Miata turn signal intakes, or TSIs as the cool kids call them, have interested me for years. There’s a half dozen different styles and there’s at least as many ways to make a set of them yourself (DIY). For years I’ve been indecisive about what style I wanted, so I just left it alone. Then the Zest style started to grow on me. It’s similar to the ABS plastic one that they sell here in the states, but it has these retro-looking round indicators. Love them.
Nice, huh? But pretty hard to get here in the states. Plus, I’m not crazy about how far those small indicator lights are recessed. I’d hate to spend a couple hundred and then be unhappy and start hacking up my rare Zest TSIs…. so, I bought the things you see at the top of the post here. They were $55 on ebay. The lenses were broken and melted, but the housings were otherwise perfect. Buy-it-now, a few weeks wait for shipping from Puerto Rico, and I was on my way.
Yeah. Allergy pills. I’m not gonna explain my madness.
A little work with my dremel turned that sad little half moon hole into a nice, sorta sad roundish one.
Yes, I have indicators. They are dead ringers for the Zest indicators. Same size and shape. They’re for a scooter. I found them with Google’s shopping search. Four of them were $9 plus shipping from China.
Very exciting bondo action here. Even more exciting is trying to keep your camera clean while you bondo and shoot.
I’ve not had a chance to work with bondo for a little while. It was enjoyable. The sanding is a very Zen exercise. It came out far nicer than I’d hoped.
Here are three of my four blinkers. The bottom is unmodified and just for reference. I wanted something with a dual filament bulb, so I sourced some bulbs and sockets that would fit. The middle one is drilled for the new socket. The top one is drilled and has a spiffy bracket on top to mount the indicator on the TSI. The top two got some clear silicon to seal up the holes after I shot this.
The Zest indicators are able to be mounted on the side of the TSI duct. The way mine are put together, the little screws would point up and down if I mounted my indicators like that. It’s picky, but I didn’t like that. Instead, I created these 90 to 180 degree angle brackets. The juuuuuust fit in the turn signal hole.
Not bad. The indicators stick out just enough and are a good match for my Zoom Engineering side markers. And I’ll get this out of the way now, I took no close-ups of the lights lit up. I’m ashamed. This will be fixed soon.
I’m very happy with how these turned out. They look just how I wanted, gave me a couple weekends of garage work, and didn’t break the bank. I just hope those pill bottles hold up…