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Found one in the yard and pulled it. Fit it on a ZX2 that was in the yard and it seemed to fit pretty close with a few mods. Had to cut off a couple of tangs that had some gear mounted to it in the Mazda but I won't be needing it so I cut them off to clear the windshield washer reservoir. Had to hog out a couple of the mount holes on the bar but the mounts themselves fit perfectly. 3rd gen wagon with a Zetec swap for reference.




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Proteges have some parts that will swap if I'm not mistaken. Obviously the strut bar but I've heard there are other parts that can be swapped just not sure which. I know that 2003 - 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Proteges with manual transmissions have LSD's so if I get lucky and find one I'm gonna grab it but it may be better and easier to just go with the Mfactory LSD.

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aww yeah just went down to the pull n save w/ a few buddies, and BAM a yellow protege5 sitting there... walked up holding my bets and BAM the red bar sitting right there untouched, I grabbed it instantly! only $20!


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Edit: I went to install it - passenger side bracket wont clear the coolent res w/o modifications! will get these mods performed, and then get it installed. It seems also the factory intake may have some clearance issues but that will be easy to figure out.
 

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If you look in the pic you can see where I cut the tabs off. It was a nice surprise for me as I've been looking for a bar that will fit. Nice score!

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this is how it looks under the hood of the ZX2, its really tight to fit it in around everything, and the fuel pressure sending unit harness is really close to the intake, but in any case that area moves together for the most part and under heavy stress it didnt rip the wires lol

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fuel pressure sending unit harness shoved against the intake tube lol
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I'd be a little concerned with that putting pressure on the relay. The Iceman intake tube I have clears perfectly and leaves some wiggle room in case the vibrations of the engine oscillates the intake tube.

I think Pextor has a few iceman intakes for sale. If not the FB Escort page should help in finding someone with an extra intake for sale.

Someone did a dyno comparison to see which intake performed the best and the iceman was the best. They compared ebay generic intakes, weapon r and other popular intakes.

Good Luck!

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How much of a difference does it make when driving? Also what year range Mazda should I be looking for to get a strut bar?
 

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difference, model year protege5
as for driving difference, I dont really feel it but it should be adding a bit of rigidity in any case. the ZX2 chassis is already pretty rigid as its a full unibody unlike other cars that have a glued n tac'd roof pan, the ZX2s roof is part of the unibody structure. we'll see when its out on the track, I will pull it off and see if I noticed anything between lap sessions!


mazda protege5 only, so the 5 door / wagon model 2001-2004

not all 323/proteges/familias have them IIRC, at the very least none of the sedans will have it, only wagons / protege5
 
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How much of a difference does it make when driving? Also what year range Mazda should I be looking for to get a strut bar?
I noticed a difference. Not huge but definitely stiffer but then again I also don't have the belly band installed underneath the engine and trans so the strut towers were probably wiggling around on hard turns. I guess if I had to describe it it would be that the car isn't as twitchy on hard turns. I'm working on modifying the stock belly band to clear the longtube header I have on the car so that the strut towers are secured from the top and bottom.

I'm sure you'll notice it more on the track where you're introducing more g-forces on hard turns vs on the street.

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