Automobile(s): 2004 Raven Black XLR and 2005 Raven Black CTS
Ozark, Alabama, United States,
Re: LS7 swap.
I understand what CC is saying, but I have one thought to interject into his assertion. Aftermarket equipment that is developed by third parties for a multitude of audiences, in my opinion, is completely different from transferring components from what is essentially the same vehicle. No I am not an expert on the XLR, but I have some very good knowledge of late model vehicle components and their respective interactions. In the case of the sound system the different IO operations bridge several different systems, steering wheel controls, HUD etc. If the target peice was not engineered with this consideration in mind then one could expect to have some serious issues to overcome. In the case of the XLR / Corvette they are essentially the same vehicle. Moving one component from one to another should not present that type of issue. I understand that it would be a little more complex than a bolt on operation, but I truly believe it doable with relatively little pain and lots of money.
If you really like building a car on your own, why not buy a used XLR-V, strip it clean [engine, transmission, electronics, et al] and start from scratch. Then you will know for sure what you have and how it works. Might be more fun.
So, did you put an LS motor in the XLR or not? I own a 2005 XLR and would like to get more hp with an LS rather than a Northstar. I talked with a Cadillac dealer and they will not take this task on. I live in Virginia Beach and am seriously thinking of going to Fantomworks and talking with them about this project. If too costly, then, I will sell the XLR and search for a CTS-V Coupe to satisfy my hp need.
The four-plus years this thread has languished silently might be a pretty good answer to your question.
The fact that a GM dealership won't Frankenstein an XLR is hardly surprising.
Several single-digit posters have generated all motion and no movement regarding this (interesting) topic. They get an XLR, become giddy, join the forums, verbally ejaculate, become rhetorically flaccid, then dissapear.
Anyone can talk; Executing a challenging LS engine swap takes a little more effort than typing.
I've seen one example of an XLR that was gutted and turned into a dragster, (it was subsequently destroyed) but nobody has yet to post details and pics of an LS engine swap. For the time being, an LS-equipped XLR is like Nessie, Bigfoot, or UFOs. I can accept their possibility, but not their existence without definitive proof. At least there are grainy pictures of the former, while none of the latter. . .
I'd love to see it be accomplished, but when it's all said and done, a modified XLR-V is the most practical, cost-effective method to keep the car luxurious and fast, while retaining full functionality of the integrated systems that make an XLR so cool.
Knock yourself out. Expend resources to boost our ailing economy. If you can make it happen, you will become an XLR legend. The world watches . . . And waits. Will you be a single-digit poster, or Multi-digit boaster?! Time will tell. Good luck!
On a someone-finally-pulled-it-off note, another owner has successfully modified the infotainment system to today's standards. Major kudos, mad props, and all that congratulatory stuff.