Review & Install Video
So the Shelby GT500 Rear Valence I've got here today is gonna be a great option for any '13 or '14 owners out there that are looking to make a huge change out back, a little homage to the legendary GT500, and either for someone that wants an Axle Back or a Cat-Back with quad tips because you're gonna need this to complete the look. I'll throw it out there that the install isn't bad, but it's not gonna be for the faint of heart because you're gonna need to do some cutting, but it's not scary at all. We're gonna walk you through it and it is gonna call for two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, and about a three hour job.
So your 2013 to 2014 looks great on its own, it picked up a mild refreshed outback from 2012 with its tail lights, so why bother, right? Well, first and foremost the rear valence on the GT500 just looks bad ass, it's a great way to add some style, but if you're one of the owners out there that's dead set on running a quad tip exit Cat-Back or Axle Back, you're not into the idea of playing operation cutting up your factory bumper, this is gonna be the option for you. Purpose aside here guys, this looks mean, it's more aggressive, it pops and it's gonna complement anything else you might have on your car and the pictures on the product page really just don't do it justice. Now, I'll throw it out there that we have this on Justin's 2014 GT with a set of wheels, slight drop maybe some side skirts, it just sets it off. Everything plays really nicer together. Now, toss a GT500 spoiler at it then you're looking at a win win combination. So we're all car people here and if you're watching this video I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that you are too and we're all gonna find ways to modern our cars any way we see fit, and Rear Valences here guys are just great ways to improve the overall look and execution of your car. Now, not to mention most if not all drivers on the road are gonna be looking at your rear end, so why not? So you've got some great reasons why you might wanna throw this onto your '13 or '14 so let's take a closer look at what this sucker is made out of.
With aftermarket Ford parts, you should expect showroom quality materials. This valence is exactly what came on the Shelby from the factory and that's what you're gonna get. Now, this is an OE quality high pressure injection molded thermal plastic, which just means that it's strong. Now, on the surface you're gonna be looking at a factory style grain-texture which is also durable so you're not gonna have to worry about bits of rubber or anything coming off the road hitting it. Now, if you want to take it a step further then you could definitely have a color match, but I think it looks great on its own against any color Mustang. Now, in terms of the pricing though, whenever I hear Ford parts I usually prepare to pay a little bit extra, but that's really not gonna be the case with this. You're looking at just shy of 300 bucks and all I know it's not the most inexpensive option out there. Consider that this was factory equipment on the GT500 that co-rank close to 60,000 depending on how you optioned it. But on the flip side here, if you're after a valence and you're looking to spend a little bit less there are a few other options out there for Roush or MMD, but their orientation is slightly different. The Roush really is meant for square exhaust tips and I honestly think it just looks a little bit off with round tips. And the MMD can only accommodate a dual tip set up. So for what it's worth here guys, the GT500 really just takes the cake.
Installwise, like I mentioned up top this is gonna call for two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here and about a two to three hour job because there's going to be some cutting. Now, this isn't anything nuts here guys, we're talking taking a dremel or a body saw. But here's the kicker guys, Ford actually mark the back side of your current factory of valence which is gonna show you exactly where you need to cut to accomplish this. But either way, you're just going to need a basic socket set, pliers, and a jack and stands to get the job done. So you begin by getting your rear end off the ground, you don't wanna get it to your trunk and then unscrew the plastic screws and fasteners from the back plastic panel, lift that up and then disconnect the taillight harness. Once you're done there move on to removing the three screws from the rear splash guard and if need be you can remove your factory wheels, but it's not necessary. So along the inside Ford more or less conveniently drew a little line for where you'd need to cut the bumper. Assuming you're pairing this with a quad exhaust you're gonna need to pull your Axle Back or Cat-Back which can be done pretty easily, but we're gonna focus on getting the valence on.
Now, from inside the bumper you're gonna wanna remove the two reflectors and black trim and this can be done easily with a pair of pliers by essentially just compressing the clips, and the reflectors will go back in, but the black trim can also be set aside or trashed. So once that's done guys, the hard work is more or less out of the way and you're on your way to getting your new valence on which will easily snap in to place. Now, with the taillights removed it's going to help to easily get that back on into place and you gonna wanna push from the middle to the outside. After that, work on reinstalling your taillight harness, reinstall your push pins on the plastic arms, reinstall the lights, get your trunk and back together and that's it. So that's gonna wrap things up with Ford Shelby GT500 Rear Valence fitting the 2013 and 2014 Mustang, that can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.