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What I mean by diamond is, it looks like a piece of jewelry. Suta is the manufacturer and I managed to get them to drop their price to $3495.00 for anyone interested, that's $500 dollars off their walk in price At Allen Cadillac in Laguna Niguel, CA. They will be sending me pictures of a red XLR on their floor with these items installed. I was blown away at the look.
Other news: Next month they will be offering a patch strap with a plug in for an Ipod, cost unknown at this time................I also have it on good authority that Caddilac will be adding a plug & play for Ipods and you will be able to see all your songs and info on your nav screen. I couldn't get a direct answer as to which vehicles will have it, but Escalade for sure. It only makes sense if they do it for the Escalade, why not the other top end vehicles. You guys and gals no I don't put gossip on here................so what do you think?
Will post pics ASAP.
BTW, If you install the bottom grill, no more Adaptive Cruise Control. There are two reasons why we loose the ACC in the 06 XLR's.........1. The bottom grill 2. They wanted that area for full ventilation.
How about that Harry? Want One?
 

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Thanks for the info standby... $3500.00 sounds like a lot of money for a chrome grill... I guess the p[ictures will tell more about the grill (the Lund Cadillac chromed grill didn't seem to have a nice finish)...

What do you mean about the ACC not functioning if someone puts a bottom grill? Are you refering to the mesh grill only? Or to any metallic grill? So is that why XLRs come with a plastic factory grill?

mahme :cool
 
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You got it mahme,

Your radar is behind the smoke plastic in the bottom of the grill, which has nothing to do with the main grill. You put in a chrome grill that's very closed mesh and the radar will pick up all that metal and will not work, that's why they are cancelling the ACC and just putting in standard cruise control.
You could still go with the mesh up top though, which would be a little cheaper, excuse me, a little less expensive or buy the 2006 which is a bit more money.
I cannot think of an other word other than awsome for this grill, and is quite heavy.
Don't expect pics until next week some time.

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So is that why XLRs come with a plastic factory grill?mahme :cool
 

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Hi all:

The "Strut" grilles were installed Monday. Opted for the lower grille too and got rid of all the plastic panels so that the engine now gets super airflow.
Looks awesome besides.
The Corsa exhaust continues to amaze and entertain me. All in all, a totally different driving experience.

Best and only mods I've made to my XLR so far, and I would highly recommend both.

(Full Disclosure.) I am not involved in any way, with Strut or Corsa companies.

Happy Driving and, don't forget to "Check Six".
 

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standby said:
Other news: Next month they will be offering a patch strap with a plug in for an Ipod, cost unknown at this time................
Does anyone know if they will also be offering an add-on kit for Bluetooth? :confused
 

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brooksmorris said:
Hi all:

The "Strut" grilles were installed Monday. Opted for the lower grille too and got rid of all the plastic panels so that the engine now gets super airflow.
Looks awesome besides.
The Corsa exhaust continues to amaze and entertain me. All in all, a totally different driving experience.

Best and only mods I've made to my XLR so far, and I would highly recommend both.

(Full Disclosure.) I am not involved in any way, with Strut or Corsa companies.

Happy Driving and, don't forget to "Check Six".

Can we get a couple of pictures when you get a chance?
 
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The big glaring question is.................Does your ACC work or does the grill bounce the signal back?
brooksmorris said:
Hi all:

The "Strut" grilles were installed Monday. Opted for the lower grille too and got rid of all the plastic panels so that the engine now gets super airflow.
Looks awesome besides.
The Corsa exhaust continues to amaze and entertain me. All in all, a totally different driving experience.

Best and only mods I've made to my XLR so far, and I would highly recommend both.

(Full Disclosure.) I am not involved in any way, with Strut or Corsa companies.

Happy Driving and, don't forget to "Check Six".
 

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brooksmorris said:
Hi all:

The "Strut" grilles were installed Monday. Opted for the lower grille too and got rid of all the plastic panels so that the engine now gets super airflow.
Looks awesome besides.
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Brooksmorris,
Strut claimed to me that the cruise control ACC still operates with the lower grill installed....is this true???
When I talked to them a year ago they wanted $5000.
Tell me you didn't pay that much........
 

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Brooksmorris,
Strut claimed to me that the cruise control ACC still operates with the lower grill installed....is this true???
When I talked to them a year ago they wanted $5000.
Tell me you didn't pay that much........

They told me the same thing when I called them. I still think that when all is said and done we will find that GM deleted the ACC from the "V" series due to the fact they needed the additional surface area for air intake to cool all of the extra heat being generated under the hood.

Even with water-to-air innercooling and a heat exchanger there will be a significant jump in engine compartment heating. Also, the heat exchanger will need a place to mount and I would bet even money the space utilized by the ACC was needed for that purpose.

But I may be wrong.................
 

