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From a Nissan 240SX to a Foxbody mustang, we see LS swaps go into just about anything that starts to give us issues, or is a scrapyard special. But why? Why is the Chevrolet-Engineered motor so popular amongst motor enthusiasts? Well, I’ve done my research (As I’ve contemplated LS swapping my MKIII listed here on Pipetale) and the following article is a summary of many, many hours of research:

1) Parts are everywhere

Now, it all depends as to where you are, of course, but LS engines are found in many domestic vehicles here in North America. Late model GM trucks, or Corvettes will pack these under the hood. Good to note, however, that some models will be made of cast iron, instead of aluminum blocks. Not that dropping a cast iron block in your $1000 trusty, rusty companion is going to hurt it any.

2) A great engine to work on

As the LS1 engine is designed to use the old push rod technology, these LS motors are great for new gear heads, and young enthusiasts alike to work on as things go wrong. They also come naturally aspirated, so no turbo systems to worry about! Another notable mention would be their size + weight, as they don’t usually take up more space in the engine bay than the V6 they replace.

3) The Aftermarket Scene

Due to the rapid increase in popularity, you’ll notice that a TON of companies got on board to develop parts to push your motor well past the 1000HP mark. Turbochargers, Big bore exhaust, manifolds, tuning systems, you name it, it’s developed. If you wanted to blow a couple hundred bucks in a weekend and try and add a few horse, this engine will make it easier than ever to do so. Seriously, if you’re still trying to squeeze power out of your D series motor, please stop.

4) The POWER

The stock block on an LS1 can handle up to 1280HP. Compare that to some of the 5 liter engines that came in the Ford Mustang and well…. you’ll see why nobody is buying stock mustang motors. (Coyote does well… but it’s no LS.) Stock, the Ls1 brings 345HP to the table, which is definitely a modest amount as we are slapping them into vehicles to bring a +70-100% power increase most times. Then we talk about power:weight like we own a small Honda, and you’ll understand why people love these.

Pipetale.com Blog Post

From a Nissan 240SX to a Foxbody mustang, we see LS swaps go into just about anything that starts to give us issues, or is a scrapyard special. But why? Why is the Chevrolet-Engineered motor so popular amongst motor enthusiasts? Well, I’ve done my research (As I’ve contemplated LS swapping my MKIII listed here on Pipetale) and the following article is a summary of many, many hours of research:

1) Parts are everywhere

Now, it all depends as to where you are, of course, but LS engines are found in many domestic vehicles here in North America. Late model GM trucks, or Corvettes will pack these under the hood. Good to note, however, that some models will be made of cast iron, instead of aluminum blocks. Not that dropping a cast iron block in your $1000 trusty, rusty companion is going to hurt it any.

2) A great engine to work on

As the LS1 engine is designed to use the old push rod technology, these LS motors are great for new gear heads, and young enthusiasts alike to work on as things go wrong. They also come naturally aspirated, so no turbo systems to worry about! Another notable mention would be their size + weight, as they don’t usually take up more space in the engine bay than the V6 they replace.

3) The Aftermarket Scene

Due to the rapid increase in popularity, you’ll notice that a TON of companies got on board to develop parts to push your motor well past the 1000HP mark. Turbochargers, Big bore exhaust, manifolds, tuning systems, you name it, it’s developed. If you wanted to blow a couple hundred bucks in a weekend and try and add a few horse, this engine will make it easier than ever to do so. Seriously, if you’re still trying to squeeze power out of your D series motor, please stop.

4) The POWER

The stock block on an LS1 can handle up to 1280HP. Compare that to some of the 5 liter engines that came in the Ford Mustang and well…. you’ll see why nobody is buying stock mustang motors. (Coyote does well… but it’s no LS.) Stock, the Ls1 brings 345HP to the table, which is definitely a modest amount as we are slapping them into vehicles to bring a +70-100% power increase most times. Then we talk about power:weight like we own a small Honda, and you’ll understand why people love these.

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