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Old 04-11-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Question Would You DO it?

No not that.... if money was not an issue, would you take your brand new SS and drop an LS9 in it?

If so, would you

1) allow your dealership to do it
2) do it yourself
3) get a custom shop to do it.

I know there could also be issues with the IRS being able to handle the HP, but if memory serves correctly Al Op said at the Indy show that it could handle the HP.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:32 AM   #2
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I would get a custom shop to do it ... unless GM had something where if the dealer does it you retain full warranty (which I doubt would happen) ..

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Old 04-11-2009, 10:30 AM   #3
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If I ad the money it would be tempting, but at the same time it'd be more fun trying to make sick power NA...who am I kidding, I'd do it. I'd have a custom shop or GM install it, depending on price. One benefit to a custom shop is they can provide you with a custom tune and install all the bolt-ons too.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:02 AM   #4
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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if i had the $ i'd have my mechanic do it for sure after a couple of years

btw you should make this a poll
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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If i had the money, i would deck out my home shop with new tools and stuff and do it myself!
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #7
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Number 2 for sure. I would just need a tune for the PCM.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #8
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If I had the money to do it, I'd build a 454 LSX and drop in myself.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:32 AM   #10
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nope, i'd spend 1/2 or less than an ls9 to do a built twin turbo (aps) ls3 and make wayyyy more power.
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No not that.... if money was not an issue, would you take your brand new SS and drop an LS9 in it?

If so, would you

1) allow your dealership to do it
2) do it yourself
3) get a custom shop to do it.

I know there could also be issues with the IRS being able to handle the HP, but if memory serves correctly Al Op said at the Indy show that it could handle the HP.
Money no issue? Why would DIY even be on the list.. pass the bubbly and caviar...

Do I even have to say it?
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:12 AM   #12
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forgot about lingenfelter they could build a tt ls3 that would smoke an ls9 too. Most likely a lot cheaper too.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:17 AM   #13
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I've never let anyone else touch my car past getting it inspected. I would do ti my self, easy choice
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:58 AM   #14
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No, no way, but if I had the cash I would be doing it myself . I have seen to much secondary damge to my cars wiht just oil changes from dealers. Ya, they can fix it but it iis never , I said never just the same!
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:47 AM   #15
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Oh yes I'd do it, and as said before, if covered by warranty, the dealer gets it. Remeber, if you had the money....
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LS9 is built to go 100K miles. Thats still my choice.

Nvm that TT LS3's, 454 LSX's and all the others weren't part of the original question
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well, he asked if money wasn't an issue would you. My answer is no. Because you can make more power with less money by going other routes than buying an LS9. So, if I had the money to buy and install an LS9 I wouldn't do it. It doesn't make much sense to spend that much money to make 640hp when you can make 7-800hp for less.
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Strange idea...
What is msrp for ls9? $28000? How much for planting & tuning? I don't know... 4000$?

And all the parts like suspension & brakes tuned for LS3 will become inadequate to the power. So you will need to replace brakes, parts of suspension, probably transmission - and you will eventualy build ZR1 with Camaro body. I doubt it will cost much less than new ZR1.

So if money doesn't matter it's much more reasonable to buy ZR1 or something equal.
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If money is not an issue then you don't have to be reasonable....that's the point....if money was an issue, then you would HAVE to be reasonable

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Is there a problem with that?....i would gladly lay down the bucks (assuming money was no issue to me) to have the performance of a ZR1 with the looks of a Camaro.
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There is difference between oddly spent money & wasted one, imho.

There is no limit to people's perversities, but that engine swap will bring performance without prestige... less than 1% of people around will understand the efforts put & result gain, for 99.9% it will be just tuned camaro. But ZR1 will have same performance plus guarantee plus prestige, because much more people aware of its cost.

Just my opinion.

Concerning the choice, I would choose some famous custom shop. With unlimited financing I would buy ZR1 Corvette & force the custom shop to make fibre carbon body absolutely identical to Camaro or may be somehow slightly changed to my own conception of ideal Camaro. May be even unpainted at all (I love the look of pure clean carbon fibre). Imagine the heft decrease; and guarantee remains btw.

And as a bonus many magazines & car shows will be glad to have their hands on that lovely monster.

Something like this Mansory Carbon Cayenne:
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:03 PM   #21
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If money weren't an issue, neither would feasibility. That being said, I'd get a pedigreed set of Camaros and ZR1s and breed them, selling off the additional offspring to crazy tuners until I had enough money to get a decent interior. Also, I'd curate a museum to house the one-off mutations: the Camaro Half-Track, the Camaro Limousine, the Firebird, the Corvair....
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If I had the money? YES! But the entire power train would need an upgrade as well, if anything, for peace of mind.
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i would get a vette..with the ls9...
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:45 PM   #25
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If money was no problem, and I could pick any car to start with. ZR1
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