Installing StangMods Bixenon HIDs in 05-09 Ford Mustangs

In this edition of writeups we go over the process of installing a Bixenon HID kit on a 2009 Mustang GT. This very popular modification was easy to install and required only a 10MM socket.

Tools Required:

  • 10MM Socket
  • Socket Extension

First take the wiring harness and position it on the passenger side near the fuse box cover. A majority of the connections will be made in this location.

Run the longer side of the harness over to the driver’s side of the vehicle. It is not important to tuck it away at this point.

Go back to the wires laid out on the passenger side. You’ll see two O ring terminals. You may have to push back the wire cover but you’ll see one is red and the other is black.

Using a 10MM socket, remove the bolt located on the inner fender. This is the location where you’ll connect the black ground wire with O ring terminal. Slip the O ring over the bolt as shown below and re-install the bolt.

Remove the cover on the fuse box located under the hood. There is a 10MM bolt circled in red below. Attach the red power wire with O ring terminal to this bolt. This is your power source.

The picture below shows our red O ring terminal power wire attached.

Next, you’ll want to remove the stock passenger side bulb. Simply turn the bulb counter-clockwise and it will come undone from the headlamp housing. Once you have the bulb removed, you’ll need to disconnect it from the stock harness. Use your thumb and press in the tab as shown below. While pressing the tab, gently pull the bulb away from the harness.

Take your new HID bulb and install it in the headlamp housing by turning it in clockwise.

Now, we’ll be connecting the H13 headlight plug from the HID harness to the stock passenger side harness as shown below. Simply plug the two connections in.

One of the last few steps for the passenger side is mounting your ballast. The picture below shows where we placed ours. There is more than enough space to drop in the ballast. Do not zip-tie it or bolt it in place just yet. The StangMods kit comes with both zip ties and brackets with hardware to mount your ballasts.

To finish up the installation on the passenger side, there are three plug-in connections that need to be made. Each of these connections are polarized; meaning they can only be plugged into each other one specific way. The first connection is from the bulb to the harness as shown below.

The next is the two separate plugs from the bulb to the ballast.

Finally, there is one remaining square plug from the HID harness. Connect it to the ballast as shown below.

Before buttoning everything up, check to make sure your passenger side HID bulb comes on and works.

After confirming the passenger side works, you can zip-tie all of the connections in place. Once everything is tucked away, it’ll be hard to notice the HID wiring.

Now we’ll begin on the driver side. We routed the harness over to the driver’s side following an OEM harness as pointed out in the picture below. Run the harness from HID underneath the radiator shroud cover.

To give us more space with the driver’s side headlamp area, remove the bolt holding the intake cover in place (use 10 MM socket and extension). You do not have to undo the intake completely. Simply remove the bolt and move the intake out of the way.

Remove the stock driver’s side bulb the same way you did the passenger side bulb. Undo the bulb from the harness and zip-tie the stock harness out of the way. It will not be used. You can now install the new HID bulb.

Now place the ballast in the location as shown below. There is just enough space for the ballast to fit in snugly. You can zip tie it to the large harness to keep it in place.

Next you’ll connect the driver’s side ground to the bolt on the inner fenderwell as shown below.

Finish up the process by making the same three plug-in connections that you made on the passenger side. Reinstall the stock intake and zip-tie any loose connections out of the way. This completes the full installation of your new HID kit.

Click Here to find our 05-09 Bixenon HID kit on StangMods.com

 

Installing Chrome/Amber Bulbs In 1999-2004 Mustangs

In this write up, we go over the installation process of the chrome/amber turn signal bulbs. Installation is very simple and no tools are required. These bulbs complement clear corner headlamps and turn signals very well. We installed the bulbs in our smoked clear corner headlamps for the 99-04 Mustang. The bulb will fit any application using a 3157 bulb type.

Tools Required:

  • None

First remove the two headlamp pins that secure the headlamp to the vehicle. Simply place your finger under the tab as shown below and pull up. There are two pins per headlamp. These are the only items securing the headlamp to the vehicle.

Once the pins are removed, gently slide the headlamps away from the body of the vehicle. It may take some effort, but eventually they will work free. Once you have some space, unplug the wiring harness from the headlamp bulb. Simply pull up on the tabs and gently release the harness.

Next, remove the wiring harness connected to the turn signal bulb. Depress the sides of the harness and gently pull it off the turn signal bulb. The picture below shows the harness removed from the bulb.

Turn the bulb counter clock-wise to remove it from the headlamp. The picture below shows the bulb partially removed from the housing.

The picture below shows the stock turn signal bulb located in its base. Gently pull the bulb out of the base to prepare for re-installation of the new turn signal bulb.

Take the new chrome/amber bulb and re-install it in the adapter. Be careful not to touch the bulb with your bare hands or fingertips. The new chrome/amber bulb installed is shown below.

Finally, reverse steps one through four and your installation is complete.

The new chrome/amber turn signal bulb shown in action below.

You can find our chrome/amber replacement bulbs here – http://www.stangmods.com/Chrome-Amber-3157-Bulbs-p/00729.htm

Installing Clear Or Smoked Rear Side Markers & LED Bulbs In 05-09 Mustangs

In this write-up we add a set of clear rear side markers and red led bulbs to our 2009 Mustang GT. Installation is very simple and takes virtually minutes to do. You can find our rear side marker/LED package here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Rear-Side-Marker-Lenses-Red-LED-Bulbs-p/00980.htm

Tools Required:

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Terry Cloth or Towel

The first step is removing the stock side marker. This is done by wrapping the end of a flat head screwdriver with a towel. Insert the end into the small gap where the sidemarker meets the body of the car and gently pull outward.

