Applicable to: '99 +
As the Moss catalog says, "Designed exclusively for the Miata, this hitch mounts to the body for superior strength and can handle up to 2000 lbs. towing capacity and 200 lbs. tongue weight. Each kit comes with necessary hardware, including a 1.25 inch receiver (the thing you put the ball on) for easy installation. No welding required."
This really is a custom fit hitch. The instructions are not very helpful, but fortunately the installation is intuitive. I put the rear up on ramps, slid under and pushed the hitch into place between the unit body frame members. These are the boxy sections that the rear tie-downs are welded to. I used a rubber mallet to get it snug. Once it is tapped into place it is not coming out. I found I had to drill the holes with the hitch in place. Even with the hitch out of the way, I do not think it would not be possible to drill all four holes. Only the bottom two were accessible by drill. Use a 7/16 or 1/2 inch bit. As I planned only on transporting bikes, I am not concerned that only two of the four bolts are installed. A professional installer could probably do a complete and proper installation. The hitch is completely out of site except for the receiver portion that protrudes beneath the bumper facing. If your Miata is a dark color you will probably never notice it.
I road cycle a lot and frequently need to transport up to two bicycles. I didn't want a removable bike rack as that would eventually damage the finish and prevent access to the trunk. I ordered this from RSpeed for the same price that Moss was advertising. RSpeed didn't charge me shipping. Yeah!
Under 30 minutes to remove completely
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