Long time readers of the Vorshlag forum will remember this FrankenSubie project, which we started documenting in 2009. A friend of the shop Paul bought this 1995 Impreza “L” FWD 2 door automatic back then. It was merged with a wrecked 2007 STI’s full AWD drivetrain swap. Then a built 2004 STi 2.5L turbo motor, custom flares, remote reservoir monotubes, big tires, custom interior mods (2007 dash, 1999 RS doors), and more.
Our last update on this Forum Build Thread was in 2014, when the car left Vorshlag’s North Plano shop (3 shops ago!) after we had fabricated some items and installed the coolers and oil plumbing to this GC. The latest update covers the work after it went to COBB Tuning Plano, then back to Vorshlag, then to Paul’s home garage for the next steps. It was “finished” enough to run at a few autocross / Pro Solo events in 2016-17, then went back under the knife for some updates before it would be finished enough for paint…
Some time passed and “life got in the way”, but in 2020 with the help of some friends, was resumed again, and we have documented the latest updates to the suspension (drop spindles and custom rear subframe), gutted the doors (partially), and more in this forum post. We will continue to push to make sure this lightweight, 2 door GC Subaru gets back on track and to an autocross course soon. Stay tuned for more, but you can read the “6 year catch up post” starting here.
We have a huge forum build thread update (starting here) on our 2015 Mustang GT project we have dubbed #Trigger. This car is being built to develop an LS V8 + T56 Magnum XL swap kit as well as to continue testing we started 3 years ago on our 2018 GT “S550” chassis Mustang.
In this round of work we spend time removing items (and weighing them), replacing bent or broken items (and weighing them), and installing more race-worthy parts (and weighing them). Did we mention this build thread update has a lot of pictures of parts being weighed??
As we build up this gutted salvage titled wreck into a proper race car once again we are uncovering little tidbits of tech, tricks and tips we share along the way. We cover a subjects including: OEM vs full chassis rewire; all aspects of the braking system; lightening the interior and doors, subframes, & bumper beams; GT350 axles vs GT axles; S550 carbon fiber hood, trunk and doors; pedals, steering rack, firewall plates, and steering columns; and the roll bar and seat installs.
Last up is the most controversial subject of all – the BM LS V8 swap into a Ford chassis. We cover the development steps for the engine mounts, transmission crossmember, long tube headers, and driveshaft. You can read all of this with 100+ pictures starting here. Thanks for reading!
We have made major progress on our customer’s 1967 Mustang coupe. It was already a track car, but now it is becoming a much faster, higher grip, and safer track weapon. We have updated the car to modern S197 Mustang front suspension and brakes, added 18×11″ wheels / 315mm tires, and more.
The addition of an FIA fuel cell adds safety, as does a full roll cage. The 427″ dry sump LS7 crate engine fits nicely underhood with the AJE tubular crossmember. All of this is shown in detail on the forum thread.
There is so much more that you can read in the latest 3 part forum build thread update – lots of pictures of the disassembly, mockup, design, and fabrication that is going into this 1967 Mustang. The same build thread is cross-posted on Vorshlag, Track Mustangs Online, Lateral-G, and S197forums. Enjoy!
It has been a while since we updated the Forum Build Thread on this tube framed ’69 Camaro, but now that it is driving under its own power, it was time for a big “catch-up” update, which you can read here.
Wiring, plumbing, EFI harness and computer, interior panels, and the false floor panels were discussed in this round of updates – most of which happened in 2019.
If you have been following this build please take a chance and catch up with work starting here. We have much more work completed to share next time. Thanks for reading!
We brought a new customer project into the shop in late March and have already dug into a number of punch list items on this 2004 CTS-V endurance road race car. You can read all about it in this new Forum Build Thread.
We didn’t waste any time and yanked the worn out aluminum 5.3L LS V8 to be rebuilt and upgraded heavily at HorsePower Research, down the road from Vorshlag. The replacement engine will be bigger displacement, more reliable, and hopefully around double the output of the 5.3L.
