1. What does the full LSx installation kit include?

Our kit includes most of the major parts needed for the installation of an LS1/2/3/6 motor into a AP1 or AP2 s2000 and a basic 40+ page installation guide that includes photos.

Here is a complete list of what the kit includes:

• LS1/2/3/6 6061 Aluminum/Steel Mounting Plates (welding required)

• Transmission Relocation Brackets and Energy Suspension Mount (OEM Honda Trans Mount Required)

• Clutch Master Cylinder Adapter Plate for Wilwood 260-3374

• Front Sway Bar Relocation Brackets and Upgraded End Links

• Power Steering Relocation Brackets

• Modified Tie Rods (New, OEM Honda)

• Installation Guide with email/phone technical support

• Optional Speed Sensor Kit

Examples of additional items you will need are:

• OEM Honda s2000 Service/Electrical Manual for your vehicle

- www.helminc.com

- Chiltons or Haynes manuals are NOT an acceptable substitute

• OEM GM Service/Electrical manual for the year/model of your donor car

- www.helminc.com

- Chiltons or Haynes manuals are NOT an acceptable substitute

• Fuel Pump ($100 usd +/-)

- Walbro in tank 255lph or larger

• Wilwood 260-3374 Clutch Master Cylinder Kit ($70 usd +/-)

• Assorted Russell/Earls fuel lines and fittings ($500 usd +/-)

• External Fuel Pressure Regulator or C5 Corvette Fuel Filter ($70 usd +/-)

• T56 Remote clutch bleeder line and fittings ($70 usd +/-)

- T56 Remote Clutch Bleeder (36”+)

- Russell 641001 Quick Disconnect

- Earls 64191948 48” Stainless Line

• Custom built drive shaft (driveshaftshop.com) using an aluminum drive shaft from an f-body/GTO donor ($200 usd +/-)

• Custom built exhaust ($400 usd +/-)

Examples of items you MAY want to purchase are:

• Upgraded aluminum radiator

- Especially important if you plan on hitting your local road course or live in a warmer climate.

• Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator and Gauge

- You will likely find yourself in a scenario where you need to dial in the fuel pressure of your LSx motor. Picking up an FPR and under hood gauge is a good idea. Not very expensive either.

• Upgraded rear differential kit available from Import Muscle

- The stock s2000 differential should be fine for most folks, but be warned it may not hold up to abusive driving. Burnouts in the wet box at a dragstrip likely won’t be a good thing. Information on our s2000 Differential upgrade kit is available here: Import Muscle Differential Upgrade Kit

• Upgraded rear axles (included with Import Muscle Differential Upgrade)

- Especially important if you upgrade the differential and plan on hitting the dragstrip as well. Our friends at Drive Shaft Shop can help.

• Short throw shifter for T56 transmission

- Stock throw for this transmission is fairly long if you are used to driving an s2000 transmission. Just a suggestion though. Not required.

2. What LSx motors will work with this kit?

Our kit and instructions are specifically built around the LS1 motor from the 1999-2002 f-body (Camaro and Firebird) or the 2004 Pontiac GTO. Use of the LS1 from the GTO will require replacing the oil pan, alternator, exhaust manifolds and a/c compressor (if used) with one from a 1999-2002 f-body.

Other versions of the LS1/2/3/6 may also fit with some modifications. Unfortunately there are variances between every LSx motor and can even be other changes based on the model vehicle it was removed from. Alternator location, A/C compressor style and oil pan design are just a few examples of changes you will run into. We suggest you conduct extensive research before purchasing any motor other than the f-body/GTO LS1 mentioned in the above paragraph. Websites such as LS1tech.com can be very helpful in these situations.

3. Are you crazy? Why put a v8 in an s2000?

It may sound crazy, but once you drive one you won’t think so. You should probably read our the story about how this all started: http://www.importmuscle.com/home-page/you-put-a-v8-in-what/

4. What year(s) s2000 is this compatible with?

With the exception of some small electrical differences, all s2000 models are pretty much identical. This kit will work with all 2000-2009 model years, with only minor changes. Most of these changes being electrical.

5. What transmissions will work in this kit?

Our kit is designed to work with the Borg-Warner T56 6 speed manual from the 1999-2002 f-body (Camaro and Firebird) OR 2004-2006 GTO. The GTO shifter does need slight modification since the shifter is located roughly two inches further back.

