I haven't received my Protege yet, but its coming! I was just curious what kind of modifications others out there have done to get more performance from the engine. Headers, exhaust, etc. What about modifications to the exterior? Anyone add side skirts, better headlights?
#4 of 1221 Protege Mods on my 2000 ES Protege (so far...)
Feb 21, 2001 (8:30 am)
I'm not your normal teenager modification freak, but I do like to modify things a bit. Here's what I've done so far:
- PIAA Platinum white H4 bulbs 80w/80w actual (equivalent to 100w/130w halogen)
- J-Spec Clear corner lamps
- K&N Replacement air filter
- Bosch Platinum +4 plugs (isn't it funny how the "Platinum" theme has become so common for cars?)
- Factory mudguards, all four wheels
- Factory nosemask
- Factory cargo net
- Factory foglights
- J-Spec Sport20 Strut tie bar
- Tinted windows 35% in front/18% rears
- Dashmat (a necessity in Arizona)
- Additional carpeting to cover the EXPENSIVE factory floormats and in the trunk. I used rubber-backed all-weather carpeting in a dark gray color. It looks great!
- 17" rims and tires
- Thicker sway bars
- Upgrade the factory speakers/add subwoofer
Or I may just trade in my 2000 ES for a 2001 MP3 when it comes out. It depends on how well my new job pans out.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the mods, I posted some about the strut bar in the Mazda Protege topic. It's not a mod for the "faint of heart".
Plasma Blue lights- looking to get the green.
Viper 550 alarm system with encrypted remote start/lights/doors
Custom brushed alluminum pedals
FuelMax (haven't put it on yet, we'll see if it works)
I want to get and am searching for advice/information on...
Those European Tail light sets
Performance Ignition Wires
Performance Spark Plugs
I was looking for factory fog lamps. Any idea where to get them, how much and how difficult/Easy to install?
The Platinum plugs... I've heard good and bad things about replacing your factory plugs with afetr market ones. What are your thoughts on that? Also what about ignition wires. I was thinking that would be my next upgrade.
those jspec clear corner lamps speedypt mentioned, is there anywhere else on the web i can get them beside www.procarparts.com or ebay? I keep getting outbidded by people willing to pay more than what procarparts sell them for. Also, are those lamps the exact same ones as they use in japanese version of the protege(aka Familia), meaning they're OEM parts directly from Mazda, or are they aftermarket parts from a 3rd party manufacturer.
Heres just a little mod I did to my car and although it's simple, it does look a little cool.
Unscrew the two plastic covers that are in the front of the vehicle where the fog lamps should go.
Wash them so they are really clean.
Lay out a few newspapers on the ground in a well-ventilated area
Use Chrome Enamel or Acrylic car spray paint (for bumpers & trim) and spray into a newspaper until you have a small amount of liquid paint coating a large enough amount of the newspaper. (not too much- you don’t want dripping).
Lay the face of the plastic covering that has the XX fence pattern down in the paint for a few seconds. Then lift. Too much paint will make the paint drip when you turn it over, so use small amounts of paint and go for a second coat when the first one dries.
The effect you are going for hear is that the XX pattern on your plastic cover will be silver or chrome on the very edged, and will look like metal grating. It’s a cool effect if you don’t have fog lights.