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    Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    I'm having my dealer (Capitol in Lansing, MI) install the E&G mesh grill because of the need to paint the back of the opening and bright items behind the grille black. They are having problems getting the lower grille to fit because the opening is too short or the grille is too tall in the center. They're trying to warm the bumper up overnight and get the grille to fit in the morning. Did anyone else with an E&G lower grille have this problem?

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    I would call E&G direct and question them on it. Its not like its a cheap mod! Also post some pics when you are done..

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Do u have a front licensce plate cause that could get in the way

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Grilles, rear bezel, and new winter wheels / tires are on and I'll post them in the photo section.

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Is there any drilling or permanent modifications done when installing the grill, or does it mount the same way as the stock one?

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Quote Originally Posted by gothicaleigh
    Is there any drilling or permanent modifications done when installing the grill, or does it mount the same way as the stock one?
    Yes, it requires some drilling. I didn't do the job nor have the instructions anymore, but I remember reading that the upper grille requires drilling out one or more of the holes used by the plastic push-pins and using larger bolts. (The OEM grille is all plastic and the E&G mesh grille is all metal and much heavier.) Also, there are bolts used to secure the lower grille and I assume they required drilling through the blank sections of the lower lower opening.

    I'm going to ask my dealer for the instructions back or request a set of instructions from U.S. Speed or E&G so I can do some adjustments to the upper grille. I think it sticks out a bit too much.

    An interesting find: the supplier of the plastic OEM grille has a number if things stamped on the back of the grille including the vehicle it is built for "Cadillac Catera."

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Ha!

    Catera Touring Sport.
    Caddy just doesn't want to admit it and embarrass us CTS owners.

    I don't like the idea of drilling holes in things though. I would always like the option to switch back should I dislike the results(I'm very picky about car image things).

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Mine had noooooo drilling, and was very simple to do....i am not perfectly sure but i thought that E&G's entire line of grills didnt need drilling if this is a real question i can do my duty and call them up on monday....

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Could you just look at your car and see? I'm serious about getting a mesh grill, but will wait to see what the pricing difference between the CTS-V OEM one and the E&G is before purchasing. If Caddy pulls it's typical part overcharging, E&G will probably get my business. If either require me to drill holes in my car though, the deal is off.

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    I remember the instructions saying to drill out one or more of the holes for the plastic push pins and replace it (them) with a larger bolt for installation of the upper grille. However, I can't see anything that was drilled on my car. Maybe the dealer didn't drill mine because I was looking at it closely today and it sticks out too far. I have to get over there tomorrow and try to find the instructions and see if they had any extra parts when done.

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    I have ordered the E&G Mesh grill for my CTS. Who has this mod and what are the gotchas involved with the installation.

    The local dealer has a CTS on the lot with the E&G mesh grill installed. They did not paint any items behind the grill and you can see the aluminum bumper if you walk up and look for it.

    Any thoughts on painting or not painting the items behind the grill??

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    I asked the dealer to only paint the bright bumper since, as you noticed, it is what what would be visible as you walk around the car. The bodyshop manager said it would be OK to shoot black on the bright A/C radiator, but we both decided to leave it as-is.

    When you get your instructions, could you scan & e-mail them to me? I didn't get any response from E&G when I requested another set. I want to see if I can make some further adjustments.

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    Quote Originally Posted by c5 rv
    I asked the dealer to only paint the bright bumper since, as you noticed, it is what what would be visible as you walk around the car. The bodyshop manager said it would be OK to shoot black on the bright A/C radiator, but we both decided to leave it as-is.

    When you get your instructions, could you scan & e-mail them to me? I didn't get any response from E&G when I requested another set. I want to see if I can make some further adjustments.
    Sure can.

    Did you DIY or have someone else do the actual install of the grill?

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    Re: Problems with Size of E&G Lower Grille?

    The dealer did the install. The thoughts of painting on a new vehicle and a reasonable price from the dealer convinced me to let him do it.

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