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Old 03-14-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Is it safe?

Is it safe to take off the lower billet replacement grille and basically have it open for more air flow? Or would rocks get all in the radiator?
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It's 50/50. Yes something could hit your radiator but the chances don't seem high to me.

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You'd be fine.. You won't really benefit much from the extra air... But whatever floats your goat
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Chances are probably slim, but I wouldn't risk it. Besides a grille brings the front of your Stang to life.
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Just the lower part though

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Without the lower grille it might look funny. If you want more air flow under the hood I'd look into getting a Cervini's Ram Air Hood with the kit. Looking at a good $1200 though with a good paint job. Definitely worth it if you have the money, they look so dope.
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Well it's not even about to air flow honestly, I plan on getting a venom hood from AM but my lower grille has a bunch of rock marks on it so I was just going to take it off

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Well it's not even about to air flow honestly, I plan on getting a venom hood from AM but my lower grille has a bunch of rock marks on it so I was just going to take it off

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I think you just answered your own question. If the piece you want to remove is full of rock marks, then you are definitely hitting them. Without the lower grille to stop them, they will be hitting whatever is behind it.
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What he said ^ But they do sell the open Roush lower which makes it seem like it couldn't be too much of a problem..
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If you take the lower grill off, the next time a rock would have hit your lower grill it will hit your a/c evaporator.....you will NOT be happy.

I've read V8 guy having this happen.
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What he said ^ But they do sell the open Roush lower which makes it seem like it couldn't be too much of a problem..
If I bought a 2014 Shelby GT500 ( I was Hawkin' a Crimson dark red one on New Years Eve specials at the dealer, chickened out due to constant worry about old guys losing their job to down sizing); the first thing I would do is replace the wide open grill. Two things they are planing on with that car:

1) the owners are not going to drive it daily, and only drive it on safe roads
2) If a radiator or cooler gets broken with a rock, the owners got the money to pay for it.


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I really want the GT500 or Roush lower as well but all of the rational thought here is exactly why I haven't gotten one. I do plenty of highway driving and there's just too much debris out there.
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I really want the GT500 or Roush lower as well but all of the rational thought here is exactly why I haven't gotten one. I do plenty of highway driving and there's just too much debris out there.
I have seen road race track cars with "special nylon mesh" , think nylon screening, behind such grills on a curvy racetrack.
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I've been running the CS/GT/Boss lower valance and splitter for over a year now on my 2011. I've been fortunate in not obtaining any radiator/AC condensor damage. I have found that for around 50 bucks, I can buy a black grill piece to install in the lower valance. I have not done this, yet.

However, I should also mention that the roads and highways here in Florida are pretty well maintained; much more so then those who perhaps have to drive in pothole stricken highways of the north where salt, snow, and freezing temps play havic on the roads.

if you drive in these types of road conditions, then protecting the front of your prized Mustang and its radiator/AC condensor would be a great idea, and installing a grille in the lower front valance would be good insurance.
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