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Mazda MX-5: Miata Fender Removal. Fender Bender Fix.

Well I’ve gone and done it. Took the better part of the day but my fender is now fixed. Not the prettiest job but it will have to do for now.

What I’ve learned is that it is possible to change the fender without removing the bumper. I was worried it would take forever. Luckily it didn’t take as long as I thought it would, the most time consuming bit was trying to find the plastic clips that hold the fender liner in place. I picked up some universal Dorman fasteners which don’t sit perfectly but again they’ll have to do. Despite my best efforts most of mine broke even though I was perfectly gentle, I guess after 11 years they get so brittle there’s no way to reuse them.

Another difficulty was getting the side skirt removed enough to get to the bottom bolts. Lucky I didn’t break those clips, universal wouldn’t have been an option, dealer only part.

And finally the new fender I got was somewhat bowed. It took a lot of time to bang it into shape. And even then there are rather large gaps between fender and bumper and fender and hood.

Here’s some photos:

So, in this process I used zip ties and hundred mile per hour (100mph) tape… like in NASCAR (lol) or more commonly known as Flex Tape available from TV in As Seen On TV ads or in my case picked up at Walgreens for $12.99 (4” inches wide 5’ feet long) I used a fraction of it on the cracked bits on the inside of the bumper so that the fender liner has something to attach to. And on the fender headlight bit which cracked off in the accident. The same bit was meant to be screwed into the fender, but for the life of me I could not align it, so I zip tied the damn thing in place. If I took the front bumper off I probably would have been able to tighten it correctly. For now zip ties and tape will do. Going to go for a spirited drive to see if anything loose shakes out. As of now everything is attached tightly. I did scuff up some paint on the car from the sharp metal of the fender, not to mention murdered my hands with cuts and scrapes.

Mazda MX-5: Bought the $38 eBay Miata Lip Spoiler from Taiwan

I’ve been resisting the temptation to buy the “cheap” eBay Miata lip spoiler for at least a year now. I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon… follow the latest fad that all the kids are doing. But the price was right and after seeing a few of them in the wild, I pulled the trigger so to speak. I’m glad I did.

This is going to be post 1 of 2, because I haven’t installed the thing yet. The weather has yo-yo’ed in the Northeast from 70F a few days ago down to 14F tonight, feeling like single digits with the wind chill. As good as that 3M double sided tape is that the spoiler came equipped with, I doubt anything will adhere in this weather. Luckily I’ll be in Florida early next week where the weather is a more agreeable 80F and I’m sure it’ll stick just fine there.

But I wanted to make a post just to comment on the whole eBay buying experience and the first impressions of the product.

It looks good!

Here’s the unboxing:

There are several sellers on eBay and a long discussion about this product on Miata.net with the post specifically linking to the seller I bought from: EuroMotoSport. The price $38.99 total, shipping including coming from Taiwan. I added an $11 tube of 32V Copper Red Paint to my order from Quirk Parts to bring the total to just over $50 bux so that I could use a promotion from eBay, a $10 off $50 coupon, which brought the total down to $41 for both items. Since I was willing to pay $11 for the touch-up paint, I’m going to subtract the discount from the spoiler. It basically cost me $28.99 And since I used an eBay gift card I had previously purchased from a local supermarket at a 20% discount, that’s an additional $8 off (if you count the full $41 payment that I made to eBay for this transaction). So basically $21-22 is what I paid for my spoiler all in all, which is good for what it is.

Out of the three available options I chose the Rounded-edge spoiler, a Normal and Streamlined versions were also available, but after seeing pictures of all three on Miata.net forums, I was most partial to the Rounded-edge one.

The order was placed late on February 24th and status was updated to shipped on March 1st. To my great surprise the seller air-mailed the item with DHL, and when I got a Text and eMail alert about it, it looked like they overnighted it! WOW… in reality the shipment took two days being left in customs for most of the day it was actually scheduled to be delivered (March 3rd instead of 2nd) but I’m totally cool with that.

I’m also really cool with them shipping DHL… I had never noticed it before but Deutsche Post is really proud of their Motorsport partnerships, which I didn’t even realize existed…. I knew they sponsored Formula 1 and Formula E, but WEC, WTCC and MotoGP came as a surprise. Way to go eBay seller!  You made my day.

I’m looking forward to installing this thing in Daytona Beach!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post.