Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the Roush side rocker panel splitters for all 2010 to 2014 Mustangs. These side rocker panel splitters are a great way to make a change in appearance in a cost effective way. The bigger exterior mods that are really going to change the looks of the S197 can be pretty expensive, but these rocker panel splitters are a good option if you're not looking to spend a ton but want to add a little something to change up the looks of your car.
Not to mention, a car that has a front lip or a splitter oftentimes looks like it's missing something from the side view, and these splitters fix that. So, I think the side splitters are going to look best when they're paired with a front lip or a splitter because they are going to give a lower profile in the side of the car like a splitter or a lip in the front would. If you have just a front lip or the side splitters, the car won't look like it's sitting even, and that's why I think of these as a must have to complete an exterior look.
Much like the Roush front splitter, these side splitters are made to have an aggressive race-inspired styling. They're the exact same rocker panels that are on the special edition Roush Mustangs, and they will perfectly match that Roush front splitter that I mentioned earlier. That's not to say that they won't pair nicely with another front splitter or lip, though. These create a lower profile in the car, even though they don't extend downward off the panel but just extend outward instead. And the idea of the race-inspired wording is because the splitter's direct airflow. The airflow is directed under and around the car to reduce drag, increase down force, and make the car more aerodynamic. So, that's the thought process behind the design.
One of the secondary benefits of these splitters, after the upgrade and looks of course, is that these just so happen to protect the paint on the rocker panels. Some of the road debris and rocks that can get kicked up will be stopped by the splitter so it won't hit your paint. But that's just a little plus here. In my opinion, the splitters add some dimension to the side of the car and give an aggressive look but one that isn't too drastic.
So, the splitters are made from a TPO material and they have a grainy textured finish. This material makes the splitters both highly durable and very lightweight, which is perfect for daily driving and the position of the splitters on the car down on the lower rocker panels. Not only that, but this type of material and texture is what's going to give the splitters an OEM [SP] appearance. Looking at them on the table here, they do look durable. And another plus is that they do look clean. These don't just look like a cheap item at all, the edges are clean.
But you also have to remember that these are a factory part for these special edition Roush, and that should also mean that these have a perfect fit, which makes it even nicer, in my opinion. And as far as the price, like I said, these are not an overly expensive part. I actually think they're a great deal. They cost less than the other options on the site, and you're only looking at $160 for these. They're ready to bolt on out of the box, and the material means that they're going to match any car, any color, and still look good. And when it comes to price, you also have to keep in mind factors like the fit, the OEM finish, and the style that the part offers. And we're looking at both an OEM fit and finish here. And style? Well, it's ultimately going to be up to you.
The install does involve some drilling, but I'm still going to say that this is an easy install. A one out of three wrenches on the scale, it should only take you two hours from start to finish. And in regards to the drilling, I mentioned the functionality of these earlier. These are really going to be directing air and they're going to have a certain amount of force on them. So, Roush shows you how to make sure that they aren't going to fail or fold under you in the directions. They also come with a lot of hardware to help support them. I will say that a helping hand will benefit you here, and so will a lift. A lift will help you get the car high enough off up off the ground so you have enough room under the car to install these properly and easily.
You can use the new splitters as a template to determine where the 3M will be bonding on the factory rocker panel molding so you'll know where you need to clean and prep to create a good bond for the tape. The splitters can be loosely installed using the eight push pins in the factory location, and then you can pull the backing off of the 3M tape and press the splitter firmly into place.
Once that's done, you can move on to the drilling. You will need to drill five holes in each side. Just be careful here to only be drilling so far into the factory rocker panel molding. So you're looking at drilling about one inch in. Roush gives you more push pins for the additional hole. So, at this point, you've got mad push pins holding these things on and some nicely bonded 3M tape with adhesion promoter. I will say that I would let the 3M bond overnight before washing the car or taking off down the road, just to be safe.
So, overall, the Roush side rocker panel splitters are a very affordable way to add some aggressive but not over the top OEM-looking styling to the S197. They create a lower profile for the car and they look great when they're paired with a front splitter or a lip. They're durable and nicely made, and you can check them out more online for yourself. I'm Stephanie, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.