Miata air scoop


I just installed the scoop that directs air down to the feet when it's
hot. That's bothered me ever since we bought the Miata. 95 degrees
outside and my feet are cooking down there. It apparantly works like
it says it's supposed to. I'm tickled with it. I have no affiliation
whatsoever with the maker, just thought I'd pass it on. Here is the
link to the review on Miata.net:
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Tom
Reply to
altar nospam
I just set the AC to direct air to the floor as well as the dash outlets. At 110F I sure don't want ANY outside air blowing on me....
Reply to
XS11E
On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 19:23:31 -0700, XS11E wrote:
It's never been 110 here, that I know of. The problem with AC is the amount of power one looses. I do know that the 80 to 95 degree range is not a time I want the top up with AC, but my legs cook. This solves that.
Tom
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altar nospam
Wimps. Just kidding, the heat is coming soon here.
One day it was 112 degrees last summer, no A/C, I didn't think I would need that in Texas, and I had to go through a lot of stop and go traffic for over an hour each way. I was medium-rare by the end of the drive and it looked like I had just been dunked in water. Great fun!
Sounds interesting but I have a feeling that it would either be blocked by the turbo or melted by it. Do you have a link to a picture of the product for my lazy self to look at?
Pat
Reply to
pws
On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 00:24:18 -0600, pws wrote:
Unless your Turbo is at the top of the windshield (Which would be an interesting Miata look), there's no interference. Here's the link, though.
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Tom
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altar nospam
Wrong header. They mean the horizontal frame piece at the top of the windshield. When I read about it being clipped to and scooping air from around the header, I thought they were insane as that's the hottest part of the car. I've no idea why they're using the word "header" for the windhsield frame.
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I think it's quite clever (though I wonder about how much noise it causes at highway speeds).
Reply to
Grant Edwards
"now with bug screen" made me laugh!
i like the idea but don't see how this helps the foot area.
my problem is that after driving on the highway for over an hour and then slowing down, the heat by my feet is incredibly hot. it is hot no matter what i do with the controls or ac (even ac on feet only doesn't help). of course this is only an issue in the summer...
Reply to
Christopher Muto
I was wondering, header to me means exhaust header unless the windshield is specifically mentioned. I have called it both the windshield header and the windshield frame.
I was also wondering why they would attach it to something hot and was wondering how the hot air was to be directed inside the car. After I saw "5 minutes to install" under the reviews, I finally realized that they were not talking about anything under the hood.
I wouldn't mind seeing what difference it makes, but I don't think I would put it on my car. I like the lines as clean as possible to the point that I even remove the emblems when possible, so I am not likely to put that on my car. I don't even like the factory trunk spoiler I have, but it came with the miata. I'll probably swap trunk lids with someone if I keep the car and re-paint it.
Pat
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pws
I'll let you know. I won one as a door prize late last fall and haven't installed it yet. It's been too blasted cold here! Plus we just got another 8" of snow. ;-(
Iva & Belle.) '90B Classic Red.) #3 winkin' Miata
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Iva
Excellent on the door prize! I would have sold it immediately. :-)
I'll be thinking of you when it hits the mid-seventies today. Monday is a predicted high of 82.
I received a very tempting job offer in the Seattle area yesterday, so I might be shivering like Seattle Bruce this winter instead of baking like Houston Chris this summer. At least the timing is good for this year.
I remember when you actually had to go to another building to do a job interview.
Pat
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pws
I didn't see that, heh.
There is something wrong there, possibly a lever that is not engaging properly on the controls.
(insert shameless hawking of goods, I have one from the '96M if this is the case)
My last miata kept the entire cockpit comfortable for any length of time, and I almost never used only the lower vent, it was either half and half or all top vents. This was during several incredibly hot summers. If I used my lower vent only, my feet would actually get cold, especially with sandals on.
Is the air coming out of the foot wells cooler than the outside air at all, and if so, does the air at your feet feel considerably warmer than the air coming out of the eyeball vents?
I guess you may need to wait a while to tell in NY.
Pat
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pws
In article ,
The air mix door is out of adjustment. Remove the glovebox and look at the right side of the HVAC unit. Wiggle the temperature (top) lever to see which cable needs attention. Unclip the cable end from the lever. Close the mixer door, then reclip the cable so it stays shut on "cold."
Oddly, the shop manual specifies that it be adjusted so it's open all the way on "hot." But that typically prevents it from closing completely. However, if the mix door's foam gasket is badly deteriorated, it may leak anyway. You'd need to get creative to fix that, since parts are not available separately from the dealer.
You may also need to replace the two inner shifter boots, the rubber ones beneath the vinyl boot. They disintegrate from age, and let hot air off the exhaust system flow into the cockpit.
Reply to
Lanny Chambers
That is precisely what this thing does, gets rid of the heat on the feet. I tested mine for the first time yesterday, and it pumps a lot of air right down to the leg/feet area. Even at 20 mph I could feel it. The faster you go, of course, the more air movement around the feet.
Tom
Reply to
altar nospam
Mine had 19,000 miles when I bought it. The first thing I had checked were the things mentioned above, and they were fine. My feet still got hot in the summer. Yes, AC directed toward the feet helped, but it's a Miata. AC just takes too much power and zip away from it.
Tom
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altar nospam
Thanks Pat, Lanny, and Altar. I will follow Lanny's suggestion and try to recalibrate the cable as soon as it warms up here... I seem to recall a similar problem with a Honda that ended up being an acorn jammed in the vent door that kept it from closing. I am glad to hear that on the Miata it is not too deeply buried. Pat I might still contact you regarding the parts if necessary and if still available. Thanks again everyone.
Reply to
Christopher Muto
Well Pat, today is the first day of "Spring" and North Seattle got about 1/2 inch of snow ! We in the "Deep South" of Seattle had sunshine, but 40 deg's. Come on up to Seattle. We have some very fun roads for Miatas and lots of things to do. Aug. and Sept. run in the 70's and 80's. (we did have some 90's last summer)
Bruce Bing '03 LS
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BRUCE HASKIN
Do you REALLY want me living nearby? I could always move to Florida, that would make another person on here very happy, I would think. ;-)
Pat
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pws

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