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    LS3 swap questions, not regular swap questions....

    I am doing this swap no doubt about it, I am gearing up / doing my homework / gathering my cash up every day. One quesiton an old hot rodding buddy of mine posed last night when I spoke of the cost of the kit from motech (which is bad ass BTW) was if I do not care about factory integration why could I not just drop the engine in with a harness that will support it and fab up a instrument cluster / shifter and call it a day and save quite a bit of $$$? I didnt have an anwser and although I realize some of the features of the vehicle would be lost they may be ones that I dont care about. Any input about this?

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    Might as well build a buggy if you don't care about everything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrainWreck618 View Post
    Might as well build a buggy if you don't care about everything else
    Not saying I dont care just wondering what all I would lose for sure.

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    This doesnt pertain to a jeep at all.....but when I was building my last bmw to race but still keep it on the street.....which it didnt really have many features stock anyway or a worry about emissions testing due to the year... I was planning on doing an engine swap and just using a simple painless harness to make the lights and stuff work, and then just delete everything else and use a RACEPACK for my cluster which can support a lot of gauges in a small package. This was a weekend toy/giant go kart so I didnt really care about having anything inside.

    I feel if you did something like that in your jeep, you would be better off building a buggy that has no creature comforts anymore.

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    If you need to have emissions tests done in order to register your Jeep you can not remove your OEM dash.

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    Because it does more than just gauges. Everything you currently have will still work, minus the gear indicator on the dash.

    I considered going the kit route and sourcing it all myself until I called and talked to Brian at MoTech. He explained the pro's and con's of each. At the end of the call I understood clearly that the professionals that do this every day are worth the money and that going with junkyard sourced engine isn't for me. If I'm putting that much money into something, I'm not going to cut corners at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granite_head View Post
    Because it does more than just gauges. Everything you currently have will still work, minus the gear indicator on the dash.

    I considered going the kit route and sourcing it all myself until I called and talked to Brian at MoTech. He explained the pro's and con's of each. At the end of the call I understood clearly that the professionals that do this every day are worth the money and that going with junkyard sourced engine isn't for me. If I'm putting that much money into something, I'm not going to cut corners at all.
    I’m not buying anything junk yard, this isn’t my daily, and I have zero emissions concerns. I want to do it right and to do it 100% right I know motech is the answer. Being that the vehicle is in the situation that it is in I do feel that I could be satisfied with some things not working any longer but only if this results in thousands of dollars saved. Unless the vehicle is so integrated that if I pull the motor and tuck the excess harness away or remove them that things like the windows no longer work. I feel that in the end I will wind up buying the DIY kit from motech I was just curious as to how much potentially easier the swap could be and at what loss / money savings could be had if you decided to really hack it up.

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    The other thing to consider is resale. I know I wouldn't consider buying someone else's hack job.

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    All things aside. I think the biggest thing is what's your skill and comfort level with doing things more piecemeal. I would think if you've built a few cars and/or performed motor swaps with this kind of electronics, then it's probably a great idea.

    If not, then motech will be more user friendly. And you get a complete package with support from a company that specializes in ls swaps. With the amount of frustration I've had with big diy projects that I had limited experience in, spending a few thousand more to save time and headaches would be worth it to me.

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