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    I took a drive yesterday morning and used the wiper to clear the dust and pollen front the windshield. This sparked a few thoughts and considerations.
    • I haven't decided where I will ultimately park the wiper at rest. Straight up the middle is an appealing option. That's simply a matter of adjusting the position of the wiper motor arm.
    • I want as much sweep as possible, but 180 really isn't necessary. From my driving position, the bottom few inches of windshield on each side only offers a view of the car's hood. So, if I can't get the wiper to sweep that far, it won't be limiting my view of the road.
    • Adjustable wiper arm:
      • I need the wiper to reach higher. The stock wiper arm and 18" blade leaves too much untouched glass in the upper left corner of the windshield. It doesn't obscure my view enough to be dangerous, but it is annoying. I could simply go with a longer blade (20-22"), but that might extend too far down. So, I'm looking at adjustable length wiper arms that would allow me to extend the coverage at the tip of the wiper without needing to have too much wiper blade at the bottom.
      • The adjustable arms also allow for adjusting the angle of wiper blade to the rest of the arm. That would be handy for fine tuning the fit.
      • Several of the adjustable arms I'm looking at come with a "wet kit." The would be a hose and squirt nozzle that attaches to the arm itself. This might be a nice supplement to the hood mounted squirts and get more water exactly where it is needed.
    • I'm trying really hard to ignore that fact that the "center" wiper arm is not actually centered, but is offset to one side a bit. To "fix" that issue is probably more work than I'm willing to put into this project. :bang:
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    However... The project took a turn when I came across this today:

    AFI 33090 Premier Stainless Steel Pantographic Adjustable Marine Wiper Arm (12" to 17", Silver)


    It's just such a nice looking piece of kit that I couldn't resist trying to add it to my Miata. It calls for 80 degrees of sweep, so I'm going to hold off on further modifications to the wiper transmission until I receive the new wiper arm on Monday.
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    Eighty degrees is a pretty limited arc plus added resistance. I like where you’re going with this though.


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    Yeah, I'm not sure if I can make it work, but I'm going to give it a try anyway. We'll see what happens...
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    Well, the pantographic wiper arm was a no-go. I would need the pivot point to be much lower in order for the sweep to work with the Miata windshield. Also, the marine wiper blade I bought is designed for a much larger diameter pivot shaft. So, I'm back to the OEM wiper arm for now. I'm looking at adjustable length singl arms now, to fine tune the reach and sweep of my mono wiper.

    Since that project is on hold for a few days, I decided to work on a few other things. With Cars & Coffee at COTA coming this Saturday, I put the wiper and cowl back together and then worked on this:





    And this:




    It took me about 2 hours and half of a bottle of Rapid-Tac to get the stripes done to my liking. I feel like these turned out better than the old offset double stripes I put on a few years ago.

    The "EUNOS" lettering is 1/8" thick matte black acrylic that was laser cut in "911 Porsha" font. I had to apply the 3M tape to the back myself, but these things are NOT going to fall off! They cost me about $35 from Woodland Manufacturing. They were a great bunch of folks to work with and the price was pretty reasonable for custom work, imo. If anyone else wants a set, PM me and I'll give you their contact info and my order number so they can duplicate it for you. (they can do just about any color you want.)

    Now I need to decide what I'm going to do with the 2 badge locations on either side of the license plate. I'm thinking about "Roadster" on one side and "GT" on the other.
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    A couple of small things today: I got tired if the worn finish on my wiper, so I shot it with some black paint. I also replaced the 18' blade with a new 22" blade.



    I'm still planning on getting a new wiper arm and working on increasing the sweep. Just waiting until after Cars & Coffee on Saturday. I want an arm without the right hand offset of the OEM arm. I'm also thinking about adding a wiper arm mounted washer jet.
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