Installation Instructions: Raptoid Cap + Raptor Grille (Reader's Digest Edition)
Originally the ledge width for the Raptoid cap was to be ¾", however, after the initial installation it's been determined that it should be (say) 9/16" - 5/8", otherwise there is a small gap at the ends of the cap and the hood. *Will be re-trimming the cap and re-installing next spring.
NOTE: The cut-off line was made using a scribe, marking gauge.
The ledge of the Raptor's grille is ¾".
A small section of the ends of the top of the Raptor grille need to be cut-off so that it will clear the end edges of the hood indentations so that the cap+grille can be installed. *Found-out during the installation.
Delineated the Raptoid cap's cut-off line with masking tape and used a dremel tool to do the actual cutting (and subsequent edge clean-up with a sanding disc).
Performed a dry fit .....
Opted to use 3M™ Automotive Acrylic Plus Attachment Tape to bond the Raptoid cap to the Raptor grille. The width should match that of the Raptoid cap's ledge and the tape will need to be trimmed to that width. RECOMMEND applying the tape to the Raptoid cap first.
BEFORE attaching the tape to the ledges, thoroughly clean the mating surfaces with a clean, lint-free cloth and .....
When attaching the Raptoid cap (with the tape already in place) to the ledge of the Raptor grille, pull a short section of the tape's backing loose and drape it off the front of the grille. Then tack that end to the grille (insuring that the cap is to the back of the grille's ledge), and then slowly pull-out/off the backing as you inch across the top of the grille.
Once you're satisfied that everything's centered and in-place, firmly press the Raptoid cap and the Raptor grille together all along their ledge(s).
The tab retainers can be ...
The mounting studs (circled in RED) CANNOT be purchased as individual parts from FoMoCo (or anywhere else to the best of knowledge) and MUST be removed from the take-off grille (they slide-out with some effort) and installed into the Raptoid cap.
Ready to be installed.
Front view .....
Rear view .....