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I hate the factory gauges, is there anything better?
I'm trying to install the indiglo gauges, how do I remove the needles?
Ok, I tried installing the indiglo gauges and I DID break the needles. Can I
  get replacements?

I have a Protegé DX and would like to have a tachometer. What can I do?
I want a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, is it ok to remove the air bag?
I want to keep the air bag/My local regulations do not allow me to remove the air
  bag. What can I do to have a 3-spoke leather steering wheel and an air bag?

What is the stock steering wheel size?
Could I add rear cup holders into my 3rd generation Protegé?
I like the silver center dashboard trim piece in the 2001-2003 Protegé ES/5.
  Where can I get this for my 3rd generation Protegé?

What is the shift knob thread pitch on the shifter on the Protegé?
I live in a wet climate area and would like to have more control over my windshield
  wipers. Is there anything I can do?

I have allergy problems, can a cabin air filter be installed into my car?
Is "ozone friendly" R134a air conditioning retrofit available for the 1st generation?
I live in a hot climate area and my air conditioning isn't cold enough. Can I improve the
  system performance any?
Is there a child seat anchor kit ?


I hate the factory gauges, is there anything better?
    Speedhut just released a set of indiglo gauges for the 1st and 2nd generations. There
    are also a few companies who make
colored face gauges. (Inoxodine makes them
    and are available from www.nopi.com )

    Indiglos are available for the 3rd generation cars, but can also be
    modified to fit into a late 2nd generation model (1997-1998).

    If you have a 3rd generation, you can get a new white gauge cluster from a
    2001 Protegé ES model or Protegé 5. It is off white, non-gloss face with
    black lettering. For further selection, 2002.5 and 2003 ES/P5 models have silver
    faced gauges with black lettering. The MazdaSpeed model also has the silver faced
    gauges but have "MAZDASPEED" printed on the tachometer. The 2003.5 Mazda-
    Speed's gauges also have bright silver painted needle hubs. All of the above gauges
     turn dark gray/black at night with red lettering.

    For you early 2nd generation owners (1995-1996), a Mazdaspeed gauge cluster
    assembly is available. It is built to OEM specs and offer the same features
    as the 2001 ES gauge, except the letterings are always red. Scale is in
    Metric (kilometers) only unfortunately. Speedometer goes up to 220km/h (140
    mph). The part number is QDB5-44-40Z. A carbon-look bezel was also sold
    by MazdaSpeed and fits into the gauge cluster to complete the sporty look. The
    part number is 9DP5-55-446.


I'm trying to install the indiglo gauges, how do I remove the needles?

    DO NOT pull the needles out, they will break! Breaking them will be a very
    expensive experience for you (read below)! You will have to take apart
    the cluster and gauges from the back to get the needle out. Bruce Scott
    had a how-to on his page, but it's no where in sight at this moment.


Ok, I tried installing the indiglo gauges and I DID break the needles. Can I 
get replacements?
    Sorry, the needles for the gauges are not available as separate parts.
    Unfortunately, you will have to shell out $250+ to get a new gauge cluster
    from your local dealer. If you have a 3rd generation car, you might as well
    take the chance to get the 2001 ES gauges.


I have a Protegé DX and would like to have a tachometer. What can I do?

    You can either get an aftermarket tachometer or get an OEM gauge
    cluster thas has one.
    1st generations:
      A gauge cluster from a wrecked DX with convenience package should
      have a tachometer. It should have a 6000rpm redline. If you are unable
      to locate the gauge cluster, you can get the gauge cluster from the LX
      and swap the tachometer. The 6000rpm tachometer's part number is
      BR73-55-461 and can be ordered at any dealer.

      If you have a 4WD model, you can do the same as above but here are
      the additional parts you'll need to make everything work perfectly:
        BA3T-55-445 warning lights panel
        BA1E-55-444 warning lights panel
        B529-55-443 4WD warning light circuit board
    2nd & 3rd generations:

      Just get the gauge cluster from a wrecked LX. 1999 owners must get the
      tachometer equiped gauge cluster off of another 1999 due to electronics
      and overall differences in the newer 3rd generations' gauge clusters. 3rd
      generation owners must pay attention to whether they have keyless entry
      or not, because a gauge cluster off of a keyless entry equiped car will not
      work with one without it or vice-versa!


I want a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, is it ok to remove the air bag?

