Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be working with the SpeedForm Upper Replacement Grille in Gloss Black, fitting all '15 to '17 F-150s excluding the Raptor models. Now this is going to be perfect for the F-150 owner that's looking for a drop-in replacement grille that takes that factory styling and adds to it with that subtle gloss black.
So what do we have here with the SpeedForm upper grille? As you can see, this is going to take that three-bar factory styling and basically keep it on the front of your truck. This is a great look, I think Ford really nailed it with this front end. And this grille is going to keep that factory look as this looks like it could have come right off the factory floor.
Just like the factory grille, this is made out of durable automotive grade ABS plastic but rather than factory grille, this is going to spot that awesome gloss black finish that would match that and gloss blackout look perfectly. Now, like I said earlier, this is going to be a drop-in direct replacement for the factory grille. So whether or not your factory grille is damaged or you're just looking for the styling upgrade, this is going to be a great option. And I really think this builds off the styling of that factory grille. We're gonna put the two side by side in just a second here so you could see the improvements, not only that gloss black versus the matte black that was on our '17 XL here but you're gonna see some very subtle styling differences like the inclusion of these extra slats here which I think add to the look as well. Safe to say our grille here looks right at home on the front of our F-150.
Now one thing I really like about this one is it is designed with factory options in mind. If you have a forward facing camera, this is going to accommodate that perfectly with this cutout here right beneath the Ford emblem. Now if the gloss black isn't for you, SpeedForm gets it, they also manufacture this in a couple different options as well. Not only do you have the chrome but you also have a matte black option so you have that choice whichever is going to fit your F-150 best.
So before we move on to the price here, there is one thing I did want to make a note of, this grille does not include this Ford emblem that you saw here. We took this off of our factory grille and transferred it over. I'm gonna show you how to do that in just a second. But with that being said, pricing for just the grille portion here and this also doesn't include the shutter assembly which we're also going to be transferring over, it's going to come in right around that $200 mark and for what you're getting, that is a great price. Like I said, this is gonna be great if you're just going for the replacement, if your factory grille is damaged or if you're looking for that styling upgrade this a great option and at 200 bucks you really can't go wrong. This is a cost-effective way to upgrade the front end of your truck.
Install for this is gonna be pretty easy, we're looking at one out of three wrenches here at most with basic hand tools, this should take you about an hour. And we're gonna be using a lot of factory hardware here. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you will need and how it's done.
Tools required for this install are going to be an impact, small extension, ratchet, trim panel removal tool, 10, 8, and 7-millimeter sockets. And lastly, like I said, we're gonna be transferring over that Ford emblem, so the grille is going to be faced down on that emblem. I put a microfiber rags down just to protect that a little bit.
So the first step to our install here, obviously we're gonna pop the hood and then we could go about removing all the push pins on the top of our grille here and there are plenty of them. I'm gonna use a trim panel removal tool to get them out of there. So we're gonna remove these two holding on the air dam here. Also this guy on the body color piece right here needs to come out as well because we'll be pulling this back to get at the hardware to remove the grille. Now this is ripped a little bit but this piece here should be underneath this push pin, so we're gonna remove that too. Same thing on the other side. So now I'm just gonna pull up on the ram air here, back that toward the truck and then lift up and it should pull right off.
So now you can see there is four bolts holding our grille onto the truck here, the outside two are 8 millimeters and these inside two are 10. Now we have to disconnect these two plugs, and to do that, just push down on the tab to release, then pull straight up.
So like I said earlier, there's still some hardware for our grille underneath this blue body color headlight surround piece. Now we need to get that outta here. We already removed that push pin that holds it on up top, we're just gonna come to the wheel well, there's two 7-millimeter bolts holding it on back here then we could just pry the whole thing off.
So now we have all the hardware removed, we're just gonna grab an edge and it should pop loose. That piece should pull right off the truck. Same thing for the other side. So now we can see the rest of our hardware here. We removed this push pin earlier, there's two more, one here and one here. We're gonna remove those right now and then we're gonna come down here with an extension and the 8-millimeter socket again and get this bolt out of the way too. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. That should be it as far as hardware holding on our grille. So we're just gonna grab the slats here and pull straight back, this should come right off the truck.
So now we have our factory grille off the truck. And I have it on the table and you can see on the back of it we have this huge shutter assembly here, that's just for some aerodynamics. We have to transfer that over to our new grille, it's held on with four push pins across the top and in each corner, there is a 10-millimeter nut. So we're gonna remove the four push pins and the nuts and transfer this over to our new grille. Now ours is missing but right in the middle here in between the two sets of shutters on either side, there should be an 8-millimeter bolt there, get that out of the way and then we can pull the grille and the shutter assembly apart.
