Review & Install Video
Hey, everybody, Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with my quick review of the aluminum rear window louvers, fitting your 2015 and up Fastback Mustang.
So the term retro is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot when describing a specific Mustang part, almost to a fault, but if there was ever one mod or product that really, truly defined and embodied the term retro, it's a set of rear window louvers. Now, when looking at this, try not think mid-80s F-body or IROC-Z, but rather, think about the '69 to '70 Mach 1 or Boss 302, where the rear window louvers made their debut on the Mustang. So basically, what I'm trying to say is if you're into that old-school look, you want to evoke that old-school flavor on your S550, then this might just be the part for you.
Now the big question is, does that retro look really work on the new sleek chassis of the S550? And in my opinion, guys, at first glance, yes, it does, and I think a big portion of that is due to the Fastback design. When installed, the louver really doesn't look out of place, and actually looks pretty low-profile from all angles. I do have one nitpick though, however, and that's the amount of dead space that's located between the louver itself and the top of the trunk lid when installed. Now, if you look at MMD's plastic version of the rear window louver, I think it does a much better job of covering the entire back window, but again, their louver is a completely different design, much more modern when compared to the aluminum one I have with me here.
As for the build, we are again looking at that durable and light-weight aluminum. For the construction, it has been finished off in this matte black powder coat, as you can see, but just a quick heads-up, guys, this thing is paintable, so if you did want to have it color-matched to your ride, just for a different look, that is something you could do.
Now let's quickly touch on visibility because I'm sure a lot of you guys watching at home are probably wondering, "Will this thing impair my vision?" And honestly, yes, you can expect a slight impairment, obviously, because this thing pretty much is covering your rear window. However, with that being said, it's not as bad as you might think. In fact, we have some pretty decent footage for you here, showing your view out of the rear window. Again, don't forget you have your backup camera to work with. So at the end of the day, is it a deal breaker for me? Absolutely not.
This thing is going to ship to you in a couple of different pieces, but once assembled, obviously it becomes one piece, and that's going to make the removal much easier to clean the back window, and I actually think it makes the install slightly easier as well. Now, your included alcohol prep pads and adhesion promoter are going to be the big keys here, guys, as you are looking for that strong bond. And another tip, make sure you check the trunk clearance once or twice before really adhering this thing to the back window. So just open and close it once just to make sure you're not getting any rubbing. Again, not the hardest install in the world, one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. A little time-consuming, but just take your time and you'll be all wrapped up in an hour or two from start to finish.
All right, guys, to wrap this one up, if you are a fan of the rear louver design for your new S550, here's why you might want to consider this option. Again, you are getting that durable aluminum construction. You are getting the more traditional look, and you are getting a one-piece design, making it much easier to remove and clean the back window. So be sure to check out this and other options for your Fastback S550 here at AmericanMuscle.com.