Review & Install Video
Hey, what's going on, guys? Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview of the Anderson Composites Type-AT rear pedestal spoiler in carbon fiber, fitting all 2015 and newer Mustangs. So in this video, I'll be touching on the styling and appearance you can expect when picking up the pedestal style spoiler, as well as the materials and construction, given the nature of its carbon fiber makeup. I'll also walk you through the installation, which, I'll tell you up front, will require a little bit of drilling in your factory trunk lid, which will get this one a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. So let's jump right into it.
The Anderson Composites Type-AT rear pedestal style spoiler in the carbon fiber finish will be for all 2015 and newer Mustang owners out there looking to pick up a taller, all-around more aggressive, and unique styling to replace their common factory spoiler, and also getting a carbon fiber finish in the process.
So the first thing I wanna touch on is the makeup and construction of the pedestal style spoiler from Anderson Composites. This one's gonna be made of 100% real carbon fiber, giving a lightweight product and a very durable one, at that. Now, you can expect all the appearances you would think of when you picture a carbon fiber part. It has a very glossy finish that really brings out that infused weave in the carbon part to make it a very attractive part all around. So, up until now, we haven't seen any real carbon fiber parts come out on any Mustang or even the S550's alone, except for that Shelby GT350R, which features, of course, those carbon fiber makeup wheels, as well as the rear spoiler and a couple of other things. Now, that rear spoiler, this is not gonna be a direct replica of that. We do have that on the site, as well, with the GT350R styling from Anderson Composites. This one is more of, like I said, that pedestal style rear spoiler, but you can add that GT350R aggressiveness by getting that carbon fiber wing on your S550, giving it a very aggressive, very unique look.
Now, obviously, there are bigger benefits to picking up a true carbon fiber part for your vehicle, especially when it comes to the rear spoiler. Now, one of the bigger options here when picking up a carbon fiber part is that it actually will drop a lot of weight compared to your stock spoiler. Now, I'm not saying this is gonna make a huge difference with your quarter-mile time, but I will say it is very beneficial for the guys out there taking it to the track, who are looking to drop a little bit of weight, because we all know, here and there, when you're dropping weight from the rear seats, the rear spoiler, things like that, can all add up to definitely make a difference. Now, this one will drop the weight over the stock spoiler because the carbon fiber materials will be a lot more durable and a lot more lightweight than those stock parts.
So the last point of functionality I wanna make when talking about the pedestal spoiler is gonna be down force. For the guys out there who don't really understand down force, let me break it down for you. In a nutshell, down force refers to the aerodynamic qualities that a spoiler or some other exterior part has that helps keep the vehicle's power at the tires down at the ground for maximum traction. This particular spoiler does utilize the maximum amount of aerodynamic qualities, similar to that of the wing on the GT350 I mentioned earlier, on the GT350R as well, that help keep the power at the ground, definitely beneficial for the guys out there riding at speed on the track.
So if you are interested in the Anderson Composite Type-AT rear pedestal style spoiler with the carbon fiber finish, you can expect to pick it up for just about $700. That is an expected price tag. Although a bit high, you do wanna take into consideration all the bang for your buck you're getting with a very real carbon fiber part, very lightweight and durable material, with a lot of down force aerodynamic qualities, as well as the very attractive high gloss finish, great for the show car guys out there, as well as the guys taking it to the track, or just the guys out there running a daily driver and wanna spice things up.
Now, shifting gears over to the installation portion of the video, I wanna reiterate again, this one is going to require you to drill into your factory trunk lid. Now, some guys might not wanna do that, and if you're not interested in making those modifications, unfortunately, this spoiler will not be for you. But, if you're okay doing that, to make the modifications to pick up the carbon fiber version, this one is going to get a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, simply because it does add the extra step of drilling. Now, if you're not comfortable doing this yourself, there's no shame handing this one over to the professionals to get it done properly.
So if you are interested in taking care of this one yourself, you can start by popping your trunk and removing the trunk liner by removing the clips, as well as the trunk latch cover. From there, you wanna unplug the holes covering the bolts that hold your spoiler on and remove those bolts to get your factory spoiler off your trunk lid. At this point, a quick tip, you might wanna use some kind of flat wedge to actually pry your factory spoiler off as it is held on by 3M automotive bonding tape, as well as those bolts you just removed. The 3M tape may be left over, stuck on your factory paint. With a heat gun or a special tape remover gun, you can get that off with no problem without damaging your factory paint. Just make sure whatever wedge you are using isn't sharp enough to damage that body.
So, from here, you'll be marking the locations where you wanna drill your holes using the marking pins provided for you in the kit. Take those marking pins and put them into the pre-drilled holes on the pedestal style spoiler by taping them on. Then, tape everything down onto your factory trunk lid to mark the locations. Remove the pedestal spoiler by leaving the marking pins on the vehicle, drilling through the pre-drilled holes on the marking pins just to get your locations right. So once you get those holes drilled in your factory trunk lid, you'll be using the hardware provided in your kit to actually put this back on and bolt everything down. Replace everything the same way you took them off, and you'll be good to go.
So, overall, from start to finish, expect to be spending about an hour or two on the installation. And, like I said, because there is some drilling involved, this one is gonna get a two out of three on the difficulty meter, simply because some people may not be comfortable with it. Again, if you're not, there's no shame in handing it over to the professionals to get this done properly. If you are comfortable doing it yourself, not overall a terrible job. It just may take some time in the driveway at home.
So just to quickly wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of a 2015 or newer Mustang and you're looking to swap out the factory spoiler for one that's a little more aerodynamic, a little more lightweight, a little more durable, with a carbon fiber finish, then you might wanna check out the Anderson Composites Type-AT rear pedestal style spoiler in carbon fiber, available right here at americanmuscle.com.