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Miata advice - October 15, 2008, 10:21 PM

Hey all

I was told there are lots of current/former Miata owners on the site.

I have a '97 Miata. My rear plastic window stitching has finally given up the ghost. I really think it's because I washed the car -- apparently it was held together by dirt. The paint has also suddenly started peeling since I got the cleanliness bug.

I'm guessing I should probably replace the entire roof -- it sounds like just replacing the window requires a modification and yet another zipper. There are lots of new tops out there -- I can easily find one on the internet.

Problem is, does anyone know of any installers? I might be able to muddle through it with the help of a friend, but frankly just can't be asked after looking at the directions. I need this car back quickly so I can stop driving the tank into DC.

Any advice is welcome

Oh, and it looks like I'll probably need a paint job soon if anyone wants to steer me to someone good/economical!


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Ping mtnhgh and ask him to check the thread...he's a Miata guru


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most interior install shops will do conv. tops. i had them put one with a glass window on my 94' miata when i had them replace the top, the plastics ones only last so long before they look like crap
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Chris (mtnhgh) would at least be able to give you some good advice! You don't necessarily have to get a brand new top, they also make refurbished tops.
I had my top replaced with a glass window and I wonder why they ever made them with plastic!
As far as a paint job? I can't help you there.


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Problem is, does anyone know of any installers? I might be able to muddle through it with the help of a friend, but frankly just can't be asked after looking at the directions. I need this car back quickly so I can stop driving the tank into DC.

Any advice is welcome
I can't help find any installers but I will say this: Whatever they charge, it'll be worth it. I put a new top on a '93 last summer, it was a bitch. It probably took 6 hours spread over a couple of days (I had to step away many times). Someone with experience at Miata tops could probably cut that in half at least.

That said, I'd probably do it again to save on labor as I am a cheap bastard.


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Performance Buyers Club in Chantilly can do replacement tops AND replacement rear windows... they've been playing with Miatas since they first came out....
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I had my top replaced with a glass window and I wonder why they ever made them with plastic!
Cause you could "fix" it with packing tape from CVS on the fly.


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Thanks all

I've seriously considered duct tape and superglue, but don't figure that will last. Surprisingly my roof and window are in pretty good shape -- no signs of cracking anywhere. It's the stitching that didn't hold up.

I'll definitely consider a glass window if it's in my price range -- as long as I don't have to unzip it.


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I can't help find any installers but I will say this: Whatever they charge, it'll be worth it. I put a new top on a '93 last summer, it was a bitch. It probably took 6 hours spread over a couple of days (I had to step away many times). Someone with experience at Miata tops could probably cut that in half at least.

That said, I'd probably do it again to save on labor as I am a cheap bastard.
Well, I'm rather cheap myself

I just called Performance Buyers Club, and a Robbins top with a plastic window runs about $900 installed. Yikes.

I want to buy a top and find someone to install it for less than that!


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October 16, 2008, 07:16 PM

They are basically charging you about $250-300 to install it. Which actually isn't that bad if you think about it. I did one on a 94 about 6 months ago and it turn out pretty good. I'll help you out for much less and you can learn all about the top in the process.

Here's a link to a couple of sellers. the first one is where i got hers from. It takes a week or two to get them because they are made to order from the supplier.

http://www.mmmiata.com/catalogsite/softtops.php
http://www.miatamania.com/Shop/ViewP...eIndexID=58589


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Lim's custom top in Tyson (don't have the number) are freaking awesome. They do all of the work for my shop. I'm pretty sure they can just replace the window. They are on Tyco road.


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