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LS to Vl Conversion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Aaron Alexiou, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. Aaron Alexiou

    Aaron Alexiou New Member

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    Hi Guys,
    New Member here

    I have a Vl commodore shell and a ve maloo (write off)
    Im after any info or Recommendations in regards to fitting as
    much of the doner car on to the vl as possible.
    brakes, suspension, engine, gearbox
    i am a motorcyle mechanic by trade and have some idea
    and enough experence to not fly in guns blazing

    Kind regards
    Aaron
     
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    Don't waste your time with the suspension, they have totally different front and rear setups and the VE is significantly wider, longer, and heavier. You're better off trying to buy decent VL stuff. Off the shelf conversion kits exist for LS into just about any car you can think of, have a look at Castlemaine Rod Shop, Tuff mounts, I believe Pacemaker also does some mounts so you can use their conversion headers. Realistically getting it the car isn't the hard part really, it's the wiring and electronics.

    Likewise there are off the shelf kits to get the brakes to work, I believe at this point you don't even need to swap the boosters to use the calipers.
     
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    I called Castlemaine rod shop today and got a brief Rundown of exactly what I need

    I would love to use the ve hSV
    Discs and calipers but I can’t see it being a straightforward exercise

    So far this is what I’m thinking

    CRS Mounting kit
    Vs kframe and rack ( i’m told this allows more clearance for the extractors or custom tubular frame
    VT brake upgrade kit
    Not sure what suspension will suit all the above
    I was going to look at doing the loom myself. Along with ECU re-program

    Yeah.. a lot to think about
     
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    Vl V8 through to VS V8 use the same cross member and rack
     
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    VE brake kits exist, you already own the calipers. Even with a VT kit you need custom discs. Suspension shouldn't be a problem, the LS is lighter than any of the engines that came in the VL, companies are slowly starting to make some coilovers that you can choose spring rates for.
     
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    Custom discs for a VT conversion????? Got me lost...I've got the VT front conversion and every part of the conversion is off the shelf....The same applies with the VE conversion....All available off the shelf
     
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    I think you're right, I must be thinking of rotors that are made up to not need to use the spacer rings. Dunno why that slipped into my head.
     
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    The VT conversion you use a seperate hub adaptor, which the rotor slides over....The standard hub has the rotor as part of it...

    Easy to get mixed up though....:)
     

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