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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I'll make this short and sweet When doing the swap, do you need to replace the metal bumper AND the ...
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    '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    I'll make this short and sweet

    When doing the swap, do you need to replace the metal bumper AND the bumper cover?

    Or just the bumper cover?

    Or just the metal bumper behind the bumper cover?



    I have searched, and read, and read, and read some more. And can't seem to find the answer. I think it's mainly because a lot of people don't know the difference between the bumper cover and the actual bumper, causing confusing answers.

    If I do all the labor myself I feel like I can do the swap for the same price as a $500 mesh grille (or very close)

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    Sorry for the highjack but its related. Has anyone swapped the fenders too?
    I've only seen the bumper and grille swapped. The fenders look like a direct bolt on but not sure.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    fenders are a direct bolt on

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    someone has to know this answer.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    Thanks. I figured they were.
    As for the OP's question I think I saw on here or another forum where all they changed was the cover. The bumper itself was the same.
    Don't quote me on that though.

    I keep checking the local wreckers for one that has been hit in the back.

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    Someone has to have an exact answer for me.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    How does nobody know this answer when its been a widely discussed topic???????

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    The front bumper impact bar is the same part number from 2005-11 (at least for the North American STS, didn't check export) so no, there is no requirement to replace this as well.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    Basically, you need a new bumper cover and new upper and lower grille inserts.

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    Thanks guys! Why don't more people do this? It seems like it would be rather inexpensive after you sell all your old OEM parts. Almost a straight swap if you purchase the parts right.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by tking5830 View Post
    Thanks guys! Why don't more people do this? It seems like it would be rather inexpensive after you sell all your old OEM parts. Almost a straight swap if you purchase the parts right.
    As I posted, I'm checking the wrecker now and then for a front clip. Even then it would have to come off a grey one and be reasonably priced for me to consider it. If I have to lay any paint on it, I'm going to do the whole car and I'm not really looking to make my daily driver into another project.
    As far as selling the oem part, if everyone was swapping the front clip, there would be little demand for the 05-07 parts. Wont get much for them.

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    I personally like 05 07 front but 08 2011 rear and d3 fenders. I like 08 rear with rear fog lights aka gulf spec

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    Re: '06 to '08 Front End Conversion. I've searched... still confused about one thing.

    I'd like to locate a 2005-2007 ACC-style grille at a reasonable price. Stained or painted would be OK because that's my plan for it. I just want to keep the original one because mods generally reduce resale value.

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