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If I had to do it again, I wouldn't get the Mazda OEM rubber mats. The rubber mats for my 2016 fit the 2018 so I've had them for a few years. It didn't take them long to loose their color.
Take them out, give them a good cleaning with a brush and Dawn Liquid Dishwashing soap. Let them dry and then use this.




It has no smell. Won't attract dirt and is not slippery. Great stuff. Will make your mats look like new again. I use it on anything and everything rubber on/in the car/truck.


Wiper blades, door gaskets, even the tires as it makes them look new. If you like shiny/wet looking tires then no, just makes them look natural like they did when they were new.

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Take them out, give them a good cleaning with a brush and Dawn Liquid Dishwashing soap. Let them dry and then use this.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It has no smell. Won't attract dirt and is not slippery. Great stuff. Will make your mats look like new again. I use it on anything and everything rubber on/in the car/truck.


Wiper blades, door gaskets, even the tires as it makes them look new. If you like shiny/wet looking tires then no, just makes them look natural like they did when they were new.

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Just order it.

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Ordered!

I'll take before and after pics.

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First mod!

I ordered 4 of these VLED bulbs for the door/map lights, trying out the new 5500K that was recently introduced. With the help of this thread (thanks again Byakuya), I was able to pop them in with no issue (no blown fuse, no scratches on the trim, etc.), and the results speak for themselves:





The bulbs are pure white, without a hint of blue, which is exactly what I wanted, and they're also MUCH brighter than the stock filaments.

I also went with this bulb for the trunk. Now before anyone else calls me on it, yes, I went with a 194 instead of a 74 bulb. This is totally and completely my fault, because I didn't double-check this thread for confirmation. However, I was able to actually use the 194 bulb after all. All I needed to do was to trim the plastic ends of the base inward all the way to the contact edges, and with a little force, I was able to pop it into the housing, and it works perfectly!




I'll add more pics at night as soon as I can, but even in daylight, they're quite bright. And of course, the quality and materials of these bulbs are second to none IMO. Worth every penny...
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I also went with this bulb for the trunk. Now before anyone else calls me on it, yes, I went with a 194 instead of a 74 bulb. This is totally and completely my fault, because I didn't double-check this thread for confirmation. However, I was able to actually use the 194 bulb after all. All I needed to do was to trim the plastic ends of the base inward all the way to the contact edges, and with a little force, I was able to pop it into the housing, and it works perfectly!




I'll add more pics at night as soon as I can, but even in daylight, they're quite bright. And of course, the quality and materials of these bulbs are second to none IMO. Worth every penny...
Oh my, I am glad you did this because I don't think any of the #74 bulb options are nearly bright enough to light up the large trunk in a functional manner. I have to wonder why Mazda decided to go with bulbs meant for gauges and speedometers in such a big area like the trunk. Will definitely go with the 194 and modify to fit.
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Oh my, I am glad you did this because I don't think any of the #74 bulb options are nearly bright enough to light up the large trunk in a functional manner. I have to wonder why Mazda decided to go with bulbs meant for gauges and speedometers in such a big area like the trunk. Will definitely go with the 194 and modify to fit.

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Beyond me why such a dim light for the trunk, though most of my cars have been this way.

I’ll have to try to mod a 194.


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I took a few cell phone pics when I got back from seeing some friends last night:






When I shut off the ignition and the lights went on, I literally jumped at how abruptly bright the LEDs were. Almost TOO bright!

Then I went to the back...


Pardon the mess, I've got some of my work equipment.

I don't think I'll ever have any issue finding anything in the trunk anymore, especially at night... lol
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I took a few cell phone pics when I got back from seeing some friends last night:






When I shut off the ignition and the lights went on, I literally jumped at how abruptly bright the LEDs were. Almost TOO bright!

Then I went to the back...


Pardon the mess, I've got some of my work equipment.

I don't think I'll ever have any issue finding anything in the trunk anymore, especially at night... lol
I'll def have to mod a 194 for the trunk light. Looks so good!

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That is really bright! Does it fade out like the incandescent bulbs did or is it just on/off now?
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That is really bright! Does it fade out like the incandescent bulbs did or is it just on/off now?
They still fade, but not as full or long.

Say the incandescent bulbs fade by counting down from 5,4,3,2,1,0.

I'd say the LEDs are 5,4,3,2.5,0.


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