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#13 of 54 Re: Reattaching Soft Top Frame Problems [wlj]
Jul 19, 2008 (3:38 pm)
#15 of 54 Re: Drain holes [sownby]
Jul 27, 2008 (11:56 am)
I vacuumed about 3 gallons of water out of my car after a summer shower here in Florida (3 inches of rain!). Mazda has issued a service bulletin for care of the drains.
Download the Service Bulletin from here: www.miata.net/garage/tsb/09-001-07-1736a.pdf
#16 of 54 Re: Reattaching Soft Top Frame Problems [wlj]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:01 am)
Search in the Garage for instructions on top replacement - they include lots of detailed photos that show the frame.
I've had to replace my top twice - once by a pro, and yes it is expensive, and another on my own.
I think the pro cost me $900, the 2nd time I did it for $460 (but prices were up to $1100 for a pro). Took me 2 days and boy was I sore. It is *not* easy. Definitely the hardest auto-related task I've ever taken on.
I think I'd hire a pro if I had to do it again.
#17 of 54 Re: Drain holes [sownby]
Aug 02, 2008 (5:34 am)
The drain holes are in the sill or rocker panel. They are located at the jack points. You will see the 2 half inch long notches where the jack goes. Look closely and you will see a slight bump in the metal at the notch. That bump is the drain. Stick a small screwdriver in the hole to clean it out.
#19 of 54 soft top glass back window problem.
May 26, 2009 (12:32 pm)
Hi guys, I gave up on this one so I'm hoping somebody can give me some advise.
I have a mk1 mx5 (eunos), it had a new hood before i bought it, with a glass rear window, some say its a mk 2 hood, quite probable but the problem is, i cant get the hood to go down fully, only about 3 quarters, the window is not zipped, its a fixed one, and the glass its self prevents the rest of the top going down fully.
can anybody help? please.
#20 of 54 Re: soft top glass back window problem. [lordelpuz]
May 27, 2009 (7:12 am)
I wonder if you have the wrong hood and the wrong top as well, perhaps the previous owner didn't know the differences between an NA and an NB Miata.
I had a 1993 and got a Robbins top with a glass rear window. It had no zipper as well, but it required that I add a couple of nylon straps that bolt diagnocally from one of the top brakes to another, that helped the top slide down. So basically my 1993 top (NA) was converted to a 1999 style top (NB).
I don't have that car any more, though maybe you could contact Robbins and ask them for instructions for the top that converts from a zipper to a non-zipper style. Unfortunately it was a very complex task. That wasn't the hard part, per se, but you would have to take the top half way off to fix that if it wasn't done.
#21 of 54 Re: soft top glass back window problem.
May 27, 2009 (7:41 am)
Thanks for the reply, Please bare with me on this, I have only had the car a few weeks so i am not well up with.. NA and NB?, or Robbins, I guess its the difference in our countries, I am in the UK, You call it a Miata, here its a Eunos roadster, ok..same thing really a Mazda mx5 lol, but I'm lost with NA and NB, I only assume Robbins is the soft top makers?.
All i know is I love the car, and hopefully one day i can get round this problem, but....Thanks for the reply!
#22 of 54 Re: soft top glass back window problem. [lordelpuz]
May 27, 2009 (7:50 am)
NA was part of the VIN that helped identify the model year. Decoding it for you...
NA = 1990 to 1997 (there was no 1998 model, at least in the USA)
NB = 1999 to 2005
NC = 2006 to present
Some people use NC1 for 2006-2008 and NC2 for 2009 and newer.
Robbins is an aftermarket manufacturer that happens to make tops for our roadsters. Besides OE they're probably the best selling top in the industry.
So yeah, see if you can get help from Robbins, I bet the previous owner bought a conversion top, like I did, and didn't do the installation properly, i.e. they forgot to install those two nylon straps.