(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Justin: The Hurst Grille that we have here today will appeal to the 2018 and newer GT and EcoBoost owners who are after the retro vibes of a black billet grille but with a modern twist. Now the Hurst option will deliver an injection-molded TPO build with a textured matte black finish, along with the classic Hurst emblem all for right around the $200 price point just for the upper alone, while you're looking at right around the mid $400 ballpark for both the upper and lower grilles combined. Now, install at least according to the site's gonna get bumped up to a solid two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, just due to the fact that the bumper does need to come off with this one. So, altogether figure a couple of hours to complete from start to finish. As always hang with me for a bit, guys, and we'll walk you through that job later in the video.Now I've been on record with my distaste, if you will, with the factory grille on the 2018 and newer cars. And hey, if you're watching this video, chances are you agree with me. Now, luckily for us, the aftermarket has us covered with many, many different options including this one from legendary shifter company, Hurst. That's right. Lately, they've been branching out as a company to different parts such as exhaust to appearance parts like this grille, even rear spoiler and quarter window covers, all of which, by the way, you can find right here at AM. So this grille to me is a dead ringer for those classic billet grilles or overlays or even some of the newer California Special Style grilles, but, of course, with modern materials here and shape to fit the 2018 and newer S550s perfectly, thanks to the OE CAD data used in the design process. Now as you can see, I have a seven horizontal bar design here stacked on top of one another for the upper, four bars for the lower. And both grilles do have these three vertical lines which are really vaguely visible, I'd say from the front of the car. And that's all tied together by the factory style surround because, again, yes, this is a complete replacement and not some sort of overlay like you might see with other billet grilles here on the site.Now one thing I do really wanna point out, guys, is that, yes, we are kind of making the upper grille the star here in this video. Obviously, you can see Hurst does offer a matching lower grille for the 2018 and newer cars. And if you really wanna emphasize that look, keep things consistent, I certainly recommend picking up both to really hammer home that retro look. Now as far as your construction is concerned, again, you're gonna find that injection-molded TPO material, which I would say is consistent with a lot of your aftermarket grilles currently on the site. It's got a little bit of flex, but it's durable. And ultimately, it's what you want on the front of your car in regards to being able to withstand some light abuse. Now that TPO material has been finished off in a light green, matte black finish here, guys, which does flow rather nicely with some of the other plastic currently on the exterior of your car.Last but not least, guys, you can see Hurst does kick in the really nice logo for the upper grille here. It's actually been made from a billet aluminum material and it does adhere to the grille, thanks to the preinstalled 3M tape located on the back. I think it just really kicks up the look. Now I do also wanna point out that yes, you can get the upper or the lower grille available separately here on the site. But if you really wanna nail that look, obviously, I'm gonna recommend picking up both, just to keep things a bit more consistent. But now it comes a point in the video guys where you wanna segue into our installation, kind of show you what it takes to get both the upper and lower grilles in place on your ride. So without further ado, check out our detailed walkthrough into a breakdown right now.Man: The tools used for this install are a clip removal tool, a ratchet, small cordless impact, 10, 8, 7, and 5.5-millimeter sockets. So, for this install, obviously, because we are replacing the front bumper and the factory front bumper is going to have to come off. I'm gonna walk you through the whole process and show you all the tools you'll need to get the job done. So let's get started. I'm gonna start by using my clip tool to remove the clips that hold down the upper rad cover. Just pop these out and then rad cover will come right off. Next, I'm gonna use my 6-millimeter and 8-millimeter sockets to remove the 8 screws along the top of the front bumper. There are two 6 mils, one on each corner and six 8 mils along the front. So just to make my job a little bit easier, I've got the car supported on a lift. You can also use jack stands, and I'm gonna pull the front wheels and that's gonna give me better access to the hardware for the inner fender liner as well as the corner of the bumper.So there are five clips on the inner wheel well liner that I