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Old 07-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Question for 2010+ s281 Saleen grille guys

I finally got around to finding and ordering a s281 grille from Late Model Restoration. I just got the grille yesterday and wasn't exactly happy with the quality and finish of the grille. I was wondering if you guys have seen the same thing with your grilles or if I got a crappy one and the finish was pretty flawless on your grilles. Mainly @GT5.0FACE and @Pressure Ratio . If anyone else has one let me know. Thanks for the help gents. I am going to send an e-mail to LMR, but figured I would ask others about what condition theirs was in.

Here is a decent scuff/scratch. It is pretty obvious in person, my lighting sucks.


There is a really bad plastic lip/mold injection area on the bottom of the grille that is white and sticks out like a sore thumb. It can't be shaved off without messing with the grille surface


Random inconsistencies in the plastic texture that look like plastic gobs. There are several of these.
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Mine had some excess plastic from the mold like in your second pic. A razor blade can cut most of that off if you are careful. The scratch and "gobs" were not a issue with mine though.

Did your grill come in a Saleen box? Because I wonder if there is a reproduction now. Some companies are selling them as a "Saleen style" grill.
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There are threads and posts like this all over on SVTP about this with the saleen grille quality no matter where they are ordered from. Just junk QC from saleen.
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Yep, unfortunately almost all the grilles have that. I got pretty lucky but there's still some imperfections in mine, too.
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it. I will see what LMR has to say and hopefully get one without the scuff at least. It did not come in a Saleen box though
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I heard back from LMR and they said exactly what you guys did. Evidently they see similar issues with all of the grilles they get from Saleen. I am just going to hang onto it and plasti dip the grille so I get a consistent color across the surface. I took a blade to some spots and now the grille is uniform, but the spots at the bottom are a light shade of black and still stick out pretty bad. I think I might just cut out the badge location on the grille and make it look the same on both sides as well.
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Just remember this too, you are holding it in your hand two feet away from your eyes. Once it is on the car no one will get that close to see it. The spots you cut will probably not be seen by most people. So I wouldn't sweat it too much. Just paint or plaisti dip the grill so it has a uniform color. Once installed I am sure you will be happy with it.
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Agreed. I am looking at it 6 inches away from my face. I am a bit too anal with some shit. I have looked at grilles online for endless hours and I kept coming back to the Saleen. When I saw it on your 5.0 and Carter's 5.0, I couldn't stop looking at both cars during the 1/2 mile event. My fiance was probably ready to punch me in the face because I wouldn't stop talking about how good those cars looked. Been set on it ever since.
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It is a great looking grill. I don't thing I have seen one I liked better yet. I get more compliments on the grill than anything else on the car. Once painted and on the car I am sure you will be more than happy with it.
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Indeed. I think I am going to be going with what other people have done and get the GT/CS style front fascia soon. That combined with the grille is a pretty mean looking combo. I am also looking to do a retrofit project on my headlights soon to help with visibility. So the front should look pretty nice when all is said and done. On top of these mods, I can't wait to get my LCA relocation brackets and LCA's in the mail Tuesday. I ended up going with BMR stuff...for some reason I have a soft spot for BMR. My wheel hop blows since I have gotten my adj. PHB in there.
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It's actually the Boss 302 fascia but is also on the CS.

As for the retrofit, be very careful. The glue they used is a super high temp glue and won't melt like other glue will when you put it in the oven. The only way I've seen it done is the guy had to dremel the headlight into two pieces. Where the clear part meets the black part, he cut right at the "L" junction of the black housing and then epoxied it back together. When it's installed on the car you can't even see it but just FYI.
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The Boss valance does not have the hole cut for the brake ducts or fog lights. I don't believe the Boss version has the mounts for the fog lights either. Something to think about when you purchase one.
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It's just plastic snap-in pieces IIRC. But yes, you will need the ones with the holes so the fogs fit.
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I don't know 100%. But when I was reading how to install the boss brake cooling kit it was made mention that with the CT/CS valance you needed to cut off the mounts for the fog lights as they were in the way.
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Yeah I remember reading about that, too.
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Thanks for the heads up on that stuff. I was planning on just buying the fascia/fog light kit as a combo so I wouldnt have to piece it together. I didnt even realize the boss doesnt have the openings for the fogs. I have been reading about that retrofit idea as well and you are right. Cutting the housing up is not what I ultimately had in mind. I might just send my lamps out and have a retrofit company do them for a bit more money and leave that as a project I wont do on my own. That way I wont mess them up and waste more money.

I have this back to black polish that i just decided to use on the grille. It actually made it look good. I couldnt wait any longer and got antsy so i just installed the grille here. Looks baller as shit. My drill just took a crap on me so I will have to drill that middle hole later to get rid of the gap where the grille meets the bumper.
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the lighting isn't the best. Meh, it shows it mounted.



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Definitely drill a hole. I didn't on my first one and it looked goofy because there was a gap. I did it this time around and it looks so much better.

If you drill it a bit back, I'd say half an inch from the edge, you'll never see the hole in the bumper regardless of what grill you put on.
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Excellent, thanks for the tip. I think it will look a ton better with that gap gone...it looks a bit silly right now. I am digging the grille though. It was a good purchase.
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Yeah I just saw you posted the pictures. That's exactly what my first one looked like.
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Drilled and placed the plug to secure the grille down more. I agree with GT5.0FACE on the gap being gone. It looks way better. Still kind of undecided on if I want to cut out the emblem area or buy one that most guys use to fill the spot---> 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5 0 Coyote V8 Engine Emblems Badge | eBay

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Thats the right grille for that car. Looks perfect. Who needs fog lamps anyway.
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Thank you sir. I never used those fogs anyway....the times I did, I always caught shit from the police around here for some reason. Might just save up some money and drop it on some good retrofit headlights so light output is better since I drive at night a lot.

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$600 for a complete wire in set up ain't bad when you consider the factory HIDs are about $1500 A PIECE.
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