LS oil pan

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  1. aduarte

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    Hi everyone,
    I wanted to inquire on the owners who swapped in LS motors in their builds on the oil pan choice. Did you use an oil pan from a certain model or year vehicle? I am installing a 5.3 from a 2006 Silverado into my 1990 Toyota pickup 2 WD. The oil pan from the Silverado is deep, so I was looking for a shallow GM oil pan if possible.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Blacklightnin55

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    I'm also doing a LS swap in a 1990 DLX. I'm using a Holley oil pan. It should allow me to mount the engine lower in the frame and provide the necessary clearance for the swaybar.
     
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    Thank you for your response. I did see the Holley oil pan when I looking for oil pan options. I wasn't sure if he pan would clear the front crossmember. Good luck on your build.
     
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    Good luck with yours also. Keep in touch.
     
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    Thanks. I dropped my truck at the shop where the engine swap will be done. As much as I would love to do the swap myself, the neighborhood where I live does not approve of these projects due to HOA rules. I will send you pictures as the work progresses. Take care.
     
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    My engine builder used the Holley pan you mentioned with good results. It cleared the crossmember. I did drill out the side spout on the oil pan to connect my mechanical oil pressure gauge.
     
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    How is your LS project coming along? My truck is running now, but I am having the exhaust system redone since it seems to be too restrictive. The muffler shop that did my system had to many bends in the pipes that I did not like. I currently have Hooker block hugger headers on the engine, but I am looking for another set of headers that have longer tubes for better mounting of the exhaust pipes. What exhaust system are you running on your LS?
     
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    I haven’t done anything with it lately. I did purchase a 6 cyl rearend and a Supra LSD. On the fence as to what gear ratio to run. Thinking maybe 3:93 to go along with the T-56. I know everyone suggests a Ford rearend but it’s a little wider than the Toyota and I plan on running 19x8’s on front and 19x9’s on rear. With the Ford rear the tires would stick out too far passed the fender and that’s not what I want.

    As far as exhaust I hoping to use a set of 2012 exhaust manifolds that I have. I will alter them if need be.

    I also purchased a set of used LS6 injectors need to have them sent out for cleaning and calibration.

    What did you use for power steering hoses?
     
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    Since I am using a 4L60E trans in my truck, I picked up a complete 8.8. rear end from a Ford Explorer. The rear was built with a factory 3.27 gears based on the rear end tag on the cover. Once I have it in the truck, I will see if I need to change the gearing or keep it as it is. I will be running 17x7 and 17x8 wheels, so fender clearance might not be a problem. Good luck on your build.
     
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    I have an 8.8 in my truck. They're the easiest to narrow if you know how to weld well, have $50, and 8 hours of time. By shortening the driver side tube you end up with a axle width nearly identical to the stock Toyota. That way you can run whatever rims you want and have plenty of room
     
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    Thank you for the information, Erik. I appreciate it. I was following the Fabricator series on YouTube and he shows a detailed process in shortening and welding the Ford 8.8 rear end for those builders planning to install a 8.8 in their projects. The wheels that I ordered all have 0 offset, so I am hoping that will not have any clearance issues. With the LS engine, 4L60E trans and the Ford rear, my truck will have a drivetrain where I can readily purchase replacement parts in any standard parts store anywhere should I need to in the future.
     

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