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    Gen 2 “Fang” LEDs as DRL

    Alright Gen 2 dudes (and dudettes) does anyone know how to make it so the “fang” LEDs (just what I’ve been calling them, could totally be wrong) are your DRLs? From what I can tell currently the DRLs are just the headlights turned down a notch. Saw another gen 1 today with the LEDs around the headlight and got to thinking. Picture below for anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about. I’m posting from mobile so let me know if the pic doesn’t work.


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    There is a kit available from Japan that allows you to do just that.

    If memory serves, a Mazdas247 forum member bought a pair and think they described it in this thread:


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    That would be pretty cool. There has been a ton of heat on Mazda for not being able to turn off the lights at all while the car is running so there might be some info in all those hate threads.

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    Here is what the rest of the world gets - fang + light underneath:

    Quote Originally Posted by bigtex View Post
    Yeah, it looks like the Aussie's have an inboard DRL that is not on US spec cars that looks like it is on all the time when driving. But at least it's not the headlights.

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    One thing you can do is disable the DRLs, and then run your parking lights all the time. Then you'd have those great taillights on, too.
    I'm with you. I wish those accent lights were the DRLs, just brighter.

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    with accent lights should be brighter
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    Yeah I agree, wish the accents were more noticeable. Thanks for sharing that post Xeler, lots in there.

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    yea this is disappointing for me as well, especially when you look at the CX9 even in the US which has much brighter LED drls and the headlight doesn't run in conjunction with it. Not sure why they changed it for the CX5 when it worked so well for the CX9

    the DRLs look amazing at night but in the day they can be washed out and even have a yellowish tint to them but that might just be the way the sunlight hits the DRLs

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    Glad we get the leds under the accents for DRL
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    I think the 2016 model had brighter DRL accents.

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    Later half of KE had different (larger) DRLs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lbear View Post
    I think the 2016 model had brighter DRL accents.
    They are ridiculously bright.

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