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When I talked to Strut they had only done the one prototype. When I asked him about the ACC he had no idea what I was talking about and said he would need to check with the customer to see if it still worked. After checking with Busta Rymes, the customer, he said sure, it works.....I still have my doubts.


it's actually a pretty simple test if someone just taped a small piece of chicken wire over the lens
 
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1_XLR,
The more I think about it, the more I think you guys are right. The radar only picks up large items, so it should see through the grill.
Allen Cadillac in Laguna Niguel, CA is selling Strut's grills for half price installed...........$1995. Thats a deal for anone close to Southern California. I was told by the manager guy that installs them.

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Brooksmorris,
Strut claimed to me that the cruise control ACC still operates with the lower grill installed....is this true???
When I talked to them a year ago they wanted $5000.
Tell me you didn't pay that much........
 

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Hi Everybody:

Since I don't use the "Cruise Control" on my machine, installing the lower grille was a "no brainer."
I wanted the increased airflow the lower grille provides to the engine. and, I especially, do not tolerate a computer, setting my brakes for me in the "adaptive mode."
I even told Allen Cadillac that I would sign a waiver, if necessary, in the event that ACC didn't work.

At Allen's request, I checked the cruise control today on a trip to Oceanside and back. Works perfect.

What I didn't check is the ACC part of the equation.
Now, I'm forced to go into the owners handbook, to see what ACC is all about, try it, test it and report back to you.

Stay Tuned!.
 

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brooksmorris said:
Hi Everybody:

Since I don't use the "Cruise Control" on my machine, installing the lower grille was a "no brainer."
I wanted the increased airflow the lower grille provides to the engine. and, I especially, do not tolerate a computer, setting my brakes for me in the "adaptive mode."
I even told Allen Cadillac that I would sign a waiver, if necessary, in the event that ACC didn't work.

At Allen's request, I checked the cruise control today on a trip to Oceanside and back. Works perfect.

What I didn't check is the ACC part of the equation.
Now, I'm forced to go into the owners handbook, to see what ACC is all about, try it, test it and report back to you.

Stay Tuned!.
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Very interesting....I don't think the cruise control will "set" unless the ACC is opperable.....I may be getting me a grill after all! :thumbs
 

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Hi all.

A question: why they didn't use the hardware employed for the ACC of the STS, with a small antenna under the crest made of dielectric material? Can someone tell me if the STS-V offers the ACC like a standard or optional feature?
Thanks in advance.
 

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1_XLR,
The more I think about it, the more I think you guys are right. The radar only picks up large items, so it should see through the grill.
Allen Cadillac in Laguna Niguel, CA is selling Strut's grills for half price installed...........$1995. Thats a deal for anone close to Southern California. I was told by the manager guy that installs them.
Standby:
What are you saying now," that you warned everybody?"

I have reported my experience with the Strut Grille, in particular, the lower grille and have been up front regarding my opinion about ACC.

To reiterate: I realize the comfort provided with cruise control, especially on long trips, however, the idea of the on board computer setting the brakes for me while in "Adaptive Mode" is totally unacceptable to me as a driver.

As I stated previously, I opted for the lower Strut Grille regardless of whether it interfered with the ACC. I wanted more airflow to my engine.
(The console area also seems to be noticeably cooler than before.)

As to the "Gap" setting. I checked that out this morning because of my incident reported yesterday. Someone stated that the Gap setting had nothing to do with the ACC. Wrong: There are 6 settings, from 2 thru 6 seconds, all related to speed. I happened to be in the 2 second setting when I turned on the cruise control and it suddenly applied the brakes while in the middle lane of the 405 FWY.

Summary: I could care less about Adaptive Cruise Control and will not miss it.

I am happy with my choice for the lower Strut Grille. Choices are what life is all about.

P.S. Thanks for restraining politics on this site, in the future.
 
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Brooks,
If you look back in my post, you will see that I said, "I didn't believe the ACC would work with the new grill", then I moved toward the left after hearing some good things from you, but as we all can see, it can't be trusted and sounds to me like it could cause a major one on the freeway.
As far as politics is concerned. I merely said that my Union has been good to me and someone else had to use some pretty bad laungage to get their point across as to how they felt about unions. The other pary should be apologizing for his temper, not me.

brooksmorris said:
Standby:
What are you saying now," that you warned everybody?"

I am happy with my choice for the lower Strut Grille. Choices are what life is all about.

P.S. Thanks for restraining politics on this site, in the future.
 

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brooksmorris said:
As to the "Gap" setting. I checked that out this morning because of my incident reported yesterday. Someone stated that the Gap setting had nothing to do with the ACC. Wrong:

P.S. Thanks for restraining politics on this site, in the future.
Hi Brooks,
Gap setting of course has everything to do with the ACC. My opinion was it didn't have anything to do with the "CLEAN RADAR SCREEN" message, IE interferance.

I was approached by Strut about a year ago with this grille, and have maintained my doubts that the ACC could work. I've waited a long time for for someone to actually test and report on it, so I really appreciate all your info. As great as it looks I'm not willing to give up the ACC for it.
 
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