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Old 11-21-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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My in-progress RTR Decklid is getting the best reactions on the road

I'm currently in the middle of installing my RTR Decklid Panel for my 2014 Mustang. I didn't have the proper tools to cut the hump out of the decklid so I went to my local Ford dealership and asked them if they could butcher my car for me real quick. They accepted the challenge and promptly put my baby under the knife.

I've had things come up unexpectedly throughout the day so I haven't been able to complete the final step of sticking on the RTR Decklid Panel. I didn't get to take a pic until after the sun settled (damn thing disappears so early) so hopefully you guys can see it... But the first pic is what I've been riding around with all day lol.

I've had 3 Camaros at red lights in the lane next to mine stop behind me instead of pulling up to the line.... to take pics lol. I'm waiting for my car to show up on some Camaro forum bashing Mustang owners. Also had pretty much every car I see in my rear view with their phones up snapping a pic whenever stopped.

The 2nd picture is my solution overnight to protect my car lol. Want it to be a little warmer than below freezing when I apply the decklid to make sure it sticks. I'll probably leave the vinyl tape covering all the holes when I put the panel on to provide some form of waterproofing.

Used the supplied blackout strips that came with the RTR panel. Car is already black so I didn't need them. ENGINEERING.

That's my funny story for the day. Reactions were priceless. Especially the Camaro owners. Shared a good laugh with one of them lol.
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Got a good laugh out of this haha! I would be snapping pics too! I wonder if that rear end is up on FB, Instagram, camaro forums etc already lol
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Seeing how you cut that up, is there something in the rtr deck lid panel that will seal that to keep moisture out? If not I wonder if in 30+ years someone else who ends up with car your will be on a mustang forum complaining how the PO cut the deck lid and its all rusted out.
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He is installing a different deck lid. Part of the install process is removing the hump from the fake gas cap.


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Looks good.
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He is installing a different deck lid. Part of the install process is removing the hump from the fake gas cap.


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I've read that in these forums somewhere about removing the hump but what keeps the water out? I guess I could go to their website and find out for myself instead of asking questions.
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Ideally, you'd fit the 3M tape perfectly with each edge. I'm sure some water may still get it. That's why I taped everything off with the supplied black out strips (2nd pic in original post) they provided for non black cars. I figured if those are meant to be applied to your car and exposed, they should do a good enough job at keeping water out of the holes.

I applied a bunch of tape to the back of my panel so I'm pretty confident it'll be safe and sound.
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That looks ready nice.
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thx for posting pics...but as ya know it'll probably make the "Muscles Cars of Wall-Mart calendar"
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He is installing a different deck lid. Part of the install process is removing the hump from the fake gas cap.


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But why not just replace the entire lid with a flat one ? They sell them...


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They don't fit the contour of the 13/14 tail lights. And the whole trunk lids are expensive, require paint, and if you have a spoiler will require drilling anyways.


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Just curious, did the Ford dealership make you sign a release of liability for cutting the whole in your car? What did they charge you? I give them props for even attempting lol.
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Just curious, did the Ford dealership make you sign a release of liability for cutting the whole in your car? What did they charge you? I give them props for even attempting lol.
I wanted mine painted (plus it came from RTR looking horrible) I paid $120 for the paint job and removal of hump. You do have to cut it out or have massive welding and body work done to recreate without whole. I used black duct tape over whole in two layers. used some small pieces of thin padding to keep rattle down and then used 2 layers of 3/4" wide 3M tape. You really need to double layer the tape as it does have a bit of a gap and the one strip they give you of 3M doesnt really adhere well. I did full length strip top and full length with small gap at bottom to allow water drainage if gets in there. Slight breathing room between top/bottom in sides for air to escape. couple small sections on wither side of the whole. Hope that helps. Lots of work with that MMD matte surrounds and Matte tint but like how turned out and get tons of compliments everywhere.
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I wanted mine painted (plus it came from RTR looking horrible) I paid $120 for the paint job and removal of hump. You do have to cut it out or have massive welding and body work done to recreate without whole. I used black duct tape over whole in two layers. used some small pieces of thin padding to keep rattle down and then used 2 layers of 3/4" wide 3M tape. You really need to double layer the tape as it does have a bit of a gap and the one strip they give you of 3M doesnt really adhere well. I did full length strip top and full length with small gap at bottom to allow water drainage if gets in there. Slight breathing room between top/bottom in sides for air to escape. couple small sections on wither side of the whole. Hope that helps. Lots of work with that MMD matte surrounds and Matte tint but like how turned out and get tons of compliments everywhere.

