Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a quick overview and installation of the RTR Rear License Plate Surround with Ducts, available for all 2013 and 2014 Mustangs. I'll be going over the styling and appearance you can expect out of the license plate surround from RTR, as well as all the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with an installation, which I'll let you know up front does require drilling and cutting to your rear bumper. So it will require permanent modifications. Because of that, it gets a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The RTR Rear License Plate Surround with Ducts will be available for all '13 and '14 Mustang owners who are looking to get some race-inspired, modernized muscle car designs for their rear end, and don't mind making some modifications in the process to get it done. Now, you might recognize this particular part from the Ford Mustang RTR designed by none other than Vaughn Gittin, Jr. himself. Now, this particular design was offered specifically for that vehicle, but it is now available to the public for your own '13 to '14 Mustang, with a little bit of modification required to get it installed on your rear bumper. If you're not familiar with the brand RTR or Ready to Rock, or even Ready to Race, it is designed and started, founded by none other than Vaughn Gittin, Jr. himself, legendary drifter. Of course, he designed all the Mustang parts for his own Mustang, and also for everybody else who loves the brand. Now, in addition to this particular part, it is all really race-inspired muscle car designs for the Ford Mustangs, ranging from the S197s, all the way up the new S550s. This particular part is hitting the line for your rear license plate surround to offer two vent-style looking ducts that actually require a little bit of cutting and drilling to the rear bumper in order to get installed, [but even] offer a very sleek mesh design on the back. Now, of course, the black finish that you're getting here for your rear is going to really bring out the aggressiveness of that rear end in my personal opinion, and might be worthwhile if you're willing to do some cutting. As far as materials and construction are concerned, it was manufactured out of a high-quality, pressure-tested, thermoplastic, high-strength olefin, or TPO. Essentially, it's a really, really strong plastic. It's something that holds up against some of the harshest of climates. It'll last all year round outside of your vehicle, and of course is impact resistant. It really is a strong, durable material. A little bit stronger than an ABS plastic, I might add. Now, again, it also has the steel mesh on the backing that you can see through the ducts, which just add that little bit of extra detail to the aggression. Now, this one is definitely going to cater to the guys out there who really like the aggression that it does offer. They don't mind making the cutting or drilling necessary into the rear bumper to get it installed. But on top of that, they don't mind paying the price tag. Now, this one comes in right around the $200 mark. It might be a little bit more expensive than what you're used to for a license plate surround. But you've got to think, it does offer a very unique design for a more modern muscle car styling on your Mustang, and your late S197 will definitely wake up as far as aggression is concerned for the rear end. It's just a matter of making modification and paying the price. Speaking of that modification, like I said, this one does require some cutting and drilling, so you want to have the appropriate tools on hand. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself but you want to get it done, there's no shame handing it over to a professional to get it done properly. Because of course, you want to measure twice and cut once, just to be sure. That's a very, very key piece of advice I can give you guys. You definitely want to take that into consideration if you're doing it yourself. Now, if you are tackling it yourself, no harm done. You can definitely get it done in about two hours' worth of time in the driveway at home. It does get the two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. As far as tools are concerned, you want to have a drill and the appropriate bits, some kind of cutting tool, whatever you're most comfortable with, and a screwdriver. I would definitely recommend having a Sharpie on deck to really measure out the template that's provided for you in the kit. To kick things off, you want to use your screwdriver or even a fork tool if you have one handy to remove that factory license plate surround that comes on the vehicle from Ford. Once you get that popped off the rear end, you want to make sure the wires are disconnected and hung up under the bumper there, and out of the way. You definitely want to make sure that's out of the way when it comes time for the drilling and cutting, because you don't want to cut into those. No, sir. Once that's taken care of, you actually have a template given to you in the kit. You'll want to cut out that template for each driver side or passenger side, and put it up against the bumper. At this point, use the Sharpie to mark off the locations on the template, or a fine-point marker if you have one available. Once that's taken care of, you'll do some drilling into the bumper in the appropriate locations, and then cut the little squares out. Flip over that template to repeat for the driver and passenger side. Once you have the cutting and drilling out of the way, you can start installing your RTR Rear License Plate Surround by putting it into place and bolting it down using all the hardware necessary. Once it's into place, you can start reinstalling your license plate itself, and you're good to go. Overall, like I said, about two hours' worth of time in the driveway at home. Because of the extra steps with the drilling and cutting, two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Just to wrap things up, if you're the owner of a 2013 or 2014 Mustang and you're looking to pick up some race-inspired, aggressive designs brought to us by Vaughn Gitten, Jr., you might want to check out the RTR Rear License Plate Surround with Ducts, which is available in black right here at americanmuscle.com.