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Old 12-21-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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LS engine swap info

A lot of questions have been asked lately about LS engine swaps. I have done a bunch of research and wanted to share what I have found. I hope it helps some of you out. Spend some time clicking the links, I have put a lot of the time into finding this stuff.

LT1swap lots of good wiring harness info with pictures and DIY tips

LT1swap

Lots of good LS information, what are the engine differences etc

LSprimer


LSprimer part II

A thread with LS engine swap questions and answers

Questions and answers

Another sites questions and answers

ANOTHER Question and answer thread

I will add to this post and thread as I go through my information
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Re: LS engine swap info

Here are a few Engine sources to look at. I only have experience with Spaulding Automotive. I will elaborate more when I finally start my build thread.

SPAULDING AUTO

Here is a you tube link from one of their ads

Spaulding auto ready to run package

A couple people have bought from these guys

Schram auto

Pacific fab also does pull out and ready to run packages they also have a pretty cool 4X4 Ls crossmember I'll talk about later

Pacific Fab

Another vender that seems to have happy customers?

TNScrambler

And last but not least car part.com

Car Part.com

These are all just a reference, buyer beware and I am not recomending anyone at the moment. Ask questions, try local and good luck there are deal out there

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Motor mounts and adapter plates

A couple of drawings of adapter plates, you would need two of either plate. This one would move the engine forward some.

They are showing the wrong hole countersunk. The hole that should be countersunk is the one between the two 1.75 inch measurements. The point goes forward and to the top. You have to countersink the hole that ends up behind the motor mount. The two plates will be mirror images with the countersunk hole on opposite sides of the plate. This is more like most of the aftermarket adapter plates. Most of them are 5/16-3/8 while these are 1/4 inch. The slight thickness differences could change engine height. I haven't read much about anyone having any issues with any of the different thickness adapter plates.

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multi position adapter plates

MULTI POSITION

Moroso scroll down

MOROSO

Year one

YEAR ONE

Car Shop

Car Shop

And advance adapters. They are the only one that doesn't use the bottom bolt hole to position the motor mount? Hmmm

Advance Adapters


Now the drawings say 1/4 inch and all the rest are 5/16-3/8 which in my humble opinion will slightly change where your engine sits, higher/lower?

There are some issues with crossmembers on the 4X4 trucks causing motor mount and crossmember problems. My truck is stock height so these won't work for me but 4" plus lifted vehicles can use these from Pacific Fabrication
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Re: LS engine swap info

Wiring, harnesses, and connectors

If you want to modify your own harness there is some good info at LT1swap in the first post. Here is a list of links to places that either modify your own harness or build complete new ones. After contacting a bunch of them and having some emails go unanswered I am having my harness done by a board member


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Check him out for your project

Jims performance is very knowleagable and was the most reasonable. You must call him.

Jims


SPEARTECH


Wait4me

Current performance also has fuse/relay panels connectors and will either rework your harness or build new.

Current performance


LS1wiring harness


Nelson performance

In addition to currant performance here are a few places to get fuse/relay panels, connectors, pins and bulkhead connectors

Pictures of GM connectors


Bulkhead connector


Terminals wire connectors

If you know the connector part number and pin part number this is the place

MOUSER


Fuse blocks


Fuse block wiring kits

Painless circuit boss

Painless


Autotrend fuse relay

The brake switch you will need if you want cruise control

AC Delco D850A

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Transmission info and adapters

If my transmission ever needs a rebuild I am going with these guys. Check out all the pictures and attention to detail!

Finish Line Transmission build thread


Not a lot of info to post here. The harnesses can be changed from either a 4l60 to a 4l80 and the other way around. It is easier to alter a 4l80 harness for the 4l60 but both are doable. The 4l80 has 2 VSS sensors and the 4l60 has one. If you have a 4l60 harness you have to add the other VSS for the 4l80. If you have a 4l80 harness you remove the extra VSS for the 4l60. It matters which one but if you are doing your own harness you will have the pin outs. If you are having it done they should know what to do if not find someone else. In the big round connector there are a couple of wires moved between the 4l60 and 4l80.

