So like the title says, I would like to mod my LS3 and I would like to do the work myself. I have a 2011 2SS 6 Speed and I am planning to do some tinkering this winter pending my funds allow for it. I have never really done any heavy duty work on a gasoline engine so Im hoping you guys will help me out with mod suggestions, tools I may need etc. I did some googling and couldnt really find any good info about yanking an LS3 from a Gen5 camaro so hopefully Im not regurgitating some old stuff.
As far as experience goes, I put myself through school working as a medium/heavy truck mechanic. I worked at a Mack truck dealer and a few other fleet shops. I did a lot of drive train work mostly, swapping clutches, eaton fuller, and allison transmissions, rear diffs etc. I also did quite a lot of electrical work, and by that I mean old school stuff like troubleshooting ignitions, truck and trailer marker lights etc. Semi trucks are pretty primitive compared to the modern car. I also worked on a few deisel engine rebuilds along with r&r fuel delivery systems etc. So anyway my point is that I have wrenched on plenty of stuff, but never any real serious automotive aside from the odd break job, wheel bearing, fuel pump, etc on my personal vehicles.
I have a pretty crappy work space in my 2 car detached garage with no compressor and one power outlet coming from a light bulb adapter
But I do have a pretty good collection of tools, the Snap-On guy definitely liked me. Keep in mind I was buying stuff with heavy trucks and diesel engines in mind. So are there any LS3 specialty tools that you guys cant live without? Stuff you made yourself? What is it going to take to get the engine out of this car without a lift? Obviously Ill need a stand to put it on once I get it out, but can it come out the top (sure looks like it will
)? If so I need a cherry picker, or if it has to come out the bottom does anyone have a solution for a broke guy with no lift, no engine table, a floor jack and a set of stands?
Why do I want to pull out my engine?
I dont know ... probably because I cant help myself when it comes to fooling around with stuff?
But seriously I want to dive into this car and have some fun with it. I have been doing a lot of reading and it seems most people do the same types of mods Harley Davidson crowed. Intake, exhaust, tune, and throw in a cam for a nice sound. Sounds like a great start to me since I cant afford a blower, and if Im going to be yanking the engine to add a performance cam, what else can I do while im in there? What would be the next logical improvement that wont cost me a fortune or require me to beef up thousands of dollars worth of other components just so im not breaking stuff? Should I be looking at some type of aftermarket clutch, and what about the drive shaft and diff? I see people are making intakes for an LS3 that you can mount a carb on? Would I really want to get rid of the fuel injection? Im open to any and all suggestions.
Right now I am just trying to get prepared, figure out what tools Im going to need, how much money Ill have left after getting the tools, and then what mods I will be able to accomplish in my work space on my budget. In the end the plan is to do another thread following along my progress. Sorry for asking 8 million questions like a n00b but I would love to get some advise from anyone who has been into their Gen5 camaro/LS3.
Thanks in advance to anyone that wants to help me out