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Old 03-26-2010, 12:35 PM   #1
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Could be a stupid question. But need to know.

Well I am going to be trading in my 1LT, for a 2SS pretty soon, and I am confused about what the difference is between the LS engines. LS3?LS9? I have no idea, so if someone could explain this to me. that would be great
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:43 PM   #2
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Well first off unless your going to replace your engine right off the bat the SS only comes with a LS3 with the standard transmission 426 hp or the L99 automatic which has 400hp. The LS9 unfortunately is not available from the factory.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #3
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if you are going to take the bullet and trade it in you may want to wait for the Z28 if you are mainly looking for performance. It will likely be supercharged, but there is no telling how long you may have to wait, you can check out the Z/28 forum for more info.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:55 PM   #4
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There's a sticky that tells the differences between the LS3 and L99. The LS3 is in the M6 and the L99 is the automatic. While the M6 does have the HP advantage, the auto has the consistency advantage. In the end, it comes out about the same, as far as racing goes. If you like to shift gears all the time, get the M6. If you do a lot of stop and go traffic traveling, the A6 might be a better choice. In the end, it's up to you.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:14 PM   #5
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Im deffinetly going to be getting the M6. But what is the ls9?
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:15 PM   #6
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Im deffinetly going to be getting the M6. But what is the ls9?
It's the ZR-1 Motor...
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Im deffinetly going to be getting the M6. But what is the ls9?
theres not just an LS9 there an LS1 LS7 ive heard of a LS5 all it means is that they are different types and sizes of motors... theres prolly more than that thats just all ive heard of
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and ya it is the Zr1 motor...
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:27 PM   #9
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theres not just an LS9 there an LS1 LS7 ive heard of a LS5 all it means is that they are different types and sizes of motors... theres prolly more than that thats just all ive heard of
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and ya it is the Zr1 motor...
I dare you to make sense.

The LS1 is in fourth gen F Bodies and Fifth generation Corvettes. The LS3 is in the sixth gen Corvette. It is also in the 2010 Camaro with manual transmission. All 2010 Camaros with auto trans have the L99. The LS7 is in the sixth generation Corvette Z06 and the LS9 is in the sixth generation Corvette ZR1. The LS9 is a hand built variant of the LS3 with a supercharger.
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The LS1 is in fourth gen F Bodies and Fifth generation Corvettes. The LS3 is in the sixth gen Corvette. It is also in the 2010 Camaro with manual transmission. All 2010 Camaros with auto trans have the L99. The LS7 is in the sixth generation Corvette Z06 and the LS9 is in the sixth generation Corvette ZR1. The LS9 is a hand built variant of the LS3 with a supercharger.

Don't forget, there is also the V6 w/ an automatic transmission too. You can't get an LS7 or LS9 from the factory in the Camaro.
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If I am not mistaken, the L99 also has active fuel management (AFM) and only comes in the 1SS or 2SS with an automatic transmission. LS3 cars do not have the AFM.

AFM is the system that shuts off half of the cylinders for fuel economy.
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The LS1 is in fourth gen F Bodies and Fifth generation Corvettes. The LS3 is in the sixth gen Corvette. It is also in the 2010 Camaro with manual transmission. All 2010 Camaros with auto trans have the L99. The LS7 is in the sixth generation Corvette Z06 and the LS9 is in the sixth generation Corvette ZR1. The LS9 is a hand built variant of the LS3 with a supercharger.
i didnt mean specifically for the 5th gen camaro or even a camaro just theres a shit ton of differant motors made by GM
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Don't forget, there is also the V6 w/ an automatic transmission too. You can't get an LS7 or LS9 from the factory in the Camaro.
There's no such thing as an auto v6. They all come with three-speed column shift.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:56 PM   #14
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How much does the ls9 cost?
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #15
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How much does the ls9 cost?
i think ur better off buying the LS3 rebuld it and adding a supercharger.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:01 PM   #16
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I have done some research and I have to say that the LS7 is the best choice for upgrading if you are going to just upgrade the engine. It is a 7 liter, 505 hp stock and you can get it in a crate motor for about $14,000. One custome company supercharged and tuned an LS7 to over 800 hp...

The LS9 in 638hp after being supercharged.
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How much does the ls9 cost?
A lot $21,000

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1...riced-at-21000

Its just a supercharged LS3..
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:13 PM   #19
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Well I guess im gonna wait for the z/28. I mean im still not sure how much its gunna cost, so i mean idk if i can get that.
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There's no such thing as an auto v6. They all come with three-speed column shift.
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How much does the ls9 cost?
depends on where you get it. usually north of $20k

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I have done some research and I have to say that the LS7 is the best choice for upgrading if you are going to just upgrade the engine. It is a 7 liter, 505 hp stock and you can get it in a crate motor for about $14,000. One custome company supercharged and tuned an LS7 to over 800 hp...

The LS9 in 638hp after being supercharged.
the LS7 is a very potent engine. however, if you are wanting to build a motor, the LSX is your best friend.


the LS9 is 638hp stock. no other mods, add a slightly more agressive cam, smaller blower pulley, maybe even some ported heads and you'll spank 800hp no problem.

but all the power in the world doesnt mean anything if you cant use it.

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Well I am going to be trading in my 1LT, for a 2SS pretty soon, and I am confused about what the difference is between the LS engines. LS3?LS9? I have no idea, so if someone could explain this to me. that would be great
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_LS_engine
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easy now brando... lol

depends on where you get it. usually north of $20k


the LS7 is a very potent engine. however, if you are wanting to build a motor, the LSX is your best friend.


the LS9 is 638hp stock. no other mods, add a slightly more agressive cam, smaller blower pulley, maybe even some ported heads and you'll spank 800hp no problem.

but all the power in the world doesnt mean anything if you cant use it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_LS_engine
The common misconception is that the LS7 is the best engine for building. From my perspective, the reason that it is today's most popular swap engine is the size and application. As a 427, it shares its measurement with a classic motor. As a Corvette engine, it shares a heritage with other classic Camaro engines. The truth is that the LSX is the best LS-series engine for performance and price. While the LS7 is more expensive, it is not necessarily better.

The LS9 is a beast. It is a supercharged monster out of the factory, but the LSX still has more potential.

Power that you can use is more meaningful than a dyno printout. When you have a high-horsepower car, you also have to have the right parts to get that power to the ground. How many times have we seen YouTube videos of weak imports crushing powerful muscle cars? Those spinning tires might look cool until you lose to a FWD import. This embarrassment can be prevented by researching suspension, drivetrain, wheel, and tire upgrades.
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