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Old 11-04-2012, 10:06 PM   #15
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Healeyman, does your 2010 MX-5 use a key in the ignition, or is it the proximity key fob sensor? If it doesn't use a key, what position do you turn the ignition... knob?
I'm towing a 2008 touring 6 speed for the 1st time and got some tips from Healyman.

He showed me how to defeat the steering lock so you don't need the key at all. The procedure is not too diffulct. Car was towed for 2300 miles with no issues.

I'm using Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar with Roadmaster baseplates.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:17 AM   #16
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Hi all to you Miata owners. In the past, we have flat-towed our Jeep Cherokee, but are switching to our Honda del Sol. The del Sol is a 2-seater Civic, targa (removable roof) and about the same size, if not lighter, as the Miata. Have any of you had any issues with your Miata only being a 2-seater? You can't bring friends or family along for a ride--or do you see this as a blessing!?

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:48 PM   #17
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I'm towing a 2008 touring 6 speed for the 1st time and got some tips from Healyman.

He showed me how to defeat the steering lock so you don't need the key at all. The procedure is not too diffulct. Car was towed for 2300 miles with no issues.

I'm using Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar with Roadmaster baseplates.
Thanks for the info on the tow bar.
Can you give me more info on how you defeat the steering lock?

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:43 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info on the tow bar.
Can you give me more info on how you defeat the steering lock?

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #19
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Would you put a bra on your miata?

Since the vehicle is so low, both the body, ground clearance, and windshield. What steps should you take to protect it?

BTW: Thanks to reitrof for all the information!

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I installed a bra on our Miata and I am sure it has saved the paint on the front end. Just remember, you need to remove the bra now and then and clean out all the junk that gets under it. Also, mine has the fog lamps on the low spoiler and a rock broke one a year or so back. That thing costs $100 and Mazda had to special order the thing. I now use a strip of sticky side reflector tape on each one while towing. It just pulls off when I unhook.
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Since the vehicle is so low, both the body, ground clearance, and windshield. What steps should you take to protect it?

BTW: Thanks to reitrof for all the information!

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Hi James,

My car has 3M Clear Bra on the front bumper, fenders hood and headlights. I also use Trakk Tape on top of the 3M. No issues so far.
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Have any of you had any issues with your Miata only being a 2-seater? You can't bring friends or family along for a ride--or do you see this as a blessing!?
Fran,

I changed browsers and not all of my "Favorites" transferred to the new one. I am just now seeing your questions and I hope that you will see my answers.

We have towed 2 different Miatas for over 7 years and over 50,000 miles. In that time we have only found 3 occasions when we wished that we had a 4 seat car.

In all cases, we traded cars with someone else that we knew, twice for a weekend and once for a whole week. One person had a big truck and the other one (twice) had a Jeep Liberty.

I felt badly that we "stuck" them with our Miata convertible for all those beautiful spring and fall days and evenings.

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Can you give me more info on how you defeat the steering lock?
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Did you get all you need on defeating the steering wheel lock?

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Thanks Healeyman (Tim) for your reply. I'm subscribed to the thread, thus get e-mail notices when someone posts. It seems we'll be able to get by with a 2-seater. I like having the secure, open-air driving that the del Sol gives us. It's also somewhat rare (I've only seen one other in my county) and I like odd cars. I also have a Spitfire, Corvair, and a '52 Ford PU.

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I like odd cars. I also have a Spitfire, Corvair, and a '52 Ford PU.
Fran,

We seem to be of the same ilk. Besides my 2010 Miata retractable hardtop



I have a 1966 Mustang GT Fastback



and a 1959 Austin Healey Roadster with a 300 HP Ford V8 and automatic overdrive transmission.



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