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Old 05-05-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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Engine Swap?

Is it at all possible to do an engine swap from a V6 to a V8? I know they take totally different parts to make them work but would it be worth the time and money? Say I bought a V6 for dirt cheap and did this.....could it work?
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:13 AM   #2
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You're better off selling the car and buying an SS... or just be happy with what you have. You're talking about a nightmare project that doesn't need to happen
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:22 AM   #3
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This should help.. The topic has been discussed before..

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56454
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:25 AM   #4
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Unless there are very specific racing requirements involved, it's almost always cheaper and faster to sell one and get another. This even applies to automatic <> manual swaps.

There is a hidden cost people don't see. When it's time to sell your Frankencar, the resale drops a bunch if it has a engine swap or trans swap.
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Unless there are very specific racing requirements involved, it's almost always cheaper and faster to sell one and get another. This even applies to automatic <> manual swaps.

There is a hidden cost people don't see. When it's time to sell your Frankencar, the resale drops a bunch if it has a engine swap or trans swap.
What he said... I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you have little to no mechanical experience in this area. I would highly recommend just enjoying what you have or trading it for a V8 if that's the route you want to go. There's nothing easy or cheap about this endeavor and you could probably throw your V6 off a bridge (never collect any insurance money) and get a V8 one for cheaper than the swap.
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But...

This MIGHT be fun stuff in a car that appears to be V6:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Katech-C5-R-...51e83d&vxp=mtr
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But...

This MIGHT be fun stuff in a car that appears to be V6:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Katech-C5-R-...51e83d&vxp=mtr
Meh, would work better w/ the suspension, brakes, rear end, transmission in an SS.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:33 AM   #8
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Just add a 200 wet shot to it, and do burnouts at 200mph.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:34 AM   #9
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Also, I believe those engine swap days are behind us.. Like when I owned 2001 Lexus IS300 with an inline 6 (2JZ-GE), people were dropping the Supra turbo engine (2JZ-GTE) in there with little or no issues. I had a 2003 350Z that threw rod in the 3.5 V6 (VQ) and replaced it with a G35 engine that was less hp and torque, but an easy replacement.. I also owned a 1996 Integra GS-R with a 2000 Type R engine swap.. I think the technology today is too advanced..
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:33 AM   #10
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It CAN be done on late models. But you should have very good reason.

Just to get the double overdrive feature of the next gen of the Duramax platform, I had to:

Replace entire engine. No interchangeable parts.
Replace entire Allison.
Replace ECM.
Replace TCM.
Replace Fusebox.
Replace wiring harness.
Replace Speedometer assy.
Replace turn signal assy.

and probably some stuff I forget. It was MAJOR undertaking.

This was just to go from 2005 to 2006 models. Bodies and suspensions were identical.

Why didn't I swap cars? I already had a $6000 cage welded into the truck, and other expensive changes. I really had no choice.
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You're better off selling the car and buying an SS... or just be happy with what you have. You're talking about a nightmare project that doesn't need to happen
very true, this conversion can turn into a real money pit and end up owing alot more money than purchasing another vehicle
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #12
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I've owned my 2010 V6 since i pre-ordered it january of 2009. I was 19 at the time, car cost me 28k. I paid it off a year and a half early this febuary, got tired of having the V6 title...

Found a used 2010 2SS same color as mine with low low miles, swapped all possible mods over, and am now gonna selling V6 and put towards the loan.. best choice ive made.

I've thought about dropping an engine in, but its more problems then blessings... buy one already done.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:10 AM   #13
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You're better off selling the car and buying an SS... or just be happy with what you have. You're talking about a nightmare project that doesn't need to happen
Alexbarabas is correct. With the amount of money that it would take to do the swap you are better off selling your car and getting an SS then modify that.
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:29 AM   #14
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Possible... Yes. Practical... No. Unless you have money pouring out your ears and want a project, go for an SS and if you have money pouring out your ears go for a Z/28

As everyone said, factor in time, price of all parts necessary, etc... Cheaper to trade-in and grab an SS. Something also to mention, obviously is if warranty is important to you there will be none in an engine swapped Camaro, from GM at least. Though if you're modding its irrelevant but just something to think about.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:43 PM   #15
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As for something along the lines of an ls swap it all depends on what you want. I have seen a few bare bones 2010 LS camaros selling on the interweb for alittle over 10k. If you were looking to build a true hot rod or something along the lines of a race car...sheet metal dash, racing seats, no a/c etc...its not that bad of a project. For 20-25k you could probably build that and have something no one else does. If you want everything to work and look just like every other ss then just an ss to start with.
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Old 05-09-2014, 12:02 AM   #16
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honestly there is nothing wrong with the v6 that comes stock with the car. it has plenty of power needed. unless your making it a track car or something. 300+horses isnt that bad for this car, you have to remember that just 10 yrs ago a z28 was making around the same power give er take...a v6 camaro was no where near what the camaro now a days produces stock..just saying
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