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Old 09-07-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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LT1 to LS1 swap

Yo I really want to replace the tired LT1 engine in my 94 Z28. I'd like some tips or hints that would help with my swap
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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To my knowledge it should be a pretty easy swap. But you'll def need a new wiring harness for the ECM.
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To my knowledge it should be a pretty easy swap. But you'll def need a new wiring harness for the ECM.
Hell, aside from the added emissions things post 1994 I'd imagine just find a rear ended LS car and clean out the engine bay of everything that isn't part of the body or holds the engine in place. IIRC the body didn't change much if at all when they went to the LS1 so just finding an LS car and adding all the extras to make that LS engine work in said LS car..

Badabing, you've got an LS engine'd Camaro.

Easier to drop the car on the engine/K member though, so keep that in mind also look for a combo of trans and engine and stay away from TC/ASR BS. LS1tech and LS1.com are your friend too.

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Hell, aside from the added emissions things post 1994 I'd imagine just find a rear ended LS car and clean out the engine bay of everything that isn't part of the body or holds the engine in place. IIRC the body didn't change much if at all when they went to the LS1 so just finding an LS car and adding all the extras to make that LS engine work in said LS car..
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Badabing, you've got an LS engine'd Camaro.

Easier to drop the car on the engine/K member though, so keep that in mind also look for a combo of trans and engine and stay away from TC/ASR BS. LS1tech and LS1.com are your friend too.

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of course.

the hood will need to be changed as the LS1 sits higher and the Radiator will need to sit more upright to not come in contact with the engine, not to mention, you will need either a different radiator (LT1's are reverse flow cooled) or a custom plumbing setup for the stock radiator. also, you have a 94 camaro which is an OBDI system, you'll need to convert your data connector over to OBDII. Transmissions wont transfer, Kmember wont match up, all your engine accessories, plus all the little stuff like AC, sensors, etc.



an overview of major items you'll need
-Engine
-Tranny
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-Wiring harness (sparco does a conversion with the stock LT1 harness)
-Computer & tuning
-Front Accessories
-Steering rack & pinion with steering shaft
-New Fuel pump(LS1-58psi vs LT1-42psi), regulator, and lines (LS1 is a returnless system)




if you truly want to do it, find a donor car that is rear ended and take your time.


IMVHO, save the time and money and have your LT1 freshened up and mod it out. get it stroked, poked and cammed and have more power than the LS1 without breaking the bank.
or if you are adamant about having an LS1, trade out your 94 for one. or find a rolling chassis that needs a motor and interior and swap your interior to the rolling chassis.
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the LT1 f-bodies are lighter.. and with the LS1 being all aluminum... even lighter

its not a bad swap with a donor car, i'd say that is a must or you WILL be collecting parts off of one anyway on down the road...

find you a LS1 car that has a side impact(or rear impact if the rear end is still good) and go from there...

there was a '96 Z28 here with a LS1 in it.. only one i've seen IRL(a couple online)... it was definitely different and his job looked pretty sleek
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:48 PM   #7
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of course.

the hood will need to be changed as the LS1 sits higher and the Radiator will need to sit more upright to not come in contact with the engine, not to mention, you will need either a different radiator (LT1's are reverse flow cooled) or a custom plumbing setup for the stock radiator. also, you have a 94 camaro which is an OBDI system, you'll need to convert your data connector over to OBDII. Transmissions wont transfer, Kmember wont match up, all your engine accessories, plus all the little stuff like AC, sensors, etc.



an overview of major items you'll need
-Engine
-Tranny
-K-member
-Wiring harness (sparco does a conversion with the stock LT1 harness)
-Computer & tuning
-Front Accessories
-Steering rack & pinion with steering shaft
-New Fuel pump(LS1-58psi vs LT1-42psi), regulator, and lines (LS1 is a returnless system)




if you truly want to do it, find a donor car that is rear ended and take your time.


IMVHO, save the time and money and have your LT1 freshened up and mod it out. get it stroked, poked and cammed and have more power than the LS1 without breaking the bank.
or if you are adamant about having an LS1, trade out your 94 for one. or find a rolling chassis that needs a motor and interior and swap your interior to the rolling chassis.
How much do u think it would run me to boost my LT1 then?
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How much do u think it would run me to boost my LT1 then?
depends on what you want to do. rebuild? stroker? heads/cam? spray?

the LT1 can be built relatively easy to make 400+hp reliably and driveable.

biggest questions are what is your budget and your skill level?
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #9
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I want a strong reliable LT1 engine.I want it to be healthy and powerful
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I want a strong reliable LT1 engine.I want it to be healthy and powerful

do you want a N/A engine? super/turbocharged? Nitrous?
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strong LT1...isnt that an oxymoron?
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strong LT1...isnt that an oxymoron?
lol...


they are rare, but once you've cracked 10's with the LT1, the LS1 just doesnt seem as appealing anymore
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not if you do it right. lol

my friend has a 95z pushing 450rwhp

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lol...


they are rare, but once you've cracked 10's with the LT1, the LS1 just doesnt seem as appealing anymore
This is true, I've seen some fast LT1's. They just have less aftermarket support, and I'm just not a fan of the Opti spark system they use.
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This is true, I've seen some fast LT1's. They just have less aftermarket support, and I'm just not a fan of the Opti spark system they use.
wasn't GM's best idea.

but, when it works, it works amazingly.


then again, its like Sex Panther...

60% of the time... it works every time...


seriously tho, there are ways around the opti


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or convert to a full ls1 pcm
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How much do u think it would run me to boost my LT1 then?
If you want to boost the LT1 i would highly suggest looking at building a forged bottom end, and after that factor in on average $6k+ for a good supercharger/turbo system, fuel system upgrades etc.... so honestly your best bet if you want a LS1 is sell your current car and just buy a later 4th gen.

here is a link to a place that i have seen build some great LT1's http://www.golenengineservice.com/
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If you want to boost the LT1 i would highly suggest looking at building a forged bottom end, and after that factor in on average $6k+ for a good supercharger/turbo system, fuel system upgrades etc.... so honestly your best bet if you want a LS1 is sell your current car and just buy a later 4th gen.

here is a link to a place that i have seen build some great LT1's http://www.golenengineservice.com/
even better than turbo/super would be nitrous for an LT1.

high compression + nitrous = happy LT1
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Spray? Really? Doesn't nitrous slowly destroy an engine over time? I would really just like my LT1 semi stock and runs and drives good
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Spray? Really? Doesn't nitrous slowly destroy an engine over time? I would really just like my LT1 semi stock and runs and drives good
no worse than a supercharger or a turbo.

a stock LT1 can handle 100hp shot no problem. just make sure your fuel system is performing at its best and you have it installed properly
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:24 AM   #20
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See thats my Issue e. She has a miss wen she heats up? Ive replaced spark plugs, wires and distributor and now I think its fuel delivery. I also believe it runs rich cause its getting13 mpg on 93 octane.
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The car is stock and its sat for about 6 months and its never been the same
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if you have replaced, plugs, wires, opti, and its running rich try the O2 sensors. Also you may want to clean your injectors.
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It has an exhaust leak right after the converter. Could that throw it off? Ill try the injectors though. Thanks everyone. More to come if that wasent work lol.
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