Hi All. I wanted to contribute to the forums and review some door bars I've had for about a month now. Only recently have I been able do some more spirited/aggressive driving so I want to report on these bars.
I went to Tomales Bay (California) this past weekend for a friend’s birthday (fresh oysters anyone?) and you can imagine the number of windy back roads I got to enjoy which include tight turns to large sweeping curves. Of course there were also those frustrating moments when you get stuck behind an idiot who was driving way too slow and refused to use the designated turn-out....which I'm sure many of you can relate.
Let me first off by saying “DAMN.” These door bars make a noticeable difference (more than a roll bar). I already noticed a difference after installing it but after some twisty roads, you feel the REAL difference.
The two things I noticed were the improvement of steering response when turning in both sharp/wide turns and the extra stability/predictability of the car when you’re turning. The car overall also feels more solid when driving straight and further reduces cowl shake. Normally without bars there’s a lot of “twisting” in frame of the chassis which is very apparent in older Miatas. Due to this weak point, there is a lack of structural stability. With these bars, it feels more solid laterally and longitudinally which is why so many Miata drivers install frame rail reinforcement kits, door bars, and weld the door seems to strengthen this portion of the car.
The following is an overview of my experience with these bars.
-Some drilling required and no instructions were provided. I will be contacting DIYRoadsters about possibly doing a write-up for them since I took pictures of documentation process.
-Cheaper than any door bars out there. I believe they are doing $250 shipped special since there’s a group buy going on these according to the facebook page.
-They come in a nice black powder coated finish as do the plates as well.
-See review above
-I can still use the dead petal/foot rest and crank my windows up/down without hitting the door bar. Other bars hinder either or both. With any door bar, getting in/out will require a little bit more skill. These also appear to sit a little lower than some other bars I’ve seen thus less likely to make make you feel like an animal confined in a cage.
Hope this was useful for anyone considering door bars. Pictures attached below.
Their website: www.diyroadster.com
(speak to Narek)