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Mazda MX-5 Miata Accessories & Modifications

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited March 25 in Mazda
What additions and/or changes are you doing on your Miata?

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  • thelthel Posts: 767
    better late than never I suppose. I've bought a couple of things from Trussville and I've been pleased with them, so I think that any unsolicited plug for them is a fine thing. :)
  • sebargesebarge Posts: 50
    Hi,
    Our 1994 red is the Base package (not even power steering, although we both like it).
    The 1st owner had added:
    ~ A/C
    ~ Sony 10-disc CD changer
    ~ Miata logo floor mats
    ~ TSW alloy wheels

    Since our ownership, we have added:
    ~ Atlantic Design Window Protector
    ~ Silver Vinyl Vent Rings
    ~ VooDoo Satin Spun Shift Knob
    ~ VooDoo Satin Spun Brake Grip
    ~ Sony Cassette Receiver & CD Changer Controls
    ~ Pioneer 3-way Door Speakers
    ~ Audiovox Prestige 2-way Headrest Speakers
    ~ Audiovox/Rostra Cruise Control
    ~ Window Tint
    ~ Door Accent/Dash Strips in Brushed Aluminum
    ~ Removed Front Tie-down Hooks
    ~ Oris Windstop
    ~ OEM Front & Back Mudflaps
    ~ WOLF Car Bra
    ~ Collapsible Cup Holder
    ~ Light 'Minder
    ~ Cockpit Cover
    ~ Replaced center console that had broken lock with a lockable one

    Whew, base package no more, eh? As for what will be next, not too much left, as we don't autocross, and the power/fun of this car is just fine. Just give us curvy roads and/or great scenery any day.
    The hubby does like the looks of those low-profile headlights, though. They are quite expensive, but maybe one day....

    Beth
    http://convertiblencats.homestead.com
  • brauchbrauch Posts: 6
    Where did you buy your interior trim parts? Looking at the pictures on your website you really did a classy job! I'm a recent Miata buyer and am already starting to think about some interior customization. I'd appreciate any advice!
  • sebargesebarge Posts: 50
    Hi,

    Thanks for the compliment and for looking at my site. I think what we've added has really made our little base model alot nicer, too.


    I got the VooDoo satin spun shift knob & brake grip online from Dealer Alternative, I think.

    http://www.dlralt.com

    If not there, then the Voodoo stuff can be found at various other Miata vendors here:

    http://www.miata.net/marketplace.html

    I have been very happy with the VooDoo items.


    The vent rings were very inexpensive and I got them from R-Speed when we lived in Atlanta.

    http://www.rspeed.net

    These vent rings are not "real", but are just cut from a silver colored vinyl. They have held up great, though, and match the Voodoo knob & brake nicely. They only cost about $9.


    The brushed aluminum strips I got online at http://www.autodash.com I had very good luck with them when I ordered a wood dash kit for our Sebring Convertible, & was quite pleased. The faux wood pieces have held up perfectly in the sun and heat.

    The brushed aluminum strips are very nice and heavy, so I am assuming they are the real deal. The only problem is that they are not quite the same shade as the others. I also think the sun has yellowed them somewhat. My husband doesn't see much difference, although I do. Anyhow, if you add to your car, be sure that the colors match up well enough if you get them from different places.

    Good luck. LMK if I can help further.

    Beth

    http://convertiblencats.homestead.com

  • bjrichbjrich Posts: 125
    Chrome vent rings, $65.00 R Speed. Looks great.Chrome dash susurroundnd shift surround. Both for $65.00. perfectimagecreations.com. Look super. Nardi shift knob and brake handle from Miata dealer.$59.00 and $89.00. Painted mudguards at four corners, $130.00 but not installed yet. Wife says, "no more"!
  • bikezzbikezz Posts: 3
    Where is the best deal on a replacement Miata top? I really just need the back window, but it seems you can get a whole new top for not so much more.
    I've seen some companies on ebay, but don't know if their tops are good. A glass rear window would be nice, too, eh?
    Thanks
  • bjrichbjrich Posts: 125
    Find a small trim shop, Negotiate with him, and get a Robbins Top, Have him order it directly from Robbins, not from a dealer and figure two or two and a half hours labor. For their premium, black , sunfast top with a glass you will probably have to pay $500.00 or more. Plus his installation charge. I bought one and paid $550.00 including shipping. The shop put on for me for free. you will be so satisfied with this top that it really is worth having, even for more money.
  • Hi. Does anyone have an easy way to remove the front tie-down hooks? I have a 2001 Miata, and I want to install a grill to keep large debris away from the radiator.

    Thanks,

    John
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Aren't there just four bolts holding the tie down on?
  • Does anyone know where I can purchase a front license plate for my Miata? I would like to have one with the Mazda logo similar to the ones you might see on BMW's with the BMW logo. I have a regular plate on the front, but I don't like what it looks like on my little sports car.
  • nativetex44 - try www.mmmiata.com or www.mossmotors.com.


