Aftermarket Seat Tips - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Aftermarket Seat Tips

January 16, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

This was my first stint in our 1997 Mazda MX-5 since on-site Project Miata guru Jay Kavanagh installed an aftermarket racing seat. As such, I now have some key tips for anyone driving this car.

Tip Number 1
Be sure to remove everything from your pockets before getting into the extremely restrictive confines of the seat. That means everything, but particularly that cell phone in your front pocket. Because once you're in this seat, and especially once you're buckled in, there's no getting anything out of your pockets. Ever again.

Not to mention the fact that, apparently, Dan Frio doesn't appreciate people pocket dialing him.

Tips Number 2 and 3
Before you try to buckle yourself in, gather as much seatbelt slack as possible (this tip courtesy of JayKav) prior to slipping the belt through the hole in the seat.

But even more important, especially for those of us short of leg, be sure to buckle the belt before you move the seat into its proper forward position. Skip this last step and you'll be hard-pressed to pull the belt far enough back to clasp it into place.

Follow these tips and this seat won't seem like such a hassle, leaving you to revel in its unbelievable lateral support. Just the thing for canyon runs and track days.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 140,347 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That seat belt buckle arrangement worries me a bit. With the cage, the seat, and the track time this car is getting, I'd say a 5 point harness is called for.

  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    So when is the new motor going in?

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