I was slightly disappointed that my stock MCA grille on my 2011 V6 Mustang was made of plastic. But its the same on the more expensive California Special edition also. However I was looking for a delete on the pony emblem and I also wanted the darker look of black. The 2011 V6 front fascia is quite awesome to start with. Many people are saying it looks better than the GT front fascia. I happen to agree and I think it starts to look a bit like the GT 500 front fascia.
Time needed: (60 to 90 minutes)
* Flat and Philips head screw drivers
* Phillips head bit attachment
* Drill bit 3/16” bit attachment
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Remove your new grille pieces from the shipping boxes.
Stock MCA Grille Detail front.
Pop open the hood and prop it up. You will find 8 flush mount plastic rivets, holding the radiator cover to the top of the bumper. These pins are removed by sliding the flat head screw driver under the flush mount head. Remove the 8 pins and then pull of the plastic shield.
Pull the cover off the car.
Open the plastic clips around the grille by placing your flathead screwdriver under the flap of the clip and pulling back. As you do this push the head of the clip past the flap. This will need to be done all around the grille.
Pull the top grille out as you get the tabs pulled. Put a cloth underneath so you do not scratch your paint!
Here you can see the mounting holes the tabs go in.
Now move onto the bottom grille. It has the same tab structure as the top grille. Be careful with the lower grille as the tabs are smaller and more delicate than the top grille.
You also have to pull the air sensor. It will remount in one of those empty tabs now. I got a sharpe marker and colored the sensors white tabs black.
Now place the new lower Grille in place and drill pilot holes for the mounting screws. See arrow for location. The Center Hole was not used on the 2011 Mustang.
Take Note Here. Some of the screws had a head on them that did not fit between the Grille’s bars. If you are not in a hurry check your screws for fitment before you start the project and if they do not fit then go out and buy some new ones.
The only other example on the internet for this install has the top Grille going back on without the stock frame around it. It was done on a black car so you do not notice the gaps so much but for any other colored car I would suggest you reuse the factory grille frame. You start by taking the old grille out of the frame.
The Pony badge has two nuts you can turn off with a pair of pliers. I chose not to reuse the badge and keep the car less identifiable.
After you pull the old one out then you mount the new one.
Note: the screws will also have to go through the bumper frame.
Here is the top billet grille mounted inside the factory grille frame.
Now drill the holes in the bumper and then push the whole unit back into the factory tab slots.
Enjoy your new look.