Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com and this is my review of the Cervini's GT500 style upper grille for the 2013-14 GT, V6, and Boss Mustang. This grille from Cervini's is really the only one of its kind. It's obviously taken some cues from the styling of the GT500 grille, but it's a three window design that has a mesh screen in the middle window that creates more of that blacked out look, and it offers some protection as well. This grille's gonna be a good option for those that want that different look and aren't afraid to put in a little bit of extra time on the install to get a great different look and a solid part.
This is one of the only aftermarket grilles out there at this time that has that three window design, and one of the first things that you notice right away is that it's going to eliminate the factory fog lights that would normally be located in the grille on these cars. The GT500 has those lower fog lights, so the grilles don't need a spot for them. This, along with the three window design, is going to make this grille look vastly different than the factory grille and other aftermarket options as well. There's only one other grille that looks similar to this one here, and that's the CDC grille. The difference between these grilles, other than the install process, is going to be the material and a little bit in the styling. The CDC grille is made from ABS, and this grille is made from polyurethane. Both materials are durable and lightweight, and both materials are typically used in aftermarket exterior mods because of those properties. The main difference is going to be that the Cervini's here has these powder coated grille screens.
I like the screens for both style and functional reasons. It looks more blacked out to me. It's also gonna hide your rad and some of that background noise that you're gonna get when you go to an open grille like this one, and the screens are gonna offer protection for your rad from damaging road debris. And this is nice mesh, too. It doesn't look cheap to me. It's a finer mesh, so it steers clear of that chicken wire look, at least in my opinion. Another functional benefit that you get when you go to an open design like this and the CDC grille is improved airflow to the rad compared to the stock grille. I mean, you can see it right here. There's nothing blocking the air that's gonna go straight through to the rad.
Now, it's worth mentioning here that the upper grille is a complete replacement of the factory grille, but it doesn't require any permanent modifications even though it does eliminate those fog lights. The CDC grille, on the other hand, does require some modifications, but this one doesn't. It goes right into the factory location without any issues. I did want to mention, though, that there is a matching lower grille that'll help to really complete the look, and these two grilles look sick together. This grille's a little bit more on the expensive side, but it isn't the most expensive option that's out there. You can expect to spend a little over $200 for this upper grille and a little under $200 for the lower grille, just in case you were wondering.
The install for these grilles is easy. It's a one out of three wrenches on the scale, and you can expect to spend about an hour's time on this. You won't need anything special to complete the install. You're looking at some basic tools like a Phillips head and a flathead screwdriver, a 7 mm wrench, and a few smaller size sockets, and a ratchet and a drill as well since you will need to do some drilling here. You also need to remove the front bumpers, so you can start by popping out the eight plastic clips that are holding in the black plastic cover shroud. And as a side note, you can use some painters tape at any time to give you a little bit of protection around the work area so you don't scratch paint or markup the shroud.
On each side of the bumper, you need to back out the screws that are holding the bumper in place as well as the plastic clips that are on each side of the front tires. After that, there are about 12 screws along the bottom front of the bumper overlap that need to be backed out. Then you can pop the fascia off by pulling the sides near the front corner lap right underneath the headlight. But make sure to unplug the headlight connections before walking away with the bumper. So getting the top factory grille out isn't as hard as you might think it is.
There's a soft gasket that comes out with a screwdriver, and then you can remove the plastic clips that are along the edge. The new grille will need some prep work, so you need to drill a few mounting holes and two holes in the center bar as well. Then you need to bend your screen and install them on the grille frame. Then you can just install your new grille into your front fascia and then put the center bumper soft gasket back into place after the new grille goes in. After that, it's just a matter of getting the front bumper back on the car the same way you took it off.
Wrapping things up here, the Cervini's GT500 style upper grille has the same three window design as the GT500. It has a mesh, black powder coated screen and a polyurethane construction. The open design's gonna allow for more airflow to the rad, the screen's gonna protect the rad, and the grille is easy to install. You can check this grille out more online for yourself, and for all things Mustang keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com
Fog Light Delete.
Give your Pony some Shelby styling with the addition of this Cervini's GT500 Style Upper grille. Designed to remove your factory fog lights and replace your factory grille completely, this upgrade is sure to add an aggressive style to your V6, GT or BOSS Mustang.Improves Cooling.
Not only does this Cervini's Upper grille add great aggressive, track ready styling to the front of your 2013-2014 S197, but it also increases air flow to the radiator (compared to the stock grille), for improved engine cooling and performance. Quality Construction.
Made from durable black polyurethane material for its strength and long lasting durability, this GT500 Style Upper grille comes with a black powdercoated mesh screen to protect your radiator from any road debris. The grille can be easily installed in the factory location without any cutting or modifications necessary.Application.
This Cervini's GT500 Style Upper grille is designed to fit the 2013-2014 Mustangs, including the V6, GT and BOSS 302 models. Not compatible with the Shelby GT500.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) GT500 Style Upper Grille
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Tech Specs
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- Boss 302 - 13
- GT - 13, 14
- V6 - 13, 14
Not compatible with 2010-2014 GT500 models