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Old 05-22-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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I've been seeing a lot of mustangs with the grilles removed or cutout. I kind of like the look of it but I'm curious as to whether there are any performance advantages or problems that could come from it. Obviously the radiator is completely exposed. I was considering doing it on my 2012 gt but I can't find anyone who has done it and also kept their foglights. I don't want to get rid of those. Any opinions on this or someone who has done this with my setup?
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40% to 60% more air for cooling. That's why I went to the Cervini Upper and Lower grille. I installed the mesh that came with it though to block any rocks.

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FYI the radiator is not exposed. The AC condensing unit is in front of the radiator and will catch all the bugs and stones.

I have a lower grille delete and the roush high flow upper and the lower delete definitely lets more bugs in. But no biggie. They just wash off.
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I love the way that looks. Gives it a real performance style. Do you think it would work if I just cut out the center of my grille and kept my fog lights in the little "frames" in the grille? A buddy of mine did it himself on is 2016 but he doesn't have the grille mounted fog lights.
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The fog lights mount to the inner grille structure so you can run no grille on a 13-14 and still have fog lights
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Looks like I have a project for next weekend
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Just sell your stock grille. People will buy a stock GT grille. Don't ruin it
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Just sell your stock grille. People will buy a stock GT grille. Don't ruin it
Good point. I also have a stock pile of factory parts sitting in my garage that I need to do something with.
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I've been seeing a lot of mustangs with the grilles removed or cutout. I kind of like the look of it but I'm curious as to whether there are any performance advantages or problems that could come from it. Obviously the radiator is completely exposed. I was considering doing it on my 2012 gt but I can't find anyone who has done it and also kept their foglights. I don't want to get rid of those. Any opinions on this or someone who has done this with my setup?

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I have an 11 and I've seen guys cut out the honeycomb and leave the structure. I'd like to do that but I've been worried about rocks and stuff. But I guess if the A/C is in front it doesn't matter.
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Grille delete

I'm actually having my body shop clean up and paint my original inner grille that I dremeled because I wanted to retain the fog lights. I'll post the finished product soon. I have those billet pieces but have grown tired of them so trying something a bit different.


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Yeah it does look good buddyrich14. I have a little extra time tonight so I might go-ahead and do it today. I'll post pics if it turns out.


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I'd definitely like to see that. When you cut it out was it just a simple dremel job of cutting each line in the honeycomb?
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Yeah it does look good buddyrich14. I have a little extra time tonight so I might go-ahead and do it today. I'll post pics if it turns out.







I'd definitely like to see that. When you cut it out was it just a simple dremel job of cutting each line in the honeycomb?

Pretty much. Just gotta have steady hands while doing it. I followed it up with some light sanding so as to make the job a bit easier on my paint guy. But he's just going to sand it down and paint it flat black for me.

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Awesome. I might do a little custom painting while I have it out. We'll see if I come up wit something...
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Awesome. I might do a little custom painting while I have it out. We'll see if I come up wit something...

I'll be curious to see it as well bro. Good luck with it.


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Pretty much. Just gotta have steady hands while doing it. I followed it up with some light sanding so as to make the job a bit easier on my paint guy. But he's just going to sand it down and paint it flat black for me.

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I'm hoping for this kind of result in the end minus the blue tint.

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That'll be dope


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Here's hoping lol.


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Don't plan to tint the fogs at all do ya ?


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Which grille is this?
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Don't plan to tint the fogs at all do ya ?


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No. The main reason I'm retaining them is because my night vision while driving is god awful. The fog lights help me out quite a bit. Even with having HID headlights lol, I know, it's bad.

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Which grille is this?

I believe, don't quote me, but it looks like either the Billet Industries grille from AM, or maybe a replica CS style.


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Progress update:
This is a bigger PITA than I thought. I got the honey comb cut out last night and just finished cleaning the grille up a bit. I've got a little bondo work and sanding to do tonight along with a coat of paint since I got a little carried away with the dremel in a couple spots. I ended up driving around today with no grille at all but I'm trying to finish tonight. I'll post some before and after pics once it's all done.
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This is a bigger PITA than I thought. I got the honey comb cut out last night and just finished cleaning the grille up a bit. I've got a little bondo work and sanding to do tonight along with a coat of paint since I got a little carried away with the dremel in a couple spots. I ended up driving around today with no grille at all but I'm trying to finish tonight. I'll post some before and after pics once it's all done.

Yeah, same thing happened to me. I nicked up the plastic bezel/housing for the actual fog light and had to lightly sand it down a bit. Sent it to the paint man for the rest. I'll be interested to see how it comes out bud. Keep us posted.


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So I'm having some technical difficulties between the pictures on my phone and my computer so I can't upload pictures now. I'll figure it out later but the job is done and it looks good. I didn't realize until after it was time for paint that I didn't have any more real paint so matte black plastidip it is until this weekend.
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So I'm having some technical difficulties between the pictures on my phone and my computer so I can't upload pictures now. I'll figure it out later but the job is done and it looks good. I didn't realize until after it was time for paint that I didn't have any more real paint so matte black plastidip it is until this weekend.

Damn it I wanna see it lol


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I'll try again tomorrow. I couldn't get a great picture now anyway since its dark here.
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Which grille is this?

Cervinis. They sell an upper and lower grill combo for 150. It comes in black or billet
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Here the finished product. It's the first-time this month it isn't raining here so the cars a little dirty. The grille has some minor imperfections that come with rushing any job but nothing I can't fix this weekend. I think I like the way it turned out and now we know it is possible to do this and retain the fog lights
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Cervinis. They sell an upper and lower grill combo for 150. It comes in black or billet
Damn it is a deal, how has it held up the test of time for you?

Does it hide the honeycomb grille or replace it entirely?
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Here the finished product. It's the first-time this month it isn't raining here so the cars a little dirty. The grille has some minor imperfections that come with rushing any job but nothing I can't fix this weekend. I think I like the way it turned out and now we know it is possible to do this and retain the fog lights

Looks pretty good. Any more pics?


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Here's a couple more now that I'm home. You can see how I had to leave a couple sections of the grille. Some are hollow underneath and it would have left big holes if I cut them out. The ones in the corner have the mounting points for the fog lights so I couldn't get rid of them. One section is a little chewed up but I can fix that later. Overall, I like this.
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Looks great, I will follow your lead. I always wanted to do something similar but wasnt too sure. Does the honey comb part punch out or the whole surrounding? I only briefly looked at taking that part out of the bumper when I have my car apart over winter

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Damn it is a deal, how has it held up the test of time for you?

Does it hide the honeycomb grille or replace it entirely?

Replaces the honeycomb but you still use the outer bezel
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Looks good. Mine is slightly different it being a 13/14, but it's the same principle behind it.


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Looks great, I will follow your lead. I always wanted to do something similar but wasnt too sure. Does the honey comb part punch out or the whole surrounding? I only briefly looked at taking that part out of the bumper when I have my car apart over winter

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Yes it does. The inner honeycomb uses the same clips that hold the outer bezel on the body. I work a couple of them loose by hand before punching the whole thing out just be safe and keep from breaking anything.
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Replaces the honeycomb but you still use the outer bezel
Do you recommend the black or brushed finish? How's it holding up for you?
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