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I have 2 full size, comfy folding chairs that don't fit in the trunk - until, that is, I decided to try removing the left and right interior side panels. There is a lot of unused space behind those panels that really are there to make the space look pretty and I suppose to protect the wiring from getting damaged. I wasn't about to get those wimpy chairs that were mentioned in the Miata forums as being the only ones that fit in their trunk. Just grab and pull the popouts on the retaining clips and they are then very easy to remove. The panels then are very easy to remove.
 

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ok. two questions
1) what does the panel look like that you took out.
2) i suspect you could rig something to cover all the wiring, and still provide most of the extra space. thoughts?
 

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ok. two questions
1) what does the panel look like that you took out.
2) i suspect you could rig something to cover all the wiring, and still provide most of the extra space. thoughts?
On 2), yes, that should be easy enough to do, if you want the added space. The main concern, of course, is protecting the wiring. My initial thought would be just to tape some kind of material over the area, maybe some type of breathable material, similar to Tyvek, so you don't trap moisture but you cover the wiring so it doesn't get snagged. Maybe you could use a combination of Tyvek-type material with Velcro, so it would still be easily removable. But, there's always duct tape. ;)

 

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ok. two questions
1) what does the panel look like that you took out.
2) i suspect you could rig something to cover all the wiring, and still provide most of the extra space. thoughts?
The panels are a firm felt-like material. I am impressed with the quality of the wiring harnesses and unless you are intentionally rough, I don't think folding chairs will hurt anything. Loose golf clubs on the other hand...
 

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For a trunk not much larger than a woman's purse, every bit helps. I wonder if there is any extra space behind the rear panel.
 

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That's actually a significant amount of usable space right there... What are those plugs and wires connected to ?
 

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Had my clubs in our car when we went for a test drive, so brought them out. I have a standard carry bag, and I had to take the driver, 3 wood and hybrids out of the bag. The bag with all the irons, putter etc just fit. I think trunk is about 43" wide. Maybe with the panel out there is hope. Otherwise, I guess they get the passenger seat.
 

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This is one of the reasons I'm glad the 124 wouldn't be my only vehicle. I wouldn't expect this little rod to serve as a Chevy Suburban and wouldn't expect the Suburban to be as much fun in the twisties. ;) :) If I can fit my posterior in the seat for fun time jaunts, it'll meet my space requirements.
 

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Just thinking the Same Thing...


Hmmm.. Make a simple kit... and Sell it on ebay... GENIUS !!!
 

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Had a '69 124 Spider which I bought in New Orleans, drove it to my home in Illinois, and subsequently moved to San Rafael CA. Often drove to Tahoe for skying with the Spider and located an after market rack that would hold two sets of skis in the rack mounted on the trunk. Assume, someone will be coming up with a similar rack for storage purposes.
 

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Now I'm waiting to see someone successfully fitting a golf bag.
I checked it out before purchasing my Spider because I drive to Texas and play golf with my son-in-law a couple of times a year. Here is how you can get clubs in the trunk:

1. Remove the passenger side panel. This one pops out without having to remove any fasteners.
2. Remove the clubs from the bag.
3. insert the driver and fairway woods into the trunk with the grip ends in the opening on the passenger side.
4. Push the clubs toward the front of the bottom of the trunk.
5. Put the bag in the trunk. My cart bag won't fit because of the side grips on the top. My stand bag fits.
6. Put the remaining clubs in the trunk in the same manner as the driver and fairway woods. They will need to be arranged on either side, or on top of the bag.
7. Put the passenger side panel in the trunk so you don't lose it.
8. If you are taking anything other than your clubs in the trunk, you will need to place them in the bottom well of the trunk before beginning step 3.

When I am golfing here in New Mexico, I just put the loaded cart bag in the passenger seat.
 
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