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Old 02-05-2007, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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winter front install

I tried searching for this information, but didn't find quite what I needed.
I don't consider myself a mechanical idiot, but the winter front that came with my used 02 is apparently way, way over my pay grade. I have one with four snaps on the top and a whole bunch of what look like felt covered tabs around the edges.
First question: do I have to buy some replacement screws for under the hood that the snaps go on?
Second question: do I have to bend the tabs to fit to the grill or am I missing pieces?
Thanks for any help that you can give.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the cover should have come with the screws.
yes you have to bend the tabs.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, that's what I needed to know. Maybe not what I wanted to hear but I appreciate it.
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I just installed mine for the first time last Sunday. Our temps were hovering around ZERO F and the wife said she would like to be a little warmer while riding. Now my engine temp gauge reads around 200*F while driving @ 70 MPH (Was around 140*F before installing the winter front)

I only installed the Grille cover. NO screws are needed. You just have to bend the tabs (Before you try to install) like shown in the instructions. The snaps are there for tightening the fit once you have attached all the tabs.

If you can help it, do the install in a warm garage. I nearly froze my fingers off while trying to install the lower tabs. (I had to dip my hands in warm water 3 or 4 times to warm them up before I finally got the tabs to hook.)

NOTE: It is a VERY TIGHT fit, so be prepared to wrestle with it a bit to get it to go on right. My biggest problem were the two at the upper corners after sliding the pads between the grille and the headlamp assemblies.

I admit that I have seen much better designs on OTR trucks.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Same experience as me, tight fit, but yes if its warm, way better. Thing with me is the dealers in this area put two pop rivets at the bottom of the front license plate bracket, so the bottom cover I couldn't remove the license plate. The cover is over the license plate, which I cutout the triangular hole in the cover. Looks ok, but two numbers are hidden on the license, hope the cops don't give me trouble. Its really cold here and damn, this cover helps like crazy, temps get high real fast.
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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try a cloud rider stainless steel one ............... takes a little extra time for the install, but its on the truck for at least four months !! cost a little more, but when you just spent $45-$50,000 on your truck, that cheesey vinyl cover looks like s@#*. imo i might add !!
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Cloudrider stainless for me. The install was quick, there are only four screw things to tighten. Looks good and works.
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Originally Posted by commish9;1573083;
I tried searching for this information, but didn't find quite what I needed.
I don't consider myself a mechanical idiot, but the winter front that came with my used 02 is apparently way, way over my pay grade. I have one with four snaps on the top and a whole bunch of what look like felt covered tabs around the edges.
First question: do I have to buy some replacement screws for under the hood that the snaps go on?
Second question: do I have to bend the tabs to fit to the grill or am I missing pieces?
Thanks for any help that you can give.
My 02 came with 4 vinyl tabs, about 1" X 2", with a whole in 1 end and a snap in the other.
On the top front of radiator shroud, you remove the four push clips, ( http://www.gmdieseltech.com/store2/c...ategory_id=248 ), slide the clip through the tab hole, and re-install the push clip back into the radiator shroud. These tabs with snaps are now mounted to truck, and can stay on the truck year-round.

As far as the metal tabs fastened to bottem and sides of grill cover, yes, you pre-bend them, before installing cover over grill.
As said, the cover is easier to stretch when installing, if the cover is warm. My grill cover fits smug, but is not that hard to install.

As far as the bumper cover, I only used it 1 winter. When I removed it in spring, it was full of road salt and dirt, and didn't like that. I didn't really notice much warm-up time difference without the bumper cover.
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