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I have a Mazda 3 that doesn't have a map light. To clarify, thats the light above the rearview mirror, in between the sunvisors. I'm not trying to change a bulb or anything, i'm looking for help on installing the actual map light.

I bought a map light from a wrecked mazda 3. I plan on cutting a hole and installing the lights, but i'm not familiar with wirings and its always a scary thing for me to play around with.

Anyone have information or guidance would be greatly appreciated. If it matters, i have a 2004 Mazda 3 without rain sensors. I do have a center dome light though :).
 

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I never knew it was an option to not have a Maplight, can you take a picture of this ?

Is there anything there, I cant see this being easy without the proper connections already up in the headliner.

I guess you could just run your own power source though.
 

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[quote author=icspots link=topic=137671.msg2968531#msg2968531 date=1235923871]
You'd also need the bracket behind the headliner for the maplight to snap into.
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Isn't that bracket for the wireless receiver/keyless entry?

From pictures on this forum, the map light looks like it is "clipped" onto the headiner? There's the metal brackets that clip into the headliner from what i see... but correct me if i'm wrong.
 

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[quote author=Swoosh_M3 link=topic=137671.msg2978681#msg2978681 date=1236302502]
[quote author=icspots link=topic=137671.msg2968531#msg2968531 date=1235923871]
You'd also need the bracket behind the headliner for the maplight to snap into.
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Isn't that bracket for the wireless receiver/keyless entry?

From pictures on this forum, the map light looks like it is "clipped" onto the headiner? There's the metal brackets that clip into the headliner from what i see... but correct me if i'm wrong.
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Yup, you're wrong. The spring tabs on either side of the maplight do rest against the headliner, however they're actually holding lateral pressure against the metal bracket up there.
 

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hmmm, i'd get a battery powered maplight (with the flexible tip), clip it to the visor, and leave the headliner alone, lol.
 

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just get a gentex auto dimming mirror with map lights. Be sure to select the correct wedge base style mirror

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GENTEX-AUTO-DIM-MIRROR-GENK31-w-COMPASS-TEMP-MAP-LIGHTS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1171Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem56311dc9a3QQitemZ370191223203QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

I was frustrated for 3 years now to make the same map light mode as you, I also did a search in the mazda epc us 2008 for parts, but it's not sure if our base model has the same roof harness like the models witn the map lights. And the idea of cutting the roof upholstery made me loose my sleep!

So I integraded w5w 1 watt white leds to my existing snap-on wider hands free mirror.
I powered it up from the sigarette lighter and the result is this:







front mirror lights only



mirror lights + 6watt white led cluster. =360 lm in total




 
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