Cadillac XTS Forum Discussion, XTS Splash Guards in Current Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; With the assistance of my truly excellent parts man, Chris at Tubman Chevrolet, I have worked diligently to find splash ...
Automobile(s): 2008 DTS Lux III (assembled January 31, 2008)
Ottawa - Canada
XTS Splash Guards
With the assistance of my truly excellent parts man, Chris at Tubman Chevrolet, I have worked diligently to find splash guards for my Father's XTS Premium.
Splash guards are a funny thing for GM. Sometimes they offer them, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they list them for only one specific year when they will actually fit a series of years. Sometimes they list them as mud guards and not splash guards.
In my search I tested the splash guards GM has on offer for each of its super epsilon cars.
19172528; and, 19172535.
22872956; 22872957; and, 23110566.
20995548; and, 22864060.
None of these fit, or could be made to fit.
However in September I discovered a Chinese vendor, allcar12, on eBay offering XTS splash guards. I ordered a set and received them via DHL two weeks later.
What I received looks very similar in construction quality and casting to splash guards sold under GM part numbers. The only difference was a lack of a GM part number cast into the splash guards. Although, the hardware that they shipped with was inadequate and not of the quality used by GM. Similarly the instructions provided were inappropriate as they referenced a BMW 7 series. I discarded both.
I had the splash guards masked and painted in the 4/5 arrangement I've used since 2008 and set aside the time to install them today.
I'm pleased to report that they fit excellently.
For all intents and purposes these are GM splash guards. All the mounting holes matched up, with only the need to drill one hole through the fender lip for each front splash guard. I removed and reused the existing fasteners to attach the splash guards. For the additional hole drilled into the front fenders, I protected the hole from corrosion with 12371287 lubricant as specified in TSB 03-00-89-008 and used 11570637, the same T20 screw GM uses elsewhere in the XTS wheelhouse, to retain the top of the front splash guards. For the rears I also used one GM push pin type retainer up through the bottom of the splash guard into an existing hole at the bottom of the fender.
The overall look is completely factory and I am completely satisfied.
It was a cloudy day today, but here are a few images of the splash guards installed.