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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
What brand led are they?
 

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August 5th update:

After a long-overdue, excellent two-week vacation out in Las Vegas, I came home to find the OEM splash guards, Weathertech side-window deflectors, and Weathertech Techshade had arrived.

Installing the splash guards was simple and easy, despite the 90-degree with oppressive dewpoint weather. Pics will follow, once I get the car washed up from sitting idle for two weeks.

The Techshade fits snug and tight, as has the previous version I had for my '10, and it's the typical Weathertech top-notch quality and materials that I've come to expect from them. The side-window deflectors will be installed soon also, after the previously-mentioned wash takes place.

As for the 6, it will hit 3000 miles tomorrow, and has yet to disappoint me in any way... :)
 

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Installing the splash guards was simple and easy, despite the 90-degree with oppressive dewpoint weather. Pics will follow, once I get the car washed up from sitting idle for two weeks.
I have mine coming in this week. Looks simple according to the installation instructions but real-life pictures always help!
 

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*drumroll*

You asked for them (or didn't, I don't care either way), you got them! Splash guard pics:









As mentioned before, quick and easy installation, using common hand tools and about an hour total (for all four corners). It took slightly longer installing the rears, since it was a tough reach to loosen up one of the bolts to pull the fender liner free.

One thing to double-check: the part number for the rear splash guards (GBVG-V3-460) is indeed different from the rear guards on '14-'17 models. I've noticed that some parts websites are mistakenly using the old part number for the '18s, or don't show them at all. So be sure to verify the correct part number before placing an order. You may even need to "kindly remind" the guy/gal behind the parts counter that yes, rear guards DO exist for the '18, and are different than the previous version.
 

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I didn't realize the 2018's came with Falken tires, how do you like them? I am pleasantly surprised they went away from the dreadful Dunlops but Falken still seems like an odd choice considering some of the other Mazda models come with Yokohoma. Any feedback on the feel and road noise from the Falkens?
 

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I didn't realize the 2018's came with Falken tires, how do you like them? I am pleasantly surprised they went away from the dreadful Dunlops but Falken still seems like an odd choice considering some of the other Mazda models come with Yokohoma. Any feedback on the feel and road noise from the Falkens?
I am not a fan. They put a SUV tire on a sports sedan. They have some road noise and feel out of their league at 80 mph.

Plan on taking off and replacing with Michelin sports as soon as I can find buyer for the Falkens.
 

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I didn't realize the 2018's came with Falken tires, how do you like them? I am pleasantly surprised they went away from the dreadful Dunlops but Falken still seems like an odd choice considering some of the other Mazda models come with Yokohoma. Any feedback on the feel and road noise from the Falkens?
They indeed are "SUV" tires, but they're hardly the worst set of OEM tires I've ever had on a 6. That honor goes to the POS Michelins that were standard equipment on both my previous 6's (my 2004 and 2010).

Pros: They're quieter and ride smoother than the Dunlops that were previously OEM. I've put 3K miles on them, and they track well on the highway in both the dry and wet, even over 80 MPH.

Cons: Dry traction when cornering above 8/10ths can get a little squirmy. Traction off the line is also lacking, although I've never made them squeal from a stop unintentionally.

IMO they aren't the best set of tires for a sporty sedan, but then again, nor is any other OEM tire, since they're meant to be a compromise between traction, handling, ride, fuel efficiency, and all-season driving.

I'm planning on replacing them well before they wear down to nothing, but they aren't as bad as I was expecting.
 

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My experience mirror's the admin's above. They're decent all around tires but don't expect to do any aggressive driving with them. They understeer quite early and definitely lack grip when you floor it off the line, but in daily driving, they're fine. They're quiet, comfortable and don't tramline over uneven pavement. And that squirm you'll feel if you take a turn too hot is definitely hair raising, I think part of it comes from the G-Vectoring that shifts the weight from the rear to the front making it feel like the rear end is loose. That being said, I've driven on much worse tires that I had to swap out immediately. The Falkens, I'll drive on till I wear it down a bit before I replace them.
 

