SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

Posted 12/30/2016 by Tyler Rodriquez

Transform the exterior of your 2005-2009 Mustang GT with this SVE Bullitt style grille!

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How To Install SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille (05-09)

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!

Mustang Fitment: 2005 (05), 2006 (06), 2007 (07), 2008 (08), 2009 (09)

This simple installation only requires a few hand tools. Check out the needed tool list below.

Tools Needed:

  • 10mm socket with nut driver or ratchet
  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Small Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Friend to help lift the bumper off

05-09 Mustang Bumper Removal

  1. Open your Mustang’s hood and have all tools ready.

  2. Use the flat-blade screwdriver to remove the 6 plastic push pins that hold down the radiator cover to the car.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  3. Remove the radiator cover and set aside.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  4. Use the 10mm nut driver or socket to remove the two bolts on the outer edges of the S197 bumper.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  5. Lift the tabs located between the headlight and grille assembly.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  6. Turn the steering wheel to the right and remove the 3 Phillips head screws located on the left hand/drivers side of the Mustang splash shield. Remove the push pins from the splash shield as well at this time.



  7. CAREFULLY pull the splash shield back and remove the three bolts that retain the bumper in place.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  8. Repeat these steps for the passenger side of your S197 Mustang.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  9. Pull down on the front bumper to release it from the vehicle.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  10. Once free, CAREFULLY pull the bumper forward and remove all electrical connectors from the fog light and park lights.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  11. Finally lift off and remove the front bumper from the car and set it aside. (Note) You may need a friend to help you out on the bumper removal, be careful with the bumper so you do not damage or scratch it.



    These steps not helpful enough? Check out our YouTube channel! Plenty of helpful videos there, including How To Remove Mustang Front Bumper (2005-2009 All)

Bullitt Grille Installation (05-09)

  1. To remove the factory grille, simply remove the tabs from the bumper. Set the bumper aside and wipe your bumper down with a water-less, wash based product.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  2. Align the new SVE Bullitt style Grille with the tabs on the bumper and carefully begin snapping the tabs into the slots on the bumper.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  3. Be sure before you re-install your bumper to zip tie your foglight connections.

    SVE Mustang Bullitt Grille Install (05-09)

  4. Reverse the removal directions above to reinstall your bumper and new SVE Bullitt style Grille!


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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
Transcript
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.

To continue watching and to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest products from us here at LMR, subscribe to our channel. Of course this SVE Bullitt-style grille is available at our website, LMR.com. Until next fellas, keep it right here with the real Mustang enthusiasts, Late Model Restoration.