(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com, and today we have a review and install of the SpeedForm Upper Overlay Grille in Polished, fitting your '15 to '17 F-150 XLT and 2017 F-150 XL with the STX package. Keep in mind this will only fit grilles with the five bar design. This grille overlay is perfect for those looking to boost their truck's appearance, make it a little bit more flashy with this chrome, and wants a simple-to-install and budget-friendly grille overlay. This 7-piece grille overlay features a classic chrome horizontal bar design that will add some detail to your grille. It's constructed from durable billet aluminum, and features a bright mirror polished finish. So, as far as price goes, this one comes in at around $125, making it a budget-friendly option. This is gonna save you a bunch of money over a complete grille replacement. I'm giving this install one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install with no cutting or drilling required, and can be done within two hours.So, with that said, let's jump into our install. For this install, we used an impact gun, but a ratchet will work just fine. You'll also need 10-millimeter, 8-millimeter and 7-millimeter sockets, an extension, a Phillips head screwdriver, and a pop clip removal tool. All right, so the first step in our install is to grab your pop clip removal tool and remove all of the pop clips that hold on our rad support cover. All right, so we're gonna start with these two pop clips that holds on this part of the intake. It's also holds on the rad support cover, so they need to come off as well. Moving along, there are three in this channel back here. You wanna make sure to remove these. Then moving around to the rest of the pop clips holding on the cover. Then you can lift up this part of the intake, you don't need to remove it, and slide out the cover. Now we can remove our grille, and before we do that, we wanna make sure to unplug both of these connectors first, so we're not wrestling them later.Next up, we can remove the four 10-millimeter bolts that hold on the top of the grille. Grab your 10-millimeter socket, and let's get these out. Next up, we have to remove a pop clip holding on this trim piece so we can get it out of the way and remove the final bolts holding the grille in. Now, you don't have to remove this completely if you don't want. We just need to remove that 8-millimeter bolt down there, so grab an 8-millimeter socket and an extension, and let's pull this out. Repeat that on the other side. All right, so at this point, we can remove our grille. Now, there are plastic tabs going down right along the top, so you wanna lift it up and then pull it out. Okay, next up, we can remove the shutter assembly from our grille by removing these 10-millimeter nuts. Grab your 10-millimeter socket and let's get these off. All right, you also have to remove these four pop clips that hold on each grille to the top, using your pop clip removal tool.Once those are off, you can go ahead and pull the shutter assembly off the grille. All right, now you can grab each piece and lay them into the grille, and we're gonna attach them from the back. Now, each one lines up only one way in this grille, so just pay attention to the sides of the lines so that they contour the edges. You'll also have cutouts for where the emblem is. Make sure you're using the proper one. And the sides of the emblem will be the shorter pieces. And then this final piece sits on the bottom here, which we're gonna attach from the back. All right, insert the screw through the front of the grille. Then we're gonna insert this bracket through the back of the screw, and make sure it's grabbing each side of the plastic grille with its edges. That's how it attaches. And then using one of the included nuts, thread it on the back of our long screw. We can install this loosely for now and we'll come back and tighten it down later.Moving on to the center portion of this lower grille, you will need one of the longer screws here, there are shorter ones and longer ones, just to reach through the back of that bracket, and then install the bracket and nut the same way that you did to the previous one. Repeat that with the next two mounting points on the lowest portion of the grille. This one will also be a larger one in the center, and then the smaller one towards the outside edge.All right, moving up to the section just above it, we're gonna install the brackets and the screws the same as the lowest one. These are gonna be all the same size. And again, we're going loosely for now, and we'll flip the grille and tighten it down once everything is installed. Moving on to the second mounting point, there are four on this section of the grille as well. Moving on up to the next section, just repeat this until all of your brackets are installed.Now, this very top grille portion, there are three rather than four mounting points, beside the middle and the other side, so make sure you install all those as well. All right, at this point you can grab a Phillips head screwdriver and a 7-millimeter socket or a wrench, and tighten these down. Just make sure they're grabbing both sides of the grille, and remember that they are plastic, so we don't wanna over tighten. At this point, you can flip your grille over and then lay over top the shutter portion of your grille. Make sure it goes over all of the studs in the grille and lines up with the holes for your pop clips. Grab your pop clips and reinstall them into your grille. Now you can reinstall the washers and the lock nut that go over top of the factory stud. Then with your 10-millimeter socket, tighten them down, and just be careful not to over tighten, because they are going into plastic. Repeat that on the other side.All right, at this point, you can grab your grille and lay it back on your truck. Just remember the plastic posts have to clear up top, and you may need to move the side panels out of the way a little bit. All right, now I can reinstall the bolts that go on to the bottom part of the grille. They are in there pretty deep, so if you didn't take this panel off, you might want to use an extension socket to get them started. Then with an 8-millimeter socket, tighten them down. Pop back on this plastic piece, and then make sure this hole is lined up, and reinstall your pop clip. Line back up your clips, and reinstall the pop clip. All right, reinstall the bolts holding in the top of your grille, and grab your 10-millimeter and tighten them down. Reinstall the factory connectors that go to the grille, and reinstall the rad support cover. It may take a bit to maneuver it to where it sits underneath this intake portion, but line up all the holes and reinstall the pop clips.So, with the rad support cover reinstalled, you can close the hood, and that is gonna do it for the review and install of this overlay grille. And remember, for all things Ford, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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