framer at the bottom, so I decided to get rid of that worry with some two-sided tape.....



















And the damage from years of the plate resting on the paint (will address this later).....

 
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2016 CX-9 GT AWD
I put in the cargo light today. It was more difficult to install than it was on the cx5. Not sure if it’s because of the bulb I ordered, but the OEM ones have a really small tip which clicks into place on designated holes. The LED ones I got had a much bigger radius on the ends so it was difficult to get it to secure in the spot. I think I broke one LED trying because after I got it in, it wasn’t lighting up. I popped the second one in and it was fine but I had more practice the second time around so I was more careful with it. Lol either way. Finally. I hate halogens. I only left the halogens in the vanity mirrors because my wife likes the yellowish light and I can’t find LEDs below 6000k.
 
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2009 Mazda CX-9 GT
I only left the halogens in the vanity mirrors because my wife likes the yellowish light and I can’t find LEDs below 6000k.
Assuming you need 28mm for them? If so, both of these come in 3000K "warm white".

If you need a different size, they have them all.
 
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2016 CX-9 GT AWD
Updated my firmware today from v.5x to v.7x. Was pretty straightforward and took about 40 minutes. Not sure why the dealer never did this but does anyone know the major differences between those versions? Is it just AA/ACP? I do plan on getting the hardware for it soon.
 
Installed the Fortin Evo One with Maz3 harness. I also de-pined all the extra wires on the Maz3 harness so I wouldn't have a big rolled up clump of unused wires under the dash. Was really straight forward.
 

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