    Yes, removing the stock steering wheel with air bag and replacing it with an
    aftermarket steering wheel will work. Just remember to use your seat belts!
    Remember without an airbag, you have one less safety measure. In most areas,
    removing an air bag steering wheel (permanently) is illegal for the dealer or
    mechanics but is legal for the owner to remove the device. In some other
    areas, it is completely illegal to mess with the air bag. Please check with
    local regulations first! After removing the air bag, the air bag light WILL
    come on, unless you add a 2.5Ω resistor. Resistor will fool the computer
    into thinking the air bag system is working and thus your passenger side airbag,
    side impact airbags, and seat belt pretensioners will still be functional.
    Mazdaspeed used to sell steering bosses that included the air bag light defeating
    resistor pack these were made by Momo (and thus you maybe able to find the
    same thing from Momo). The part numbers are:
    QDS5-32-98X for BHA/CBA (2nd generations) models
    QNB1-32-98X for BJ (3rd generation) models, may fit Mazda3s
    QGF1-32-98X alternate part for BJ (3rd generation) models, does not have
                             correct harness for horn button connection.
    If your aftermarket steering hub does not come with an air bag resistor, do not
    directly insert the resistor into the air bag harness connector. The shorting bar in
    the connector prevents a proper connection. The best thing to do is to find a car
    at the junk yard with a blown air bag and cut off the connector from that air bag.
    Solder the 2.5Ω resistor to it and protect it with a small plastic box or heat shrink.
    It is also a good idea to cut the horn connector off of the blown air bag also to
    allow "plug and play" connectivity with your vehicle's harness.
    Since Protegé's are not popular cars, many places do not have a stereing hub
    listing for them. However, ones for the 93-97 MX-6/Ford Probe are compatible
    with the 2nd generation Protegé, and the ones for the 99-05 Miata are compatible
    with the 3rd generation Protegé.

I want to keep the air bag/My local regulations do not allow me to remove the air
bag. What can I do to have a 3-spoke leather steering wheel and an air bag?

    If your stock steering wheel does not have cruise control buttons, then your
    life will be easier. You can get the OEM Nardi steering wheels from the 99-03
    Miata, 96-02 Demio, or MP3. The 99-02 RX-7 steering wheels will also work
    with a washer, otherwise it will interfere with the turn signal's operation. These are
    high quality, leather wrapped steering wheels with Mazda air bags  that will plug in
    to your car's air bag system without problems. If your steering wheel does have
    cruise control buttons, then your only choice is to get the steering wheel from the
    Protegé 5. The Protegé 5's steering wheel is not a Nardi steering wheel, even
    though it is styled in a similar way. It also has built in cruise control buttons.
    Remember air bags are expensive, as well as OEM steering wheels. You'll probably
    save 1/3 the cost if you get a steering wheel from a junk yard (which most likely the
    air bag has been used already) and then getting a new air bag from the dealer. These
    OEM steering wheels do add a nice factory and performance touch to your interior,
    but it is VERY expensive (around $800).


What is the stock steering wheel size?
    For 1st generations:
     3 spoke plastic steering wheel (US/Canada): 380mm
     3 spoke plastic steering wheel (GT-X): 370mm
     3 spoke Momo leather steering wheel (Japanese option): 365mm
     3 spoke Momo leather steering wheel (from GT-R/GT-Ae): 360mm
    For 3rd generations:
     4 spoke plastic steering wheel: 380mm
     3 spoke leather/plastic steering wheel: 370mm


Could I add rear cup holders into my 3rd generation Protegé?

    Yes, you can get a rear cup holder kit from a Japanese Familia. The rear cup
    holders are available as a dealer option in Japan, Europe, and Canada. It fits at
    the back of the center console where the plastic panel is. Please check with a
    importer to see if they can import one for you.
    The part number is: B25F-V0-890A (off-black) and B25F-V0-890S (grey)


I like the silver center dashboard trim piece in the 2001-2003 Protegé ES/5.
Where can I get this for my 3rd generation Protegé?

    If you have a 2001+ model, you can get the silver trim piece kit listed in the 2002
    Protegé Performance Accessories. The part number is 0000-88-C02_-KT and
    retails for $147. This kit also includes the power window control trim, and center
    console with cup holder trim. The brochure says it is for manual transmission cars
    only, but you can ignore it because it will fit automatic cars. To install the center
    console trim piece into an automatic car, you will have to pry (carefully!) off the
    garnish bezel to remove the original black trim and replace it with the silver one.
    Remember to reinstall the garnish bezel after installation!
   
    If you have a 1999-2000 model, you can still get a silver center dashboard trim
    piece by importing one from a 1999-2000 Familia S-Wagon Sport20. The layout
    of the controls is the same and should be a direct fit. The part number is:
    B28V-55-210-20


What is the shift knob thread pitch on the shifter on the Protegé?
    All years of the manual transmission equiped Protegé uses the thread pitch of
    M10x1.25mm. The MP3 uses a thread pitch of M8x1.25mm. All ActiveMatic
    equiped Protegé's also uses the M8x1.25mm thread pitch on the shifter.