HERE IS THE DIFFERENCES IN THE TRANSMISSION WIRING


There is a big switch on the side of the transmission. It is your park/neutral safety switch. Many people remove this and that can be done. The PCM does use that information for more than the safety and gear indicator but from what I have read it is not necessary. Here is what I have found

The PCM uses the signal to adjust idle speed based on whether the car is in gear or in park/neutral.
As soon as the PCM "sees" the car go in gear it drops the idle speed by around 100 rpm to prevent jerking going into gear, and to prevent tugging at the torque converter.

It can be considered as optional on a swap. As long as the line is left open the PCM will always assume the car is in gear, and will drop to lower rpm when the engine is started. This also causes a much quicker rpm rampdown on a cold engine start.

Some aftermarket wiring harness companies that have no clue as to how the PCM works will wire this line to ground which makes the PCM think the car is always in park or neutral. On some applications this allows some diagnostic tests to be skipped (EGR, purge, etc.) so that these items can be left off without setting a code. The problem is that the idle is too fast then, and the car wantts to pull a little when sitting still, as well as other issues.


I have a 4X4 and am keeping the NP205 transfer case in the factory location using the 4L60 transmission. Here are the aprts I needed to make this work.


4L60 to 205



Here are some of those parts being installed(bottom first page)



And here is another thread showing more of that installation


The transmission must be disassembled to install the output shaft. I did not want to move my transfer case shifter or change my almost new driveshafts so this is the route I took. There are a couple of passenger side drop transfer cases that will mate to the 4L60 but I do not have the information on what works and what doesn't. If somebody has information on what works and how they handled the shifter etc I will be happy to include it. With all that being said I may still have driveshaft/transmission pan clearance issues due to being stock height. I will update with pictures when I know.

I am also going to try to modify my stock shifter linkage to work. Some say I won't be able to shift into first? Again I will update when I know.

Here are a couple of shifter linkage solutions


Lokar shift linkage



Lokar cable shift linkage


If you need to run a mechanical speedo with a 4L60 this is one solution


Shiftworks


The fittings on these 4l60/80 transmissions are not NPT but National pipe straight thread

And use fittings like these

Corvette servo information courtesy of Glock35ipsc

Corvette servo

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Re: LS engine swap info

Cooling

Here is some reading on cooling that will keep you busy. I will add more later I am tired of typing.

More than you thought there was to cooling


A couple of thread on an ebay aluminum radiator. If you conatct him he will add steam ports, change inlet and outlet sizes, you can even get them with fans!

Ebay Radiator


Ebay Radiator 2


His Ebay store


A fan install thread

Frugal fan install


Some hose adapters and steam port Ts Hose reducers etc. Look around this site a bit

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Re: LS engine swap info

Links to build threads

Calling all LS1 owners


Glocks build


LS1 into a 73


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69 Burb 5.3


Incredible HULK


Sicmaro


72BlazerCST


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Killers 5.3


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Re: LS engine swap info

AC compressor relocation options

THE EXPENSIVE ONES BUT???


A LESS EXOENSIVE SOLUTION BUT USES AN EXPENSIVE SANDEN COMPRESSOR


AND HERE IS THE THIRD OPTION

AC Compressor manifolds courtesy of Big Port Jimmy 6 search for AA2209

Docsblocks compressor manifolds


Cable X box for running a mechanical speedo from a VSS

Cable X


Power steering pump info

Use your old fitting on your new pump


Link to torque values

Scroll to the last 2 posts


Aeroforce technologies. Cool little gauge that plugs into your OBDII port and has lots of programable features!

AEROFORCE

LQ4/LQ9 engine mechanical service manual thanks to 1972 supercheyenne

LQ4/LQ9 engine service manual

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Re: LS engine swap info

Fuel system (any chance a mod can move this post up?)
The LS engines require 58-60 pounds pressure at the fuel rails. Older fuel rails had a regulator on the rails and there is a feed and return on these engines. On the later fuel rails there is only the feed on the rail. You need to have something like the filter regulator shown below to return the excess fuel to the tank. Some of the tanks these engines came with did this internally in the tank.

