First produced in 1989 as a 1990 model, Miata (MX-5) is
now in it's third generation of design.
1990-1997 GENERATION 1 MODEL
The original factory soft top, referred to as an OE Style
top, was a 2 piece design with the window section zippered into the top deck
section. The window was a clear plastic. The top deck was made with a deck seam
down both sides and had quarter panels that overlapped the window section.
Original material was 38oz Cabrio Vinyl in black and tan. In 1991 Mazda offered
an optional removable hardtop.
1998-2005 GENERATION 2 MODEL
The Gen 2 top continued with the same 2 piece zippered
design, however the plastic window was replaced with glass. Cabrio Vinyl in
black and tan was still offered but in 2003 Stayfast Cloth was added as an
option. Stayfast colors were 2514 Med Neutral; 848 Black; 2776 Dk Blue and 2009
2006-2009 GENERATION 3
The MX-5 was completely redesigned for 2006. The soft top
is a non zippered 1 piece design without the deck seams and overlapping quarter
panels. Cabrio Vinyl in black and parchment as well as Stayfast Cloth in 848
Black and 2944 Brick are the material choices.
All AutoTopsDirect.com Glass Window Miata tops
are designed to fit the 1999-2005 model years. They can be installed on the
1990-1997 models as an upgrade. New Bow Straps, which are included, must be
installed on the top to make them fit the 1990-1997 models.If you are upgrading
to a heated defroster glass window you will need to purchase and install a Mazda
OE wire harness, part # N007-67-060A. The 1990 Miata does not have the vehicle
wiring required to install this harness so it is recommended that a defroster
window top not be purchased for this vehicle.
If the vehicle does not have a separate heater/defogger switch, the defroster
window heat grids will activate when the fan switch is turned on. Serious damage
to the top and/or interior may occur if this happens. NEVER OPERATE THE FAN,
HEATER OR A/C WITH THE TOP IN THE DOWN POSITION ON VEHICLES THAT DON'T HAVE THE
SEPARATE HEATER/DEFOGGER SWITCH
NON FACTORY 1 PIECE
AutoTopsDirect.com offers a 1 piece alternative to the OE Style
Factory top.These Budget Tops are made with the same materials and quality but
because of the design changes they are less expensive than the OE Style. The AutoTopsDirect.com Budget Top retains the original Deck Seams so the look is like the
All Mata's have a plastic rain rail attached
to the bottom of the top. The rain rail channels water down and out the drain
holes in the body. The existing rain rail may be reused providing it is in
serviable condition however replacing it is highly recommended. AutoTopsDirect.com rivets
the rain rail to the top which makes the installation easier and about 1 hour