If you are considering how your car performance could be impacted by an LS engine swap, it is important that you understand some of the most common myths surrounding the process. While an LS engine swap can provide enhanced power and utility for a vehicle, a number of misconceptions exist about the cost, ease, and compatibility of the project.
What Is An LS Engine?
An LS engine is an engine made by GM; specifically, GM started to create LS engines in 1997, and they revolutionized the market due to their lightweight but powerful design. They are very common and easy to find, making them a prime candidate for swaps. Many people choose to try an LS engine swap in order to exchange their current motor for one with more power or that is lighter weight. At the time of its creation, the LS engine was nearly equivalent to the engines being used by NASCAR, which contributed to its popularity and reputation.
Myths About An LS Engine Swap
An LS engine swap may be a good choice for you; however, it is important to understand that the process comes with a number of misconceptions. If you believe any of these myths, take the time to do further research so that you can make an informed decision about whether to exchange your current motor for an LS engine. An experienced car restoration shop with experts in LS engine swaps can provide more personalized guidance about your specific car and goals.
An LS Engine Swap Costs Less Than $500
One of the most common myths about an LS engine swap is that it costs less than $500. While it is true that LS engines are highly affordable unless you are looking to acquire the top-tier LSX or similar models, LS engines still typically range more than $1,000. Add to this cost the additional work required to renovate the area around the engine, including the mounting plates, and the cost of an LS engine swap increases. It can still be an economical process for the benefits it offers, but it rarely costs less than $500.
All LS Engine Swaps Provide A Lot Of Power
A key selling point of LS engines is that they are powerful. Many consumers reason, by this logic, that replacing their current engine with an LS engine will generate more power. However, the weakest LS engines, which are typically found in trucks from 1999 and 2000, were 4.8 liter variants that could only produce about 250 horsepower. These are some of the most affordable options, but it is important to understand that swapping to an LS engine does not guarantee more power; you will need to examine your current engine and compare.
An LS Engine Swap Can Be Done Easily By Anyone
Those who enjoy working on cars as a hobby often assume that, like many tasks they can complete on their own, and LS engine swap can be done by almost anyone. However, an LS engine swap is more complex than simply removing one engine and inserting another. Due to the shape and design of LS engines, they typically require new mounting gear within the vehicle. This process must be done carefully and at the correct angle, often with one side of the engine higher than the other, in order to reduce rattling and ensure long-term protection from unnecessary wear.
Any LS Engine Will Work With My Car
A wide variety of LS engines are available, but not all of them will be compatible with the vehicle you are working on. LS engines sometimes pose issues with compatibility in the exhaust system, and not all vehicles have the space to adequately fit an LS engine. Be sure to talk with an experienced swap shop before you purchase an LS engine so that you are sure that it will work with your car.
Talk To The Experts About An LS Engine Swap
Whether you have already begun the process of an LS engine swap and need assistance or you are just considering a swap for the first time, it is wise to keep a reliable car shop on standby to help with the project. Robs Customs & Restorations specializes in engine swap services and would be happy to offer guidance throughout the project. We can help you more clearly separate the facts from the myths so that you can make an informed decision about your LS engine swap. Reach out to speak with an engine swap expert so that your next vehicle project will be successful, safe and durable.