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I need to know whats next? Please help!

TheCocaColaMan

New Member
So I bought my 2003 Protege5 like three or four weeks ago now and I think to myself what performance parts can I put into my car that will give it that extra go. I don't really know Mazdas that well, so I need a little push on whats next to do and what better to do and ask the Mazda enthusiasts to give me ideas, but please be realistic.


(Mods If I have put this thread in the wrong spot I apologize and by all means move it to the appropriate forum. Sorry and thank you.)
 

dmention7

Hater
Yeah, there is not a whole lot of "untapped" power in that motor unless you're willing to go forced induction. You could slap an intake and exhaust on and probably fool the butt dyno into thinking you've gained some power, but the truth is that despite a fair amount of effort I don't think anyone's even come close to hitting 200whp on that motor without at least nitrous.
 

mndsm

I'M OFFENDED!
The first question to ask yourself- What is your goal? Then formulate plan. Otherwise you end up with a car like my ms3. Piles of parts thrown in all sorts of directions with no real thought.
 

dmention7

Hater
I'll back up and say I was being a little narrow-minded in my original reply. From a power standpoint, your p5 will not be fast without major engine work. However, these cars DO have a great chassis and suspension for what they are.

For about a grand into suspension parts (a little more if you go for coilovers instead of just springs and static dampers), you can have a decent little corner carver. That's where the biggest bang for your buck is going to be.
 

mndsm

I'M OFFENDED!
Indeed, careful suspension planning and weightloss. These cars were pretty light, drop some CF on it, maybe gut the interior a little, lighter seats and whatnot, wheels and sticky rubber, and what Jay said- and you have a neat little hoon machine.
 
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