Looks great !! Not sure I agree with the wink at the 2015...but...


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Looks great !! Not sure I agree with the wink at the 2015...but...


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the Pony you mean? Got that from Need for Speed Stang. Girlfriend thinks crazt to take the GT sign off back but really like the car in the movie lol
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the Pony you mean? Got that from Need for Speed Stang. Girlfriend thinks crazt to take the GT sign off back but really like the car in the movie lol

And the movie was a hint to the 2015...


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the Pony you mean? Got that from Need for Speed Stang.
Never saw the movie but the pony saved the look IMO. Otherwise too bland.
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Just curious, did the Ford dealership make you sign a release of liability for cutting the whole in your car? What did they charge you? I give them props for even attempting lol.
They didn't make me sign anything. I rolled up to the dealership with my stock deck lid panel already off and asked them if they could quickly cut the hump out. Told them I didn't need any prep work, any sanding down afterwards etc. Just a quick removal of the hump, as long as they don't pierce through the trunk.

Quick lane people called their boys in the back and asked them who wanted to take on the task. Young gentleman said he'd do it, so he did it. They charged me for 30 minutes of labor, which I didn't mind.
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Just got the RTR decklid for my '13. Noticed it already has some very fine micro scratches just from handling it. Can anyone speak to how badly this decklid gets scratched over time? Thinking of either clearcoating it first or just returning it. Thanks.
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Just got the RTR decklid for my '13. Noticed it already has some very fine micro scratches just from handling it. Can anyone speak to how badly this decklid gets scratched over time? Thinking of either clearcoating it first or just returning it. Thanks.

Pretty much as soon as you touch it, it gets fine micro scratches.


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I put this one on mine for now.....no scratches on this material!!
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I believe they are plastic now where mine is Metal. If they are plastic similar to the original OEM one. if that is case I bet it scratches easy and often. That is one of the reasons I got the RTR. I would paint it or clear coat it but if already scratched, depending on how bad, you might return then do it.
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UPDATE to scratch question - Just visited a local auto body painter. He verified the new plastic decklid is black clearcoated. Said no need to apply additional clear as paint correction will remove any fine scratches. Tried some polish and he was right. Fine scratches polish out with little effort. Thanks everyone for the feedback... now where did I put my hole saw?
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UPDATE to scratch question - Just visited a local auto body painter. He verified the new plastic decklid is black clearcoated. Said no need to apply additional clear as paint correction will remove any fine scratches. Tried some polish and he was right. Fine scratches polish out with little effort. Thanks everyone for the feedback... now where did I put my hole saw?
I just did the install again on my new-to-me 2014 5.0. I went for tin snips and a grinder to smooth the whole thing. Didn't have a hole saw
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I wanted mine painted (plus it came from RTR looking horrible) I paid $120 for the paint job and removal of hump. You do have to cut it out or have massive welding and body work done to recreate without whole. I used black duct tape over whole in two layers. used some small pieces of thin padding to keep rattle down and then used 2 layers of 3/4" wide 3M tape. You really need to double layer the tape as it does have a bit of a gap and the one strip they give you of 3M doesnt really adhere well. I did full length strip top and full length with small gap at bottom to allow water drainage if gets in there. Slight breathing room between top/bottom in sides for air to escape. couple small sections on wither side of the whole. Hope that helps. Lots of work with that MMD matte surrounds and Matte tint but like how turned out and get tons of compliments everywhere.
Did you have to bend the pony on the decklid panel so it would fit flush? If so, how did you do it or how did you attach the pony. I'll be doing this project shortly and could use some advice. Thanks in advance for you help.
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Did you have to bend the pony on the decklid panel so it would fit flush? If so, how did you do it or how did you attach the pony. I'll be doing this project shortly and could use some advice. Thanks in advance for you help.
Fastford13 has some pics and directions on how to do it. Send him a PM

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I did talk to him on another thread, but his install of the pony was a different situation than mine.
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