Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter
Stainless Steel Diamond pattern front grill guard
I will give Moss a lot of credit, they make the items seem gigantic in the photos and online. Item is very narrow, but seemed to be in fine shape and edges had nice protective material to guard from scratching. Instructions were one page, fairly clear - I liked this item because it used the existing bolts under the front air dam and does require removal of the front tie down hooks (baby teeth). It is necassary to use tape to secure the tabs that secure the bolts - and I used a 10mm open ended wrench because there was not enough room for the socket I had. It took me a while because I waxed the area first to avoid any paint marring, but the item actually sits on the black plastic of the air damn which is a good design.
I am happy with this item and it really gives a nice appearance to the front end. I went with this item for the function of protecting the radiator but it's nice to also get some asthetic value too. My only concern so far is that other people have mentioned rust so I will be keeping an eye on that. Overall, I am very happy with the results and with Moss Motors.
Over 30 minutes to remove completely
Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter
High Airflow Black Grill
I like the look of my 2001s open front and didnt want a grill that would change the appearance. For me, this grill does the job perfectly. It provides protection and from a moderate distance, you cant tell that it is there. The installation was relatively easy. I decided to leave the tow hooks installed and just cut the grill with wire cutters to make it fit. It mounts securely and I have not had any of the mentioned rust problems.
Under 5 minutes to remove
Applicable to: '99 +
Powder coated aluminum grill. A little heavy, but really well made.
Install was very easy, taking only 5 minutes if your baby teeth are already out. Because it bolts to two existing holes fitment is no issue. No adjusting zip ties etc.
The grill sits back a little in the opening so it is a subtle look which is just what I wanted. It is strong and if the powdercoat is durable I can't think of any negatives. Would recomend this to anyone looking for a sporty yet subtle look.
Not an installed item
Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter
Miata radiator protector
I was very pleased when I received the grill 3 days after I ordered it. Very easy install, maybe 20 min, with removal of tie-down hooks. However, now that it has been a couple of months since installation, I am very disappointed that it is rusting! The product looked very classy and fit the car's look new, but now has degraded the look to the point where I am going to need to buy a different one from another co. that will last more than a couple months. I would not recommend this product.
I have been pleased with several other of Moss Motors products, just not this one.
Under 5 minutes to remove
Applicable to: '90 - '97
Standard high-flow grill painted black with black plastic perimeter band.
Product was received well packaged but without instructions. Fortunately, I had separate knowledge about how they went in. As I will be using the car for track events, I had to retain at least one tow hook. This required modification of the grill by trimming the affected area, about 1.5" high by 2.5" wide allthe way to the edge. I initially tried to retain the complete band around the outside but could not and get the grill in the correct position. I painted the clipped ends with a high quality black paint. I removed one tie-down hook and installed the grill.
I got the grill specifically because I was going on track, so I was disappointed to find that I had to remove the tie-down hooks to use the product without modification. I perhaps could do without the hooks for driving schools, but competition events would require me to mount something in the area for forward towing. Should have instructions included. Seems to be a vendor option as MM Marketing grills do include them. Fit was merely close. The grill seems a bit more flexible than I thought it should be, but time will tell whether it holds up. Given the present cold weather, air flow restriction, if any, is not apparent at the temperature guage. Expect the grill to be better than nothing in protecting radiator. Time will tell if the paint stays on.
Under 30 minutes to remove completely
Applicable to '99 + 1.8 liter
Hi Flo Grille in silver for 99
There seems to be quite a bit of reviews for this product, so I'll provide a long term test. I've had it for about 4 months, until I noticed it was'nt quite silver. It rusted, Completely. For the amount they charge for "Chicken Wire", this should not happen. $34.95 is not alot, but enough for mesh. Moss cheaped out big time. The honeycomb material from the supplier is offered in stainless, aluminum, & almost any other metal. Moss cheaped out big time, they chose galvanized steel.It flakes off & rusts.
It is offered in several colors, it does'nt matter, it'll eventually be a nice shade of rust.
I believe in protecting the radiator. Like so many civic owners, I'm trying gutter material (REALLY) cheaper & more durable. That's what Moss Should have done, put out a product that you install & forget about, BUT, they CHEAPED OUT.
Under 5 minutes to remove
Thin wire grille with vinyl frame.
You get what you pay for! I paid around $40 for an enhancement to a beautiful car with very little need for enhancement. What I received, well-protected in a huge cardboard box, was a piece of chicken wire inside a plastic frame. The fit is perfect but I did not install it. It just isn't worth the time of removing the tie-downs. It may be functional but considering the material, not for long.
I continue my search for a nice silver smile for my Miata.
"Silver" High Flow Grille. Around $30 from Moss Motors. Supposedly "flows" more air then the regular grille, but less then the "no grille" version. :)
Moss customer service is excellent -- product ordered late Friday, found it on my doorstep the next Monday. Everything included, nothing damaged, and yadda yadda yadda. Very nice.
The grille is made out of what looks like unfinished stainless steel (and if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck..). Not out of silver. Darn. :) Anyway, it mounts in front of the radiator via two bolts that are already there. However, you must first take off the tiedowns. If you have taken yours off beforehand (as I have), it's a ten minute installation.. Would've been less if not for the fact that the bolts haven't been touched since 1990. I must've used up a gallon of Liquid Wrench before I could get them to turn. Arg. Then just wiggle the grille into position and secure it in place.
It doesn't sit very far back in the opening so it's not a good buy for anyone who has (or plans to install) driving lights. You can't see it that well, but It looks reasonably classy, imho. As to the functional aspect of it, I already found a pebble lodged in there that would otherwise end up in the radiator fins.
Okay, Easy Reader(tm) summary: looks good, works well, no cost too much.
This is the high-flow grille for the Miata's mouth. I got the one in silver finish, but they are also available in black.
Installation is very simple, it attaches with two bolts inside the mouth of the car. It sits very farback in the opening and takes a little wiggling to get it in there straight.
The grille is flexible, but not flimsy and does serve its purpose. I frequently find junk lodged in it that would otherwise end up in the radiator fins. I think the siver finished one (actually I think it is just unfinished metal (stainless?)) adds to the retro look of the car. I ordered mine from Dealer Alternative and it was drop-shipped from Moss. It arrived in about 2 days. Cost- about $34.
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