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    Igor's Upringing

    So I've decided to keep track of the modifications/repairs done to my VX on here. Like any auto enthusiast, the mod itch doesn't stop at just one thing.


    2016:
    -Purchased in March. 130k on the odometer. All stock
    -Replaced amber side markers and front turn signals with clear ones
    -Removed chrome nerf bars
    -Installed new radiator due to small crack.
    -Replaced OEM speakers with Infiniti speakers.
    -Installed light bar in lower grille opening
    -Installed OEM roof racks
    -Replaced passenger window glass while trying to fix power windows issue
    -Installed power window brackets from SBC
    -Made a garage door opener using the spare button on the center console
    -Removed ABS bulb from dash
    -Installed light bars on roof rack
    -First attempt at painting the sun faded plastic cladding (fail)

    2017:
    -New tires. BF Goodrich Baja Champion KO2s installed
    -Installed OME 912 lift. Gained 2.5"
    -Painted plastic cladding using bedliner spray (success!)
    -Installed tailgate opener using 10lb solenoid (fail)
    -Re-worked tailgate opener using 35lb solenoid (success!)
    -Replaced front pads and rotors
    -Painted front brake calipers yellow
    -Installed bracket and 65lb gas shock to hold tailgate open
    -Attempted to wrap VX (fail)
    -Installed remote tailgate opener switch to outside of vehicle
    -Sound deadened interior using Dynamat and insulation foam
    -Wrapped light bars in yellow
    -Installed Samsung tablet as new infotainment center
    -Current mileage: 161k

    2018 Plans:
    -PlastiDip or attempt wrap again
    -Infiniti Q45 projector lens retrofit install
    -Advanced Key Smart Keyless Entry install

    Thanks for reading and I will keep you posted. If you have any questions, feel free to ask
    Last edited by Igor : 11/27/2017 at 04:24 PM Reason: Missing info

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    Pics!
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    VX Status: Running Great! Build is coming along nicely...

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    Pics are under my username in Member Photos. Unfortunately, I can't load all pics due to storage space restrictions.

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    I have actually never been able to use the member gallery section. For some reason it wont take any of my attempt to upload. I did find a way to use Dropbox to post pics though.

    http://www.vehicross.info/showthread...r-forum-images

    It may help.

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    Not that anything is wrong with my powertrain but, I had an idea last night.....How compatible do you think the 3.6L LLT V6 from the 2010-2102 Camaros would be in our VehiCrosses? I used to own a 2010 Camaro V6 and it had some gusto to it. I like the idea of this engine for the following reasons:

    - 304hp and 273lb-ft of torque
    - It's a 60* GM V6 so it "should" be compatible with our transmissions
    - The Aisin AY6 should bolt up to the T.O.D. transfer case for a manual transmission option
    - It weighs slightly less than the 6VE1 (375lbs vs 361lbs)
    - Fuel economy is awesome, though I know this will change because the Camaro V6 had 3.27 axle ratio and the Vehicross has a 4.30 ratio.
    - New parts are still available for this engine unlike the 6VE1

    As much as I would LOVE to have a V8 under the hood, I think this V6 (or it's LFX sister) might be our best option. I'm going to toil over this and maybe undertake a new BIG project

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    Bolting it up, I would think, would be strait forward enough. May need to fab some motor mounts. The trick is going to be the TOD. If you can get that sorted I think you will be on to something.

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    Skip to next post (I duped somehow).
    Last edited by 89Vette : 03/27/2018 at 12:24 PM
    2001 Ebony VX and 1989 Custom 383 Corvette

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    Depends on which computer you used.... If both computers have basically the same capability (ODB2?) computer, I'd wonder if you can "flash" the VX ECM with the parms necessary to get the newer V6 working correctly? Certainly, that would be a lot easier than installing an engine harness -- though many would consider that route. I know many/most of the reasons the newer engine has better power relates to mechanical design improvements. What I don't know is if there are any critical sensors NOT present on the VX? Even on my ODB1 (89) Corvette, the computer had the ability to code injector parameters...to cover how they behave with different voltages, etc... FIC (fuel injector connection) could likely provide parameters...or point you to them for the injectors. That's the hard part (to me).

    As long as you could fuel the newer engine correctly, I'd think you'd still get the performance improvement you'd expect. Am I missing something? Were there any engine sensors developed to operate 2010 engines not present in 2001?

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    The LLT for the Camaro was a Direct Injection motor so I know the fuel pressure would be way higher. I know this doesn't mean much, but the OBD Torque App I use had a few more sensor options when plugged into the Camaro than the Isuzu. Engine oil pressure, engine oil temperature and transmission temperature are only a few I can think of off the top of my head that are present in the Camaro and not the 6VE1.

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    Odd....My 89 Vette has oil pressure and temp. Even if the VX doesn't "use" those temp/pressure parms, I'm thinking it won't matter if those sensor bungs are plugged. Or....maybe the VX computer IS capable of displaying them...if extra gauges were installed? I'm guessing FP doesn't matter either. It's computer wouldn't "know" if you fed a new engine much higher pressure....just like the VX doesn't know how you've set it's AFPR. My first thought/question is whether they the newer motor uses O2 sensors that could adjust AFR on the fly?

    The bigger thing I considered -- after my prior post -- is whether the 2010 engine has variable valve timing? My daughter had a 2003 Volvo that did. I don't know if/how it's computer differed to handle that...or if they are mechanically activated (rather than electronically)?

    Obviously, you could pin-out a newer ECM...and run add'l lines not present. Knowing how wire looms are made/routed, that seems easier than tearing apart a dash.

    Have you considered a supercharger instead? Might be less work to get similar gains?

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