Installing StangMods’ Vinyl Lower Bumper Insert for 99-04

 

Mustang Vinyl Lower Rear Bumper Insert Installation

 Tools Required:

  • Squeeggee
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid soap
  • Terry cloth or towel

First start off by making your soapy solution by combining three to four drops of dishwashing detergent with warm water

Next, you’ll want to thouroughly clean and prep the area for instalaltion. Use alcohol to clean any dirt or debris from the lower bumper area.

Once everything is nice and dry, you’ll now be ready for installation. Peel off the backing of the vinyl overlay. Be careful not to let it touch any surface other than the vehicle.

Spray the soapy solution over the entire lower bumper area.

Align the vinyl in place and use a squeegee to apply it to the vehicle.  Work from the center of the vinyl to the edges, slowly pushing any air bubbles and excess solution out from under the decal. It may take a few minutes until the vinyl begins to adhere to the vehicle.

Finish up by wiping off any excess solution from the body of your Stang.

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Installing Vinyl Mustang Bumper Inserts on 99-04 Mustangs

Installing Mustang vinyl bumper inserts is probably one of the simplest modifications that can be done to your 99-04 Mustang. We go over the rather quick process in this installation write-up.

Tools Required:

  • Spray Bottle
  • A couple of drops of liquid soap
  • Q Tip
  • Hair dryer or heat gun (optional)

You first want to make sure the letter area on your rear bumper is completely clean and dry. This is absolutely important to ensure the letters adhere to the bumper properly. After this is done, you’ll want to mix a warm water and liquid soap solution and put it in a spray bottle. Any liquid soap will work.

Next, take your water/soap solution and spray down the letter area on your rear bumper. It is better to work with one letter at a time. Here we are starting with the M.

Once the area is wet, take the vinyl bumper letter and peel off the thicker paper backing as shown below.

Now, line up the vinyl letter with the indentation on the bumper. Take your time and be patient as you want to make sure the letters are lined up correctly.

Once the letter is lined up with the indentation in the bumper, take your q-tip and begin smoothing out the letter onto the bumper.  Work from the center towards the sides. Try to get as much as the liquid solution out from the letter.

It is important to note that if you are working in temperatures below 60 degrees, you may want to use a hair dryer or heat gun to help warm up the vinyl. This makes it easier to adhere to the bumper.

Once the letter is firmly in place, you can peel off the transfer tape. Start peeling the paper away slowly. If the vinyl letter stays in place on the bumper then you can remove the rest of the transfer tape.

Repeat the above process for the rest of the letters. Take your time with the “G” as it is more difficult to line up correctly. After your done, you’ll be left with this:

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Installing Reverse Glow Gauges in 99-04 Ford Mustangs

The white face reverse glow gauges are a popular item for 94-09 Mustangs. Follow along as we install a set courtesy of Stack Racing.

Tools Required:

  • T15 Torx Head and Driver
  • Drill and metal bit
  • Soldering gun or Quick Splice Connectors
  • Thin Allen Wrench or Paper Clip

First you’ll want to disconnect your battery by removing the negative terminal first and then the positive side. It is a good idea to disconnect your battery whenever you are working on your Mustang’s electronics. Wait 15 minutes after disconnecting your battery before you being the install.

Remove the headlight knob to the left of the steering wheel. Pull the knob out in the “lights on” position and rotate the knob counter-clockwise until the slit is facing towards the driver’s side door. Inside the slit is a metal clip. Using a thin object (allen wrench works great), release the clip by gently lifting the clip outward towards the driver’s side door. While you do this, pull firmly on the headlight knob. This should release the knob and it should slide right off.

Now, remove the two screws holding the dash panel to the dash with the T15 torx bit and driver. Once removed, the entire panel can be taken out by firmly pulling straight out. This will release the clips and pins which also secure it in place. The torx screws are shown circled in red below.

We will be removing the gauge cluster from the dash. Begin by removing the (4) T15 torx screws which secure the cluster to the dash. Once you remove the screws, gently pull the cluster away but do not completely remove. There are two electrical plugs that need to be disconnected before you can remove the gauge cluster from the vehicle. The torx screws which need to be removed are circled in red below.

