: V bumper assembly



smca
05-22-13, 01:27 AM
Found this on ebay. not oem but may still be pretty good. Anyone bought this kit? Reasonably priced and free shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400474308437?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648

is250sp
05-22-13, 05:04 PM
Its odd how that's a V bumper but they listed as not being able to fit on a V??? Also keep in mind you will need other parts to fully integrate that into a non-V like the cooling ducts, front splash guards, lower bumper protector, and bumper absorber. AND if your car don't have the headlight washer, you will need to cover up that washer nozzle hole on the bumper. I had my body shop bondo it. But overall that is a pretty good price compared to OEM. Don't forget to add 300 for paint.

smca
05-22-13, 05:47 PM
Yeah, I noticed that also. Maybe it has something to do with the absorber underneath the bumper meaning that they fabricated the bumper to cover the non V absorber. Who knows. I may send the seller a message. Anyways, you mentioned cooling ducts and front splash guards. Are those parts really necessary? I'm pretty much just want to do the bumper swap if I can.

is250sp
05-22-13, 05:56 PM
splash guards are necessary but not the cooling ducts, as a matter of fact I upgraded my fog lights to the D3 led's and it got in the way of the cooling ducts, so I had to return them.

smca
06-10-13, 05:47 PM
When you say splash guards, are you referring to the fender liner extensions? #13 on the diagram?
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is250sp
06-10-13, 09:17 PM
That link doesn't work but its actually called the fender liner front halves. Below are the part numbers for left and right.

#25796003
#25796004

futurectsbuyer
06-17-13, 11:18 PM
Been thinking of this as well. Add says dierect bolt on though. I'm guessing they've fabricated it. Any response from seller? Did you mail them?

smca
06-18-13, 12:14 AM
I went ahead and bought it. It's at the painters now. I ordered the front fender liners, bumper absorber, lower trim, and the emblem as well. I hope to put it all on sometime this week. Quality of the bumper seems pretty good.

Coltopdog
06-18-13, 08:00 PM
Let me know how it goes. I may grab one also.

I went into my local tire dealer today to buy tires and a dude had just pulled off in his V.
He had taken off the V Chrome 19s and replaced with the black 20s.

I ended up buying the 19s and low mi tires.... Was a great deal at $1000.00; however-

To me the car now looks like it needs a more aggresive look to go with those wheels....IMHO.

Now im gonna spend way too much trying to make it work for me.... But definitely going with a ifferent grill.

;-)

smca
06-19-13, 11:31 AM
Ok, so I did the bumper swap yesterday evening. Everything turned out ok. The only issue I have is with the way the grilles fasten to the bumper. Seems like the clips are sitting kind of loose. Some would even fall out. I used the clips from the stock grille and also ordered extras from clipsandfasteners.com. I guess I need to find a bigger clip. Other than that, I'm satisfied with the turn out. You do need to buy the V bumper absorber to make the bumper fit. However, you do not need to remove the metal tabs from the metal brace as stated in the "How to" write up. My bumper fit just fine with the tabs left on there. I'm leaning towards plasti dipping the grilles and the front lip (splitter).

futurectsbuyer
06-19-13, 01:44 PM
Pics, did you need the splash guards or did the original ones work? Thanks for being the Tester on this one...

ssrodder
06-22-13, 10:27 PM
Ok, so I did the bumper swap yesterday evening. Everything turned out ok. The only issue I have is with the way the grilles fasten to the bumper. Seems like the clips are sitting kind of loose. Some would even fall out. I used the clips from the stock grille and also ordered extras from clipsandfasteners.com. I guess I need to find a bigger clip. Other than that, I'm satisfied with the turn out. You do need to buy the V bumper absorber to make the bumper fit. However, you do not need to remove the metal tabs from the metal brace as stated in the "How to" write up. My bumper fit just fine with the tabs left on there. I'm leaning towards plasti dipping the grilles and the front lip (splitter).

How long did it actually take to do the conversion? I "think" or should I say "hope" I have all the parts needed. Nose is painted, grilles and running lights are installed. What I need to do is remove stock CTS nose and install V nose and related parts. Can I do it in a weekend? What is the hardest part of the conversion? I need all the help I can get. This is my wife's car and she never uses it during the weekend. I would like to have it back together on Sunday night and say nothing. She probably will never notice I did the conversion. I only get to drive it when we go out together.

smca
06-25-13, 01:15 AM
About 3 hrs. its not hard at all.

smca
06-25-13, 11:25 PM
Yes, I used the V fender liners. Seems like they stick out a little more underneath to accommodate the bumper.

jmarts_cts
06-26-13, 08:47 AM
Any chance of having the exact list of items to purchase (preferably with links) please? Just the items that are absolutely required. Thank you.

jmarts_cts
06-27-13, 08:49 AM
Ok, I went and purchased the bumper kit. Now I just need an exact list of things I need to finish the job. I'm not familiar with the terminology so if anybody has a link or part number for each one, that would help a lot. Also, is it better to buy these parts at the dealer or are they available after-market?

Thank you.

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I found the diagram, this might be easier to identify the parts required. Can someone point out the parts I need please?

Thank you.

