What have you done to your P5 today?

Well, this piece from the front grill took a little over an hour to remove, wrap and reinstall. I must be crazy.
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Well, this piece from the front grill took a little over an hour to remove, wrap and reinstall. I must be crazy. View attachment 320210
Hey looking good! Okay...call me a nerd here but are those Continental tires you're running? I recognize the tread pattern. If so, which ones, and would you recommend them? I am about to purchase a set of DWS 06s for my P5.
 
@Diamond_Dave looking great! Giving me ideas for the red car.....

at the other end, latest junkyard score: 👀
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Ford Laser XRI / SR2 twin spoiler set, just about fits but will need mods to properly bolt on. Should look like this: (with the little lip spoiler hiding the washer jet)
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Hey looking good! Okay...call me a nerd here but are those Continental tires you're running? I recognize the tread pattern. If so, which ones, and would you recommend them? I am about to purchase a set of DWS 06s for my P5.
Yea, they’re DWS-06. Pretty decent all around tire. Have a set in 16” for the P5, 17” for the MSP, and 18” for my daughter’s 2005 CLK. They are a few steps below the Dunlop Direzza as far as performance, but they’re a better rain weather tire which we need in Oregon.
 
@Diamond_Dave looking great! Giving me ideas for the red car.....

at the other end, latest junkyard score: 👀
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Ford Laser XRI / SR2 twin spoiler set, just about fits but will need mods to properly bolt on. Should look like this: (with the little lip spoiler hiding the washer jet)
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I think I vaguely remember there being a Ford twin for the SP20/P5 but wow it's weird to look at. That wing looks sweet though! Probably a pretty rare touch here in the states.

Yea, they’re DWS-06. Pretty decent all around tire. Have a set in 16” for the P5, 17” for the MSP, and 18” for my daughter’s 2005 CLK. They are a few steps below the Dunlop Direzza as far as performance, but they’re a better rain weather tire which we need in Oregon.

Really good information to have before I purchase, thanks! I'm definitely looking to stick with All Seasons, being in Eugene. Still raining here mid-June and my almost bald BFG g-Force Comp2 A/Ss weren't handling it well. Speaking of, have you had DWS-06's on your Proteges for long enough to see how they wear for a UHP tire? I'm at just over 20k on my BFGs and I do drive hard, but they already need to be replaced. Hoping the DWS lasts a slight bit longer. Also do you run 205/50R16 on the P5?
 
I replaced the driver window motor and regulator. No pictures because I was busy also watching my 18 month old son.
 
What's the go-to short-shift kit to buy? seems like Protege/Familia ones on eBay are ~$100 and Ford ZX2 are like $70.
Glad you asked...i've got some (hopefully useful) thoughts

I started with the Megan racing purple shifter kit with some bushings for ~$90 total and it was not the best quality, rattled and whined in most gears, I think because it uses it's own design for the whole collar/bushing pivot assembly that fits into the hole in the console.

I also bought one of these which is basically identical to the Megan Racing shifter. Still had the same problems. DON'T buy this.

Don't buy either of these. They will reduce the shift throw but you risk having the rattles and slop that I dealt with.

I am now running a TWM shifter which uses the stock plastic bushing halves for the pivot assembly like the stock shifter does. I kept the bushings I installed before so there is a slight whine in 5th on the highway but no rattles and hardly any slop. Really happy with it so far.

Now, the TWM is great but you can't buy them new anymore (and rarely used). BUT, (and I haven't tried it myself), there is a very similar generic shifter that looks to be the same design as the TWM on eBay that you *could* try. It comes with bushings and the heat shielding spacers too. Would love to know if it's legit, since it seems to similar to the TWM and it's not expensive at all.

Shame though because there was what seemed to be a real new TWM kit listed on ebay recently but it just sold a couple weeks ago...would have been a steal.

Just my two cents, would love to hear feedback from others.
 
I also bought one of these which is basically identical to the Megan Racing shifter. Still had the same problems. DON'T buy this.
LOL! I didn't check back and ordered one like the Megan. Oh well. I'll take a look and see where the issues are. I was eyeing the DFJ too, so I just bought that.
 
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Laser XRI spoiler 'installed' Took a bit of modifying to fit nicely and the small center section doesn't fit :( It's currently in primer waiting for colour matched spray paint and a fine day

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Mazda MPV 17" wheels, they were cheap, they fit nicely and I needed 2 new tires anyways :p

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Scored a dirt cheap 12" sub and box, it even came with a spare 12" passive driver and box. Bigger than what I need but it was too good a deal to pass up :D
 
Had a fortuitious "stranded by the side of the road" moment. I've been driving with a CEL for the evap/purge that I've just been lazy to address. My son has been learning to drive a lot more lately, so I haven't really driven it much. On a lazy drive out in wine country, I start experiencing some odd engine behavior and then had pinging when pulling away from a stop and then the CEL started blinking. Feared the worst (remote area, 95* day, parked in a small patch of shade). Turns out it was cylinder 2 misfire. Great news! I already had all the plugs and wires.

Plugs in cylinders 3 & 4 were barely finger tight - very loose and oil covered. Hoping this makes for a dramatic driving performance increase.

Replace your plugs and wires people!
 

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Side note question - for my bone stock MSP with 65K miles - Is there any reason outside a failing waterpump that a stock system would puke coolant out of the overflow after moderate driving? Temp gauge doesn't move much off normal operating temp. This only happens occasionally so I haven't touched the upper and lower hoses to see if one isn't getting hot. Just in the detective mode here trying to sort a potential problem
 
maybe thermostat on coolant burping because if hung open or closed, will make weird stuff happen.........blinking cel and misfire code usually means time for coils but you'll know for sure after replacing plugs and wires.
 
I replaced my trailing arms in the back with Delphi-branded ones ($26 apiece) from Rock Auto. OEM parts were ~$60 apiece at mazdaswag/mazdastuff.com so I cheaped out and got these. At twenty years of age, there isn't a single suspension part containing rubber on my car that *doesn't* need replacing if it hasn't been already.
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Loved the ease of installation* of these things. Installed front bolt first and then just used a screwdriver to pry/drift the rear holes into alignment and put the bolt in.
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* Just as I was torquing the last bolt, I remembered that these parts had bushings on each end and the suspension needed to be loaded before torquing. $#@*&(^$%@! Loosened all the bolts up, lowered the car, and began to torque the bolts with the rear wheels on the ground, but now I had no room under the car to work and I was getting pretty frustrated. At about this time I was chatting with one of my neighbors who wrenches on her '05 BMW (we have two women who live in the 18-unit complex that work on their cars and this new gal sounds pretty serious about it) and the subject of her not having ramps came up. I can't believe I forgot about my ramps... I got them out, backed the rear wheels up on the ramps, and easily had enough room under the vehicle to torque those bolts.

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I was dive-bombed by this insect twice - once while under the car, which was pretty exciting. I decided I'd better relocate it as it was flying erratically. These bugs usually freak me out, but I think this one was near the end of its life and it was pretty calm.
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