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Mazda Protege Accessories and Modifications



  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    You could remove them, but you'd have to remove all the hardware bolted into the slots and get the trim pieces that are fitted into those slots (as the ones w/o roof racks are fitted).

    If your P5 came with a roof rack, it also should have come with some plastic pieces that plug the "holes" that are left when you remove the cross bars. It's much easier to just snap these into place than remove all the hardware.
  • matqc20matqc20 Posts: 2
    Hello. i have searched everywhere for the speaker depths on a 99 mazda protege. The reason is that I am buying a whole new audio system for my car ( about 4000$). I am wanting to put 2 x 6,5" component speakers in the front. Now in mazda protege's the speakers are 6x8... so I am going to have to make some mdf baffles so the speakers stay in place. I wanted to know the mounting depth of the factory speakers so I can choose some good 6,5" that will actually fit in the door. Thx.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545 shows 2+7/16" as the largest depth speaker they say will fit the front doors in a 1999 Mazda Protege. That web site will show you many speakers that will fit your Protege.
  • matqc20matqc20 Posts: 2
    The speakers I am getting are 2 3/4" .... do you think they will fit? If not... well I need to make a mdf baffle anyway.. so I could make the baffle like 1/2" so the speakers wont touch the door panel and will fit. I am also putting soem deadener and some overkill to kill vibrations and distortion.. that will also take about 3/4 of an inch if not more. I think the speakers should fit
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    I took a second look at Crutchfield and found that they offer two speakers with 2+5/8" depth that they say will fit 1999 Mazda Protege front doors. But that's not to say that there may actually be more depth than that available. Good luck.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • el_bagadorel_bagador Posts: 28
    i just bought a protoge5 ('03) with a stock stereo and 6-disc changer. i want to toss in an aftermarket unit with a digital input, so i can use my ipod effectively in the car. when i get a unit, will i also have to replace the changer? that would be annoying.

    i also have another question: i tried to remove the stereo myself with the din tools, since it seemed easy and i wanted to see if i could plug in a digital line to the back of it, but the din tools didn't work. i talked to a car audio guy, who told me the clips or whatever were probably bent, which is why the din tools didn't work, and that he'd have to "get creative". i think what he really meant was "get creative with the labor costs to see what you messed up". has anyone ever encountered this issue, and is there another way to get the stereo out? ugh.
  • el_bagadorel_bagador Posts: 28
    ok, well i figured that out...i needed another set of din tools. so that's all set.

    now another question: how do i get the silver mazda badge off the grill? i either want to replace it with a black one, or replace it with a black one.
  • i wonder if you can help me out. i am a novice at this, and am trying to see if i can get a digital line run from my ipod into the stereo.

    i cant get the stereo out..what are the "din" tools. where can i get them? how much should they cost?

    and, when i get them, will i be able to run an audio out line from my ipod somewhere into a stereo input jack?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    You can find these at any auto parts store, or even in most auto departments of discount stores, like Wal-Mart, Target etc.

    Look for ones that are compatible with Ford/Mazda factory stereos.

    On each side of the faceplate, there's a small plastic cover you have to pry off to expose the holes into which you stick the removal tools. Push each tool in until you feel clicks. You can then simply pull out the factory stereo, but pull it out slowly, as the cables attached to the rear don't have much extra length to them.

    For use with the factory stereo, you patch into the connector for the optional CD changer or cassette player. I don't know which pins they are - hopefully someone else here can provide the pin configuration?

    As for myself, I just put in an aftermarket head unit with a front AUX input jack. I connect my iPod with a stereo patch cable.

    Some aftermarket head units offer an accessory that lets you control the iPod from the head unit. This accessory usually plugs into the CD changer connector on the head unit.
  • gmoneigmonei Posts: 7
  • Are expensive plugs and wires like NGK or other brands worth it for performance? Also, is iridium any better that platimum? Thanks
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Why not go with what is recommended by Mazda? Based on what I've read, unless you do some extreme driving or racing, upgraded plugs and wires may not be worth the extra money. Of course, the companies selling these materials may see it differently. ;)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    You might get longer life with upgraded wires, but I haven't had a problem with the regular wires. I checked them every 15k miles (when I replace my plugs), and replaced mine @ 60k miles (mine measured 3500 and 4000 ohms when I replaced them - the new ones were around 1700 - replacement is called for if they exceed 7000 ohms, I think). I put on the miles slowly, so I'm still working on the second set. :)

    Anyway, avoid the multi-tip plugs (like Splitfire). They caused premature ignition and knocking in my '89 323LX. I went back the the 99 cent Champions and things went back to normal. I'd skip the other fancy types of plugs too.
  • I just finished my 4 hour process of pulling my deck on my 03'.
    I had the same problem, I went to local shop and we tried for about 30 minutes. I had to tear my cab apart to access from the back and the left side was indeed belt. This seems to be an awfully big coincidence. That's DIRTY!!
  • Anyone know where I could buy just the CD cage for my 03' Protege5?
  • Hey everybody. Im new so forgive me if I am a repeater.

    Im from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, and I own a 2001 Protege LX 2.0

    Im looking to turbocharge my mazda and was wondering if anyone has done the same to there baby? Was it worth it? How much fun was it to do?

    Does anyone know what kind of tolerences a stock 2.0L has when concidering turbo? Or maybe there is a place online where i could find stuff like that out?

    Love the forum. TTYL
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    The easiest way to turbocharge is to buy the Mazdaspeed 3 which gets you a 264 hp car. A cheaper way would be to buy the turbo "kit" from Mazda for the Mazdaspeed Protege, that gets you a 170 hp car. The cheapest and quickest way, may be to buy a used Mazdaspeed Protege.

    Alternatively, Mazda may eventually bring over one of their Mazda diesels which are reputed to have great torque.
  • Please send me an email with info will greatly apprieciate that.
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