Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com and today we're taking a quick look at and installing the Modern Billet Phantom black grille overlay for the front end of all '08 to '14 Challengers. You should be checking this out if you're looking to upgrade the front end appearance of your Challenger giving it a nice classic retro styling with a really aggressive finish. This is one of those horizontal Billet grille overlays that doesn't require any modifications, it goes right on over the factory grille, fits into this nice little cut out in front of your headlights as well and has a full extension across your front end. Now, this horizontal bar is again made from a strong billet aluminum construction. It's got a gloss black finish over it. Now there are some options out there with Chrome or even matte black options, textured black powder coating, so on and so forth. I think adding to that nice retro classic styling, the gloss black just looks really sharp at the front end. Now one thing I like about it is it does extend past your headlights and as you can see I turned our headlights on to show you guys it doesn't really impede a lot of the lighting output. Now, of course, anything in front of your lights impedes light output a little bit but it's not super impactful to the point where it's gonna be hard visibility wise at nighttime, I don't think that's gonna be an issue here. Now the grille comes in right around 130 bucks which I think is pretty affordable for what you get here. It's a huge impact on appearance. So for 130 bucks, you make a big difference at the front end. Definitely worthwhile for the guys looking for that change without having to remove your bumper or your factory grille. That's a big bonus too. The install is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, you could tackle it in about an hour worth of time on the driveway at home, all you're really going to need is a Phillips head screwdriver. All the hardware is included in the kit for you. One thing we did have a little bit of trouble with was getting the studs to go through that factory grille, but guys, with a little bit of patience and finessing those brackets you can definitely make it work. Now all you're really gonna do is put studs on to the back of the grille. It's going to go through your factory grille and you're gonna tighten everything down from the inside and it's gonna secure itself to that factory grille. So really easy and you can't even see the hardware from the front end. All the hardware is black, blends in very nicely so it's not gonna stick out like a sore thumb. It looks like it's fitted to your front end perfectly. The other thing I like about it is that fitment. It really hugs the edges here and doesn't come in contact with the paint at all so you don't have to worry about it chipping or scratching. Just take extra caution when installing it yourself. Other than that guys, you can tackle it, I'm gonna show you how, so let's get to it. Tools used in the install include a Phillips head screwdriver and an 8-millimeter wrench. All right, guys. So the first set for the installation is to assemble our hardware on the backside of your new Billet grille from Modern Billet. Now as you can see we've got these brackets that almost look like brass knuckles. These things are going to install right on the backside and as you can see, there's conveniently welded on bracket tabs already drilled out and welded to the backside of that grille. Now, this bracket is going to install just like this. Now as you can see the bracket does angle a certain way. We want it to angle inward, that's gonna make our life a whole lot easier when it comes time to install it on our factory grille. So we've got these little U-nuts. These are gonna be inserted onto the holes. If you need to, you want to pinch it close. If you need to grab pliers to do so, you can do that but you want to get it nice and snug around the tab of this bracket. You also want to make sure that the open hole, not the closed portion is facing you. That's where the screw is gonna insert through and screw and attach to. This screw is a Phillips head. We're gonna use that to go through the bracket and we're gonna thread it in a couple by hand first. Do the same thing for the upper and lower portion. Now what I like about this grille is that these tabs that are welded to the back of the Billet grille make it really easy to align. You don't have to guess where this bracket needs to go, it's already lined up for you. Once you have it threaded in a couple, grab a Philips head screwdriver and really tighten them down. One thing I don't particularly love, the Phillips head screws are actually super long. If you have conveniently in your house or in your garage, if you have smaller Phillips heads that will fit this I'd recommend using them just because these are just a little unnecessarily long but they'll do the trick. Perfect. All right. Now just be careful because these screws again are super long. They can be pretty dangerous when you're going back here to tighten everything down. You want to repeat this for the other side. Pinch that closed, insert that over the bracket, we're going to repeat all the same steps. All right. Now you can take your grille and lay it into place on your front end. Guys, really be careful with your paint. We want to make sure it's going straight in and not contacting the actual exterior paint. Now the studs will go through the factory grille and what you're gonna do is take the bracket included in the kit, this bracket here. It's gonna lay over the two studs and then you're gonna use the nuts included in the kit and tighten it down. You're gonna do that from under the hood. Now under the hood, if you guys have that black plastic trim, you can get that removed. Stick your hand down there to access the backside of your factory grille and lay this into place. It's a real tight squeeze and if you drop it, it may land on the belly pan. You want to have a magnet ready to go grab that down there or you can crawl under the car. Now when you're laying this in place make sure you got your nut ready. Once you have that grille centered where you want it, you want to stick your hand underneath with that bracket pushing the grille from the front and you're basically going to hook it on the top stud and the bottom stud pushing it into place. Grab your nuts and tighten them down to the back of that. I got it hooked on, just gonna thread it on by hand first making sure it stays on both studs. Now I'll do the same thing for the bottom one. All right. Once you get it all hand tight guys, you can grab your wrench and head down there and get it one-half turn and it'll be nice and snug. All right. At this point, you can grab an 8-millimeter wrench and you're gonna head down here and just tighten those nuts. Again, just a little half turn to get it nice and tight. Perfect. All right. Now you can repeat for the other side. Guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Modern Billet Phantom black upper grille overlay in the black finish available for the '08 to '14 Challenger. If you wanna grab yours for your Challenger, you can do so right here at americanmuscle.com.
Black Phantom Upper Grille Overlay.
Give your 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger a more intimidating appearance with a Modern Billet Black Phantom Grille Overlay. Featuring (12) horizontal aluminum bars, this stealthy black Grille Overlay simply attaches over the stock upper grille and headlights to further enhance the appearance of your Challenger.Quality Construction.
Modern Billet designed their Phantom Grille Overlay using the original OEM CAD data from Dodge to ensure a perfect fit. This Grille Overlay is manufactured from high quality billet aluminum for strength and durability. Modern Billet then completes their Grilles in a durable semi-gloss black powder coated finish for aggressive looks and superior corrosion resistance.Simple Installation.
Best of all, this Phantom Grille Overlay was designed to bolt directly on to your Challenger's factory grille using basic hand tools. There are no modifications or cutting required for installation. With all the required hardware included this Modern Billet Grille Overlay can be installed in about an hours time.Application.
This Modern Billet Black Phantom Upper Grille Overlay is designed for 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger models.
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- What's in the Box
- Upper Grille Overlay
- Mounting Hardware
- Installation Info
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.