Started on Jan. 24 by Carson

1994 Mazda Protege LX

After months of searching for a BG Protege and deciding I’d take any BG model as long as it wasn’t automatic or that horrible Tropic Emerald green, I found a screaming deal on a ‘94…automatic…in Tropic Emerald. I bought it with a bad transmission (planning to swap out to a manual anyway). Still made the 30 mile drive home! Very clean otherwise. This will be a rallycrosser and daily driver.

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April 29
Window vents.

I made some vents out of some scrap Plexiglas. The filter element isn’t installed in …

April 29
Harnesses!

Picked up two sets of Schroth Rallye 4 harnesses to keep me better planted in …

April 18
Rallycross 18 Apr

I just realized I never posted any pictures of the car all kitted up. I’ll …

March 21
Progress from early March pt 2

I mounted my poor man’s rally tires (snows and tubes) on some BMW bottle caps …

March 21
Progress from early March

I took out the stock seats and replaced them with the Miata seats. A lot …

Feb. 06
Progress from 6 February 2010

Today I finished up some of the final touches on the gearbox swap. I bled …

Jan. 29
Progress from 29 January 2010

My brother got me some NB Miata seats that I’m going to try to use …

Jan. 29
Progress from 28 January 2010

After a lot more difficulty than I anticipated, the manual pedal assembly is in! I …

Jan. 24
Game on

To escape the cold after working on the Protege, I built this set up to …

Jan. 24
Progress from 23 January 2010

Finally some warmth! Junk yard shift linkage out of a 2000 Escort installed with fresh …

Jan. 24
Goats!

These guys showed up while I was working wondering what all the commotion was in …

Jan. 24
Progress from 16 January 2010

Old transmission out, newly resurfaced junkyard flywheel and new clutch installed. The new transmission is …

Jan. 24
Progress

Started work a couple weekends ago pulling the old auto out. I had to really …

Jan. 24
Gearbox

An afternoon at the junkyard yielded a $90 transmission out of a ‘95 Escort GT.

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Comments
Teqnyck
Feb. 3, 2010, 12:47 a.m.

Nice LX! The hot rod of Proteges!

MiatarPowar
April 8, 2010, 9:41 a.m.

You talk about wanting a Sonett. I talk about missing my Protege. Hrmmmm. If only my Sonett weren't so rusty. Its nice to see someone taking care of another BG. I'll have another someday.

4Msfam
April 13, 2010, 3:07 a.m.

So, did you have to drill new holes for the Miata seat brackets or did the brackets bolt right on where the old ones were!

carson
April 13, 2010, 9:59 a.m.

4Msfam, basically, I used some thin steel flat stock and bolted that to the Protege rails and then bolted the seat to the flat stock. If I remember correctly, there is about a 3" difference between the factory Protege rails to the Miata seats. It isn't quite as straightforward as it sounds but that's the gist. I'll see if I can get some pictures up.

cghstang
April 30, 2010, 2:45 p.m.

The window vents are awesome! If they prove to function well, post up some more details please!

wizkid971
June 20, 2011, 3:57 p.m.

I am a newb, please help!! I have a 94 protege lx 5 speed, and i want to rally cross it. Did u ever try the zx2 springs? if so how did it compare ?i have grs struts new, and i dont want to use stock springs. i am building mine now, and i would really appreciate help, since we have the same car. Also, do u have a list of everything you did for rally as far as upgrades, and essentials. Thanks in advance

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