Review & Install Video
Justin: If you're looking to recreate a small piece of that certain iconic "Gone in 60 seconds" Mustang, well then, adding the MMD Eleanor style side scoops here to your '05 to '14 Mustang should be a no-brainer. Now, these scoops will combine a durable impact-resistant plastic with our super convenient pre-painted finish, all for right around 170 bucks. Now, the install itself won't involve any drilling or permanent modification, so figure a soft one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, and about an hour or so to complete from start to finish.So, if you're watching this video, then chances are you probably already know the inspiration behind these extremely popular five star-rated scoops, and that is a certain 1967 GT500 from the cult classic "Gone in 60 seconds" remake. And while these scoops aren't exactly identical to the ones used on that special car, they still do invoke a bit of that wild retro styling used on the hero car.But movies and appearance aside, the construction is gonna feature that injection molded ABS plastic build, it's gonna be equal parts lightweight and durable overall. Now, the kit will obviously include your two scoops here, which we'll install, and completely cover the quarter window on your S197, so don't exactly expect to retain a ton of visibility out of those things. Along with the scoops here, you're also looking forward to your 3M automotive tape, pre-cut, instructions, and even some black mesh to fill in the vent areas here on the scoops themselves.Now, with all that said, and because these guys do actually cover those quarter windows on your S197, it might not be that bad of an idea to cover these quarter windows using the AM Graphics quarter window blackout decal kit, which you can find here on the site. Now, when installed, that decal is basically gonna hide the unsightly backside of the scoops from the inside of the car looking out once everything has been installed.But now that you know a little bit more about the scoops themselves, the basic inspiration, and what's included, I can't forget about one of the best parts about these scoops, and that is the fact that they have been pre-painted to color match your S197 at home. Now, if you didn't know, our in-house state-of-the-art paint booth does spray with the same base and clear coat that Ford uses on their Mustangs, which just in turn will ensure a near perfect color match for your right at home. Now, as I pointed out earlier, guys, these scoops are incredibly popular here on the site, with well over 100 five star reviews and a ton of customer submitted images. So, with that said, please feel free to check out some of those images to just see how well the color matching does with some of the different factory colors.But as far as your installation is concerned, well, again, don't expect anything too crazy here, such as drilling, or permanent modification, instead, just using some 3M alcohol prep pads, your adhesion promoter, which is going to be the biggie, and finally, the pre-cut 3M automotive tape, you should be able to bang this thing out in relative ease in your driveway or garage. And to give you a better idea of how it will all go down, here's a quick walk through of the job.Man: The tools used for this install were detail spray, a microfiber cloth, wire cutters, a tape measure, painter's tape, a marker, and a razor knife.So, the first step of this install is gonna be to prep the back of the louver to get it ready for adhesion onto the vehicle. I'm gonna do this with the provided alcohol pads and the provided adhesion promoter before I install my 3M and put my louver onto the vehicle. With the back of the surface prepped, I can now start peeling off my provided 3M and sticking it into the designated locations on the back of the louver.So, this kit comes with an optional grille insert, and in order to install this, you're gonna need to follow the measurements in the instruction guide, but I'm also gonna show you how to do that right now. I'm gonna start by making a 1-inch measurement from the end of the mesh, and then make a cut. Next, I'm gonna make another 1-inch measurement, and then I have to make a bend, 90 degrees. Now, I'm just gonna make a 90-degree bend, I'm just gonna use the corner of the table to make my bend properly. I need to make one more bend for the smaller grille insert. The height of the scoop is actually three quarters of an inch, so I'm gonna measure three quarters of an inch from the first bend, and make another bend the opposite direction. Now, I'm gonna use some of the provided 3M tape that's on this roll, and I'm gonna make a couple of small pieces to hold my grille insert into the smaller scoop.The next step is to cut out the provided template in the kit and transfer it over to the larger piece of mesh to insert into the back of the louver for the larger opening. Before I trace my template onto my larger mesh piece, I'm actually gonna cover it with some painter's tape so that none of my yellow paint markings will show through on the grille when it's installed.Now, I'm just gonna use some wire cutters to cut around my lines and make my template to fit my louver opening. So, I've made a couple of relief cuts into the mesh to allow the bends to accept the curve of the opening for the scoop. All right. Now, I'm just gonna apply a thin strip of 3M tape right here to hold my large grille insert in.Before we can install the louver onto the side of the vehicle, we need to make sure that the surface is clean and prepped, free of all debris. Next, I'm gonna use the provided alcohol pad and the adhesion promoter to prep the surface to make sure that the double stick tape sticks nicely. Now, I'm just gonna peel the corners of my double stick tape backing off and get it ready to stick to the vehicle.Now, I'm gonna install the louver using the bottom body line as my reference guide. Once I have everything lined up, I can peel the corners of my tape back. Now I can apply light pressure to the louver to make sure I have good adhesion.And that's gonna wrap up this review and install for the MMD Eleanor window louver. Thanks for watching, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.