Buying Miata hard tops

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Buying Miata Hard Tops

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What do I need to add a hard top to my car?

All hard tops require 4 sets of striker plates for the latches to clip to (2 on the windshield header and 2 behind the doors) and 2 "Frankenstein bolts" on the rear deck. You already have one pair of striker plates (on the windshield header) and might have the Frankenstein bolts, too. If you have a defroster element and want to use it, you also need a defroster switch, a relay, a fuse block, and a recepticle plug. Info on installing the strikers

MX-5.Com has a great tutorial on adding a hard top with photos.

In order to make things more clear, here's a compatability table for Miatas and Hardtops. Find the year range of your car on the left and look across to the year range of your hardtop on the top. Then click on the link and you will have a complete parts inventory.

YearHardtop
1990-19911992-19971999-20022003-20052006-
Car 1990-1991 90/9092/9099/9003/90N/A
1992-1993 90/9092/9299/9203/92N/A
1994-1997 90/9092/9499/9403/94N/A
1999-2002 90/9992/9999/9903/99N/A
2003-2005 90/0392/0399/0303/03N/A
2006 N/AN/AN/AN/AYes

1990-1991 hardtop on 1990-1997 car

This hardtop has no built-in defroster. This makes it much easier to add, since there is no need to wire the defroster electronics! Since all NA cars come with Frankenstein Bolts, all you need to do is add the striker plates.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Total $68.20

1990-1991 hardtop on 1999-2002 car

This hardtop has no defroster element, so there is one less thing to worry about. All you need are Frankenstein Bolts and striker plates.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Total $93.08

1990-1991 hardtop on 2003-2005 car

This hardtop has no defroster element, so there is one less thing to worry about. However, the front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches. You should buy an old-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too. You also need Frankenstein Bolts. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned LatchND30-R1-320 $123.25 1 $123.25
Right Redesigned LatchND30-R1-310 $123.25 1 $123.25
Latch ScrewsNC10-69-9W6 $0.63 6 $3.78
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Total $343.36

1992-1997 hardtop on 1990-1991 car

Your car is not pre-wired to run the defroster in this top. You can just ignore it (which makes things easy) or try to wire in a custom defroster setup. Apart from that, you need to add striker plates and you're set. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Custom NA DefrosterN/A $- 1 $-
Total $68.20

1992-1997 hardtop on 1992-1993 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. You definitely need striker plates. You probably need to add a defroster relay and timer relay. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Timer RelayNA01-67-7T0 $65.00 1 $65.00
Total $171.00

1992-1997 hardtop on 1994-1997 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. You definitely need striker plates. You probably need to add a defroster relay and dash switch. If you have Mazda foglights, you need to use the combo defroster and foglight switch. Otherwise you can use the plain one. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Dash SwitchNA75-66-460 $55.20 1 $55.20
Total $161.20

1992-1997 hardtop on 1999-2002 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but the connector on this older top will not work with the one on your rear deck. So you need to replace the pigtail inside the hardtop with the NB-style one. You also need to add striker plates at the sides and Frankenstein Bolts at the back.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
NB PigtailNC11-67-060A $103.45 1 $103.45
Total $196.53

1992-1997 hardtop on 2003-2005 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but the connector on this older top will not work with the one on your rear deck. So you need to replace the pigtail inside the hardtop with the NB-style one. Also, your car's redesigned striker plates on the windshield header won't work with the old latches on this top. So you need to replace the hardtop latches with the new-style ones. You also need to add striker plates at the sides, and you should use the old-style ones so you don't have to replace the side latches on the hardtop, too. Finally, you need Frankenstein Bolts at the back.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
NB PigtailNC11-67-060A $103.45 1 $103.45
Left Redesigned LatchND30-R1-320 $123.25 1 $123.25
Right Redesigned LatchND30-R1-310 $123.25 1 $123.25
Latch ScrewsNC10-69-9W6 $0.63 6 $3.78
Total $446.81

1999-2002 hardtop on 1990-1991 car

Your car is not pre-wired to run the defroster in this top. You can just ignore it (which makes things easy) or try to wire in a custom defroster setup with an NA- or NB-style pigtail. Apart from that, you need to add striker plates and you're set. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Custom NB DefrosterN/A $- 1 $-
Total $68.20

1999-2002 hardtop on 1992-1993 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. You definitely need striker plates. This top has an NB-style pigtail, you you should replace it with the NA-style one. You probably need to add a defroster relay and timer relay. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Timer RelayNA01-67-7T0 $65.00 1 $65.00
NA PigtailN007-67-060A $119.20 1 $119.20
Total $290.20

1999-2002 hardtop on 1994-1997 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. You definitely need striker plates. This top has an NB-style pigtail, you you should replace it with the NA-style one. You probably need to add a defroster relay and dash switch. If you have Mazda foglights, you need to use the combo defroster and foglight switch. Otherwise you can use the plain one. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Dash SwitchNA75-66-460 $55.20 1 $55.20
NA PigtailN007-67-060A $119.20 1 $119.20
Total $280.40

1999-2002 hardtop on 1999-2002 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster. You only need to add striker plates at the sides and Frankenstein Bolts at the back and you're ready to go!

