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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 01-06-2005, 02:59 PM   #31
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In 2003 I exchanged bumper covers on my 92 SE to a bumper cover from a 93 SSE. When I closed the hood, it wouldn't lock because the grille was hitting the bumper. I then started to shave some of the bumper padding and was able to get it locked. My grille then sunk a bit below the bumper cover. In my opinion the grilles have a different height, but should be able to alter to allow a closed hood.
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I think as a group, we are coming to a general consensus that the 92-95 SSE/i grilles are not compatible with a 95 SE. There has been some very good points brought up in this thread and I applaud those that have "stuck to their guns". No arguements, just facts. Here is the proof that you are all looking for (The top of the green SSEi grille is broken):







I now know, after further research, that my statements earlier in the thread are incorrect. I appoligize for the bad information.
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Good info. Sidenote, there'* those braces I was talking about making my grill crack. They are sticking up from the SE grill.
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Good info. Sidenote, there'* those braces I was talking about making my grill crack. They are sticking up from the SE grill.
Yeah, I saw those... but I don't think those are the source of the problem; they're really just flexy plasticky things, IIRC. In fact I think mine cracked again after the repair before I'd even put the support braces back in...

I think the problem is that the upper half of the grille is screwed to the underside of the hood lip in three places: left, right and center, along with a snap-in locating pin near the center bolt. The center of the grille is just a little higher than it should be, or else its outer bolt mounting ears are a little lower than they should be, so when the outer corners are bolted up to the hood, they're pulled upwards slightly when the bolts are seated. That stress eventually cracks the grille at its outer, lower corners, just below the mounting bolts.

If I ever manage to track down an accurate part number for a '93 SSEi grille in white (or find a decent used one), I'm going to shim the two outer bolts with a small washer between the grille and hood, so the lower half of the grille isn't stretched upwards as much when the bolts are tightened.
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They are all EXACTLY the same part number and application. There is absolutely no difference whatsoever between a 92 SSEi grille and an SE grille from 95,

This is fully researched and backed up. 92-95 SSE/SSEi grilles WILL work, as well as 94/95 SE grilles, and all these will look IDENTICAL and work perfectly.

*not in a angry tone*

the grilles are not different as I have said before the SSEi and the SE will not interchange, and are totally different as the pics shows
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(except mine has a honkin' big crack in one end; how much you want for that one, Phish? ).
Its an eBay item auction ending Jan 8. Current bid is $9.99.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33645
Glad I had to go back to look for that one. . . found an item I wanted for the Bon. Thanks

EDIT: Bloody quotes. Bloody people who don't know how to use quotes.
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Its an eBay item auction ending Jan 8. Current bid is $9.99.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33645
Well, not any more it ain't.

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Glad I had to go back to look for that one. . . found an item I wanted for the Bon.
Sigh...

I bet I know where that "hidden" crack is in that eBay item...
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I bid. It'* gotta be better than mine.
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I bid. It'* gotta be better than mine.
1) Well, you better bid again. (Take a look.)
2) I've been in contact with the seller myself, and it does indeed have the same stress crack.
3) http://www.gmpartsdirect.com will sell you a new one for 88 bucks, so don't get carried away trying to snag this one.

Actually, speaking as an eBay seller myself: sit on your hands until the auction is close to ending. You gain nothing by bidding now except to drive the price up and draw others' attention to the auction.
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I hear ya.
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