Since I removed the glove box and some driver side panels, there's quite a bit of unnecessary material in the Miata's dashboard. The main inspiration for this project was to improve passenger knee room, but it would also save weight, so it's a win-win.
I started on the passenger side, removing as much plastic as feasible. I am trying to keep the interior somewhat livable, but lighter and simplified. After removing some plastic, I discovered there was a lot of unnecessary metal connected to the dash beam.
I relocated the ground (with stainless hardware) and cut a off a reasonable amount.
Here's what I removed from the passenger side.
And here's what it looked like afterward. Sorry about the poor lighting. This picture is from a low angle. From normal eye level, it looks really clean.
The driver side was a bit more complicated. I had some switch gear to work with, and a lot more wires to avoid.
I started by hacking off some plastic, which revealed quite a bit of unnecessary metal, which I began attacking with the Dremel, but quickly switched to the Sawzall. You might notice the hood release lost it's attachment point. I wedged it in a new place against the side of the car. Hopefully it doesn't rattle.
|Plastic trimmed. Metal in place.|
Here is everything I ended up removing.
Weight savings: 3 lbs
This was a pretty miserable project. Lots of cramped spaces and awkward angles. It would be much easier if the dash was removed from the car. There's probably a lot more stuff that could be removed with the dash out, but that is something I don't want to deal with at this point.
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