Mazda Miata, 1989-97
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts
EITHER ORIGINAL TWO PIECE DEALER TOPS
ONE PIECE AFTERMARKET TYPE
is also a three window version.
The original fabric is called 'Cabrio Grain' vinyl and is offered in several colors. Haartz Stayfast Canvas tops are available in the
zippered window original type tops.and in the glass window tops.
If it is in good condition the rain rail may be transferred from the old top to the new. Most of the tops we offer have heavy duty base line retainer strips that readily accept either the heavy duty rain rail or the economy rain rail which can be ordered separately if needed. We offer the original dealer top with heavy duty rain rail attached, made by Robbins..
Our installation manual has the most thorough and user friendly instructions that we know of. There are numerous
videos available too which can be found with a search on your browser. You may order our manual and
if you preserve your order number we will credit the cost of the manual to a future top purchase.
Just let us know the manual order number. The manual is shown below at 'Installation Supplies.
Warranties: All tops have 6 year manufacturer warranty. The Robbins top, with attached rain rail, has the 6 year warranty plus an 18 month labor allowance.
- Original Design with Zippered Plastic Window
- 'Easy Install' Tops: Sealed in Single Window
- "Easy Install" Tops with 3 Windows
- Tops with Tinted Defroster Glass Window
- Tops with Attached Rain Rail
- Installation Supplies
- Seat Covers, No Seat Belt Cutouts -Please allow five to seven weeks between order and delivery.
Important InformationOriginal Factory Color(s): Black, Mazda Tan and Light Tan
Zippered tops, as original, can have the rear window lowered while
the top is up. Lowering of a glass window top which has a zipper
requires that the zipper be unzipped prior to the lowering of the top.
Non-zipper window tops have been redesigned so that
they are easier to install, do not require fussing with a zipper
to raise and lower, and they are less expensive.
Original colors in Miata vinyl are black (#1002), Mazda tan (#1414) and Saddle (#1717).
Other colors are available but will take more time to deliver
and will incur a surcharge.
You may order a top in Haartz Stayfast canvas, which can be custom made
to original patterns in any of the colors shown.
The Rain Rail (Gutter):
The rain rail, at the base of the top, guides water into drains near the rear wheels.
A new rain rail is required in a top replacement only when the current one is apparently damaged.
Most often the old rain rail can be cleaned and applied with the new top.
Original riveting of the rain rail to the base of the top was done to facilitate transporting.
It is not necessary to rivet the rain rail to the new top as this serves no functional purpose!
It will therefore be easier if a new rain rail is required, to purchase it separately.
Typically a factory quality rain rail will last through three or more tops.
We offer durable rain rail replacements, listed with accessories.
We also offer an Economy Rain Rail which functions as well but is "lighter duty."
It is made of thinner vinyl and has base line plastic reinforcement.
It should last for about two tops.
Hold down cables:
There is one cable on each side of the car embedded in the top.
The cables fasten the top (front and rear on each side) to the frame and provide variable tension
to the top sides as it is raised and lowered.
New cables have stainless steel plates replacing the original plastic ones.
Our step by step, Miata top instruction booklet covers all the steps in the removal of the old top
and the installation of the new top. Miata tops are not difficult to install.
There no sewing or stapling. The use of pop rivets, contact cement and some fastidious removal
and replacing of bolts and screws is required.
On another page we list the "Easy Install" tops with non-zipper windows.
Design changes, besides the elimination of the zipper, are described.
These tops are even easier to install.
Just a quick note saying "thanks" for a great product. I received my Miata Econo top earlier this week
and installed it today. Took me about 7 hours but I've got a super looking top that fits like a glove.
Your instructions are not only very accurate, but supportive in the little details
like keeping hands clean with a light colored top (mine is tan) and using the fork for the clips.
I was able to reuse every clip I removed. The construction and material look to be very durable.
I'll recommend your company to my other Miata friends.
Almost all manufacturers use Haartz fabrics. They may specify "heaviest weight" or "original replacement" in ways that seem reassuring. But they do not really tell the whole story. Please bear in mind that two things dominate, by far, the quality issue: (a) the manufacturing quality control in the factory that makes the top and (b) the care and thoroughness of the installation. There is a trade-off in weight: heavier is better for resisting tear through, but lighter is better for flexibility and abrasion from within that may arise from movement. Almost all our tops are a flexible medium density (36 oz.) fabric. Heavier is not better in most cases. Where it is, because of the top design, we will say so and the top will be made of the heavier vinyl.
