Mazda OEM Wind Blocker

[9/24/2001] Reviewed by: Michael Sasges -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Mazda windblocker part number NC10-V1-260-F. "Genuine Aero Board"

Works well, looks professional.

1.The wind-blocker is solid-it is not a mesh unit. 2. The instructions for the added support bolts are incorrect for a 1990 Miata (and possibly other early years). The early cars lack the welded-in nut to engage the supplied mounting bolt. It is therefore necessary to drill a 1/8" hole through both the interior plastic cover (NOT 3/8" as the instructions indicate) AND through the metal plate behind it. This is not difficult, so long as you put the top down and place rags to catch filings. You might also want to put a piece of wood behind this plate, so you don't accidentally drill through to the top mechanism or the car exterior! Once the hole is drilled, you'll need a couple of metric nuts to engage the supplied bolts, one for each side. The resulting installation is very secure, and all bolts are covered up by the factory kit. I also had to make the mounting holes in the blocker a little longer with a Dremel.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[4/25/2001] Reviewed by: Don Bizzaro -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

The Mazda OEM windblocker fit very well in my 93. No brace to get in the way and it attached with the tennex bolts that the soft boot snaps to. I find that these bolts are all that is needed to keep it in place, you can drill additional holes as per the instructions but that's up to you. The windblocker works fine in keeping most of the wind out of the cockpit, but as others have said already you still get a breeze on the top of your head. We had a couple of hot days here in New York already and the breeze felt great. The little net that comes attached is good for storage and I like the fact that the top part folds down out of the way. All in all I like the way it looks and does not get in the way of putting the top up or down. The Oris to me was not worth the investment. The Mazda OEM is all that is needed if you don't mine a little wind in your hair!!

Under 5 minutes to remove

[3/21/2001] Reviewed by: John Dachik -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Windblocker included in 99 and later Miatas but easily installed in earlier (90-93) models.

Excellent. Purchased from Mazda South for just over $100. Installed in about 10-15 minutes using only existing Tenax (snap) bolt.

Very good looking. Doesn't make opening/closing the top really any harder, but does interfere a little. Does its job very well. Perhaps not as good as the Oris, but the only place wind still blows is at the top of my head (I'm 5'7"). Costs less than half the price of the Oris, and it's a good deal more convenient. Perfect compromise for me.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[9/21/2000] Reviewed by Joel Novick -

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

One piece fold down wind-blocker with integrated web storage pocket. Kit includes all required brackets, hardware, instructions and drilling templates (for M2's and non-cockpit equipped M1's) I purchased the product for just over $100. Black only available at this time.

After reading Skip Cannon's report on installing the M2 factory wind-blocker on an M1 I felt my search for a wind-blocker for my '97 was over. I understood that it was not going to be a direct bolt on because of my factory cockpit brace. The kit included transparency templates for the 99+ models. I matched them up to my '97 and believe if it were not for the cockpit brace, I think they would have been valuable and easy to use in the older M1's without the factory brace. All hardware for an early M1 would be included in the kit and only two holes would be required for install. However, with my brace, I first discarded the instructions and templates, assembled the brackets to the blocker, placed it in position just in front of the boot snaps with it resting on the brace. I marked the holes with a scribe, drilled the four holes and used (4) .25/ 3/4" hex bolts from my local hardware store. When the top of the blocker is folded down, it rests on the brace flat.

A note of concern for those that have a cockpit brace Because of the brace, you will not have the correct angle the product was designed to have. The non-folding portion will be in line with the panel behind the seats. The top folding lip will be slightly tilted forward. I found once the seats were in my normal position, the lip became straight again. Seat travel is not hindered unless you are like me and have it pushed all the way back.I think on a non-cockpit equipped M1 it would be the absolute best thing for the price. On my '97, the blocker looks very clean and is functional even though not on the best angle. I drove on the interstate at 75 MPH with 45-degree ambient temperature. There was absolutely zero turbulence in the cockpit and from the shoulders on down, it was toasty. The neck up was numb.

Not an installed item

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