We have also created a new tubular bumper beam, rolled radiator, and other custom work that should help make this more reliable, run cooler, and crash through crowds better! Read more about this Caddy starting here.
These two projects couldn’t seem more different. One is a dedicated wheel to wheel race car build that will be run in 8-12-24 hour races. The other is our work horse truck that we use to haul parts around town. Complete opposites!
They do have a lot of things in common, however. They both: are around 20 years old, utilize custom 4 wheel disc brake brake setups, both have upgraded rear axles with limited slip differentials, are equipped with remote reservoir monotube dampers, and both have long tube headers making beautiful noises from their LS V8 engines!
Both forum posts have a lot of step-by-step pictures on dozens of projects within each build. Many challenges and solutions, like we always share.
So check these two build thread updates out, especially if you need something to keep your mind off other matters. We are writing more updates for a number of other project build threads – stay tuned, and stay safe!
Vorshlag has been working on another V8 swap in our shop – a Gen II Coyote V8 going into a 2010 Mustang. This car previously competed in NASA Spec Iron class, but the owner wanted more power to be able to run American Iron class, which has a higher horsepower limit. The 4.6 3V engine that came in the 2005-10 model Mustang GT isn’t exactly known for making easy power, so a Gen II Coyote crate motor was purchased along with a Tremec T56 Magnum XL.
In this Forum Build Thread update we show the many steps needed to swap to this 2015-17 version of the 5.0L Coyote V8. In typical Vorshlag fashion we show weights of everything related to the powertrain, detailed pictures of the engine+trans install, the Ford Controls Pack wiring harness installation, brackets we needed to buy or build, accessory drives, motor mounts, clutch and hydraulic TOB installation, firewall clearance for the intake manifold, fire system repairs, and more.
In an effort to improve cooling and aero efficiency we “rolled the radiator”, taking the OEM-sized aluminum unit from straight up to a 19 degree roll. We show the steps from mockup, finding more clearance, custom mounting brackets, adding the fan, making radiator hoses, and more.
The last thing we talk about in this forum update are the CAI and exhaust header selection and installation. Together with a custom dyno tune we should be able to reach 450 whp, then with a restricted tune dial it back to the ~370 whp that this car will need for AI class racing. With a wheel/tire change and a new tune uploaded the car should be able to run in NASA ST2 competitively as well. Two classes are better than one!
In the next round of forum updates we will show other work that has been completed, such as an oil cooler, remote oil filter housing, ducted front grill, the 2011-14 “3 bolt” EPAS steering rack install into the 2 bolt crossmember, and much more. Stay tuned!
We have one last round of updates to show on our newest shop project, the LS V8 swapped 2015 Mustang GT that has aptly been named #Trigger – for the instantaneous reaction some “brand purists” get when they see it. In this round we try to better explain why we wanted to tackle this swap, and how this totally fits in with the last 2 decades of Vorshlag history (we’ve been upsetting brand purists in our pursuit of economical race car builds and track records for a long, long time!) We also briefly recap our other 3 shop owned projects that are continuing into 2020.
The meat of this massive 4 part Forum Build Thread update goes over many aspects of the updates, upgrades, and weights of parts we have removed or installed in the last 4 weeks. It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but we completed a large number of sub-tasks, like: the 2018+ front bumper cover end mock-up, front frame stub repair, and a surprise gift of parts that led to a front subframe and bumper beam replacement.
Another big round of work was completed out back after finding that the rear subframe that came with our car was both incorrectly installed and had all of the wrong brakes and axles. We upgraded every aspect of the rear subframe after adding our 4.09 geared / Auburn Pro equipped aluminum super 8.8″ diff housing, GT350 axles, vented GT rear brakes, and new #Whiteline poly diff and subframe mount bushings. The removal of the stock bushings was a *massive pain* but the new Whiteline bits went in beautifully.
