When we bought our Tahoe, one of the first priorities was to get rid of the work-truck front end and start getting the body straightened out for paint. One option was to order up a complete '98 update kit from a company such as US Auto Parts. It's a simple install and comes with headlights, and even pigtails. But since this was a border-patrol vehicle and there were dents on the bumper, hood, and both fenders, which meant they either needed significant bodywork or they needed to be replaced, we opted to take the front-end swap a bit farther. Once again we looked to US Auto Parts for answers.

The Escalade front-end conversion kit comes complete with steel hood and fenders, grille and grille brackets, bumper assembly, headlights and turn signals, and even new tow hooks - in other words, everything you need to do the job, since the core support doesn't have to be altered. US Auto Parts even offers billet grilles and cowl-induction hoods as options for the conversion. Since we would have the front end off, we also opted to install a smooth fiberglass wiper cowl from Street Scene Equipment at this time. Now we would be brand-new from the firewall forward, cutting down on our bodywork significantly. Follow along as we breeze through the install, and check the source box for more information on the Escalade kit from US Auto Parts.