Corvette filter/regulator

I don't know how long this will last but a decent deal on the regulator/filter and he will take offers for less I am told


GF822

Lots of people use Walbro external pumps

Walbro external pumps and fittings

Dorman quick disconnects for GM fuel line

Dorman 5/16ths


Dorman 3/8ths

Russel AN quick disconnects

Russel 3/8ths


Russel 5/16ths

Don't have a way to make the GM quick disconnect? Try one of these

Dorman flare to quick disconnect

Fuel pump tank adapter

F-body LS1 fuel pump adapter kit

here is an installation tutorial of the adapter kit

Tutorial of adapter kit

Another gas tank modification

EFI pump tank mod

Dual tank info

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Re: LS engine swap info

Random parts/links

Brass fitting and adapters

LS engine pulling fixture

Happy Hooker

The last flaring tool you will ever need. Does the GM quick disconnects also and this is the best price I could find!
Mastercool universal flaring

GM Gen III & IV bolt and sensor list

Bolts and Sensors

There are not a lot of vacuum options on an LS manifold

Vacuum manifold

Some Vehicle Speed Sensor options VSS

VSS OPTIONS


BRAKE BOOSTER NIPPLE FOUND HERE


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Re: LS engine swap info

You are doing a great job, thank you for doing this, if I would have had that happen to me, my PC would be in the middle of the street and I with a sledge hammer hoisted high over my head ready for the explosion of PC parts all over the neighborhood, but that is me.

May I add this for cooling, I know it is from the F word car forum but this is what I am doing and it really cools my truck fast.

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Re: LS engine swap info

Thank you for putting this together. At some point in time I'm sure I will be doing a LS swap, so this will come in handy.

On the motor mount adapter plates there are two drawings, is one of each needed for a swap?

One other source that I know of for wiring, connectors and a lot of other EFI related components is this one.

http://www.eficonnection.com/eficonnection/default.aspx

He does some really cool things like the 24X coil per plug conversion for older EFI engines. Just lots of cool stuff that he does.
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Thank you for putting this together. At some point in time I'm sure I will be doing a LS swap, so this will come in handy.

On the motor mount adapter plates there are two drawings, is one of each needed for a swap? No they are just a couple of options. As mentioned below and I will add to the description one puts the engine in the stock location (I believe the longer one) and the other would move the engine forward slightly. Most adapter plates look like the second picture if you click on some of the links

One other source that I know of for wiring, connectors and a lot of other EFI related components is this one. Already have that one, click terminals wire connectors in the wiring link

http://www.eficonnection.com/eficonnection/default.aspx

He does some really cool things like the 24X coil per plug conversion for older EFI engines. Just lots of cool stuff that he does.
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Re: LS engine swap info

If you want to do your own computer tuning I suggest HPtuners

You will have to have some tuning done to remove at least the VATS. I would also assume most of us doing swaps will not be running a lot of the emissions equipment, so that can be removed from the tune as well.

Once you get your engine up and running you can also edit other things like the timing and fuel curves (similar to re-jetting your carb and adjusting your distributor for the old schoolers). Additionally, if you run an electronically controlled tranny (ie 4L60E) you can change the shift parameters.

Very usefull tool. But, be careful because if you don't know what you're doing you can blow up your engine or ECM.

Also, this program allows you to monitor all of the sensors the engine is putting out, check and clear Check Engine Lights (DTCs) etc.
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A couple of quick links to great LS swap articles:

CarCraft LS A-Body Swap Part I

CarCraft LS A-Body Swap Part II

CarCraft LS Swap Accessory Guide
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LS1 serpentine belt bracket modification
http://www.maliburacing.com/forum/vi...hp?=34&t=79059

77 with a LS1 5.3 swap
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Re: LS engine swap info