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Total $93.08

1999-2002 hardtop on 2003-2005 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster. However, the front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches. You should buy an old-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too. You also need to add Frankenstein Bolts at the back. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-361D $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Old-Style Striker PlateNA02-R1-371D $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Left Redesigned LatchND30-R1-320 $123.25 1 $123.25
Right Redesigned LatchND30-R1-310 $123.25 1 $123.25
Latch ScrewsNC10-69-9W6 $0.63 6 $3.78
Total $343.36

2003-2005 hardtop on 1990-1991 car

Your car is not pre-wired to run the defroster in this top. You can just ignore it (which makes things easy) or try to wire in a custom defroster setup with an NA- or NB-style pigtail. The front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches with the old style. You should buy a new-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too. Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-361J $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-371J $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Custom NB DefrosterN/A $- 1 $-
Left Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-320M $101.06 1 $101.06
Right Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-310M $120.00 1 $120.00
Total $289.26

2003-2005 hardtop on 1992-1993 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. This top has an NB-style pigtail, you you should replace it with the NA-style one. You probably need to add a defroster relay and timer relay. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna. The front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches with the old style. You should buy a new-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-361J $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-371J $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Timer RelayNA01-67-7T0 $65.00 1 $65.00
NA PigtailN007-67-060A $119.20 1 $119.20
Left Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-320M $101.06 1 $101.06
Right Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-310M $120.00 1 $120.00
Total $511.26

2003-2005 hardtop on 1994-1997 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster, but some required elements are probably not in place. This top has an NB-style pigtail, you you should replace it with the NA-style one. You probably need to add a defroster relay and dash switch. If you have Mazda foglights, you need to use the combo defroster and foglight switch. Otherwise you can use the plain one. You might also need the fuse block in the trunk if you don't have a power antenna. The front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches with the old style. You should buy a new-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-361J $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-371J $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Fuse BlockN008-66-730 $13.60 1 $13.60
Defroster RelayLA40-67-740 $24.20 1 $24.20
Dash SwitchNA75-66-460 $55.20 1 $55.20
NA PigtailN007-67-060A $119.20 1 $119.20
Left Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-320M $101.06 1 $101.06
Right Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-310M $120.00 1 $120.00
Total $501.46

2003-2005 hardtop on 1999-2002 car

Your car is pre-wired for this defroster. The front striker plates on your car will not work with the latches on this top, so you need to replace the latches with the old style. You should buy a new-style set of striker plates for the sides so you don't have to replace those latches, too. You also need to add Frankenstein Bolts at the back.

Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-361J $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-371J $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Left Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-320M $101.06 1 $101.06
Right Old-Style LatchNA01-R1-310M $120.00 1 $120.00
Total $314.14

2003-2005 hardtop on 2003-2005 car

Your car is pre-wired for a defroster. You only need to add striker plates at the sides and Frankenstein Bolts at the back and you're ready to go! Shopping list:

PartsPart NumbersMSRPQTYTotal
Left Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-361J $29.84 1 $29.84
Right Redesigned Striker PlateNA01-R1-371J $29.84 1 $29.84
Striker Plate Screws9983-40-820B $2.13 4 $8.52
Frankenstein BoltsNA01-R1-38XB $12.44 2 $24.88
Total $93.08

Parts

Here's a description of the various parts mentioned above. Most of these can be purchased at a discount from online vendors and from Miata-friendly dealers like Finishline Performance.

Custom Defroster

If you want to use the defroster element on this top, you need to build a custom setup with a switch, relay, fuse, and NA- or NB-style connector on the rear deck.

Dash Switch

Dash Switches
Dash Switches

Part Number NA75-66-460, MSRP $55.20 There are two types of dash switches, with and without integrated foglight switches. This part number is for the one without a built-in foglight switch. It installs in the blanks to the lower left of the steering column.

Defroster Relay

Defroster Relay
Defroster Relay

Part Number LA40-67-740, MSRP $24.20 This relay plugs into the harness behind the trim plate in the trunk in the license plate area.

Frankenstein Bolts

Frankenstein bolt in place
Frankenstein bolt in place

Part Number NA01-R1-38XB, MSRP $12.44, 2 needed These replace the plain screws on the chrome plates just in front of the trunk lid and hold the hardtop down at the back.

