Originally Posted by ScooterDon
Nick... Seriously considering LS swap into my Sportcross
I want a strong daily driver, but have concerns about daily life after the swap.
Inspection? Emissions?..traffic manners?... Catalytic with O2?
Hoppy clutch or driveline?
Chassis and instrument functions?
You have any insights for us after some time?
An LS swapped Sportcross would be incredible - and to my knowledge you would be the first to do the swap into the wagon.
This car makes a good daily driver, but I can't imagine driving it as my only car. On the positive side, the power is intoxicating; even a trip down the street to the grocery store becomes an exciting excuse for some lightly spirited driving. The sound of the exhaust is beautiful; it's the only stereo you need. And the car is downright practical - it's basically a four door C6 Vette with a proper trunk.
Reasons why you may not want to have it as a daily? The exhaust noise may be a little much for some people (could easily be fixed with a different exhaust design, but this car was built to be raw). I sit in heavy stop and go traffic (Atlanta
) both to and from work, so rowing the gears can be a minor annoyance. Lastly, it tends to get a bit of attention (mostly due to the aforementioned exhaust note) so if you are the kind that want to go incognito you'll either want to quiet yours down or remain with existing drivetrain. Lastly, it can be a bit thirsty (most of this is due to the driver's heavy left foot).
As for emissions, no problem passing the OBDII test with the help of HP tuners. It does have catalytic converters and I would expect that it would pass a tailpipe sniffer test as well. No hoppy driveline or chattering clutch - this car is incredibly smooth. All of the stock gauges except the temp gauge works, so I have a scan gauge that reads coolant temp. I'm considering adding a gauge pod with coolant temp, oil temp, and AFR.
Overall I am 100% satisfied with the car. So....do it! I'd love to follow your build.