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Old 04-29-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

The Motor in my 98 camaro went out and was told that putting a 6.0l truck engine in a camaro would be a wicked idea for a drag car. Any thoughts.

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The Motor in my 98 camaro went out and was told that putting a 6.0l truck engine in a camaro would be a wicked idea for a drag car. Any thoughts.

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6.0 weighs more, but you will get a stronger block.....if you buy a used one, make sure its a short crank version, 2001+, make sure the cam sensor is at the rear for ease of install
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

Yes it will weigh approximately 75 lbs more. What do you plan on doing to it? Mods? RWHP goal? Budget? The answers to these questions will help us give you some better ideas/advice on what is suited for you
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

Just want to get about 400 hp. Planning on getting a Z06 Corvette soon and need to get rid of my camaro. would like to have some fun with it before i get rid of it.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

would also like to stay under $1000
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

Well you won't get to 400rwhp with only a grand but if you do your own work you can find a junkyard LQ9 for around $500-600, used headers $250, and a mail order tune $200 and it will be a pretty fun ride and it should be close to maybe over 350rwhp.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

i meant $1000 for the block its self
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:28 PM   #8
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

what if i used a 6.0 block and put the heads and intake from the ls1 on it. would it be compatable.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

Yes it would be compatible but I would sell the truck intake and ls1 intake and find a used LS6 intake the LS1 intake isn't all that good. A bolt on cam only LQ9 with a tune should get you 400rwhp no problem. You can also go with an LQ4 but they have lower compression at about 9.5:1 when the LQ9 is over 10:1.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

I am wanting to get a motor with a lot of low end torque so that i can pull the front wheels.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

Well the 6.0 engines are truck engines so the low end is there add a high lift low duration cam to increase that. On another note if you want to launch it that hard don't be surprised if you grenade the weak 10 bolt.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

I'm thinking about an LQ9 with a ls6 intake, ls7 clutch, comp camshaft, and a twin turbo kit set up to pull at about 1500 rpm so that I can lift the front wheels while running street tires. Also thinking about a set of ls6 heads and racing rockers.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

That is a major build you are considering there. First of all if you want to go boost an LQ4 would be better for the low compression and I wouldn't go wild on the boost either as it isn't forged. Second, why twin turbo you plan on hitting over 1000rwhp? A single turbo will suffice. Third, I would go with the stock LQ4/LQ9 heads as they have a bigger CC which is better for a boost build due to it having a lower compression ratio I believe they are the 317s. Fourth, you just can't swap in a cam and call it a day you will need better springs and supporting valvetrain I suggest a cam package ideally a custom one for your needs. Fifth, you need suspension mods to put the power to the ground. Sixth, you need to upgrade the fuel system to accommodate the added power fuel pump and injectors. Seventh, the weak 10 bolt will probably not be able to handle that much power and the hard launches while some do stay together that's the exception not the rule. I suggest you do a lot more research I'm no where near as knowledgeable as some people in here but I've done my fair share of research and this is what I've come to learn. I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

I'll look into it and I was thinking of a dual pressure turbo like they use on the ricers to give the car the maximum amount of horsepower as soon as you hit the throttle. If I'm going to be upgrading I was going to swap out my automatic for a manual and add a air intake from K&N and an a large intercooler to keep the engine cool as well as a fully built fuel system. As for suspension setups, I was going to put customizable springs in front and rear. Keep the front tight and the back soft so I can pull the front wheels. Last but not least I have a friend named Troy that owns Rad Rides by Troy in Illinois that would be willing to build me a camshaft kit. The only thing I need to know is what kind of gearing and transmission should I use to get all of the torque and horsepower to the tires as soon as the pedal hits the floor.
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Re: 1998 Camaro Z28 Engine Swap

By dual pressure turbo do you mean sequential as in a small and large turbo? You don't need this either way if you brake boost. I'm not very educated in how to choose gearing for boosted setups but from what I've picked up is that 3.55s are very popular for fbodys
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