Just like with LSx motors, there can be many differences in T56 transmissions from other vehicles. Once again, if you are looking at purchasing a T56 transmission from a vehicle other than the 1999-2002 f-body or 2004-06 GTO, we highly suggest conducting extensive research before doing so. Again, you may find sites such as LS1tech.com a good resource. The transmission would essentially need to be modified to bolt completely into an f-body, using the exact same shifter location. This is not something we discuss in our installation guide.

We have had customers use other models such as the 4L60E automatic transmission, although we do not discuss these in our installation guide either.

6. How difficult is this swap?

Difficult is a relative term. If you have extensive experience working around vehicles, are an expert electrical/mechanical troubleshooter and can work with welding equipment this swap is probably for you.

On the other hand if your experience is limited to normal vehicle maintenance, you don’t own an extensive set of mechanics tools or you don’t have a garage to work in… we HIGHLY suggest you contact a reputable mechanic or performance shop in your area. Although the Import Muscle swap kit does make this project considerably easier, we do NOT consider it a DIY’er project.

7. Is a lift required to perform this swap?

No, but like with any project of this type… it certainly would be nice to have.

8. How long does the swap typically take?

The swap itself can be completed in as little as 5-6 days, depending on your experience level and equipment resources. That said, there are certain aspects of the installation such as the drive shaft and exhaust which can only be built/installed after the swap is complete. Many customers also choose to shave holes and complete a wire tuck to make the installation even cleaner. This can and will add to your project completion time.

9. Can I buy the installation manual, without purchasing the entire kit?

Yes. Import Muscle sells the installation manual separately, to allow customers to decide if this project is within their capability. It can also be used to help a local shop estimate labor charges. If the manual is purchased separately, Import Muscle will provide a $100 coupon code good for the purchase of the entire kit. This covers much of the price of the manual, so your risk is minimal. Buying the manual ahead of time is also a good way to research and purchase parts/tools you may need ahead of time.

10. How much should I expect to pay for a professional to perform this swap?

Unfortunately this is something that may vary GREATLY, which prevents us from giving you a specific answer. One suggestion though, usually the shop with the lowest priced installation is not the route to take. We suggest talking to local car guys in your area to find a shop that comes recommended by many.

11. Will this swap make me more attractive to the opposite sex?

While we can’t guarantee it… we certainly want to believe this to be true. You certainly have a better chance with stuffing a V8 in your car than using that body spray stuff.

12. What modifications need to be made to the vehicle?

The s2000 transmission tunnel needs to be massaged slightly (with a big hammer) to make room for the larger motor and sensors on the T56. Nothing extreme, don’t worry. Cutting and welding of the engine bay side rails in the engine bay is also necessary. You can see photos process on our Facebook page. The front cross member is removed as well. None of these projects are daunting to anyone with experience modifying vehicles and using welding equipment.

13. Does removing the front cross member have any negative effects?

No. Since the motor is rigid mounted to the frame in nearly the same location as the front cross member, no negative effects are experienced. For those that would like to replace the cross member, you may easily create a replacement using steel tubing if you wish. We may offer this option in our kits in the future.

14. How much welding is required?

The only “required” welding is the motor brackets to the frame and a small amount of welding to extend the steering shaft. Most customers also take the time to fill in areas where metal is removed to allow clearance for the motor. To anyone with welding experience, none of this will prove challenging.

15. If the motor is rigid mounted to the car, will I experience vibration?

This is probably the most common question we get. Believe it or not very little vibration is translated from a stock LSx motor. These motors run VERY smooth. If you have ever driven a car with polyurethane engine mounts, it’s actually a similar feel. Obviously an aggressive cam may intensify the vibration somewhat.

16. How much weight does this kit add?

Our original show car which no longer had A/C ended up being roughly 70 lbs over a stock s2000. An s2000 with A/C can expect to weigh 120 lbs +/- over stock. A minimal amount considering the added horsepower and massive torque gains.

17. Can I turbo/supercharge or use nitrous?

Yes. Obviously there are no “bolt-on” turbo/supercharger kits for this application, but piecing together a custom kit is certainly possible. Installing a nitrous kit would essentially be the same as most other LSx cars.

18. Will I lose any ground clearance?

Due to the larger exhaust required for the larger motor, you will lose roughly 1 inch of ground clearance.

19. What is the average cost for this swap?

Obviously this can vary based on everything from the motor you choose, to the other parts or upgrades you might add during this project. That said, completing this swap for $8,000 +/- is typically achievable using an F Body/GTO LS1 motor with a T56 manual transmission.

Keep in mind if your existing F20/F22 Honda motor and transmission remains in good condition, you can certainly expect to recoup $1,500+ of this cost based on recent eBay searches (March 2014). This makes this swap a cost effective and typically more reliable alternative to a turbo or supercharger kit.

