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 Clear side marker lenses....... 
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post by way of an introduction. I'm resident in the U.K, and for the past 10 years I have been making a growing range of clear lenses which are unavailable elsewhere. This includes a number of Toyota, Lotus and Porsche models and even McLaren :D

F.1 front turn/sidelight lenses. The original half amber items were originally used on the Lotus Elan M100 and Esprit S.4, but have been obsolete for several years, and I am recognised by Lotus as a supplier of an alternative product

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Front turns for '94-'95 Celica

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Porsche 944 (U.S) front side markers.....

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MR2 Mk2 JDM front side repeaters.....

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A customer in Luxembourg has asked me if I could make MX-3 side marker lenses and sent me this photo....

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In principle, this would be no problem, but I have a few questions which might help me decide whether or not it's viable.

1) Are these only fitted to U.S models?
2) Are they already available? - I haven't been able to find any.
3) Would there be sufficient market for them?
4) Could the same lens be fitted to both the left and right hand backing parts? This help keep costs down if I can use the same mold for both sides?
5) Are the front and rear markers the same size?

If you've got this far, thanks for reading, and any comments or questions would be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Richard
http://www.protocast.co.uk


May 28 2014, 7:03 AM
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Plenty of info in here:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=70970&hilit=miata+clear+markers
viewtopic.php?f=38&t=40908&hilit=miata+clear+markers
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=30089&hilit=miata+clear+markers

They are available worldwide, as per:
JDM - all orange with 2 sockets
USDM - all orange with 1 main socket
EDM - all clear with 2 sockets
UK - All clear with 2 sockets, but there is an internal orange cap over the main socket

Yes and no. That is available are the ones from the Miata. Front are suppose to fit ok, the rears stick out a bit apparently.

IMO Probably not, but it all depends on what quatity you need to make.

Left and right I want to say yes.

Front and rear I'm pretty sure no.

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May 28 2014, 12:43 PM
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http://www.mossmiata.com/Shop/ViewProdu ... hsQcvD_BwE


we generally order these type of side markers. they're not a perfect fit but the community isn't really that picky to be honest.

I would personally think and want crystal clear turn signal lamps. we have the clear lense ones:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1992-96-MAZDA-M ... 99&vxp=mtr

but it would be amazing to have clear ones like the miata does:

http://www.projectgla.com/store/products.php?113

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May 28 2014, 10:08 PM
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Many thanks for the speedy and comprehensive replies chaps- I think I've got the overall picture of what's available. I was hoping that there may have been a market for an OEM style clear side marker with perfect fit. However, if the MX5 units are an 'acceptable' fit, it means it's a non starter for me.

Sorry I can't produce 'crystal' type products, I can only make exact copies of the originals in clear or red(complete with the requisite DOT or 'E' markings).

My customer also asked about the possibility of removing the amber from the standard tail lights. Although I've done this for many models where the amber lenses can be extracted, I don't think that's possible for the MX3 as the red and amber parts appear to be one single molding/cast.

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This is what I've done for the MR2 Mk2..........

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All the best,

Richard


May 29 2014, 5:44 AM
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