Fuse Block

Fuse Block
Fuse Block

Part Number N008-66-730, MSRP $13.60 This plugs into the harness by the battery. If you have a power antenna, then the fuse block is already there and you just need a fuse.

Latches

The front latch assembly affixes the hardtop to the windshield header. These were redesigned in mid-2003, so you may have to replace the ones your hardtop comes with if it is incompatible with the striker plates on your windshield header.

Left Old-Style Latch

Part Number NA01-R1-320M, MSRP $101.06

Right Old-Style Latch

Part Number NA01-R1-310M, MSRP $120.00

Left Redesigned Latch

Part Number ND30-R1-320, MSRP $123.25

Right Redesigned Latch

Part Number ND30-R1-310, MSRP $123.25

Latch Screws

Part Number NC10-69-9W6, MSRP $0.63, 6 needed These attach the front latches to the inside of the hardtop.

Striker Plates

Plate Kit
Plate Kit

These plates attach to the car right in front of the seatbelt towers and holds the sides of the hardtop down. These are usually available as a kit which comes with a left and right plate and four screws. The latches were redesigned in mid-2003 so you might have to use an updated or backdated plate kit, depending on your hardtop.

Left Old-Style Striker Plate

Part Number NA02-R1-361D, MSRP $29.84

Right Old-Style Striker Plate

Part Number NA02-R1-371D, MSRP $29.84

Left Redesigned Striker Plate

Part Number NA01-R1-361J, MSRP $29.84

Right Redesigned Striker Plate

Part Number NA01-R1-371J, MSRP $29.84

Striker Plate Screws

Part Number 9983-40-820B, MSRP $2.13, 4 needed These screws attach the striker plates to the car.

Pigtails

NA Pigtail
NA Pigtail

This cable attaches to the defroster element in the hardtop and allows it to connect to the defroster connector on the rear deck. More information is available below.

NA Pigtail

Part Number N007-67-060A, MSRP $119.20

NB Pigtail
NB Pigtail
NB Pigtail

Part Number NC11-67-060A, MSRP $103.45

Timer Relay

Part Number NA01-67-7T0, MSRP $65.00 This relay plugs in under the dash by the steering wheel. The fan switch then activates the rear defroster when it is turned on.

Can I use an NA (1989-1997) hard top on my NB (1999-2005) car?

Yes. In addition to the normal items listed above, you need an NB-style pigtail adapter for the hard top defroster. This is part number NC11-67-060A and costs about $85. You could also cut off the pigtails and make up your own connector using whatever you happen to have around, but this is probably a bad idea resale-wise. The latches might need to be changed for 2003-2005 cars.

Here's the wiring diagram/pinout for the connector:

NA wireNB wirePurpose
Red/White Black/Red Relay through element
Yellow Black/White Switch through relay
Black Black Ground

Can I use an NB (1999-2005) hard top on my NA (1989-1997) car?

Yes. You need to replace the defroster pigtail, though. You might need to change the latches for 2003-2005 hard tops.

Can I use an NC (2006+) hard top on my NA or NB car or vice-versa?

No. The hard top is completely different for the 2006 model year and there is no interchange possible.

Are there any aftermarket (non-Mazda) hard tops?

Yes! All should work fine on all NA and NB cars. However, most (all?) will have the old-style latches so they will not work well with 2003-2005 cars with the new striker plates. Also, most (all?) will have the NA-style defroster plug.

Most people recommend just going with a used Mazda Original Equipment (OE) hardtop since the aftermarket tops are not much cheaper, and there is not much positive feedback about them. Here're some aftermarket ideas:

Kirklin

The Kirklin was the first aftermarket top, only produced in 1992 and 1993. This top had some problems with rusting fasteners, and it's unlikely that you'll find one now. thread

Snug Top

The snug tops look identical to the OE as far as the window is concerned, but the window latches are stamped steel rather than the aluminum sculptured look. Look on the driver's side through the window and you will see a tag on the frame that says "Snugtop". Owner feedback has not been all positive.

Smoothline "Speedster"

Also sold by Moss, MMMarketing, and others, this is a less-expensive alternative to the OE. Owners report that it has been unsatisfactory. thread

Mazdaspeed

Two Mazdaspeed tops are available in Japan: One that looks just like the USA OE top and another that has a vent in it. The OE-looking unit has a smaller window and is 20% lighter than the original Mazda top. I need more information on these...

Axis Power Racing

Axis made a custom carbon fiber top for their project car. Others could probably be made, too.

Simpson Design

Simpson Design has been working on a coupe-style (think MX-6 and Mustang) hard top for a few years, but it's not available yet.

How can I verify that I'm buying a Mazda Original Equipment (OE) top?