20. Do I need to purchase your speed sensor kit?

Not necessarily. The stock Honda transmission uses a speed sensor and gear in the transmission that will not work with the T56 manual. The Import Muscle speed sensor kit uses a custom machined billet aluminum sensor adapter and OEM Honda speed sensor that mounts in the stock GM location in the T56 transmission, along with a Dakota SGI-5 speed calibration box. Without it, the factory speedometer and EPS (Electric Power Steering) will not function. If you are adding aftermarket gauges and do not plan on using power steering, this kit is not necessary.

21. Is this kit/swap reliable?

The main factor in determining this will be selecting a motor and transmission in good condition. The good news is, there are many vehicle models that use the LS1/2/3/6 motors to choose from which will allow you to be selective if you wish. Obviously lower mileage motors will go for a premium, but a 100k mile +/- LSx motor should be a good candidate for this swap.

22. Can I retain the Honda EPS (Electric Power Steering)?

Yes! With the use of the optional Import Muscle T56 speed sensor kit, power steering can be retained.

23. Can I retain ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System)?

Yes! This swap does not affect the OEM Honda braking system. We highly suggest keeping ABS, especially if the vehicle will be street driven.

24. Can I keep A/C and heat?

Yes! This is not discussed in detail within our installation manual currently, however A/C and heat can be retained. Our customers in the southern parts of the United States insist on it!

25. What additional parts/services are needed that are not included in the LSx swap kit?

• OEM Honda s2000 Service/Electrical Manual for your vehicle

• OEM GM Service/Electrical manual for the year/model of your donor car

- Chiltons or Haynes manuals are NOT an acceptable substitutes

• Upgraded Fuel Pump ($100 usd +/-)

- Walbro in tank 255lph or larger

• Clutch Master Cylinder Kit ($70 usd +/-)

- Willwood 260-3374 or similar

• Assorted Russell/Earls fuel lines and fittings ($500 usd +/-)

• External Fuel Pressure Regulator or C5 Corvette Fuel Filter ($70 usd +/-)

• T56 Remote clutch bleeder line and fittings ($70 usd +/-)

- T56 Remote Clutch Bleeder (36”+)

- Russell 641001 Quick Disconnect

- Earls 64191948 48” Stainless Line

• Custom built drive shaft (driveshaftshop.com) using an aluminum drive shaft from an f-body/GTO donor ($300 usd +/-)

• Custom built exhaust ($400 usd +/-)

26. What ECU will the vehicle use after the swap?

Both. The GM ECU will run the motor and trigger the cooling fans, the Honda ECU will run all OEM accessories.

27. Will the stock Honda gauges work after this swap?

Yes! With the use of the Import Muscle speed sensor kit all stock gauges will continue to function. You can even wire the OEM Honda check engine light to trigger if there is an issue with the LS1 motor.

28. Can I use the OEM Honda Differential with this swap?

Yes! Assuming you are not abusive and the differential is in good working order, the Honda diff should last for an extended period of time. Your mileage may vary and we can make no guarantees on how long this will be the case. That said, the Honda differential IS a ticking time bomb and will likely go out at some point in the future. If you are looking to save cash and want to hold off on the differential swap until a later date, you can do so. Just know the differential WILL likely fail at some point in the future. Budgeting early for the Import Muscle differential upgrade is a wise idea.

29. What additional upgrades does Import Muscle suggest?

• Upgraded aluminum radiator

- Especially important if you plan on hitting your local road coarse or live in a warmer climate.

• Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator and Gauge

- You will likely find yourself in a scenario where you need to dial in the fuel pressure of your LSx motor. Picking up an FPR and underhood gauge is a good idea. Not very expensive either.

• Upgraded rear differential

- The stock s2000 differential should be fine for most folks, but be warned it may not hold up to abusive driving. Burnouts in the wet box at a dragstrip likely won’t be a good thing. Information on our s2000 Differential upgrade kit is available here: Import Muscle Differential Upgrade Kit

• Upgraded rear axles (Included with Import Muscle Differential Kit)

- Especially important if you upgrade the differential and plan on hitting the dragstrip as well. Our friends at Drive Shaft Shop can help.

• Short throw shifter for T56 transmission

- Stock throw for this transmission is fairly long if you are used to driving and s2000 transmission. Just a suggestion though. Not required.

30. Can Import Muscle perform my v8 swap for me?

Unfortunately, no. Import Muscle does not provide installation services at this time. We only manufacturer the parts and provide technical support for you or a local shop of your choice to perform the installation.