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Just wondering if anyone has tried this. Looks like it should be an exact fit, if you figure out what to do on the leading edge of the hood.



Quick edit with a google'd G8 picture, sorry for the sloppy work.



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Just wondering if anyone has tried this. Looks like it should be an exact fit, if you figure out what to do on the leading edge of the hood.



Quick edit with a google'd G8 picture, sorry for the sloppy work.



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From what I have read yes but you need the entire front end, hood, bumper, fender.

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Good lord, they are proud of those parts....
 

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Healthy downpayment on a new SS.

Personally I wouldn't do the fenders etc, just go find a used front fascia assembly.
 

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I would almost do the chevy ss front... would be much cheaper!!!
 

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From what I have read yes but you need the entire front end, hood, bumper, fender.

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Not really - unless you install the earlier HSV E1 that uses the Commodore SSV hood (without the vent). The HSV E2 & E3 as pictured (if you only want the bumper) only thing that needs to be interchanged with a G8 is the front bumper facia. HSV models are not finished out at the VE factory but at a seperate facility, and when they leave the dealership they MUST meet AU factory standards with bumpers and wheels (mostly recycled and reusable parts). The wheels on the car when sent comes with steel spares all around. Once arrived at Walkinshaw's shop they install suspension, brakes, engine upgrades (early E1 LS2 had a cam upgrade & E2/E3 LS3 installed) bumpers, fenders, interior, etc. I've seen photos of HSV using G8 (Special Edition) hoods and GT bumpers (in flat black) when leaving the factory and once removed the G8 bumpers went back to the VE plant while other parts were discarded. So hence, it comes with a G8 GT bumper and hood that would mean to save money they would probably use the same skirts and undertrays that our G8 uses for the E2/E3 conversion.


HOWEVER, unless you've got good friends in OZ or you really want to spend thousands for new its tough to make it happen. I've tried several times to buy used front bumpers, you can find them (used w/out accessories) for under $600 most of times they have been fixed from damage. Yet the shipping would be out of this world. I bought a HSV engine cover and it cost me $100 to ship it, so think about a bumper five times the size and extremely fragile - you can only guess. Then thats just for the bumper which doesn't include the plastic honeycomb inserts, or foglights/surroundings, or LEDs (cheapest seen for a set used was $1100). Then what happens if you hit a deer, skunk, or pull up too close to a curb? The price for something different is way belond what its worth.

I might try to get a used set of side flutes(vents) and see if I could get a body shop to work them into a set of fenders, which could be bought on ebay for under $200 each. I know the factory HSV fenders (guards) lower section is stamped and then welded together, but it's crazy to ship a HSV fender with a bigger hole in it for $3k more.

I'm sure the SS front would be pricy also - fenders, hood, lights, bumper, and thats not even knowing that it will mount to the same points on our G8.

Just go with a GXP bumper.
 

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