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2005-2009 Mustang GT SVE Bullitt Style Grille - Review & Install
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Published on 2016-09-09
Transform the exterior of your 2005-2009 Mustang GT with this SVE Bullitt style grille! In 2008, Ford had a better platform to recreate the Bullitt Mustang compared to the New Edge counterpart in 2001. One of the many styling cues taken from the classic movie Bullitt was the grille.
The SVE Bullitt style grille features a chrome finish bezel that is similar to the chrome surround on the 1968 Mustang grille opening seen in the movie. This helps to define the grille opening so it's not just a black hole. The signature honeycomb design fills out the rest of the grille for a clean, factory look. This grille was also used on the 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet!
Fitment: 2005-2009 Mustang w/ GT or GT/CS Front Bumper
Item # LRS-8200Y
What’s up everybody? Landan with LMR.com! Today I have a good one for you 2005 to 2009 GT Mustang owners. The fine folks at SVE have done it again! Yes, this is a Bullitt-style grille; so let’s check it out.
For years SVE products have made a name for themselves manufacturing quality Mustang components all without emptying your wallet in the process. From lightning, performance, cosmetics and wheels, SVE continues to produce some of the best Mustang parts on the market.
Alright guys, if you’re an 05 to 09 GT owner and have wanted a Bullitt grille, but really didn’t want spend an arm and leg, here is your solution. This SVE Bullitt-style grille is going to feature a high quality, OEM grade ABS plastic construction that is built to handle the exterior elements. The honeycomb pattern is true-to-form since it also features the same textured plastic on the inlays and the correct openings for air to pass through. A chrome finished bezel surrounds the grille to further complete the Bullitt-style look.
Now, on the back of the grille you’ll notice the molded tabs; these are just like the factory and will snap right into place on the GT bumper. Other than those iconic features guys, this is a Bullitt grille. It was obviously factory equipment on the 2008 Bullitt and if you didn’t already know, the 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet.
As far as installing this grille, yes you do have to remove the front bumper. No worries though, it’s very straightforward and if you need a step by step walk through, click the link in the description to my watch my detailed bumper removal video covering an 05 to 09 car. For this install, I’m going to pick up with the bumper already off of the car.
To remove the factory grille, simply remove the tabs from the bumper. This can take a bit of work, but they do pop out fairly easy. Set the grille aside and wipe the bumper down with a waterless wash based product. Align the new SVE Bullitt-style grille with the tabs and carefully snap them into the bumper. Before reinstalling the bumper, be sure and zip tie your fog light connections, if equipped, out of the way. Once that is done, reverse the removal steps to reinstall the front bumper.
Installation time will obviously vary depending in the skill level of the installer. I would say an average install time for this SVE Bullitt-style grille should be in the neighborhood of roughly an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish. Of course, help from a friend will speed up the process as well.
Quickly recapping here, 2008, S197 Bullitt style grille, matching texture and accent trim. Fitment notes, this grille will only work with a GT or California Special front bumper; so the V6 and GT500 bumpers will not work. This grille is a great upgrade for any 2005 to 2009 owner looking to add Bullitt styling to the front of their Mustang.
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