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Old 06-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Ordered the CDC grille and should get it today. Looking at install, do you really have to hacksaw the fog light brackets!?!? Not thrilled about having to CUT anything on my car. There's pretty much no going back stock after that. Also, I'm thinking about modifying my lower grille by cutting out the honey comb. $300 for a lower grille delete (Roush) is insanity.
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Ordered the CDC grille and should get it today. Looking at install, do you really have to hacksaw the fog light brackets!?!? Not thrilled about having to CUT anything on my car. There's pretty much no going back stock after that. Also, I'm thinking about modifying my lower grille by cutting out the honey comb. $300 for a lower grille delete (Roush) is insanity.
Not thrilled about deleting the fog light brackets. But you have no problem modifying and cutting the lower grill.
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Well if I'm gonna cut the fog brackets why not cut the lower grille too? LOL
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Yeah you have to cut the brackets. Its not as big of a deal as you think. It looks awesome once its all done, in my opinion.
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You dont have to cut the brackets off if you remove the bumper cover. Its easy as cake to do. Then you can just unbolt the brackets.
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Here it is installed. Tomorrow I'll be doing white Vinly.
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Looks really good!! Now u gotta get rid of the honeycomb
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Looks good!
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Yeah that lower grille will either be a project or I'll wait until CDC comes out matching lower. They are supposed to be working on it. I'm not paying $300 for Roush's delete.
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Here it is installed. Tomorrow I'll be doing white Vinly.
Is that the roush chin spoiler?! It looks alot bigger than in other pics!
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Is that the roush chin spoiler?! It looks alot bigger than in other pics!
Yup, Roush chin spoiler. I think the CDC grille makes the whole front of the car look wider and more aggressive.

Also too, while I haven't driven the car much since the CDC install, on the way home yesterday (45min drive) cylinder head temp was holding steady at 207 degrees. Whereas before the grille, 212-215 was the average. Amazing how much air the stock grille and fog lights prevents from getting through.
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Yup, Roush chin spoiler. I think the CDC grille makes the whole front of the car look wider and more aggressive.

Also too, while I haven't driven the car much since the CDC install, on the way home yesterday (45min drive) cylinder head temp was holding steady at 207 degrees. Whereas before the grille, 212-215 was the average. Amazing how much air the stock grille and fog lights prevents from getting through.
Agreed. I noticed the temps dropped about 5-10 degrees. The CDC grille not only looks awesome but improves airflow a bit aswell!
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Yup, Roush chin spoiler. I think the CDC grille makes the whole front of the car look wider and more aggressive.

Also too, while I haven't driven the car much since the CDC install, on the way home yesterday (45min drive) cylinder head temp was holding steady at 207 degrees. Whereas before the grille, 212-215 was the average. Amazing how much air the stock grille and fog lights prevents from getting through.
Haha well thanks to your pictures I now have a roush chin spoiler in the mail! By the way the car looks awesome. I agree it looks alot more aggressive
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Not only does the front look aggressive, I'm diggin' those black rims! The car looks awesome! Great job so far!
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I like the grille and even considered buying it but i was concerned with how open it is an how exposed the condenser would be.
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Looks great.
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I like the grille and even considered buying it but i was concerned with how open it is an how exposed the condenser would be.
I thought that too, but it's basically the same grille the Shelby has.
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Any news on a matching lower open grille for the 5.0
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Your ride looks awesome!
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Haha thanks man. It's coming along. Longtubes off road h jlt carbon fiber cai are going on Wednesday along with a vmp tune!
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Ordered the CDC grille and should get it today. Looking at install, do you really have to hacksaw the fog light brackets!?!? Not thrilled about having to CUT anything on my car. There's pretty much no going back stock after that. Also, I'm thinking about modifying my lower grille by cutting out the honey comb. $300 for a lower grille delete (Roush) is insanity.
Should have bought the billet grille upper and lower from AM no need to cut out fog lights...If you do not want to see them. Black out tint hides them nicely. Plus you still have functioning fog lights and you can return your front end to stock any time. $180 and looks bada$$.


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Should have bought the billet grille upper and lower from AM no need to cut out fog lights...If you do not want to see them. Black out tint hides them nicely. Plus you still have functioning fog lights and you can return your front end to stock any time. $180 and looks bada$$.
I have the same grilles on mine. Wait a few months and you will hate it. All the hardware it came with on mine is already rusted and looks like complete crap, especially up close. Finish on it is already fading/chipping too. Perfect example of you pay for what you get. Ill be swapping soon.
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Should have bought the billet grille upper and lower from AM no need to cut out fog lights...If you do not want to see them. Black out tint hides them nicely. Plus you still have functioning fog lights and you can return your front end to stock any time. $180 and looks bada$$.


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Why do people do this? The guy already bought and installed something and someone has to say "shoulda...." just keep it to yourself.. js
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Why do people do this? The guy already bought and installed something and someone has to say "shoulda...." just keep it to yourself.. js
Because i did not see the post where he already installed. Human mistake sorry I'mnot perfect like you.

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I have the same grilles on mine. Wait a few months and you will hate it. All the hardware it came with on mine is already rusted and looks like complete crap, especially up close. Finish on it is already fading/chipping too. Perfect example of you pay for what you get. Ill be swapping soon.
Learn to repair and paint. I won't hate them i will repair and paint if i need to. I'm a pretty good painter. No problem!!!
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I have the same grilles on mine. Wait a few months and you will hate it. All the hardware it came with on mine is already rusted and looks like complete crap, especially up close. Finish on it is already fading/chipping too. Perfect example of you pay for what you get. Ill be swapping soon.
I hear ya. I hate corroded/rusted hardware too. Any more, I diamond clear coat any metal hardware that will be exposed before I install it. Eastwood has it in a spray can. You can get it for painted or bare metal, gloss or matte finish. Ask 'em for a catalog (800) 345-1178 or check 'em out online. Eastwood
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I hear ya. I hate corroded/rusted hardware too. Any more, I diamond clear coat any metal hardware that will be exposed before I install it. Eastwood has it in a spray can. You can get it for painted or bare metal, gloss or matte finish. Ask 'em for a catalog (800) 345-1178 or check 'em out online. Eastwood
Hey thanks for that link. I've had a hard time finding a quality clear in a matte finish. The cheap ones look white instead of clear.
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Hey thanks for that link. I've had a hard time finding a quality clear in a matte finish. The cheap ones look white instead of clear.
The Eastwood coating will look a tad bit milky if you try to coat things too heavily. The key is, apply just enough to completely cover the surface. Usually, one coat will do just fine. Try it on a couple of test pieces to see how it looks and allow for overnight drying time.
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The Eastwood coating will look a tad bit milky if you try to coat things too heavily. The key is, apply just enough to completely cover the surface. Usually, one coat will do just fine. Try it on a couple of test pieces to see how it looks and allow for overnight drying time.
Ill definitely pick some of that up. Thanks. Anything is better then this rust look. Really disappointed with the quality of the hardware it came with. But I guess thats why they are only $180.
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