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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.

Miata Fiata Talk Episode 2: Modifications and Maintenance Discussion

Join Chris, Sakshik, Russ and Dan for our second episode of Miata Fiata Talk discussing mods and maintenance to our cars. The subjects of exhaust, tires, brakes, suspension and oils are covered along with a bunch of other stories as we got sidetracked a million times. Check it out:

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Mazda MX-5: The Wishlist

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).

This post will act as a list of future mods that I wish to do to my car, and the reason why I want to acquire those things eventually.

The Wishlist:

  • Dash Cam
  • Intermittent windshield wiper (RX-8/Mazda 6) [June 22, 2016]
  • All weather/rubber MX-5 floor mats
  • MX-5 Custom Car Cover
  • Trunk Key Hole chrome ring
  • 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!

covercraft sunshade miata mx-5
Mazda MX-5 Miata Covercraft sunshade in Gold

sunshade mx-5

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.

mx-5 sunshade gold covercraft

sun shade mx-5 miata covercraft

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:

intermittent windshield wiper switch mazda6 for mx-5

3 screws to take the cover off, and 2 screws to get the module out
3 screws to take the cover off, and 2 screws to get the module out
this unit is tiny! compared to similar Ford modules I replaced on my Crown Vic CVPI
this unit is tiny! compared to similar Ford modules I replaced on my Crown Vic CVPI
happy to see different Mazda components fit from Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 onto a Mazda MX-5
happy to see different Mazda components fit from Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 onto a Mazda MX-5

intermittent wiper switch rx-8 mx-5 mazda6

mazda6 rx-8 intermittent wiper switch miata

Done and done!

UPDATE August 2015: The Dash Cam has been installed: A118C

mazda mx-5 miata gt prht sunshade dash cam 5

mazda mx-5 miata gt prht sunshade dash cam 4

mazda mx-5 miata gt prht sunshade dash cam 3

mazda mx-5 miata gt prht sunshade dash cam 2

mazda mx-5 miata gt prht sunshade dash cam 1