Review & Install Video
So the blue 10-inch GT500 stripes we're taking a quick look at today are gonna be a great option for any S550 owners out there that are looking for a slightly inexpensive pair of slimmer stripes that are gonna pay a ton of homage to the GT500 Mustang, while also complementing other appearance parts on your car. But installation-wise here, guys, expect an easy but a pretty involved two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, that's gonna be due to the size. Now either way, expect to be working on this for about two to three hours, and we'll have a little bit more for you coming up on that later.
And while I love these cars, I do have a tendency to modify almost anything with wheels on it. It's just inherent. I will never get away with it. And decals are appearance parts that are fairly inexpensive, install pretty easily, but they make a pretty huge visual impact. Now for the owners out there that aren't too into the idea of a hood decal for example, I think these are a great alternative for someone that wants to do something that not everybody has on their car. But ultimately, guys, when modifying our cars how we see fit, at the end of the day, we really just don't want them to look like any other Mustang on the road.
So the S550 looks great on its own, so why bother adding anything to your hood, right? Well, first and foremost, the lines on the S550's hood are great, they almost mimic something like a raised cowl hood, but everything just has tendency to get lost in the mix because everything's one color. Now no matter the color of your Mustang, these are gonna bring out the lines of your hood, make them look that much more prominent. So if you're after a retro look or if you just wanna bring out some of the classical elements of the Mustangs from yesteryear, this is gonna be a great place to start.
So now that you know why you might wanna throw these onto your S550, let's take a closer look at the construction and materials here. About 100% of the vinyl that's produced right here at AM, maybe a couple feet from where I'm standing, is designed, cut, tested, and packaged right here under this roof, and that's to ensure you're gonna have a perfect fit no matter what you're purchasing. But looking closer, this is a high quality, four mill, wrapping cast-style vinyl, which is something that's typically used when you're wrapping high-end exotic cars. Now the material has a built-in protective layer clear coat up top, and that's designed to give you upwards of eight years of use no matter what part of the country you're from or whatever type of weather your car's gonna be seeing. This is an incredibly strong material when you're comparing it to something like a thinner, calendered style vinyl, which starts to come apart or fade pretty fast. But something I really like about this and the vinyl that we use here is that most, if not all of it, features something called an air release technology. Now what that means is that on the adhesive side when you get this on your car and you're working out all the moisture and air from underneath, it's not gonna fight you like you might be used to with inferior types of vinyl.
Now looking into the pricing here, guys, expect to be spending around a hundred bucks to get these onto your car, which isn't all that bad considering that this is high-grade vinyl, and its a styling add-on that's gonna set your car apart from the rest of the pack. But switching gears, installation-wise, like I said a little bit earlier, you are gonna be looking at an easy but a pretty involved two outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, and a few hour job, only needing a small water bottle and a bunch of soap, and I definitely suggest having a couple friends there to help get these on. Now you're gonna wanna start by taking that soap and water mixture, mixing that together, and then liberally spraying down either your hood, trunk, or roof, or wherever you're starting. Now the reason why you're gonna do this is so that when you go to place the stripes, wherever you're putting them on to begin with, it's gonna buy you some time getting everything into place, and making sure that it's lined up where it should be. Now I'll throw it out there. With any type of vinyl, it's a really good idea to have a second set of hands and eyes around to make sure everything's in place, just making sure that it's plumb and in line. But once you're satisfied with where it's located, gonna work the air and moisture out with a squeegee and then carefully peel the transfer tape off. Now I'll mention with any type of vinyl out there, or even window tint, for example, air pockets and moisture is gonna get left over. You can push them out, but a great thing to do is just simply leave the car out in the sun, or if you're in a colder part of the country, you can take a hair dryer or a heat gun to it.
So that's gonna wrap up my quick review of the blue GT500 style stripes, fitting your 2015 through 2017 Mustang, that can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.