Review & Install Video
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
Intimidating 3 Window Mesh Grille.
It doesn't matter if your 2015-2017 Mustang is a daily driver, a show car or a dedicated racer you want it to stand out in a herd of look-a-likes. A Modern Billet 3-Window Upper Grille, with its black diamond mesh design, is a great way to transform the exterior styling of your S550 Mustang to give it a much more intimidating appearance that will be feared and respected.Matching Lower Mesh Grille.
The optional Lower Diamond Mesh Grille is a perfect match to the upper to complete the aggressive appearance of your 2015-2017 Mustang. Modern Billet's Lower Mesh Grille is a true replacement grille, not an overlay like other companies manufacture.Quality Construction.
Modern Billet Replacement Mesh Grilles are designed using the original OEM CAD data from Ford to ensure a perfect fit. Manufactured from aircraft grade 304 stainless steel, both the Upper and Lower Grilles feature a diamond pattern wire woven mesh. Modern Billet then completes their Grilles in a durable flat black powder coated finish for an aggressive appearance and long lasting corrosion resistance.Improves Cooling.
These Modern Billet Mesh Grilles not only add great intimidating styling to the front end of your S550 Mustang, but they also increase air flow across the radiator when compared to the stock grilles. This additional air flow helps to improve engine cooling, which in turn increases performance.Straight Forward Installation.
Modern Billet Mesh Grilles are designed to completely replace your existing factory grilles. You will be required to remove the front fascia and drill mounting holes for proper installation. The holes will not be visible with the Mesh Grilles installed or if you ever decide to reinstall the factory grilles.Application.
These Modern Billet Three Window Black Mesh Grilles are designed to fit 2015-2017 GT, EcoBoost and V6 Mustangs with the factory front fascia installed. The Upper and lower grilles are available separately or in a convenient combo kit (select from choices above).
- What's in the Box
Combo Kit Option:
- (1) Replacement Upper Grille
- (1) Lower Grille Overlay
- (26) Screws
- (26) Lock Nuts
Upper Grille Option:
- (1) Replacement Upper Grille
- (14) Screws
- (14) Lock Nuts
Lower Grille Option:
- (1) Lower Grille Overlay
- (12) Screws
- (12) Lock Nuts
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- V6 - 15, 16, 17
- GT - 15, 16, 17
- EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17