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Old 06-18-2019, 11:17 PM
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Recently my daily-driver 2005 Honda S2000 decided to give up on life. A long story short; an unnoticed crack in the radiator led to an overheat which warped the head, blew the head gasket and caused some serious scoring on the cylinders. Needless the say the motor is gone (unfortunately the F22 motor is not one to be rebuilt well) which leads me to my next step, a "swap". With so much information available online, I decided to go with what others before me have already done, which brings me here. My only dilemma is, which LS based small block engine to go with?!

So here I am, like a sponge. Probably belongs in a different section of the forums, which I'm certain I will work my way toward as I document every step along the way. But for starters, I am on the fence on going with the ever prevalent 5.3L (LM7, LM4, L33) or going the more popular route in the s2k community with an LS1. So much to consider, but any nuggets to offer right of the bat? Thinking Gen III, but looking to learn whatever I can before I start. Thanks!
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Welcome to LS1Tech! Check out our Conversions And Hybrids section of the forum. You’ll get plenty of help over there. Personally, whichever way you go, I’d keep it aluminum just to keep that already light car as light as possible, especially out on the nose.
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You can do a lot with the little 5.3 if you do go that route. And it might be easier to find a GenIV 5.3 than a decent LS1 at this point. Either way, if you keep with an aluminum block, you will have an absolute rocket.
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