Will an SS bumper fit on my LS Trailblazer?

Audiophobe

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Aug 12, 2012
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I was in an accident yesterday and it messed up my bumpers. I'm okay but my ride is dinged up a bit. I'd like to put the SS bumpers on my 2008 LS but am not sure if they will match up. I'm guessing that the bumper covers are cosmetic only but would like to get the GMT answer. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.:confused:
 

RZAwora

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Apr 15, 2012
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Audiophobe said:
I was in an accident yesterday and it messed up my bumpers. I'm okay but my ride is dinged up a bit. I'd like to put the SS bumpers on my 2008 LS but am not sure if they will match up. I'm guessing that the bumper covers are cosmetic only but would like to get the GMT answer. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.:confused:

Hey dude, sorry to hear about your accident. Glad that everyone is okay though. As for the fitment, I don't know so you'll have to wait for one of our more knowledgeable members to answer that.
 

willn513

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Dec 4, 2011
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SS bumper will fit directly no problem. However, you will also need 2002-2005 head lights or SS headlights and the crossbar grille that clips into the headlights.

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Pic for reference. The SS's of all years have the same grille/headlight setup but they have openings in the crossbar to let cold air in.
 

jrSS

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Headlights on the SS are the same as all the other trim model tb's that have a cross bar.
 

Sparky

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that:

All year 02-09 LS models have the flat bumper and crossbar inserts into the headlights
02-05 LT/LTZ are the same as LS
06-09 LT/LTZ have the stepped bumper and solid headlights (no crossbar in them)

SS have the same step in the bumper as the 06-09 LT/LTZ, but use the same headlights as the LS models. The grille is a mix design of the LS (inserts into the headlights) and 06-09 LT/LTZ (step in the bumper).

So, to put an SS bumper on an LS truck, your options are:

1) Also get an SS grille, or
2) get an 06-09 LT/LTZ grille and headlights

Hope this makes some sense.
 

willn513

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Sparky you are correct. I wasnt real clear with what I was trying to say but you've nailed it.
 

Canary2323

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I'm looking to do this to my truck but the cheapest I can find is 450 on ebay, I'm holding out for a better deal.
 

Audiophobe

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Sparky said:
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that:

All year 02-09 LS models have the flat bumper and crossbar inserts into the headlights
02-05 LT/LTZ are the same as LS
06-09 LT/LTZ have the stepped bumper and solid headlights (no crossbar in them)

SS have the same step in the bumper as the 06-09 LT/LTZ, but use the same headlights as the LS models. The grille is a mix design of the LS (inserts into the headlights) and 06-09 LT/LTZ (step in the bumper).

So, to put an SS bumper on an LS truck, your options are:

1) Also get an SS grille, or
2) get an 06-09 LT/LTZ grille and headlights

Hope this makes some sense.


Thanks for the input. Do you know if the new grill and bumper cover will require any extra modification? I presume everything should fit with little or no modding since they are all pretty much built on the same platform.
 

Sparky

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I don't think there is any modding needed to install the various front bumpers, but I'm not 100% certain on that. I know that the rear would since the LS has a step in it and the LT and SS are flat across so you'd need a brace across the LS step so the LT or SS bumper wouldn't cave in when something is set on top of it.
 

jrSS

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Canary2323 said:
I'm looking to do this to my truck but the cheapest I can find is 450 on ebay, I'm holding out for a better deal.

Seen a rear bumper on ebay for $100 something.
 

Rudeawakening

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Jan 25, 2012
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I would like to do this too, I love the SS look. Do I have to do anything special to make an SS bumper fit on a 2003 LT?
 

Porkins

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Rudeawakening said:
I would like to do this too, I love the SS look. Do I have to do anything special to make an SS bumper fit on a 2003 LT?

Just a SS bumper and grille or a 06+ LT grille & headlight.
 

Sparky

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Pretty much. That's all they are is just skins. You may need to adjust wiring for the SS fogs perhaps (I really don't know, haven't looked at it) but that's the only thing I can think of. That's why they are called bumper covers and not actually bumpers. The actual bumper is behind the plastic cover.
 

Short Bus

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IIRC you need different brackets.
 

Canary2323

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Mar 31, 2012
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Anyone know / have a link to brackets I would need? Think I found a used ss bumper, my trucks a o6 ls so from what I've read i just need brackets to fit on my truck and fog lights.
 

Blckshdw

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Ok thanks wat will I have too do too get them on

Thanks for the welcome

They're interchangeable, so reverse the steps to remove your current ones.

There would be a gap in the center of the rear bumper, so you'd want to put some type of reinforcement in the step section. Otherwise, if you put any decent amount of weight in the center section with the new bumper, you could crack it. Front bumper would leave a gap under the grille due to the dip in the center.
 
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KC chevy

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They're interchangeable, so reverse the steps to remove your current ones.

There would be a gap in the center of the rear bumper, so you'd want to put some type of reinforcement in the step section. Otherwise, if you put any decent amount of weight in the center section with the new bumper, you could crack it. Front bumper would leave a gap under the grille due to the dip in the center.
Is there anything I can do for the gap
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Fill it with spray foam
 

HARDTRAILZ

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yeah...

Have you found SS bumpers? They are not common and no aftermarkets are around.
 

HARDTRAILZ

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What are you going to do for the front gap?
 

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