Date Added: Sunday 13 May, 2007
Now that the kit is fitted I'm very pleased with it. Fitting it was a total nightmare though as it appears I got a "Friday afternoon" kit! Here's a summary of the issues:
1) One of the ball joints that connects to the headlamp lift rod was slightly too big so the rod wouldn't snap onto it. We tried the old lift rods and a couple of new ones too and none would fit. In the end we had to grind the ball off the low pro bracket, do the same with the OEM bracket and then weld the OEM ball onto the low pro bracket.
2) Both the brackets with the ball joints on them and the headlamp lift rods had to be bent slightly in order to get the lights to operate smoothly and sit correctly when closed. We also had to remove material from the OEM headlamp frame to stop the headlamp lift roads from fouling the frame and clanging when opening and closing the lights. I think most people just put up with this but it is fixable and will probably prolong the life of the headlamp motors!
3) We also had to remove material from the lid mounts and the frame bolt holes (where the frame attaches to the car) and then do much bending and faffing so the lids looked right when closed. They are now perfect and just like OEM but in all it took around 8 hours to fit and a fully equipped workshop to do it.
In summary, if it hadn't been for the skill, patience and fully equipped workshop of Richard at Maztek in Telford then I probably would have sent this kit back. Granted, I could have left it looking ok-ish and spent half the time on it but given the cost of this kit and the fact it's supposed to make the car look better, not worse, that wasn't acceptable to me. I'd recommend the kit to anyone provided they are prepared to put a lot of time into it but it's certainly not a job for the faint hearted. I'd also suggest that MX5Parts check their current batch of kits to make sure the ball joints are the right size on them as without a grinder and a welder to fix it the kit is useless.
One final tip: As I'm planning on fitting some TSIs in the near future I replaced the main beam units in the kit with Hella UK ones which also contain a "city light". This can be wired up to the side light circuit so that you can have TSIs and pass the MOT without having to mess around with mesh and LEDs. The only downside is that you need to make an inch or so hole with a hole cutter in the under side of the low pro housing for the plug for the city light bulb.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]