Comp Engineering Student
- 2002 Mazda Protege5
Woohoo! I think you've nailed bang-for-buck suspension mods here.
How much swearing and finger contorting was needed to get the bigger bolts in?
Best of luck with the exams, keep us posted with what happens on race day!
Actually, dropping down the (very slightly) thicker grade-8 bolts was far easier than the last time! It fit the holes very nicely without scraping the threads, but it didn't jiggle around either. Just a perfect fit. With a washer on top and on bottom, the bolt and nut assembly barely gave me any problems. Plus, I've had lots of practice installing and removing this ghetto assembly, and have it down to a science now. My magnetic telescoping pick-up tool really came in handy!
And thanks--I'll need lots of luck with my exams, and even more with the race.
Hey good luck man. Springs and rear sway have always been my favorite mods on these cars.
Thanks man; I can see why. Any chassis/suspension mod on this car does perhaps twice as much as any other car. With the lowering springs and my swaybar back in, let's just say that I beat my record on the twisty road nearby...
More hood progress! I finally got to use the random orbital sander, and it probably saved us upwards of four or so hours of work. Here's what it looks like now:
Almost stripped and clean. That clearcoat's incredibly thick and stubborn to remove, and some of the contours of the hood are hard to get with the sander, so there's a lot of work left to do. I learned that you can safely use acetone on fiberglass, so once I'm done with the carbon fiber part, I'll just chemically strip the rest of it. I'm also thinking about adding some extra wire mesh in the holes, since it feels empty without it.
Here's a closeup, detailing the stubborn clearcoat and the exposed carbon fiber: