Build Of The Week Featuring the most fascinating projects out there: wild engine swaps, show cars, race cars, rare cars, and even meticulously well-preserved regular cars no one else has the guts to love. Send in your build via email to [Stef Schrader](mailto:[email protected]) with “Build of the Week” in the subject line so we can find it. For years, I have been meh about the LS swap. General Motors’ ubiquitous V8 engine fits almost anywhere! It makes a lot of power! I know, I know. But it’s so common. It is the “live, laugh, love” of engine swaps, my dudes. It is as basic as pumpkin spice. I got bored of hearing about them. Now I have to eat these words. I drove this LS3-swapped Porsche 944, and I get it now. An LS-swapped 944 should, in theory, be my ultimate hate-bait. I own a 944. I love those cars. And Porsche cranked out some of the biggest inline-fours ever made for the 944 range, which were butter-smooth in naturally aspirated … [Read more...] about This Tire-Smoking Porsche 944 Showed Me Why You Basic Bros Love the LS Swap So Much
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Does any brand punch heavier above its weight in Australia than Isuzu? At the time of writing (early September 2018), Isuzu Ute is the 13th most popular of 50-odd brands locally. With just two products, it outperforms big names including Audi, BMW, Jeep, Land Rover, Renault and Suzuki. It helps that those models – the D-Max ute and MU-X SUV – compete in two of the country’s biggest vehicle segments, yet Isuzu’s reputation for never-die diesel engines, dating to the 1930s, or its appeal to grey nomads should never be underestimated. Isuzu Ute has also expanded its dealer network in recent years. Holden is an even bigger name here, of course, though the Australian brand’s rival for the MU-X – the Trailblazer – is indicative of its recent struggles. In terms of sales, there’s no contest. Up to the end of August, Isuzu had this year sold 5819 MU-Xs – up 14 per cent year on year. Trailblazer sales are down 14 per cent for the same … [Read more...] about 2018 Holden Trailblazer LTZ v Isuzu MU-X LS-U comparison
Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. story by matt cramer “It practically bolts in.” “You can swap one in for under a grand.” “They’ll fit in pretty much anything.” “It’s an easy 400 horsepower.” The Internet is full of chatter about transplanting General Motors’s third- and fourth-generation V8s, engines commonly known by their LS designations. The biggest problem with these Internet claims isn’t that they’re outright lies, it’s that they’re just not true for everyone. A hotrodder at the top of the game is going to have a different result from a newbie wrenching in a parking lot. Embarking on your first LS swap? Here’s how the hype stacks up against reality. Claim 1: An LS Swap Costs Less Thank $1000 Reality: If your costs are this low, it … [Read more...] about Addressing Internet Myths About LS Swaps
Bajaj Auto no longer lists the ‘baby Pulsar’ on its Indian website. Thrustzone reports that the Pulsar 135 LS will only be built for export markets. If you’re wondering why, the answer is simple – ABS. The Indian government mandates that all motorcycles with engines that displace over 125cc need to offer at least single channel ABS from April 2019. Adding a single channel ABS to the Pulsar 135 will push up costs by at least Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 8,000. This is something that will make the motorcycle too pricey for the market it is addressed at. So, Bajaj has decided to dump the Pulsar 135 and instead start the Pulsar range from 150cc model. The Pulsar 135 LS was a light and nimble motorcycle with sharp styling. It featured a 135cc, four stroke air cooled engine with peak power and peak torque outputs of 13.56 PS at 9,000 rpm, and 11.4 Nm at 7,500 rpm. A 5 speed manual gearbox was standard. With a kerb weight of just 121 kilograms, the Pulsar 135 LS was quite a peppy … [Read more...] about Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS motorcycle is first victim of new ABS rules!
Question for ya. When does it become imperative that one must have a new car? The 2018 Chevy Spark shown here stickers for a mere $13,050 before incentives (and, yes, there are incentives, even at the Ace of Base end of the market.) Thirteen large can buy a heckuva used car, after all. I’ll tell you when it becomes imperative: the minute a full warranty becomes more important than being thrifty. Whatever the reason, there’s intangible value in having a reliable commuter car or sending a family member into the big bad world in a car that won’t leave them stranded with an unexpected repair bill. As much as some of us would like to, it’s not always realistic to drive $1,000 Malaise-era clunkers. Instead of approximately thirteen rattletraps, one can get into a Spark in LS Manual trim. Along for the ride will be an iPad-sized touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a backup camera, and WiFi hotspot. A $1,000 beater will not possess anything remotely … [Read more...] about Ace of Base: 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual