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Anyone have the front bumper trim?

Anyone on here have it?
Would love to see some pics and find out how big a PITA it is to install?
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Its on my list and a few have done the install. This is the most recent one I recall and the install seems pretty straight forward.

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Test fitted the front lip..

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That's quite a decent looking lip - is it an official Mazda part? I see it matches the matte-finish side strikes. I nearly wish the front (chrome) grill was the same finish; sometimes it looks a bit off with the two metals clashing in appearance. Either all chrome or all brushed.

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Thanks for the pics it does look sharp.

Yes it is an official Mazda part.

VANDAL - I agree with you, the chrome bits on the car should all be the same finish. I am going to give my front grill the "brushed" look this weekend. I use a Scotchbrite 3M pad. I did it on my Civic I used to have and it came out great. Ill get some pics up when done.
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I would like to do both front and rear applications.

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Thanks for the pics it does look sharp.

Yes it is an official Mazda part.

VANDAL - I agree with you, the chrome bits on the car should all be the same finish. I am going to give my front grill the "brushed" look this weekend. I use a Scotchbrite 3M pad. I did it on my Civic I used to have and it came out great. Ill get some pics up when done.
Eager to see the results - do you DIY the "cut-out" for the grille? If anyone ever develops a pre-cut vinyl / stick-on for this I'd be first to buy.

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It does look sharp. My question is: How strong and heavy is that piece? Would it withstand a gentle thump against a high curbstone or dent in?

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It does look sharp. My question is: How strong and heavy is that piece? Would it withstand a gentle thump against a high curbstone or dent in?
Judging from looks it is most likely affixed using double-sided 3M adhesive (like double sided tape - if you've ever installed a trunk lip spoiler, same thing)

That stuff sticks like a b!tch and no bumps on the road could ever dislodge that. The only instance where it may potentially fall off is when temperature changes (gets cold) the glue loses some of it's bonding capabilities.

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OK so I bit the bullet today and ordered one from a dealer I had ordered all season mats from at a discount (no affiliation).

Right now they are on ebay for $206 shipped - cheapest I had seen prior to this was 250.

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Judging from looks it is most likely affixed using double-sided 3M adhesive (like double sided tape - if you've ever installed a trunk lip spoiler, same thing)

That stuff sticks like a b!tch and no bumps on the road could ever dislodge that. The only instance where it may potentially fall off is when temperature changes (gets cold) the glue loses some of it's bonding capabilities.
If it is 3M VHB tape (likely), most grades in that product line are rated for temperatures down to -35C and as high as +149C.

Adhesion quality and durability is highly dependent on getting the surfaces as clean as possible and, in some cases, using a promoter agent. 3M normally recommends using a fairly strong mix of isopropyl alcohol on a lint-free cloth for prepping the areas.
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