2015-2017 Mustang MMD V-Series Grille Review & Install


Justin: If you’re looking for one of the most
unique and popular front grille options for that 2015 through ’17 Mustang, well then the
V-Series upper grille here might just be the ticket. Now, the MMD V-Series grille will combine
an injection molded plastic construction with a very cool horizontal bar design, all for
right around 200 bucks. Now, the grille itself will install without
the need for any cutting or permanent modification, but seeing as though that front bumper will
need to come off first, the site is gonna knock this one up to a soft two out of three
wrenches on the difficulty meter, and take you a couple of hours to complete from start
to finish, as we will demonstrate a little later in the video. So, I actually remember when the V-Series
parts first came onto the scene a few years ago, I was with the 2015 V-Series Mustang
at the SEMA Show, where the car and all of the parts were revealed and immediately stole
the show. Now, at the time, there was really nothing
like the grilles, or the chin spoiler, or that very aggressive rear spoiler for the
S550, and as such, they all became very very popular. Now, fast forward a little bit, and the V-Series
grille here is still killing it with well over 100 reviews, and a perfect 5 out of 5
rating, which let me tell you, is not an easy task. Now, as far as what actually makes this option
just so darn popular here on the site, I would say the biggie is no doubt the design, right? Again, there’s really nothing quite like it
in the category, featuring that horizontal bar design here in the center with the twin
snorkels on the end. That not only completely changes the look
of the front end, but also really opens up the front end of the car for increased airflow
and increased cooling. Now, I will say, that look is only increased
or magnified when you pair up the upper grille with the matching lower, which by the way,
you can also find here on the site as well. But appearance aside, the grille is also built
extremely well using original Ford CAD data, which means, it’s going to fit like a factory
piece. Materials, again, here gang, is going to be
that thermal plastic or injection molded TPO material, which will be up to the task of
handling any abuses or rocks the front end of your Mustang will typically encounter while
on the road. Now, that TPO material is given the slightest
texture here with the grille itself, obviously done up in black, which by the way, completely
eliminates that factory running pony emblem for a much cleaner look. Now, quick heads up here, guys, the MMD V-Series
grille is unfortunately not gonna be compatible with the factory adaptive cruise control feature
found on some of the higher end cars, so just keep that in mind before pulling the trigger. But now comes the point in the video where
we wanna show you just what it takes to get everything installed on your ride at home. So, to do so, here is that detailed walkthrough
along with a quick tool breakdown. Man: The tools used for this install are 1/4-inch
ratchet, 1/4-inch impact driver, 7-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, a clip removal
tool, a Phillips-head screwdriver, and a small flat-head screwdriver. So, the first step of this install is gonna
be to get underneath the vehicle and remove the belly pan that you can see right behind
me. There are about 20 screws and a handful of
clips that need to be removed to pull the belly pan down so that you can get access
to the back of the bumper where the chin spoiler is located. Next, I’m gonna remove the handful of push
clips that hold the belly pan to the bottom of the car. Now that I’ve got the belly pan removed, I
can unplug the fog light and turn signal bulbs from the underside before I move my way up
to the top and remove the shields up top. Next, I’m gonna use a clip removal tool to
remove the eight push clips that hold down the rad cover. Once I have this off, I can expose the upper
screws for the bumper. Now, I can remove the six screws that hold
the bumper down at the top. There’s also one screw on either side underneath
the weatherstripping in the front of the bumper. Ours have been replaced over time from use,
they are gonna typically be a 6 or 7-mill head screw, and just remove them from each
corner before you move to the wheel arches. Next, I’m gonna remove the two push clips
that are holding the fender liner to the bumper so that I can peel the fender liner back and
remove the screw that holds the bumper in the corner. So, it’s a little bit hard to see, but behind
this corner of the bumper is a bracket that looks exactly like this, it’s bolted to the
fender, and there’s a small screw that goes through the fender into the bumper and through
its own bracket itself to hold this together at the corner. All you have to do is use a 7-millimeter socket
to remove the screw and you can pull the corner of the bumper right off. And now, we can just repeat this process on
the other side. Now that we have everything disconnected,
we can pull the front bumper off. So the factory bumper has some clips molded
into the back of it, and in order to get the grille out of it, all you have to do is bend
these little tabs down and out of the way, and keep pulling pressure onto the back of
the grille to get it to disconnect. So, to install the new grille, all you’re
gonna need to do is line up the tabs with the holes in the grille, put a little bit
of pressure to get everything lined up, make sure they’re all started, and just gently
tap them into place. With our new grille installed, it’s time to
throw the bumper back on the car in the exact reverse order of removal. And that’s gonna wrap up this review and install
of the MMD V-Series upper grille for your ’15 to ’17 Mustang. Thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right
here at americanmuscle.com.