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    Hello XLR Members, my name is John Kontos and am located just outside
    of Chicago. I recently purchased a 2006 Cadillac XLR.

    I am new to the forum.

    So far my XLR has been good and pleasant. No complaints.

    Often I view the EVOQ and then the XLR and came up with an idea
    to possibly enhance the XLR by changing the wheel size to 21" in
    the rear and 19" in the front, while maintaining the exact wheel
    style.

    Click here to see the difference:

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    Just as seen in Chip Foose'(s) initial sketches and later seen in his final
    designs/builds/projects.

    Having the "exact style" wheel like the EVOQ is probably
    the biggest challenge, as they might need to be machined (again)
    from scratch. I have my resources and thought to also reach out to
    Metalcrafters in CA.

    This idea would involve adjusting the suspension to keep the car
    level, stock or the nose only 1/4 of an inch tops lower than the back.

    At the same time, upgrade the brakes and add the rear sway
    bar of the XLR-V.

    My idea is to keep the car looking completely original/factory except
    one step closer to the EVOQ with brake upgrades and the
    upgraded rear sway bar (from the V).

    Maybe even OEM style non-drilled rotors and non-painted calipers.

    Function, that looks 100% factory.

    If this can be done it would make a very nice appearance
    enhancement with some performance gains.

    If anyone is interested maybe we can form a mini group or team
    and all work together for cost savings/efficiency.

    I am resourceful but believe I would need one or two members
    to start the wheels in motion and later open it up to the entire
    group and XLR membership.

    These are remarkable cars. I am proud to own an XLR and
    am aiming to preserve mine to very high standards.
    It is almost an experience to drive these cars.

    Having another British collector, I am very hands on and
    into "personalizing" and don't get too hung up
    on original. This car might be an exception.

    In this case, I believe this idea would be an elegant and
    practical improvement, that if done "properly" will take this
    car up one more notch towards Prototype Show levels.

    Please reach out if anyone is interested.

    Sincerely,


    John C. Kontos
    John@goldcoastaudit.com
    John@jck-cpa.com
    312-513-1940
    Last edited by JCKCPA; 11-14-2019 at 06:44 PM.

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    Default Thank you all for the warm reception.

    Thank you all for the warm reception.

    I just thought I would post a thought knowing it is costly and very
    time consuming as well.

    Regardless if it tabled or not, I am very happy to see the enthusiam
    of this forum.

    I am impressed to see the activity levels and the caring members
    have for eachother and their cars.

    My gut told me these cars are heavily underrated and this site
    just confirmed that too!

    Please give me some time to navigate through this well developed
    site.

    Sincerely,


    John C. Kontos



    Quote Originally Posted by JCKCPA View Post
    Hello XLR Members, my name is John Kontos from the Chicago land
    area and recently purchased a 2006 XLR. I am new to the forum.

    So far my XLR has been absolutely great. No complaints.

    Often I view the EVOQ and then the XLR and came up with an idea
    to possibly enhance the XLR by changing the wheel size to 21" in
    the rear and 19" in the front, while maintaining the exact wheel
    style. Having the "exact style" wheel like the EVOQ is probably
    the biggest challenge, as they might need to be machined from
    scratch. I have my resources and thought to also reach out to
    Metal Crafters.

    This idea would involve adjusting the suspension to keep the car
    level, stock or the nose only 1/4 of an inch tops lower than the back.


    At the same time, upgrade the brakes and add the rear sway
    bar of the XLR.

    My idea is to keep the car looking completely original except
    one step closer to the EVOQ with brake upgrades and the
    rear sway bar.

    Maybe even OEM style non-drilled rotors and non-painted calipers.

    Function that looks 100% factory.

    If this can be done it would make a very nice appearance
    enhancement with some performance gains.

    If anyone is interested maybe we can form a group or team
    and all work together for cost savings.

    I am resourceful but believe I would need one or two
    partners to get this done and also open it up to the entire
    group and XLR membership.

