What have you done to your CX-5 today?

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2019 CX-5 Signature
No, there’re not “identical”. Both may come from the same manufacture, but the design pattern and even the material (if you look at them close-up) look different.
You are correct. I could have sworn they were.
My apologies for being misleading.
 
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2020 CX-5 GT Resrv
@TimPro, I think this question is meant for you.
Haha! I was wondering.

I don’t have a particular number in mind. I can’t find anyone else that has built this engine up just yet. I wish I had a better idea of what’s capable. I’m just buying parts and hoping to be faster than the cx-5 next to me.

With that being said, having some trouble with this piping kit from CS. Trying to come up with a solution.
I have a JB4 hooked up and running as of today. But still dealing with a major boost leak
 
Been lurking on this forum for about a year or so since I started looking around for a manual CX-5 (only ever about 40 or so for sale across the country at any given time). I FINALLY got my hands on one about a month ago that was local enough and low miles enough to pull the trigger. So, being my first official post, I’d like to share what I’ve done so far and some of what my plans are going forward!

I’m happy I was able to get a Meteor Gray Mica one since I really wanted to go with a grey/blue color scheme for the aesthetic modifications. In line with that, I ordered a shifter and e-brake boot set from Amazon that are meant for some sort of BMW but they fit PERFECTLY in the CX-5. Also went with this AES knob that’s meant for a Mitsubishi Evo but has the same thread pattern as the CX-5, sits pretty low compared to other aftermarket knobs, and is real carbon fiber so it’s lightweight which actually makes the shifts feel nicer (was thinking it might have the opposite effect but I’m pleasantly surprised it didn’t!)

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Also installed a Sony head unit to add Apple Car Play and get rid of the god-awful OEM unit... Retained the steering wheel controls to keep some factory ease-of-use and added an aftermarket backup camera for good measure.

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My proudest “mod” so far is one that has not yet been installed on the car, and that’s a custom emblem I designed. It combines the Mazda oval with the Mazdaspeed logo. I’m having them printed as dome stickers (think Subura or Ford badges) and honestly can’t wait to get them put on.

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More to come!
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Been lurking on this forum for about a year or so since I started looking around for a manual CX-5 (only ever about 40 or so for sale across the country at any given time). I FINALLY got my hands on one about a month ago that was local enough and low miles enough to pull the trigger. So, being my first official post, I’d like to share what I’ve done so far and some of what my plans are going forward!

I’m happy I was able to get a Meteor Gray Mica one since I really wanted to go with a grey/blue color scheme for the aesthetic modifications. In line with that, I ordered a shifter and e-brake boot set from Amazon that are meant for some sort of BMW but they fit PERFECTLY in the CX-5. Also went with this AES knob that’s meant for a Mitsubishi Evo but has the same thread pattern as the CX-5, sits pretty low compared to other aftermarket knobs, and is real carbon fiber so it’s lightweight which actually makes the shifts feel nicer (was thinking it might have the opposite effect but I’m pleasantly surprised it didn’t!)

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Also installed a Sony head unit to add Apple Car Play and get rid of the god-awful OEM unit... Retained the steering wheel controls to keep some factory ease-of-use and added an aftermarket backup camera for good measure.

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My proudest “mod” so far is one that has not yet been installed on the car, and that’s a custom emblem I designed. It combines the Mazda oval with the Mazdaspeed logo. I’m having them printed as dome stickers (think Subura or Ford badges) and honestly can’t wait to get them put on.

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More to come!
A manual CX-5? What MY is it? There’s no new manual CX-5 for sale in the US right now. From pictures you posted it seems to be a 2016(.5) CX-5 FWD Sport.

It’s nice that you can keep “some” of the steering wheel controls with your aftermarket Sony head unit.
 
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South Carolina
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12 MZ5 13 CX-5
A manual CX-5? What MY is it? There’s no new manual CX-5 for sale in the US right now. From pictures you posted it seems to be a 2016(.5) CX-5 FWD Sport.

It’s nice that you can keep “some” of the steering wheel controls with your aftermarket Sony head unit.
Using the correct interface, you can keep *all* of the steering wheel controls, plus add additional custom controls. And then, you can go another step further, and even get real gauges like water temp, instead of just having an idiot light.

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A manual CX-5? What MY is it? There’s no new manual CX-5 for sale in the US right now. From pictures you posted it seems to be a 2016(.5) CX-5 FWD Sport.

It’s nice that you can keep “some” of the steering wheel controls with your aftermarket Sony head unit.
It’s a 2014. Was hoping for a 2016 (last year they offered a manual transmission) but hadn’t seen a low mileage example close enough to me in the last six months or so...
 
Using the correct interface, you can keep *all* of the steering wheel controls, plus add additional custom controls. And then, you can go another step further, and even get real gauges like water temp, instead of just having an idiot light.

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I guess I should’ve chosen a better word than “some.” I was able to retain every steering wheel control (seek up/down, volume up/down, mute). Info button remained unchanged.

My Ultragauge — the thing you see mounted in front of the hazard switch/vent — has all the “gauges” I need. Recognizes 65+ readouts from the OBDII, I just haven’t done a great job at optimizing the front page to display the ones I want.
 
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South Carolina
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12 MZ5 13 CX-5
I guess I should’ve chosen a better word than “some.” I was able to retain every steering wheel control (seek up/down, volume up/down, mute). Info button remained unchanged.

My Ultragauge — the thing you see mounted in front of the hazard switch/vent — has all the “gauges” I need. Recognizes 65+ readouts from the OBDII, I just haven’t done a great job at optimizing the front page to display the ones I want.
Which interface did you go with? I'm running an iDataLink Maestro RR with my Kenwood in my CX-5.

In my MZ5, I have a PAC RP4-MZ11. The PAC isn't as nice as the iDataLink, but in the MZ5, the extra stuff wasn't needed.
 
Which interface did you go with? I'm running an iDataLink Maestro RR with my Kenwood in my CX-5.

In my MZ5, I have a PAC RP4-MZ11. The PAC isn't as nice as the iDataLink, but in the MZ5, the extra stuff wasn't needed.
I used the Metra Axxess ASWC-1. Was easy enough to install and works great. The Sony unit allows for custom button configuration but I’m certainly just fine with the stock button functions.
 
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South Carolina
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12 MZ5 13 CX-5
I used the Metra Axxess ASWC-1. Was easy enough to install and works great. The Sony unit allows for custom button configuration but I’m certainly just fine with the stock button functions.
Cool. I always forget that Metra makes one, too.
 
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2019 CX-5 GTR
Today old Blu got the following

Washed
Hood struts
New Michelins - 255/50/19
 

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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Which interface did you go with? I'm running an iDataLink Maestro RR with my Kenwood in my CX-5.

In my MZ5, I have a PAC RP4-MZ11. The PAC isn't as nice as the iDataLink, but in the MZ5, the extra stuff wasn't needed.
I used the Metra Axxess ASWC-1. Was easy enough to install and works great. The Sony unit allows for custom button configuration but I’m certainly just fine with the stock button functions.
Nice to know that info. (y)
 
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2015 Mazda 3
There was rain in my area and got mud and light debris on mine - so it was car wash day recently and it looks as good as new.
 

Jef

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2019 CX-5 grand touring reserve
What kind of rear shocks? New rear springs too?

Do you need to separate lower control arm to install the rear shock on your 2019 CX-5 GT-R?
The Corksport drop springs and the Godspeed camber arms were previously installed...Today was a set of bilstein b6 shocks.

When removing the shocks, it’s easier to drop the control arm and take the spring out. Not sure if you can do it any other way.