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    What did you do to your CX-9 today?

    Hi all! This seems to be a pretty common thread topic on some of the other boards I visit. I did a search and couldn't find anything posted for the CX-9, so I figured I'd create one. Mods, if there is already a similar thread, please feel free to close this one!

    Did you just carve out a few corners on the mountain roads or take the CX-9 for a road trip? Install a new cosmetic piece? DIY'd a cabin filter install? Swapped your winter wheels out for your summer set (or vice versa)? Show off your handiwork here with a pic or video! All discussion is welcome, but keep it civil please! Refrain from making comments against a person's character or taste. Hopefully this grows to become a great source of information and inspiration.

    I'll start. I just got my CX-9 a week and a half ago and I'm excited to make it "mine" with a few minor cosmetic touches. A CF steering wheel garnish came in the mail a couple of days ago, and today I finally found a bit of time to apply it.


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    I like the carbon add-on, where'd you get it from?

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    Your Carbon insert looks outstanding! I saw this and for some reason did not order it - maybe I'll go back and finally do it. Wish Mazda had used carbon fiber tweaks where they currently use Black Piano plastic. That would have truly completed the interior design of the new CX-9, IMO. My first little mod was esthetic. However, I do have some new hardware mods coming up in the not so distant future:



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    Carbon steering wheel insert looks real nice!

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    Thanks guys! Got a few more small things on the way.

    CJ4, I dig the plate frames! I used to write some of the manual content and inspection documentation for the C130 aircraft. What kind of hardware mods are you planning on doing? I've got an armrest storage organizer on the way and an oil catch can that I might install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    Thanks guys! Got a few more small things on the way.

    CJ4, I dig the plate frames! I used to write some of the manual content and inspection documentation for the C130 aircraft. What kind of hardware mods are you planning on doing? I've got an armrest storage organizer on the way and an oil catch can that I might install.
    I'd like an armrest organizer; it's looking like a junk drawer in there. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    Thanks guys! Got a few more small things on the way.

    CJ4, I dig the plate frames! I used to write some of the manual content and inspection documentation for the C130 aircraft. What kind of hardware mods are you planning on doing? I've got an armrest storage organizer on the way and an oil catch can that I might install.
    That's funny. They say brilliant minds think alike and birds of a feather and all that. I was FAIP out of Columbus for two years after UPT before going 435/FTS. We probably could talk shop.

    I'm eyeballing an oil catch can just the same. However, I'm wondering about specs and fitment issues with generic makes. Mazda says they have dealt with the issue using engineering prowess. I tend to trust them as engineers. At the same time, this particular iSkyactiv PCV system is a little different than traditional designs internally. Externally, you just splice into it with the catch can as you normally would. My concerns are whether or not adding the can will change the pressure inside the system enough to make a difference in what actually gets returned to the intake manifold for re-burn. Everyone is saying that large valve deposits in GDI engines are a thing of the past but that's only part of the problem historically. Honestly, I think some kind of Hybrid GDI/MPFI would be a proper solution.

    Have you picked a brand for your Can yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ4 View Post
    That's funny. They say brilliant minds think alike and birds of a feather and all that. I was FAIP out of Columbus for two years after UPT before going 435/FTS. We probably could talk shop.
    I wish I had the knowledge to, unfortunately were coming from two ends of the spectrum (doesn't help that I worked primarily on the Canadian Military C130s), haha. All of those acronyms "went over my head"

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ4 View Post
    I'm eyeballing an oil catch can just the same. However, I'm wondering about specs and fitment issues with generic makes. Mazda says they have dealt with the issue using engineering prowess. I tend to trust them as engineers. At the same time, this particular iSkyactiv PCV system is a little different than traditional designs internally. Externally, you just splice into it with the catch can as you normally would. My concerns are whether or not adding the can will change the pressure inside the system enough to make a difference in what actually gets returned to the intake manifold for re-burn. Everyone is saying that large valve deposits in GDI engines are a thing of the past but that's only part of the problem historically. Honestly, I think some kind of Hybrid GDI/MPFI would be a proper solution.

    Have you picked a brand for your Can yet?
    I just went with a generic one off of amazon. We'll see how it looks when it gets here. If I'm not comfortable with the build or if I can't figure out a good spot to mount it, I'll just flip it on kijiji.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    I wish I had the knowledge to, unfortunately were coming from two ends of the spectrum (doesn't help that I worked primarily on the Canadian Military C130s), haha. All of those acronyms "went over my head"
    That's ok, no problem. I still love the Hurk and was always a big fan of its JATO launch.


