383 or LS1
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12-24-2009, 07:52 PM #1
383 or LS1
Ok guys I need some help with the new year looming there is engine work that I want to get done but I'm encountering a dilemma.
First off as my info states I drive a 97 trans am that is burning oil like a beast out of hell and my mechanic(my fiance's dad) suggest to just rebuild the motor(idk been getting different suggestions on that one) but I figure it would be a good excuse to get it stroked.
Now my dilemma that I am encountering is I had also wanted to drop an LS1 in there if my engine ever crapped out but if i get it stroked 9/10 times that wont happen.
Would it be more practical (or should I say better?) to drop in the LS1 or get it stroked?
As always the input is appreciated
12-24-2009, 08:14 PM #2
You can get great power either way, google outlawz on youtube and you will see a 383 running 9's all motor. Would you have money to build the ls-1? If you had money to build the ls-1 I would go that route because of newer technology, less problems, and availability of performance parts.
12-25-2009, 12:03 PM #3
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I knew a guy who had a 93 Z28 with a 383, it made a decent power with stock heads and a mild cam. I also knew a guy that swapped his lT1 for an LS1 in his 97 Z28. He didn't do the work himself and it was expensive, something like $5,000, by the time he bought a used motor and had it installed. Seems like it would have been more practical to just trade the car for one that came factory with an LS1. I think building the stroker out of your LT1 with some good heads would make more sense.
12-26-2009, 05:41 PM #4
My Ls1 had 100k miles on it, I did a head and cam swap and had it tuned by texas speed, it put down 463 hp to the tires thru a 9 inch. And then blew it up on the spray, long story fuel pump failed and then boom..So I am in the course of stroking my LS1 to a 383, its not cheap anyway you go about it. another benefit of the LS1 is its all aluminum, saving around 80+lbs over an iron block. If you are going to build a stroker I would go the LS1 route. Like I said mine put down these numbers was running 7.40s on a slipping clutch on just the engine, I tried spray and then boom.. but with the h/c setup I was daily driving it, I had around 3k miles on it before the track, and I was still getting around 24 mpg. hope this helps ya out a little.
Last edited by RARON455; 12-26-2009 at 05:50 PM.
12-29-2009, 06:27 PM #5
Ok guys thanks for the input been looking things over and also asked around a little at work and im pretty sure im going to go with the 383 . I must say im excited for new years.
12-29-2009, 07:44 PM #6
i would go with the ls1 its a better more efficent motor... it has a lot more potential lt1s are severely limited in alot of ways im not saying the 383 wont make power but think long term with an ls1 and a right cam youll make more power than with the 383 plus a better rpm range
just my .02
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