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post #1 of 6 Old 05-25-2014, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Do an LS7 swap for under 30 grand

By Nick Dasko

So the new 2014 Z28 Camaro is already all sold out. So if you wanted one built to your specs, you are SOL.

If you are really desperate you can likely get one from a dealer at an inflated price, in a spec you didn't exactly want, and by the time you get out the door you will be likely paying at least $80,000 minus whatever you trade your current Camaro for.

GM has also said they will not sell most of the parts used to make the Z28 in their performance catalogue so it is kind of hard to convert your current ride, unless you go to the parts counter and ask for the upgraded coolers, body kit, brakes, and suspension bits for the Z28 and pay crazy prices.

Thankfully there is a cheap way to get into this game for a lot less money. The beauty of the LS7 from this car is that it swaps inbeautifully into the current Camaro, you can get one out of a wrecked Z06 Corvette for about $12,000 according to my research on a salvage parts site.

You could likely get a whole wrecked Z06 for about $15,000 and then sell whatever you don't use so that you end up spending less than $10,000 on parts once you factor in the money you get from selling body panels, seats, etc.

Next if you don't want to cut up your daily driver, you can get a decent used, Camaro for $15,000 and pull the engine and start wrenching.Throw on a nice exhaust system, maybe play with the cams a bit and throw on some coil-overs and you will have something that can at the very least fill the rear-view mirror of a Z28 for a lot less.

Plus the costs mean that you wont feel bad about thrashing it because all in this car should owe you what a well-specced V6 Camaro goes for new.

Now for those of you without the time, patience, or space to do such a swap, well, find a good mechanic who likes to do projects like this. The labour won't be more than what a high-powered blower kit costs for a Camaro before the labour for that job is even factored in.

So please, go out and build one of these and post pics!
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-25-2014, 07:47 PM
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These days you're better off just building your own engine. Or throwing a supercharger on your current engine. These special engines are soo expensive that it isn't worth paying. You'll never get anywhere near the money you pay for a LS7 back. And having a LS7 in your SS won't bring the price up considering you're gonna lose your warranty and nobody is gonna buy a car like this with a LS7 and no warranty.

And some of the prices listed in this article (is it an article?) are a bit exaggerated. An engine install on a Camaro shouldn't be more than $1200-$1500 at the most. Just because its a newer model car does not mean that you're gonna pay $6000-$8000 for an engine swap. Any shop charging those prices are out of their minds. And I doubt you'll find a wrecked Z06 Vette for $15K. Not sure but I doubt it.

The aftermarket is soo vast and has soo many really great parts that there is no need to make high priced conversions anymore. You'd be surprised what $10,000 in aftermarket parts gets you in performance, braking, and handling.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-21-2014, 02:52 AM
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i wouldnt be putting a ls7 in a v6 camaro ($15k). Much easier in a SS.

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i wouldnt be putting a ls7 in a v6 camaro ($15k). Much easier in a SS.
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Reworking an LS3 by forging it and adding a cam and blower would be the way to go. Cheaper, and you can control exactly what you put into it.

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Agree with the above posts....far more effective ways to make power.
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