My Upgrades

Personalising my MX-5 with carefully chosen upgrades and embellishments has been an enjoyable task. Each upgrade came with its own challenges and things to consider. For example, where to source an item from; or which of the many available options would best suit my MX-5?

I hope you’ll enjoy reading about my upgrades as much as I enjoyed working on them. Within each of the posts below, you’ll also find links to the suppliers I sourced parts and materials from.

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Sequential rear indicator lights

Sequential rear indicator lights

May 31, 2021

Changing the rear indicator lamps (or turn lights) to use sequential LEDs was one of the easiest upgrades I've made, and one that's easily transferred to a different...

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Updating the Infotainment Software

Updating the Infotainment Software

April 2, 2021

Updating the Mazda Infotainment System may seem like a task for your local Mada Dealer, but it is surprisingly simple. There's also the reassurance of a well tested...

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Enhancing the seats

Enhancing the seats

August 21, 2020

I guess I'm one of the tallest owners of a Mk4 MX-5 as I'm over 6 foot 5 and find the lumbar support extremely underwhelming. When I bought my MX-5 the only...

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Upgrading the exhaust

Upgrading the exhaust

June 14, 2019

The MX-5 is a great sports car and I think Mazda's design choices were largely correct but I'd always wished the exhaust was a tad more gruff and throaty to match...

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Adding the side decals

Adding the side decals

April 1, 2019

Purchasing a decal for the side of the car seemed at first thought to be an easy task, but after many hours considering various designs I was no further forward. I...

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Painting the brake calipers

Painting the brake calipers

March 2, 2019

I've always liked red brake calipers (or coloured calipers) on sports cars, as I think they add an extra detail which helps to define the character of the vehicle....

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Wrapping the steering wheel

Wrapping the steering wheel

February 24, 2019

Having successfully wrapped other chrome trims inside the car with textured carbon fibre effect vinyl, I decided to attempt the steering wheel trims. The most...

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Adding the light surrounds

Adding the light surrounds

February 23, 2019

Having chosen a colour scheme of red and black to complement the white pearlescent paint which sparkles wonderfully in the sunlight, I knew I needed other red...

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Wrapping the air-vents

Wrapping the air-vents

October 6, 2018

While at 2018 Summer Rally at Ragley Hall, I spotted the air vent covers on the MX5 Parts stand. Although I wanted to create carbon fibre coverings for the air vents...

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Wrapping the gear shifter

Wrapping the gear shifter

August 12, 2018

In many ways this upgrade was a bit of a milestone; it was the first time I'd dismantled sections of my MX-5. Previously I'd wrapped the wing mirrors or the boot lid...

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Boot spoiler & airdam skirt

Boot spoiler & airdam skirt

August 10, 2018

Only a few days after completing the wing mirrors upgrade, I purchased two Mazda aftermarket parts; a boot lid spoiler and a front air-dam skirt from a supplier in...

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Wrapping the wing mirrors

Wrapping the wing mirrors

August 4, 2018

Don't get me wrong. I love my MX-5 but I felt she lacked any unique features that would help to give her more character. After careful thought, I decided to cover...

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