need to remove. This is gonna gain me access to the corner bolts for the bumper. So I'll just use my clip tool once again and pull those five clips out. Now I can do that on the other side of the vehicle. Now that I have my inner fender hardware removed, I can peel back my inner fender liner and expose the two 10-millimeter nuts that hold the corner of the bumper on. I'm gonna use my 10-mil sockets remove those, and then I can unplug the light that's mounted in the bumper. Once you have everything on hook, you can repeat this on the other side. So the last thing I need to remove before I can pull the front bumper off of this car is the belly pan for the vehicle and there are two clips and a bunch of 7-millimeter screws that hold it in place. I'm gonna use my clip tool once again, as well as a 7-millimeter socket to pull all the hardware off the bottom and pull the belly pan off.At this point, we're ready to pull the front bumper off the car. I pulled the corners down just to release the clips, and now I can just lift this off and remove it from the vehicle. So, now that I have my bumper removed from my vehicle, I have it sitting here on a body horse. And all I need to do before I can install my new grilles is removed my crash bar and my two original grilles. I'm gonna accomplish this with my clip removal tool and I'm just gonna work my way around the clips, removing them one by one. There are six clips on the crash bar that need to be released, two in the middle and one at each of the four corners. I'm just gonna work my way around. I'm gonna apply a little bit of upward pressure while I pry the clips back. And I'll work my way around until all six of them are released. So just like on the crash bar, there are a series of clips located around the perimeter of the upper and lower grilles that retain the grill to the bumper. Same thing I'm gonna use my clip tool once again and work my way around releasing each clip and I'm gonna maintain a little bit of upward pressure just so when the clips do release, they don't wanna reengage.Once all the clips are released, you can remove the grille. And I'll just repeat that same exact process for the upper grille as well. So now I'm ready to install my new grille into place on my bumper. This install's exactly the same way as factory. I'm just going to line up all my clips with the holes in the grille, give it a little tap, and get the clips to engage. Now that I have my clip holes lined up, I'm just gonna give the grille a little tap to engage the clips into the grille, working my way down the line just to make sure everything stays lined up while I engage these clips.Now I can repeat that process with the other grille. Just like I did with my upper grille, I'm gonna line up my tabs and give it a little tap, working my way around to engage them. Now that our upper and lower grilles are fully installed into the bumper, we can go ahead and peel the 3M backing on our logo and install that to the front. And now we're ready to install our bumper onto the car.Once you have both the upper and lower grille installed into the back of the front bumper, you can go ahead and reinstall your crash bar. With our bumper fully assembled, we're ready to reinstall it back onto our vehicle. And we're just gonna line up all of our holes and reinstall it in the reverse order of removal. Since I'm already up top here, I'm going to go ahead and reinstall my eight screws along the top of the front bumper. I'm gonna use my 8-millimeter socket and my 5.5-millimeter socket to reinstall them. Next, I can reinstall my two 10-millimeter nuts on the corner of the front bumper and tighten them down with my 10-millimeter socket. Next, I can reconnect my fog light and turn signal, and then I can reinstall all my fender liner hardware. Now I can reinstall my clips that secure the front bumper to the inner fender liner. And once I have those on, I can move on and do the same thing on the other side before I install my belly pan.Now that I have my inner fender liner attached to my front bumper, I am ready to reinstall my belly pan. And I'll just get some of my screws started and I'll go back through with my 7-millimeter socket and tighten them all down. I have all of my screws started from my belly pan and now, once again, I'll just take my 7-millimeter socket and tighten them all up. Now I can reinstall the clips in my belly pan and also install the clips for the inner fender liner to belly pan. At this point, if you removed your wheels to get to your inner fender line hardware like we did, you can start putting your wheels back on, and then we can lower the vehicle onto the ground. And our final step of this install is going to be reinstalling our upper rad cover and all of the clips that secure it to the vehicle.And that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the Hurst Grille, fitting your 2018 to 2020 Mustang. Thanks for watching, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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