In 1999, General Motors introduced the Gen III small-block V8, the LS1 engine. It replaced the LT1 small-block in Camaros and Firebirds. Additionally, an iron-block version of the Gen III LS appeared in full size trucks and SUVs. The LS1 has a displacement of 5.7 liters, similar to the previous-generation small-block. The LS1 is 346 C.I. vs. the traditional 350 C.I. in the small block Chevrolet engine.
The LS series engine is considered one of the best engines for the money that you can swap into your vehicle for these six reasons:
1) Engine strength
3) Displacement options
4) Aftermarket support
5) Performance for price
6) Size and weight
Because of the all aluminum design, an LS1 is nearly as light as a cast iron 4 cylinder engine. And If you are on a budget, then the truck LS series engines (iron block) are great options and can be found in almost every salvage yard in America. The iron block engines are also stronger than the aluminum and may be more suited for your build depending on the types of engine upgrades you plan on making. You can purchase either an aluminum or cast iron 4.8L, 5.3L, 5.7L, 6.0L, or 6.2L from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the type of car build you are going for. If you pick up a 4.8 liter or 5.3 liter ls engine, install a cam and upgrade the heads, you can easily make 400hp or more. If you’re planning on putting a turbo on your project, the 4.8L or 5.3L iron block truck engine may be and excellent buy for you. The 4.8L can withstand a lot of boost completely stock and will perform really well under pressure. You can also find them at a fraction of the cost when compared to 6.0 liter or 6.2 liter engines. Great for project cars and garage builds!
Finding the right shop in Texas to perform or help with the swap can be an important task. Click below to find a shop close to you that can perform an LS swap into your vehicle today!
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