The Best Miata Short Shifters & Shift Knobs

The Best Miata Short Shifters & Shift Knobs

Stick shift is important to the car community. And sadly, it’s becoming a lost art.

It’s not the most efficient or advanced way to change gears but it sure is 10 times more rewarding than driving an automatic; especially when you do it right.

If you feel the same way, and things like rev-matching or getting a series of perfect shifts is your idea of a good time, we highly recommend getting a short shifter for your Miata.

If you strongly believe that modifications which actually work are always expensive, think again. Short shifters work exactly the way they’re supposed to and don’t cost much.

Thanks to a simple design and advanced manufacturing techniques, you can get your hands on a good quality short throw shifter for less than a hundred bucks.

In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best short throw shifters and shift knobs you can buy for all generations of the Mazda Miata MX-5.

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Mazda Miata Headlight Conversions

Mazda Miata Headlight Conversions

If you’re asked to describe the way a car looks, words like “angry” or “intimidating” may come to your mind. A lot of work goes into making a car look like that.

A car’s headlight design makes its overall look pop and helps shape an “expression”. That’s why aftermarket lights make your car look so different.

Most of us who modify cars are looking for that aggressive look, yet almost everyone agrees that the Miata MX-5 looks “happy” or even “cute” from the factory.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at some of the coolest Mazda Miata headlight conversions, that can help you personalize your car.

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How to Get the Best Miata Cold Air Intake

How to Get the Best Miata Cold Air Intake

If there was a list of the most easily accessible performance upgrades, cold air intakes would be number one. You could call it a ‘gateway’ upgrade which sets off a chain of many other modifications.

To be more accurate though, we’d like to call cold air intakes a ‘support’ upgrade.

A cold air intake is part of the collection of little things that add up. Though it will change how your car sounds, it does not create power by itself. Instead, it helps your already modified engine to manage it’s additional power more efficiently.

You will observe a noticeable power gain from your new cold air intake when you pair it with other aftermarket upgrades.

In this guide, we’ll show you whether cold air intakes live up to their hype, how to use them correctly, and how to find the best cold air intake for your Miata.

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The Best Car Covers for Your Miata

Mechanical maintenance isn’t the be-all and end-all of responsible car care. Covering your car is one of the best things you can do to keep it clean and protected from the elements.

Cars parked out in the open are prone to damage and faster wear because of natural factors like rain, hail, snow, tree sap, dust and so on. Of course, these threats will vary depending on where you store your car.

A good car cover goes a long way by protecting your car against such threats. It’s worth noting that sun/water damage is very expensive to repair and you can easily avoid this cost by simply keeping your car covered when parked.

Putting the cover on and taking it off every day may be a little tedious and annoying for some people but trust us, it’s worth it.

Car Care Tip: If you find your car coated in a thick layer of dust, avoid wiping it down with a dry cloth. Doing this will result in fine scratches as the dust particles scrape the car’s surface. Always wash the dust off with a hose first, then wipe the water off with a damp cloth in one direction, to protect your topcoat.

In this article, we’ll highlight the most important qualities that car covers need to possess and help you choose the best car cover for your Miata.

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Best Miata Radiators: Performance Upgrades & Cheap Replacements

Best Miata Radiators: Performance Upgrades & Cheap Replacements

The radiator is a key component of your car’s cooling system. What it does is simple, yet vital. Your engine produces heat; the coolant absorbs this heat, passes through the radiator tubes where it cools down and gets circulated back to the engine.

This is, of course, an oversimplification of how it actually works, but you get the idea.

When maintained properly, a radiator should last for over 10 years. We’ve even seen great examples where radiators have lasted for a car’s lifetime! If you drive the NA or NB Miata, we strongly recommend that you get your radiator checked if you haven’t because as of today, these cars are between 15 and 25 years old and most of their stock parts are going to need replacement.

In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best radiators for your Mazda Miata MX-5. Whether you are seeking an upgrade or simply needing to replace a failed radiator with a similar unit, you’ll find it here.

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Complete Guide to Mazda Miata Modifications & Upgrades

Complete Guide to Mazda Miata Modifications & Upgrades

The Mazda Miata is one of the most fun cars to drive. We’re not the only ones that think so: it’s the best-selling two-seater convertible in history!

It also won “Car of the Year” from Wheels Magazine in 1989, 2005, and 2016 (the first years of the NA, NC, and ND generations), and it’s made Car and Driver’s annual “10 Best” list 17 times.

But if you’re like us, this sort of greatness is never enough. There are ways to make the Miata even better!

This guide will walk you through (what we think are) the best Mazda Miata mods out there.

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Your Guide to Finding the Best Miata Rims

Your Guide to Finding the Best Miata Rims

The wheels you use on your Miata, regardless of generation (NA, NB, NC or ND) are crucial to making your car look great and perform well. Large and heavy rims will slow your car down and make it feel sluggish.

Many people complain about the performance of their car after they buy new wheels, because they didn’t know to keep size and weight down. Shaving off weight and keeping your wheels light is crucial for making sure your Miata feels how it should after a wheel upgrade.

We’re here to help, so you don’t make that mistake.

This guide will help you find a set of Miata rims by showing you the ideal size, weight and offset. Then we’ll show you our favorite wheels for a Miata – the ones we think are the best.

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Best Miata Supercharger Kits: Everything You Need to Know

If you want to get more power out of your zippy, Mazda Miata, your best bet is to install some form of forced induction; either a supercharger or turbocharger.

Between the two, we prefer superchargers, and we’ll go into the details below.

Superchargers are connected to the engine’s crankshaft, whose spinning motion in turn powers the supercharger. They can add serious horsepower.

Below you’ll find some intro information on the topic of forced induction, and our experiences on the topic.  We outline your different options and will point you in the right direction for the best MX5 supercharger kit to suit your needs.

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Ultimate Guide to the Best Miata Seats

ND Miata with Recaro bucket seats intalled

The Mazda Miata, especially later generations (NC and beyond) is not known for its comfortable seats. In fact, the tough, unsupportive OEM seats can be enough to turn some drivers off from buying.

But the industry is rich with aftermarket seats that provide more support, comfort and will last longer. Companies like Recaro, Corbeau, and Sparco have spent years perfecting the best seats for Miata use.

Below we’ll talk about which seats are best for your particular MX5, and which seats are compatible with each generation. After that we’ll run you through the seats we like the most.

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In Search of the Best Miata Roll Bar

Best Miata Roll Bars

There are plenty of options for roll bars for your Mazda MX5 Miata. Aftermarket parts manufacturers produce roll bars for each generation of the car.

Some of the biggest names in the business are Blackbird Fabworx, Hard Dog, OBX Racing Sports and Cusco.

A roll bar is an unsung hero of track-modded Miatas. Here we have our picks, broken down by MX5 generation. We’ll help you choose the best roll bar for your specific model.

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