Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Ford GT500/CS/BOSS 302 Rear Diffuser, available for all 2010 to 2012 Mustangs. So in this video, I'll be going over the styling and appearance you can expect from this particular rear diffuser directly from Ford as well as the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the installation, letting you know upfront it will get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, meaning it does not require any cutting, trimming, or drilling to get this installed.The Ford GT500/CS/BOSS Rear Diffuser you see here today will be for any '10 to '12 Mustang owner looking to switch up the rear end look of their own S197 to be similar to the styling of the Ford GT500, California Special, and Boss 302 models. Now, this is gonna be geared for the guys out there looking to switch up the design, but not really aiming for an aftermarket look, but wanna keep it in the Ford family with a true Ford OEM part directly from their own warehouse. Now, typically, with something like this from Ford, you'd expect a pretty high price tag, but actually, this one's gonna be more on the affordable, compared to some of the other aftermarket options, coming in right around the $160 mark. Now, if you are someone looking for a more race-inspired design, there are plenty of different options out there from very different manufacturers to give you that aftermarket look, but this one's gonna stay true to the Ford family.This is literally going to be a direct-fit replacement coming from the Ford warehouse, and it's something you would've seen on the '10 to '12 Shelbys, California Specials, or Boss 302s, which all share the exact same rear diffuser design, the one you see on the table today. Since it is a direct-fit replacement from Ford, it does not require any drilling, cutting, or permanent modification to get installed. It'll be a direct bolt-on install. Now, after all, this is something that is gonna be a perfect accident repair. If you need a rear diffuser and you're looking to pick up an upgraded styling, this is a great way to go, or for the guys out there looking to pick up a more aggressive design.So as you can see, this one is a little bit larger and wider than the factory option that came on your GT or V6, and it does come with a matte-black finish and a textured design here just to give it a little bit more detail and, of course, rock resistance and impact resistance. Underneath here, you get a fin styling right under the license plate, between the two tailpipes, which actually might appear to be a separate piece, but it is all one connected continuous piece that, in my opinion, really flows with the lines of the body style. And since it did come on those Shelby and other models I mentioned earlier, you would expect it to look like it came from the factory. Since it is coming directly from Ford, expect really high-quality, pressure-injected thermoplastic, which is impact-resistant and long-lasting, just everything you'd expect from the Ford warehouse. So you don't have to worry about sacrificing quality with this.Because it has such a high-quality material and because it's coming directly from Ford, I'd expect it to typically have a pretty high price tag. Fortunately, that's not the case with this option. It comes in right around the $160 mark, which is more affordable than a lot of the aftermarket options with lesser-quality materials. Now, because of that, I would typically recommend this one for anybody looking to pick up a new rear diffuser, because you've got an upgraded styling, which, in my opinion, is more aggressive, doesn't require any extra work as far as install is concerned. So if you're in need of one, in my opinion, this is a perfect fit.As far as that install is concerned, you wanna have simple hand tools on deck, like a ratchet, socket set, Phillips-head screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, pliers, very simple hand tools such as those. And of course, two to three hours at the most on the install time, and it definitely gets a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. To kick things off, you will have to remove parts of the rear bumper. Now, pop open the trunk. You'll have to push away some of that trunk liner to gain access to a couple of push pins as well as the trunk light harness, which you'll have to disconnect. You'll also have to disconnect your tail light harnesses and remove those as well to gain access to the some of the things you need. The whole bumper should come off with the removal of a couple of screws inside the wheel wells of the rear. In addition to that, there's a couple of clips inside as well that'll help things come off a lot easier. Once you have the bumper completely off, you'll have to remove a couple of the wiring harness from inside. Now, that step isn't exactly required, but it is recommended to make things easier on you in the long run. From here, installing the diffuser after removing the factory option is extremely simple. It's just a matter of push pins that go all the way around the edges of the diffuser from the Ford factory. From there, just put everything back together in the reverse order you took it off in, and then you're good to go.One thing I will mention here is your backup sensors. If your Mustang is equipped with those, you will have to drill holes to make those work if you do have them equipped. If you're okay losing those and you don't wanna make any drilling or modifications, then, of course, you can skip that step. But if you'd like to make those work, the drilling holes will be necessary, in which case the installation instructions, which will detail everything I just mentioned and help you along your way, will also help you with that step as well. Overall, everything should take about two to three hours at the absolute maximum, and, again, a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap it up, if you're the owner of a '10 to '12 Mustang, you might be looking for a way to swap out your rear diffuser to get something a bit more aggressive, while sticking to the Ford family options without going to an aftermarket design. If that sounds like you, you might wanna check out the Ford GT500/California Special/Boss 302 Rear Diffuser, available right here at americanmuscle.com.