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Oh man, that's a hell of a question right there. I'd post that as a fresh question instead of following in a thread.
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Changed my oil today and, once again, had the notion reinforced that I need to convert to a spin-on filter. Why? Because I have a propensity for cleaning the cartridge housing, along with replacing the O-ring for both it and the drain plug, before reinstalling the housing. It's a few moments later when I realize I forgot to put the filter cartridge in the housing.


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I never changed my drain plug o-ring, because I only ever opened it once, and never again. I changed the cartridge o-ring every time, though.

Fast forward about a year since I did my conversion, and I am way happier with doing oil changes now that I have a "normal" filter again. Still a very worthy mod in my book.
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I never changed my drain plug o-ring, because I only ever opened it once, and never again. I changed the cartridge o-ring every time, though.
I change the plug O-ring because I always drain the cartridge housing first. I then wash all parts in my parts washer after removing the O-rings.

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Fast forward about a year since I did my conversion, and I am way happier with doing oil changes now that I have a "normal" filter again. Still a very worthy mod in my book.
Is the filter short enough to clear the engine shield? That's always been a concern.

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The large "splash guards" or under cover (if applicable for the platform) on most vehicles that have the large ones cover much of the under chassis were primarily designed for aerodynamic's. If an oil filter is that low I would simple leave the smaller access panel cover in the under cover off . Always check the ground clearance of adapted new parts . I have installed (test fit)a oil filter adapter (also has #10 oil lines in and out and fittings) on my 2018 2.5 and even with the almost 2 inch spacer there is still plenty of room for the "SPLASH GUARD"(mazda under cover.)
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I change the plug O-ring because I always drain the cartridge housing first. I then wash all parts in my parts washer after removing the O-rings.



Is the filter short enough to clear the engine shield? That's always been a concern.
Yes, it is. The spin-on filter is standard on the 2.0L models and it clears. I've had the spin-on conversion on my car for around 5 years and I've never had any issues. I noticed that your car is an automatic so you may needs a different adapter than what is shown. I recall reading that automatic cars have an oil cooler integrated into oil filter adapter/housing so you would probably have to get one from an automatic 2.0L model to have the correct fit. Of course, confirm that its the case before spending your money.
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Sorry for resurrecting this thread. I recently sold my Mazda3 and bought another 1st gen. Got the gasket (LF02-14-342) but when delivered, the bag actually had 4 gaskets stuck together.

Anyone still looking at this thread going to do this conversion? I have no use of 3 extra gaskets and the dealer said it's more expensive to return to them than it is worth.
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