Bryan Says I purchased this car way back in high school as my first car. What started off as a stock car that I was only going to throw some rims on, turned into an obsession where I ended up taking it to a whole new level. This car experienced many versions as my tastes changed and now I finally have it to a point where I am happy with it. The accomplishment I’m most proud of with this car is pulling off a 12-hour transmission swap with no major problems. This just shows how with a little bit of research, hard work and taking the time to prepare for the task at hand, anything can be accomplished.
We Say All the custom work that Bryan has put into this car is impressive, especially considering its less common nature. We’re used to seeing builds like this with Hondas and Nissans, but not Mazda Protégés. It’s also cool that this is his first car, and he still has it. Props, Bryan!
Specs & Details
'02 Mazda Protégé LX
Engine Modifications Injen cold-air intake; Corksport exhaust, polyurethane exhaust hangers & stainless steel clutch line; AWR 88 duro motor mounts; Mazdaspeed engine cover & oil cap
Drivetrain Automatic to manual transmission swap; Mazdaspeed 5-speed transmission w/ LSD; Exedy Stage 1 clutch; Fidanza flywheel; Mazdaspeed axles; Corksport shifter bushings & short shifter
Suspension Ground Control coilovers; Vibrant strut bar; Racing Beat sway bar (r); AWR polyurethane sway bar bushings
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 17" OZ Ultraleggera wheels; 205/40R17 Yokohoma S.drive tires
Exterior Buddy Club 2 body kit; VIS EVO style carbon-fiber hood & carbon-fiber trunk; Mitsubishi Evolution VIII carbon-fiber spoiler; DG carbon-fiber grille; blacked-out headlights; tinted OEM Euro Protégé taillights; 6K HID
Interior Custom Mazdaspeed leather racing seats; complete Mazdaspeed Protégé interior swap; triple gauge pod w/ Timex gauges; Pioneer speakers & head unit; Rocksford Fosgate P1 10" subwoofer; MTX Thunder mono amp; Viper Security system