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Old August 18th, 2014, 01:39 PM
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In the event anyone is looking for the LMG, Schram Auto has one from a 2013 Tahoe with transmission with only 2 miles on it. Still on the hunt for my low mileage LC9...
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Old August 19th, 2014, 11:28 AM
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In the event anyone is looking for the LMG, Schram Auto has one from a 2013 Tahoe with transmission with only 2 miles on it. Still on the hunt for my low mileage LC9...
That's the engine (LMG) I am running in my D90. It weighs 650 lbs compared to 320 lbs for the 3.9. I think the LC9 is 150 lbs lighter. (don't quote me, I haven't weighed one yet) I find the extra weight on the front axle gives me more climbing traction with the short wheelbase. Front springs are running 1/2" lower than with the 3.9.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 06:35 PM
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PM sent! Very interested in these
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Old August 26th, 2014, 02:27 AM
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Wow!!
Great to see this is happening!

I actually mated my 6L80e to the LT230 (also with 1:1 ratio from ashcroft) using a Marks adapter and a custom piece to attach to the trans.

I think Nicks part is MUCH nicer and may even swap mine out.

I have posted long ago about mine, but the specs are:

L92: from a 2007 Escalade ESV, 403hp/417tq. But with a cam swap and headers, along with a ECU flash is an easy 450hp/450+tq. Mine has VVT and no DOD

6L80e from the same

LT230 from ashcroft with 1:1 ratio

Ashcroft underdrive

I bought it from a ESV that a tree fell on and it only has 27 miles on it.

I did all this..... back in 2007 and yes its still sitting assembled on my garage floor!

I also wanted to mention I have the Marks kit for a 4L80e to LT230. If anyone wanted to document it to know the sizes, let me know.

I also have a new never run 4L85e built by Monster. Was planning to use it but when the 6L80 came out I never did as I wanted the overdrive. If anyone goes that route its for sale.

I am glad Nick has done this as it always seemed the little things which are really HUGE things like the shifter, interfacing, pedal, etc kept me from proceeding.

His work looks amazing.

Nick, did you change the engine mounts at all since the prototype I got over a year ago? If you remember my intake touched the bonnet no matter how the intake was mounted.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:29 PM
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Wow!!
Great to see this is happening!

I actually mated my 6L80e to the LT230 (also with 1:1 ratio from ashcroft) using a Marks adapter and a custom piece to attach to the trans.

I think Nicks part is MUCH nicer and may even swap mine out.

I have posted long ago about mine, but the specs are:

L92: from a 2007 Escalade ESV, 403hp/417tq. But with a cam swap and headers, along with a ECU flash is an easy 450hp/450+tq. Mine has VVT and no DOD

6L80e from the same

LT230 from ashcroft with 1:1 ratio

Ashcroft underdrive

I bought it from a ESV that a tree fell on and it only has 27 miles on it.

I did all this..... back in 2007 and yes its still sitting assembled on my garage floor!

I also wanted to mention I have the Marks kit for a 4L80e to LT230. If anyone wanted to document it to know the sizes, let me know.

I also have a new never run 4L85e built by Monster. Was planning to use it but when the 6L80 came out I never did as I wanted the overdrive. If anyone goes that route its for sale.

I am glad Nick has done this as it always seemed the little things which are really HUGE things like the shifter, interfacing, pedal, etc kept me from proceeding.

His work looks amazing.

Nick, did you change the engine mounts at all since the prototype I got over a year ago? If you remember my intake touched the bonnet no matter how the intake was mounted.
The new engine mounts arrived. bolt-in and weld-in. Both give you the opportunity to adjust the engine height if necessary.

Off to Moab!
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:33 PM
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Look nice!
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 08:48 PM
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Trip update. Drove from San Diego, CA to Moab, UT and back. Averaged 15.4 mpg with the 5.3L, 6 speed auto, 4.11 gears, 35" tires, 1.003:1 LT230. Drove at 70-75 mph (2000 to 2150 rpms). Previously got 10 mpg with the 4.6L, ZF auto, and 1.4:1 LT230.

Spent 14 hours on Poison Spider/Golden Spike/Gold Bar trails. Idled the engine for 14 hours with the A/C on and 93 degree temperatures. No overheating. No issue. Very happy.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 09:06 PM
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Mark, very nice work on this set up. Could you provide ballpark pricing for the kit?
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 12:31 PM
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Mark, very nice work on this set up. Could you provide ballpark pricing for the kit?
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:52 PM
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nicks kit is great. Weld in mounts now installed. Jig worked great and parts look top notch. Thanks again... Now on the hunt for a donor motor.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 11:46 PM
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Old September 26th, 2014, 06:39 AM
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Are y'all using a stock radiator, or using something LS specific? Mine took a crap, and I don't want to buy a replacement, if I'll have to buy an different one with the swap.

Thanks!
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Old September 26th, 2014, 07:32 AM
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Not to speak for Nick but you need a new radiator for this swap not the rover radiator .
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Old September 26th, 2014, 11:02 AM
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Radiators coming soon!

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Old September 26th, 2014, 01:38 PM
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Sweet! Btw, did you get my pm? Wondering if all adapters are spoken for. Thanks!
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:41 PM
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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Hi, this looks awesome! I have a defender 50th in Australia with a ls2 and 6l80 sitting next to it waiting to be dropped in. I have been waiting 7 months for an adapter to be built locally and in desperation have just found this thread as it doesn't appear to be happening. As such, do you have any kits available and if so would you be prepared to send overseas and whats the cost? If none are currently available do you have any plans for future batches?

Many Thanks,

James
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Old October 9th, 2014, 03:48 AM
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Defender radiator.
Pretty!
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Old October 12th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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Fuel Line Question

Open question to all. I am preparing to run fuel lines all the way from tank to engine. My original fuel lines and I had parted ways long ago. Any reason why I wouldn't want to just run some sort of synthetic rubber line the full path from tank to filter/regulator to Engine. Seems like there are many choices suitable for fuel and pressure. Other option would be to fab something similar to stock. Replacements from RN looks like crazy money and I will still wind up modifying. Looking for pros and cons vs hardline. Any info or perspective would be appreciated.
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Old October 12th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Open question to all. I am preparing to run fuel lines all the way from tank to engine. My original fuel lines and I had parted ways long ago. Any reason why I wouldn't want to just run some sort of synthetic rubber line the full path from tank to filter/regulator to Engine. Seems like there are many choices suitable for fuel and pressure. Other option would be to fab something similar to stock. Replacements from RN looks like crazy money and I will still wind up modifying. Looking for pros and cons vs hardline. Any info or perspective would be appreciated.
Matt,
Here is my 2 cents. Keep the regulator close to the fuel rail. Less pressure drop. i.e. Put it in the engine compartment. You have to use high pressure fuel injector hose. About $5/ft. Tubing is always preferred. Same reason brake hoses are short as possible. Less expansion and pressure drop.

Nick
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