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Justin: If you're the owner of a 2018 and newer GT or EcoBoost, and you wish you could inject some of that Sinister GT350 styling into the front end, well now you can, thanks to the MP Concepts GT350 Bumper replacement kit that we have here today. Now, this kit will feature a complete unpainted GT350 style front bumper, constructed from durable polypropylene and will include things like a brand new upper and lower grille, smoke sequential LED turn signals, chin spoiler, and all of your hardware for right around 700 bucks. Install at least according to the site, it's gonna get a healthy two out of three wrenches on the old difficulty meter and take a few hours to complete from start to finish, as we'll demonstrate later in the video.So this is a very popular mod for the 2015 through '17 owners out there. And I have a feeling it's gonna be the same way for the 2018 and newer crowd as well. Why? Well, it completely changes the look of your ride by replacing the stock front bumper with a piece that is identical to the bumper found on the corner carving high revving Shelby GT350. Now, the interesting thing with this setup is that Ford didn't use the facelift headlights for the newer GT350. So, I think this is really cool for the fact that it would show us what the Shelby may have looked like had they used the '18 and newer style headlights. And honestly, guys, I think it works pretty well. Now, obviously, yes, it does look a bit different because we're not used to seeing the combination of the newer style headlights with a Shelby bumper, but it's a combo I think looks pretty killer. If anything, I think the newer headlights give the 350 front end a little bit more sinister or angry look.But as I mentioned at the very top of this video, this kit is again more than the actual bumper itself. It's gonna feature that GT350 style upper and lower and side grilles here, along with that GT350 style chin spoiler. But one of the things I do really like about this particular bumper kit is that MP Concepts kicks in some brand new smoke sequential LED turn signals that look great when they're off, of course, but will sequence whenever your hazards or signals have been switched on. And that's not something that you always see included with aftermarket bumpers. Now, I have seen some questions about swapping out the grille for say an RTR or surveus grille. And unfortunately, that will not be possible here as they are different shapes.Now, same goes for the lower chin. At this time, I'm not aware of any aftermarket options that will bolt right up without modification. But style aside, construction is gonna be very similar to what you would find with a factory bumper. And that is a pliable polypropylene build that does ship unpainted. Now that's very important to mention here guys. This part is currently not available pre-painted, so you will need to factor in some prep and paint into the final cost. Now the bumper itself does have a number of very positive reviews currently on the site with the '15 through '17 owners, and obviously with the '18 and newer owners as well, along with some customer submitted images that are definitely worth checking out if you're still on the fence. But now, we wanna show you what it takes to get this bumper installed on your S550 at home. So without further ado, check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown right now.Man: The tools used for this install are impact driver or ratchet, 10-millimeter wrench, 6, 7, 8 and 10-millimeter sockets, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, a clip removal tool, Phillips heads screwdriver, and a small pocket screwdriver. So, for this install, obviously, because we are replacing the front bumper, the factory front bumper is going to have to come off. I'm gonna walk you through the whole process and show you all the tools you'll need to get the job done. So let's get started. I'm gonna start by using my clip tool to remove the clips that hold down the upper rad cover, just pop these out, and then rad cover we'll come right off. Next, I'm gonna use my 6-millimeter and 8-millimeter sockets to remove the eight screws along the top of the front bumper. There are two 6-mils, one on each corner and six 8-mils along the front. So just to make my job a little bit easier, I've got the car supported on a lift. You can also use jack stands. And I'm gonna pull the front wheels and that's gonna give me better access to the hardware for the inner fender liner, as well as the corner of the bumper.So there are five clips on the inner wheel well liner that I need to remove and this is gonna gain me access to the corner bolts for the bumper. So I'll just use my clip tool once again and pull those five clips out. And now I can do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Now that I have my inner fender hardware removed, I can peel back my inner fender liner and expose the two 10-millimeter nuts that hold the corner of the bumper on. I'm gonna use my 10-mil sockets to remove those and then I can unplug the light that's mounted in the bumper. Once you have everything on hook, you can repeat this on the other side. So last thing I need to remove before I can pull the front bumper off of this car is the belly pan for the vehicle. And there are two clips and a bunch of 7-millimeter screws that hold it in place. I'm gonna use my clip tool once again, as well as 7-millimeter socket to pull all the hardware off the bottom and pull the belly pan off.At this point, we're ready to pull the front bumper off the car. I pulled the corners down just to release the clips. And now, I can just lift this off and remove it from the vehicle. So now that we have our factory bumper pulled off of the vehicle, we're ready to start the assembly of our new bumper. The bumper comes with the structural pieces molded in and that's just to keep the rigidity during shipping and handling. What you have to do is take a pair of cutters and just snip these off and then clean it up with a razor blade if there's anything left over. Now we can go ahead and install our grilles. These just snap into