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Old 11-09-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default LS turbo Saabaru project.

Welp, the Ole 2.5l hybrid engine after 3 years finally **** the bed. Time to actually go fast now instead of just looking good. A lot of Saabaru enthusiasts probably want to slit my throat for doing this to a "RARE" car but YOLO. I hope many of you enjoy the build process. I don't normally post crap like this but I figured it's going to be a unique build so what the hell, why not.

So far I'm just collecting parts for this car and selling all the stuff I don't need anymore. Going to run the iron block 4.8l LS from a 2005 Silverado mated to a 2007 CTSV T56 6spd trans. Going for big boost with a Borg Warner s475 turbocharger.

Now most of you have heard of many other LS swapped scoobs using different engine set ups etc... and are probably wondering why I used the smallest Chevy block out of the LS series engines. Well, they like boost. So does a 5.3l you might say if you know a little about LS engines. But the 5.3l and 4.8l's are the same block with different pistons for compression and a smidgen bigger bore size. I have a 5.3l as well so we will see which is stronger in the future.

Now that you've read this boring segment of crap I've posted, here is some pics:






The motor is currently just kinda mocked up in there to see what all we need to do to make a subframe. More pictures will follow as the parts come in.



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Old 11-09-2015, 01:33 PM   #2
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Sweet! I'll be following this build for sure.
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Old 11-09-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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Here's some parts stuff I picked up already. Canton racing front sump oil pan, GTO oil pick up, stud kit and weld in engine mount kit. Also a pic of the t56 trans.





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Old 11-10-2015, 10:16 PM   #4
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Test fitting the 4.8 while aquiring the back up 5.3.

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Old 11-10-2015, 10:16 PM   #5
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:58 PM   #6
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Hell yeah, this should be interesting. What rear drivetrain setup are you planning on? Are you hoping to have it all finished up for next year's season?

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Old 11-11-2015, 04:04 PM   #7
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Hell yeah, this should be interesting. What rear drivetrain setup are you planning on? Are you hoping to have it all finished up for next year's season?

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Planning to use a cobra 8.8 rear end. Been thinking maybe a r200 with a custom subframe from TSS fab possibly. Would really like my friend to make a rear subframe though. Hoping to have it on the road by March next year.

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Old 11-11-2015, 04:20 PM   #8
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Planning to use a cobra 8.8 rear end. Been thinking maybe a r200 with a custom subframe from TSS fab possibly. Would really like my friend to make a rear subframe though. Hoping to have it on the road by March next year.

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Not a bad plan, I was looking into the TSS frame myself, I'd like to go with an R200 in my Forester eventually. The OEM subframe can be modified without a huge amount of fuss but the TSS one is just plain awesome

Keep us posted as the build goes on!

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Old 11-11-2015, 05:26 PM   #9
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I will indeed.

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:58 AM   #10
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How are you planning on handling the whole lowering the front subframe issue?

I have not seen many swaps in detail but I've been tossing the idea around a bit. From what I have seen the front subframe gets cut, and you lower the steering rack. Which causes bump steer. Just seeing if the oil pan you are running solves this issue or if there is something else.
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:13 AM   #11
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How are you planning on handling the whole lowering the front subframe issue?

I have not seen many swaps in detail but I've been tossing the idea around a bit. From what I have seen the front subframe gets cut, and you lower the steering rack. Which causes bump steer. Just seeing if the oil pan you are running solves this issue or if there is something else.
The front sump oil pan solves that issue. It is low profile as well but still retains 5.5qts of oil. Went with the SD glass works engine mount kit that you weld onto the existing front subframe. I'll get more in detail with pictures further along.
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This is quite inspiring! Definitely something I might try myself in the future.
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Old 01-09-2016, 08:01 AM   #13
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This is quite inspiring! Definitely something I might try myself in the future.
With how many people are doing swaps these days, it's getting easier now.
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:16 PM   #14
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With how many people are doing swaps these days, it's getting easier now.
A lot of people get scared of swaps. As long as you know what is being done and how, it shouldn't be difficult troubleshooting errors. Check out a thread of when I was selling my old S13. You'll like that swap.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:37 AM   #15
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A lot of people get scared of swaps. As long as you know what is being done and how, it shouldn't be difficult troubleshooting errors. Check out a thread of when I was selling my old S13. You'll like that swap.
Completely agree. Always wanted to build something unique but I honestly am starting to really like this project more and more because of how cheap the LS1 components are.
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:37 PM   #16
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Picked up the s14 R200 diff. Now awaiting for a TSSFAB rear subframe.
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:50 PM   #17
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Very nice, are you planning to just go welded diff. or LSD?

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Old 01-12-2016, 07:37 PM   #18
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Very nice, are you planning to just go welded diff. or LSD?

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Was thinking about running the Weir performance spool if we decide to go full retard and make it a drag car and get another cheap wrx daily. More than likely we will get the spool. Lol I thought about LSD but I like the fact of less moving parts in the rear end.
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Was thinking about running the Weir performance spool if we decide to go full retard and make it a drag car and get another cheap wrx daily. More than likely we will get the spool. Lol I thought about LSD but I like the fact of less moving parts in the rear end.
I hear ya, less to move, less to break. I ended up just getting my Cressida diff. boxed and welded for the upcoming season;



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I hear ya, less to move, less to break. I ended up just getting my Cressida diff. boxed and welded for the upcoming season;



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Lol. That works.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:40 PM   #21
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What are your plans for axles to hubs? Are you sticking with the R160 hubs?
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:44 PM   #22
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What are your plans for axles to hubs? Are you sticking with the R160 hubs?
I could do that, but was thinking about switching to the STI 5X114 hubs or the STI 5x100 Hubs. I believe the splines are bigger on the STI hubs, but anything is possible with DSS custom built cv axles.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:20 AM   #23
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This is going to be an awesome build! I can't wait to see more! I honestly can believe that V8 fit in there.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:35 PM   #24
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This is going to be an awesome build! I can't wait to see more! I honestly can believe that V8 fit in there.
It's pretty crazy what buying an oil pan will do for fitment. Bought the front sump oil pan and allows the engine to sit in the bay almost better than factory. More pics coming soon this weekend.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:28 AM   #25
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It's pretty crazy what buying an oil pan will do for fitment. Bought the front sump oil pan and allows the engine to sit in the bay almost better than factory. More pics coming soon this weekend.
Get Hot! The suspense is killing me!
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