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Old 05-26-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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V6 grille removal (2013-2014)

I've seen the cdc video on youtube but it's for a v8. I also know many here have removed the v6 grille just by pulling at it, just like in the cdc video. But what I had not seen is any photos of the process on a v6. So I did it myself and wanted to share some photos I grabbed during the process.

Make sure you tape off the lower valance area. (The grille is already removed here but you can see where to place the tape.
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At first I tried just pulling at the grille with a pair of work gloves on, but I was only able to pop the top of the grille out. I knew I needed to evenly distribute the force of my pull across the top and bottom of the grille. I decided to cut two strips of a shop towel and tread them through the top and bottom rung as follows.
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Repeat on the opposite side
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Doing this allows you to pull quickly in a single pull.
Some detail photos show how the outer ring is attached to the car.
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This prong snaps into this slot in the grille opening.
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These are extremely robust prongs, and I did not feel like anything I did was jeopardizing them to snap.
The idea of removing the chrome trim ring from the inner mesh grille seems next to impossible. I chose to skip this part. But took a photo to show how these look like a one way clasp.
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Both the top and bottom have flanges that keep the inner mesh snug against the chrome.

From here I decided I wanted a black out look and plasti dipped the chrome. (Note do yourself a favor and mask off the mesh area, I did not and will be spending all summer pealing little prices of plasti dip off the mesh.)
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And now to start saving for the cdc gt500 style grille.......
Hope this helps others understand how to get the v6 grille out.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #2
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Looks like an easy way to remove the grill , I imaging that this will work in order to install a billet type grill. The black treatment not for me , I like the shiny pony and trim
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Yeah, first thing my wife says, "I liked the chrome". I have the fp6 package, black everywhere, the chrome seemed out of place on my car. Here is the before.
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Does ripping the grille out damage the pins? Is the grille easy to put back? Does it just snap right back in?

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I did a GT grill swap on my V6 and no issues, but if you are installing the factory fogs the bumper needs to come out , no room Click image for larger version

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I did a GT grill swap on my V6 and no issues, but if you are installing the factory fogs the bumper needs to come out , no room Attachment 162618
How are the factory fogs. Do they increase visibility or are they just for show?
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I would like to do a GT grille swap
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Does ripping the grille out damage the pins? Is the grille easy to put back? Does it just snap right back in?

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Does not damage. from my post -

"These are extremely robust prongs, and I did not feel like anything I did was jeopardizing them to snap."
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I used Dupli-Color Shadow paint on the wheel center caps and chrome valve stem covers. I wanted to do the pony on my grille but was told that the bumper needed to come off to get it out without breaking it. I'm a little hesitant to do what you did.
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Does not damage. from my post -

"These are extremely robust prongs, and I did not feel like anything I did was jeopardizing them to snap."
Sweet. And putting it back in was a breeze?

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How are the factory fogs. Do they increase visibility or are they just for show?
They are working , no significant visibility , lets wait for a fogy day and see if they really work on fog
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Sweet. And putting it back in was a breeze?

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Super easy. Actually pulled it off several times. Follow my steps the shop towels really make pulling a lot easier. You will note the top pops out first, work the towels into a position in your hands that allows the bottom to get the same pressure as the top. Several attempts may be needed, but I promise this thing will not break. I've actually sense writing this swapped out the OEM grille for the CDC grille. Again this swap used the same methods. Click image for larger version

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They are working , no significant visibility , lets wait for a fogy day and see if they really work on fog

That's the real test!


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I just had racing stripes installed. So when I do mine I should go the conventional way and remove the bumper?


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What about the lower grille removal? I'm assuming in out of luck and have to remove the bumper?

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When I removed my V6 grille, most of the pins snapped. I'll chalk it up to it only being 30 or so degrees when I tried it, since plastic becomes pretty stiff at those temps, but let it be known that they can snap.
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See, hear both sides all the time. Im nervous to do it cause I don't want that to happen.

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See, hear both sides all the time. Im nervous to do it cause I don't want that to happen.

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Safest route is to remove the entire bumper cover and work on it from behind.
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When I removed my V6 grille, most of the pins snapped. I'll chalk it up to it only being 30 or so degrees when I tried it, since plastic becomes pretty stiff at those temps, but let it be known that they can snap.

Well I'm in central Florida. It may make it to 30 over night on the coldest day of the year. So we try and do out mustang modding when it's nice and warm.
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Well I'm in central Florida. It may make it to 30 over night on the coldest day of the year. So we try and do out mustang modding when it's nice and warm.

Yeah it gets down to 30 pretty much every night from December to March and I couldn't wait to mod. Haha
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So the only reason your pins broke is because it was so cold? Here in NM it's about 55+ every night, and 85+ everyday. My pins should be fine, right?

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So the only reason your pins broke is because it was so cold? Here in NM it's about 55+ every night, and 85+ everyday. My pins should be fine, right?

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There's no way i could give you a foolproof answer. But, I suggest removing the entire bumper cover and taking the delicate approach from behind.
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I did a GT grill swap on my V6 and no issues, but if you are installing the factory fogs the bumper needs to come out , no room Attachment 162618

I am also going to change my v6 grill to the GT grill. i have fogs and the grill but i don't have the hardware to install the fogs? Im confused as to how the fogs will sit in the GT grill after putting them in. Do i need anything else to make this work?
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