So now we need to transfer over our emblem as our new grille doesn't come with one. And you want to be careful when you're doing this, it's held on with these two 10-millimeter nuts right here, but these are special. Basically, when Ford puts the emblem on at the factory, that cuts its own threads into these two plastic studs. So do not use the impact when removing these, remove them with hand tools. You don't want to damage these studs or basically your Ford emblem is going to be trash and we're gonna have to find another way to stick it on. So I have the ratchet, we're just gonna take those off gently. Then we can lift up our grille and our Ford emblem should slide right out.
So now our new SpeedForm grille is about ready to be assembled on the table and dropped onto our truck. But before we do that, I figure now will be the perfect time to put it next to our factory XL grille and point out some of the key differences here and they are few and far between. This SpeedForm is designed to be a direct replacement and it is very similar to the factory grille here and we're gonna start with the build quality. Both of these are made out of durable automotive grade ABS plastic. It's hard to convey on camera but the quality of the plastics in our new SpeedForm feel exactly like the factory grille here. No doubts about the build quality on our new grille, really well made. Now another similarity between these two and one that I really like, our new SpeedForm does have a cutout for that forward facing camera. So if your truck is optioned with that, our '17 F-150 isn't, you get to keep that feature.
So now moving on to differences here, there is a little bit difference in the styling of the looks between the factory grille and our new SpeedForm grille, there's a little bit more slats between these horizontal bars and you lose this honeycomb on the sides. But other than that, they're pretty much gonna be the same exact thing. And lastly, the biggest difference is going come in the styling department, it's the most obvious, it's the matte black versus the gloss black here. So without any further ado, we're gonna drop in our Ford emblem, we're gonna re-secure it with those 10-millimeter nuts and then put our shutter assembly back on this new grille and drop it on the truck.
That's gonna drop right in then we can flip this over here. And then we can flip it over. I have a microfiber rag down just to protect the emblem from the table and then we can get those 10-millimeter nuts started. So this is gonna come with new hardware for each of the four corners and that is tightened down at the moment. So we're gonna use an 8-millimeter socket and loosen that up and get that hardware out then drop our shutter assembly on and reinstall.
And we're gonna start by securing that with these push pins here up front. I'm just using the old factory stuff to get these two together. So now we can reach in between the fins here and get our new hardware started. Gonna push that bolt through and then get the flat washer on and then that 8-millimeter nut. And then we can tighten that down. And we're just gonna do the same thing for the other three corners. I find the ones up top are easier to come in through the front. So now I have that finger tight, I'm gonna tighten it down with the 8-millimeter socket again. Now we can put our grille on the truck and I'm just gonna secure it on either side with those 8-millimeter bolts that we removed earlier. And while we're here, I'm just gonna push in these push pins as well. And now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.
Now we're gonna come up top of the grille and secure it with the 8's on the outside and the 10's on the inside that we removed earlier. And while we're up here, don't forget to plug in the shutter assembly. Next is going to be this body color trim piece around the headlights. This just clicks right in and then it gets two 7-millimeter bolts in the wheel well.
Now as you tighten these down, you do want to be careful. These only threads into plastic, so no need to over tighten here. And if you're using the impact like I am, you definitely don't want to go too hard. Same thing goes for the other side. Now we can lift up on the air dam here. And we're just gonna get that plastic cover re-installed. And now that it's in place, we're just gonna secure it with all of the push pins up here. And first, we're gonna hit this body color piece, that just gets a push pin to hold in the top and the rest can go on the plastic cover here.
And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the SpeedForm Upper Replacement Grille in Gloss Black, fitting all '15 to '17 F-150s excluding the Raptor models. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Leave a comment if this video helped you make a decision about grilles or helped you to get this thing installed on your truck, I'd love to know. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this. And as always, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things F-150.
Upgraded Factory Appearance.
Ideal for a high quality accident repair or an appearance upgrade, this Factory Style Three-bar Gloss Black Grille will add a clean OEM look to any trim level of F-150. With the same exact styling as the one found on the 2015-2017 F-150s, this Three-bar Style Grille is compatible with the factory forward facing camera.Quality ABS Construction.
This Three-bar Style Grille is manufactured from an OEM quality acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) material, which handle the rigors of everyday use and abuse. ABS is known for its light weight, superior durability and impact resistance making it the ideal material for use on and off road. Completed in a gloss black finish, this Grille will be sure to attract attention for years to come.Simple Straight Forward Installation.
Designed to be a direct fit replacement for the original factory grille, this Three-bar Style Grille installs reusing the stock hardware and mounting points. There is no cutting or modifications required for a clean straight forward installation. Installation can be completed in about an hour with just basic hand tools.Application.
This Factory Style Three-bar Gloss Black Replacement Grille is specifically designed to fit the 2015-2017 Ford F-150 models, excluding SVT Raptor models. You will need to reuse your factory Ford emblem as no
emblem is included.Technical Note.
The Replacement Grille does features an opening for the factory Forward Facing Camera, however no mounting brackets are included with the Grille. In order to mount the Camera, modifications/custom bracketry will be needed in order to mount the camera.
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- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
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