Engine Torque Specs

Application Spec

Accelerator Control Cable Bracket Bolts 89 lb in
Air Conditioning Compressor Bolts 37 lb ft
Air Conditioning Compressor Bracket Bolts 37 lb ft
Air Conditioning Idler Pulley Bolt 37 lb ft
Air Conditioning Tensioner Bolt 18 lb ft
Air Injection Reaction (AIR) Pipe-to-Exhaust Manifold Bolts 15 lb ft
Camshaft Retainer Bolts 18 lb ft
Camshaft Sensor Bolt 18 lb ft
Camshaft Sprocket Bolts 26 lb ft
Catalytic Converter Nut 18 lb ft
Connecting Rod Bolts - First Design (First Pass) 15 lb ft
Connecting Rod Bolts - First Design (Final Pass) 60 degrees
Connecting Rod Bolts - Second Design (First Pass) 15 lb ft
Connecting Rod Bolts - Second Design (Final Pass) 75 degrees
Coolant Temperature Gauge Sensor 15 lb ft
Crankshaft Balancer Bolt (Installation Pass-to Ensure the Balancer is Completely Installed) 240 lb ft
Crankshaft Balancer Bolt (First Pass-Install a NEW Bolt After the Installation Pass and Tighten as Described in the First and Final Passes) 37 lb ft
Crankshaft Balancer Bolt (Final Pass) 140 degrees
Crankshaft Bearing Cap Bolts (Inner Bolts-First Pass in Sequence) 15 lb ft
Crankshaft Bearing Cap Bolts (Inner Bolts-Final Pass in Sequence) 80 degrees
Crankshaft Bearing Cap Side Bolts 18 lb ft
Crankshaft Bearing Cap Studs (Outer Studs-First Pass in Sequence) 15 lb ft
Crankshaft Bearing Cap Studs (Outer Studs-Final Pass in Sequence) 53 degrees
Crankshaft Oil Deflector Nuts 18 lb ft
Crankshaft Position Sensor Bolt 18 lb ft
Cylinder Head Bolts (First Pass all M11 Bolts in Sequence) 22 lb ft
Cylinder Head Bolts (Second Pass all M11 Bolts in Sequence) 90 degrees
Cylinder Head Bolts (Final Pass all M11 Bolts in Sequence-Excluding the Medium Length Bolts at the Front and Rear of Each Cylinder Head) 90 degrees
Cylinder Head Bolts (Final Pass M11 Medium Length Bolts at the Front and Rear of Each Cylinder Head in Sequence) 50 degrees
Cylinder Head Bolts (M8 Inner Bolts in Sequence) 22 lb ft
Cylinder Head Coolant Plug 15 lb ft
Cylinder Head Core Hole Plug 15 lb ft
Drive Belt Idler Pulley Bolt 37 lb ft
Drive Belt Tensioner Bolts 37 lb ft
Engine Block Coolant Drain Plugs 44 lb ft
Engine Block Heater 30 lb ft
Engine Block Oil Gallery Plugs 44 lb ft
Engine Coolant Air Bleed Pipe Bolts and Studs 106 lb in
Engine Crossmember Bolts (Large) 107 lb ft
Engine Crossmember Bolts (Small) 92 lb ft
Engine Flywheel Bolts (First Pass) 15 lb ft
Engine Flywheel Bolts (Second Pass) 37 lb ft
Engine Flywheel Bolts (Final Pass) 74 lb ft
Engine Flywheel-to-Torque Converter Bolts 44 lb ft
Engine Front Cover Bolts 18 lb ft
Engine Mount Heat Shield Nuts 89 lb in
Engine Mount Stud-to-Engine Block 37 lb ft
Engine Mount Through Bolts 70 lb ft
Engine Mount Through Bolt Nuts 59 lb ft
Engine Mount-to-Engine Block Bolts 37 lb ft
Engine Rear Cover Bolts 18 lb ft
Engine Service Lift Bracket M10 Bolts 37 lb ft
Engine Service Lift Bracket M8 Bolt 18 lb ft
Engine Valley Cover Bolts 18 lb ft
Engine Wire Harness Clip Bolt 37 lb ft
Engine Wire Harness Ground Strap Bolt 37 lb ft
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve Bolts (First Pass) 89 lb in
EGR Valve Bolts (Final Pass) 22 lb ft
EGR Valve Pipe-to-Cylinder Head Bolts 37 lb ft
EGR Valve Pipe-to-Exhaust Manifold Bolts 22 lb ft
EGR Valve Pipe-to-Intake Manifold Bolt 89 lb in
Exhaust Manifold Bolts (First Pass) 11 lb ft
Exhaust Manifold Bolts (Final Pass) 18 lb ft
Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield Bolts 80 lb in
Exhaust Manifold Pipe Nuts 26 lb ft
Front Shock-to-Engine Crossmember Bolts 48 lb ft
Fuel Injection Fuel Rail Bolts 89 lb in
Generator Bracket Bolts 37 lb ft
Generator Rear Bracket-to-Engine Block Bolt 18 lb ft
Generator Rear Bracket-to-Generator Bolt 18 lb ft
Ground Strap Bolt (at Rear of Cylinder Head) 37 lb ft
Ignition Coil-to-Bracket Bolts 106 lb in
Ignition Coil Bracket-to-Valve Rocker Arm Cover Bolts 106 lb in
Intake Manifold Bolts (First Pass in Sequence) 44 lb in
Intake Manifold Bolts (Final Pass in Sequence) 89 lb in
Knock Sensors 15 lb ft
Oil Filter 22 lb ft
Oil Filter Fitting 40 lb ft
Oil Level Indicator Tube Bolt 18 lb ft
Oil Level Sensor 115 lb in
Oil Pan Baffle Bolts 106 lb in
Oil Pan Closeout Cover Bolt (Left Side) 106 lb in
Oil Pan Closeout Cover Bolt (Right Side) 106 lb in
Oil Pan Cover Bolts 106 lb in
Oil Pan Drain Plug 18 lb ft
Oil Pan M8 Bolts (Oil Pan-to-Engine Block and Oil Pan-to-Front Cover) 18 lb ft
Oil Pan M6 Bolts (Oil Pan-to-Rear Cover) 106 lb in
Oil Pressure Sensor 15 lb ft
Oil Pump-to-Engine Block Bolts 18 lb ft
Oil Pump Cover Bolts 106 lb in
Oil Pump Relief Valve Plug 106 lb in
Oil Pump Screen Nuts 18 lb ft
Oil Pump Screen-to-Oil Pump Bolt 106 lb in
Oxygen Sensor 31 lb ft
Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) System Strap Nut (at Right Front Vapor Vent Pipe Stud) 106 lb in
Power Steering Pump Bolts 18 lb ft
Power Steering Pump Bracket Bolts 18 lb ft
Spark Plugs (Cylinder Heads-New) 15 lb ft
Spark Plugs (all Subsequent Installations) 11 lb ft
Throttle Body Bolts 106 lb in
Transmission Housing Bolt 37 lb ft
Valve Lifter Guide Bolts 106 lb in
Valve Rocker Arm Bolts 22 lb ft
Valve Rocker Arm Cover Bolts 106 lb in
Water Inlet Housing Bolts 11 lb ft
Water Pump Bolts (First Pass) 11 lb ft
Water Pump Bolts (Final Pass) 22 lb ft
Water Pump Cover Bolts 11 lb ft


