: Rear bumper fascia protector!



miked
08-04-05, 08:52 PM
In doing some searching on the Internet, I noticed that GM released a rear bumper fascia protector. I ordered one, it came today, and I put it on. Looks good! Pics below!

c5 rv
08-04-05, 09:26 PM
I like it. Some folks probably won't like the truck look, though.

Playdrv4me
08-05-05, 03:01 AM
Im not sure what you mean, I think it looks terrific.

r_casino
08-05-05, 09:04 AM
Looks good. Where did you buy it?

How does it go on? (Is that a split down the center? Seems like it could have been one piece.)

syrob@MSN.COM
08-05-05, 09:24 AM
I also think it does not look to bad, is it color coded to paint color ?

SYROB

gottawonder
08-05-05, 09:53 AM
Looks handy... Is that the Caddy factory trailer hitch?

GW

syrob@MSN.COM
08-05-05, 12:32 PM
Yes, I have it too, looks nice...
SYROB

miked
08-05-05, 03:05 PM
It's an "official" Cadillac part, part number 12499573. I got it from GMPartsDirect.com, but GMGoodWrench.com also sells it. Runs about $55.

It comes in two pieces that slightly overlap at the seam in the center. You put on the driver's side first, and then the passenger's side. It's pretty easy. Basically, you clean the bumper, and then use "alcohol pads" (which they provide in the kit) to really clean the bumper. Each piece has an adhesive around its circumference, so you just pull off the backing, and then stick it on very carefully, and mash it down. They say you need to use a roller to apply pressure, but I just pushed hard with my thumbs a few times along every inch of the outside edges . . .

It's not color coded, and it's sort of a black plastic. I'm presuming the painting it would not be a good idea, since the first time you scuff it up, the paint would likely come off.

I've put these protectors on most cars that we've owned, and was pleasantly surprised to find one that is designed for the SRX, instead of an aftermarket piece. Especially with heavy suitcases, they're very helpful in protecting the bumper -- scuffed black plastic looks a lot better I think that large scratches down to primer in the painted bumper!

That's also the factory trailer hitch in the pictures! I'd be surprised if we towed anything during the four-year lease of our vehicle, but it came with the car. I was originally going to have the dealer remove it, but it looks good and is very unnoticeable I think, so we just left it on . . . .

John Caddy
08-08-05, 09:44 AM
Looks okay on a dark gray SRX (although you lose one of the shiny spots which is a downer), I would want it to be an exact match to my body color so it doesn't look so utilitarian.

I wonder if Mack1a ever got anywhere with his bumper protector? That was cool and didn't turn the SRX into a hummer...

Larry05
08-08-05, 10:40 AM
So why wouldn't a painted bumper protector scratch just like the bumper itself.

What am I missing here?

mack1a
08-08-05, 12:00 PM
Looks okay on a dark gray SRX (although you lose one of the shiny spots which is a downer), I would want it to be an exact match to my body color so it doesn't look so utilitarian.

I wonder if Mack1a ever got anywhere with his bumper protector? That was cool and didn't turn the SRX into a hummer...

I built the original one just to save my bumper finish. Since then we have always used the Tongue on both cars and I have made many for friends and family. I have no scratches or marks on either bumper (except for a corner scrape mark my wife made on the DTS while parking). One day I was carrying a pool pump in the back of the SRX. It shifted back and when I opened the rear hatch is just rolled out over the bumper. That was the day that I knew this was the answer. The tongue was scraped up but when it is folded in or retracted no one cares.

I did some more work on what I now call the AutoTongue. It works for both SUV type hatches as well as conventional trunks. Did a lot of experimentation with attachment methods, material, etc.

A patent has been applied for and I am now searching for someone to manufacture and market as neither are my thing.

John Caddy
08-09-05, 10:45 AM
I built the original one just to save my bumper finish. Since then we have always used the Tongue on both cars and I have made many for friends and family. I have no scratches or marks on either bumper (except for a corner scrape mark my wife made on the DTS while parking). One day I was carrying a pool pump in the back of the SRX. It shifted back and when I opened the rear hatch is just rolled out over the bumper. That was the day that I knew this was the answer. The tongue was scraped up but when it is folded in or retracted no one cares.

I did some more work on what I now call the AutoTongue. It works for both SUV type hatches as well as conventional trunks. Did a lot of experimentation with attachment methods, material, etc.