The two connectors which need to be unplugged are shown circled in red below.

Using the T15 torx bit and driver, remove the (8) Torx screws holding the clear lens onto the gauge cluster. Once all are removed, gently remove the clear lens.

Now we will begin installing the new white face gauges. The great thing about our design is you do not need to remove your needles for installation! Start with the fuel and temperature gauge section and slip the insert over the existing gauges as shown below. You can then move onto the other sections. Take your time and be careful with the needles so that they are not accidently broken.

Once the new white face gauges are in place, reassemble the gauge cluster unit by reinstalling the clear lens and replacing the (8) torx screws which held it on. Finally, the hard part is over! Next, we’ll be wiring up your new white face gauges.

We will be wiring the gauges to the headlight control unit. First, remove the headlight control unit by removing the two metric hex bolts shown circled below. Once removed, gently slide the unit out. The harness attached to the headlight control unit is shown below. You want to connect the red (positive) wire coming from the invertor included with your new gauges to the large gray wire that is located on the headlight control unit harness. Attach the black wire coming from the invertor to any good ground source. You can choose to drill a small hole in the chassis and attach the ground wire with an O ring terminal or you can tap into the black wire located on the headlight control unit harness (simplest way).

We are almost done at this point. Attach the clips coming from your new gauges to the clips on the new gauge harness. There maybe some extras but its not a big deal. This is a good time to test your electrical connections. You will need to plug the harnesses going into the gauge cluster back in and then reattach the positive and negative connections on your battery. Turn your lights on and hopefully your new white face gauges come to life!

Once everything checks out, you’ll finish the install by reversing the initial steps gone over at the beginning of this guide. Thats all there is to it! In under an hour, you can totally transform the cockpit of your Mustang.

Write up courtesy of StackRacing. You can purchase your white face reverse glow gauges at StangMods.com. The direct link to each specific model gauge is below:

1999-2004 Mustang GT Gauges

1999-2004 Mustang V6 Gauges

1996-1998 Mustang GT Gauges

1994-1995 Mustang GT Gauges

1994-1998 Mustang V6 Gauges

Installing Vinyl Rear Decklid Panels on 99-04 Mustangs

Our popular 99-04 vinyl decklid panel is a fast and affordable way to give your Mustang an aggressive look & stand out from the crowd. This automotive grade (wont leave nasty residue) adhesive vinyl covering comes in either gloss black, carbon fiber or matte black. All of our vinyl overlays come with a free squeegee to help with the install. These decklid overlays are a very popular seller and have been a huge success over the years for V6, GT, and Cobras alike. Check out our full line of dress-up vinyl overlays here: http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Graphics-Vinyl-s/224.htm

Tools Required:

  • Squeegee (Included)
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid soap
  • Terry cloth or towel

 

First remove any and all emblems including the Ford Oval emblem and any other emblem that your   specific model came with. Also remove your license plate.

Next, use rubbing alcohol to wash all wax and dirt from the surface where the decklid panel will be installed.

Make a soapy solution of by combining three to four drops of dish washing detergent with warm water.

Spray the solution over the decklid area where the new vinyl overlay will be installed.

Once the area is saturated, start with one section at a time and peel off the paper backing material from the black vinyl.

Align the vinyl in place and use a squeegee to apply it to the vehicle.  Work from the center of the vinyl to the edges, slowly pushing any air bubbles and excess solution out from under the decal. Please be patient with this procedure. It may take several minutes for the vinyl to finally adhere. Repeat this procedure for the other two sections and your done!

Use your terry cloth towel to wipe off any excess solution from your Stang.

Visit StangMods to purchase your Vinyl Mustang Decklid Trim Panel and other Mustang vinyl decals

StangMods Mach 1 Front Lip On 2000-2004 Focus

We had yet another customer find a fit for our Mach 1 Chin Spoilers, this time on a 2001 Focus! The lip fits perfectly & looks great. If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive mod to give your Focus some added style, look no further than our high quality OEM textured Mach 1 lip. You can find our Mach 1 chin spoilers HERE on our site. They ship free in the lower 48 US states and come with installation hardware. Check out the photos below:

Fabricating HIDs Into 1999-2004 Non-Halo Projector Headlamps

In this write-up, we go over the process of fabricating an HID kit into a Non-Halo Projector headlight for 1999-2004 Mustangs. The install is very similar to the Dual Halo Projector + HID write up we did earlier. It is important to note that the Non-Halo Projectors in this write up use an H3 bulb while the Dual Halo Projectors use an H1 bulb.

