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    Thanks guys, it seems like the way forward is to keep the stock swaybar and leave the aftermarket one for wall decoration. For the price I paid ($35) I'm not too worried if it doesn't get used

    It was a mongrel to get out, even with the engine and shocks out of the way, getting it in will be another big job and not something I'm too keen to do just yet.

    Current plan is to redo the bushes, boots and bump stops on the shocks and arms, install those and see how they go

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    Things you can fit in the back of a Mazda hatchback: (Not all at the same time )

    - 5 x road bikes and one on the towbar

    - 6x 54L bins full of parts and 4x 17 inch wheels

    - 8x 2+M lengths of wood, steel and other miscellaneous materials


    Moving house and garage means that the back of the Mazda has been working hard! It also means that I've had no time for doing anything major to the car


    I have, however, chased a few more clunks and rattles away, fixed a broken exhaust flange and welded in a flexy joint, and it's getting an oil/filter and spark plug change this week.

    I also took the Tokicos apart and it looks like all 4 are blown, none of the shocks rebound when compressed by hand Still, the springs are good and they'll go on sooner or later....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LankyKiwi View Post
    Things you can fit in the back of a Mazda hatchback: (Not all at the same time )

    - 5 x road bikes and one on the towbar

    - 6x 54L bins full of parts and 4x 17 inch wheels

    - 8x 2+M lengths of wood, steel and other miscellaneous materials
    Or 13 bundles of shingles.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pcb View Post
    Hella flush!!
    2002 Mazda Protege5
    ■ Sunburst Yellow ■ Black Rear Valence ■ Injen Cold Air Intake ■ Racing Beat Catback Exhaust ■ Moog Front Endlinks
    ■ Megan Racing Rear Strut Tower Bar ■ Racing Beat Rear Sway Bar ■ Mazda6 Front Big Brakes ■ Foglight Deletes
    ■ OBX 4-1 Headers ■ MP3 ECU ■ VTCS-less Intake Manifold ■ Mishimoto Aluminum Racing Radiator + Fan Shroud
    ■ AWR Trailing Arms


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    Quote Originally Posted by pcb View Post

    (Nearly) Instant lowering kit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LankyKiwi View Post
    (Nearly) Instant lowering kit!
    Yea but I ended up wrecking my bearings.

    I should have done two trips.
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    Opps....

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    Thankfully no bearing blowouts this weekend, everything moved without a hitch.

    However, the new place has a steep driveway to park the car on and the handbrake isn't quite cutting it


    How do we adjust handbrake strength on a protégé?


    Still need to do a service and find a rear suspension clunk/Squeak

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    Quote Originally Posted by LankyKiwi View Post

    How do we adjust handbrake strength on a protégé?
    There's an adjustment nut under the P-brake lever.

    Remove the plastic shroud around the handle to access it.



    My cables were so old, stretched and rusted that the adjustment nut was turned all the way and still no adequate braking.

    The cables were binding too leaving little pressure at the back.

    New cables fixed it.
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    Thanks PCB, much appreciated.

    I've a funny feeling that the adjuster is all the way in, might be time for new cables, if I can find a supplier

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    Rockauto has them.



    There's a third center piece as well.
    I reused mine, it was still working.



    I don't know how much shipping would cost for you or how your dollar compares but you can get a full price quote before you buy.
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    Does your SP 20 have disc brakes ??

    The cables for drum brakes are different. They have different lugs on the end of the cable.
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    There's also the parking brake pad adjustment screw on the calipers too isn't there? I would think the caliper adjustment would be done with the in cabin adjustment somewhere in the middle position to allow fine tuning from the cabin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzySP20 View Post
    There's also the parking brake pad adjustment screw on the calipers too isn't there?
    Yes, but if your rear calipers are working properly they should self adjust.



    The P-brake cable attaches to the operating lever that rotates every time you pull the P-brake handle.
    That rotation is what slowly adjusts the internal adjustment screw one notch at a time to keep your brake pedal at the proper height.

    If LankyKiwi can still get his P-brakes to do something then his calipers are probably working OK.

    In my case, the cables were binding so bad that the little return spring didn't have enough force to rotate the operating lever back after I released the P-brake handle.
    Then that caliper wouldn't release, then, as the pads wore down my foot pedal height started to change and the P-brakes stopped working.

    I Jerry rigged another spring on the attachment point to pull on the cable harder to keep it moving and self adjusting.




    Another thing LankyKiwi could do is, get in your car and push the brake pedal hard and hold it then operate the hand brake lever 40-50 times.

    This will make sure your rear calipers are fully adjusted and it might be enough to hold the car on your hill.
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    Thanks guys, especially PCB- Legend!

    Mine has disks on the rear, I'll get it up on stands on the weekend and have a poke around, hopefully I'll get a bit more out of the cables

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