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MX-5 / Miata Soft Top Seal Question [Jun. 1st, 2008|08:11 pm]
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Hi there, I'm just wondering if anyone would be able to offer any advice. I have a Mark 1 Mazda MX-5 / Miata. I've owned it for a year, but according to the previous owners the soft top was replaced around 18 months ago.

Today, when cleaning and conditioning the top I noticed something a bit worrying when putting the top down and cleaning the dirt / leaves out from underneath the rubber lip at the back of the top.

I've added some pictures and further detail about the problem behind the cut so you know what I'm talking about. :)

The lip in question is the rubber one visible when you take the roof down and look in the area behind each seatbelt column.

The problem - one one side of the car the rubber lip was tucked behind the black plastic rainwater gutter/tray, and on the other side it's pulled out over the top of it. See below:

A = Seat belt
B = Rubber seal
C = Black stiff plastic rainwater guttering?
LIP = the lip of the seal - made of soft rubber which bends and can go either behind or in front of the rainwater guttering.

My worry is that when rainwater runs down off the hood and down into that channel its draining into a part of the car it shouldn't, but of course with one side of the car looking quite different to the other I don't know which way is correct!

I have a workshop manual and have looked online but can't find the answer.

It rained an awful lot in the UK last week, and sadly this made rainwater get into the passenger footwell, also leaking into the boot, and a bit onto the shelf behind the seats. I have used silicone spray on all the rubber seals today and given the car a good clean so fingers crossed that should help. But still... worried about the hood! If the lip should be sticking out, then this means I may have to get a garage to pull it out at the back so it matches the other side...

If anyone's replaced a roof, or can help me by checking their own MK 1 soft top and proper position of that rubber seal I'd be really grateful, thank you very much in advance!! :)

[User Picture]From: antisocial_shdw
2008-06-01 08:22 pm (UTC)
I notice on one side of mine, the flap is out, and on the other side, the lower plastic is on top of it. Maybe it wasn't put in the right spot on mine, and I'll have to fix it.

Here's some pictures (sorry for the blurry shots):

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[User Picture]From: thirteen_ravens
2008-06-02 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that makes two of us! O_o

As I said it can't be right, can it? I'm just worried where the rainwater's going on one side of my car!

Looking at it carefully I think the lip is supposed to be sticking out... but wanted to check in case.]

Thanks for replying with photos! :)
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[User Picture]From: antisocial_shdw
2008-06-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, and the lip should be sticking out.

Yeah, trapped rainwater is never fun!

You're welcome!
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