(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's going on, guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com. And today, I'm bringing you my review of the Modern Billet 3-window black mesh upper and lower front grilles for the factory front fascia on all 2015 and 2016 Mustangs.Now, a lot of us like to stand out from the crowd, especially when it comes to the 2015 and 2016 Mustangs. If you're looking for a simple appearance mod to switch up the factory front end of your S550, then these upper and lower grilles from Modern Billet may be for you. This way you can add some aggression and style to help your Mustang stand out.Now, as I mentioned before, these are going to be a direct fit replacement for all 2015 and 2016 Mustangs, including the GT, V6, and Ecoboost. They're going to exclude the GT350, however. Now, like I said, you will have to have the factory front bumpers so if you have an aftermarket front fascia, these grilles will not be for you.Modern Billet definitely tried to add a twist to the factory front grilles offering that 3-window style, it's just what's in between three windows that actually changed. This offers a diamond pattern wire mesh grille made of aircraft-grade 304 stainless steel, finished in a powder-coated flat black to give it a corrosion resistance and some extra aggressive styling.So the lower grille I have here from Modern Billet's gonna to be the same case as the upper grille, getting the same 304 stainless steel from the same aircraft-grade quality, with the same flat black finish. Only difference for the lower grille is that it's actually going to stand out from the rest of the pack. The rest of the companies on the market usually just make an overlay that snaps onto your factory grille. That's not the case here. Modern Billet actually made this a complete replacement, requiring you to remove your factory lower grille and completely replace it with this one.One of the added benefits of upgrading from a factory grille to the Modern Billet ones I have here, is it can actually keep your engine running a little bit cooler. What you're actually doing is, you're just getting a little bit of a better air flow leading straight to the engine just to keep the temperatures down.Now, some of you might not be looking to get an upper and lower grille replacements for your factory front fascia on your 2015 and 2016. If that's the case, Modern Billet made it very easy and split them up so you can get them individually. Now, if you'd like to get the upper and lower in a convenient combo kit, that's available as well. But if you're just looking to get the upper grille, and you want to keep your lower stock, or vice-versa, you have that option as well.As far as the price goes, the upper and lower grille combo kit from Modern Billet comes right around the mid-range compared to other options on the market. You're looking about spending about $500 for the combo kit. And if you're looking to split it up, you can pretty much just cut that price in half for each of them.Before we jump right into the installation, I do want to point one thing out up-front. You will be required to remove your factory front bumper and you will be doing a little bit of minor drilling to the factory grille clips that won't be visible, so it won't affect your decision in the future if you decide to switch to another aftermarket grille. With that said, if you're not looking to do any modifications to your factory front bumper, then this grille combo set from Modern Billet will not be for you.Now, for this installation, you will need a couple of tools including a couple of sockets, a flat-head screwdriver, and a drill with small drill bits. Now, like I said before, you will need to remove the factory front bumper, and you can start to do that by popping the hood and removing the front radiator cover. Once that's off, you'll have a couple of screws underneath there that hold down the bumper. Get rid of those screws and unclip the bumper from the two sides nearest to the front tires. Once you get the bumper off, you want to remember to unclip the headlights so you don't pull that off with it. Now, I definitely recommend putting the bumper, once you get it off, on a big towel or a blanket just to keep it from getting scratched while you're swapping out the factory grilles.Once you get the bumper down on something safe, you can start to pry off both of the grilles using a flat-head screw driver by pushing it down on the clips to get it to pop out pretty easily. Once you get the factory lower grille out, you can start by drilling the holes in each of the clips. You're provided 12 screws and lock nuts so you'll be drilling 12 holes. Once the holes get drilled, you can put the lower grille in place, and place each of the screws through the pre-drilled holes on the lower grille, and through the holes you just drilled in the factory clips. Once that's done, you can tighten them down and you're good to move on to the upper.Once you move onto the upper grille, it's going to be the exact same process as you did with the lower grille. The only difference with this one is, instead of 12 holes like you did with the lower grille, you'll be doing 14 holes. Once everything's said and done, you'll tighten down the screws and lock nuts, and you're good to go.Now, when you're ready to pop the front bumper back on the vehicle, you want to start by plugging the headlights back in, because if you forget that, you'll have to come back and do it all over again. Now, once you get the headlights plugged back in, you can start to pop the front bumper back on by the clips on the front tires. From there you can screw the top screws down and then pop the radiator cover back on, and you're good to go.It's a very straight-forward process, and even with the drilling, I'd say you'll be spending about an hour of your time getting this done start to finish, and it's a no-brainer. I'd give this a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty scale.Just to wrap things up quickly, guys, if you're looking to spice up the front end of your S550, and give that stock bumper an aftermarket aggressive look, then the Modern Billet 3-window black mesh grilles for the upper and lower portions of that bumper might be for you. You can get yours right here, at AmericanMuscle.com
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April 23, 2018
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Had to bend the grille just a tad bit, but other then that grille was easy installHelpful (7)
November 11, 2017
Billet 3 window mash grill upper and lower.
AM review is not a very good one at all. It takes much more than an hour or so. Fitment is terrible upper grill does have big gaps on the bottom each side. Lower grill has a gap on each end. Lucky me I got the grill set cheeper than AM price. Still not happy at all. But now I have it installed,so I will keep it for a bit.Helpful (9)
September 19, 2017
Pain to install
First, this grille looks great and is much more durable than the factory plastic but the installation is a lot more involved than the AM video and the included insteuctions would lead us to believe. To drop the bumper there are more bolts under the chin spoiler and some in the fender wells behind the splash guard. Do yourself a favor and if you dont have a ratcheting 7mm box wrench or a socket wrench with an angled head just take the wheels off or else you will be there all day like i was. Once the bumper is off there is little to no clearance to drill, especially for the lower grille. I ended up actually spinning the drill bit by hand to create some of the holes. It's also helpful to have someone to assist you because the fitment is imperfect and you will need to make sure everything is centered before drilling. Nothing is difficult, just annoying. I definitely would have given this more stars if I knew what was in store as far as the installation.Helpful (9)
June 22, 2017
It is awesome, it really looks great and it give my car a rough touch...really good job with this...Helpful (9)
April 23, 2017
The parts did not fit my 2015 Mustang nor did the screws sent match the parts. Not an easy installation and caused more trouble than it should have.Helpful (10)
July 19, 2016
As soon as I bought this grille I couldn't wait to put it on. Although the process of putting it on is long and hard was defiantly worth it. The grile is a hard metal and dutiable but you do not use the factory clamps to put it back on. You must drill your own holes and use the bolts providedHelpful (11)
This is not a direct fit grill. The film clip makes no mention of the fact that both upper and lower grills ship flat and require bending and finessing to fit in the grill shell. Any suggestions as to the best way how to bend or shape the grills? Had I known this I would have chosen another grill.
I apologize about this. The grilles are not supposed to arrive flat and should not have to be bent into shape. It sounds like they may have been damaged during shipping or packed incorrectly. Please contact us at your earliest convience using the link below so we can get this fixed for you! http://www.americanmuscle.com/contact.html
What size screws and lock nuts are used for this application. My grill did not come with the OEM screws?
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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