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Took some time to install these yesterday.








So far, I like them. They look soooo much nicer and more upscale than the stick-on models that AVS or even Mazda offers. They may also be more expensive, but they're very high-quality and well-made.

The front window deflectors pop right in the track and fit tightly, without any wobble or looseness. The rears use an adhesive strip to attach to the underside of the top edge, and also pop into place...

One word of caution/warning: I discovered that the rear end (toward the trunk) of the rear deflectors had a large tab that didn't seem to fit entirely within the window frame, and basically shifted the entire deflector toward the B-pillar, so much that it could bend and "pop out" the black plastic trim between the front and rear door. I took a knife and trimmed off about 1/8" of the excess tab on both the rear deflectors, then popped them into place. This improved the fitment greatly, and don't place as much stress on the B-pillar plastic. I'm not sure if the revisions to the door weatherstripping for the '18 models caused the fitment to be shifted, but trimming the excess tab on the trunk end of the deflector seems to have worked.

Weathertech recommends that the deflectors "settle" into place for a minimum of 12 hours after installation, and I fully recommend that suggestion. Immediately after installation, the deflectors interfered with the windows rolling up fully about 75% of the time, so much that it tripped the safety switches and they rolled fully down by themselves. I could only close them fully via "tapping" the switch, without activating the auto-up. However, today, I had no such problem with the windows rolling fully down or up. The deflectors seems to have "molded" themselves into place quite well, especially in the hot sunshine and 90+ degree temps.

We'll see just how well they do throughout the CNY winter also. That, to me, is the ultimate test... :)
 

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They look good. I also was looking at the Weathertech deflectors, but I have never had these on any car before. Do you see a practical benefit from these or is it more about the looks?
 

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They look good. I also was looking at the Weathertech deflectors, but I have never had these on any car before. Do you see a practical benefit from these or is it more about the looks?
The benefits to these are more practical than just the looks.

The biggest benefit is that you can leave your windows open (about an inch or so) when parked. They keep rain from dripping in and spotting/ruining your seats, and the tint hides the fact that your windows are open. This is a HUGE benefit to cars with dark (or leather) interiors on very hot/humid days. Using these and a sunshield, they help to keep the car interior cooler and allow fresh air to circulate.

For most cars, they also provide extra wind buffeting when your windows are down while driving, and usually help to quiet the interior also.

I had these for each of my previous vehicles, except for my '10 Mazda6, and they were all very useful for me. I didn't get them for the '10 because Weathertech did not make an in-channel version of them, and other aftermarket stick-on versions covered up the chrome strip above the window, making them look tacky and unappealing...
 

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The benefits to these are more practical than just the looks.

The biggest benefit is that you can leave your windows open (about an inch or so) when parked. They keep rain from dripping in and spotting/ruining your seats, and the tint hides the fact that your windows are open. This is a HUGE benefit to cars with dark (or leather) interiors on very hot/humid days. Using these and a sunshield, they help to keep the car interior cooler and allow fresh air to circulate.

For most cars, they also provide extra wind buffeting when your windows are down while driving, and usually help to quiet the interior also.

I had these for each of my previous vehicles, except for my '10 Mazda6, and they were all very useful for me. I didn't get them for the '10 because Weathertech did not make an in-channel version of them, and other aftermarket stick-on versions covered up the chrome strip above the window, making them look tacky and unappealing...


That's good to know. I never really knew what the purpose was for these.


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Picked up some winter shoes already...

I picked them up Thursday from a seller on Craigslist and spent a few minutes cleaning them up today.

Now... Time to sell my old set of 16"s...
 

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Congrats on the purchase.. I have the same car but a Grand Touring Reserve.
So is mine. Is yours Deep Crystal Blue with black leather?

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Any chance you can post a large scale photo of your avatar please? (The shot of your 2018 headlight at night please?)
Here you go...

Let me know if you'd like anything else.
 

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