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This is a discussion on what kinda motor to go with???? within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; i am in the process of replacing my stock ls1 and transmission and i have no idea what to go ...

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    what kinda motor to go with????

    i am in the process of replacing my stock ls1 and transmission and i have no idea what to go with but here is what i am trying to do any help will be greatly appreciatied


    i have a 98 camaro and i am wanting to do a new engine and tranny combo i want the car to make really good power and work in the street it will be a daily driver also i need it to be very reliable i dont know where to start to get this stuff cause i have only had this car 8 months i want a new motor and a new automatic transmission also what size and type torque convertor to go with and i wanna keep it with the overdrive transmission due to being drove on a daily basis i have around 8 to 10 thousand dollars to play with please give me some advise on what u guys would do




    thank you in advance for all your info

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    If it were me, Id put a ls6 crate motor and maybe change the cam. Get the tranny rebuilt and a 3600 stall. Maybe a 150 shot. Should have suspension and tire n wheel money left to boot.

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    LS6 crate motor + procharger

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    ls2 rebuilt the tranny and do a rearend.

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    well good sir ...personally i would skip the ls6 ..as it is a gen III and basically a ls1 with some block improvements and new heads.

    get a gen IV ...especially a ls2...so get a 408 or 414 ls2 from Texas speed with a FLT 4l60e stage II...this may go over your budget a little ..but nothing much...

    as you asked for just engine and tranny combos i left out any mention of other mods driveline etc.

    for a set up like so look into a yank pt 4000 or a yank ss 4000

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    performabuilt stage 2 4l60e www.performabuilt.com

    ls6 crate motor......... http://www.crateenginedepot.com/stor...-P1625C63.aspx

    with money left over for installation.

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    use your block and buy a 383 rotating assembly.

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    id say go big with an ls7 427ci. wont be happier with those results
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    performabuilt stage 2 4l60e www.performabuilt.com

    ls6 crate motor......... http://www.crateenginedepot.com/stor...-P1625C63.aspx

    with money left over for installation.
    i am curious..not bashing your pick or anything..but why if you had a change to get a new engine..would you pick 1. a gen III and 2. a gen III at 5.7 3. a ls1 with a ls6 intake and heads?

    dont get me wrong..the ls6 was a great engine...but it is a revised block with 500 dollar heads (now), a gm hot cam, and a 300 dollar intake.

    dont think i am bashing you..i am curious on why people choose the ls6 now.

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    1)i read in gm high tech performance that swapping a ls6 into a f-body is much easier than a gen IV.

    2)i want to stay with a aluminum block and i know of no other gen III that has a alum.block and greater displacement than 5.7.

    3)price.$3500 for a ls6 long block (minus the intake,i have a 02 so i already have a ls6 intake)

    this is a street car,i really don't have a desire to go drag racing with this car very much.actually the car belongs to my wife,and she can drive very well,but i want to keep the horsepower around 400 at the rear wheels.

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    I've been looking into the LS3 Hotcam swap for a future project. Its $6500 for the complete engine, then you just need some adaptor harnesses and misc. items.

    You can't beat that price for 480HP with OEM performance and reliability. Not to mention a warranty.

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    you can get a 402 ls alum. short block with a #24 reluctor wheel and put the top end on it you want.

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    saw a 402 short block in the scroggin-dickey catalog,$4300. minus cam and top end,ls3 block.very good power package but way more than i want to spend.

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    I think you just answered your own question, the ls6 is perfect for what youre wanting and its a significant upgrade in hp too. Maybe you could put a small cam it it and be at 400-425 to the wheels. Sounds fast with a 150 shot!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    1)i read in gm high tech performance that swapping a ls6 into a f-body is much easier than a gen IV.

    2)i want to stay with a aluminum block and i know of no other gen III that has a alum.block and greater displacement than 5.7.

    3)price.$3500 for a ls6 long block (minus the intake,i have a 02 so i already have a ls6 intake)

    this is a street car,i really don't have a desire to go drag racing with this car very much.actually the car belongs to my wife,and she can drive very well,but i want to keep the horsepower around 400 at the rear wheels.
    ok thank you for the input.

    1) this is true as there are changes in harness/ sensor position and fuel rail/injectors.

    however speartec and such sell adapters for like 200 bucks to make swaping a gen IV into a gen III car. but i understand where you are coming from

    2)lq4s are aluminum

    3) shit you cant beat that price besides the fact that with your 02 ...you are in a nut shell paying $3500 for a set of 243s and a block


    in your case you might as well buy the ls6 as your goals aren't extravagant..but the nice thing about buying a ls2 or gen IV ..is if you ever decide you want more...you have a platform that can do 414+ ci and 500+ to the floor in N/a ...something a ls1/ls6 can not do ....safely

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    ^^^ true that.

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    "Daily driver" "reliable" combo for around $8-10K? Do an Eagle 382 stroker kit with your current block, 240ish cam, AFR 205s/TEA 5.3s/similar and a FAST 90, or even keep the LS6 intake. I wouldn't go too big on the 'vertor for a daily, but that's your call. Spend the cash for an extensive dyno/drive tune.

    With a similar set-up (but a T56) still using the LS6 intake and not even full bolt-ons, I did 460/450 with a fat/flat curve and excellent driving manners. You will need very sticky tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRENIGAR View Post
    I think you just answered your own question, the ls6 is perfect for what youre wanting and its a significant upgrade in hp too. Maybe you could put a small cam it it and be at 400-425 to the wheels. Sounds fast with a 150 shot!!!
    with just full exhaust, lid and a dyno tune he'll be at 400+ rwhp...

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    I want to add that the car has 203,xxx miles add I am not planning on swapping engines to simply gain horsepower.more of a mild upgrade on something that has to be replace anyway.
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