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At the Ohio Meet we discovered the V guys had a much more appealing radiator seal/cover. We interchaged parts and it does fit. I ordered one from GMPD.
PN-15242081 Price was $33. I'm gonna have Pete plate it with my engine cover. It's marked with the X in the pic. Ours are floppy rubber and kinda ugly.
 

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After you snap it in place, you'll likely need to drill two holes in the upper part of the grill for the push-pin fasteners (it mounts that way in the V). The holes are in the radiator cover already, to use as a guide. Otherwise, I found that it tends to move around. It's a huge upgrade in appearance and really cleans up under the hood.
 

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odysseus said:
After you snap it in place, you'll likely need to drill two holes in the upper part of the grill for the push-pin fasteners (it mounts that way in the V). The holes are in the radiator cover already, to use as a guide. Otherwise, I found that it tends to move around. It's a huge upgrade in appearance and really cleans up under the hood.
Ody,
GM musta discovered that. The V Guys at the Ohio meet had them both ways.
I hope my new one comes with the holes already in the cover. I remember you have had yours for a while thus the need to drill. Velco might work. I may look into that before I drill. I'm a dangerous man with power tools!:D
 

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My cover just arrived. It's much larger than I remembered. It's going in the same box with my engine cover and fuse box cover to be "Black Chrome" Plated at Cadillac MotorSports. I also thru in the chrome metal strip that's above the CTS grill.
 

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RobertCTS said:
My cover just arrived. It's much larger than I remembered. It's going in the same box with my engine cover and fuse box cover to be "Black Chrome" Plated at Cadillac MotorSports. I also thru in the chrome metal strip that's above the CTS grill.
For those who are not familiar with the rigid radiator A/C Cover here's a pic.
The 3.6 and I think the 3.2 now have a floppy rubber cover.

Opps..I already posted that.

Hey the Avitars are back!!
 

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Wow, I love this plug and play stuff from the V.
Yep, When I saw it at the Ohio Meet I thought I gotta have this. I think Ody was the 1st to bring it to my attention so I've been looking for it. $33 price tag wasn't bad. It's a big piece and black chromed with the Engine cover should be awesome. You plan to get one?
 

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Yes, but I do not understand the need to drill. I already have the "Plug & Play" V grille. Does this mean I won't have to drill?
 

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Yes, but I do not understand the need to drill. I already have the "Plug & Play" V grille. Does this mean I won't have to drill?
At the Ohio Meet we saw two styles. They look identical but one had two pins holding it in place the other did not. Ody installed one on his CTS and said it vibrated and moved. So maybe drills or velcro etc would work. I shall see if anything is needed.
 

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I got my radiator cover to-day, and it does not seem to fit. I cannot seat the prongs because of the sponge piece attached to the bottom of the cover as well as there is a small hose running over the top of the rad to the overflow that seems to be in the way. I thought this would be just plug and play. I must have missed something. Also I have the V grille and it does not have the two holes in the top for the push pins. Help!
 

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I had to drill two new holes in my painted (stock) CTS grill for the pushpins. no big deal. The cover 'snaps' into place, but it's sometimes easier to 'bow' it to get the big clips to grab. You'll have to put a little down pressure to compress the foam, or simply remove it and install some shorter foam to keep it from rattling. This is the single best improvement in the 'underhood looks' department that I've done.
 

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I had to drill two new holes in my painted (stock) CTS grill for the pushpins. no big deal. The cover 'snaps' into place, but it's sometimes easier to 'bow' it to get the big clips to grab. You'll have to put a little down pressure to compress the foam, or simply remove it and install some shorter foam to keep it from rattling. This is the single best improvement in the 'underhood looks' department that I've done.
At our Ohio Meet We snapped the cover off the v and put it on mine. No screws involved. What was that all about?
 

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Thank you for your excellent advice. I did not use enough force to compress the foam strip. What a difference it makes in cleaning up the engine compartment!
 

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Robert,

The rigid cover fits fine without the pushpins, but if you look at a V, the two spare holes have pushpins installed. My stock grill didn't have them, so I drilled and installed them. I think it's a belt and suspenders approach to keep the cover from popping off. They're not required, but I did it to fill the holes as the factory does.
 

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Sounds good I just ordered one from GMPD. Maybe I can put a chrome strip on it. :thepan:
SUBTOTAL:
$36.06
PROCESSING & HANDLING TOTAL:
$9.95
TAXES:
$0.00
ORDER TOTAL:
$ 46.01
 

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luvmy03caddy said:
For reals! I dont know what you guys are talking about... I might just have to buy one too lol... And put a chrome strip! HA
 
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