What is an LS Swap?
An LS swap is an engine swap that uses an engine made by GM, into an existing vehicle. You can swap engines into different makes to most car models. The cost has a wide range, so you get out what you put in. The LS swap is popular because you can get more power in your car, as well as better fuel economy.
Engine swaps are also performed because the original engine model is too difficult to find. This is especially true of older vehicles. It is not uncommon that when rebuilding an old engine, things end up pricier than if you were to swap to a new engine. Another reason people swap is to serve their car’s desired purpose better. If you do a lot of towing or if you like to drive off-road terrain, an LS swap can be beneficial to those experiences.
4 Things You Should Know About Swaps
The trend of LS swaps is continuing to grow, here are some things you should know:
Deciding on Your Transmission
Deciding on the right transmission to use can get difficult because of the options available. If you are looking for something that is a bit more hefty in what it can do, while being automatic, you may want to check out the 4L80E. If you want a manual transmission, you could check out the T56 may be more your speed.
LS 300zx Swap
A LS 300zx swap is a common engine swap. This swap puts a GM LS Engine into a Nissan 300zx. This swap is so common because the engine is the weakest part of the car and for car fanatics and race drivers getting a lighter car with more power is a clear desire. The Nissan 300zx is an ideal candidate for a LS swap.
What are Transmission Mounts?
Transmission mounts are used to keep vibrations at bay, for your transmission. The transmission mount holds the transmission to a crossmember. The amount of transmission mounts you will need is likely just one but sometimes more than one can be used. A new transmission mount may be needed if you are doing an engine swap.
A transmission mount can go bad and there are a few signs to look out for. When driving, out of the ordinary feeling and sound could mean a transmission mount replacement may be needed. Unusual vibrations, clunky sounds, and steering issues are a few signs of a damaged or worn out transmission mount.
LS Engine Size
LS engines are smaller in size than their competitors and this size makes the process easier to swap in a smaller location. The size is also beneficial because it will decrease the weight of the car.
The LS engine is heavily available and the additional parts you will need for your LS swap are available from automotive component manufacturers. Because of the change in size and location of the engine, a crossmember may be needed to support the engine and transmission. Each crossmember is made to fit in a specific way and having one that is a wrong fit will lead to damaging your car. In preparing for your LS swap, adapt your car for its transition.
Whether performing the LS swap yourself or hiring professionals to do it, it is a complicated task. Finding all of the right parts for the swap will take some time and not every desired piece will be compatible for the swap. The end result should be to have your car the way you want it to be and all of the benefits that come with it. Start your LS swap journey, today!