In this write-up we will go over the simple installation of TruCarbon’s carbon fiber steering wheel trim. -Click Here To View In Our Store- The only tools you’ll need for this install are a deep 8mm socket & a flathead. Start by removing the two plastic covers on either side of the back of the steering wheel right before the steering column. A flathead screwdriver is the best way to pry out those covers. Under the covers you will see an 8mm bolt on either side. Remove both of these bolts and pull the airbag section from the wheel.
Once you’ve pulled the center of the wheel out, remove the two wires by squeezing the clips holding them to the airbag.
After the airbag is free from the steering wheel pull the first trim piece off of the wheel. use a flathead or your nails to pull toward you, the trim pieces are held in by four posts.
Once the trim piece is free, unclip the buttons from the trim and insert them into the new carbon wheel spoke. Repeat the last steps for the other spoke & buttons.
For the lower wheel spoke you’ll need a flathead to pry it off, be gentle & take your time.
Reinstall the lower trim piece, the airbag, bolts, etc & you are done!
One of the most exciting changes on the new 2013 Mustang line are the new hood vents that come standard on the GT & Boss 302 Mustangs. These fully functional vents allow the engine bay to run a bit cooler which in turn improve intake temps and ultimately improve power and efficiency. Plus, they look plain awesome. Changing the vents to black or any other color is a breeze since these vents are easily removed with a deep 8mm socket and by un-clipping them from the hood. Follow along below to see how it’s done in a few easy steps.
We sell the factory OEM Ford vents on our site unpainted, these are great for someone who wants to paint them a custom color themselves. You can find them here: http://www.stangmods.com/2013-Mustang-OEM-Hood-Vents-sold-in-pairs-p/2303.htm
8mm deep socket
Ratcheting socket wrench
Start by removing all of the clips holding the under-hood insulation on. Leave the bottom row attached, as you just need to remove enough to get to the bolts and clips holding the vents on.
Next, remove the 8mm nuts on the bottom of each vent. On the passenger side, remove the plastic clip holding the washer fluid line in place.
Once the nuts are removed, squeeze the clips on either side of the vents and push upwards, use your other hand to pull gently from the top side of the hood to free the vents from the hood itself. Do not use too much force, patience is key here.
Once the vents are free of all their clips, they will easily come free of the hood. Reinstalling the new vents is just the reverse of the steps above. Make sure you get all the clips snug when installing the new vents and remember to reinstall the 8mm nuts on the bottom of the vents as well as the washer line on the passenger side vent.
Here are photos of the factory painted vents and the new vents we installed (factory unpainted). In the next few weeks we will be posting new vent finishes including matte black and carbon fiber. Stay tuned!
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.
- 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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Our latest write-up goes over the process of installing a Mach 1 style chin spoiler on a 1999-2004 Mustang. StangMods carries high quality ABS plastic Mach 1 style lip spoilers with an OEM style textured finish. Not the glossy finish many aftermarket companies sell. Each of our chin spoiler kits comes included with push pin fasteners for a tight fit. This chin spoiler will give the front of your 99-04 Mustang a clean yet sporty look. You can find our chin spoilers for 99-04 here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Chin-Spoiler-for-99-04-p/00084.htm and the same chin spoiler for 96-98 Mustangs here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Chin-Spoiler-for-94-98-Mustangs-p/00542.htm
- Duct Tape
- Push Pin Fasteners
- 1/4″ Drill Bit
First start off by securing the vehicle on a level surface. Make sure the car is in gear and the parking brake is engaged.
Raise the front of the car so that you may have adequate space to work underneath the front bumper.
Mock fit the chin spoiler to the front bumper. It is easier if two people are handling the chin spoiler.
When you get the spoiler positioned to your liking, use duct tape to secure it to the bumper. (Tape will be removed later)
Drill ¼” holes into the bottom of the front bumper at each Chin Spoiler screw location.
Finally, insert pushpin fasteners into the holes on the bumper to secure the chin spoiler.
The last step is to remove the duct tape you used earlier to secure the chin spoiler to the bumper.
This completes the installation process.
This write-up goes over the process of smoking out your tail lights with vinyl overlays. After attempting to use the “spray-on” tint, we found the vinyl overlays to be a much easier and better looking method to adding some style to the rear of your Mustang. Not only do vinyl overlays look better and offer a non-permanent way to tint your lights, our heavy-duty thick vinyl tint protects your lenses from scratches, rocks and clouding. It is important to note that the instructions below are the same regardless of which model year lenses you are applying the vinyl to.
- Spray bottle with warm water and three drops of liquid soap.
- Squeege for installation (included with tints)
- Windex or rubbing alcohol
- Paper Towels
First off, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the surface of the lens in which you are applying the tint to. We recommend using rubbing alcohol or windex. Make sure each lens is clean and dry before attempting to install vinyl overlays.
Next, peel off the paper backing from the tint. Be careful not to touch the adhesive side with any foreign surface. Grease from your fingers or dust can cause bubbling.
Now generously spray the soapy/water solution onto the adhesive side of the tint film and the lens you are working on.
Once both surfaces are wet, align the tint overlay on the lens you are working on. If the film slides freely, there is too much solution. Wait for it to dry out for a few minutes.
Once you have the optimum amount of solution and the film is where you want it on the lens, use the provided squeege to smooth the film over the lens you are working on. Start at the center of the lens and move outwards with the squeege. The goal is to remove as much solution from underneath the film. If the tint becomes misaligned, you may peel it up and re-apply it.
Finish your installation by installing the remaining tint pieces for each lens and thats all there is to it! If you are looking for vinyl Mustang tail light tint, check out StangMods’ huge selection of vinyl overlays for Mustangs of all years by clicking the link below.
Vinyl Tint Overlays at StangMods.com