first two photos by Mark Booth (used with permission)
⇑ Because the revised visors have been introduced in MY 2018 MX-5 vehicles, they were expected to be seen in MY 2018 124 Spiders as well, but that apparently didn’t happen. The re-design may not function any better than the first year’s version (they still can not be pivoted to the side or above the header), but there is no doubt that they not only look better, but the cover for the enlarged mirror seems to be much more robust. If the 1st generation visors are closed aggressively without first closing the mirror cover, the covers could catch on the anti-rattle rubber bumpers, eventually breaking one or both of their hinges.
⇓ The familiar MY 2017 visor for comparison…
For those that may feel the need to upgrade (or have busted their mirror covers), it appears that since the mounting configuration of the restyled header trim assembly (which includes the visors) hasn’t been altered, it may very well be a (expensive) direct replacement installation in our 124 Spiders (and prior model year MX-5s), perhaps even under warranty.
The new header is the same color (black), and the Mazda part # is ND1F-68-09Z 02 (thanks Tobias). There is a different part # if you want the intrusion alarm bits included, but if you are replacing your header, chances are you can reuse those parts.
Tobias observed that the airbag vinyl label removal process that works so well on the first-generation visors, doesn’t work so well on the new vinyl-wrapped visors, as the bonding is much stronger.
If you’re lucky like Chris though, there won’t even be a label on the driver’s visor.
Apparently not satisfied with his first attempt at replacing the factory vinyl wrap on his second-generation visors with Alcantara to complement the rest of his interior, Tobias has committed to disassembling the entire header piece to allow for a proper job this time. He has provided details, along with additional disassembly photos of the visors in his new comment below, and I expect we’ll see a nice photo of the completed job in the near future. 🙂
Well, Tobias submitted photos of the finished product – him and his dad went over the top, and covered the entire header assembly with Alcantara! He states that the visors were pretty easy, but the rest proved to be pretty challenging. His Spider is one-of-a-kind now. See his comment for more photos and details. Thank you Tobias.