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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    My P5 is no more. A summer and a half of monday nights on the track finally took its toll on the rusty unibody :( Luckily the engine will be transplanted into a buddy's msp, but the rest of it will be sent to the crusher.
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Spent the better part of the day working on it. I finally replaced my broken parking brake linkage and the battery. I used a size 26R battery instead of the stock size since it's the smallest one I could find that wasn't crazy-expensive. I also installed a Progress rear anti-roll bar and some...
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Finally hooked up the steering column tonight and realigned the clockspring. You'll be happy to hear that it makes quite a big difference! I no longer have to fight with the car around low speed corners. Parking is still a bitch, but not as bad as it used to be. Overall I'd say it was worth the...
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Suuuure, just fly me down and I'll do it for free :D I'll report back once I get the steering column connected to the pinion u-joint.
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    ^-- Those are some seriously nice pictures! Looks like you got your money's worth on those pads ;) Over the weekend I removed the steering rack to depower it. What a pain in the ass. It's mostly done, I just need to reconnect the steering linkage inside the car. Pics: http://imgur.com/a/UL4eA
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    ^Thanks again, if I get around to doing it before him I'll post some pics.
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    JaLMP5 Build/Progress Thread

    Sub-a-dub-dub.
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    That's the confirmation I was looking for, thank you!
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    My P5 is still alive! Today I ordered a bunch of parts to get it ready for lapping season: front brakes, end links, and a beefy rear anti-roll bar. Yesterday I managed to loosen the steering rack bolts, in an effect to properly depower the rack. A lot of people I spoke to say to just loop the...
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Have a look here: http://www.floptical.net/mazda/service_web/
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    Protege5: Harder, not Smarter!

    This project is incredible, thanks for all of the awesome updates!
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    Does your Alt. belt squeal ????

    That's one heck of a wall of text; I'll do my best to answer what I can. So crappy remans and possible over-tightening was the reason for the multiple alternator failures. The thing is, if the alternator was properly rebuilt with quality bearings then even if the belt was a little on the...
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    Does your Alt. belt squeal ????

    I gotta agree with tweety2300 on this one, reducing the alternator field current is not a solution to this problem. You'll just end up draining your battery. You need to address the root cause of the problem, either your belt is worn/insufficiently-tightened, the alternator is bad (4...
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    Protege5/protege part out!

    PM'd for sway bar
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Started it (or tried to start it) for the first time in over a month. The -20C temps have taken a toll on the 6-year-old battery because it didn't even turn over. So I plugged it into my big-ass battery charger and after 5 minutes of charging (at 20A!) it turned over pretty well (with help of...
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    I hope you have an impact wrench and a pickle fork, those things are a bitch to remove!
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Yep, don't get dorman or beck/arnley LCAs, I've had the pleasure of purchasing both brands and wouldn't recommend either. I've never seen the Mevotech parts, but the rest of the stuff they sell is Chinese junk so I wouldn't risk it. Spend the extra money for MOOG (or worst-case Deeza) parts...
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    ^Excellent work! Bravo sir :)
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    What have you done to your P5 today?

    Brought a tree home in it. Its incredible how cold and how windy it is inside my P5 on the highway. Oh well, heaters are for wimps :P
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