LS Swaps Are Harder Than You Think, and Here's Why

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on 11/17/2021

If you ask a lot of people around the performance community, they’ll tell you that you should slap an LS engine in just about everything. With a variety of platforms, it definitely makes sense and if you have the right car, they probably make a series of parts that will make the job a lot easier, essentially taking out the custom fabrication needed for putting a different powerplant and your ride. If you ask plenty of internet mechanics, they’ll more than likely tell you that it’s a fairly simple and straightforward job that doesn’t take too much ability to be able to accomplish. However, it doesn’t look like everybody is on that same page.

When the guy behind the EatSleepDrive YouTube channel wrapped up LS swapping his Nissan 240SX, a process that took him longer than he originally anticipated, he was able to take a look back and everything that he accomplished and tells us that maybe the whole process of stuffing an LS engine in the car of your choosing isn’t exactly as easy as everybody makes it out to be. If you ask around, it’s supposedly supposed to be a dummy-proof process, but hold your horses because reality may just be a little bit different.

If you follow along down in the video below, you get this guy’s rundown on what exactly he expected with such a swap and what came from it, in reality. Sure, this might be a swap that’s easier than others but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come without a fight. After watching this one, you might just get an all-new perspective on what it means to stuff an engine like this in your ride. If you happen to be somebody who has taken part in such a swap do you agree with what this wrencher thinks about taking on the job?