How To Install 2015-17 Mustang CDC Outlaw Switchback Upper Grille

Posted 8/15/2016 by Phillip Perez

Alright guys, you’ve asked about it, and now it’s finally here! CDC’s Outlaw upper grille featuring the much-anticipated, integrated LED switchbacks. This particular upper grille is manufactured right here in the USA and features OE-grade materials. The grille itself features an outer plastic shell with a gloss black, powder coated aluminum mesh insert. On the outer-most area of the grille you’ll find what makes this grille unique from the others; the integrated switchback LEDs. Follow along as we show you how to install this unique S550 grille!

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The install for this grille does require the front bumper to be removed. No worries though, we have a step-by-step how-to which you can take a look at before tackling this install! Once the front bumper is removed from the vehicle, take this time to disconnect the negative battery cable.

Wiring up the CDC Outlaw upper grille

Step 1:
Reach up and behind the headlight to unplug the factory head lamp connection. Do the same for the other side.

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Step 2:
Locate the turn signal connection. Remove roughly four inches of harness wrap to expose the three wires. Do the same for the headlamp connector.

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Step 3:
Take a quick crimp and open it up just a tad. Apply a small amount of dielectric grease to the metal contact prongs in the connector.

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Step 4:
Begin by sliding the red wire into the quick crimp.

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Step 5:
Slide the light grey wire with purple stripe on the head lamp connector into the quick crimp.

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Step 6:
Close the clip and then firmly apply pressure to the body of the quick crimp with a pair of pliers.

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Step 7:
Repeat that process for the three remaining wires on the harness that will be spliced into the turn signal wiring.
Step 8:
The black wire will splice into the black with grey strip wire.
Step 9:
The white wire will splice into the brown with yellow stripe wire.
Step 10:
The yellow wire will splice into the other yellow wire with brown stripe.
Step 11:
Connect the harness you just wired to the switchback drive.

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Step 12:
Position the connections that the grille will plug into towards the front the car so you can easily grab them when you reinstall the bumper.

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Step 13:
Connect the grille, and then reconnect the negative battery cable. Test for operation.

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Installing the CDC Outlaw upper grille

Step 1:
Start by releasing the impact absorber with a plastic pry tool.

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Step 2:
Work each clip until the absorber can be set aside.

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Step 3:
Use the same tactic on the upper grille as you did on the absorber.

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Step 4:
Position the new CDC grille into place and lightly apply pressure until all of the tabs lock into place.

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Step 5:
Reinstall the impact absorber.

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Step 6:
Use a zip tie to secure the LED light connection to the side of the grille. Use one of the tab openings as your tie off point.

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Step 7:
Connect the upper grille connections followed by the rest of the electrical connections.

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Step 8:
Position the front bumper into place. And give everything a once over!

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Published on 2016-08-01
Alright guys, you’ve asked about it, and now it’s finally here! CDC’s Outlaw upper grille featuring the much-anticipated, integrated LED switchbacks. This particular upper grille is manufactured right here in the USA and features OE-grade materials.

The grille itself features an outer plastic shell with a gloss black, powder coated aluminum mesh insert. On the outer-most area of the grille you’ll find what makes this grille unique from the others; the integrated switchback LEDs.

This design does require a little bit of wiring, but trust me, it’s totally worth it! The lights themselves are multifunctional with both white Daytime Running Lights and amber turn signals. Since you splice in the included harness with the factory wiring, these integrated LEDs automatically dim to adapt to nighttime driving when the headlights are turned on.

Mustang Fitment: 2015 (15), 2016 (16), 2017 (17)
Transcript
Hey everybody! Landan with LMR.com! Today this video will cover my overview and install on this CDC Outlaw LED switchback upper grille designed for the 2015 to 2017 Mustang!

CDC, or Classic Design Concepts has been cranking out top notch restyling components for the Mustang since 1990. They manufacture all of their aftermarket parts and accessories with OE materials for a 100% factory-like fit and finish.

Alright guys, you’ve asked about it, and now it’s finally here! CDC’s Outlaw upper grille featuring the much-anticipated, integrated LED switchbacks. This particular upper grille is manufactured right here in the USA and features OE-grade materials. The grille itself features an outer plastic shell with a gloss black, powder coated aluminum mesh insert. On the outer-most area of the grille you’ll find what makes this grille unique from the others; the integrated switchback LEDs.

