suuup peeps. Hey I need an AM/FM stereo for my 90 Miata. As yall prolly
know the radio opening is only 7' wide on the early Miatas therefore I'm
having a heck of a time finding a factory AM/FM. I'm looking for either
a AM/FM/CD w/ NO CASSETTE OR simply an AM/FM stereo (NO CASSETTE). I
have a great little Alpine in-dash equalizer I want to put in, but if I
use a radio w/ built-in cassette it takes up all the space and I can't
use it..SooOooo if you have one of the radios mentioned above and wanna
get rid of it at a reasonable charge then holla at me at this e-mail
Do you have to remove the front console under the shifter, including storage
box to pull out the part that cover the radio? How long a process? Also,
once you get to it, does the radio simply pop out after uncrewing it from
It's easy to do.
Take out the center console, there are two screws in the glove box, one
screw on either side of the shifter on the side of the tunnel. You'll need
to take off the shift knob as well (assuming you have a STD, no one in their
right mind has a Miata with an auto)
Anyway, then there are two screws on the bottom of the plastic surround and
two screws under the two air vents. The air vents just pop out.
Once you get that out, you'll see what you're up to. The radio is held in
with 4 screws on a bracket. You can mount nearly any DIN radio in there. I
used to have a DIN Sony in mine until it broke and I put the original radio
back in. There is a larger "cubbyhole" plastic thing that will fit under a
DIN radio to take up the extra space if you want. The dealer can get it for
you. I'd have to dig it up to find the part number on it if you can't get
it from a dealer.
Good luck, this is easy. The hardest part is figuring out how to mount the
new radio and possibly drilling holes in the radio mounting cage to fit hte
I've seen a couple methods documented. Is the one where you snake a string
between the vents considered to be the least evasive when it comes to
There is a larger "cubbyhole" plastic thing that will fit under a
What is DIN? Is it a connector on the radion, and do I need a speical tool
for removal. I notice Crutchfield has them for sale.
Also, I have that black plastic piece you are referring to under my radio.
Not sure what its for. It kind of reminds me of the plasic part that covers
unused drive bays in PCs.
I'm going to first try and repair the old radio, being a frugal type that I
am. I understand the silly fuse is actually soldered in. What genius thought
of that. If I go the new radio route, I will find one that will not blow if
I accidently reverse the polarity.
Pat, it is a nightmare.
First, you will almost (if you are lucky) break your gearbox getting
the shift knob off.
Then all the screws keeping the shift console in. The ones in the
storage compartment may be hard to reach. Hopefully you won't forget
the one below the ashtray and break the console. Fortunately,
you are only interested in getting the radio out, not back in,
so I can skip telling you about all the wires going there.
Then the center console. Pulling out the eyeball vents has many
theories, (miata.net), each with their true believers, but it is no
picnic. Believe me.
Then there are screws that are *behind* the vents. Maybe with a
magnetic screw driver, they will not go down the drain and destroy
your AC. If you are careful and lucky.
Then detach a connector and pull off the center console that is held
on by clips. And that one screw in the corner that you forgot and
breaks the console. The clips sometimes come off as they should.
Then unscrew the radio. Now the real fun begins.
Have you dealt with those plastic electrical connectors that are almost
impossible to get apart? Now imagine that they are unaccessible behind
a radio and you can hardly get a tip of a finger on them.
Since you are only interested in getting the radio out, I won't need to
tell you about what happens when after long labor, you have everything
back together. It is dreadful.
Leon van Dommelen :) Bozo, the White 96 Sebring Miata .)
To reply to me, the word Miata must be in the subject.
First, the shift knob comes out too easily. I plan to tighten it when I'm
done. I found this guide:
I think the earlier Miatas might be a little easier than your '96. The onlky
part that bothers me is PART 6, where you have to reach behind and get the
"The center dash piece is also held in with metal spring clips. To remove
the center dash piece simply grab hold of it at strong points along the
sides and pull it from the dash.
Once the center dash piece is pulled away from the dash a few inches, reach
behind it and unplug the plug for the headlights-up and emergency buttons.
Press in on the plug's locking tab release and unplug. The headlight covers
will not operate while this plug is removed."
Regards taking off the eye-ball vents, I found this:
Leon, I have the stock shift knob in the '91. Its easy but I can only speak
for my car.
There is a guide showing three methods for popping the eyeballs vents. The
third method seem the most interesting and it uses pieces of cloth and a
technique for yanking at an angle.
Thanks for the comments, all of you. I now have a good idea how to get at
the radio. If I had a remaining concern, its the plugs in the back of the
radio. It seems this varies all over the place. If I understand correctly,
there are about three different connectors back there. A ground, a coax, and
the speaker wires. Is that going to be tough if you can't see the
connectors. Is it easy to feel how to disconnect them. In my experience,
connectors can push and twist to come out. Unscrew for some. Press a detent
and pull out for others. Just pull out for many in home stereo type
connectors. I wish someone had shown photos of the stock '90 radio and other
years, front and back plus connectors. Even diagrams would be cool.
Picture a bit fuzzy but good to study.
I plan to repair the radio, if I can. If not, I guess its time for a new
unit. One big pain is that most radios today have so many gaudy displays.
About the best affordable one, to me, is the Alpine CDM-9703. Unfortunately,
it has no dimmer. The lights are bright and they stay bright. Yet, the sound
is decent and the price is right.
The other CD Receiver unit is the Nakamichi CD-400 and pricey, yet solid
unit that I really prefer. It feels like quality build and has very little
Well, I can't find the radio at the moment and I've spent 2 days
looking. We moved less than a year ago and apparently it's still
in a box - somewhere.
I'll keep looking.
Iva & Belle.)
'90B Classic Red.)
#3 winkin' Miata
Thanks, I can wait.
One curiousity about the replacement radio. Did it interface with the
existing wiring, regards door speakers (Front), headrest speakers (Rear),
ground, and antenna input.
Basically, I am wondering if you need to run new wiring and/or add interface
cabling for mating connectors, et al?
if you buy your new radio from Crutchfield, they'll usually throw in a free
wiring kit that includes the mating connector for all of the connectors in
the car. This is quite handy since you don'thvae to touch the wires on the
car to install a third party radio.
When I had my replacement in my Miata I got this connector. I wired the
front (door) speakers to the front and the headrest speakers to the rear.
Be careful about impedance and how you wire the headrest speakers if you put
your own in (I did) since two 8-ohm speakers wired in parallel is a 4-ohm
load to the receiver. If you've got 4-ohm speakers you might want to
consider wiring them in series.
(series wiring adds the impedance together, parallel wiring divides by two)
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