So I went and bought another 06 turbo Cayman a few weeks ago. I bought it from another P-9 member with a blown engine. The reason I bought it was it had a lot of mods that I wanted for my car. So after taking some of the mods I have a complete car with a blown engine that I need to decide what to do with. Well after much thought and much more thought I had decided to swap the engine for an LS3 E-Rod.
Reasons for doing the swap
1)430hp / 423 ft/lbs out of the box
2)2 year/50k warranty
3)replacement Porsche engine $10-$25k. Cost for the swap is around $18k (after selling the turbo and blown engine and a few other things I may get that down to around 8k)
4)Engine maintenance cost go way down
5)replacement engines LS3 crate engines cost around $6k
6)cost of future mods and upgrades go way down
7)50 state legal
8)Weight of the LS3 and 3.4l are very close
10)just sounds like fun
Reasons for not doing it.
1)It's a one way street, can't go back to stock
2)It will be Porsche with a chevy engine, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
3)The conversion kit moves the transaxle back which will be wear out axles faster.
So pushing aside my aversion to all things Chevrolet and just accepting the axels will need to be changed more often the only real reason not to do it is I can't go back to stock but I'm ok with that.
I will be doing the work myself and should be starting next week so in the next week or two I will have a complete intercooled turbo kit that make 404rwhp and a blown engine for sale along with a few other odds and ends. stay tuned, this should be a lot fun!