Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. It's Joe from AmericanMuscle and today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the MMD V-Series Rear Spoiler, pre-painted, fitting all '15 and newer S550s. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for one of the most aggressive ducktail spoilers on the market that fits perfectly with the rear end of any S550 Mustang.So, first things first, let's dive into what the V-Series is made of, and that is durable yet lightweight automotive-grade ABS plastic. It also has that notch design, which not only adds to that factory design language, but it also helps with a little bit of rear visibility out of the rearview mirror. This one is painted in-house right here at AmericanMuscle, right to the Ford color code. As you can see, our competition orange here, this is going to be a perfect match. Same thing would apply to any other factory Mustang color out there. The guys in the paint shop do a great job making sure that you don't have to get this sprayed, and this drops right in place on any S550 Mustang.I'm really, personally, a huge fan of the V-Series. This just adds so much. It keeps that factory design language, just makes it more aggressive, adds so much presence to the rear of any S550. And our customers tend to agree with me as well. As of late 2019, this currently has 5 out of 5 stars with over 100 reviews. This is definitely a popular option, and there is a good reason for that.Pricing for this is going to come in right around 450 bucks. And for a pre-painted, perfectly matched part, that is a small price to pay. This adds so much to the rear of any S550. Like I've been saying, this is a great option if you're looking to upgrade that small ducktail spoiler to something that's a little bit more race-inspired.If you were looking to save about 100 bucks, you can pick this up unpainted from us as well. The install for this is going to be relatively easy if you do have a spoiler pre-installed from the factory on your Mustang. This is going to reuse all those mounting holes, so no drilling will be required. If you don't have a spoiler, you will have to do that, but a template does come included. Another thing worth mentioning is, if you have a California Special, unfortunately, this will not cover all of the holes used for that California Special spoiler. So, have some plugs ready to fill those holes. I'm gonna give this an easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, this should take you about a couple hours in the driveway. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need, and how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to include a heat gun or hairdryer, adhesion promoter, and an alcohol wipe, both of these do come included in the kit, clean microfiber, trim panel removal tool, Phillips-head screwdriver, I also use this one on a socket to get into a tight space, 10-millimeter socket, ratchets, magnet on a stick is also a good idea to bring along, and not pictured in the shot will be the adhesive remover. I would recommend 3M automotive adhesion remover.So, in order for us to remove our factory spoiler, we need access to some hardware which is under this cardboard piece of felt here. So, we need to get that out of the way. In order to remove that, we need to remove these two rubber bumpers, then this plastic cover over the latch. We're gonna pull through the emergency trunk release, and then we're gonna remove all these push pins. And this should fall right out, allowing us access to the hardware.So, first things first, this cover over the latch just pulls right off. Now, ours has been off a couple of times, so you might need a trim panel removal tool to do that for the first time. And then you can unthread these rubber bumpers, and they'll come right out as well. Now, we need to remove all these push pins, there are nine of them. And to get those out of the way, I'm gonna use the trim panel removal toolSo, now this is all going to fall down, and one thing you wanna make sure you do is feed through that emergency release. Now, you can pull that off the Mustang.So, now we have access to all of our hardware. We're gonna go ahead and remove it. It's four 10-millimeter bolts across our trunk lid, and then the spoiler will be held on with some 3M double-sided tape. Now, one thing I do wanna touch on before you remove those bolts, you wanna be extremely careful not to drop them down the trunk lid, otherwise, you'll be fishing them out with a magnet for hours. So, use a magnet, try to, sort of, catch them. That's what we're gonna do on the outside here. For the middle, we should just be able to grab those on the way out. One thing I would recommend trying, if you just bring the trunk lid down like that, you can, sort of, bounce the screw on the socket as you're coming out. And that is also a good way to remove these. But without any further ado, let's go ahead and grab our 10 and remove these screws.So, you can see, I just have my magnet in here. We're gonna go over to the other side and do the same exact thing. And, like I said, the middle is a little bit easier.So, now our spoiler is just held on with that 3M double-sided tape. We're gonna take the heat gun, warm this up a little bit, and this thing should fall right off.So, now that we have our factory lip spoiler removed, I figure now would be the perfect time to set it down next to our V-Series and point out some key differences between the two. But really, there's gonna be a lot of similarities. One thing I did wanna touch on here is the paint match. If I put these two side by side, our guys over in the paint shop do a really great job on matching these to the factory Ford color code. Really, really nice match, it's gonna look great on our competition orange Mustang.Another thing I noticed, and really, really like about the V-Series is just how much it, kind of, emanates that factory lip spoiler. You can see this starts out on the side here raised up a little bit, and then you have this notch out of the center. Same thing over here on the V-Series, you have that, but a little bit more aggressive to say the least. It's, kind of, a little bit high up here on the side, and then you have this notch out of the center here. This is a little bit concave here, so that is a little bit different, as this is just kind of flat across the top. But I think it adds a nice look. It'll look right at home on our S550.Another similarity between these two is, the V-Series is going to come with that 3M tape installed, just like the factory stuff. We're going to install that in just a second. And the kit even includes some adhesion promoter and alcohol wipes to make sure the V-Series is going to get a good grip.Other than that, these are really, really similar spoilers. The V-Series is gonna be a little bit more aggressive. That factory spoiler, while it does have similar design language, is just going to be really toned down, and basically factory.So, without any further ado, we're gonna head back to our Mustang. We have a little bit of prep work to do on our trunk lid, and then we'll go ahead and tape this down. And then bolt it down.So, you can see, we still have some adhesive on our trunk lid here. I'm just gonna use a little bit of Goof Off on a rag. But I would recommend that 3M automotive adhesive remover, that stuff is really great and designed to work with their 3M double-sided tape. You can pick that up at a local auto parts store. That's what I would personally use but, hey, this works just as well. Now that the trunk lid's clean, we can go ahead and prep that with the alcohol pads included in the kit.So, now our trunk lid is ready for our V-Series. And if you remove that factory spoiler, you'll already have the holes pre-drilled. However, if you don't, the kit does include a template for you to make those holes. That is really, really simple to use. Now, once you're ready, you can go ahead and apply this adhesion promoter if you'd like. That's just gonna make sure the double-sided tape sticks really well. In our case, we're gonna skip that, and all we're going to do is use the tape here. And all we need to do for that is just to pull off this backing. We're also going to apply these little foam pads around each bolt hole just to give our spoiler a little bit of a buffer in between the spoiler and the painted trunk lid. And we're gonna drop this spoiler on.The kit does include new hardware to bolt this to the trunk lid. Four Phillips-head bolts later, and this will be installed. Again, you just wanna be extra careful here not to let these drop down into the trunk lid itself. And we're gonna do the same thing for the two holes in the middle. It can be a little bit tough to turn this corner here, so I'm gonna use the Phillips-head on the ratchet to get these last couple of turns.So, now we can put the trunk liner back together, and we're gonna start by feeding through that emergency latch. And then we can pop this in with a couple of push pins. Now, we can take care of all this. We can put our release safely into that cardboard felt. Now, we're going to install our rubber stoppers. It should just thread right back in. And lastly, the cover for the trunk latch, and we are all set.Guys, that is gonna do it for me. It's also gonna do it for the MMD V-Series Rear Spoiler, pre-painted, fitting all '15 and newer S550s. As always, thank you guys so much for watching. Subscribe for more like this. Keep it right here at AmericanMuscle for all things Mustang.