: updated the front end



pmartell12
10-09-10, 07:39 PM
I saw an audi R8 in town last week and loved the look of the led strip on the front end, so i picked up a few and installed them under the headlights

Eskilade
10-09-10, 09:10 PM
Clean as hell. Was thinking about doing that to mine looks like its a plan now.

blazen244
10-09-10, 09:24 PM
I'm sold where did you find them and were they hard to install?

RippyPartsDept
10-09-10, 10:05 PM
i think audi did this first, but i know saabs have it too (with the hid option i think) and i saw it on a volvo this week too

Birdbrain
10-10-10, 01:22 AM
Nice!!!! (and I really like that grill conversion)

Tx_Lee
10-10-10, 01:30 AM
nice... what did u do for your DRL's?

pmartell12
10-10-10, 03:03 PM
I found both the led strips and drl's on ebay, the drl's have 36 led's, they are not as bright as i thought they would be, but they compliment the strip lights quite well, the strips were 45cm's long (and i cut 9 bulbs off, you can cut in 3's)

pilot-werx
10-10-10, 03:45 PM
I found both the led strips and drl's on ebay, the drl's have 36 led's, they are not as bright as i thought they would be, but they compliment the strip lights quite well, the strips were 45cm's long (and i cut 9 bulbs off, you can cut in 3's)

Would you mind posing an ebay link to the lights you bought?

pmartell12
10-10-10, 03:54 PM
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Universal-48-LED-Car-Flexible-Strip-White-Light-12V-/270616669993?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0202af29

pmartell12
10-10-10, 03:55 PM
http://cgi.ebay.ca/2-T25-3157-Car-36-LED-White-Turn-Signal-Light-Bulb-Lamp-/220675834047?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item33614e00bf

bstiffmanofsteel
10-10-10, 07:31 PM
I forgot that you had a second gen lade for a second... Not too shabby!

Gale Hawkins
10-10-10, 10:56 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CADILLAC-ESCALADE-CHROME-GRILL-GRILLE-ASSEMBLY-EMBLEM-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a2003Q7cModelQ3aEsca ladeQQhashZitem4cf244aa50QQitemZ330482100816QQptZM otorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Has anyone tried this front end update. Was it sorry, Ok, great, etc? My son and I like the look in the photos.

luxurylife33
10-10-10, 11:18 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CADILLAC-ESCALADE-CHROME-GRILL-GRILLE-ASSEMBLY-EMBLEM-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a2003Q7cModelQ3aEsca ladeQQhashZitem4cf244aa50QQitemZ330482100816QQptZM otorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Has anyone tried this front end update. Was it sorry, Ok, great, etc? My son and I like the look in the photos.


Dont do it! Those cheap things are made of plastic (read the fine print with material listed as ABS....AKA PLASTIC). Spend the extra money and get an E&G grille.

Gale Hawkins
10-11-10, 01:34 AM
Our 2003 Escalade OEM grille is plastic it seems and looks like strong chemical stains on it.

kpatel27
10-11-10, 12:02 PM
Looks great!! Definetly going to order a pair! Can you please let me know how you installed it and what you connected it to and how lol thanks!

Gale Hawkins
10-12-10, 11:21 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CADILLAC-ESCALADE-CHROME-GRILL-GRILLE-ASSEMBLY-EMBLEM-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a2003Q7cModelQ3aEsca ladeQQhashZitem4cf244aa50QQitemZ330482100816QQptZM otorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Has anyone tried this front end update. Was it sorry, Ok, great, etc? My son and I like the look in the photos.

It came in today and I installed it tonight. It is impressive so far and the fit is good except for the stand off where the one screw is used is about a half inch too long. In the mean time I made some stand offs that will work until I can get the right attachment part shipped to me. The chome running from headlight to headlight seems to be the trend in the last year or two.

For a $168.99 to the door front end update I gave it a shot and so far so go.

CaddyEscalade
10-14-10, 12:44 AM
I would like to know what was involved in getting that 07+ grill on your Caddy. Do you have more pics or details?

RippyPartsDept
10-14-10, 01:22 AM
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-escalade-ext-esv-forum-1999/189969-07-style-grill-02-a.html

Gale Hawkins
10-14-10, 04:08 AM
I would like to know what was involved in getting that 07+ grill on your Caddy. Do you have more pics or details?

It is designed to fit the 2002-2006 as an EOM replacement. I do not have any prictures of mind. Chome from headlight to headlight is the trend currently. While this grille is very inexpensive I think it gives the 2003 an updated look. There are almost no Escalades in our town so few even know it is OEM or aftermarket and the ones that do could care less I guess. :)

A metal one at 5x the price I am sure are better but if this one does not hold up I still have the OEM one.

pmartell12
10-14-10, 07:32 PM
Gale Hawkings, maybe you should read the question before answering..., the 07+ grille is not an oem replacement designed to fit the 2002 - 2006, i worked quite hard and had to reuse mounting feet from a 2003 grille to fit a 2010 grille on my 'lade. It took alot of measuring and test fitting to get the look that I desired.

pmartell12
10-18-10, 08:37 PM
kpatel27 - I marked where I wanted it to go with a marker, then I removed the lights from the truck then I taped the led strip in place. I test fit it into the truck for clearance, then I took the light back out. I used a 2 part plastic epoxy and a couple of dabs of hot glue to hold them in place.
I checked the wiring for + & - then i wired them into my daytime running light (pulled back the wire sheath, and I soldered them onto the wires) of course I double checked that they worked before soldering. A little heat shrink tubing and some electrical tape on them, then back in the truck.

Gale Hawkins
10-18-10, 09:01 PM
Gale Hawkings, maybe you should read the question before answering..., the 07+ grille is not an oem replacement designed to fit the 2002 - 2006, i worked quite hard and had to reuse mounting feet from a 2003 grille to fit a 2010 grille on my 'lade. It took alot of measuring and test fitting to get the look that I desired.

That was more fitting than I had to do. Yours looks nice. I just missed it the first time because you had the lighting to highlight the LED mod. Thanks for sharing pictures of your mod.