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Old 01-04-2008, 01:10 AM   #1
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Default Front Lip anyone???

I want to get a front lip for my Miata. I like the look of the factory "R package" front lip that attaches to the bottom of the front bumper, but want something slightly more dramatic maybe. I don't like the look of the "carbon fiber" ones you see on ebay and I am not sure if I like the glossy clear coat on those either. My uncle owns a full service fiberglass shop and has done everything from hot rod bodies, to amusement park slides and rides. He specializes in boat body repair for the professional bass fishermen and has a few contracts for motorcycle trailer and sidecar companies. If there would be enough people interested I would like to come up with a design for a lip like the one I have pictured and have him create the mold and produce some of the lips. What I would probably do is come up with a design of some sort, then have him create the mold and build it, then start taking orders. I want this to be reasonably priced and would have to find out what cost we would be looking at for the people that want them. I just want to make sure that there are other people who would be interested. If there already is a great lip out there at a good price that I don't know about, let me know, maybe my idea is dumb. Thanks
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:24 AM   #2
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The R package lip can still be purchased for $150 shipped from dealers like Trussville Mazda and Rosenthal Mazda. I would also guess that your fiberglass lip will be less durable than the factory lip. I think if you can arrive at a price point that reflects these 2 points, you can definitely have a winner on your hands. I would definitely be interested as long as it doesn't deviate far from the stock lip design.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:25 AM   #3
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:34 AM   #4
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a thicker, lower, beefier, like stock lip would be ok...around $100 should be a winner and sell like hot cakes
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:37 AM   #5
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Garage Vary lips go for 150 all the time and look similar to oem thats "slightly more dramatic"
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Im sure if you got it under 100 bucks there would be much interest. But the oem R package lip is quite durable and alot of people like that.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:13 AM   #6
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Garage Vary lips go for 150 all the time and look similar to oem thats "slightly more dramatic"
where? i just bought one on christmas for $225 shipped from miataroadster.com and since then they want $275 shipped. just came in yesterday so i swapped it on my turbo car with the factory lip


edit: holy ****! i just looked again and it's up to $300 shipped!
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:38 AM   #7
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ya if its 150$ il buy one right now aha
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Ive seen like 3 in the past 4 months go on clubroadster.net, I actually got mine for 150 off here in the FS section
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:05 AM   #9
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Maybe this only applies to the people in hilly areas but The reason I chose factory over the GV or any other brand is because it is ABS plastic and will bend if scraped or hit against something. Fiberglass will crack and splinter and is just about the worst think to have on the bottom of your car. How I wish it wasnt so, I hate factory parts....
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I think the r-pack lip looks better then the GV one.

Bunch more durable too.

I have an r-package one on my 94.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:04 AM   #11
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+1 for R package lip. I also got the TDR splitter with it, looks nice
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:07 PM   #12
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Garage Vary lips go for 150 all the time and look similar to oem thats "slightly more dramatic"


Im sure if you got it under 100 bucks there would be much interest. But the oem R package lip is quite durable and alot of people like that.
I really like the look of that one, but maybe something slightly less dramatic, a mid point or compromise between that and the R package lip...I'll talk to my uncle and see if the $100 price point would be a possibility and how many we would have to sell to make it worth creating the mold and keep the cost at $100. Anyone recall what they paid for shipping for the lip they ordered?
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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Auto Konexion has a really cool one. I wanted it for my NB but it was a bit short on the side for it. Its pretty dope..
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:06 PM   #14
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my Garage Vary lip is Urethane just like the factory air dam.
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There's a guy making fiber front and rear pieces that look like R-package stuff that failed at dieting. It's a bit more bulbous than the original, I'll see if I can find it. I believe the guy is Aussie.
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I bought a carbon fiber one off another member on another Miata forum for $150. I kept bumping it on bad dips and some speed bumps. It never cracked. But the finish got pretty beat up, so I painted it semi gloss black so that it would be easy to touch up after every scrape.

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http://www.ratsback.com/ is who I was thinking of, sorta. turns out this isn't the Kiwi (d'oh, sorry for the confusion). The Kiwi guy is making fiber replicas of the OEM, http://www.mx5mart.co.nz/db.cgi?db=m...iew_records2=1
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I chose factory over the GV or any other brand is because it is ABS plastic.
The GV is urethane, I scrape it every single time I back out of my driveway.
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I don't like the rounded edges of the ebay one that is carbon fiber. I like something with a more defined edge
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