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Old 11-13-2012, 08:55 PM
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i thought i had one.
i went digging around my garage and found a T4 turbo.
very little use and now im on a mission.
im gonna build me a 5.3 or 6.0 turbo truck, omg.
i have my 00 sierra 5.3 thats just sitting at the office.
all my guys are using the diesel trucks and no one wants the gasser.
oh man do i have plans for this one now.
will post pics as i go along.
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This is a great write up! And not soo many tools needed looks like after my project is done from my tuner I will have to try this on my own
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Very very nice write up my friend.
A few questions. I see that you moved your alternator and lost ac which I thought was pretty much a one or another type of deal. Do u have to do both? I'm looking to keep ac and didn't want to have to buy a 600 dollar tubular k. Is there a way around it? What intercooler did u use?
I'm about to tackle this project while putting in my new motor. I'm 21 now so I'm going to try to make the younng crowd proud.
Again great write up and BEAUTIFUL car!!
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There are ways to keep AC do a search and look thru those threads. Most require a K-member though. MWC's k members are like 420 shipped give or take a few for shipping and come with motor mount stands built in.

You could always run the passenger pipe around the back and dump the DP out the fender and retain AC and the stock K.
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great write up !!!!!!!!!!!
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whats a safe boost for a stock ls3
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i plan on running turbonetics kit on ls3 camaro 12
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whats a safe boost for a stock ls3
Stock?? Id keep it low and spend good money on a good tune. I'd shoot for around 8psi or so with a good tune...
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Killer, thanks for your info on one hell of a build. I got a D1SC on the car now and was thinking about going turbo and a 5.3. I think you made my decesion for me. Thanks again!!! Best of luck to ya!
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Has anyone ever run Kwik Performances AC relocation with a flipped manifold kit? I searched, but found nothing.
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This thread has been a tremendous help to me. I am just in the beginning stages of install my turbo, and have referenced this thread often. I even printed it out for ease of use while out working on the car.
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Originally Posted by KILLER-LS1 View Post
Stock?? Id keep it low and spend good money on a good tune. I'd shoot for around 8psi or so with a good tune...
Probably could go 12 psi with afrs staying 11.0 and keep timing below 14 degrees. I got a junky stock ls1 long block pushing 18 psi and nothing has been added for strength. Its all in the tune with these engines. They have proven to ridiculous numbers but realistically I'd stay 12 psi or less and it should survive beating on it if tune is right.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:47 PM
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So what's a recommended lsx engine to take the boost well stock wise? I'm not new to power adders but I'm new to potent lsx power plants .
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Default Hey there!

Great write up man!, im currently in the process of doing this exact build, im using a racefab t4 turbo manifold, however the question I have for you is about the gasket between the exhaust flange and the turbo manifold flange. Where do I find these? Cant seem to find them anywhere, I keep finding the donut gasket. Did you make yours? Or is high temp rtv ok? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks,,,,,Larry.
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I was wondering why on some kits I see a flex pipe between the turbo flange and manifold and on this truck manifold kit I don't see the same flex pipe?
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Originally Posted by 94LS1B4C View Post
I was wondering why on some kits I see a flex pipe between the turbo flange and manifold and on this truck manifold kit I don't see the same flex pipe?
Not sure why it doesn't have a flex pipe on there. I would always think to put one on there just to be safe.

Oh and I know that this thread is four years old but thanks to the OP for making this guide! This is exactly what I am planning to do on my 5.3l vortec swap!
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To the guy wanting to know about gaskets, you have to make your own...

check popular parts stores online for carbon steel backed gasket material.
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Thanks great write up!
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Good write-up, while that is a pretty good looking setup, I think beginners will be surprised on what they can build (and have working well) with just a few cutting tools and a junky flux welder.
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