(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to Install an RTR Grille on your 2015-2016 Mustang
Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, and this is my overview of the RTR Grille with LED Accent Vent Lights that's available for all 2015 or newer S550 Mustangs. This overview is gonna cover a few topics with the RTR Grille, like the different options with this Grill as well as the install. The install for this one is a simple one. It's a one out of three wrenches but we'll talk more about that later on.The RTR Grille with LED Accent Vent Lighting is gonna be something that an S550 owner should check out if they're looking to do something a little bit different styling wise, or if they're just looking for some of that RTR statement styling. I mentioned some options earlier and I wanted to explain that before I got into any details with the grille. There a few different ways that you can purchase this grille. You can purchase just the upper with the lights, just the lower, or a combo of the upper with the lights and the lower so you match all the way around and complete the package. There's another option too which may be very good news to some of you. You also have the option of purchasing just the lights if you want to. If you've already purchased the RTR Grille without the LED lighting, you can just pick up the lighting and complete the look. This is the same upper grille with accent LED lighting that's included as original equipment on the RTR Mustangs. You can see it's the same three window design and it's gonna eliminate the stock pony that's normally in the grille. Both the upper and lower grilles are complete replacements of the factory grille, not overlays, and they're both actually gonna help increase some airflow to the ride if you compare them to the stock grilles. Getting into the LED accent lighting some more, obviously, there's gonna be lighting around the vent openings and the accent lights are gonna plug into the factory headlight harness. You won't have to cut or splice, but i'll get more into the install later. Plug in the accent lighting into the factory harness means that'll be automatically activated with the daytime running lights. If the car is on, the accent lights will be on. This grille is gonna work with the stock front fascia, so it'll work for the V6, the EcoBoost, and the GT as long as you have the stock frontend. One thing that I did wanna note though, is that the lower grille, just the lower, is not gonna work on cars that have the Adaptive Cruise Control. This is because the control is mounted in the lower grille and the RTR Grille would interfere with it. When it comes to price, it really all depends what you end up looking for. The combo kit of the upper with the lights and the lower grille together is gonna cost pretty close to the $750 mark. If you wanted just the upper grille, that's about $550 by itself and about $200 for just the lower grille. The lights by themselves are gonna cost close with the $300 mark, so it's safe to say that you definitely save a few bucks by purchasing the kit and then if you wanted to purchase just the light, you're gonna be paying a pretty penny for them.The install here isn't easy one. It's a one outta three wrenches in the difficulty meter and the time for the install will change a little bit depending on if you're installing both the upper and the lower grille, or just one or the other. Assuming that you're installing both, I'm going to say that this will take about two hours to complete. You will need to drill in a bit to drill up three mounting holes for the lights in the grille and that's really easy and simple, so nothing you have to worry about. If you want, you can start by getting the RTR grille ready to install. You drill three mounting locations for the accent lights, but RTR has the locations pre-marked for you already. The accent lights are held in by the supplied hardware and then you'll need to mount the control box to the backside of the grille. There's double-sided tape on the back so it just sticks in a place. You will need to remove the front fascia to complete the install. You just want to jack in some stands or lift to elevate the car some. Removing the front fascia isn't hard. There are a lot of clips and some screws that hold it into place. The fascia will then just pop off and you pull the sides near the headlight. Getting the top factory grille out isn't as hard as you might think it is. There's a soft gasket that comes out with the screwdriver, and then you can remove the plastic clips that are along the edge, the new grille will pop into place using the supplied hardware from RTR and then the center bumper soft gasket goes right back in after the new grille. To integrate the lights, you just need to unplug the headlight harness from the back of the headlight, plug the supplied harness into the headlight, and then piggy-back the factory harness on to that. You might need to tuck the harness up into the frame rail to keep it all up and safe, and that's all it's gonna take. Wrapping things up here with the RTR Grille, this is the OE Grille for the RTR Mustang and it comes complete with the LED Accent Lighting around the vents. The lighting is completely plug and play and the accent lights will illuminate when the car and the running lights are active. This is very easy to install. You can check it out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
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May 21, 2020
Not only does the grille look good but, now there is airflow directly into my intake and noticed some positive temp differences as well. A buddy and I struggled little bit with clipping it in since 1 clip was broken so it took longer than expected.Helpful (0)
February 10, 2020
Looks great and was a very easy install, the instructions were clearHelpful (0)
November 20, 2019
Everything was easy and simple to install 100 percent recommendHelpful (0)
November 06, 2019
I live this grill it sets my mustang apart from all the others. It’s very sharp looking as well!!Helpful (0)
July 25, 2019
Love The RTR Grill But Replacing The Lights
The RTR Grill and Light really sets off my Pony and turns heads - I fitted them over 18 Months ago and have had no issues until to day. I noticed one of the lights has failed and looking at other reviews on this product it seems to be an issue after time with these LED's I'm now about to order the second set of lights and hope RTR have improved the LED's as they are costly at $300 - Purchasers need to be aware of this.Helpful (5)
July 18, 2019
Really enjoy the look of my car. Makes it look more aggressiveHelpful (2)
July 17, 2019
These LEDs work fine but they only come on when the car is powered. They won't flicker or anything when interacting with the key fob as the daytime running lights do.Helpful (0)
June 11, 2019
This grille really makes the s550's pop. I highly recommend this grille if you want to eliminate that ugly pony and give your car a very aggressive look. The install was timing consuming since you had to take off the bumper.Helpful (0)
June 08, 2019
My favorite mod
This grille really makes the s550's pop, it looks so good in person, pictures do it no justice. The install wasn't hard but it was a little time consuming taking off the bumper, other than that it was a piece of cake. I highly recommend this grille if you want to eliminate that ugly pony and give your car a very aggressive look, don't buy the knockoff versions.Helpful (1)
June 02, 2019
I love the product make the car stand out more highly recommended for all s550Helpful (0)
How to turn off the light
There are multiple ways to wire up the lights on the RTR Grille. Depending on if you wired into a switch or your headlight or DRL is how you would turn them on or off.
How do some people put the mustang horse on the front grille???
Putting the Mustang emblem on the front grille will require some custom modification.
If i bought just the lights, will it fit on my stock grille?
The Accent Lighting requires the RTR Upper grille for proper installation. The combination is available from AM, or the upper grille is available separately - item number 389943-B.
i see that you can buy the upper and lower grille and the light for the upper grille, but is there any way you can buy lights for the lower grille also?
Unfortunately, RTR doesn't offer LED vent accent lighting for the lower grille. They only offer it upper portion of the RTR Grille w/ LED Accent Vent Lights.
When can we expect to see this for the 2018?
We have note yet received a confirmation regarding this RTR Grille w/ LED Accent Vent Lights for the 2018 models, however, if it is to become available it would be listed on our webpage.
Thank you for your question! The accent lights plug into the factory headlight harness so the fog lights will still be usable.
For in stock status, please contact us at 1-866-959-7369
For in stock status please contact us at 1-866-959-7369.
This is only compatible with the factory front fascia.
Yes, the $299.99 option is for the lights alone. The upper grille with lights would be $549.99
We would recommend soap and water or a non-corrosive cleaner. We also wouldn't recommend any scrubbing pads which might leave scratches on the lights.
You will not have any issues with water getting into the engine bay.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
Combo Kit Option:
Upper Grille Option:
Lower Grille Option:
Accent Vent Lighting Option: