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    Stuff I did to my 2018 CX-9

    I bought my 2018 CX-9 in November. It was the right choice and has handled a couple of 700-mile one-way interstate trips with four people (my wife, two adult daughters, and me), daily 18-mile each way commutes, occasional third-row passenger duty, and miscellaneous hauling.

    -I'm a Midwesterner, and a big believer in dedicated winter tires. I had Blizzaks mounted on the original 20" Signature rims right before Christmas and the CX-9 was solid and steady on snow and ice. I felt very secure.

    -I had the original Falken all-season tires remounted on Liquidmetal Splice rims. I decided to leave the Blizzaks on the stock rims and put the regular tires on the new rims because 1) the Liquidmetal wheels are 10lb lighter each and they'll be on about 75% of the year, and 2) I think the Splice wheels look good. I switched back to the Falkens on Friday and it snowed this morning!

    -I had a hitch added so I could use an aluminum (welded) tray and cargo carrier. It was absolutely necessary for our 8-day home-for-Christmas trip with our daughters.

    -I bought Weathertech mats for the front and second-row seats. They smelled like cat pee when they were new, but they work great (and as you can see by the dirt, they were a good idea).

    -My wife bought me the official Mazda rear cargo mat. I like it a lot.

    -My brother bought me the retractable rear cargo cover. It should have been standard. I feel so much more secure if I have a briefcase or packages in the car.

    -I have a radar detector that gives me peace of mind and I added a dash cam to give me more. I got a little strip of aluminum sheet and bent it into a bracket so I could mount them both by the display screen (the dashcam is the horizontal cylinder on the back side of the screen). I wired both to the rearview mirror power connector and tucked the wires under trim.

    That's it for a while...I think!

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    I like what you've done there

    I just finished up my first New England winter with my 2018 on the OEM Bridgestones, and I don't plan to go through another winter on them. I never had any issue getting started from a stop, but turning was so-so and braking was really quite bad. I'd be in ABS after only a little brake pressure. I'm going to be due for another set of all-seasons by next fall, I'm probably going with Continental DWS06s which are hopefully better than the OEMs in the snow, but I'm thinking about a set of dedicated snow tires as well.
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    Looks great. The dealer actually included the rear cargo mat, and the pull shade in our original deal and I agree, they work well. I also had the hitch installed and it really does extend what you can carry and hold.

    I love your wheels and really inspires me to upgrade as well!

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    Looks great! Love the dashcam and radar mount setup, very very clean.

    You don't run into any issues with how low the dash cam is mounted? I was advised to mount mine high so the front of the car would be more visible. This is important when reviewing the footage so you can see how close a person gets when they cut you off or brake check you.

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    Those rims look nice on the CX-9. I would think it would be hard to find aftermarket that don't look too gaudy but you found them. Can I asked about what you paid for them? I may do something similar. I've got 8k miles on my 2018 GT AWD Falkens and I will be replacing those with a much better more performance oriented all season tire like the Michelin A/S3 +. I think the Falkens will be toast in 25k miles. We do a lot of high speed interstate driving and a fair amount of towing so maybe not even that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    Looks great! Love the dashcam and radar mount setup, very very clean.

    You don't run into any issues with how low the dash cam is mounted? I was advised to mount mine high so the front of the car would be more visible. This is important when reviewing the footage so you can see how close a person gets when they cut you off or brake check you.
    Hi. I agree that the dashcam mounting position is probably not perfect in terms of ultimate image framing. However, I was willing to compromise a bit in order to get that clean look. I took a still capture today to check the closeness I can get, and I can get the complete car ahead of me in the frame with about 2/3 car-length gap between us. I use the DDPai camera and the 140 wide angle lens makes a huge difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montanaman View Post
    Those rims look nice on the CX-9. I would think it would be hard to find aftermarket that don't look too gaudy but you found them. Can I asked about what you paid for them? I may do something similar. I've got 8k miles on my 2018 GT AWD Falkens and I will be replacing those with a much better more performance oriented all season tire like the Michelin A/S3 +. I think the Falkens will be toast in 25k miles. We do a lot of high speed interstate driving and a fair amount of towing so maybe not even that much.
    I bought the 20" Liquidmetal Splice wheels at my local Discount Tire store for $216 each. They were in stock. You can find them online for about $194.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montanaman View Post
    Those rims look nice on the CX-9. I would think it would be hard to find aftermarket that don't look too gaudy but you found them. Can I asked about what you paid for them? I may do something similar. I've got 8k miles on my 2018 GT AWD Falkens and I will be replacing those with a much better more performance oriented all season tire like the Michelin A/S3 +. I think the Falkens will be toast in 25k miles. We do a lot of high speed interstate driving and a fair amount of towing so maybe not even that much.
    I'm not sure if they're your style, but Vossen still has some wheels on closeout ranging from $700 to $1100 a set (depending on size).
    https://vossenwheels.com/blog/2018-w...closeout-sale/

    The only problem is that their stock is the limiting factor. For example, the CV7 is a nice wheel, but the only size in 5x114.3 they have that will clear the CX-9 suspension is the 22x10.5. The nice thing is that the set is only $700. Just another option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuman View Post
    I bought Weathertech mats for the front and second-row seats. They smelled like cat pee when they were new, but they work great (and as you can see by the dirt, they were a good idea).
    I have WeatherTech mats, too, for the front seats and rear cargo area. Mine came without the cat pee option.

    Interesting your comment about the retractable cargo cover. My previous cars (X5 and ML550) both came with cargo covers as standard, but both finished up with the covers removed and permanently stored in the garage. While they are handy for hiding what is in the back of the car, they also very much get in the way a lot of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrutz View Post
    I have WeatherTech mats, too, for the front seats and rear cargo area. Mine came without the cat pee option.

    Interesting your comment about the retractable cargo cover. My previous cars (X5 and ML550) both came with cargo covers as standard, but both finished up with the covers removed and permanently stored in the garage. While they are handy for hiding what is in the back of the car, they also very much get in the way a lot of the time.
    Interesting thought, I remember my Jeep Grand Cherokee (circa 1993), had one and you*re right it got in the way more than its purpose. Especially when you needed to load gear/materials. My wife says just use a dark blanket, bless her heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuman View Post
    I bought my 2018 CX-9 in November. It was the right choice and has handled a couple of 700-mile one-way interstate trips with four people (my wife, two adult daughters, and me), daily 18-mile each way commutes, occasional third-row passenger duty, and miscellaneous hauling.

    -I have a radar detector that gives me peace of mind and I added a dash cam to give me more. I got a little strip of aluminum sheet and bent it into a bracket so I could mount them both by the display screen (the dashcam is the horizontal cylinder on the back side of the screen). I wired both to the rearview mirror power connector and tucked the wires under trim.
    Zuman, yep, anti-radars - it's really necessary thing today... and if we talking about penalties for violation of speed limits, it's definitely better to prevent those things, and watch some radar detector reviews beforehand. In that way, cops will have no chances to catch you, when you play NFS in real world

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