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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question ss/sc & ss/na front ends - question....

I have noticed the ss/sc doesn't have a grill but an open hole in the lower portion of the front end and the ss/na which has basically the exact same front end (atleast the 07'), has a plastic grill in the bottom portion of the bumper. Is there a reason for this? Just curious?

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The grille fits in both models. The SS/SC got the chin spoiler and the SSNA got the grille. I think the 06 SSNA version originally didn't come with the grille -- you had to order it as an accessory, while it became standard on the 07s.

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Yeah, it came on mine but I took it off to take a look at the front end and see if I liked it off rather than on the car. Haven't put it back on yet. Damn rain and cold weather came back. I was just curious if there was a performance objective with the SS/SC not having it. I have yet to see any SS/SC's have a grill.

What is the "chin spoiler"... I don't see a difference in the two front ends?

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Maybe because it's just plastic and "pops" in. Look at any SS/SC -- they come with a chin spoiler. You won't see it on an SSNA unless the owner bought an SS/SC fascia and SS/SC chin spoiler.

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front bumper

does anybody know about installing a SS/SC bumper on a LS? is it just a direct bolt on? Also, does it sit down lower than the LS front end, almost forcing me to get the backend and the side skirts so my car doesn't look dumb?
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The front "Fascia" from a SS/SC or SSNA will bolt up to an LS/LT. You will need the left and right brackets that go between the bottom of the skirts to the bottom of the fascia -- the SS fascias are about 2 inches lower than the LS/LT fascia (the brakets fill in the gap in the wheel well as well). Also to complete the job you'll need the air dam that goes on the bottom of the radiator support -- the LS/LT air dam does not fit on the SS fascia. If you have the front mud guards they will break-up the visuals so that the SS fascia doesn't look "dumb". If you want the SS/SC fascia you'll also need the chin spoiler -- SSNA fascia doesn't have the slots for the chin spoiler.

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So it's not possible to install the chin spoiler on a SSNA? Also, you mentioned the "air dam" that goes on the bottom of the radiator support? Does that connect to the front fascia? I looked at mine and I noticed some holes that go around the bottom of the front bumper but nothing is connected to them? I can look directly down between the front bumper and radiator and see the ground, is that supposed to be that way? Also, my front bumper seems really loose? It looks like it's only held on by 4 bolts (2 on each fender) and some plastic pins along the top. I can actually move the front bumper up and down (not alot) but it has a decent amount of movement. ??

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The grille was the first thing I put on my SS/SC... did that before I even had the first 1000 miles on the car.

I don't know why the SC didn't have a grille insert... it's absolutely essential to keep debris and dirt off of the aftercooler.

One rock or small animal is all it will take... kiss your radiator goodbye... overheat the engine... all downhill from there.

Believe me... I've had friends get taken out that way.

As far as the front bumper moving... it's just plastic... there isn't really anything behind it except for the impact bar in the middle... it moves all over the place.

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So it's not possible to install the chin spoiler on a SSNA? Also, you mentioned the "air dam" that goes on the bottom of the radiator support? Does that connect to the front fascia? I looked at mine and I noticed some holes that go around the bottom of the front bumper but nothing is connected to them? I can look directly down between the front bumper and radiator and see the ground, is that supposed to be that way? Also, my front bumper seems really loose? It looks like it's only held on by 4 bolts (2 on each fender) and some plastic pins along the top. I can actually move the front bumper up and down (not alot) but it has a decent amount of movement. ??
In order to put a SS/SC chin spoiler on the SSNA fascia you would have to cut off all the tabs and use double sided tape -- not recommended. The SS air dam goes around the bottom 2 pins of the radiator (you have to unbolt the radiator and lift it just enough to install it -- or remove the 2 lower frame brackets -- that's what I did) and then there are 2 plastic fasteners that go into the 2 holes in the lower radiator support.

The looseness of your fascia is normal. There are some screws that hold it at the bottom of each side as well as the wheel well, 2 bolts on each side behind the headlights and the 4 plastic retainers on the top radiator support. The grille is held in by the chevy logo, 2 large plastic screws and tabs all the way around.

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The front "Fascia" from a SS/SC or SSNA will bolt up to an LS/LT. You will need the left and right brackets that go between the bottom of the skirts to the bottom of the fascia -- the SS fascias are about 2 inches lower than the LS/LT fascia (the brakets fill in the gap in the wheel well as well). Also to complete the job you'll need the air dam that goes on the bottom of the radiator support -- the LS/LT air dam does not fit on the SS fascia. If you have the front mud guards they will break-up the visuals so that the SS fascia doesn't look "dumb". If you want the SS/SC fascia you'll also need the chin spoiler -- SSNA fascia doesn't have the slots for the chin spoiler.
thanks a lot, that really helps, i started searching the web and found a sit where I think I can buy some of that stuff from, can you tell me which i would need to buy?
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also, does anyone on here have some before and after pictures of putting a SS bumper on a LS or LT?

that'd be awesome, thanks again

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