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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-29-2007, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Chrome grille

I just replaced the grille on the front of my '05 with one that is chrome, but looks like the OEM grille. The directions were astonishingly long, but all you have to do is open the hood,
pop the four plastic nuts off (ok, I don't know what they are called).
Unscrew the four screws that hold the top of the OEM grille,
pull the grille forward with a long flat screwdriver, start unsnapping the bottom clips, (push pretty hard to get these loose and pull away from the front of the car. They will pop out pretty easily. You might want to use some painters tape to protect the bumper.

After the OEM grille is out, reverse the process. It will take about 1/2 hour to 45 mintes to do the whole job- and you don't have to take off the bumper cover and headlights, etc out like the directions tell you to do.

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Hey RickH,

Any pics to show us how it looks? Sounds like you are dressing her up for Savannah.

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Rick, I'm glad you got the grille installed. Have a great time this weekend. Take a lot of pictures.

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Water

You probably know about the water shortage here in the Atlanta area. I'm trying to hold off on giving the car a bath at the car wash until Friday when we set out for Savannah. I'll post some pictures next week after I get back.

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I just replaced the grille on the front of my '05 with one that is chrome, but looks like the OEM grille. The directions were astonishingly long, but all you have to do is open the hood,
pop the four plastic nuts off (ok, I don't know what they are called).
Unscrew the four screws that hold the top of the OEM grille,
pull the grille forward with a long flat screwdriver, start unsnapping the bottom clips, (push pretty hard to get these loose and pull away from the front of the car. They will pop out pretty easily. You might want to use some painters tape to protect the bumper.

After the OEM grille is out, reverse the process. It will take about 1/2 hour to 45 mintes to do the whole job- and you don't have to take off the bumper cover and headlights, etc out like the directions tell you to do.

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any pics yet??????
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Saw Rick's new grille in Savannah....WOW. It looks great. I am sure Professor will post many pics of our adventure, so the grille you will see.

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I just replaced the grille on the front of my '05 with one that is chrome, but looks like the OEM grille. The directions were astonishingly long, but all you have to do is open the hood,
pop the four plastic nuts off (ok, I don't know what they are called).
Unscrew the four screws that hold the top of the OEM grille,
pull the grille forward with a long flat screwdriver, start unsnapping the bottom clips, (push pretty hard to get these loose and pull away from the front of the car. They will pop out pretty easily. You might want to use some painters tape to protect the bumper.

After the OEM grille is out, reverse the process. It will take about 1/2 hour to 45 mintes to do the whole job- and you don't have to take off the bumper cover and headlights, etc out like the directions tell you to do.

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i replaced XLR lower GRill from XLR to XLV shapre.....and it looks cool, but i didnt want to change the grill of the XLR as its classic and looks better ... the installation is easy for the lower grill as you can do it at home...
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i replaced XLR lower GRill from XLR to XLV shapre.....and it looks cool, but i didnt want to change the grill of the XLR as its classic and looks better ... the installation is easy for the lower grill as you can do it at home...
Your Adaptive Cruise Control is probably not working anymore...

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Your Adaptive Cruise Control is probably not working anymore...

its working fine...its the lower grill not the upper onces..as the sensor of adaptive cruise control mountaed behind the logo...

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its working fine...its the lower grill not the upper onces..as the sensor of adaptive cruise control mounted behind the logo...

The ACC radar is mounted behind the left side semi-transparent plastic panel of the lower facia opening. I was told by one of the ACC System designer that the wire mesh grill would not allow the radar to perform as needed for the ACC. Well, I hope you do some operational tests before you start relying on it's function too much. Many people in here would like to change their lower grill but do not want to loose their cruise control. Good luck and let us know what happens.

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I know just about everyone has asked about and talked about the Wire Mess Grille install, but I havn't really figured out if anyone has answered weather or not if, installing the lower grille causes you to lose the entire cruise control system or just the adaptive cruise control. I know my dealer is selling an XLR with the aftermarket grille installed, but they can't answer the question for me. I just hate to lose my cruise control. If I understand right, the V doesn't have adaptive cruise, am I right?

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If you install the metal lower grille you will lose the ACC. The regular cruise will still work. No, unfortunately, the "V" doesn't have ACC.

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Thanks Floyd, That's just what I wanted to hear. I can live with that. Just couldn't see spending that kind of money and lose the cruise control.

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