One-of-a-kind Lifted Mazda CX5 on 31”s – Overland Off-road Build

One-of-a-kind Lifted Mazda CX5 on 31”s - Overland Off-road Build

Launched back in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has become a popular vehicle and favorable choice for many drivers worldwide. However, it was always considered as a softroader and urban-style crossover – mainly because of its Kodo design language and lots of other features intended for safe and enjoyable driving on the pavement.

Mazda CX5 off-road style roof rack / roof basket

Though, the model can be fitted with an all-wheel drive system that is good enough for you to feel comfortable behind the steering wheel driving on snow, sand and dirt. The only thing you still need to cope with is that the CX-5 is too beautiful to get covered in mud.

“The only thing you still need to cope with is that the CX-5 is too beautiful to get covered in mud.”

Lifted Mazda CX5 with overland style mods
Tires: BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 265/70R16 (equals to 31”)
AWD corssovers: Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX5, Lexus NX350
AWD corssovers: Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX5, Lexus NX350

However, Fūty Andersson Ōshima from Japan thought that the CX5 AWD crossover is good and capable enough to cope with off-road adventures and then made sure that his vehicle will do the job well. First and foremost, he lifted the CX-5 to clear the biggest possible tires to not harm the drivetrain and suspension size and installed proper wheels, being BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 265/70R16 that equals to 31” in common off-road sizing equivalent. As for the rims, the model runs on XTREME-J XJ04 16×8.0j 5×114.3 +18 matte bronz/black ones.

“First and foremost, he lifted the CX5 to clear the biggest possible to not harm the drivetrain and suspension size and installed proper wheels, being BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 265/70R16 that equals to 31”

Mazda Cx5 Off road wheels 265/70R16

Darche overland style side awning
Darche overland style side awning

Now, when the CX-5 has the needed traction to ride on any surface, it is needed to get all the necessary stuff with you. Here, side awning by Darche and Yakima roof rack come in handy. To add some finishing touches to the look, Fūty added Raptor-style Amber LED grille lights and custom black plastic fender flares. Now, his Mazda is completely off-road ready, besides it is one and only CX-5 off-road project taken to this level. Check Fūty’s Instagram profile to look at this unusual project by yourself and know more about his off-road adventures.

“To add some finishing touches to the look, Fūty added Raptor-style Amber LED grille lights and custom black plastic fender flares”

AWD Crossover off roading

Mazda CX5 BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 265/70R16 (equals to 31”)
Custom black plastic fender flares

Mazda CX5 2 inch lift and 31" off road tires A/T or M/T
Mazda CX5 off road mods

Mazda CX5 Specs

    • Tires: BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 265/70R16 (equals to 31”)
    • Rims: XTREME-J XJ04 16×8.0j 5×114.3 +18 matte bronze/black
    • Custom black plastic fender flares
    • Raptor-style Amber LED grille lights
    • Darche side awning
    • Yakima roof rack
    • Custom Lift kit: 2″ front, 3.5″ rear.

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Watch the progress and find out more about this Mazda CX5 off road adventure project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @futy_anderssons!

Mazda CX5 Amber LED grille lights

Related Parts & Mods

– Inspired by this Mazda CX5 build and looking to prepare your own crossover for off-road adventures? Some parts used in this build were sourced from custom shops or custom made, but our team has put together a list of similar products and accessories available online that may help you to achieve similar results:

Lift Kit

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Wheels

Keep in mind,  265/70R16 All terrain Tires are heavily oversized, so cutting or modifications may be required to make them work even with a lift kit! You can go with a smaller tire to stay on a safe side though.

We noticed that some CX5 owners order these spacers for a more aggressive off-road stance. Cutting/modifications may be required to run them.

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Awning

Off-road Lights

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    • The owner mentioned that he used custom strut spacers (installed by his local shop) I think you can DM him on Instagram to find out more about the kit. After a bit of research we found a Thema 4×4 40mm spacer lift for the late model CX5, you may want to check it out: https://amzn.to/3PdIN3g

  • I noticed that the parts list at the end of the article mentions 1.5” wheel spacers but there is no mention of the owner having installed wheel spacers on the build. Were wheel spacers required to prevent rubbing for the 265/70r16 tires? Or was the lift and the +18 offset on the wheels enough for the tires to fully turn without hitting anything? Asking because I’m about to do this same lift to my cx-5. Thanks

    • Hi, thanks for the comment! You’re right, the owner of this CX5 did no provide any info about the wheel spacers, but we added the spacers to this list because we noticed that some CX5 owners order them along with the lift kits. We don’t have any exact information on fitment or possible rubbing issues though.

      Most likely such wheel and spacer combo will rub and require some cutting, but it’s the price some drivers are willing to pay for the aggressive off-road stance. I recommend measuring your wheel wells and using Wheel-size.com visual tire fitment calculator to see if the wheel/tire/spacer combo you selected interferes with your suspension components and/or fenders. It will be a little more tricky to identify front tire rubbing on the full turn.

      265/70/16 tires are about 53mm larger compared to the stock CX5 tires (225/65/17 or 245/50/19). A 40mm lift kit should free up some space in the wheel wells for this tire, but cutting or modifications may still be required.

    • Any idea as to what amber lights he is using and also what front wind/bug deflector he’a got on? For the life of me i cannot find them online. Thank you!

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