I live in a wet climate area and would like to have more control over my windshield
wipers. Is there anything I can do?

    A variable intermittent wiper control lever can be installed to provide fine tuning
    of the time interval of the intermittent wiper setting. The European
    spec 1st generation's control switches will fit into non-cruise control equiped 1st
    generations. The wiper controls will have to be disassembled from the whole
    control stalk unit as well as the control unit. These two parts will have to be
    swapped out to the European spec ones. They will not swap into cruise control
    equiped cars because they are not electrically compatible and will not fit into the
    housing. Many 2nd generations did not come with variable intermittent wipers
    worldwide, and thus tracking down the controls is extremely difficult. For a 2nd
    generation to be modified to have variable intermittent wipers, the whole control
    stalk unit has to be replaced because the light controls and the control modules
    are assembled as one piece. Fortunately, as part of the corporate cost cutting
    measures, some of the parts from the MPV, Tribute, and European 626 are
    interchangable with the 3rd generation Protegé's. Of those parts, the wiper
    controls from those cars can be swapped into the 3rd generation Protegé's. The
    control lever from the 97-02 European 626 sedan will fit into all 3rd generation
    sedans. This part must be imported from an importer. Only the control lever
    from the 99+ MPV, 2000+ Tribute, or 97-02 European 626 wagon/hatchback
    will work with the Protegé 5 and can be purchased locally. On Mazda3's, you
    will have to get your dealer to reprogram your PJB (power junction box) module
    after upgrading your wiper switch. This is due to the fact that the wiper motor
    itself is computer controlled and the wiper switch has no direct connection to the
    wiper motor!
    The part numbers are:
    1st generations (non-cruise control only):
      BS08-66-128A variable intermittent wiper lever (European spec)
      BB0W-66-120 variable intermittent wiper lever w/rear wiper (European spec)
      BS08-66-123 variable intermittent wiper switch & control unit (European spec)
    2nd generations:
      BC5F-66-120E combination switch unit (from 94 European 2nd generation)
    3rd generations:
      GE6M-66-128 variable intermittent wiper lever (from 97-02 Euro 626 sedan)
      GE6V-66-128 variable intermittent wiper lever with rear wiper control (from
         99+ MPV, 00+ Tribute, 97-02 European 626 wagon/5 door hatchback)
    Mazda3
       BR9E-66-128 variable intermittent wiper lever (for sedan)
       BR9N-66-128 variable intermittent wiper lever w/rear wiper (for hatchback)
     You must have the PJB reprogrammed by your dealer in order to gain the variable
     intermittent functionality!


I have allergy problems, can a cabin air filter be installed into my car?
    On 3rd generation Protegé's you can import the necessary OEM parts to enable
    the use of a cabin filter. 2nd generation Protegé's also had this option in Europe
    but the evaporator unit design and supplier is completely different from the US
    version's. Therefore the whole evaporator unit will have to be imported. Due to
    the technology being reserved for luxury cars in the early 1990's, 1st generation
    Protegé's will need a custom or aftermarket solution. Mazda3's already have the
    placeholder for a filter, so getting it done means a mere purchase of the filter and
    installing it. 3rd generation Protegé's and Mazda3's have the aldehyde filter
   option overseas. This filter not only filters pollen but many common air pollutants.
    On cars that had this feature offered overseas, here are the parts needed:
       2nd generations:
         BC5E-61-520C evaporator unit (use BC5D-61-J6X replacement filters)
       3rd generations:
         with A/C:
         GE6T-61-J02 evaporator case (lower half)
         GA5R-61-J04 evaporator case duct seal
         GE4T-61-J05 evaporator case duct seal
         GE4T-61-J29 evaporator insulator (requires glue/adhesive)
         TC86-61-J31 filter access cover
         J001-50-171 filter access cover bracket
         9979-40-612B bolt
         GD7A-61-J23 screw (need 2)
         CB12-61-J6X aldehyde filter (must be imported)
         4 or more suitable sized finisher washers to be used with the screws
       As an alternative you can get the normal pollen filter which can be readily
       ordered in the US: GE6T-61-J6X
       1999 models and certain 2000 models have a completely different evaporator
       unit design than later models. If your VIN's car # falls below 257502, then you
       need to replace the entire evaporator unit with the newer one. The part number
       is BJ1V-61-520. It includes a normal pollen filter installed. For those living in
       warmer climates, you can opt to pay extra for a higher efficiency evaporator
       unit. It also includes a normal pollen filter installed. The part number is
       BJ5K-61-520E. When servicing the evaporator unit of the warm weather type
       in the future, do note that the expansion valve is slightly different. The correct
       part number to order during expansion valve replacement is GE9E-61-J14A.
       You may upgrade the filter to the aldehyde type during the evaporator unit
       installation or during filter replacement/maintenance.
         without A/C:
         GE7B-61-150E air duct box (must be imported)
         For replacement filters, they must be imported:
         GE7B-61-J6XA conventional pollen filter
         CB11-61-J6X aldehyde filter
       Mazda3:
         BP4K-61-J6X conventional pollen filter
         BP8P-61-J6X conventional pollen filter (warm weather type)
    All of the listed parts should be installed by a qualified technician! Servicing the
    A/C system without proper knowledge is dangerous and illegal with or without
    proper certification! Venting refrigerant (of any type) to the atmosphere is
    ILLEGAL. Installation of these parts require extensive parts removal.


