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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Door Bar Conflicts With Dead Pedal

February 1, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I've never really cared that the door bar on our long-term 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata project car hinders entry and exit. Once again, I chalk it up to the character of a project car.

But the last time I drove the project Miata, I found that my left shoe kept hitting the door bar on its way to the dead pedal after clutch use. Not a huge deal, but the door bar leaves minimal width between it and the clutch pedal.

My shoe would either graze the clutch pedal, hit the door bar and/or get hung up on the lower mounting bolt. Or all of the above. Sounds worse than it really is, just something I noticed. And hadn't remembered experiencing before.

The real problem turned out to be the wider-than-usual soles of the running shoes I happened to be wearing that day. Guess I hadn't ever worn those shoes in the Miata before.

Moral to this story? Wear your narrowest shoes when driving the project Miata.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 140,638 miles

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