Getting a (New) Grip - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Getting a (New) Grip

January 24, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Getting a New Grip

The latest mod to project Miata is something I could really wrap my hands around. Jay Kav installed a new Momo steering wheel and it's perfect for this car. First off, it's a proper sports car style -- meaning it's a three spoker. The previous wheel (like most of the '90s era) looked like a vinyl-upholstered throw pillow with a ring around it. Mind you, the Miata's wasn't quite as bad as this, but still. Since then, car makers have been able to package the air bag in a smaller hub, making for much better aesthetics.

But back to the Momo. Yes, we sacrificed the air bag. But not only does the Momo look just right, it feels the same way. The leather-wrapped rim's medium thickness should be about right for most folks -- not too thin and not Python-like, as with some newer BMW M sport wheels. Whether cruising with my thumbs resting on the reliefs or quickly shuffle steering, it provided a great tactile connection between Miata and me. 

Stay tuned for an upcoming post by Jay which will provide details on the install. 

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 128, 445 miles

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