Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, My 05' to 08' Fascia Upgrade in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I had cracked my bumper cover this last winter so I decided I would do the update while I was ...
I had cracked my bumper cover this last winter so I decided I would do the update while I was at it.
Pre-update, I cracked the lower passenger side of the cover and broke part of the bracket of the fog/signal lamp.
I have done some E&G and T-Rex grilles for some of my customers so I traded a local salvage yard for a reconditioned 08' cover(rear of pic) for some OEM grilles that were left over. After I made the trade I quickly found out how hard it is to find lower grilles and even uppers that include the chrome trim for the 08'+. After researching the cost of grilles and the misc hardware it became evident that it would be most cost effective to buy an entire fascia Assembly(front of pic) from SurplusGM.com even though I would not be using the cover itself. I was extremely surprised when the assembly showed up with foglights, headlamp washers and all hardware I needed for a total of $378 shipped!
Grilles sanded and ready for paint. Ridiculous amount pcs and plastic welding involved in these grilles!
Ready for the facelift.
Decided to clean up the headlights while it was convenient
Not perfect but pretty good for 5 year old lenses
I filled the tow hook access door and the license plate holes. Considering it costs me $135 for a no front license plate tickets, I epoxied high strength magnets on the back side of the cover and on my plate. I can slap it on when I feel I need to.
All done, I regret not having the all the chrome trim painted to match but there is no way I am pulling those grilles apart again.
Boltingit on is the same. You do need a few parts like the plastc fog light brackets and a new splash sheild and air dam. The bolts and nuts that K STS had listed were not needed he just listed them to be safe.
If you get a whole front fascia you will only need the splash shield and maybe the lower air dam.
If you dont get the whole fascia and you just get a bumper cover you will need: Lower air dam, splash shield, 23 grill clips, and the two fog light brackets.
If you get the whole front fascia it will come with the fog light brackets, grill clips, and maybe the lower air dam.
I only got the bumper cover grom surpolusGM because I didnt see the fascia at the time. I ordered all of the above listed parts from newgmparts.com and it only came to just over $200.
also, if you only get the bumper cover and you go with an aftermarket grill like the E&G you will have to buy stock grills anyways and take the chrome off of them. You can find the upper grill on ebay quite often but the lower grill is hard to find.
So its better to just get the front fascia.
But the question was how does it bolt on. And the answer is that it bolts on just like the original bumper cover. Nothing is different about how it bolts on. The only thing they changed was the fog light brackets and the splash shield.
It is a very easy upgrade. switching the fog light brackets and installing the fog lights and the air dam is a 20 min job if that.
I had to take the entire clearcoat off since someone had already tried to clean them up and left bare patches and clearcoated patches. The restoration kits are not aggressive enough to take the clear off.
Started wet sanding w/ light pressure 400g then
Heavy cut paint cleaner w/wool pad
Light cut cleaner w/compounding pad
Polish w/polish pad
They will scratch quicker/easier now without clearcoat but they will be very easy to buff out. Probably could even do it by hand.