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You may have heard of Moss Motors. They've been selling British car parts for decades (like 50 or so decades) and in more recent years have taken on a few other cars including the Miata. They're preparing to launch a webpage and catalog supporting the new Spiders. That should be up later this fall. Of course some items will just carry over from the Mazda cars. Like this nifty gas strut hood lifter kit that I just installed in my car. Easy job as it uses all existing bolts.
 

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Thoughtful of Mazda to provide holes in the sheet metal. Are you going to remove your car's prop rod?
 
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The struts self-rise to a much higher elevation than the rod supports. But I'm leaving the prop rod in the car. It's not in my way and it can't get lost there. And Mazda didn't just provide holes - but also the bolts in them.

(Glad you guys are having some extra fun with my typo!)
 

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Yep, I will be buy those things. I never liked a hood prop. I just hope the hood is sturdy enough to support the stress of opening and closing.
 

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You may have heard of Moss Motors. They've been selling British car parts for decades (like 50 or so decades) and in more recent years have taken on a few other cars including the Miata. They're preparing to launch a webpage and catalog supporting the new Spiders. That should be up later this fall. Of course some items will just carry over from the Mazda cars. Like this nifty gas strut hood lifter kit that I just installed in my car. Easy job as it uses all existing bolts.
Goodwin Racing also carries these struts.
 

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I got a shock when I first opened the hood/bonnet and saw the "manual lifter" on the 124 Spider, but it saves a few ounces/grams or pennies I suppose.

Is this the $100 "hood lift kit by Cobalt"? (that also says "not for European cars" because of this problem

I've been trying to track down similar items in the UK/Europe (where we call them bonnet struts) but drawn a blank so far...
 

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Yes, we have these automatic "bonnet lifter" devices installed at each side, a little explosive or other device (similar to an aibag U suppose) that pops the bonnet/hood up at the back (by the base of the windscreen) when an wayward pedestrian happens to collide with the car in some way, to stop them crashing their head into the windscreen. Bizarre that in Europe now we seem to have more car safety measures than in the US? Looks like a simple case of disconnecting the small plug each side and removing the devices, and tucking the wires out of the way. But I wonder if the car will "know" they have been disconnected?
 

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I kinda wish cars came with original hood struts like they used to in the good old days.. Sigh, nonetheless I find them super handy !
 

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I kinda wish cars came with original hood struts like they used to in the good old days.. Sigh, nonetheless I find them super handy !
How often do you have your car's hood open?
 

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Yes, we have these automatic "bonnet lifter" devices installed at each side, a little explosive or other device (similar to an aibag U suppose) that pops the bonnet/hood up at the back (by the base of the windscreen) when an wayward pedestrian happens to collide with the car in some way, to stop them crashing their head into the windscreen. Bizarre that in Europe now we seem to have more car safety measures than in the US? Looks like a simple case of disconnecting the small plug each side and removing the devices, and tucking the wires out of the way. But I wonder if the car will "know" they have been disconnected?
Europe has tougher PedPro rules than the US. They also dictate to some extend the shape of the car's nose and hood and even its windshield wiper design. I imagine disconnecting the devices will at the least result in the illumination of cluster warning lamps. Hopefully owners who do so won't run afoul of the authorities. Depending on how strictly the laws are written, it could be seen as as large a violation as altering emissions controls.
 
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