Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
February 27, 2013
I bought this lower grill (black) to protect the supercharger radiator on my 2010 Mustang from stone damage. The grill is well made, it fits perfectly into the lower grill opening and it looks great. The method of installation, however, is atrocious. The grill attaches with two long screws that pass through holes in the grill and tread into J-hooks designed to hook onto the 'lips' of the side plastic walls inside the grill opening. I found it impossible to do this. There are two, cheap, spring clips (that will rust) that must be placed over the J-hooks for the long screws to thread into. This is hokey. The screws are not long enough to pass through the grill and start threading into the spring clips on the J-hooks and still catch the plastic edges. I had to duct-tape the J-hooks on the plastic lips and then try to start the screws. It still didn't work since the screws are just too short. I ended up attaching the J-hooks to the plastic edged on the upper side of the grill opening (closer to the front) but this is much less secure. Frankly, I do not trust the attachement screws not to vibrate lose while driving. I intend to remove the grill and modify the installation method. I will weld the J-hooks onto 316-SS threaded stock cut long enough to catch the plastic lip and protrude through the grill. I'll use small stainless Nylock nuts on the front of the grill to tighten the grill into the opening. American Muscle should really redesign the attachment method for this grill.