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Base Plates, Tow Bar, Wiring, Safety Cables, Braking System to Flat Tow a 2005 Mazda Miata


What do I need to tow a Mazda Miata behind an 09 Istasca Cambria? Thanks


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To flat tow your 2005 Mazda Miata you would first need Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 711-4, that you have referenced. Please note these base plates will not fit the Mazdaspeed version of the Miata. Next, you would need a tow bar compatible with the XL style base plates, like the RoadMaster Falcon 2, # RM-520. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review for reference.

To complete the towing set up for your Miata, you will need safety cables, lighting, and a supplemental braking system as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend RoadMaster 64 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, # RM-643. For lights, there are a couple of options. If you do not plan on towing the Miata often, I recommend magnetic light kit # C-ATL20A.

If you do plan on towing it frequently, I recommend installing diodes, # 38955. I have included a video along with a couple of FAQ articles on tow bar wiring that should help in choosing the best light kit for your application along with how to go about wiring them.

For a braking system, the easiest to use and install would be the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System, # RM-9400. This system installs quickly so you are ready to go in minutes. It engages the towed vehicle brakes proportionally to how much the towing vehicle is braking, reducing wear of both vehicles brakes.

Finally, you will need to check with the manufacturer and/or your vehicle owners manual for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your vehicle 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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