Joe Geyer's Miata Rear Window Replacement

Summary:  This Miata rear window replacement tutorial is for Mazda Miata's from 1990 - 1997 that have the plastic rear window.  I bought this 1990 Miata in 1998 and it had 28,000 miles on it.  Over the years, the back plastic window has cracked and turned dark.  Now the car is almost 20 years old with 104,000 miles on it.  It drives wonderfully, but the rear window is not functional and it takes away from the aesthetics of the car.  I searched for some cheap solutions for replacing the window on the web and found a few.  The tutorial I ended up following is one posted by Jimmy Pribble.  He did a variation of the tutorial posted by Mike Davis on  My tutorial differs in the following minor ways from Jimmy Pribble's version: Duraplex window instead of Lexan, Goop Marine Adhesive instead of Anchor-Tite, and no black tape transition from window to convertible top.  I think the most important contribution of my tutorial is allowing you to see the window replacement with no black tape transition.  A secondary contribution is an alternate step-by-step tutorial
Time: 9 hours
    Online Research: 2 hours
    Acquiring Materials and Tools: 3 hours
    Doing the Job:  4  hours
Cost:  $38 - $62.57 (depending on materials you already have)

Date:  September 14, 2009
Comments:  Special thanks to my father-in-law.  His engineering acumen and attention to detail was extremely valuable. Please feel free to leave a comment on the Visitor Comments page.