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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Aftermarket Seat Tips, Version Two

January 21, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

After living with our modded 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its aftermarket seat over a weekend, I realized I left out a couple of key seatbelt-buckling tips.

I failed to mention that in order to feed the belt through the seat hole on the center tunnel side, you actually need to position your butt up on the left-side seat bolster so that your right leg is out of the way. No biggie, just not your typical seat-belting method, eh?

The other extremely helpful tip is to slide the seatbelt receiver back slightly, so that it's closer to vertical. This makes it a straighter shot for the belt.

One last tip. If you're hopping into the Miata at night, just don't be in any kind of a rush. I found out (when I was in a rush in a very dark parking lot) that the interior light doesn't work. Not sure why I've never noticed this before. But it made it even more of a challenge to snap the belt into place, since I couldn't see anything that was going on in the extremely tight space between that heavily-bolstered seat and the center tunnel. Plus, you can barely even squeeze a hand in there.

But you know what? After a couple of fumbling runs, I actually got reasonably good at the whole process. Even in the dark. Some might call it a nuisance. I call it part of the character of a modified car.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 140,508 miles

Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "Some might call it a nuisance. I call it part of the character of a modified car." It's both. Now maybe you should get the courtesy light fixed.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    nuisance or nuance - spice of life

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    so is the engine done getting those crazy mods? you guys never finished the writeup of the install and when will you take it to the dyno and do another run of "track tested" on it?

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