place. All of these tabs here on the back of the bumper lineup with the holes on the grille inserts and just line up all of your tabs. Make sure you've got them all started first and then just give the grille a light tap in the back to get them seated.Now, we'll just repeat that for the upper grille. The next thing we need to do is install our turn signal into the turn signal bracket using the provided hardware. Just line up your notches into the bracket, and then you can secure this down with the three 7-millimeter screws that are provided in the kit. Now that I have both of my turn signals installed into the turn signal brackets, I can go ahead and install them onto the back of the bumper. They work very much like the grilles did. However, these ones also are supplemented with small Phillips head screws that go into these empty holes. Now that you have the turn signal bracket and turn signal installed to the back of the bumper, you can go ahead and install the supplied Phillips head screws. Just line up your holes and screw into that. Now, just do the same thing for the other side of the bumper. Now we can install the provided grille extensions. There are two tabs on one side, three tabs on the other. You just line them up with the slots and tap them into place.So the next thing we need to do is install these bumper brackets onto the inside of the corners of the bumper. They provide you with these 3M strips here, but these two slots in the bracket are for alignment. So what I'm gonna do is take my razor knife and cut this strip right down the middle and put them on either side of the slot for this bracket, and I'll do this for both sides. Once I have it cut in half, I can peel back the 3M backing and stick it onto the inside of the bracket where it would adhere to the bumper. Now, I can install this onto the bumper. These two nibs on the inside of the bumper are for the alignment for this bracket, so just make sure you line them up nicely before you stick down your 3M. Now, we're ready to install the provided chin spoiler on to our new front bumper.This attaches much like the grilles, where it slides into place, and then it will clip in, and then you'll line up the bolt holes at the bottom of the bumper and use the supplied hardware. Now we can install the provided hardware along the bottom of the chin spoiler. This is just a Phillips head screw with a nut and a washer. There are 12 screws that need to be installed all the way along the bottom of the chin spoiler and bumper. Once you have all 12 screws and nuts started, you can take your Phillips head screwdriver and a 10-millimeter wrench and tighten them all up. What we'll need to do next is transfer over our hood weather stripping that's on the top of the bumper onto our new one. So I'm gonna use my clip tool and I'm gonna work my way around the top edge of the bumper where the weatherstrip attaches and pop the clips out. And I'm gonna do so very carefully not to break them. Now, I can install my weatherstripping onto my new bumper. Just line up the holes in the top row of the bumper and press firmly to push the Christmas tree clip into place.The last thing we need to do is pop off the mounting brackets from each corner of the factory bumper and transfer them over to our new one. I'm just gonna pop these off of both sides. So we're at the point where we need to do a little bit of wiring for the lights that are provided with this kit. I've exposed a little bit of the wire harness for the original connector that went to the factory light in the bumper, and I'm gonna be tapping into the black wire, the blue wire, and the brown wire on both sides of the vehicle. I'm using these vampire clips to tap into those wires. And then I'm gonna run my wires from my new lights into these clips. Now, I can hook my connector to the wire harness that I just tapped into. I'm going to match up black to black, yellow to blue, and white to brown. Now, I can install my bumper after I've repeated this on the other side. So I'm just about ready to set my bumper into place.But what I'm gonna do first is just sit it in front of the vehicle, come over here, and hook up the two lights that I just finished wiring in. I'll just make my connections. And then I can put my bumper off and start reinstalling all of my factory hardware. I have my bumper sitting in place. And just to make sure that it doesn't shift around while I'm getting all of the other hardware in, I'm gonna start by reinstalling the top row of screws here with my 6-millimeter socket and my 8-millimeter socket. Next, I can reinstall the two 10-millimeter nuts at each corner of the bumper inside the fender wall. The last thing that we need to transfer over from our factory bumper are these small screw clips. These are what attach the belly pan to the front bumper.So just take your flat blade screwdriver and lift the tab, and you should just be able to slide that right off. Now, you can take those screw clips that you just pulled off the factory bumper and slide them into the screw slots on the bottom of the new bumper. Now you can take your belly pan and reinstall it to the bottom of the car. So these three tabs located on the bottom of the chin spoiler are used only on Performance Pack vehicles. If you do not have a Performance Pack vehicle, you can either bend these up out of the way or use the plastic snips that you used earlier and cut them off completely.All right, at this point, you can reinstall your factory inner fender liner hardware. Just line up all your clips and push them into place to make sure that your inner plastics don't go anywhere. So once you've completed installing your inner fender hardware on the one side, you can repeat the process on the other. If you pull the wheels off of your vehicle to get better access to behind them, you can go ahead and reinstall those as well. And our last step is gonna be to put our rad cover back onto the vehicle And that's gonna wrap up this review and install the MP Concepts GT350 Style Front Bumper, fitting your 2018 to 2020 Mustang. Thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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