Lots of interior bits were removed and weighed while the LS / T56 swap crossmember and LS swap long tube headers for this S550 Mustang chassis were designed, installed, and completed. We *almost* have the LS swap motor mounts done as well, just need another few days. All of the brake parts that were missing on this S550 chassis – including several upgrades – were installed in this round, like: the PP1 master cylinder, brake booster, pedal assembly, ABS block, rear GT rotors/calipers, Ford Racing hubs at all 4 corners, and more. Big progress!
In the last segment we talk about “total rewire” jobs on race cars and explain what we have planned for this car – and show potential weight differences just in wiring. You can read all of this starting here.
Thanks for coming along on this “build thread” journey in 2019 – see you in 2020! #ThanksForTheMemes
We have an update to our long running (since 2012!) 86 chassis development Forum Build Thread with this massive three part post. This time we show some new products for this chassis (like a new seat bracket kit, new seat options, oil pan options) as well as updates to some of our existing products (production LS swap long tube headers! updated LS / T56 crossmember design, new trans mount bushing, new tubular bumper beam, and more).
There are a lot of pictures showing the work to our shop LS swapped 86 – like the tubular front bumper beam we have added. We did this to allow for a bigger radiator which is mounted at a steeply rolled angle, which gives us a lot of extra room in front of the engine and allows for a cooling via hood venting. We show the steps to mounting a custom radiator, including the upper and lower mounting brackets and isolators.
After seeing some new “Tuner” series of seats from Sparco we bought a few, weighed them, and tested them in a number of cars – including our 86. We picked a pair that we will use for street and track use in our shop 86. Tilt back seats are much more practical that fixed back seats for the street, but still allow for 6-point belts to be used. This seat test led us to develop our production seat brackets for this 86 chassis, using a mount style we have developed on chassis like the R8, S197 and S550 Mustangs. So we have a pair of seats mounted in our shop 86 now.
Picking an oil pan for our shop car took some research, which we share in this post. We also show the new transmission crossmember and our LS/T56 Magnum XL drivetrain going into our shop car, as well as the front accessory drives we recommend for this swap. Then we show in detail the steps we went through to build new prototype long tube headers, then how the pre-production CNC bent units were installed, then finally the production batch after they arrived.
We show where the “Alpha” 86 LS build is today (above), and even supplied the new owner of this car with the 18×11″ wheels shown. That car has gone through a lot of updates and is racing in both NASA and Gridlife events. Lastly we show the next steps for our shop 86 build, including CAN integrated wiring harness, the Tilton clutch, oil cooler, and more. You can read the latest forum build thread entries starting here.
Many of you know of us from our very first LS V8 powered race car build – the BMW E36 “Alpha” car, shown below. We started this swap in Terry’s garage back in 2001 – years before Vorshlag even became a business – and raced it until we sold it in 2009. We have tackled V8 swaps on a total of eleven different chassis since that first one. This blog post will cover some of the chassis we have swapped and the products we offer for each.
Many people who have not driven an LS powered car always ask: Why do you do these swaps? Maybe you have to drive one to understand, but we feel that most cars could be improved with more horsepower – and the easiest power there is at the moment is from an LS series V8. Light, compact, inexpensive, abundant, with incredible potential, and aftermarket support like no other engine family on the planet.
The image above says a lot. On the left is a DOHC V8 from Ford called the Coyote, sitting in an S197 Mustang. On the right is an LS V8 in an S550 Mustang, which has roughly the same engine bay size. Due to it’s size the LS V8 is just easier to swap into more cars than any Overhead Cam V8, costs less to make the same power as virtually any other modern engine, and has the potential for 8.0L of displacement inside the confines of the OEM block. What’s not to love?
BRZ/FRS/86 LS Swap – Production Headers!
Lots of you have watched our LS swap development with the 86 chassis ever since we built our first back in 2015. We have been supplying LS engine mounts, LS / T56 transmission cross-members, and more since then. Finally, in November 2019, we have production LS swap stainless steel, 1-7/8″ long tube headers. These are in stock and ready to ship! Check them out on this page. These headers fit around the steering rack and swaybar without any shenanigans.
