1999-2003 Protege Tokico HP Shock - Front Left (HB-2224). Price listed is for one (1) HP Standard front shock.
For the serious driver who wishes to improve the Protege's handling, Tokico offers a higher level of suspension performance. Tokico is one of the world's largest manufacturers of shock absorbers for both original and high performance applications. Tokico offers the Protege enthusiast the option of either the Illumina series (white) - externally adjustable shocks, or the HP series (blue) - non-adjustable shocks.
Racing Beat worked extensively with Tokico on the development of the shocks that were incorporated into the suspension of both the 2001 Protege MP3 and 2003 MazdaSpeed Protege models. Tokico engineers worked side-by-side with Racing Beat's chief engineer Jim Mederer in order to optimize the performance of the Tokico shock with the Protege's performance suspension. During the development of the suspension, it was determined that the endlink mounting flange on the side of the shock body would require additional strengthening. The stress placed on the small, stock flange was determined to be inadequate for use with a larger aftermarket sway bar. Tokico developed a more substantial flange on the MP3 and MazdaSpeed models, and to the benefit of the aftermarket, they incorporated this same design into their aftermarket shocks.
For this reason, Racing Beat only recommends the Mazda OEM MP3/Mazdaspeed shocks, or the general release Tokico aftermarket shocks for use with aftermarket sway bar sets.