(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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If you're looking to match an existing MP Concepts Upper Grille on your '18 and newer Mustang or you're just looking to switch up the look of the factory lower, then you might wanna check out the MP Concepts Lower Grille option that we're talking about here today. So, the big appeal for this lower grille I feel is gonna be for those '18 and newer owners out there who may have already grabbed that MP Concepts upper grille or at least plan on grabbing them both at the same time to knock both out at once. And while I will say the upper grille by itself is doable on these cars, it really does make more of a visual impact when both upper and lower have been installed. It will ultimately make for a more consistent look overall. Now, just like the matching upper grille from MP Concepts which, by the way, is also available here on the site, the lower is also gonna be made from that same injection-molded ABS plastic for right around that $150 price point and does include that mesh design here for the center portion, along with the open areas here towards the end.So, if you're an EcoBoost owner out there or even a blown or boosted GT owner, this is great news, right? Because you can be dramatically opening up the airflow to either your inner cooler or even your heat exchanger with this guy in place, especially when compared to the rather closed off factory lower grille. Now, this grille has been designed with the help of OEM Ford CAD data. So, therefore the fitment should be very similar to that of a factory part which is gonna be beneficial to you guys out there when it does come time to tackle the installation. Speaking of which, guys, again the front bumper cover does have to come off in order to get this guy in place. So, therefore the site is gonna knock just one up to a soft two to three wrenches on the difficulty meter and an hour or two to get everything knocked out. But, as promised, here is that detailed walkthrough along with a quick tool breakdown.Tools used for this install: lug socket, 1/4-inch drive, socket ranging from 5 1/2 millimeters up to 8 millimeters, extension, 10-millimeter wrench, push pin removal tool, flathead screwdriver, plastic trim panel removal tool, 3/8 impact is optional as well as this air impact.All right, guys, to start off we're gonna be removing these eight push pins holding this radiator cover on. You can use a flathead. Just be careful. All right, once all those pushpins are removed, you can remove this cover. All right, guys, now these are 8-millimeter, low body screws holding the front bumper lip on. I'm gonna remove these. Now, they're, kind of, long. And now, there are two 5 1/2-millimeter bolts on the very edge of the corners on the upper bumper. All right, now, our next step is to get the vehicle in the air and get our wheels off. You don't have to do this at home. We just need to gain access inside here to our inner fenders. And to show you it's a little easier to take these tires off, I'm gonna do that now. All right, guys, now that I got my wheel and tire off, you can see a little bit better. This is our inner fender of our passenger's side. We're gonna be removing these push pins. There's one, two, three, missing one here, so that'd be four, five, six that we have to pull off. And it's the same process, just pop the top. If you don't have a pair of pushpin removal tools, just use a flathead.We're gonna get off the lip of our fender here just to gain a little extra space. All right, once you have your fender peeled back, we have to disconnect the fog light assembly here that has our turn signal. There's just a little connection there, just press the tab and pull out. We're gonna do this on both sides and then we're gonna get our nuts off the top of here, off the corner of our bumper here with 10-mil. All right, guys, I have a ratcheting 10-millimeter wrench. I'm going to loosen up these nuts. I'm gonna do that on both sides. I'm gonna get the vehicle even further in the air to show you what to remove on this guy. All right, guys, underneath we have that tray and we have to remove it using a 7-millimeter socket. Now, there are about 20 of these screws you have to remove. I'm gonna start at this corner, work all the way around. All right, guys, now there are two pushpins holding this tray in place. I'm gonna use my elbow here just to make sure it does not fall down. As you can see, it already wants to. Drop this push pin out of here too.All right, guys, with those push pins removed, you can pull back on your little cover here, and then put this to the side. All right, now once you have your undertray off, and your top cover off, your lights disconnected, let's remove those last two nuts, one on each side. All right, what we're gonna do next is purely corner off the fender here. And what you're gonna do is just pull straight down. There is a Christmas tree-type clip that will help secure that bumper in there as well as those two studs. That's why I wanted to leave my nut on there so it doesn't drop out. With your constant taking these bumpers on and off this Christmas tree clip we'll get a little worn out. It may not stick as a different factory. All right, I can pull this one out as well. So, now the bumper's basically hanging off the front here. What we got to do now is peel these tabs off the stud. So, we're gonna do that