wspohn is right, where do you want to be power wise? From my experience, I think 400 whp in a daily driven Kappa is more than adequate (that's a very low 12 second car right there). There are those who have done more. Talk to 40rty (he doesn't come around much anymore but if you PM him he may answer) and the gentleman who did the LS7 twin turbo swap. They are both on the Facebook Sky/Solstice/GT/Daewoo group a lot. Talk to them about their builds.
I know 40rty did his through DDM and it took about a year. The other gentleman did the work himself but has been on the project for a while. skersfan's car is a monster pumping out, we guess, somewhere north of 600 hp to the rear wheels...we don't know for sure because they never took it to redline on the dyno and it was over 550!!! These guys are making BIG power for specific reasons. The LS7 TT car is being built to be a straight line sleeper (and it is...dear lord). I've been in skerfan's Mallett and that thing is a wild ride. I wouldn't be pushing it anywhere other than a racetrack with that kind of power. You'll get in trouble REAL quick with over 600 whp and no traction control.
You have to start by asking yourself, what's your goal? What do you want to do power wise? I've heard quotes of around $30k for most V8 swaps done by a shop...and that's just for the swap. Looks like Werks swaps start around 16K but you can get to the power level of that swap without opening up your stock LNF. To get to 480, you're looking at $22K. Their price list goes to a 1,000 hp LS7 but you're looking at over $50K for that swap.
How fast do you want to go? How much do you want to spend? It's an adage with cars that holds true even on our platform.
I know you want to find something closer to where you live, but Werks knows our platform. They've done these swaps, they have experience, and to my knowledge there is no shop in your area that does it. Right now, Werks may be the only place in the NATION I know who does them and has experience doing them.
Yes, you could go to a local shop and have it done. The issue is, you may wind up paying more as they "learn" the little tricks to do it right that Werks has already hashed out. Werks sells a DIY kit for the swap for about $3k if you want to have a local shop attempt it. I would talk to them about what else you may need and what that DIY kit will work with engine and transmission wise.
Last edited by Robotech; 02-08-2017 at 12:11 PM.