These are the new shocks in the box:
It was a fairly easy process, like most suspension is. In the spring with the lowering, I plan to take pictures and document along the way since there were a few socket sizes needed to get this completed!
I also noticed a couple things I need, as it appears the suspension has been worked on before. The 2 largest bolts at the bottom of the suspension were missing washers on the driver's side, and I'd like to get those replaced, perhaps if I can find them at the wreckers - just need 2 17mm sockets on either end to get them wrenched apart.
Also, the bump stop on the driver's side had the bottom corroded off of it, so I should likely be replacing all the bump stops when it comes time. The boots looked to be in good condition still, so I won't touch those. The 2 top mounts seemed fine, but getting rusted a bit and paint flaking, so since I've already bought those for all 4 corners they will definitely get replaced.
I also visited the wreckers again the other day and got a few other little things for later - blank switch panels, a couple more washer nozzles in case the Mazda Tribute ones don't satisfy me, etc...
I also picked up and installed Mazda Tribute washer nozzles that have more of a mist spray rather than 2 direct jets, which helps cover the window a bit better, even if it does spray a bit high!
And a comparison between the 2 - Tribute on the left, OEM Protege 5 ones on the right.
I worked a bit at the rear wiper arm aso, got it removed, but boy was there a lot of corrosion!
This was under the wiper arm - I'll have to keep spraying it in hopes I can loosen that nut to get it off, so it can be replaced at a later date!
Lastly, I got window switch covers with the CF style from a 2003 Protege 5, and here's the comparison with the switches transferred over - MUCH nicer in the interior too!
And... a bit closer in on them