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
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One reason shoppers choose a truck-based full-size SUV over a crossover or minivan is the ability to tow heavier loads while still carrying three rows of passengers. During Cars.com's 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge, judges towed with the four competitors: the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. Judges Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com; Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit bureau chief; and myself towed from Chandler, Ariz., through the Tonto National Forest, up twisting mountain roads to Globe, Ariz., and back. One route was completed with the trucks unloaded and the other towing a 3,500-pound camper trailer. The 2018 Full-Size SUV ChallengeResults | Towing | Video Drivelines and Powertrains Three of the SUVs had V-8 engines, while the Ford used a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. While on paper it looks like the Ford is at a disadvantage with fewer cylinders and horsepower, that simply wasn't the case with the trailer hitched to the back … [Read more...] about Which 2018 Full-Size SUV Is the Best Tow Rig?