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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! dnaha's Avatar
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    Finally, after about 5 years, I am the proud owner of a set of Watanabe Type B wheels. I've always loved the look of these wheels on the Miata. I have been wanting to purchase a set of these wheels since my first Miata, the 1996 M-Edition but never was in a position to do so, as well as never got the chance to buy them.

    This past week on Facebook Marketplace finally found a set for sale locally in the 14x6.5 +14.5 specs that I wanted (besides the silver color but that is something that I can change down the line so I'm not too worried about it. Plus silver won't look bad against the paint of the Miata). From the listing and the pictures, the wheels looked to be in great condition and even came with a set of basically new tires (will be replacing these eventually for something a bit better).

    The guy I bought them from said they were imported back in around 2013 and he had used them on his Miata as well as his Opel GT. Also threw in a set of the Type 1 Center Caps with the wheels which was nice. Got a pretty good deal them too, so I'm extremely happy.

    Considering I have an NA8, I probably run a 3mm since I've read with a 5mm spacer you need to get extended wheel studs which are not something I want to do currently. Also need to buy a set of the black Watanabe lug nuts to go along with these wheels.

    All in all, I couldn't be happier that I finally got to get a set of my dream wheels. Can't wait to get them onto the car soon. Pics attached below.

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! Greasemonkey2000's Avatar
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    Awesome! Congratulations, can't wait to see them installed!
    '01 NB2 aka MisF1re: http://mazdaroadster.net/showthread....218#post207218
    '97 M aka Warbird, gone but not forgotten: http://mazdaroadster.net/showthread....B&goto=newpost
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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! dnaha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasemonkey2000 View Post
    Awesome! Congratulations, can't wait to see them installed!
    Me too! I was never the biggest fan of the 97 M-Edition's wheels so I'm glad I finally get the chance to change them with something that's a bit more to my taste
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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! Greasemonkey2000's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnaha View Post
    Me too! I was never the biggest fan of the 97 M-Edition's wheels so I'm glad I finally get the chance to change them with something that's a bit more to my taste
    Yes of all the NA Special Editions/M Editions, the 97M has the worst OEM wheels. I'm also excited because Wats is what I REALLY wanted for Warbird, my 97M, and that was something that never came to fruition. So I get to live vicariously through you!
    '01 NB2 aka MisF1re: http://mazdaroadster.net/showthread....218#post207218
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    Completed:
    Engine/Drivetrain
    -Mazdaspeed Front Strut Bar
    -BeatRush Rear Strut Bar
    -Mazdaspeed Oil Filler Cap (Gold)
    -DDM Works Cruise Control Relocation Kit
    -Mazdaspeed Airbox Powdercoated High Heat Flat Black
    -Retro Modern Spark Plug Cover
    -NGK Spark Plug Change
    -Koyorad 36mm Hyper V-Core Aluminum
    -Upgraded Maruha Radiator Hoses
    -DaveFab LHD Washer Bottle Relocation Kit
    -OEM 1.8L Valve Cover Powdercoated Flat Black
    Exterior
    -Moss Miata Turn Signal Intakes
    -Front and Rear Tie-down "Baby Teeth" Removal
    -OEM Eunos Yellow Lens Fog Lights
    -OEM-style R-Package Front Lip
    -OEM-style R-Package Rear Lip
    -Retro-style Luggage Rack
    -Robbins Factory-Style Top w/ Defroster Glass (Zipperless & NA Tan)
    Interior
    -Hard Dog M2 Sport Black Powdercoat W/ Double Diagonal
    -OEM Dual Defroster/Fog Light Switch
    -Revlimiter Sharka's Vent Rings Polished Aluminum
    Misc
    -Rear Bumper Cover Refinished


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    Big update time!

    As mentioned in a previous post, the plastic window on my Miata had deteriorated to the point where it was honestly a hazard to drive with it up (especially at night). The window has turned incredibly orange and brown and had several cracks in it and all in all, it was time to replace. I tried using plastic window cleaner but that didn't really do anything substantial on this top (worked pretty well on my 96's top however). The actual soft top itself was in relatively good condition, just faded after 20+ years of use. Here's some pictures of the state that it was in:
    From the outside...
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    And the inside...
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    So, after researching and locating an installer, finally bought a new top from Robbins! I got the factory style since I like the OEM look as opposed to the streamline tops, and I also got the glass with defroster since I never want to deal with a plastic window again (installer said that they don't even last long despite being new). Also went with zipperless since with the roll-bar in place, unzipping was a nightmare. Here's some pictures from the installation:

    Old top removed...
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    Just the frame left...
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    Top installed!
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    From the inside again...
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    I can't believe how much nicer this new top is. Comparing the two side by side, the old one was so faded and worn. There is actually color in the new top! And the glass window is amazing. I can actually see outside again.

    Very pleased with the top, the installer, and the whole process. Definitely an upgrade worth doing if your soft top is old or the plastic window needs to be replaced.
    Last edited by dnaha; 07-30-2020 at 05:00 PM.
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