It's tougher than you think. The OE top does NOT say "Mazda" anywhere on it! Look for a 2-inch "cover" on the inside, just in front of the rear window. The window will say "Nippon Safety" which is a major Japanese glass manufacturer. Make sure the latches look just like the soft top latches, too. Also, look for the L-shaped brackets below the rear window. These are all good indicators of an OE top. thread 1, thread 2

The hard top I'm buying says "SMC" on the inside. What does that mean?

SMC stands for Sheet Molding Compound. That's what the Mazda top is made of. It's sort of like fiberglass.

Is it hard to find a new Miata with a hard top?

Yes. In addition to being an accessory available at the parts counter, the hard top is an option on new Miatas. However, it's quite expensive (though not nearly as expensive as buying it later) and there are very few cars equipped with it. The hard top is a $1500 option, and is NOT available as a dealer-installed option. This means that the only new cars that have hard tops shipped from Japan with them. Mazda made a large number of hard tops in the early years, and these ended up being the last cars sold since the cost of the optional hard top could be more than 10% of the total cost of the car! These days, even though the price of the top has stayed the same while the base cost of the car has doubled, the hard top is a rare option, appearing on 1 in 50 cars or less.

Original option hard tops come painted in the correct body color, and the cars come with all necessary hardware. Retail price for the top option is $1500, and invoice is $1250. This is a really good deal compared to buying a top as an accessory, since they come unpainted, with no hardware. By the time the top is ready to go on the car, you would be looking at $2500 or more!

One interesting point: Few special edition Miatas have had a factory hard top available for them. This means that most M-Edition and Special Edition owners MUST buy an unpainted new accessory or used top and pay to have it painted! I am told that there was an optional hard top available for the '95 and '96 M-editions as well as the 10th Anniversary Edition and '00 SE, and the '94M, '97 STO, or '03 SE colors (Montego, Twilight, and Strato Blue) became standard later, and an original hard top could have been swapped without a repaint.

Where can I get a new hardtop?

Check with your local dealer. The Mazda tops are available for $2250 and come primed. Painting will cost between $200 and $400. Dealers will be very reluctant to pull the top off a used Miata, since it adds so much value to the car. They will not (and can not) sell a hard top off a new car, since it's part of the window-sticker specified options!

That's too much. Where can I get a used hard top?

A used top generally costs between $500 and $1500, depending on year and condition. However, the existence of the Spec Miata racing series (which requires OE hard tops) has been pushing the prices up over the last few years. Check on the Miata.Net Classifieds, your local club, and your newspaper. Look out for someone selling a car with a hard top and ask them if they want to part with it. Car-Part.Com allows you to search for hard tops at junkyards - search for a 1990-2005 Miata "Roof". Also check eBay but prices there tend to be higher than the other sources.

Go ahead and buy all the parts you'll need now, and install the striker plates, in case you have to drive and pick it up. The top will also fit in just about any minivan or pickup. The dimensions are 56" wide (across the widest point), 16 1/4" high (from the lowest to the highest point), 49 1/2" long (at the center).

Do not have it shipped if you can help it. The hardtop is bulky and fragile and it seems like they're always getting destroyed in transit. Most shipping insurance just pays by weight, not value, and the hard top is much more expensive than its weight would indicate.

What's involved in getting a hard top painted?

Just about any body shop can paint a hard top, but some do a much better job than others. It's best to avoid national chains like Maaco and stick to smaller shops, especially those that have done this sort of work before. Ask around in your local Miata club or on the regional forums for a recommendation. A good paint job will cost about $400. Do not skimp, and be suspicious if the price is significantly less than that.

What you want to look for is a shop that will remove the window and hardware, sand and prime the top, and shoot and clearcoat it with the correct paint. Removing and reinstalling the window costs about $120 alone, since there is a non-reusable seal on it that costs $55. thread

Make sure they match the color, not just the paint code number, since the colors tend to change over time. For instance, folks have noticed that the newer Classic Red on the NB cars is slightly different from the older Classic Red on the NA, even though both have the same color code!

Another idea is posting to the Miata forum asking if anyone wants to trade hard tops. Lots of people have mismatched tops on their cars and don't want to spend the money to paint them. Maybe you'll get lucky!

I'm racing in the Spec Miata series. What type of hard top do I need?

The series requires the Mazda Original Equipment top or no top at all. You will need to replace the latches with a more secure connector. You should look for an early (pre-'92) top since they don't have the extra insulation and defroster, which you don't need and probably don't want for weight reasons.

Which roll bars will fit with a hard top?

I don't know of any roll bars that are too high for a hard top. The Hard Dog Hard Core is probably the tallest roll bar out there and it will not fit under a hard top. However, Hard Dog makes a hardtop version that does fit. Almost every other roll bar will not interfere with the use of the hard top. Some bars may block the side latches of the hardtop, but there are replacement latches that will allow them to work, too.



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