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I am looking for photographs of a silver platinum CTS with its grill painted the same color as the CTS' body? I want to paint the grill, the chrome hood piece over the grill and the top of the headlight housing (aka Tim Allen) all silver platinum. I am considering the V's grill, but I think the monochromatic front end would look better, but I'd like to see what it looks like (at least the grill). Thanks.

Main reason to pursue this idea now is because someone conveniently backed into my front end punching the grill in the lower corner and scraping my bumper; minor cosmetic damage, but a headache nonetheless. Man I love the holiday season.
 

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did u see the SRX he did on that page? the bodykit dosnt go with it at all. You have the edgy chieseled design of the SRX and a completly aerodynmaic curvy bodykit.
Yeah, I agree the lower body kit looks like it's off a Buick.
 

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SoCadillac said:
I am looking for photographs of a silver platinum CTS with its grill painted the same color as the CTS' body? I want to paint the grill, the chrome hood piece over the grill and the top of the headlight housing (aka Tim Allen) all silver platinum. I am considering the V's grill, but I think the monochromatic front end would look better, but I'd like to see what it looks like (at least the grill). Thanks.

Main reason to pursue this idea now is because someone conveniently backed into my front end punching the grill in the lower corner and scraping my bumper; minor cosmetic damage, but a headache nonetheless. Man I love the holiday season.
Here's a silver CTS with a painted grill and a V bumper. It's the same as mine other than mine is black. I think it really looks HOT! I don't care for the V grill at all.

 

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Here's a silver CTS with a painted grill and a V bumper. It's the same as mine other than mine is black. I think it really looks HOT! I don't care for the V grill at all.
I agree that this is the way to go. As much as I love the mesh grill of the V is does not have any depth to it to play on light and shadow (as in a great piece of architecture). Thanks for the photograph!
 

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Im looking forward to my cts-v mesh grill.:devil:
 

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SoCadillac said:
I agree that this is the way to go. As much as I love the mesh grill of the V is does not have any depth to it to play on light and shadow (as in a great piece of architecture). Thanks for the photograph!
I think the painted grill is in keeping with the CTS Stealth look. Cadillac must have seen what we were doing and copied for the new 2006 Sport Package.
I think my steath look is reinforced with the black rims and polished rings & centers.

 

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Actually the new grille color on the more recently built '06's just about matches the Light Platinum color...
 

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Hey, how much did it cost to have the front CTS-V bumper painted and installed?
If you paint your present grill it's about $1700. With V side skirts it's a bit over $2,000. Pricey? Yes but a dynamite appearance !! Here's what's needed.

Parts Needed: Part NumberDescription 12335777Front Bumper Cover, CTS-V (must be painted) 25750634Right Bumper Extension (new inner fender well cover) 25750635Left Bumper Extension 25753700Right Fog Lamp (includes air vent for brakes) 25753699Left Fog Lamp 25752695Lower Air Deflector (the lower engine cover/deflector) 25750638Lower Stainless Mess Grille 15147586Upper Stainless Mess Grille (includes emblems) - OPTIONAL (you can use the regular grille) NA Two additional screws for the fog lamps (the regular CTS only uses two screws for each fog lamp, and the CTS-V front end uses three per lamp) NA10 Push-in expansion pins for lower grille Installation:
The first step is to order your front end and have it painted to match by a skilled paint shop. I HIGHLY recommend you have your dealer install your front end for you as it's not a simple project and really requires two people to remove the front end and position the new front end.
Once you have your new front end cover ready, you'll need to jack your front end up, and remove both wheels. Next, go along inside the front part of the wheel wells and underneath the front end, and remove all the push-in expansion pins that secure those items to the vehicle. Take note of where you remove them from, and how everything overlaps while you remove them. You'll reuse the black rubber air dam that is on the very bottom of the front end - take special note to how that rubber air dam is installed. Remove the front inner fender wells and the lower air deflector/engine cover (protects/covers the bottom of the engine). Remove the plugs on the fog lamps and on the side parking lamps/turn signals. Now you can gain access to the bolts that secure both sides of the bumper from inside the fender well (by the side parking lamps). Remove the rear-most bolt only, on both sides. Then loosen the two remaining nuts on both sides, only about 4 turns (do not remove them). Now, remove the rubber radiator cover inside the front of the engine area, and remove all the push-in expansion pins from the top of the bumper cover. Now slide the front bumper cover forward and then down to dislodge the two guide bolts that are on both sides (you loosened the nuts that hold them, remember).
[This is a great time to replace your headlight bulbs as you have to remove the front end to gain access]
Now remove the side parking lamps simply by releasing them from the rear and pushing them forward out of the bumper cover. Install them into the new V bumper cover.
Then remove the fog lamps from the bumper cover as you'll need the 4 screws and the rubber fog lamp seals. Install the new fog lamps that are for the V front end by first placing the rubber fog lamp seal over the hole in the bumper cover and then placing the fog lamp on it. Line the holes up and install the screws, on just inside the hole for the fog lamp, and two in the bottom of the bumper cover. Do NOT tighten just yet.
Next, install the Lower Mess grille in the new bumper cover using the 10 push-in expansion pins.
Next, remove all the push-in expansion pins securing the old grille to the old bumper cover. Use these pins to install the new V grille, or your old original grille, into the new bumper cover.
Now position the new bumper cover onto the CTS by putting the two guide bolts that are on both sides up into the fender and sliding it back. Next, install 2 push-in pins in the top of the bumper cover to hold it. Tighten the two nuts on both sides as you align the fender to the bumper cover. Now install the bolt that goes in the third, rear-most position on both sides. Now connect all the electrical connectors.
At this time, you'll want to install the new fender extensions in the front fender well. What should be left to install the lower air deflector/engine cover, but you're not ready for that just yet.
You need to tighten the fog lamps, so push on the back of the fog lamps to align them tight against the bumper cover, and slightly compress the fog lamp rubber seal. Now tighten the screws while you hold this position, on both sides.
Lastly, install the lower air deflector/engine cover, and the rubber lower air dam. Then finish putting in the remainder of the push-pins in the engine compartment area, and replace the rubber radiator cover.
Install Time: Approx. 3 hours

Approx. Cost:$1599 to $1800 (assuming parts through gmpartsdirect.com)

 
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