Saturday, March 16, 2013

mazda protege power trunk/trunk pop with oem remote

This is designed to work with 1999-2000 Mazda Protege with factory keyless entry. You could add a power trunk to the facelift cars (2001+) and use a switch to pop the trunk, but the remote is different and won't support the power trunk. If you want to pop the trunk from the remote, you would either need an aftermarket alarm with a channel for a power trunk or the keyless entry module and remote from the pre-facelift cars to swap out.

This is one of the first mods I did to my car, and probably the most useful. A power trunk was something I just couldn't do without. I figured out how to get to a hidden channel in the keyless entry module that can be used to pop the trunk. I can pop the trunk from in the car and from the remote. I used a BMW E36 power trunk actuator. I made a new circuit in the fuse box to accommodate the power trunk and other things. It also powers my power fuel door and floor lights. There are a few open spots in the fuse box that aren't used. You just need a good wiring diagram (and a general understanding of wiring diagrams) and you can isolate your wiring from the factory wiring. You can see the 4 wires I added going to the new fuse in the pic. Your car will not have these wires there in your fuse box.

You may have noticed the extra button on your remote. It actually does do something. If you take it apart you will find a small piece of plastic that is preventing the button from moving up and down. You have to remove this small piece of plastic. When you press this button on the remote it sends a pulse to the hidden channel in the keyless entry module. I used this hidden channel to pop the trunk.

I debated where the best place for the switch would be. I originally modified a Mazda switch and put it with the other switches. I didn't have this setup for very long before I came up with using an Audi power trunk switch in the center console. I ran the wiring from the fuse box to the power trunk switch and from the switch to the actuator. This is to pop the trunk from inside the car. I started off with just one switch in the middle, but I later expanded it to three switches to do other things.

To pop the trunk with the remote, I ran the wiring from the keyless entry module to a SPDT relay to the actuator. I ran all my wiring to the trunk through the factory loom. I extended the loom at the second license plate light. The wiring ends here with a Mazda plug. This goes to a Mazda to BMW harness I made for the BMW E36 actuator. I mounted the actuator and cut and bent a rod to the right size to attach to a small clip that is in the trunk latch.

Original installation May 2009

Thursday, January 05, 2012

mazda protege checkerboard shift boot and center console lid cover

If you go back to the blog I wrote on November 1, 2011, you can see the first shift boot, handle, and console lid cover I made. I liked them a lot. I had never made any of that stuff before and I was really excited how well they turned out. I just wrapped my headliner, A-pillars, B-pillars, and C-pillars in black checkerboard fabric a couple weeks ago. Now I wanted to make another set to match.

I sewed them by hand again. If I had a sewing machine I could make all kinds of cool stuff. I used my pattern I had made for the shift boot from the last time. One thing that always bothered me about the old set I made was on the handle. I didn't like how it didn't come all the way to the top. You could tell it was just fabric on top of it. While I thought it looked good, I thought it could look better. I sorted that out for the new set and I was able to cover the whole thing. This time for the center console lid cover I covered the whole thing in one piece of fabric.

Original installation January 2012

mazda protege fabric headliner, a-pillars, b-pillars, and c-pillars install

This is pretty hard. Wrapping the interior pieces was harder for me because of the checkerboard pattern. Using a solid color you would just have to worry about not getting any wrinkles. I also had to make sure when I laid down the fabric that the pattern was straight. It does matter what type of glue you use. It will sag if you use cheap glue. I used 3M Super Trim Adhesive. Then I made patterns for the sunvisors and sewed them together. I sewed them by hand. I painted the remaining trim black. I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. If you're wondering, the thing in the middle is the sunglass holder. Working a few hours a day, it took about a week to wrap everything. The fabric is soft and it feels like suede.

Original installation December 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

mazda protege windshield wiper fluid sensor install

The USDM Mazda Protege never came with the windshield wiper fluid sensor. Since it's an option I didn't have, of course I wanted it. The wiring for the sensor is already there. You just have to run one wire, add a bulb, and install the sensor into the windshield washer fluid reservoir.

