The first generation of the Mazda Miata convertible roadster was produced from 1989 through 1997. During that time, Mazda made the Miata (MX-5) convertible tops with plastic (vinyl) windows. However, when Mazda began producing the second generation Miatas in 1999, Mazda engineers designed a glass window as part of the second generation Miata convertible tops. At that time, factories created a way for first generation Miata convertibles to be retro-fitted with glass windows.
This was good news to first generation Miata owners, because many the glass window option offered many Miata owners the chance to "upgrade" their Miata convertible top from a vinyl (aka plastic) window to a glass window.
If you are in the market for a glass window convertible top for your first generation Mazda Miata, here is what you need to know in order to make a good decision between the original style (plastic window) convertible top, or the glass window convertible top for your Miata.
- First, you should read up on the difference between plastic (vinyl) windows and glass windows for convertible tops. Our article about this subject will provide you with an overview about the important differences, and how both are appropriate depending on what you value most.
- Second, you should be aware that the glass windows for first generation Mazda Miata convertible tops require a set of "bow straps" (glass window modification straps) to allow for the conversion from the plastic to glass window to be successful. Many retailers include the bow straps when you buy a Mazda Miata convertible top with glass window; be sure to ask before you buy. (TopsOnline includes these straps when selling first-generation Miata tops with glass window).
- Finally, you need to ensure that the bow straps have been properly installed on to the convertible top frame before installing the top and glass window on your Mazda Miata.
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