A patent has been applied for and I am now searching for someone to manufacture and market as neither are my thing.

:worship:
Well as soon as you get them selling sign me up for the first one!

If you'd be willing to build and sell me one now, please send me an email to johncaddy2004@yahoo.com.

inline6
08-09-05, 02:57 PM
I think I will wait until I am ready to sell the SRX and if the bumper is all scratched up, I will buy one instead of repainting.:D I personally like the solid color look and this protector makes the back look like a Chev SUV.

miked
08-09-05, 05:47 PM
You guys are too funny -- I didn't realize that a simple bumper protector would generate so many comparisons of the SRX to a Chevy SUV and a Hummer! Tough crowd!

Anyway, for those of you who are so concerned, I would recommend looking at the "cargo apron" that Saab offers. It's a roll out apron, that you roll out onto the bumper to protect it when needed.

http://www.saabcatalog.com/retail/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=Saab+Catalog&category%5Fname=Drive9395%3ACargo+Apron&Page=1

Larry05
08-10-05, 09:58 AM
We keep a set of large bath towels same color as carpet in back. Use alot when bringing home bigger, dirtier things from garden center, etc. Very easy to just lay one over the bumper when needed.

Problem solved.

afg350ci
08-10-05, 04:36 PM
I see both sides of the argument. It comes down to whether you prefer form or function.

I have a 2005 black SRX. I love the look of the painted bumper. My previous vehicle was a 2003 Expedition XLT. WAY TOO MUCH gray plastic. I hated it.

However, my dog has already managed to scratch the top of the bumper jumping into the back. I wish I would have installed the protector already. I can see how it would look better on a dark color like mine as opposed to a light color like white.

Besides, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Escalade comes from factory with a plastic protector that is NOT body color (see attached pic). What would make adding it the SRX turn it into a Chevy or a Hummer?

Also, FYI, http://www.gmpartsdirect.com (http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/) has it for $46.20

I think I'm going to order it.

JoeEXT
08-31-05, 04:50 PM
has anyone found the one from the pic I have attached?
It matches the one for the front, available from the acc. catalog.

57TBird
08-31-05, 09:52 PM
I ordered one from GM parts direct, and put it on my Blue Chip.
I'm very happy with it. It's not that noticable, since its on a dark color, plus its already saved the paint from at least one nasty scratch, when I was in a hurry to get my golf clubs out of the back. It took about 2 weeks to get it, once I ordered it (along with the trailer wiring harness, which may have been what held it up).

miked
08-31-05, 10:57 PM
JoeEXT -- that isn't really a bumper fascia protector -- looks more like a rear bumper brush guard. Haven't seen it, though.

57TBird -- glad I'm not the only one who likes it! I had my car in for service, and the dealer's rep thought it looked really sharp.

afg350ci
09-01-05, 09:21 AM
Hello all, I ordered the bumper fascia protector and put it on my black SRX. It's hardly noticeable and will help protect the top of the bumper when the dog gets in and out.

JoeEXT: The rear brush guard looks awesome. Where did you find that pic? Where there anymore pics of that SRX?

analogist
09-01-05, 01:45 PM
to JoeEXT: What acc. catalog are you referring to for the rear and front brush guards?

JoeEXT
09-06-05, 12:26 PM
I found the pic on the net. That is what I am trying to find out.
I would like to get the front and rear for my SRX but I don't know where to get that rear brush guard. The front is from the acc. catalog.

afg350ci - I am not sure what the site was but if you send me an email I will send you the full pics.

afg350ci
09-06-05, 12:55 PM
JoeEXT: What's your email? or You can email me at adrianfgonzalez@bellsouth.net

Thanks

miked
09-06-05, 03:20 PM
I noticed that the front and rear brush guards are now a dealer-installed option . . . the 2006 SRX at one of our local Caddy dealers has it installed.

JoeEXT
09-06-05, 04:50 PM
I found this on gmpartsdirect.com (in a round about way)

17801880 Brush/ Grille Guard Front and Rear, Tarnish (Color Code 67U)
$1040

There are other colors but no pictures. I am trying to confirm if it is the one I have posted.

afg350ci
09-06-05, 09:53 PM
I noticed that the front and rear brush guards are now a dealer-installed option . . . the 2006 SRX at one of our local Caddy dealers has it installed.

That's great. If the dealers have it, then at least we can get the right part numbers and maybe even see them before ordering.