    You can see much more at http://www.miata.net/marketplace.html


    -Peter/Atlanta

    www.rspeed.net

    www.thebluepotato.net

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mods?

    * Advanced Timing to 14 degrees
    * front strut tower brace (RActive)
    * lower chassis brace (home-made)
    * removed tow hooks front and back
    * removed sun visors (useless)
    * added door sill guards, plastic
    * lifted front of seat track about 1/2"

    Not a long list, but I wanted to keep it stock, invest as little as possible.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Forgot a couple:

    * E-codes headlights with Hella H4+30 bulbs
    * Highway Blaster horn

    -juice
  • Thinking about buying a '97 Miata. How long do the tops last? Will I probably be looking at replacing one that is five years old?
  • kymikekymike Posts: 115
    It all depends on how the top was amintained, was it kept down (and out of the elements) for most of its life, etc. The tops in general seem to last for a good period of time if well maintained. The plastic rear windows will age and get foggy, but again, properly maintained (cleaned and polished regularly) or kept out of the elements, will last for a while as well.

    These little cars are almost bulletproof. You will certainly enjoy your new car!
  • Thanks, kymike. What about lighter tops as opposed to black ones? Are they harder to keep looking good?
  • kymikekymike Posts: 115
    I currently have a black top. My previous Miata had a tan top. The tan top must be cleaned more often as it shows dirt much easier than the black. If you are one who keeps up with exterior maintenance on a regular basis, you probably won't have much problem keeping it clean.

    I am a big proponent of using a cockpit cover to keep dirt, sunlight, etc. out of the cockpit when the car is parked. The cover sold by Crazy Red even fits when the top is up. This is cheap insurance to keep your top looking good. They are not waterproof, so you need to keep an eye on the weather or park indoors if you don't have the top up under the cover.
  • An upholstry shop just told me to avoid installing a replacement top on my 1992 that has a glass rear window. He says the glass is heavy and must absolutely be unzipped when putting the top up and down. If you have a 1999 or newer Miata, you can replace the original top with a top that has a smaller glass window that goes up and down with the top, hence more convenience. Is all this true?
  • I wanted to have a cool sounding air horn installed on my Miata. Any suggestions out there? Electric or compressed air? Dual tone, triple, etc.? It's a tough purchase unless you've had a chance to hear the specific one you're shopping.
  • I do not have the luxury of a garage. Now that winter is here, I want to protect my new baby ('99 Miata). Where can I find a car cover at a good price?
  • paulctpaulct Posts: 16
    I just purchased a 1993 Miata and there is no owner manual in the car. Does anyone know where I can get an owner's manual? Thanks
  • kymikekymike Posts: 115
    Your dealer should be able to get one for you. They are quite often available on ebay as well.
  • engprofengprof Posts: 9
    a friend was showing me an inexpensive fabric contraption that stretched the width of his car just behind the seats and is supposed to keep noise down. Does anyone know what I'm speaking of? Any recommendations?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wind buffers, IIRC?

    I test drove a newer Miata that had one, and I dunno, it kind of takes away from the open air experience. I thought I'd want one but honestly now I don't.

    -juice
  • kymikekymike Posts: 115
    Moss Motors - www.miatamania.com - carries those. They help a little bit with wind and wind noise, but not enough for me to buy one again.
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    www.windbaffle.com

    It is kind of pricey, $180.00. I like that it is clear, but do not like that you have to wrap a strap around the seat.
  • I just bought a used hardtop for my Miata that has a defroster. I plugged it into the wire harness located near the package shelf but I'm wondering, how do I turn on the defroster? Do I need to have a button retro-fitted or does it come on when I turn on the front defroster?
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    What year Miata do you own? In the 1999-2004 Miatas, the defrost switch is to the right of the fan control on the HVAC panel. Not sure about earlier models.
  • 03w803w8 Posts: 6
    For post a couple of years ago on windblocker, this message may be way overdue. I have a '95 M edition and I bought a "TC windblocker" from a guy in CA. 2 years ago. It is made out of plexiglass. It is kind of funny looking and cast reflections of incoming headlights at night. But overall, it works to reduce the wind blowing at the back of your head and it was very easy to install.

    The zipper of my rear plastic window is wearing out (busting). I am thinking about replacing the top with a glass window. Any one has experience with this? Also, who should I be looking for to replace the top for me? I don't think any garage or gas station mechanics would know how to do it. I doubt that even Mazda dealership people would have a lot of experience do it either.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mine is worn and I was looking, too. I found it was about $700 from an upholstery shop, plus $100 for the rain rail, so $800. Dealer wanted more, so figure $700-1000 for a replacement installed.

    -juice
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