12-03-2010, 05:24 AM
So I am getting back from the Middle East in couple of months and have some money saved up and want to upgrade my 2000 TA. Currently the engine is stock, but I did put in a moser 12 bolt, drive shaft and spon suspension in it. I want to do something a little different with my f-body. Iím thinking about changing engines. Initially I was looking at the LSX 454, but think that may be just a little too much power. I do want this thing to be nasty, but it needs to be streetable as well. As far as price is concerned it depends on what I go with. I donít have 50k to blow, but Iíve managed to save a few pennies. So the LSX is still on the table but some of the other more practical options I was looking at were a used LS7/3. Iíve found a few LS7sat 15k ish, but for 500 HP id just do a H C I in my LS1 and be close to 500 hp for way less money. Then I thought about an LS3 with the LS9 super charger. They are super expensive from GMPP, but if I took a used LS3 from a camaro or vette and put the edelbrock supercharger kit on it for 7k, it says id hit 599 FWHP. Again though if Iím spending all that money and time, I donít think I want stock H and C form a LS3. So what are some options out there? Is it worth the savings to buy a used LS3 engine, change heads and cam, buy the edelbrock supercharger and make 600RWHP for under 20k? Or go With the n/a lsx 454, or find a LS7 and do a H/C/I in it. The main goal I want is over 550 HP, and something different that isnít crazy money. Also with the new Z28s coming out, I just donít want to be another GM with an LS9. Plus I want it to sound nasty, really looking for a good cam, not a stocker. If I did go the supercharged route with a stock LS3, would I need to upgrade pistons crank etc. if so, then were back to it being worth buying a used LS3. So many questions and combinations. Bang for the buck and 550-650 HP, whatís the best deal?