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Old 10-23-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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2013-2014 License Plate Panel/Surround...Custom Conversion?

Hey guys, I know a lot of us have been on the RTR decklid panel quest for acquisition thread lately trying to get those details sorted out and as that is starting to be sent out and others await their orders I kind of had a thought that I wanted some feedback on.

So as I'm sure many others can agree the panel for the license plate and the surrounding oem plastic is just...well... plain fugly. I hate it. It matches nothing else on the entire car and just sticks out to me because of that. I really think our brothers at ford sh*t the bed on that choice. Then there are the alternative options. As far as I've found anywhere there are only 2. Carbon Fiber- not my style; or the RTR duct surround- its alright, but not what I'm looking for.

But anyhow, I was thinking of getting a bit creative and maybe fabricating a new surround frame. Since I got my newer model I have been dreaming of a license plate panel that would tie in to the decklid panel and really bring the whole rear together. ha! But I was thinking once I get the RTR in and on there that I will have this decklid panel I just took off that I could either try to sell on ebay or try to make a really sweet matching surround panel for the license plate. I'm sure I'm not the only one to have thought of this but I think it sounds simple enough and I'm just wondering if anyone has actually tried this out there or successfully done it.

I think having the decklid and license plate surround match would be a sweet custom mod and I think it would just take a little cutting for fitment. Then finding a means of mounting it. I considered adhesion by glue, 3m tape, etc.,. but that makes me nervous about holding especially long term. No showing screws because that sort of defeats the purpose of the smooth cohesion of matching the two panels. Anyone have any suggestions for that?

Sorry to ramble on there but I wanted to put it all out so I can get any and all thoughts, ideas, opinions, suggestions and if i'm lucky maybe even instructions by someone whose done it. Anyways, thanks for checking this out and let me know what you think. Thanks!
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I'm interested to see how that turns out


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Me too. Seems simple enough and resourceful to use the old deck lid, I'm mainly concerned with how the cutting of the plastic will go. But I figure if I'm cutting a big @$$ hole in my trunk already then what's trying this going to hurt really. We'll see in 4-6 weeks when my rtr comes in.


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The cutting won't be to bad just need to smooth out the edges


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I'd also paint the area you cut with some Rustoleum just to be safe.
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Good advice thanks guys! I think it is a manageable job and if nothing else it will give some individuality to my car.
Does anyone know what the 2015 rear decklid for the smaller engine models? I know the gt has the 'GT' emblem but I'm wondering if the others will just have the running pony like on need for speed and I don't want to look like I'm trying to imitate those once they come out.


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Depends. Some have the tribar pony, some have a running pony, some have a faux gas cap (i think special editions) and others have the GT emblem. I'm sure there are more.
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Well that pretty much strikes out all my ideas. I guess we'll know for sure likely before my decklid comes in at least. It's difficult to have an original mustang different from others. But that's a blessing and a curse cause I love em all!


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Sorry for bringing back an old thread but since google got me here and I wanted to do the same thing were you ever able to build the smooth Lisence plate surround. I actually had the same idea just cut up a rear decklid panel from like a junkyard car and get a sweet glossy looking rear.
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Doesn't look like it. I've thought about doing a one-off custom smooth one many times. Too lazy, but maybe I'll give it a go. A spare surround is only something like 40 bucks last i checked.
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