(approx) 45 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my review of the T-REX Upper Class Series black mesh grille for the 2015 to '16 Mustang. This Upper Class Series black mesh grille is going to be for the S550 owner who would like to upgrade the looks of the front end and grille of their new Mustang and create more of an after-market aggressive look, as opposed to that stock look. The mesh grille is also perfect if you're not really into the horizontal bar grilles that are out there.This mesh grille will take the stock three-window design with the pony and honeycomb and extra plastic of the upper grille, and replace that with one single piece of fine-woven wire mesh. Both upper and lower pieces are also stainless steel with a 12-gauge frame, and they're powder-coated black, which will be nice for those cars that see all different types of road conditions since it will give you some corrosion resistance. This one here is powder-coated black, like I just said, but these grilles are also available in a polished form if you prefer a brighter finish. And from looking at these right here on the table, there is a little bit of weight to them, but the weaving on the mesh is nicely done and even, and the frame is very sturdy.Now it's worth mentioning here that the upper grille is a complete replacement of the factory grille, but the lower grille is simply a matching overlay, not a complete replacement, so you won't be completely eliminating that lower grille.Both the black and polished grilles can be picked up as a combo of both the upper and the lower grille, or you can just buy the upper or lower separate if you don't want to spring for the combo. There is going to be a cost difference between the finishes. The polished version's going to cost a little bit more, but either way, you're looking at a little over $600 for the black combo set, and about $100 more than that for the polished combo. If you're interested in just the black upper grille, it's going to cost just a little bit below $400, or less than $250 for just the lower overlay.The install for these grilles is easy, a one out of three wrenches on the scale, but the time for install's obviously going to change depending on if you're installing both the upper and the lower, or just one or the other. I'd say about an hour to complete both, since the upper grille's a complete replacement and the lower's just an overlay. And the grilles do come with all of the needed hardware. You won't need anything special to complete the install. You're looking at some basic hand tools, like a Phillips head and a flathead screwdriver, a 7mm wrench, and a few smaller sized sockets, and a ratchet.You do need to remove the front bumper, so you can start by popping out the eight plastic clips that are holding the black plastic cover shroud. And as a side note, you can use some painter's tape at any time, just to give yourself a little protection around the work area so you don't scratch paint or mark up the shroud.On each side of the bumper, you'll need to back out the screws that are holding the bumper in place, as well as the plastic clips that are on each side of the front tires. After that, there are about 12 screws on the bottom of the bumper overlap that need to be backed out. Then you can pop the fascia off by pulling the sides near the front corner lap, right underneath the headlight, but just make sure to unplug the headlight connections before walking away with the bumper. You'll be laying the bumper facedown somewhere to do the install, so I would just lay it on some protection so you don't scratch it at all.So 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 a screwdriver, and you can remove the plastic clips that are along the edge. The new grille installs with the supplied fasteners that go around the factory clips, and then the center bumper soft gasket goes right back in after the new grille.The lower grille's going to go over top of the factory grille here, and you're going to need the brackets for the install. The machine screws go through the brackets, and then the two wing nuts are then threaded on. The brackets are then fixed to the inside of the bottom bumper mesh, and the lock nuts are tightened down to the mesh frame. Then, it's ready to be fixed to the factory grille by tightening down the mesh from the front. Just as a little tip, you can use a long flathead screwdriver to hold the toggle wings while you're tightening down the screws to help out with this. And after that, it's just a matter of getting the front bumper back on the car the same way you took it off.Wrapping things up here, the T-REX Upper Class Series black mesh grille is going to create a single-piece upper grille with no pony, and it's going to give more of what I'd call a muscle car look. Both the upper and lower grilles are stainless steel, and come either polished or powder-coated black. You can check these grilles out more online, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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(approx) 45 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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