Installation Time: Afternoon
December 21, 2015
Great Improvement For Your V6 Grille!
If you show your V6 Mustang, then the first area that a spectator will see is the front of your car. If they like that, then they will check out your engine, and then your interior. There is a tendency for us to overlook improving the fronts of our Mustangs. To remedy that, I added the pre-painted headlight splitters first. I then added 1/2" peel and stick chrome to the lower lip of my Mustang's lower bumper air intake. Now I have added these very nice looking grille inserts. Later I will add a fog light kit, and that should do it for the front. Don't forget adding Ford Escape V6 emblems behind your turn signal lamps ahead of the front wheel openings! Now, as far as this product is concerned. The final result looks great and I highly recommend it. Do both grille inserts at the same time and save $20. Your Mustang will look a little strange with two different grille patterns if you only do one! First, though, was that a quick inspection of the upper and lower grille inserts showed that there were several areas where there was no black paint on the brackets or where some horizontal pieces met some vertical ones. So I got my model car paint and touched everything up. Not a big deal, but these areas had no paint! Getting these parts installed was not quite so easy. Yes, you can add them without pulling the front bumper shell off. After that, it's a bit of a challenge. The lower intake grille is held on with two bolts that use a spring clip. Put the bolt through the grille insert holes, and add the spring clip. Align the insert and place it on your Mustang. Push the bolt and clip through the openings. Then tighten down and make sure the clip is vertical inside. This last part was not so easy. Tightening the bolt and aligning the clip requires some careful maneuvering, either by poking two other screwdrivers through to steady the clip as you tighten the bolt, or by pulling the upper fan shroud cover off and reaching inside. This shroud comes off easily enough, but reaching through your hood release mechanism's hole to get your arm inside is a little tricky. Fortunately, I have long thin arms! Then tighten the bolts moderately but don't over tighten. The upper grille is much easier as you don't reach so far if you need to go inside. I then reattached my fan shroud, which was easy. I then got my gloss black model paint again and touched up the bolt heads and where the bolts sawed paint off the brackets during installation. Overall, I am very pleased with the final result, but it took me 2-3 hours because of the little extras. My Mustang looks much better. These grille inserts are pricey but definitely recommended!