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Old 12-29-2005, 07:37 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

I wouldn't do it, then you'll have to explain to everyone how you swapped the LT1 for an LS1. Everyone will think you're a moron if they don't understand you perfectly. LT4 would be way better for what you're going to have to do.
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:13 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Originally Posted by niteninja
Then why is it a 93 can have the stock dash and guages and transmission and radiator?? And yes the stock hood still fits.
I havent seen that. As for the transmission, not all the bolts will fit, but it can be done. I'd be interested in seeing this car, got a link?
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:09 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Originally Posted by Black9TA8
The only LS1's that have a steel driveshaft are A4's that came with 2.73 gears. All the rest of the LS1's have an aluminum driveshaft.


IMHO it's not worth it. It's expensive and involved. You'd be better off building your LT1 or buying an LS1. With the money you'll spend putting an LS1 into your LT1, you could have bought an LS1 car/motor.
That is not correct, my car is a 99 m6 and it came with a steel driveshaft
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:11 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

lt4 are smog legal....in FLoRIDa~
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

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That is not correct, my car is a 99 m6 and it came with a steel driveshaft
That is pretty strange. It was to my understand as well that only the 2.73 rear A4s got the steel driveshaft.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:50 AM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Originally Posted by niteninja
Then why is it a 93 can have the stock dash and guages and transmission and radiator?? And yes the stock hood still fits.
thats how mine is set up. and these inflated prices. lol i have got a total of 2.800$ in my red 93 z28 ls1 swap.
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:02 AM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

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Hey 1320,
I was thinking about the same thing. Blew a head gasket in my '96 Z.
Found a machine shop in Glendale (AZ) that has an exchange program
with STOCK replacement LT1's. The long block is going to be $2350.00
I would have swapped it myself, but about 14 weeks or so ago I was
hit by a car on my ZRX 1200 Kawasaki. Bike is back together,
I am not.
The machine shop, King Balancing, recommended a mechanic they use
to put the long block in my Z28. He will let me supply as many new parts
as I can afford while the motor is being swapped. Cost of swap : $1300.00
So, with misc parts, about $4400.00
Sound like a good deal ? The LT1, again, will be completly stock with a
3 year warranty.
The urge to mod is strong with everything I drive/ride, but I have'nt
drove the Camaro for almost 9 months now. Still making payments though.
What you think ?
Thanks !
Ken
If you are going for 100% stock motor swap: You can have a GM Dealer swap in an LT1 for that price, plus you'll have a 3 year/50,000 mile warranty with GM. I WOULDN'T have someone else besides a dealer do it, if this is the route you're going to take. The reason is, Small Time Mechanics have a "tendancy" to go out of business, or forget who you are when you come to them with an issue. Plus, the GM dealership network is easily accessible, and if you move to another state, or break down on a trip (etc)there will be a dealer close for you.


Let's just say I got tired of being screwed over on a Transmission deal, from someone local that came highly recommended...

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Old 12-15-2014, 05:01 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

hey guys i'm new to these forums so bare with me, I have a 1996 camaro lt1 car and i want to do the ls1 swap. what do i need to change?
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Originally Posted by jspencez28 View Post
hey guys i'm new to these forums so bare with me, I have a 1996 camaro lt1 car and i want to do the ls1 swap. what do i need to change?
Do you have a manual (M6) or automatic (A4) trans on your 96?

You will basically need a complete 98-02 drivetrain (engine, transmission, PCM, wiring harness) and new K-member (engine cradle) with motor mounts. While at it, get the LS1 front suspension (different spring rates due to engine weight) and brakes (larger/better brakes). Fuel system will have to be modified - LT1 is a recirculated system with fuel pressure regulator in the engine compartment and vacuum compensation operating at 43.5psi, while the LT1 is a dead-end system, regulator back at the tank, no vacuum compensation operating at 58psi.

Best thing to do is get a 98-02 wreck with an intact front end, drop the drivetrain/K-member/suspension/brakes out from under the LS1 car, roll it under the LT1 and drop the body down on it. There is the question discussed in the thread above regarding whether the LT1 (93-97) hood fits over the LS1. I don't know the answer to that.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:51 PM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

The hoods fit just fine with a stock style intake manifold.

As far as the fuel pressure regulator goes you can use a 97-04 Corvette fuel pressure regulator and blend it into the LT1 return style system fairly easily.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:46 AM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Wow, finally some acurate answers. The ls swap is very do able, I love mine. Its a 94. The slp lid wont fit under a stock hood. The core support is too tall. But the ls1 is no problem. Fuel systems can be tricky, I had a bit of trouble with mine but worked it out. I used the 98 lines from the donor and cut off and welded on my 94 gauge sender. The other fix is vette fuel rail/regulator with your 96 lines. Engine harness needs to be adapted to the car @ c 100 connector.
You will need the entire K frame, with rack and pinion. The stock 96 trans cross member will need to be modified. ( auto a4) the ls auto locates its mount 1 1/2 inches to the rear. The ls trans mount wont volt to your car.
I stretched the mounting points on mine to relocate it. But my buddy just welded a pearch onro his, and notched it where the pan contacted it.
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

I am doing the LS3 swap into my 94 Z28. I already have the kmember from a ls fbody. Do you have a auto? Any suggestion would be awesome.

I don't get why people say its impossible to do it.
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

Who said it was "impossible"....... ?????
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:02 AM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

The guy asked a question about the swap first off. A few of you are acting like its so difficult. People have LS motors in bmw, RX7 and stangs. So why do you think it would be a challenge in the same car.If you like being negative don't answer. Try and help the guy out.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:08 AM
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Re: putting in LS1 into 96 camaro

I didn't feel like they were saying it is impossible. It can be a daunting task for anyone that is unfamiliar with these cars. Also playing in is a certain pride for us LT1 guys.
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