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Just Commodores. Feb 28, 1. Im wanting to put in a LS3 motor and change all the running gear and wiring loom over in my VP calais and need help or advice in this matter. Mar 1, 2. Sounds like an interesting project, but is it manual or auto? Mar 1, 3. Make good friends with an engineer who can certify the change NOT and general mechanic, Vic roads has a list on their site, your state roads might as well.
Talk to him throughout the build so you know it'll be signed off at the end. HuskyMar 1, Mar 2, 4. Jun 16, 5. VPTTJun 16, Jun 17, 6. Jun 17, 7. Mate is putting LSA in his vr The cost for lsa even more than ls conversion. Jun 19, 8. I'm at now with breaksexhaust and tail shaft left to do. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?Log in or Sign up.
Welcome to Just Commodores, a site specifically designed for all people who share the same passion as yourself. Recent Posts Contact Us. Just Commodores. Tags: guide into vs ls1 motor. Mar 8, 1. I want to know if there is a step by step guide on putting a LS1 v8 into a VS this is for a project car all the work will be done by me and my mechanic so labor price doesn't matter i already have the motor,loom, computer and auto trans but need to know what else i will need and how much it will cost for the parts a Step By Step would be good.
GunzeroMar 8, Mar 8, 2. Mar 8, 3. Try a search cause im sure youll find countless threads. Mar 8, 4. Mar 9, 5. Do u know his username on calaisturbo. GunzeroMar 9, Mar 11, 6. Last edited: Mar 12, Mar 12, 7. Check out this thread on SC forum. He even manufactures some of the parts needed as he found some of the more common conversion parts left a lot to be desired.
He also tells you what mods are needed to your K frame to make sure the engine fits with out touching anything. Be wraned it is a long thread but well worth the look if you are serious about an LS1 conversion. SurfwagonMar 12, Mar 12, 8.Its range included the sedan and station wagon variants that sold under the luxury Holden Calais VF nameplate.
Also available was the commercial utility variant that sold under the Holden Ute VF nameplate. From to an improved version of the Commodore SS V sedan was exported to the United States badged as the Chevrolet SS ; an evolution of the badging practice used on the previous-generation Commodore that was sold in North America as the Pontiac G8 from toprior to the Pontiac brand being discontinued.
In DecemberGM announced that it would discontinue all Australian production in The VF was an evolution of the VE, with several visual changes. The VF featured new styling at the front and rear, with a more modern, sculpted appearance replacing the VE's simpler design. Changes included altered headlights, altered tail lamps on sedans onlyalterations to the plastic of the intake and grille and the use of a lip-spoiler instead of a rear wing on the performance models.
The interior underwent major changes, with switches such as the boot lid release being relocated from the glovebox to the doors and the fitting of an electronic handbrake. Other optional features included a heads-up display on the windscreen, forward and rear collision warning systems, blind spot monitors and a lane departure warning system.
On top of the ratings tests, the VF was found to have good whiplash protection for occupants, though pedestrian protection was classified as marginal, with the car scoring It was found that the pretensioner wiring harness for the seatbelts could make contact with part of the buckle assembly, leading to premature wearing of the wiring harness which could disable the pretensioner system in the event of an accident.
The VF uses the same engines as the VE, with minor alterations to improve performance and fuel efficiency,  while the automatic gearbox was redesigned to give more appropriate gear selections. The new styling has also improved the aerodynamic efficiency, with the coefficient of drag dropping from 0. The number of specification levels was reduced compared to the VE, with the Berlina nameplate introduced in and Omega introduced in dropped.
Utility variants cost less than the corresponding sedan, while the wagon variants are more expensive.
Holden Commodore (VF)
The Evoke is the new entry-level nameplate as reflected by its range of engines, which included as standard the same 3. The central console display will increase in size from 6. The audio, navigation and mobile phone controls all feature voice recognition technology. Safety features include six airbags, traction control and ABS.
Holden Commodore SS to get LS3 6.2 V8
The Evoke comes with inch alloy wheels. The SV6 utilises the larger 3.LS Swaps Are Harder Than You Think, and Here's Why
The SV6 is also available with the 3. For the model year, Holden released a special edition called the "Black Edition". The entry level SS has the same cosmetic features as the SV6, but is equipped with a higher performance V8 engine. From to model year, it was equipped with the 6. The top-end SS V Redline provides extra performance enhancement features over those of the SS V, with improved brake and suspension packages, extra collision sensors, launch control manual and a sunroof with Bose audio on Sedan only.
The Calais and Calais V are both available with the 3. Both models are only available with an automatic transmission. LSD Limited slip differential was optional in the Calais range with models using a 2. The Calais features premium styling with chrome highlights both inside and out, with leather seats and inch wheels. The Calais V uses the same satellite navigation system as the SS V, and includes text to voice messaging and voice activated call operation while driving.