This design does require a little bit of wiring, but trust me, it’s totally worth it! The lights themselves are multifunctional with both white Daytime Running Lights and amber turn signals. Since you splice in the included harness with the factory wiring, these integrated LEDs automatically dim to adapt to nighttime driving when the headlights are turned on.

The install for this grille does require the front bumper to be removed. No worries though, we have a step-by-step how-to which you can take a look at before tackling this install by clicking the link in the description.

Alright guys, I’m going to install this CDC grille into this 2015 Magnetic Gray Mustang. The install itself will pick up with the bumper already removed from the car.

Once the front bumper is removed from the vehicle, take this time to disconnect the negative battery cable.

Before continuing, I chose to knock out all of the electrical wiring first.
Reach up and behind the headlight to unplug the factory head lamp connection.
Do the same for the other side.
Locate the turn signal connection; this is the tan connector that was plugged into the front bumper.
Remove roughly four inches of harness wrap to expose the three wires.
Do the same for the headlamp connector.
If you are not a fan of quick crimps, here is another method.
Simply, strip back about a half inch of shielding to expose bare wire on all three of the wires connected to the turn signal connection.
On the driver side headlamp connector, splice open the light grey with purple wire.
Now, splice roughly a half inch off of all four wires on one of the included harnesses.
Align the red wire on the included harness with the light grey with purple wire on the headlamp connector.
Twist the red wire around the light grey/purple wire and then cover the area with quality electric tape.
The next three wires on the turn signal connector will be completed the same way as the previous wire.
Splice the white wire on the harness to the green with orange stripe wire on the turn signal.
Twist the wires and then tape.
Splice the yellow wire on the harness to the blue with green stripe wire on the turn signal.
Twist the wires and then tape.
Lastly, splice the black wire on the harness to the black with grey strip wire on the turn signal.
Twist the wires and then tape.
Once completed, apply a small amount of tape around group of the wires to tidy it up a bit.
Move to the passenger side and cut back 4 inches of the harness tape on both the headlamp and turn signal connections.
If you are wanting to use the quick crimp connectors, this is how they will all need to be don.
Take a quick crimp and open it up just a tad.
Apply a small amount of dielectric grease to the metal contact prongs in the connector.
One end of the quick crimp will have a stop, this is for the included harness with the loose wires.
Begin by sliding the red wire into the quick crimp.
Slide the light grey wire with purple stripe on the head lamp connector into the quick crimp.
Close the clip and then firmly apply pressure to the body of the quick crimp with a pair of pliers.
Repeat that process for the three remaining wires on the harness that will be spliced into the turn signal wiring.
The black wire will splice into the black with grey strip wire.
The white wire will splice into the brown with yellow stripe wire.
And finally the yellow wire will splice into the other yellow wire with brown stripe.
Once all of the wires on the passenger side are connected, begin cleaning up some of the wiring.
Connect the harness you just wired to the switchback driver.
Plug the headlamp connection back into the headlight.
Take this time to clean up any wiring and zip tie anything up and out of the way.
Finally, position the connections that the grille will plug into towards the front the car so you can easily grab them when you reinstall the bumper.
Connect the grille, and then reconnect the negative battery cable.
Test for operation.
I would highly recommend to test every function that the grille has before reinstalling the bumper.
Installing the CDC switch back grille is extremely easy.
Start by releasing the impact absorber with a plastic pry tool.
Work each clip until the absorber can be set aside.
Use the same tactic on the upper grille as you did on the absorber.
Take your time and have a little bit of patience.
A few of the clips may take a little effort to release.
Once the grille is free from the bumper, take this time to wipe down that area.
Position the new CDC grille into place and lightly apply pressure until all of the tabs lock into place.
Reinstall the impact absorber.
Use a zip tie to secure the LED light connection to the side of the grille.
Use one of the tab openings as your tie off point.
Position the front bumper into place.
Connect the upper grille connections followed by the rest of the electrical connections.
Lastly, reinstall all of your bumper hardware and give everything a final once over.
Once that’s done, enjoy your new CDC Outlaw switchback upper grille.

There you have it fellas. This one for the most part is very straight forward. A little electrical knowledge will help out, but CDC does make it very straightforward with the wiring instructions and quick crimp connectors. Other than that, take your time guys. Don’t rush and everything will go together exactly the way it’s supposed to.

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