(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Jake: Jake here for AmericanMuscle, and today I'm taking a look at the MP Concepts 50 Years Style Grille in Red for 2016 to 2018 Camaro SSs. Anniversary editions of any car are often hard to come by, so if you missed out on snagging a 50th-anniversary Camaro SS, don't fret because now you can bring some of that signature style to your own car. This lower grille is perfect for the Camaro owner who's looking to up their style game in a way that still looks OEM with that added something that will set their car apart from the rest of the pack.Now, the lower grille on the standard Camaros leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to style, but aftermarket alternatives aren't necessarily gonna be the way to go for everybody. So, if you're looking to add a bit of that subtle OEM plus feel to your build, then this 50th-anniversary style grille will be just the ticket. MP concepts took CAD data directly from Chevrolet to make this look, feel, and fit just like a factory part.Now, the biggest difference between this and a stock Camaro grille are these fangs, for lack of a better word, in the bottom corners. Now, on this one, obviously, they're finished in this red color, and that's gonna add yet another cool dose of aggressive style to your car, and a great accent to any color of paint. As you can see, I think it looks pretty slick right now just sitting up here on the table, and you can bet that it's gonna look really good mounted up on the car. The rest of the grille is finished in a gloss black, so this is gonna look good against any color of paint, too.Now, the whole unit is made from injection-molded ABS plastic, so it's strong and lightweight while still providing plenty of impact resistance and durability. So, this is gonna look, act, and feel like an OEM part, but it doesn't cost the same as an OEM part.This is gonna run you around $225, which is relatively cheap for a grille, and it's certainly less than the equivalent part from Chevy themselves. It also undercuts some of the other aftermarket grilles out there. Now, keep in mind, this one does have that OEM fitment and high-quality material, so when you look at it from that perspective, it definitely represents a good value for your money.Now, as far as installation goes, this one is gonna get a two out of three on our difficulty meter, and you should plan on it taking you about two hours to complete. Now, that might seem a little intense for what is just a grille, but you do need to remove the front bumper in order to get that stock grille out and get this one in. It's not a hard process, though, and this new one is gonna mount up using your factory hardware, so it's certainly a job that you can do right at home. And to show you just how it's done, let's head over to the install bay right now.Man: Tools required for this install include an electric ratchet, a hand ratchet, a pair of needle-nose and regular pliers, a flathead screwdriver, a clip remover tool, a couple of panel remover tools, an extension, a 3/8 to 1/4-inch adapter, a T15 Torx, and a 7-millimeter socket.So, our first step to removing the bumper is going to be removing all of the seven-millimeter screws holding in our lip. So, we can leave these two to kind of hold our lip in place so it doesn't fall and potentially crack on us while we're trying to remove it. So, our next step is to remove these four T15 Torx screws to release our fender from our fender liner. So, now that we have our fender liner screws out, we can go ahead and pull back on that and tuck it behind the tire a little bit, and then we're gonna have these two seven-millimeter screws. They're gonna be the two that are closest to the fender side. So, we can remove those. The back one's gonna be a little hard to get to, so we're gonna tuck it in there with a 1/4-inch ratchet. And now we can repeat that same process on the other side.So, our next step is to remove these four seven-millimeter screws that are holding our bumper to our fender. And now with that done, we can repeat that same process on the other side. Now we can remove our six T15 screws and our two pop clips, and then we can remove our bumper. So, now we're ready to remove our bumper. So, we have these two little supports here that we can pop up and over to release those. Now we can release our bumper from our fender on both sides. So, now we can remove our bumper and disconnect all of our electrical harnesses. So, we have our one electrical connector underneath our driver's side headlight and kind of in the fender well area.All right. So, now that we have our bumper removed from the car, we can go ahead and start working on getting the grille out. So, we have these two clips here on this bumper support that we can take some needle-nose pliers, pull it back, and remove this piece. All right. So, next, we have these four clips on the edge that we can also just take our needle-nose with, pull them out. So then we just have these two white tabs that we can push in and up with our fingers, and then the rest of these are all just push tabs and we can pull the grille right out. So, you can use a little panel remover tool just to make this job a little easier. So, now we can pop out all of these clips holding in our wiring harness.So, now to install our new grille, we're just gonna do the opposite of how we took it out. We're gonna slide it right onto our tabs, and then we can put our wiring harness back in. Now, once we have our grille mounted in place, we can reinstall our white tabs that'll go at the corners on the top. You can just press these down until you hear the click. And next, we can install our little clips, and these are gonna go on this tab and this tab, and they'll just press straight on. And now we'll do that same thing on the other side here. And now once we have our clips installed, we can put our wiring harness clips back into the holes. And now we can reinstall our bumper support. Now, these holes are gonna slide through these tabs on either side and then we'll reinstall our clips that we removed to take this out. And now our clip is gonna go on this lower post, and then we'll do the same thing on the other side.So, now we can plug in our electrical connector and lift our bumper onto the car. So, now coming back up top, we can reinstall our three Torx screws and push clip on each side. And now we'll do that same thing on the other side. Now we can reinstall our front lip using our factory seven-millimeter screws. And now, once we have all of our screws hand-threaded, we can go back with a seven-millimeter socket and tighten them all down. So, now coming into the passenger side fender well, we can reinstall our four seven-millimeter bolts, and then we can take our seven-millimeter socket to tighten these down.And now we can reinstall our last seven-millimeter bolt here, and we'll tighten that down with our seven-millimeter socket. So, now we can pull our fender liner back into position. Now we can replace our fender liner, and we can reinstall our three T15 Torx screws. And then we can take our T15 Torx to tighten these down. And then once we're finished with this side, we can repeat the same process on the other side.So, that'll wrap up this review and install of the MP Concepts SS 50 Years Style Grille in Red for your 2016 to 2018 Camaro. Thank you for watching, and for all things Camaro, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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