    These are remarkable cars. I am proud to own an XLR and
    am aiming to preserve mine to very high standards.
    I am very much into customizing and am not too hung up
    on Original. But in this case, I believe this idea
    would be a very elegant and practical improvement if done
    right and will take the already great looks up one more notch
    towards Prototype Show levels.

    Please reach out if anyone is interested.

    Sincerely,


    John C. Kontos
    jckcpa@msn.com
    312-513-1940

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    Welcome to The XLR Site. Great cars and a blast to drive. Nice to have another member from The Windy City on Lake Michigan. Pretty country. Post some pictures when you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNC View Post
    Welcome to The XLR Site. Great cars and a blast to drive. Nice to have another member from The Windy City on Lake Michigan. Pretty country. Post some pictures when you can.

    Happy Friday, more to come!
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    Here is my new car! The previous owner must have had it as a Garage Queen,
    as it was showroom new.

    That is my daily driver in the last pic background, a 1995 Chrysler Lebaron GTC
    Black with Gold Trim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCKCPA View Post
    Here is my new car!
    Thanks for posting the pictures. Your car is stunning. Interesting to me in observation, sitting in a Classic Car Showroom, how it stands out from all the other vehicles on display there. Beautiful car. Many times, when driving up to a stop light in town in mine, people going across in the crosswalk stop dead in their tracks, and just stare at the car. Then it's, "What is that?" "A Cadillac, really?" "What a beautiful car." I'll also hear, "I didn't know Cadillac made something like this." I had originally considered a Corvette or a Mercedes 550 or 600SL. After much deliberation decided on The XLR because of it's rarity. One sees lots and lots of Vettes and 550 or 600SL's on the road. Not many XLRS.

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    Looks like the best pick there!

    yep, I drive a hybrid - a V8 bred for high speed!

    2006 Infrared XLR
    Corsa exhaust
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    Powder coated calipers
    Drilled & slotted rotors
    Custom engine cover
    Custom hood & trunk liner
    Zaino polish

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    Happy New Year my Friends!

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    WELCOME i too joined a couple weeks ago and this site is amazing with some amazing people with all same interest the XLR , i have gained a lot of knowledge so far and it is great to learn and bounce ideas off each other ,thank you for the post,have a great weekend

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    Glad to hear it. This site is excellent, though there is a lot of misinformation out there. I came from a British Car background and am very hands on. I can spot a gem too. Someday I will do a compilation....
    Have a great weekend too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCKCPA View Post
    Glad to hear it. This site is excellent, though there is a lot of misinformation out there. I came from a British Car background and am very hands on. I can spot a gem too. Someday I will do a compilation....
    Have a great weekend too.
    Ah yes. Your statements bring back some fond memories. As a teenager a friend owned a 1954 MGTD in British Racing Green. We had more damn fun in and with that quirky little car. Yes it slung oil everywhere, yet it almost always ran. Summertime fun.

    Then some years later, I committed "Heresy" with a 1957 Austin Healey 100-6 roadster ("The Big Healey) . I took the British 6 cyl. out and gear box, rear end and sold them. Stuffed a built Small Block Ford 302 V-8 in it with a Mustang T-5 floor shifter and an 8.8" Mustang Posi Rear End (sectioned and narrowed). It was a ROCKET! With me sitting behind the wheel and a full tank of gas it weighed in total weight at just over 1,700 lbs. Very scary to drive. --- Yet this earned me the unending dislike of The Purist British Sports Car People at the time. Oh well, I'm pretty sure they eventually got over it?

    Best wishes!
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    We share some common fabric/threads. My '77 Triumph Spitfire is far far from original.

    The "XLR has a little Brit in it." The designer was (in-deed) from the England. I'm chuffed to bits to say.... The Bloody Man is from UK!

    Yeah yea the one whom penned/designed the cheeky outside, Mate?

    Tea with cream, toast done on one side, right?

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    I think we got the best conversation going on the xlr.net today, yea?

    Okay I'm knachered..... but you got me started!
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