Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter
Carbon fiber-look dash kit in plastic. Comes in two pieces and covers from the top center console to just rear of the cupholders. Attaches w/ adhesive pads.
Came well-wrapped in a box about the size of an old, large VCR. Also included were a sheet of instructions. Adhesive pads were already affixed to the rear of the dash kit, which was nice because I didn't have to come up with my own strategy and possibly screw things up. As I began to wipe the car's center console with alcohol it occured to me that it wouldn't be necessary to wipe down the whole thing. That's important because alcohol dries out plastic. You can see a bit of hazing on the stock parts as the alcohol dries. Better to take a look at where the adhesive pads will meet the stock pieces and spend your time in those locations. Next- peeling the backing of the adhesive pads. Finger nails have a hard time getting under there. I suggest having a small knife handy just for lifting up enough to pinch. Next came the scary stuff- the placing of the parts. It's scary because those pads are aggressive. Instructions recommend spreading the pieces out a bit, flaring them, in ! order to not fight with the sticky pads grabbing too early. It's a good idea. But go easy- that plastic is thin and I don't know how much flexing it'll endure. Do the bottom part (w/ the cupholders) first. Your priority should be aligning it with the shifter opening. Everything else will follow. I removed the factory cupholders. The dash kit holders are just fine alone. For the upper piece of the kit, I had better luck snugging it in by the vents first, then bringing the bottom down to meet with the lower piece, kind of like closing a hatch. It took a bit of yanking it up here and there and pushing it back down to line up the fit. When it was done... Yeah! Just what I wanted. Just what I envisioned.
I always ask myself, "would I buy this again if my car got stolen and I had to start all over?' In this case, 'Yes'. I'm not a mod-addict. I have a vision for the way I want my car and when it's done, it's pretty much done. This kit was a part of that vision for my 'complete' car. It's one of my favorite changes. Long overdue, and I love it! If I have a complaint, well, it's the price. 159.95 plus about 20 bucks S&H. A hundred and eighty dollars? For plastic? I mean.. yeah, it's nice. The cut is perfect. It was free of flaws. Attractive to the point of making the rest of the car almost look tired. But when I think of other things that cost this much money, it makes for one serious case of chin-rubbing.
Under 5 minutes to remove
Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter
This is a two-piece simulated rosewood (a.k.a., thin plastic) kit that simply goes on top of your existing console and dash.
I've had it for about one hour and... so far, it's awesome man!!! I've wanted one for several years and finally bought it from Moss. Installation is easy: first, clean your plastic console and dash; second, test fit the two parts; third, remove the adhesive backing; fourth, put it on. Make sure you install the console first because the dash part sits over a lip on the console. That's very important.
I'm thrilled with this product so far. It looks GREAT even though my interior is black and not the tan/leather. It also helps that I already had the Moss wood-rimmed steering wheel and shift knob. (As for those parts -- they're a slightly darker rosewood, but the match is "close enough" for my tastes. Only complains I have are that the steering wheel took SIX MONTHS to arrive, and that it and the shift knob scratch very easily. But now that I've got the console and dash too, it all looks great together.) Bottom line: if you've ever in Boston, come check it out. :)
Under 30 minutes to remove completely
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