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    Saturn SL1 LS4 Swap Sleeper Project

    I have been working on this project for awhile now, so I figure it is time to make a thread for the project. As you know, 99% of all s-series engine swap ideas never come to fruition, but this is actually happening. I'm honestly not sure what possessed me to want to do such a crazy project, but a lot of people doubted me. I did get a lot of influence from seeing the LS4 fiero swap Fieroguru (LS1tech and fiero forums) did as somewhat of a direction for the swap.

    Pictures and progress will follow.

    Here are some basic specs of the build:

    Vehicle: 2000 Saturn SL1 (super bare bones base model = light weight)
    Engine: 5.3L LS4 from rear-ended 2006 Impala SS w/ ~100k miles
    Cylinder Heads: Stock 243
    Valvetrain: LS9, DoD delete, blue gm valve springs
    Intake Manifold: Professional Products Typhoon
    Throttle Body: 102mm
    Exhaust: Block hugger headers, custom 2.25" bumper exit dual exhaust, 4 straight through glasspacks
    Fuel System: Walbro 255, 3/8" factory line, vette fuel filter/regulator 58 psi, 38lb/hr injectors, PP fuel rails
    Transmission: 5 speed manual
    Clutch: SPEC Stage 3+
    Last edited by Sean R; 12-01-2016 at 02:24 PM.

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    I can't believe how new this thing looks for having about 100k on it...






    Getting the serpentine belt ran. I probably could use another ribbed idler.













    Running the exhaust was pretty tricky on this car and running dual exhaust like I did is practically a miracle.



    Driver side pipe (must not have taken a picture of passenger side. oops)



    Showing how the exhaust goes under the oil pan (still more clearance than stock)



    The mufflers are tucked up under the bumper to hide the fact that it has a dual exhaust on it.



    Here it is with full exhaust, test wiring (some stuff needs to get hooked up yet...) It runs.



    Yes, the hood fits too!

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    Wow, great job OP. Subbed 4sure
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    The hood Fing fits? You sir are awsome!
    It's not my fault, blame the radiation.

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    Thank you for not talking about it, and just diving in head first. That's awesome.
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    Thank god you posted, there's been a manhunt for you. Following this.

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    Do a burnout
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    This is boss as fuck

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    Haha such win. Videos?

    Interested in a solid engine management system? Ask me about Electromotive engine management.

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    I give this thread a thumbs up.


    What eng management will you use?
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    Thanks for the kind words guys! I'll try to get a video of it running this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.Bretz View Post
    I give this thread a thumbs up.


    What eng management will you use?
    An LSx truck ecu tuned with HPTuners.

    Edit: I am also using the stock saturn manual PCM to run the gauges. Everything on the stock cluster except the check engine light works just like stock.
    Last edited by Sean R; 03-01-2016 at 10:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC2Sick View Post
    I love you.
    Creepy, but thanks! haha

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    You're in Oshkosh I'm near Minneapolis. A Turbo VS V8 track day will turn some heads this summer.
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    Mf! I love this! Bummer about the ugly body style choice, but huge props for completing a project I've always contemplated and never even attempted.

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    I agree about the ugly body but it makes it sleeper as hell. If that's what he's going for then

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    Quote Originally Posted by TypeSL2 View Post
    Mf! I love this! Bummer about the ugly body style choice, but huge props for completing a project I've always contemplated and never even attempted.
    Why would I want this car to look good? Looking bad makes it a better sleeper! How mad is the owner of a vette going to be when I blow his doors off in a beat up ugly Saturn 4 door?

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