(1999-2004) Mustang Mach 1 Grille Delete Kit Installation

(1999-2004) Mustang Mach 1 Grille Delete Kit Installation

Last Updated December 15, 2023 | Kevin Brent

The aggressive styling of the Ford Mustang Mach 1's signature grille is part of what gives this iconic pony car its bold, muscular look. However, some owners prefer a cleaner, more understated appearance for their Mach 1 Mustangs. A Mustang grille delete kit is a relatively straightforward and quick process that replaces your Mach 1’s factory grill with a sleeker front.

In this article, we'll walk through the step-by-step process of installing a Mustang Mach 1 grille delete, including the tools and materials needed and instructions for removing the old grille and fitting the new grille delete panel.

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1999-2004 Mach 1 Grille Delete Install Instructions

This Mach 1 Grille Delete Kit will fit all 1999-2004 Mach 1 Mustangs. The grille delete fills in the gap between the bumper and radiator while adding a new Mustang pony emblem to your Mach 1’s front end. Installation can be completed in under an hour and requires only a few simple tools.

Tools Needed:

  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • 7mm Socket & Ratchet

Step 1: Pop Open the Hood

Pop open your hood to gain access to your Mach 1’s old grille.

SN95 Mustang with the hood open

Step 2: Remove Push Pins

Remove the four push pins that attach your grille to your Mustang radiator cover using your hand or a clip removal tool. Then, remove the two push pins on the top of the bumper cover.

Removing SN95 Mustang grille push pins

Step 3: Remove Bottom Grille Bolts

Tilt your factory grille slightly forward and use the 7mm ratchet to remove the four bolts on the bottom of the grille that hold it to the bumper.

Removing SN95 Mustang grille bolts

Step 4: Pull Out the Grille

Pull out your Mach 1 Mustang’s grille.

Removing SN95 Mustang grille

Step 5: Install New Grille Emblem

Grab the new Mustang horse emblem included with your grille delete kit. Install the emblem by sliding the bracket through the opening in your grille frame and then securing it using two provided screws.

Installing new SN95 Mustang grille emblem

Step 6: Reinstall Lower Trim Piece

Next, install the lower, black, curved plastic trim piece at the base of the grille area. Slide the two tabs under your bumper cover, then reinstall the two push pins removed earlier to keep it in place. Use the supplied Mustang Mach 1 Grille Delete Hardware to secure the trim piece.

Reinstalling SN95 Mustang grille push pins

Step 7: Reinstall Push Pins

Reinstall all of the push pins that were removed earlier.

SN95 Mustang grille delete

Congratulations! Your Mustang Mach 1 Grille Delete installation is complete!

Upgrade the Rest of Your Mustang’s Grille Area

Installing a Mustang grille delete is a simple way to make a huge visual difference. With your 1999-2004 Mustang Mach 1 grille removed, you’ll have a much more distinct look to your car’s front end.

If you don’t want to get rid of your Mustang Mach 1’s grill altogether, plenty of aftermarket options can improve your grille’s style. Shop below for a wide selection of aftermarket grilles for your 1999-2004 Mustang. Find the option that shows your sense of style and customize your Mustang today.

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