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protective radiator grills

Postby Mike and Di » Thu Jul 22, 2004 8:22 pm

My radiator is being damaged by stones etc, can anyone recommend a protective grill.
I am a Mk 2 8)
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Postby Phil » Thu Jul 22, 2004 8:33 pm

Look in the STHT Magazine for advertisers or DIY with mesh. :o
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Postby Si » Thu Jul 22, 2004 9:45 pm

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Postby Hieland Lad » Thu Jul 22, 2004 9:49 pm

I have just bought and fitted such an animal to my mark one. I think that the grilles are compatible with all models. I bought from MX5 Parts. I ordered online at around 2.30pm and it arrived the following morning to me up north!

I just bought the basic model - Highflow grille with cutout - for ?28.94

To fit it you need to remove two small bolts in the "mouth" of the car. On my older weekend car this proved impossible due to rust and grime. However, I was able to secure it easily with cable ties.

Looks good, cheap and excellent service.

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Postby Si » Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:01 am

Unfortunately it's not a case of one grille fits all mouths ;) The Mk2, and certainly the Mk2.5 have different shaped mouths to the Mk1 so it's essential that you get the right grille!

As for tie down hooks (or towing hooks), you may or may not need to remove them depending on which grille you buy. I chose to keep mine just in case I ever need towed out of a ditch so bought a grille with cut-outs in place.

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Postby Phil » Fri Jul 23, 2004 1:34 pm

If you do need to be pulled out of a ditch and you use the holding down hooks you might end up with a stretch limo, that could be very 'cool' :D
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Postby Si » Fri Jul 23, 2004 2:12 pm

True, but in an emergency they're better than nothing :)

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Postby Mike and Di » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:23 pm

Thanks folks,
I had previously contacted Moss from the STHT and they said that their grill was only 2cm from the front of the opening, I was hoping to get a grill that went further back and I was going to paint it matt black so it would't look obvious, and recomendations :?:
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Postby loftladderman » Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:02 am

Heather
Don't know where in Perthshire that you are situated, BUT if you want to take a run over to St Cyrus near Montrose, I can cut you one to fit and fit it for you for free.
FREE is even cheaper than cheap :lol:

Its a dark coloured SS fine diamond shaped mesh I use so you may not even have to paint it, but if you only want it black would NOT be a big job to do and fit.

I make my own and simply fit them right back in the opening using black cable ties.
Can't be seen and works very well indeed.
Protects my Intercooler and Rads perfectly.

G/F makes great Coffee too, so you would be very welcome.
Nice run out as well... lol
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Protective radiator grill

Postby Mike and Di » Tue Jul 27, 2004 8:44 pm

Thanks Loftladderman, your type of grill is what we are looking for.We can't manage this weekend but could come over anytime, we stay in Blairgowrie, might even try some coffee,
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Postby loftladderman » Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:38 am

No probs
Only a 49 mile trip for you :-)

I am back from France late tomorrow night and am "at home" till around the 11th / 12th when I am offski down south working again.

Some date in there I hope to be at Richards in Calander for a day, and also out and about measuring work up at various times.

Best to give me a phone anytime, when you know you can nip over on 07973 671 103 (Loft Ladders).

The coffee aint Soooooooooo bad :-)

Not so great either as err indoors can burn water when boiling a kettle :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Richardn » Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:46 am

Phil wrote:If you do need to be pulled out of a ditch and you use the holding down hooks you might end up with a stretch limo, that could be very 'cool' :D


This is not the problem.

The problem is when they put a rope to an eye, then through the other thinking it spreads the load. This causes the 2 chassis rails to squeeze together
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Postby Si » Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:47 am

Richardn wrote:The problem is when they put a rope to an eye, then through the other thinking it spreads the load. This causes the 2 chassis rails to squeeze together


I've never heard that one before. Any evidence or experience of this to prove it is the case?

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Postby loftladderman » Wed Jul 28, 2004 2:49 pm

This just maybe why I only have the ONE ! :shock:

AND...that one is coming off soon too.

There is no way I would TRUST anything, to pull me out of a field using an eyelet bolted to my car with only 3 bolts ! LOL

Think I will just stay out ploughed fields :lol:

Guys who moved my cars with me up north, and ARE a Recovery firm said they would not even trust those eyelets as TIE DOWN points ! <GULP>
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Postby Si » Thu Jul 29, 2004 12:51 am

So how the hell do you propose that they get you out of the ditch that you'll inevitably end up in???

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Postby Richardn » Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:20 am

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Postby Si » Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:54 pm

Lots of contradictory info there and the only post about the chassis rails bending inwards was an assumption.

I wouldn't suggest for a minute that the MX-5 should be towed on the road by these hooks (i.e. behind another car on the end of a tow rope), but in order to get out of a ditch, or on to a flat bed, the towing hooks are the ONLY option.

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