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What have you done to your P5 today?

I replaced the stock shifter bushings including the 3rd link bushings with Kia bushings since they are better than the Mazda ones and cheaper than the Corksport bronzeoil ones. The 3rd link bushings weren't even there so my shifter had a very large amount of side-to-side play.

The shifter feels insanely better now. The side-to-side play is so little that I wasn't sure if I went into 3rd gear or if I slipped back into 1st!

I ran into a couple of issues, like the bolt through my TWM short shifter breaking off at the nut, but I was able to find something at Home Depot to make it work. Two of the four heat shield holes stripped out as well. I'm kind of pissed about that but I was able to make it work so it doesn't rattle like an MFer.
After 200k mine are sloppy. Do you have part #'s?
 

BenjiHoggi

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Oregon, USA
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22v Protege5
Well, yesterday, not today...Yanked out the stock a-pillar tweets and replaced 'em with aftermarket on angled housings.
Can you provide more info on this? My car came with a full system which was horribly done. Had to replace headunit and all four speakers, but I've still got the stock tweeters and I don't notice any sound from them at all. Thanks!

Benji
 
Can you provide more info on this? My car came with a full system which was horribly done. Had to replace headunit and all four speakers, but I've still got the stock tweeters and I don't notice any sound from them at all. Thanks!

Benji
I sent an email to a longtime friend of mine who happens to be the PO. I also sent him pix. So, for your benefit and anyone else, here's the text of the email and the pix I sent him.

Just finished a very satisfying little project in the P5. I pulled the LH tweeter on the corner piece on the door, and I couldn't hear anything unless I put it right up to my ear. The cone was stiff as a board, likely from heat/age. I had bought a pair of tweets (cheap 'Boss Audio') intending to mount them there before I realized there were tweets there already. So here's a little photo essay. I took of the pieces and examined them. I was happy to see that the grilles were held in by tabs, instead of molded in. I took them out, and made up a template of the opening out of thin cardboard. I then cut and formed two pieces of 10mm rigid PVC foam. This is great stuff, as you can cut, sand, drill, rivet, glue, melt it. I trimmed and filed them to fit the opening them melted a hole in the center for the connector, and drilled two holes to mount the tweeters on their included angle mounts. A little solder work and mounted them up, and the difference is HUGE. Clean, crisp treble. Ol' Blue Eyes never sounded so good.

Any questions, give me a holler.

Scott



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31N007

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Mazda Protege5
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I've got a build thread on a sister forum. Will either link it if allowed, or slowly copy over that thread as I'll be off work next week.

I have a list of things still to do. Rustproofing the interior panels is on that list, as well as cleaning it, as it's sat in a garage, uncovered, over the winter and it's looking filthy quite honestly.
 

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