 

Tools Required

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Dremel Tool with Circular Bit
  • Adhesive Sealant

Your first step in fabricating the projector housings is to remove the cover off the back of the headlamps. This is done by removing the five phillips head screws as shown circled below.

Once you’ve removed the five screws, the cover will pop right off and the picture below shows exactly what your left with. You’ll need to remove the black ground wire and stock halogen bulb (both circled in red) to prepare the housing for the new HID bulb and wiring.

Give the black wire a gentle tug and it will come loose. The bulb has to be removed from the housing by releasing the metal clip holding it in place. Depress the metal clip and the bulb will come free. Once you have the bulb free from the housing, you want to remove it from the blue power wire. This is done by taking your needle nose pliers and gently opening the female connector as shown below. Just a slight opening will allow you to remove the bulb.

Now, you are left with one blue power wire and one black ground wire as shown below. The HID bulb is now ready to be installed into the projector.

Insert the bulb in the projector and secure it by re-installing the metal clip. Please note,  the bulb fits into the housing correctly only one way. You should not have to force the bulb for it fit. This is what the headlamp looks like with the HID bulb installed.

At this point, we are almost done. Now you need to create an opening in the cover that you removed in the first step. This is required for the HID wires to pass through. Take the cover and measure 2″ from the top and 3/4″ from the right side exactly as shown in the picture below. Mark the intersection of these two locations. This is where you will need to create your opening. Please note, we are measuring from the top where the three screw tabs are located. If you accidentally take your measurements from the bottom side, then your opening will be in the wrong location.

We are using a 300 series dremel to make quick work of the opening. Notice the bit we are using.

You want to create an opening that is roughly the diameter of a quarter. It does not need to be pretty or perfectly circular. Your main concern is creating the opening in the right location. Use the dremel tool at a moderate speed and take your time.

Once you’ve got your hole cut and you’ve verified its large enough, pass the two wires coming off of the HID bulb and the blue power and black ground wire from the headlamp through the opening and re-attach the cover using the five phillips head screws you took off in the first step.

Use the adhesive sealant to seal up the opening in the cover. Be generous with the material and overlap the edges to create an air tight seal.

Your final step in the fabrication process is to connect the power and ground wires from the headlamp and HID harness. Take the red wire with male connector from the HID harness and plug it into the blue wire with female connector coming from the headlamp. Next, take the black wire with male connector coming from the HID harness and plug it into the black wire with female connector coming from the headlamp. The connections are shown below.

Pull the silicone sheathing over the connections to avoid contact between the power and ground wires as shown below.

Follow the same procedure outlined above for the other headlamp and your fabrication will be complete. The last step is to obviously install them in your Mustang! Here is the projector on our workbench with a 10K HID bulb installed.

How To Install Map Light/Dome Bulbs in 2005-2012 Mustangs

This installment of writeups goes over the installation of LED dome light bulbs on the 2005-2009 Mustangs.

Tools Required:

  • None

You first want to remove the cover to access the dome bulbs. Simply grasp the cover firmly and pull down.

Next, use your thumb or a thin point and depress the tab holding the harness to the grey connector. Once you release the tab, gently pull the dome bulb cover away.

Take the assembly to a clean work area to prepare the installation of the new bulbs. There are two separate bulbs in the housing. Remove the bulbs by pulling them straight out.

Now, remove the stock bulbs and re-install your new LED bulbs. Once this is done, you are now ready to re-install the dome housing back into the vehicle. Remember to plug the grey connector back in the harness. Finally, line up the tabs on the dome housing as shown below.

Check to make sure your lights work and that completes the installation. Now you have a brighter light to help make things easier to see inside your Stang!

You can find our LED map light/dome bulbs by clicking the following links: White LED Map/Dome BulbsBlue LED Map/Dome Bulbs