Photos by Mark Booth (used with permission; click on images to enlarge)
I found Mark Booth’s posting on Miata.net’s forum regarding his windshield replacement experience to be very informative and felt that it merited a “bookmark” and might someday prove to be helpful to Spider owners, should they ever need to get their windshield replaced. He strongly advises becoming familiar with the instructions so that, while observing the process, you can verify that the garnishes are installed properly. Although Mark gave me permission to use his photos, I thought it best to point my readers to the thread, as you will find his detailed comments added to each of the many descriptive photos he’s provided, further along in that thread.
According to Redline Auto Parts (they did a teardown analysis of Miata + Spider):
Windshield: The windshield on the Fiat is apparently thicker than the one on the Miata. We have yet to verify on our own if they are cross-compatible, but would be willing to guess that they are as long as the corresponding windshield seal is used as well.
Plastic Windshield Surround Trim (3 pieces): Physically the same, although the Fiat ones come in more diverse colors. These are directly compatible, but it’s nearly impossible to remove the trims (especially the center one) and keep their mounting tabs intact for reuse.
According to the parts diagram, the following part numbers are for #11 (side garnishes) and # 12 (the header garnish), which include the trim pieces, as well as all of the required clips and hardware needed for installation. For reference purposes; please double-check before ordering.
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Abarth Gun Metal trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 68307693AA, A-pillar Left Molding > 68464388AA, A-pillar Right Molding > 68464387AA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the (Lusso) Premium Silver trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 68417236AA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6YM56UFWAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 68461097AA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Brillante White [Arctic White (Solid)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6SC79UF0AA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6YL16UFWAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 6YK64UFWAA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Bianco Perla (Tri-Coat White) [Crystal White Pearl Mica (Metallic)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6LR97RWSAA, A-pillar Left Molding > ?, A-pillar Right Molding > 6VC37UF1AA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Bronzo Magnetico Titanium [Titanium Flash Mica (Metallic)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6SC36UFUAA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6JW47RDFAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 7EJ17UFUAA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Forte Black Metallic [Jet Black (Metallic)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > ?, A-pillar Left Molding > 6JW25RXCAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 6JW20RXCAA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Grigio Argento (Aluminum) [Aluminum Metallic (Metallic)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6NX28UFTAA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6JW24RSLAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 6JW43RSLAA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Hypnotique Red [Hypnotique Red] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > ?, A-pillar Left Molding > 6YK72UFWAA, A-pillar Right Molding > 6YK76UFWAA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Moda Gray Metallic [Silver Mist Clear Coat] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6LR95RA5AA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6JW23RA5AA, A-pillar Right Molding > 6JW18RA5AA
♦ The Mopar part #s for the Prima Azzurro Italia (Dynamic Blue) [Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)] trim pieces are: top (Front Pillar Bar Bezel) > 6SC32UFWAA, A-pillar Left Molding > 6JW45RB1AA, A-pillar Right Molding > 7FH65UFWAA
Should your glass shop state that replacement Mopar windshields are on an extended “backorder”, you might consider the Mazda equivalent if time is of the essence, as I have found nothing specifically proving that there is a difference in the construction. The “Lamipane” windshields for both Miatas and Spiders, are all manufactured in Osaka, Japan by Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG), and my 2017 Classica Mopar windshields has the following markings: Lamipane GGN; DOT 23; Nippon Safety, AS1 NSG M31A; // E6 43R-010445
I don’t know what markings are on a Miata windshield, but I’ve found out:
- the // signifies “Regular Multiple Layer Windshield”
- GGN means that you have to buy the molding separate and install it on the glass yourself
- E6 means the windshield was certified for Europe in Belgium
- I could not find any acoustic glass designations on either the windshield, nor the rear glass (look for the word “Acoustic”, or “SoundScreen”, or a capital “A”, or the image of an ear with a curved arrow passing by it), unless the A in the manufacturer code M31A plays that role. Rather than only one layer of PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral) between the two layers of glass, acoustic glass is laminated with two layers of Standard PVB, and one layer of acoustic PVB resin in between the Standard PVB layers
, so a strong probability exists that the Miata glass is actually no different. Anyone have the Miata markings?