The sidemarker will be attached to the wiring harness from the vehicle. Depress the tab shown in the picture below and release the harness from the lens.

Now, remove the stock bulb housing from the lens by turning it counter clockwise. This is what you’ll be left with after removing the housing with bulb inside.

Now its time to get the clear lens and LED bulb ready for installation. Simply pull the stock halogen bulb out of its base and insert the new LED bulb. It’s important to note that the LED bulb will fit in the bulb housing two different ways, but only one way is correct. After installing the LED bulb in the small black housing, plug it into the sidemarker wiring harness. Use your key fob and unlock your doors. This will cause the LED bulb to come on. If it does not light up, then flip the position of the LED in the bulb housing.

Once you’ve done this, remove the bulb housing from the wiring harness and re-install it into the new clear side marker as shown below.

We’re almost done at this point. Take your new sidemarker with LED bulb installed and plug the sidemarker wiring harness back in.

The clear lens has an OEM fit. Simply push the lens back into place and you should hear/feel it snap in. It does not require much force to get it on so don’t force things!

Your installation is now complete!

You can purchase your sidemarker lenses and red led bulb from StangMods.com

Installing StangMods HID Foglight Conversion On 2010-2012 Mustang GTs

In this write-up, we go over the process of installing StangMods’ HID foglight kit in your 2010-2011 Mustang GT. We’ve gone over the write up for the headlight kit which can be found HERE.

The fog kit needs no wiring harness and uses the factory wiring harness plugs to get power to the ballasts. As you can see with the grill installed there is very little space behind the grill. It’s not possible to do this install without removing the grill. Removing the grill is the most difficult part of installing this HID kit. You have to remove two bolts that hold the grill on and then pop the grill loose from the retailing tabs all around the grill. Take care to not scratch your paint during the removal process.

Once the grill is removed, you can access the bulbs easily. You need to twist and remove the factory bulbs from the housing of the fogs and then install the HID bulbs into the housing by pressing them into the opening and twisting to lock. The HID bulbs again have a black and red wire coming off for connecting to the ballast.

Once you have the bulbs installed, you are ready to install the ballasts for your fog lights and connect the wires. The factory connector to the fog light plug connects to one of the connectors running off the ballast. This is the only confusing part of the install. The factory harness for each of the fogs has two different colored wires. On each side, the power wire is different color than the ground wire is. You have to be sure that the ground wire of the factory plug is aligned with the side of the HID harness that has the black ground wire. In my case, the ground wire was a grayish color with a yellow stripe. If you hook this backwards, the HID fog lights will not work. Be sure you test the fogs to ensure they work before you reinstall the grill.

The installation for both the right and left fog lights is the exact same. All of the connectors except the one where the factory fog light harness plugs in that I just mentioned are keyed. The other wiring connections can’t be installed wrong. Once you get the ballasts hooked up and the fogs work you can route the wires and reinstall the grill. I pushed the wires though a small opening between the radiator and the headlight assembly rather than wire the ballasts inside the radiator area. You can put the ballasts wherever the will safely fit and be secure.

After installing the wires, reinstalling the grill, and securing the ballast you are ready to reconnect the battery, put the radiator cover back on and you are done. The lights look really good and have lots more light than the factory halogen bulbs. Keep in mind when you look at the before and after photos below that my headlights and fogs are blackout tinted.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

 You’ll notice the HIDs provide a crisper, cooler-white light that makes night time driving safer and aesthetically pleasing.

You can find our many HID conversion kits for all years and models of Mustangs by clicking here: Mustang HIDs at StangMods.com

Installing StangMods’ Mustang Shorty Antennas

Installing a shorty antenna on your 94-09 Mustang is a very simple process that takes less than 5 minutes. We go over the process in this write-up.

Tools Required:

  • 3/8 Inch Wrench (optional)

The first step is getting the stock fishing rod-like antenna off of the vehicle. We were lucky and able to remove the antenna by using our bare thumb and index finger. Turn it counter clockwise and it will come right off. If you cannot unscrew it by hand, use a 3/8 wrench to do the job.

After unscrewing the stock antenna…

Your new shorty antenna comes with one threaded adapter base. Screw the fatter end of the threaded base into the stock antenna location as shown below.

Now, simply screw on the new shorty antenna onto the adapter base in a clock-wise motion.

Your installation is now complete!

You can find our universal fit shorty antennas here: StangMods Shorty Antennas On StangMods.com

Installing StangMods’ Mach 1 Grill Delete For 99-04 Mustangs

In this write-up we will go over the installation of our three piece Mach 1 Grille Delete Package. Our kit uses Ford OEM parts for great fit and finish as well as long term durability. This is one of our most popular sellers along with the Mach 1 lip spoiler. You can find our grill delete packages here: StangMods Grill Delete Packages

Tools Required:

  • 7MM Socket
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

First start off by removing the four plastic push screws from the top portion of the stock grille. After removing these four screws, you will see two more push pin screws on each side. (Do not break these as they will be reused). The easiest method is to use a flat head screw driver to gently pry them up from underneath.

Now you are going to remove the four bolts holding the factory grill in place. They are a little awkward to get to so we recommend pulling the stock grill forward enough so you can reach down and remove the 7MM bolts with a socket.

Take the top center section and install it using the two push pins at the lower section of the grille delete.  Next, you will install the “U” shaped section. Reinstall it using the two push pins that were holding the stock grill on at the top. Make sure the four bottom posts are inserted into the bottom portion of the bumper. Remove the backing off of the 3M tape and push securely against the bumper to ensure a flush fit.

Finally, mount the running pony with the two new bolts using the phillips head screwdriver. You are now done with the installation.