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I’ve sworn off modding another car after I dumped thousands on Supercharging a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor years ago and selling the car for just a fraction of what I put into it… but here I go again, modding another car. Little by little…
Luckily, hi-flow exhaust and forced induction are not on a list of mods for my Miata, but there are some things that are quite pricey. The necessary mods have already been done, like getting a second set of wheels for summer/winter use. I got a spare donut for future road trips. I got the licence plate mounted without drilling holes in the front bumper, pricey but necessary mod to avoid getting pulled over (as people do that don’t mount the front license plate that is required in New Jersey).
Fix few small dings/dents with paintless dent removal (PDR)
BOSE door speakers (they buzz)
Covercraft Sunshade [June 18, 2016]
I’ll also use this post to update things that I bought as a result of this list. Among them are the Covercraft sunshade I’ve been eager to get this summer to help keep the temps cooler in the car while it’s parked outside. Quite a few times I’ve gotten into the car whether at home or at work, and the steering wheel would be burning hot from baking in direct sunshine. Well, the sunshade will fix that. I managed to snag a display unit from eBay for about half of what they’re listed new: $35 shipped… It looks beautiful!
Being a display model there were a few imperfections, like the small tears in the reflective material where the threading punctures through at the bottom of the sunshade, and a crease across the top where someone obviously tried to fold this thing.
But this is something I could live with, and I’m sure it would have been inevitable while handling the sunshade in the limited space inside the car. I can see how easy it is to mangle the thing while trying to put it up on the windshield and using the sun visors to hold it in place.
As far as the items on the wish list. The Dash Cam is a necessary accessory because every time I drive somewhere someone tries to run me off the road. Driving such a small car makes you invisible. The intermittent windshield wiper module is necessary because the stock unit is not very good at controlling the speed of the wipers, they’re either too fast or too slow. Floor mats I need for those muddy days at Watkins Glen or other circuits. The chrome ring around the keyhole on the rear bumper is purely for aesthetics. And a car cover is for that time when I’m away and the car is in the driveway for weeks at a time.
The intermittent windshield wiper switch is on the way. Used eBay to make an offer of $30 for a used one and it was accepted, shipping from Texas included. Will post up pictures once it’s on the car.
Update June 22, 2016
Got two of my best offers accepted via eBay, and now have two Intermittent windshield wiper switches. The second one was also for $30 bux from a shop in Linden, NJ so I went and picked it up today. The install went as follows:
Done and done!
UPDATE August 2015: The Dash Cam has been installed: A118C