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Old 07-15-2009, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is some pics of the next LS3 V8 Solstice.

I will be updating photos as the build progresses






















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Old 07-15-2009, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a couple of questions (so please let us know if you'd prefer to keep this thread dedicated to the DIY documentation process). 1. I'm wondering do you use a new engine wiring harness or modify the existing one. 2. Does the new or modified V8 engine wiring harness affect the driver information center (DIC) display, or the rest of the car electrical systems in any way? 3. Will you still be able to use the cruise?
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a couple of questions (so please let us know if you'd prefer to keep this thread dedicated to the DIY documentation process). 1. I'm wondering do you use a new engine wiring harness or modify the existing one. 2. Does the new or modified V8 engine wiring harness affect the driver information center (DIC) display, or the rest of the car electrical systems in any way? 3. Will you still be able to use the cruise?

We use a new CTSV harness and the old one Harness and combined them together so that it just plugs right in to the car and motor like factory.

Before when we did the V8 swap you had to go with a different gauge cluster and no cruise control . Now we have made it so you can retain your stock cluster with the DIC Display working like factory and also are now able to use the cruise control

We will be offering the Autometer cluster as an option to the swap and to who ever want's to buy a DIY Package.


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Old 07-15-2009, 02:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Red Solstice GXP, just like mine! Keep pictures of the project coming!!
It's actually Orange its still a lil gloomy over here so i didn't get any good pics with the sun reflecting off the metallic paint.


We will deff keep you posted
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I will be watching this thread with great interest. With all that seems to be happening with Mallett Cars these days, I am sure many others will be interested as well.

Is there a particular reason that you chose to start with a GXP base car?
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I will be watching this thread with great interest. With all that seems to be happening with Mallett Cars these days, I am sure many others will be interested as well.

Is there a particular reason that you chose to start with a GXP base car?

No reason at all,the customer wanted to do a V8 swap and he already had the GXP plus we had a great deal on the swap so he couldn't pass it up.

All of the other V8 swaps we have done were on 2.4 but there is no difference in the car besides the 2.0turbo motor which is removed and we use a new engine harness when we do the swap.


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Looks great, but I have a question: Why the LS3?
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I will guess that the LS3 is best bang for the buck easy 425+ very light too. compared say to my IV BB. An Ls7 is going to be as much as your car when it was new, add in all the sub systems like sump pump for the dry sump, tanks......... but hey its all about$

But these cars should have had this option to start LS3 would have been like a T/A GXP. If sols only came with the 2.4 i would have never bought the car new. The 2.0 is a great work of modern teck. But this is the way to go for power pluss reliability to me. A 400+ LNF is not going to run on 91 not be very nice on the street and will get less MPG!

This kit i hope comes to market.
This is the ULTRA mod to me and they figured out the cruise and the DIC. Be a very fun thing to do. though i would lke to see it with say 3.3o rear and a 6speed with at least 3.28 first single OD so fifth is 1:1, can you say 0-60 in first gear. The trans i am thinking is the new RED R.O.D. but i wonder where the stick would come up at with the LONG shifter they use?
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Looks great, but I have a question: Why the LS3?
We offer all LS models from the LS2-LS7


The standard Swap comes with a LS2 which is 400hp 6.0 and for an extra $500.00 you get a 6.2l 430hp motor

So the customer decide to go with the LS3


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I will guess that the LS3 is best bang for the buck easy 425+ very light too. compared say to my IV BB. An Ls7 is going to be as much as your car when it was new, add in all the sub systems like sump pump for the dry sump, tanks......... but hey its all about$

But these cars should have had this option to start LS3 would have been like a T/A GXP. If sols only came with the 2.4 i would have never bought the car new. The 2.0 is a great work of modern teck. But this is the way to go for power pluss reliability to me. A 400+ LNF is not going to run on 91 not be very nice on the street and will get less MPG!

This kit i hope comes to market.
This is the ULTRA mod to me and they figured out the cruise and the DIC. Be a very fun thing to do. though i would lke to see it with say 3.3o rear and a 6speed with at least 3.28 first single OD so fifth is 1:1, can you say 0-60 in first gear. The trans i am thinking is the new RED R.O.D. but i wonder where the stick would come up at with the LONG shifter they use?

I agree with you completely.I cant think of any other mod that gives you 30hp for under $500 so to put out the extra $500.00 and gain 30hp wright out of the box is awesome and plus if he decides to do some extra dyno tune we can pull even more power out of this bad boy


The trans we use is the T56 6speed we custom make the short shifter to sit actually where the stock shift sits with out cutting any of the center console

With this being a GXP it comes with the stock LSD and a 3.73 gear already to go in it .So we does not have to swap the rear end like we recommend doing when you have a 2.4


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