T-56 Transmission Torque Specs
Application Spec
Backup Lamp Switch 20 lb ft
Clutch Actuator Cylinder Bolt 71 lb in
Clutch Housing Bolt 37 lb ft
Control Lever Handle Bolt 18 lb ft
Gear Select/Skip Shift Solenoid 30 lb ft
Reverse Lockout Assembly Bolt 13 lb ft
Reverse Lockout Solenoid 30 lb ft
Shift Control Bolt 13 lb ft
Shift Control Closeout Boot Bolt 18 lb in
Shift Control Knob 27 lb ft
Transmission Bolt 37 lb ft
Transmission Drain/Fill Plug 20 lb ft
Transmission Mount Bolt 38 lb ft
Transmission Mount Nut 77 lb ft
Transmission Support Bolt 66 lb ft
Vehicle Speed Sensor Bolt 89 lb in
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And here is the intake tightening sequence
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How much does it cost to get the HPTuner setup?

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Well umm no because I haven't figured that part out yet.

I will probably get the pro as it has a few more features.

I am also looking at EFI live which has even more features (and maybe a little harder to learn?) but is more expensive.

I just don't have the time to do all the research I need. I was originally going to go with an
AEROFORCE GAUGE
which lets you monitor most parameters and reset check engine light codes. But at $250 I figure I may as well get something I can scan/tune/data log for double or tripple that. I have not made a final decision yet. I wish someone local had one that I could watch and see it in use to help make up my mind. I am kind of a hands on kind of guy!
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I put together a list of all the parts I used on my 85 to get the A/C hooked up and working. Keep in mind that all the part numbers listed for things like the accumulator, condenser, etc are for my 85, but might be the same for most 81-87's. 73-80 will probably differ, so be sure to check first.
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Gen III DBW cruise hookup

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Re: LS engine swap info

On the adapter plates, if you are going to run A/C with the compressor in the stock location, the 2nd plate won't work, because the compressor and engine mount would occupy the same space.
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If you are using the plates and the LS's compressor, you can either use the shorter plate on the passenger side, or modify the longer plate to the same dims as the shorter one. Then either move the engine stand back about 2", or weld an extension to the back side of the stand to mount the rubber engine mount farther back.
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Re: LS engine swap info

Here's a great link I found on Street and Performance's website:

http://www.hotrodlane.cc/New%20LS%20...ks%20page.html
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