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Mazda MX-5: Miata Lip Spoiler Installed in Daytona Beach, Florida

First order of business on arrival to Florida was installing my new eBay lip spoiler from Taiwan.

I think it looks great, even though I think I botched the install a little bit… there are a few places I would like to adjust it, although to be honest it looks far better than I thought it would.

Who knew something so cool could only cost $20 bux?

Pix:

First things first… a good hose down at a local Daytona car wash.

I first left it out in the sun for about 10 minutes so the spoiler softened in order to be bent to follow the shape and curvature of the trunk lid.

I wanted it to sit right on the very tip of the trunk, which posed a bit of an issue because as the lid curls up it creates an uneven area to which the flat bottom of the lip spoiler would have a hard time sticking. For this reason I think a tiny bit of the 3M adhesive on the back of the lip spoiler is somewhat exposed. But I think it’ll do just fine. We’ll see with time if it needs to be readjusted.

I used some painters tape to force the lip spoiler in place. It was probably not necessary as the 3M tape grabbed the trunk immediately and pretty vigorously.

I had some help installing it, so my approach was to start from left to right. I attached the center of the spoiler first, then had my friend hold the right side up away from the trunk, while I gently followed the curvature of the trunk to stick the spoiler to the left first. Then I returned to the center and went ahead to stick it to the right. I think I got the two sides to balance within 1mm (I think the left side sticks out 1mm more than the right side, but it isn’t noticeable) what is noticeable is on the very edge of the spoiler the right side seems a bit more exposed from the bottom on the right than the left.

It may sound confusing so I hope the pix will show what I mean:

I left the tape on for about an hour while we went to Ponce Inlet Beach, and then removed the tape to see how it looks:

This side especially shows how much it sticks out.

Took a little trip to the Daytona International Speedway for some more shots:

First impressions: I like it!  I like it a lot. It’s subtle but has a presence

Would I recommend it?

YES!

Go and buy one, for the price and the quick shipping, it’s a mod you’ll appreciate and enjoy. And if you don’t like it, the losses are minimal.

I’ll post an update to see if it helps with stability or gas mileage on the highway. I doubt it, but with multiple trips coming up within Florida I should be able to notice differences. I got up to 38mpg on the drive down here, so I think it is already as good as it gets.

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.