I swear that I had read a thread about upgrading older XLRs to the 09 front bumper, but I just spent 20 minutes searching the site and couldn't find it...so my question is, what is involved with installing a 09 front bumper cover, fog lights, etc. on a pre-09 XLR? is it a strait up replacement or is there more involved?
The '09 bumper fits directly inplace of the '05 bumper. It takes a few parts to do it, but I think its well worth the end result. My ACC worked with the '05 bumper, and I had it placed directly behind a "v-series" logo on the lower grille, STILL WORKS! Keep in mind you'll have to paint the fenders too, to fog in the freshly painted bumper. Best upgrade I've done to my XLR.
'09 bumper cover
'09 foglight grilles
'09 upper & lower grille (theres a few different combination you can go with)
pigtails, to connect old harness to new foglights
Plastic kit wind deflection under bumper cover (3 piece kit)
Chrome lip on hood (optional)
Would also like to add, once I did the switch, I got a check engine light. Went to the dealership and they pulled up a code saying "too much air entering engine compartment"... lol, "remove aftermarket grille". So I removed the lower wind deflector, and have never gotten the light again, and she still runs cool. Thinking about it, from an '05 front end, you go from your only air source is that lower wind deflector and a small part of the lower grille. In the '09 grille setup I did, I was getting air from upper and lower grilles and lower wind deflector. Literally took me longer to get the car in the air, then it did to take the wind deflector off.