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Old October 19th 04, 10:43 PM
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I'm going to have to park on the street in SF with my new Miata. Any
tricks or products for keeping the braile parkers from scratching the
heck out of the paint?

I've thought of a car bra, but I only really want it for parking and I
want to protect both front and rear.

JJ
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Old October 19th 04, 11:40 PM
Lanny Chambers
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In article >,
Me > wrote:

> I'm going to have to park on the street in SF with my new Miata. Any
> tricks or products for keeping the braile parkers from scratching the
> heck out of the paint?


Remove your front license plate from the bumper and ty-rap it to the
supports inside the mouth. Or at last make sure the mounting nuts are on
the front side of the plate, so they won't be driven into the front mask.

--
Lanny Chambers, St. Louis, USA
'94C
the alignment page:
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Old October 20th 04, 01:53 AM
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Scratching the paint! That is the least of your worries! By parking on the
street, you invite SUV's and others to see how far they can shorten your
parking space and car length! I saw one poor 97 miata that had the
misfortune to be backed into by a pickup with a long trailer hitch less the
ball. The driver used the back until bang parking method.One new front
bumper and radiator later, along with a bit of paint, the miata was back to
more or less normal.
"Me" > wrote in message
...
> I'm going to have to park on the street in SF with my new Miata. Any
> tricks or products for keeping the braile parkers from scratching the
> heck out of the paint?
>
> I've thought of a car bra, but I only really want it for parking and I
> want to protect both front and rear.
>
> JJ



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Old October 21st 04, 06:35 PM
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After 20 years here, I've seen a lot of wierdness as well--including
an old guy with a "stuck accelerator" that trashed about 6 cars and an
out of control bus that totaled 7 or 8. The trick is to use the
individual spaces where braile parkers can't get to you.

To answer my own question... Take a look at

www.bumperpad.com

You could probably contruct something like this fairly cheap on your
own but I'll probably toss them a few bucks for thinking of it first.

JJ


On Tue, 19 Oct 2004 20:53:51 -0400, "chuckk"
> wrote:

>Scratching the paint! That is the least of your worries! By parking on the
>street, you invite SUV's and others to see how far they can shorten your
>parking space and car length! I saw one poor 97 miata that had the
>misfortune to be backed into by a pickup with a long trailer hitch less the
>ball. The driver used the back until bang parking method.One new front
>bumper and radiator later, along with a bit of paint, the miata was back to
>more or less normal.
>"Me" > wrote in message
.. .
>> I'm going to have to park on the street in SF with my new Miata. Any
>> tricks or products for keeping the braile parkers from scratching the
>> heck out of the paint?
>>
>> I've thought of a car bra, but I only really want it for parking and I
>> want to protect both front and rear.
>>
>> JJ

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Old October 25th 04, 02:54 AM
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I bought some of those cheap clear plastic tag covers (the brittle plastic
ones). When a Braille parker backs up on my car the clear plastic breaks
and makes an awful sound. I go through a couple a year but most people stop
when they hear the plate cover break and there are only two small marks on
the front end where the screws for the plate were pushed back by a blind and
deaf parker. As for the fenders and doors in angled parking I haven't found
much that helps but always remember to leave your car BACK in the space. A
couple of times a moron thought there was an empty space between two SUVs
and tried to get in at Mach 1 only to find out there was my little Miata
pulled forward to the curb. Leave your rear end back far enough to be even
with the other cars rear ends. As a side benefit your doors will only pick
up dings from the rear doors of most cars, your front fenders will look like
a WW-1 battlefield and your rear end fenders will stay new forever.
Hank


"Me" > wrote in message
...
> I'm going to have to park on the street in SF with my new Miata. Any
> tricks or products for keeping the braile parkers from scratching the
> heck out of the paint?
>
> I've thought of a car bra, but I only really want it for parking and I
> want to protect both front and rear.
>
> JJ





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Old October 25th 04, 04:09 AM
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In article >, "hjarrett" >
wrote:

> As a side benefit your doors will only pick
> up dings from the rear doors of most cars, your front fenders will look like
> a WW-1 battlefield and your rear end fenders will stay new forever.


See my black beltline molding:
http://memimage.cardomain.net/member...4999/374151_14
_full.jpg

It runs around the upper arcs of the wheelwells, too. Worth its weight
in door dings. I actually kinda like the way it looks, but YMMV.

--
Lanny Chambers, St. Louis, USA
'94C
the alignment page:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/alignment.html
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Old October 25th 04, 04:43 PM
Larry Hill
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>It runs around the upper arcs of the wheelwells, too. Worth its weight
>in door dings. I actually kinda like the way it looks, but YMMV.
>


Where did you get the molding at? Is it glued on or magnetic or whatever?
Thank you,
Larry Hill
 




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