We are very excited about this swap and are currently building a Vorshlag shop 86 LS build – which we used throughout 2019 to develop our new production headers. Our red FR-S is getting a Horsepower-Research 7.7L stroker LS7 engine, T56 Magnum XL, Tilton clutch, carbon nose over a tube front bumper beam, Wiring Specialties CAN integrated plug-n-play engine harness, and has flares for 335mm tires. Look for this car on track in 2020!
BMW E36 – World’s First!
After hand building the first BMW LS swap on the planet, we released our production E36 LS V8 kit in 2007, and have sold hundreds of kits since. Many of these parts also fit the BMW Z3, and we make specific driveshaft and steering shafts for that chassis. Our core product for the E36 LS swap is the “Stage 0” kit, which includes all of the parts needed to fit the LS and T56 drivetrain into the Left Hand Drive BMW E36 chassis: engine mounts, transmission crossmember, long tube stainless headers, steering shaft, and driveshaft. Of course we have many more parts than that – check them out here.
We have seen competing shops offer similar V8 swap kits for this chassis over the years but they never seem to stick around. Short cuts with mount designs, cheap import headers, crude craftsmanship – there’s a reason we have been in the BMW LS swap game for over 18 years: we will not compromise engineering, fabrication, quality, or performance for V8 our swaps.
New! BMW E36 Right Hand Drive Kit
After a decade of requests, we finally rounded up a customer with a Right Hand Drive E36 BMW chassis and started LS swap development. After a year of design, testing, and fabrication we came up with a solid list of parts to make this swap happen in 2019. We have sets of our RHD E36 LS long tube headers in stock and can make engine mounts and transmission crossmembers quickly. Worried about shipping overseas? Give us a shout for special shipping prices!
BMW E46 Swap – Our Most Popular Kit!
Vorshlag has produced our E46 LS swap kit for a half dozen years and we have sold more of these lately than any other V8 swap kit! Why? The E46 chassis was made in huge numbers (4 million) and now can be picked up for great prices. The E46 has more engine bay and tire room than any E36, while the M3 variant has a stronger rear axle and flared fenders that hold even more tire. You can use an E46 325 all the way to an M3. We are currently building several of these E46 LS swaps in our shop, including a Team Vorshlag build for WRL endurance racing. Interested in an E46 LS build? We have four more Texas chassis standing by – give us a call! Also, check out the E46 swap kit page for the parts we make.
New! BMW Z4 LS Swap Kit
In 2018 we developed LS swap parts for the E85/86 BMW Z4 chassis. These cars have an enormous engine bay that just swallows these V8s, and it uses our existing E46 LS swap headers and mounts. This kit just needed a unique transmission crossmember and the longer T56 Magnum XL 6-speed. We have everything we developed for this swap right here.
What Chassis is Next?
If you have been following Vorshlag for the past 2 decades you might have seen some “one off” LS swaps, like a BMW E30, NB Miata, ’69 Camaro, among others. But what other swap kits are planned or in the works? There are several chassis undergoing swaps in our shop at the moment, and we will share one – the #LS550 swap! We call it #Trigger
We started with a salvage 2015 Mustang GT “S550” chassis. We are building a shop race car and we have already developed a production LS / T56 transmission crossmember and long tube headers (see above). The LS engine mounts and driveshaft should be listed soon on our LS550 swap page.
Our 2015 GT is currently on a serious diet, but already has the MCS / SPL Parts / Whiteline Suspension, Sparco racing seats, Forgestar wheels, Powerbrake 380mm 6 piston brakes, Anderson carbon hood, and Auburn Pro equipped 4.09 aluminum rear housing from our 2018 GT – which we competed with for the last two seasons. You can follow the progress of that build here.
We Do More Than LS Swaps…
Of course most of you know Vorshlag is primarily a suspension company. Vorshlag designs and builds the world’s best spherical top mounts and camber plates for dozens of cars, plus we sell MCS & Ohlins dampers, wheels, brakes, and safety gear. We also build cars for customers. Give us a call or email if you need any help with any of these parts or an LS swap. Thanks for reading!