Is "ozone friendly" R134a air conditioning retrofit available for the 1st generation?

    There are many generic aftermarket kits available but in most cases they just
    want to sell you the kit and not inform the consumer of what needs to be done
    to ensure a well performing reliable system. You must replace the receiver-
    drier unit, the refrigerant oil to synthetic ester type, purging the system of all
    original mineral oil, and replacing the two service fittings to R134a type as a
    bare minimum. Failure to do so will result in low cooling performance,
    eventual compressor failure, and violation of government regulations. It is NOT
    recommended that any retrofitting be performed if your A/C system is still in good
    working condition. A/C servicing and retrofitting should be performed by a
    qualified technician. Mazda Canada recommends an extensive parts replacement
    for a R12-like cooling performance as outlined in TSB U-96-03. No retrofit
    information was ever released by Mazda USA, so the Canadian TSB is the only
    official source of retrofit information.
    Here is the specific list of replacement parts outlined in the TSB:
       Receiver drier: BR70-61-500
       High side service fitting adapter: EAY0-61-F0X
       Receiver drier O-ring: LB51-61-J1X
       Compressor manifold O-ring (high side): LB54-61-J1X
       Compressor manifold O-ring (low side): LB56-61-J1X
       Retrofit warning label: EAY0-61-439
       Compressor: BB7C-61-450 (for B6,B8)
                           BRY0-61-450 (for BP-ZE)
       High pressure hose: BR71-61-461B (for B6,B8)
                                     BR70-61-461B (for BP-ZE)
       Low pressure hose: BB7C-61-462 (for B6,B8)
                                     BB7A-61-462 (for BP-ZE)
       Proper refrigerant oil has been prefilled in the compressor, DO NOT add
       or replace oil!


I live in a hot climate area and my air conditioning isn't cold enough. Can I improve the
system performance any?

    There are several things you can do to get "artic air" out of the vents in your car, but
    they all involve a good amount of money. They are parts you can easily order from
    your local dealership.
       2nd generations:  
          High flow radiator fan blade (used in carbureted auto 86-87 323 and
                                                                    4 speed auto 86-87 626): F622-15-141
          High speed radiator fan motor (used in Israeli spec cars; must be imported):
                                                                                                           B6BG-15-150
       3rd generations:
          High capacity condenser (used in 2003 and Israeli spec cars): BK2K-61-480B
          High capactiy evaporator unit w/filter (used in Israeli spec cars): BJ5K-61-520E
          Insulated pipes (used in MSPs): BP7H-61-465 and BP7H-61-466
          High speed condenser fan motor (used in MSPs and
                                                                               Israeli spec cars): RF1W-15-150
          High speed radiator fan motor (used in MSPs and 2.5L 99-02 Millenias):
                                                                                                           RF1V-15-150
          High flow radiator fan blade (used in 2.5L 99-02 Millenias): RF1V-15-140
          For MazdaSpeed
Protegé's:
             High capactiy evaporator unit w/filter (Israeli spec): BJ5K-61-520E


Is there a child seat anchor kit ?

    OEM child seat anchor kits are available to allow proper, safe, and secure
    installation of the anchors as well as the forward-facing child seat(s). There
    are kits for the 1st, 2nd and early 3rd generations. 3rd generations and
    Mazda3's have factory installed ISOfix child seat anchors as well as conventional
    child seat anchors. More information can be found here. These kits retail for about
    $30.
    The kit part numbers are:
      1st generations: BR90-57-77XB
      1990-1994 323 hatchback: BR99-57-77XA
      2nd generations: BC1N-57-77XA
      Early 3rd generations: BJ0E-57-77XA


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