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Not new to the forum but new to the Escalade area of the form. I own a ...
Not new to the forum but new to the Escalade area of the form. I own a 2007 DTS performance edition and mostly lurked over there. I had a 2004 Chevy Suburban LT that my 19 year old son totaled. My son was not injured nor the other party involved so that is the main thing. To replace the suburban I purchased a certified 2011 Escalade ESV premium that is diamond white. After just a couple of days of ownership I must say that I am quite impressed with this vehicle. My DTS has been mostly trouble free & I hope that the Escalade treats me as well.
I do have one question though. Whats the consensus on adding splash guards to the vehicle? Any input would be much appreciated.
I assume if you have the 11 Premium you have the power retractable boards, in which case you're going to have a hard time finding splash guards that work. For sure the molded color matched GM ones won't. There's a member here that managed to get some different soft ones on, although I must confess I'm not a fan of the look. I can't find that thread right now, but here's another member that did it on his black EXT (a few posts down from the OP) : http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...uards-22s.html
I have the 2011 EXT with power running boards, and had no trouble what so ever with installing the molded splash guards. There are a couple threads that discussed this very thing, and I'm pretty sure I posted some pics of my ride with the splash guards installed. You just have to do a minor adjustment to the location of the running boards. There are several bolts that need to be loosened to allow the running boards to be slid back just a little. It's real easy to do the work yourself. I think it took me about an hour from start to finish, and i love them!!
I would recommend installing them to help keep the stone chips and mud slinging to a minimum.
Thanks for the heads up guys & posting the links. I am going to order a set of the white diamond splash guards for the front & rear and install them myself. It gives me some peace of mind against chipping up the paint.
Yes that's the same thread I linked, but what you have are not the GM accessory molded splash guards. Molded splash guards are the ones that are color matched on the WDT EXT and the regular WDT Escalade in that thread, and those are the ones I have yet to see work in the front with the retractable boards. What you have are the thinner soft splash guards that are available both through GM and other manufacturers which are easy to clear by pushing the power boards back a tad.