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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the SpeedForm Sport Quarter Window Louvers in Matte Black finish for the 2015 and newer Mustang Fastback. You should be checking this out if you're the owner of an S550 Fastback and if you're looking to get more of a retro-styling in an appearance part for the side profile of your Mustang. Now, I will say while we have seen quarter window louvers on Mustangs for absolutely decades going back to the mid-60s, right? The classic Fastbacks. This, I think, has a little bit more of a modern spin on it. Now the sports styling from SpeedForm features this angular shape to the five spokes or the five slots in your louvers.I actually think this is a little bit more inspired by the angular new tail lights on the 2018 and newer Mustang, as well as the running lights and your headlights on the S550. I think that's a really cool detail built into the shape and styling for these louvers but that's just me, it's all personal preference. If you're not particularly the biggest fan of the angular styling here, SpeedForm does have a number of different designs for quarter window louvers, so there's a bunch of options to fit personal preference. Now this one does come in a nice smooth non-textured matte black finish but I will say it is paintable. So if you pick this up in the matte black, take it to your local paint shop and in this case, have it match to your race red or whatever exterior color of your choosing to match your S550. It's an ABS-construction vacuum form, so it's impact-resistant, it's UV-resistance so it won't fade over time. It obviously just looks really good on the side profile. Now price tag comes in right around 40 bucks for the pair. Super affordable mod. A lot of times you pick up exterior styling parts that can be upwards of a hundred, couple hundred bucks, not the case here, very affordable. Install, of course, gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Goes on with 3M automotive bonding tape but I will say it can be very, very secure when you make sure that everything is cleaned properly. That's really the key. You want to make sure you're properly cleaning your quarter window and the backside of your louvers before applying the 3M. You want to make sure it gets to the best bond possible and any dirt and dust left behind between the 3M is gonna make sure that it's going to fall off and you don't want that happening, especially at highway speed. So make sure you're cleaning properly. Other than that, you don't really need any tools. I'd recommend an alcohol wipe or two, as well as maybe soap and water mixture and a squirt bottle to make sure everything is cleaned along with a clean microfiber. I'm gonna show you guys every step of the way so what do you say we get to it. Now the tools used in this install include a knife, the 3M tape included in the kit, an alcohol wipe or a soap and water mixture as well as a clean microfiber. All right, guys, the first step here, of course, is to grab your louvers. You're gonna flip them upside down and grab the 3M tape roll included in the kit. So you are gonna have to cut to length the small strips of 3M that are gonna go on the back and line the edges here. So what you're gonna do first is actually take an alcohol wipe, I recommend or soap and water mixture and you just want to make sure you're cleaning off the edges around your louver so that it can free it of all dirt and dust. You want your 3M tape to have a good bond. So I'm gonna take my alcohol wipe and go around the edges, but again guys, the soap and water mixture could also work. Just give it one good wipe around, take some of that off. Now what you're gonna do is peel back the 3M and measure it to length. That looks about right. You want to have a knife on hand and you're just gonna cut it. From here, take your strip and lay it in place. You want to make sure the 3M does not go over the edge, you don't want to see it when it's installed on the vehicle. All right, this last little strip here is a little bit curved, so you want to keep that in mind, you want to curve with it. All right, now you can repeat this for the other side and we're gonna peel off the red backing and stick it on our window. But first, we are gonna have to wipe down our window just like we wiped down the back of the louver. All right, so I'm gonna grab another alcohol wipe. We're basically gonna wipe down the edges of this quarter window getting all that dirt off so it can get a good bond. All right, guys, now what I like to do is peel off half of the red backing on the 3M and just fold it over so it's hanging outside of the edges here and I'll show you guys why in just a second. Do that for all of the strips. You don't want to peel it off too much, I'd say just about halfway is totally fine. Now you're gonna grab your louver and set it into place on your window very gently. You don't want to put too much pressure on it just yet. Get it in the position that you like, just give it a tap so it sticks in place. Now what we're gonna do is with that red ribbon sticking out, we're gonna peel that back and stick. Same thing here. Peel, keeping it in the same spot and stick. Peel, stick. Nice one. All right, put pressure all around the louver to stick it on the window and repeat for the other side. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the SpeedForm Sport Quarter Window Louvers in a Matte Black Finish for the 2018 and newer Fastback. If you want to pick this one up for your own S550, you can do so right here at americanmuscle.com.
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