Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Saint Pete, Florida
LLT TO LFX ENGINE CONVERSION
I own a 2010 LLT Sequential Twin Turbo V-6, Automatic. My shop engineered, fabricated and installed the entire system. Vince at Trifecta did the tuning, which was great and still using today. He did a wonderful job and the car runs spectacular. It is a daily driver and I have driven 30,000 miles to date with no issues. As most LLT owners know, computer programming has limitations due to the Bosh ECM and very difficult to tune for maximum efficiency. In 2012, GM introduced the LFX engine, which is a much stronger engine and has higher horsepower capabilities. It uses a Delphi ECM, making it easy to tune by most tuners and more HP can be extracted through these tuning capabilities.
With LLT's now getting higher mileage on them and possibly needing new engines, my thoughts are to transplant a LFX engine with the Delphi ECM into the LLT. After much research over the past year, I purchased an LFX engine assembly, complete with wiring and ECM. It is in my shop on an engine stand and I have been evaluating feasibility.
So far, I have verified that the physical engine bolts right in with very few issues except for exhaust connections and very minor plumbing hook ups. Really easy. The in-tank fuel pumps on LLT'S and LFX's are the same, so no issue there. All other mechanical hook ups are the same. There are (2) body plugs that come off the engine wiring harnesses of both the LLT and the LFX's. After carefully looking at them, both of the physical plugs are the same. The pin outs of these (2) plugs are the same, as well, with the exception that one of the LFX engine side plugs have (4) additional pin outs and the LLT has (1) additional pin out in the fuse block plug. I feel pretty confident that these are for later model Camaro's that GM added features to.
My thoughts are that I could install the LFX complete engine/ECM assembly into my LLT, hook up the exhausts and minor cooling connections, etc. and plug the (2) body plugs into the existing mating body plugs on the vehicle and it should work. The extra pin outs on the LFX body plugs would simply terminate at the plugs and do nothing. I can't imagine GM changed anything that would not allow this to be done. Most everything is the same on the Camaro's from 2010 to 2015. Just additional options and features as the years progressed.
I need someone to chime in on the feasibility of this conversion concerning the extra pin outs on the LFX harness and help me further understand the compatibility. I am 95% verified on everything else. So darned close. If this works, this opens up the many, many LLT's that would qualify for this major improvement in a transplant. LFX engines are plentiful and cheap and the engine is a refined unit with much stronger internals, larger valves and better breathing characteristics for those who want more HP. Let's get our heads together to make this happen. I'm ready to do a transplant just as soon as I get my ducks in a row.
Last edited by monty; 08-14-2015 at 08:22 AM.
Reason: added info