I had to remove the bumper to get to the reservoir. Then I removed the reservoir and drained it and cut a hole in it for the sensor. The hole I cut out looks good, but there's no way I can cut a hole to the tolerances that Mazda did. So I added a bit of silicone to where it is attached to the reservoir to make sure it wouldn't leak. Like I mentioned before, the wiring is already there. I plugged the sensor into the plug next to the reservoir.

Now the fun part.. wiring. I had to install a new wire. I plugged one end of the wire into the dash harness next to the fuse box. This is where the windshield washer fluid sensor wiring that is pre-installed ends, at least for the USDM cars. I ran the wire to the instrument cluster harness and added a bulb for the warning light.

Original installation December 2011

mazda protege vent gauge pod

I have wanted to make this thing for a long time. I chose to make the gauge pod for the passenger vent. Once again, the gauge pod is made from PVC pipe. Well, at least part of it is. I used a piece of interior plastic to fill the hole where the vent stuff used to be. Then I molded the PVC pipe into the plastic. It's hard to tell but the gauge pod is angled. This time it took seven days to make.

Original installation December 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

new stickers

I got some stickers I designed back from the printer today. The hand drawn concept is on top. I like the letters I drew better. The others look too fonty. I think I'll scan the one I drew and have some more printed. ZM is the engine code and BJ is the chassis code for my car. Yeah, I designed it for my car. (surprise)

mazda protege instrument cluster dual gauge pod

A-pillar gauge pods are so ten years ago. They are an easy way to add one, two, even three gauges to your car with little modification. But there are much better looking ways to mount gauges in your car. I made this instrument cluster dual gauge pod to hold two 52mm gauges. The concept of mounting two gauges in the instrument cluster surround is not new. Autometer has been selling these for years. However, they do not make them for very many cars. I used two pieces of PVC pipe and molded them into a stock instrument cluster surround. Of course there's a lot more to it than that. Measuring, fitment, symmetry, skill, and execution are all important and necessary to make one that looks nice. It took me ten days to make. When I make stuff like this, I think of it as a piece of Artwork, rather than just the part it was designed to be. The lines, the form, the shape, everything about it is Art to me.

Original installation November 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

mazda protege superflux led turn signals

Superflux LEDs come stock on high end cars such as BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes. They are certainly not cheap. A single LED can cost as much as $1.00, which can add up fast. I used 24 LEDs (each side) for the taillights and 4 (each side) for the sidemarkers. I handmade the circuitboards for both. The ones for the sidemarkers are so tiny! The circuitboards are much bigger than the hole meant for the bulb to go through. So to get the new LED circuitboards in, I had to cut out the turn signal area from the back of the taillights and sidemarkers, then put them back together.

Original installation June 2011

domos n stuff

I'm making some domos out of car interior plastic. The plastic has a nice texture to it. I drew the domos onto the plastic with a marker, then I cut out the shapes with the dremel and sanded the edges smooth. I am carving out the mouths just like I would a piece of wood with wood carving tools. When I get all that done, I'm going to paint the mouths. The domo on the end is going to be 3-dimensional with an arm and a foot coming out of the plastic.

mazda protege handmade shift boot and center console lid cover

My car came with a brown vinyl shift boot and a brown plastic shift knob. Bleh. When I installed my Mazdaspeed Protege short shifter and shift knob, I also changed the shift boot to a black vinyl one. While this looked much better than the stock shifter, there was still room for improvement. I wanted to make a shift boot and I wanted it to match the rest of the interior. I got some seat fabric and I made patterns for the shift boot, center console lid cover, and handle. I sewed everything by hand. They turned out nice and are a perfect match for the rest of the interior. The cover looks like it is just a bunch of squares sewn together. It's not. They all have a different shape to allow for the curves.

Original installation November 2010