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

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

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

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

Jan. 24

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

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

Nice LX! The hot rod of Proteges!

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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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