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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Roll Bar And Visibility

July 04, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Roll Bar And Visibility 

Some of you have asked about Project Miata's visibility with the Blackbird Fabworx GT3 6-point roll bar. I'm here for you. Hit the jump.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Roll Bar And Visibility 

At a glance, it may appear that the X-brace blocks the rear view, but in practice visibility is a non-issue. 

Let's say you're looking at the rearview mirror from your usual driving position. The two bars forming the top of the X-brace knock the corners off the bottom of the mirror, and that's it. The gussets aren't in your path of sight at all.

You also look right over the crux of the X when you crane your head around while reversing. I wouldn't have believed this without first-hand experience with both styles, but the X-brace indeed has much better visibility than a traditional dual diagonal setup.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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