now. Very carefully, I'm gonna keep my hand over here just support that side of the bumper because this is all that's holding this bumper on right now. Now, once you have your last one, just lift on it and pull straight back and then bring your bumper to a clean working area.All right, guys, this is what the backside of your bumper looks like. If you're doing any maintenance to your fog lights, or your turn signals, now would be a great time to do it while the bumper's off. But what we got to do first is take off this plastic reinforcement bar. It's only on there by, I guess, six tabs. And what I have here is a plastic trim removal tool, which is great because it's not gonna mar the paint. Like it looks like someone used a flathead screwdriver on here before. This is gonna save your paint. So, what we do here is we actually lift. For the bottom ones we push up, and the top when we push down. And what that's gonna do is release those clips and make it just fall out. All right, once we have that plastic reinforcement bar out of the way, we can work on getting our lower grille out. It's the same process. We got to push down on the bottom tabs. I'm gonna start on the corners.Whatever I gained, I can keep by keeping my finger behind there and keeping the tension on it. So, release that clip, that one, and just work your way down and keep pressure on this side so you...again, those clips don't go back in and you don't backtrack. Sometimes you can get it with your finger, whatever you need to do to get it. All right, now, once we have the old grille out, you need to throw this away or put it on some internet site and try to gain some money back. All right, so now that we have our stock grille out, we have our MP Concepts ready to go in. It's just gonna go in the same way the stock one came out. What I'm doing here is just making sure it is centered. What we can do, you may have to support the bumper and gain a little distance because now that you have the stock out of the way, this closed up a little bit on us. As you can see, I can gain a little distance just by lifting up on that. So that's what I'm gonna do now. Make sure all my tabs are lined up and then tighten it down.If you get a couple of these tabs through, click them in, but make sure that they are going into place. You don't want those tabs to get on top of the grille or on the bottom of the grille and bend backwards. All right, now's a good time to go all the way round your grille and make sure that the tabs are connected. Looks like we have a couple off here that need to be pushed in. The best way to do this, I found, is to get a hand behind and a hand in front and just push. All right, now, once your lower grille is in, let's get our reinforcement back into place. This little tab is the longer one that's gonna go on top. Now, we're ready to show off our new grille and get our bumper on the Mustang. All right, let's bring our bumper back in and on our Mustang. Just watch your corners with those studs. We're gonna be putting the bumper on these tabs up here first to make sure all these are in place. All right, now going on to the corner, we're gonna peel back our splash card again. We're gonna make sure that our bumper is above these tabs on our headlight.And we're going to line up our Christmas tree clip and our studs in the corner of the bumper here. All right, guys, now we're back on top. I'm gonna put a couple of bolts in the top. These are the 8-millimeter ones. I have my impact set at the lowest setting because this is plastic. So, I don't wanna strip anything out. We'll crack our bumper. I'm gonna switch back to my 5 1/2-millimeter socket and get the two little bolts on the side here. All right, now we're back in the corner of our bumpers. We're gonna put the other nut on and tighten up what we got over here. All right, before we put our undertray back on, we're gonna connect our fog light and turn signal assemblies. Now, we're gonna take our undertray, we're gonna make sure that this is up and out of our way. And we are going to carefully sandwich the front lip right here into the front splitter. Using every body part I have, my head, my other hand, I'm just getting that into place. Now, in my other hand, I have these push pins that we've removed last. So, we're gonna put those in first just to set this tray where it needs to be. Now, we can get all of our screws back in.All right, guys, I just have a few more left here. Remember, there's about 20 of these and that does not include your two push pins here. And make sure you get all of your screws back in and then we can work on our inner fenders and our splash shields. All right, now, let's get our pushpins back in our inner fender splash shield here. I'm gonna start on the side just to get my splash card into position. All right, do that on both sides, then we can get our wheel on, get the vehicle on the ground and then get our cover for our radiator back on. All right, our last step is to bring our radiator cover back in and get our push pins back into place. Again, there are eight of these, four on each side.All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up my install of this MP Concepts Lower Grille. For all things Mustang, keep it here at americanmuscle.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020 Details
MP Concepts 406358
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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