It also features heated front seats with 8 way electric adjust and position memory and four way manual adjustment to head rests, DVD player until MYhead-up display rain sensing wipers, Park assist, side intrusion alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and self parking features. Suspension package was soft for comfort but still supportive while cornering with good reviews on handling. There have been several limited edition Commodore models produced, available on a range of specification levels:.
The biggest change is the addition of the larger, more powerful 6. All wagon models got new LED taillights. As well as this, the front bumper and running lights were restyled, the gear ratios on the SS V Redline were altered, and the Redline's suspension tune was adjusted.As I am pretty well through a three year build, and have learned a lot along the way I thought I would start a dedicated thread on it.
Below is the info I know so far, anyone else out there who has done this conversion, feel free to correct me or add to this with a post.
All conversions are subtly different, the kind of car you want at the end will change many things. NA vs FI, auto vs manual, mild vs. The advantage of this conversion is you end up with an engine that has heaps of potential to upgrade down the track. Conversion Cost This totally depends on what sort of build it is. But its not hard to triple that number if you start upgrading brakes, diff, drive shafts, fuel system etc. What ever you budget you will be surprised how many other small things you need to do and buy.
Engineering Australia does not currently have uniform enforced rules relating to engine swaps common to every state and territory. A number of states have adopted the suggested guidelines. Many have specific weight vs.
There is no set minimum clearance distance for engineering. My engineer has no set number, it depends on what the part is and how far its likely to move. I strongly suggest before purchasing anything for this conversion you track down an approved engineer, and find out what exactly is required for your specific build.
Engine Mounts You will need specific engine mounts, there are at least two that I know of that are a simple bolt in mount. Just for info I have ended up using Tuff mounts for the engine mounts, and a regular rubber rear trans mount as a good compromise between longevity and harshness. A VY is best the pick if you can get one, as they have a little bit nicer baffling. You have three options that I know of. You can notch out the corners of the K member where it fouls, then weld in a strengthening strip; or you can trim the side plates plate and box it in thst what i did ; or you can trim back the corners of the actual sump, then tig weld it up.
Most guys mount them high up on the passenger foot well. I mounted mine in my glove box. Plug and play looms are available from a few different people just Google it. Lots of people have trouble with the fit of the CRS ones. Some people move the rack over, but you may have trouble being approved, if you can live with it going to a manual rack gives more clearance.
Update: I decided to swap to larger primary 4 into 1 headers when I changed to the glide, as even though I made rwhp with the Pacemakers, but they were choking it over 6k rpm. Have posted at the end of this thread how I went about fitting them. Engine Clearance Its tight, it just is. You will need to get the alternator as close to the block as possible, even so you will have between 8 and 10mm clearance. Be wary of people quoting a minimum distance for engineering. My engineer has no set number, it depends on what it is and how far its likely to move.
The VR chassis rails are narrower than a vt onwards, there is very little room. I used a billet mount, then opened the mount holes to allow me to move the alternator across as much as possible. Also the coil pack closest to the brake booster if mounted in the standard spot will hit the booster. Its easy to move slightly or relocate them completely.Log in or Sign up.
Welcome to Just Commodores, a site specifically designed for all people who share the same passion as yourself. Recent Posts Contact Us. Just Commodores. Nov 3, 1. Has anyone done this before or seen it done and engineered??
I want to do it and i know it will be expensive but i just want to know if it can be legally done.
Nov 3, 2. If you're really serious about doing this, you should begin talking to an engineer before you start the conversion, that way you won't be double handling work and possibly your entire conversion if something doesn't comply.
Nov 3, 3. Yeah ive spoken to an engineer about it and he told me to do some homework and find out if anyone has done a lsa conversion with a vs in particular.
He said it would have to run all vf running gear and the aibags might stop it from being legal. Seems weird but yeah. Nov 3, 4. I suspect you may have issues with power to weight ratios in regards to getting it all legal. Conversion-wise people do 6L conversions everyday so I am assuming it's very doable. Nov 3, 5.
BigfellaNov 3, Nov 3, 6.
Cheers i will check that out. Pretty gay hey. Nov 3, 7. There are a couple of loopholes The other option is a bit extreme, but if you modify the vehicle substantially we're talking major chassis alterations then you can get it certified as an Individually Constructed Vehicle ICVthat means you effectively become the manufacturer of the vehicle and it's deemed a new vehicle, this is good because all the modified vehicle crap doesn't apply, but bad because you now have to meet all the current ADRs, as if it was a model car.
Nov 3, 8. Yeah i don't think i would go with the second option haha. And ive currently got a ci in it.
Need something a bit more sleeper and with more power. Nov 3, 9. I believe he is in Vic. Nov 3, A better option might be to go for cubes instead of induction and look at fitting a naturally aspirated LS7 at cc ciwhich is well inside the NCOP limit. Yeah i was thinking the same thing bigfella.Perfect mechanical report with excellent Logbook service history!
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