Keep in mind, that the correct trim level needs to be taken into account when ordering though:
- The Classica (and MX-5 Sport) windshields only have masking and an installed bracket for the rear-view mirror
- There are Lusso/Abarth (and MX-5 Club/GT) windshields that have additional masking to accommodate sensors for rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlights
- There is a third alternative for Lusso/Abarth (and MX-5 Club/GT) windshields that also have additional masking and another installed bracket, to accommodate the lane-departure monitoring camera.
Also, be aware that Mazda issued a Technical Service Bulletin to the dealers several months ago stating that all three exterior trim pieces (1 upper and 1 for each side), which they call garnishes, need to be replaced following a windshield replacement, and logic would dictate that Fiat has done the same, but I don’t know if that has actually occurred. The side garnishes can not be reused, and chances are one or more of the 4 snap clips in the upper garnish will not survive removal, in which case, the upper garnish can not be reused either. Again, should Mopar claim these parts are on an extended “backorder”, you might consider the Mazda equivalent, using this post to assist in determining which colors will be available from Mazda.
Aside from insuring that the replacement glass matches the trim level of the vehicle, the 3 garnishes (which will add an additional $400 to the repair bill), need to be ordered and on-hand before allowing the windshield replacement to take place.
The entire garnish replacement procedure is spelled out in Mazda’s Technical Service Bulletin E001/17 (and Mopar’s guide). Gregory Lipscomb also presents the Mopar guide, along with photos detailing the windshield replacement in his vehicle here.
The only way the upper garnish can be removed (and installed) properly is by first removing:
- the interior A-pillar trim pieces (disconnect the tweeter)
- the two wedges that engage the soft-top (you will need a T-40 Torx bit to remove the four wedge bolts)
- which then will allow the interior header trim to be removed (you will need a T-30 Torx bit to remove the two header bolts)
- the two 10 mm nuts that mechanically attach the upper garnish
- and then the upper garnish can be pried from the 4 clips. DO NOT ALLOW the window replacement crew to pry the trim off without first removing the 2 attachment bolts
After all these bits, the upper garnish can be pried off at the four snap clips, and if the tabs survive, all four clips must be reused (or new clips if they don’t survive) when reinstalling that garnish to keep it from flying off at some point.
It’s too bad the blades can’t simply be flipped up in “winter snow-storm” mode, but apparently, the wipers and the cowl grille panels* also need to be removed. Per mechrick:
Taking the wipers off meant having to pull the black plastic covers in front of the windshield. Only two screws and the rest just pops off by pulling forward, as there are sliding clips under the rear and under the front edges. I added [the illustration from the MX-5 manual that pertains to] reinstalling the wiper blades. The detents in the splines seem to adjust the blade tips plus or minus about half an inch.
Here is Mark’s time-lapse video of his windshield replacement.
Of additional note to others having the top garnish replaced….. If you notice the garnish popped up in the middle a bit after the installer is finished putting it on, it’s because they didn’t set the middle fasteners. It takes quite a bit of pressure on the center to get them seated. I had to do that part myself while standing in the car. I heard them both click in securely, but I was worried about the amount of pressure I had to apply. I’ve had no issues with the top garnish since.
* COWL GRILLE PANELS REMOVAL/INSTALLATION
1. Remove the wiper arm and blade.
2. Disconnect washer hose B from joint pipe A.
3. Detach the weatherstrip clips A and B from the cowl grille.
4. Remove the weatherstrip.
5. Remove the hole covers.
6. Remove the screws.
7. Pull the cowl grille in the direction of the arrows shown in the figure and detach the cowl grille hooks from the body.
8. Pull the cowl grille in the direction of the arrows shown in the figure and remove the guides from the windshield.
9. Detach windshield washer hose B from the cowl grille hook.
10. Move the cowl grille (RH) in the direction of the arrow shown in the figure.
11. Move the cowl grille (LH) in the direction of arrow (1) shown in the figure.
12. Remove both cowl grilles (LH and RH) in the direction of arrows (2) as a single unit.
13. Install in the reverse order of removal.