Base Plates, Tow Bar, Safety Cables, and Wiring to Flat Tow 1991 Mazda Miata MX-5


What parts and tow bar is needed to flat tow a 1991 Mazda miata MX5


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The first item you will need to flat tow your 1991 Mazda Miata are base plates. We carry two different options of base plates for your vehicle. First are the XL Plates, # 711-4. These have removable drawbars held in place with a pin and clip. With the drawbars removed the base plates are virtually invisible. For these, trimming of the spoiler, air damn, grille, or plastic fascia may be required for installation. The other option are Standard Plates, # 711-2. These are fixed brackets and will be visible unless removed, but there is no trimming required.

The tow bar you choose needs to be compatible with the base plates. The RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, that you have referenced will work with either of the base plates listed above. For the XL plates to be removable, you will also need to add Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, # RM-201.

Next, you will need safety chains, or cables, and a light kit as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend the RoadMaster 68 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, # RM-643. For lights, there are two options. If you plan on towing the Miata infrequently, I recommend the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, # C-ATL20A. If you plan on towing the Miata often, I recommend the Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness, # 38955. I have included links to a demonstration video and an installation video for this diode kit below.

Finally, you will need to check with the manufacturer or owners manual for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your Miata because some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect, or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed.

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