- Sonnenland® is a German-made 3-ply topping made up of an acrylic twill-weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a polyester "dobby backing." The dobby backing is a knit-like weave original to many high-end foreign cars. Customers who value originality over cost often pay top dollar for Sonnenland, just to have that authentic "dobby backing," seen only when you look up at the roof of your convertible top from inside your car. Sonnenland canvas is a top-of-the-line material original to various Audi, BMW, and Jaguar convertibles, among others. Sonnenland Canvas can vary in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance, but all Sonnenland Canvas promises elegance and long-lasting durability.
- Twillfast®, also called Sonnendeck Canvas, is an American-made canvas - a cost-effective substitute for Sonnenland. Twillfast is usually a 3-ply topping (though some versions are 5-ply) with Polyester and/or Polyester/cotton backings. This material, original to certain Camaro, BMW, Mustang, and VW Beetle convertibles, among others, varies in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance. Twillfast Canvas is identical to Sonnenland Canvas - elegant and durable - only it's less expensive. This is a top-notch convertible top material, one we often recommend to savvy customers who like a good buy and a quality product.
- Stayfast Canvas is an elegant, durable canvas original to cars like the Mazda Miata and the Nissan 370Z. Stayfast is commonly used in replacement convertible tops. Stayfast canvas has an acrylic square weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a cotton backing. As with other canvases, the rubber core gives the fabric long-lasting durability. Stayfast canvas is a sleek, beautiful canvas, usually less expensive than Twillfast, but it does not have the dobby backing offered in Sonnenland and Twillfast (Sonnendeck). Stayfast is a popular upgrade to vinyl convertible tops, and as with any canvas, is richer looking and has a higher wear rating than convertible tops made of vinyl.
- Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl is the most popular fabric. This vinyl design is original to most American cars from the fifties to the nineties. Pinpoint refers to the little dots or pips that you see if you look closely at the vinyl surface. European cars, such as the old Beetles and others also used pinpoint vinyl as the topping fabric.
- Chrysler Sailcloth is featured on many late LeBarons, Sebrings, certain Mustangs and other cars. It is structurally (wear quality) equivalent to the Haartz Pinpoint but has a different surface grain. The grain was designed to imitate the look of canvas. As you can see from the scan of this fabric, it is an exceptionally rich looking material. It is sometimes chosen for replacing convertible tops that originally featured pinpoint vinyl.
- Cabrio Grain is also structurally equivalent to the pinpoint. It has a pigskin outer grain vinyl as original to Volkswagen Cabriolets from 1984 onward and to Mazda Miatas and Mercury Capris.
- A5S German Canvas (Robbins) The 100% Acrylic Twill Weave Surface Cloth receives a special flame singing treatment to remove the fabric knap; and is laminated to Black 100% Polyester Dobby backing.
This is the original topping for Porsche Boxster and Cabrio convertible tops. 59 inches (150 cm) wide, made in Germany.
- British Bison Vinyl is the most popular British roadster convertible top material. It is American made Haartz leather grain vinyl and is an imitation of the British Everflex vinyl top fabric. The British Bison Vinyl convertible top fabric is often referred to as 'crush grain.'
- British Everflex Vinyl We are now pleased to offer British Everflex Vinyl for classic English tops. This is the original material used on British convertibles including Jaguar, Rolls Royce and many others. Imported from England, British Everflex vinyl is a supple vinyl with a rich appearance and is more durable than other vinyls. A good, less expensive alternative is Colonial grain vinyl. Colonial has the same texture but is less durable.
- HV Denim (also called Twill Weave Vinyl) is heavy duty sport material composed of a distinctive twill grain PVC outer layer and a polyester/cotton blend inside lining fabric.
- Trilogy Acoustic Vinyl A heavyweight vinyl that is often used on SUVs like Jeep, because the two-ply composite has the capacity to reduce noise by about 20 percent compared to standard vinyls like Sailcloth. The vinyl material is durable, promises long-lasting wear-and-tear, and resembles the sleek twill cloth commonly found on luxury convertible cars.
- Haartz Twillfast RPC This American-made canvas has a twill weave pattern and resembles German-made Sonnenland canvas. It is a great all-purpose canvas and, according to Haartz, is used on 99 percent of convertibles. It is stronger and more durable than Stayfast Canvas and offers more sound protection. Haartz rates Twillfast RPC as a mid-level acoustic product, compared to the low-level sound reduction offered on other top materials like Stayfast
Parts in this category (Mazda Miata) fit cars for years: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.