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    planning ls swap f150

    In starting the planning process on converting a 95 swb f150 to a 4.8/5.3 4l60e instead of the tired old inline six and junk 5spd that are there any info on where to look and research will be helpfully and appreciated some of my questions include

    can I use all aftermarket gauges

    Should I be able to remove the factory ecu or will it be needed for lights wipers and the such

    Any help will be much aprreciated

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    Yes, all aftermarket gauges will work. They usually are supplied with the sensor/sender as well.

    Def removed the factory ecu, it won't be needed and less mess.

    here's one.
    http://www.ls1truck.com/newstorage/pics/codytat/

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    think I just threw up in my mouth. But I guess if you want that ford to run fast give it a chevy motor

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    this sites name is LS1Truck.com Not LS1GeneralMotorsOnlyTruck.com ANY LS motor in ANY Truck is allowed on this site in my book. I say do the swap, race a lightning and let him wonder how you got your f150 moving that fast on a "ford" motor!!
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    ^Put an LS in anything, my neighbor has been watching my conversion and has decided to do his Ford Bronco with a 5.3. Go for it, you will definetly be happy with the end result.
    Last edited by Bear; 03-14-2014 at 08:46 PM. Reason: spelling
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    above f150 getting faster, forged sixo going in and a th400 as i type. i'll post up pics.
    it'll be a while before it moves on its own power, truck leaving getting the back half done.

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    Thanks for the answers farmtruc and I am typically a ford guy but when I started tossing around the idea of motor swapping the truck I decided you can't argue with the reliability and everything the ls motors offer they are also easier to come by than the mod motors so why not no one will know cause I won't have to open the hood

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    Some people might notice that your f-150 sounds alot like a corvette--- LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exboatracer View Post
    Some people might notice that your f-150 sounds alot like a corvette--- LOL.
    If all goes as in mind corvette wound be what they hear lol

    Which brings me to my next question would the 4.8 or 5.3 be better for reliably taking about 10_12 psi

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    Both 4.8 and 5.3 take 10-12 very reliably. 4.8s seem to do better with higher boost #s, but thats not to say 5.3's dont either. You have the IAT and fuel under control with either the 4.8/5.3 and you are golden with boost.
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