Boss 302 Mustang Grille Installation (2013-14 GT & V6)

Posted 9/24/2013 by Jeff Jimenez

Give the exterior of your 2013-14 Mustang GT or V6 some aggressive styling with the help of the Boss 302 grille. See the installation article and video here!

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The 2013 Boss Grille Kit can really set your car apart from the crowd. The Boss grille is designed to delete the fog lights; however, with a little research and installation time we found that you can retain your factory LED fog lights if you choose. We also found the easiest installation method is to remove the front bumper. Removing the front bumper is a breeze and can easily be done in your home garage or driveway. If you are thinking about adding the Boss grille we would suggest you look at adding the 2013 Boss Chin Spoiler for that extra wow factor.

Bumper Removal

Start by removing the plastic radiator cover. It is held in place by 7 push pins. You can simply pull up on the center pin with your fingernails or with a flathead screwdriver. With the center pin pulled up you can now pull the full pin out. Set the radiator cover aside once you remove all the pins. NOTE: There are a lot of push pins, similar screws and bolts used in the install. It is a good idea to separate and/or store each component’s hardware accordingly. Next you need to remove the upper bumper cover hardware that is located under the radiator cover. The upper bumper cover is held in place by 4 screw head push pins and 4 bolts. Simply take a philps head screwdriver and loosen the screw type push pin and pull up to remove. Use a socket and ratchet to remove the four 7mm bolts and you are done on the top of the bumper.

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Next you will need to jack the car up for better access to the underside of the bumper cover. With the Mustang on jack stands for safety, you can now remove the hardware holding the bumper to the wheel well liner. Remove the (3) 7mm screws holding the bumper to the wheel well. Repeat on other wheel well. Next you can move under the car. You will need to remove the rear air diffuser bolts (5 in total – 7mm). There is one on each side near the wheel well and the rest are in the center near the k member. You have now removed all mounting hardware that holds the bumper in place.

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With the hardware removed, you can now start to pull the bumper away from the car. Start by working the wheel well liner away from the bumper. The corner of the front bumper cover that attaches to the fender snaps in and out of place. Gently pull this section away from the bumper. Once you break both corners lose you can now pull up and away on the upper bumper cover to pull the bumper cover off the car. Do not pull away too hard because the Fog Lights, ambient air sensor and park lights are still connected to the wiring harness. If you have a helper, have them disconnect the harness. If not you will need to prop the bumper cover up onto something to keep it from scratching on the ground. Start with the park lights as this gives you more flexibility to reach the other harness connections. With everything disconnected you can set the whole bumper cover and air diffuser aside.

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Boss 302 Grille Installation

With the bumper cover sitting on the ground you now have easy access to the rear section of the grille. To start the installation, removed both fog lights (if you haven’t seen the 2013 LED fog lights sit and admire the HUGE heat sink on the back). They are held in place by 3 bolts -7mm. You can now move on to popping the grille retaining tabs loose. These may leave saying a few unpleasant words but trust me it’s worth it in the end. The easiest way we found to get these to pop loose is to get a flathead screwdriver and insert it between the tab and the grille bracket. While prying them apart, push the tab forward away from the bumper cover. The more tabs you loosen the tighter and more in a bind the rest of the tabs get. This made the last two or three tabs the worst. With all the tabs lose you are now in the home stretch. Take the Boss grille and clean the area that new tri-bar pony emblem will go. We recommend an alcohol based solution that will remove any finger prints and won’t leave a film behind. Once clean, carefully line up the emblem and press it into place. Hold pressure on the whole emblem for a couple second are you are done. You can now snap the new 2013 Boss Grille into place.

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The next step is to decide if you want to install the fog light deletes or retain your factory fog lights. To retain the fog lights you will need to cut a tab off the grille and can’t go back to using the fog light deletes. To install the fog light deletes, simply snap them into place from the outside of the grille. NOTE: the fog light deletes are labeled on the package left (driver’s side) and right (passenger side). If you are choosing to keep the fog lights, see the picture below to see the plastic tab that you will need to cut. We used a Dremel tool to cut the plastic but there are plenty of other ways to cut the plastic tab off. With the tab cut off you can now re-install the fog lights. You will notice the fog light touches the upper corner of the fog light bezel on the grille. You could trim this back a little as well but we decided against cutting the grille any more than needed. You can now re-install your front bumper and begin working in reverse of the bumper removal to re-install you bumper cover with the new Boss Grille.

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Published on 2013-09-24
13-14 Mustang Boss 302 Grille
Part # LRS-8200BB
Brand: Ford
Fits: Mustang GT, Mustang V6, Boss 302 Mustang
Year Models: 2013 (13) - 2014 (14)

Upgrade your Mustang GT or Mustang V6 with the Boss 302 Grille or Boss 302S Grille. They will set your Mustang apart from the crowd and give you a much more aggressive race inspired appearance. The 2013 Boss 302 Grille features the OEM Ford Boss 302 Grille, Mustang Running Pony Emblem and Fog Light Deletes (Block off plates).

FORD RACING BOSS 302S GRILLE
Part #: M8200MBRA M-8200-MBRA
Brand: Ford Racing
Fits: Mustang GT, Mustang V6, Boss 302 Mustang
Year Models: 2013 (13) - 2014 (14)

If you want to go for the "ultra" aggressive look, look no further than the Ford Racing Boss 302s Grille! This Boss 302 Grille features a more open design to let more airflow through the grille for improved cooling. This is the same grille featured on the Boss 302S race cars and is a popular upgrade for 13-14 Boss 302 owners. With the stock grille, the Mustang Boss 302 can overheat when driven hard on the track. This Boss 302S grille helps to remedy that by opening up the fog light block-offs & replacing them with wire mesh. The area around the grille emblem is opened up in between the slats to help even further. The grille comes finished in trim black, but can be painted to match if you desire. This grille is an upgrade for 2013-2014 Mustang GT.
Transcript
2013 and '14 Mustang GTs were equipped with your standard-issue honeycomb grille with a running grille pony and fog lights. But nobody wants standard issue. One of our favorite upgrades is the Boss 302-style grille.

Our '13 and '14 Boss 302 Grille Kit includes the grille, the fog light block-offs, and the emblem. This grille can also be modified to leave out the fog light block-offs by removing the tab, and you can use your factory fog lights.

The Ford Racing Boss 302S-style grille takes the factory Boss 302 grille and adds wire mesh to the fog light openings for all you track guys that need the utmost in cooling efficiency. It also includes the emblem. Both grilles are direct-fit upgrades for '13 and '14 GTs, as well as being direct replacements for '13 and '14 Boss 302s.

Installation can be done with the bumper cover in place. But trust me, it does make it a little bit easier if you go ahead and pull the bumper cover off. And the installation can be completed in less than an hour in your driveway with hand tools.

Go on over to latemodelrestoration.com and check out more exterior appearance upgrades for your Mustang.