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Old 10-16-2007, 09:03 AM   #1
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I'm considering doing an LS1 swap into my '01 next year. I've been a turbo guy for a long time but would really like the simplicity of a factory ECU running HPtuners with great aftermarket support.

If Racing Concepts didn't have the 1 car track record of the conversion catching on fire, I'd seriously look into that route. I don't want the car to be sitting waiting for the stuff like a modified K-member or other things that I'd have to fab. I can wrench fine but can't welds so I need the hard parts to be bolt in. If V8Martin can get together with the other LSX guys and work on a kit for the LSX I'll probably do it next year.


Anyone else seriously looking at a V8 swap. I know most of you guys have NAs so you still have the option of the Ford 5.0. I really like the NB so the Ford 5.0 isn't an option.

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the LSX Miata gives me a secret boner. I'd give up turbo for that.
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I'd love to have one. wouldn't want to actually do it
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I thought about it long n hard, but am not going to do it. I already have a complete 3.9L V8 from a late model ThunderBird that I picked up for the project, but am giving it up due to the high cost of the conversion.
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Theres a guy here in tampa who does conversions, and uses the CTS-V transmission with great success.

I have seen his car in person, its flawless.




ya might wanna talk to him (He said he can do the conversion for under 10 grand for my NA) Only reason I backed out, is because I didn't have 10K to blow.

http://www.v8roadsters.com/Home/
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count me in frank haha. i wanna drive it
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Theres a guy here in tampa who does conversions, and uses the CTS-V transmission with great success.

I have seen his car in person, its flawless.




ya might wanna talk to him (He said he can do the conversion for under 10 grand for my NA) Only reason I backed out, is because I didn't have 10K to blow.

http://www.v8roadsters.com/Home/
I wonder if he would just sell the parts needed to assemble it yourself... I'd be down for $5K to toss an LSX into my car... **** if I sell all of my turbo gear I'm almost half way there
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did everyone forget the sweet nectar called boost? V8 is nice, but common, beating V8's with a 1.8 4cyl is so much cooler, right?
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LS1's maybe but LS7's are much tougher animals to beat
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:54 PM   #10
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The Ford 302 is an option on the NB.

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did everyone forget the sweet nectar called boost? V8 is nice, but common, beating V8's with a 1.8 4cyl is so much cooler, right?
The advantages to having an american V8, specifically an LS2 or LS7 (aluminum block) far out weight the feeling of stomping someone with an engine which holds less volume than a typical bottle of coke.
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did everyone forget the sweet nectar called boost? V8 is nice, but common, beating V8's with a 1.8 4cyl is so much cooler, right?
so there's an LSX miata on every corner in your neighborhood? cuz that's how turbo miatas are out here.

btw, ark, 5k for an LS swap is maybe unrealistic if philip just bought his longblock for 4k
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You can always turbo the v8
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You can always turbo the v8
yeah, just mount the turbos outside the fenders.
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yeah, just mount the turbos outside the fenders.
or cut holes in the hood...open dp into the windshield
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at that point then ya need the tank tread conversion so you get traction when you got farther then 1/8 throttle.....
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drop a 351 windsor into one of these

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it worked for me
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btw, ark, 5k for an LS swap is maybe unrealistic if philip just bought his longblock for 4k
party pooper :(
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did everyone forget the sweet nectar called boost? V8 is nice, but common, beating V8's with a 1.8 4cyl is so much cooler, right?
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I don't really think a miata is capable of handling a V8. The chassis is too flexy and the wheelbase is too short. I'd rather do a LSX FD or, more realistically, a LT1 FC.
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