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Old 01-12-2016, 02:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Setting up and towing 2007 Miata MX-5

Sorry if I'm biting too much off at once, but here goes. Can anyone provide any reassurance on successful (4 down) towing of Miatas like mine? What have you used in terms of tow bars and base plate mounting bracket sets? The only kit I can find is from Roadmaster, and apparently I'd need adapters for those mounting brackets to work with the Demco Excali-bar tow bar I have.

Any help?
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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Sure, 1st off, what kind of 07 Miata, trans?
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I've been towing mine over 8500 miles, turn key on to release steering wheel lock.

I think mine was roadmaster faceplate

Install battery disconnect, put in neutral......
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Any help?
Yep, Lots of help among the 3 of us.

We're all towing. I have helped nearly 100 others to get their Miatas flat towable.

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Hey Bruce,

How are you doing? Where are you this winter?

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My Miata has a standard 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive. Love the car and don't want to hurt it. The only base plate kit I can find is the Roadmaster, and that may be a special order, along with an adapter bar to use the Demco tow bar assembly. Any other suggestions?

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The only base plate kit I can find is the Roadmaster.... Any other suggestions?
Nope. Roadmaster is the ONLY manufacturer that makes a baseplate for the 2006-2015 Miata.

I towed an earlier year 5-speed Miata over 35,0000 miles and know several who have towed a 5-speed over 50,000 miles.

I would sell your current tow bar and buy a Roadmaster tow bar rather than to mess with adapters. Adapters are just another link between the RV and the car that will develop "slop".

I bought a new-in-the-box Roadmaster for $200 on Craigslist and bought a nearly new $1,000 Roadmaster All-Terrain for $100 at a garage sale. Look around. NO need to pay list for one.

PM me if you want or need more information.

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I would sell your current tow bar and buy a Roadmaster tow bar
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How are you doing? Where are you this winter?

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Hey Tim, currently in Ft Myers for January. Where are you?

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I've been towing mine over 8500 miles, turn key on to release steering wheel lock.

I think mine was roadmaster faceplate

Install battery disconnect, put in neutral......
There is a way to defeat the steering lock so the key is not required and draining the battery.
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There is a way to defeat the steering lock so the key is not required and draining the battery.
I know, but this is working well for me (the KISS method) I have a second set of keys lock it up, no issues.
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We have a 2007 Miata GT 6 speed. We wanted to tow, had a new Blue Ox from our other car that we tow when we need larger. Bought a new Roadmaster base plate and a used from eBay Blue Ox base plate, took them to a good certified welder and combined them. We have currently have
towed over 50,000 miles, no problem. Used the magnetic lights, did not want to cut into the Miata's wiring
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Can't put those lights on trunk lid

I use them also, work great.
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I have a 1999 and want to tow it but also want to carry the motorcycle, so I have to trailer mine.
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Bought a new Roadmaster base plate and a used from eBay Blue Ox base plate, took them to a good certified welder and combined them. g
Hi Rich,

Is that baseplate on the red car that you sent me pictures of? I didn't realize that you had made your own.

Glad to hear that you are still on the road with your Miata.

I hope all is well with you and your family.

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