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Hey guys, my first post.

Just picked up a 04 with 19k miles with the 3.6 for my wife. Not a loaded version (base trim?), but still a VERY nice car, paid 15K, pretty good deal I think.
I would have liked to have found one that had the Sport Appearance Package, but I can add individual pieces later.

My first mod will be to add HID's, what a PIA that looks to be, with needing to remove the bumper.
You have to remove the bumper on the GTO to install the SAP grill and it is really easy to break the plastic tabs on the back side of the bumper. At least the bumper on the CTS will fit properly once re-installed.

I read that some guys have gotten to the projectors without removing the bumper, any thoughts about their method?

Thanks in advance for any input.
 

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It's not hard to get at the low beams through the engine compartment. 20 min each side. On the drivers side, remove the air filter box. On the passenger side, remove the 3 screws that hold the fuse box down and raise the fuse box to get at the dust covers. I installed 6000k HIDs that way, didn't take long at all. I also put HIDs in the fogs and a white led in the trainagle, all three match in color, open my pictures to see how it turned out.
 

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It's not hard to get at the low beams through the engine compartment. 20 min each side. On the drivers side, remove the air filter box. On the passenger side, remove the 3 screws that hold the fuse box down and raise the fuse box to get at the dust covers. I installed 6000k HIDs that way, didn't take long at all. I also put HIDs in the fogs and a white led in the trainagle, all three match in color, open my pictures to see how it turned out.
Thanks Sammy Z.:2thumbs:

I subscribed to your earlier thread about your method for future reference. I will try your way first, sure seems a lot better than removing the bumper.
I am a little concerned about the "third" bolt/nut in the fuse box. I have not had a chance to look at the car to see exactly what this looks like, but I am afraid I might not be able to re-install that nut(?), based on the way you described it. Maybe I will purchase one of those tools that picks up items with its little claws.

Thanks again.
 

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That sounds like really low mileage for a 5 y/o car. Nice find.

:welcome5: to the forums and thanks for signing up. :)
 
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