    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    I just went with a generic one off of amazon. We'll see how it looks when it gets here. If I'm not comfortable with the build or if I can't figure out a good spot to mount it, I'll just flip it on kijiji.
    Interesting. I'm kind of waiting to hear more from those who have already done it. I guess I don't necessarily want to be the guinea pig - but sometimes you have to. Like you said, if you don't like the build quality and filtration, you don't have to install it. All the best with the Can.

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    hey all,
    I don't know if u all have noticed but the glossy black plastic part that surrounds the gear selector is quite difficult to maintain in good shape, it scratches quite easily, any one of you guys have any idea if there is a replacement part for this? or after market mod parts?

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    Today: Car wash, bought and installed OEM all-weather mats, Waxed the pearl white areas, applied protectant on the external matte black plastics and applied leather conditioner...

    A few weeks before: Installed Phillips Ultinon H11 Fogs, Phillips Led Tail bulbs, Phillips Led Reverse bulbs and Interior LED bulb package...White light everywhere!

    Me: Happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatuno View Post
    hey all,
    I don't know if u all have noticed but the glossy black plastic part that surrounds the gear selector is quite difficult to maintain in good shape, it scratches quite easily, any one of you guys have any idea if there is a replacement part for this? or after market mod parts?
    Funny you mention that, I just ordered this over the weekend because of the piano black gear shift surround:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Mazda-C...taLCvl&vxp=mtr

    It says its for the CX-5, but I thought it might fit the 9 as well. I emailed the seller and they confirmed that it will, but who knows. I'll post when it comes in. The trim still looks new on mine, so hopefully I can keep it that way until this comes in. If this doesn't work/look good, I'm going to attempt a DIY CF wrap.

    Quote Originally Posted by 274HP View Post
    Today: Car wash, bought and installed OEM all-weather mats, Waxed the pearl white areas, applied protectant on the external matte black plastics and applied leather conditioner...

    A few weeks before: Installed Phillips Ultinon H11 Fogs, Phillips Led Tail bulbs, Phillips Led Reverse bulbs and Interior LED bulb package...White light everywhere!

    Me: Happy
    Nice! I really like the OEM all-weather mats. Do you have part/bulb numbers for the rear turn signal bulbs and the reverse bulbs? And did you use one of the guides on the forum to remove the tail light housing?
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    This weekend I spilled half of a large tray of crab rangoon that my wife made onto the floor of my CX-9 when another car cut in front of me.

    Can't believe how lazy some drivers are to shoulder-check before changing lanes.

    In other news, a set of in-channel window visors came in on Friday. I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging job that they had done, especially for what I paid. They weren't the cheapest set I could find, but they were a whole lot cheaper than the $386 CAD Mazda wants for a set that aren't even in-channel. We'll see if they're worth it when I install them later.

    Each bubble-wrapped pair of visors was secured to the box using packing tape and plastic ties, then empty space was filled with packing paper.

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    Visors came with detailed instructions and prep materials.

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    They also included a sun visor for good measure, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    This weekend I spilled half of a large tray of crab rangoon that my wife made onto the floor of my CX-9 when another car cut in front of me.

    Can't believe how lazy some drivers are to shoulder-check before changing lanes.

    In other news, a set of in-channel window visors came in on Friday. I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging job that they had done, especially for what I paid. They weren't the cheapest set I could find, but they were a whole lot cheaper than the $386 CAD Mazda wants for a set that aren't even in-channel. We'll see if they're worth it when I install them later.

    Each bubble-wrapped pair of visors was secured to the box using packing tape and plastic ties, then empty space was filled with packing paper.

    IMG_20180120_192302.jpg

    Visors came with detailed instructions and prep materials.

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    They also included a sun visor for good measure, lol.

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    Looks good, very comparable to the WeatherTech branded ones I had on my last SUV. Mind sharing the link to where you got it from as I don't want to spend $350.00 for OEM or the WeatherTech branded ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teknowiz View Post
    Looks good, very comparable to the WeatherTech branded ones I had on my last SUV. Mind sharing the link to where you got it from as I don't want to spend $350.00 for OEM or the WeatherTech branded ones?
    Sure, here's the link. Looks like they don't have any more in stock (on eBay).
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MIT-for-MAZ...53.m2749.l2649

    I also came across these ones, only $54 USD (but $45 USD shipping for me).
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/WellVisors-...FZGTbU&vxp=mtr
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