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2015-up Roush Performance Mustang Front Fascia Install
S550 Facelift: How to install a Roush Mustang fascia at home with basic tools.
In addition to big horsepower, Mustang enthusiasts are always seeking ways to punch up and personalize their ponies. A vast aftermarket makes modifications easy, with parts ranging from simple cold-air intakes to the more extreme, like full engine builds, supercharger installs, and custom paints. Body mods have forever been a staple of the Mustang-owners diet, but oftentimes, adding a new hood or wing requires a skilled bodyman to fit the parts and paint them.
Well, today, Roush Performance makes it easy to give your 2015-present Mustang a facelift with a prepainted front fascia kits. Roush offers a complete line of Mustang and F-150 body upgrades, but we wanted to focus on installing a new Deep Impact Blue fascia to spice up our 2015 GT.
Furthermore, we wanted to tackle the job at home, so we contacted Roush and ordered a front fascia kit (PN 421847) in Deep Impact Blue (J4) for our 2015 GT. The kit retails for $1,560 and comes with everything you’ll need to complete the job.
“The 2015-2016 Complete Roush Mustang Front Fascia Kit gives the sixth-generation Mustang a more aggressive, performance oriented look,” says Nic Schafer of Roush. “The completely redesigned fascia improves airflow into the engine bay and around the wheels. Each part has been designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA at our own facilities using the same materials and processes as the big OEMs. This means you’ll get superior durability and impact and heat resistance, as well as factory-level fitment.”
We were excited when the fascia arrived. We got to work on the install and enlisted Mustang guru Terry Molin to help us out. To keep the parts safe during shipping, Roush sends the fascia on a large pallet with lots of internal padding. So, you’ll need room to store the box if you don’t plan on doing the install right away. In addition, we found detailed installation instructions on roushperformance.com.
When you open the box you find Roush’s painted front fascia kit with a nicely designed chin splitter, a high-flow upper and lower grille, hardware, and wiring. The wiring kit is used to extend the harness to the driving lights, since they are relocated on the Roush fascia.
“The redesigned upper and lower openings help feed more cool air into the engine bay,” says Schafer. “The front chin splitter creates extra downforce and prevents front-end lift at speed. The side aero pockets create a wind curtain for airflow around the front wheels.”
This install can be handled by anyone with moderate mechanical and wiring skill, and you can expect to spend a few hours. Aside from basic handtools you need a floor jack and jackstands (or access to a lift), a tool for removing the plastic pushpins that retain the radiator cover and inner wheelwell liners, a 5.5mm socket, an electric drill, and a quarter-inch drill bit. We also recommend a soldering iron, although you can use crimp connectors to extend the harness.
After a few hours we had our Mustang back on the ground and looking quite sharp. The installation was incredibly smooth. The fascia fit perfectly, and we were pleased with the paint match. Roush’s front end gives the 2015-up Ford Mustang a more aggressive look, and we especially like the extender splitter and the bar-style grille insert. You’ll note that we also have the Roush quarter-window inserts and we have lowered our Stang as well.
Now it’s time to pop the hood and add boost, a new intake, or a screaming exhaust.
1. We unboxed out Roush front fascia kit and were ready to start our home garage installation.
2. The fascia kit can be ordered unpainted or prepared with a variety of factory Ford colors. Getting the fascia painted allows you to open the box and install it the same day.
3. We began by disconnecting the negative side of the battery.
4. Then we jacked up the Mustang and removed the front tires.
5. Next, we carefully popped out the eight pushpins that retain the plastic closeout panel covering the radiator.
6. We then removed the three pushpins located in each wheelwell (not shown) along with the screws holding the fascia to the radiator support. Note, there are two 7mm screws (not shown) located under the fender lip and behind the plastic inner fender liner. These must be removed, as must the 12 screws holding the lower belly pan, before you can remove the fascia.
7. With all the screws removed and the wiring disconnected, the fascia lifted easily from the Mustang. This is most easily done with an extra pair of hands; we had Terry Molin help us out.
8. It is necessary to transfer some of the pieces from the original fascia to the new Roush front end. This includes the upper rubber seal, retaining clips, turn signals, driving lights, and bumper reinforcement.
9. We removed the retaining clip from the old nose and slid it onto the Roush fascia.
10. Next, we removed the turn-signal assembly.
11. The bumper reinforcement is removed by freeing the clips and pulling it out of the bumper.
12. We then mounted the turn-signal assembly to the Roush fascia.
13. Next we popped the reinforcement into place.
14. Molin then installed the upper hood seal, which simply popped into place.
15. The Roush Performance front fascia relocates the driving lights to a forward position, so it is necessary to lengthen the harness. A new connector and wiring is supplied; however, you will have to cut, splice, and/or solder it into place.
16. Following the detailed online instructions, we clipped the harness connector, soldered on the new piece, and installed the new connector.
17. As you can see the connector harness mounts between the factory wiring and the driving lights.
18. With the wiring complete, the new fascia was ready to go.
19. The fascia simply slides onto the alignment pins, no adjustment needed.
20. Each corner must be pushed into the plastic locking clips.
21. Next, we reinstalled the screws at the top of the fascia, along with the two hidden 7mm screws located behind the inner fender liner.
22. Then we drilled out the lower hole using a 1/4-inch drill to allow the factory pushpin to secure the lower portion of the splitter.
23. With all the pushpins in place, we reinstalled the belly pan and radiator closeout, then we reconnected the battery and put the wheels back on our Mustang GT.
24. Lastly, in proud fashion, we installed the Roush Performance logo in the grille.
Raw (unpainted) (PN 421843): $1,248
Black (UA/G1) (PN 421851): $1,560
Competition Orange (CY) (PN 421844): $1,872
Deep Impact Blue (J4) (PN 421847): $1,560
Guard (HN) (PN 421846): $1559.99
Ingot Silver (UX) (PN 421852): $1,560
Magnetic (J7) (PN 421848): $1,560
Oxford White (YZ) (PN 421853): $1,559
Race Red (PQ) (PN 421849): $1,560
Ruby Red (RR) (PN 421850): $1,872
Triple Yellow Tri-Coat (H3) (PN 421845): $1,872
Not compatible with Mustangs with collision detection or adaptive cruise control.
Black prepainted color option matches with both Black (UA) and Shadow Black (G1) paint finishes.