• 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
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95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
on: October 07, 2009, 12:01:00 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
Hey, I just tried this out this weekend with a set of 6 way adjustable front driver seat, passenger seat, and rear seat from a 1998 Protege LX...

So far I've trial fitted the seats in a j/y zx2 and other than replacing the inboard rear seat bracket mount (bolted on under the carpet) the seats just bolt right in.

I hope to have them installed with pics in a week, once I put them into their new final resting place...

This brings the list of available cars with bolt-in seats to:

1991-2002 Escort Sedan/Hatch/Wagon (seat backs do not latch from wagon or hatch)
1990-1994 Mazda Protege (the LX model has a cool rear seat armrest)
1991-1994 Mazda 323 (rear seat backs have the same problem as the escort hatch...)
1992-1995 Mazda MX-3 (front seats sit lower, rear seat a solid seatback)
1995-1998 Mazda Protege LX (SE models use a seat back thats too wide for the ZX2, make sure it's a LX)
1993-1996 Kia Sephia (the seats are crap but for full discosure I'll list them)

Hope that helps you interior upgraders...
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1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 12:20:35 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
Pics?
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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 02:55:00 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
once i get them in and all looking pretty, i'll post sum pics.

oh, and a correction to my first post... i wrote about the rear inner bracket needing replacement - to clarify thats the FRONT SEAT rear inboard bracket (by the console).

the rear seat brackets from the protege have to be used because they have a taller pivot point than the zx2 seats.
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1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 07:15:40 AM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
update - the rear seats bolt into the car but the mounting brackets are taller to the point of causing the seat latches to miss the striker loops on the body. This has me removing the fabric and foam from the protege seat backs and attaching it over the zx2 backs.

car installation starts later this afternoon...
http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 05:05:14 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
so the protege lx with the rear seat armrest bolts right in and is fully functional?
if so I know where a few 94 lx's are:)


Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009, 07:13:43 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
But how do they squat? The seats in my 2 are abysmal for a 6'1" Texan and torture me on anything more than a half hour ride. I have owned several Fords through the years and the seating has always been a sore point for me.
\'98 ZX2 clipped air cleaner, UDP, triple note air horns, intake muffler delete, super unleaded with corn squeezins

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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009, 08:56:34 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
^the mx3's will probably drop you a good 2", it feels like im in a minivan when i ride in a zx2 with stock seats afterwards


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #7 on: October 10, 2009, 09:04:49 AM
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Quote from: "mellowness65"
^the mx3's will probably drop you a good 2", it feels like im in a minivan when i ride in a zx2 with stock seats afterwards

QFT.  You don't realize how low they sit until you go back and forth.  I feel like the MX-3's sit at a better height than stock ZX2 seats, especially since my head doesn't hit the roof.


Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009, 03:38:35 PM
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 04:00:00 PM by Guest »
I'll have to look around and see if I can score a left seat to try out. My wife loves the OE seats . . . . but then again she is only 5' tall . . . lol.
\'98 ZX2 clipped air cleaner, UDP, triple note air horns, intake muffler delete, super unleaded with corn squeezins

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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #9 on: October 10, 2009, 10:09:24 PM
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mx3's are indeed way lower, if you're 6'1", you'll like the position. The seats themself are firmer and offer more support too.
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1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #10 on: October 11, 2009, 01:35:29 PM
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Donor seats - 1998 Protege LX
http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #11 on: October 11, 2009, 01:38:49 PM
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http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #12 on: October 11, 2009, 01:42:07 PM
« Last Edit: October 11, 2009, 01:51:52 PM by zonker »




1998 Protege upholstery and foam applied to the ZX2 seatback boards. I used #10 x 3/4" wood screws and finishing washers to secure the fabric to the plastic seatbacks. As for the seat latch release, i dismantled the protege's plastic buttons (behind the headrest) and discarded the center button to leave a pull thru hole for the zx2's stock fabric latch pull.
http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #13 on: October 11, 2009, 01:46:09 PM
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seatbacks and the stock protege seat bottom installed in the zx2...



nice clean and comfortable...
http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol


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Re: 95-98 Protege Seats in a ZX2...
Reply #14 on: October 11, 2009, 09:37:02 PM
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Job Finished... complete with black mx3 carpet and black leather steering wheel (done after picture was taken)





http://http://www.zxtuner.com
1999 ZX2 S/R (stock and back on the road!)
1999 ZX2 S/R (Performance Parts project car) - Ticket magnet
1998 ZX2 Base (MPG project car) - 38.6 mpg  - SOLD
2000 ZX2 A/T (daughters car) - not totalled yet lol