Date Added: Wednesday 19 August, 2009
Genuine Mazda part - so no problems with fitment.
Contrary to some advice, it is possible to fit these without removing the hood completely -
With the roof down -
Remove the covers/trim panels at the top of the door opening and seat belt tower.
Remove the hard top latch plate - if fitted.
Remove the sill scuff plate and pull off the trim strip down the rear edge of the door opening.
Remove the belt tower trim panel.
Then with the roof up -
Undo 3 bolts and remove the last section of the set plate that attaches the roof to the car (a curved section about 15"? long) and ease the hood off the bolts.
Now with the roof down again -
Remove the 3 bolts that hold the hood frame to the belt tower.
You can now lift the hood and frame on that side sufficiently (support on a block of wood to save trapped fingers) to reach and replace the drain. It takes a bit of fiddling to get it round the rain rail which is made of fairly brittle plastic - but it can be done.
It helps to feed a piece of TV coax cable or similar down the drain tube and out of the exit hole in front of the rear wheel to guide the tube down as you fit it. Pull the cable out from the bottom when done to avoid "inverting" the non-return flaps in the drain tube.
Re-assembly is the reverse of dis-assembly.
Took me an hour and a half I guess.
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