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/catalog/frameset.cfm

is250sp
06-27-13, 03:05 PM
these are all the parts you need if you purchase the bumper cover only....

fog lights #10335108
brake cooling ducts #25796005, #25858812, #25796006
fender liner front halves #25796003, #25796004
fog light bezels #25863012, #25863013
absorber #20782127
lower bumper protector #25882978
headlamp washer nozzle caps #25793667, #25793666

contact Chris @ Rippy for best prices

soku
06-27-13, 11:59 PM
Any pics? I'd love to see real pics, "as installed" as opposed to stock pics from the vendor.

ssrodder
06-30-13, 09:11 AM
Finished my V conversion. Took more than three hours. Started Saturday at about 10:00 AM and closed the hood at 9:30 PM. Probably spent more time than necessary removing the stock CTS nose. I did have to cut off the two metal brackets as they came in contact with the brake ducts. I did have one problem. The hose from the V headlight washers keep getting in the way and would not allow the V nose to fit against the bumper absorber. Once I realized that was the problem and I taped the hose so it would not make contact with the absorber, the V nose fit on perfect. Also, needed some special fasteners to mount the V front spoilers. They are different from the stock CTS fastners. I do have a question? The CTS has a front spoiler that extends across the entire front of the car, probably to direct air flow. Does the V conversion require such a front spoiler or does those three front pieces eliminate the long front spoiler that was on the stock CTS?

jmarts_cts
06-30-13, 12:55 PM
these are all the parts you need if you purchase the bumper cover only....

fog lights #10335108
brake cooling ducts #25796005, #25858812, #25796006
fender liner front halves #25796003, #25796004
fog light bezels #25863012, #25863013
absorber #20782127
lower bumper protector #25882978
headlamp washer nozzle caps #25793667, #25793666

contact Chris @ Rippy for best prices

My car has the factory fog lights, I can reuse those right?
Brake cooling ducts, are they really necessary?
Fog light bezels, I thought they came with the kit?
Headlamp washer caps, I'll ask the body shop to fill those in.

So it looks like I only need the fender liners, absorber and bumper protectors? Does that sound right?

Thanks is250sp for the list.

ps. I can't use Rippy, they don't ship to Canada.

smca
06-30-13, 04:28 PM
Pics

is250sp
06-30-13, 06:37 PM
My car has the factory fog lights, I can reuse those right?
Brake cooling ducts, are they really necessary?
Fog light bezels, I thought they came with the kit?
Headlamp washer caps, I'll ask the body shop to fill those in.

So it looks like I only need the fender liners, absorber and bumper protectors? Does that sound right?

Thanks is250sp for the list.

ps. I can't use Rippy, they don't ship to Canada.

My car has the factory fog lights, I can reuse those right? I don't know if they will fit as I didn't reuse mine and went with the D3 led fogs
Brake cooling ducts, are they really necessary? Not really necessary but these parts are cheap
Fog light bezels, I thought they came with the kit? Looks like the kit comes with the bezels and fogs
Headlamp washer caps, I'll ask the body shop to fill those in. This is what I did too

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Finished my V conversion. Took more than three hours. Started Saturday at about 10:00 AM and closed the hood at 9:30 PM. Probably spent more time than necessary removing the stock CTS nose. I did have to cut off the two metal brackets as they came in contact with the brake ducts. I did have one problem. The hose from the V headlight washers keep getting in the way and would not allow the V nose to fit against the bumper absorber. Once I realized that was the problem and I taped the hose so it would not make contact with the absorber, the V nose fit on perfect. Also, needed some special fasteners to mount the V front spoilers. They are different from the stock CTS fastners. I do have a question? The CTS has a front spoiler that extends across the entire front of the car, probably to direct air flow. Does the V conversion require such a front spoiler or does those three front pieces eliminate the long front spoiler that was on the stock CTS?

It does not need the non-V front spoiler. As a matter of fact I find that part ugly, thank god its not on the V

ssrodder
06-30-13, 07:56 PM
Thank you for the info. I am glad that I do not have to use the full width stock CTS front spoiler. I was concerned with overheating of the engine. Took it for its first ride today and the engine temperature stayed just where it was prior to the V front swap.

jmarts_cts
07-01-13, 07:05 PM
Is the lower bumper protector (#25882978) one part, or is it three separate pieces?

smca
07-01-13, 07:29 PM
3 separate pieces.

smca
07-04-13, 06:37 PM
I put DRL LEDs in the fog light bezel.

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smca
07-05-13, 05:30 PM
I have more pics but forum not letting me upload.

is250sp
07-05-13, 09:17 PM
I have more pics but forum not letting me upload.

Go into your settings and delete old attachments

smca
07-05-13, 10:19 PM
Pics

is250sp
07-05-13, 11:09 PM
Looks good but for some reason it seems a bit overkill with dual fog lights. Perhaps if you remove the oem fogs and make the opening like the D3 inlet it my look cleaner

smca
07-06-13, 12:26 AM
Fog lights aren't wired up. The strips are DRLs. Looks a lot like Mercedes factory set up.

is250sp
07-06-13, 12:46 AM
right but the MB setup only have the led strip without the round fogs. Even though the round fogs are not wired up what I am saying is its just looks with weird with both the round fogs and leds together. Just my opinion :)

jmarts_cts
09-09-13, 05:34 PM
Here it is, finally painted and installed.

Hopefully the image attachment works.

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