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Been a long time, at least a few years but I'd figure why not and make a thread on the 07, which used to be my DD for about 4 years but hasn't been for the last 2, which is nice (bombing around in the 05 tahoe with an LQ9 and 65e from an esky). What isn't nice is what driving the TBSS a couple of times and I really do mean a couple of times in Virginia salt bomb land does to things, really amazing, not a big deal tho, really.

Ya so relocated from VA with no garage to AL with a 2 car garage, FINALLY

Basically I'm still kinda gettin the garage set up, but going from where the TBSS was and still is in terms of mods from NOV 2019 (last time I drove it further than around the block)

79k stock LS2
4L70E RPM Lvl 6, bought it second hand, about 85k on it now (has never missed a beat, a nice surprise)
Yank 3k stall
Volant CAI
various tunes of my work and others
Belltech shocks, not lowered
normal brake stuff
AEM WB
Kooks + catted Y pipe (need to get the uncatted one for an FI setup, evidently)
PCM Brake duct trans cooler
Aeroforce Gauge (great tool)

Going to-
TVS2300, stock pulley
PCM 4" FWI
PCM Tempest Cam (didn't want to go too crazy, but the dyno charts look good for a 218 cam imo), plus not going crazy on lift
Melling pump, all the normal stuff like pushrods and all that everyone does on these things
Bigger FI Connection Injectors
Bigger fuel pump
gauges from Speedhut (they have some that are really close to the TBSS cluster style)
FSR rad+efans
PCM trans cooler spal fan kit
PCM of NC 2 Bar SD Tune
PCM Catch can (I'm curious to see how much oil the manifold pukes)
Yella Terra Ultra LW 1.7s
LC32 crossmember
LS2 C6 TB (maybe, not sure yet, have two tho if anyone needs one. They both work fine, just remember to change the scalar in the tune etc)

As far as fluids, Amsoil 10-40 premium, Redline D6 in the trans, prolly won't change, been workin fine so far, (knock on wood)-

Things I'm still contemplating, and would look for input from the knowledge-laden folks here-
I'm concerned about the 6 rib not being sufficient seems like it only really holds for a stock ls2 plus maggie? I'm not sure exactly, probably a factor of how hard you beat on it and how well things are aligned etc etc. THoughts?

That also brings up the alternator, OEM as everyone prolly knows has a clutch- finding a shop that will upgrade the TBSS DR44(G ?) to say 185 and keep the clutch has been unfruitful, but I haven't spent an inordinate amount of time looking, just a few emails etc, nothing solid yet.

If an 8 rib is required, I assume you can just pin the other side of the crank (I believe the IW pulley setups use two dowel pins), that may sound dumb but I'm just makin sure-

Ya, its a stock short block but I read that 5-6 lbs is fine and 8lbs is knockin on deaths door, which is fair.

I'm also considering some trick flow 225 CNC heads, haven't purchased them yet, but I think if I go heads that will require an 8 rib setup. What do you think of this? Besides the 'get a forged short block'', I'm lookin at it, really on the fence, I'm not going to pulley up this hog tbh. But ya that's what people say, right lol
Some pics. Its a work in progress, I'm tryin to build the garage and take advantage of the cool weather, I need to POR 15 all this damn rust (isn't that bad tho), gotta get the headers recoated, install Atomic fab motor mounts, rebuild the entire front end (lower arms, upper arms, everything is gettin replaced).Gotta re-do the wheels, but I think I'm gonna have them professionally refinished to fix the little rash bites on em etc. Also need to buy some SS brake lines from clarksville fasteners. Need new spark plugs and wires still, also-

SO MUCH TO DO but this will be fun. Ya lemme know what you people think about this6/8rib, alternator, heads, etc,etc. Or anything in general, thanks

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That's a big ol' list of fun stuff.
 

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Ya man, been stackin crap up for a few years now, now i’m finally able to get things goin.
Most of this is just tear it apart and clean it, fix all the crap and address issues.
unplanned things ive found up to this point-

-salt has eaten into the frame in a few spots, gotta clean those up and have that welded up with some plate (not a deal, found a good shop local, just need to pull the y pipe once i get it over there)

-address rust with doing POR15 as close to the ‘right’ way as I can- the whole degrease, etch, coat twice or whatever. Thats also not a big deal, really

-pass side carrier sheared splines in the carrier and the pass side of the int shaft. Luckily i bought a new resealed/lubed up etc new seals etc AWD carrier and int shaft wayy back when.
Cracks me up because more times than not every time i would accelerate from a stop turning left, there would be this hard vibration, I was like oh, motor mounts. WRONG. Open diff sending torque to wheel with less grip, shaft destroying itself in the pass side carrier. LUCKILY the driver side of the shaft is good as new. Eh is what it is. Motor mounts are actually good lol. Of course they are

-rebuild front diff because its gonna be out and eff dealing with it later

-replace power steering cooler, rusty as hell, it will probably leak when i get it back together, why wait for trouble

we’ll see what else pops up along the journey

-oh, also gonna send the trans out to get it freshened up to Level 7 at RPM

ya i was gonna try to get away with not pulling the engine, but I think its actually easier to just pull it, makes life easy with all the other ancillary tasks (wire loom replacement,cleanin stuff up, etc). Couple a hundred bucks for a cherry picker and a stand or wayyy too much azz pain tryin to work in that tiny space, kindof a no brainer
 

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I didn't see mention of an oil pickup tube mod / fix listed.

Perfect time to do that and an oil pump swap while it is on the stand.
 

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knocked that out a couple years ago, thankfully... gonna verify with PCM of NC which o ring to run with the melling HV/HP pump/spring combo, I'm willing to bet its red but we'll see.
on another note- I'm this close to just getting the bottom end built out to 402/3,shockingly its difficult to get lead times or even returned calls and emails from various shops, I assume others are having problems sourcing parts like everyone
 

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knocked that out a couple years ago, thankfully... gonna verify with PCM of NC which o ring to run with the melling HV/HP pump/spring combo, I'm willing to bet its red but we'll see.
on another note- I'm this close to just getting the bottom end built out to 402/3,shockingly its difficult to get lead times or even returned calls and emails from various shops, I assume others are having problems sourcing parts like everyone
I had my engine built by a guy in Vegas over the summer. The only long lead time part he had was pistons. He does a bunch of LS basted engines, so he tends to just keep stuff in stock.
 

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I'm running a TVS2300 with a 3.1" pulley doing 10 psi of boost on the 6 rib belt system and have no belt slip issues. But I changed a couple things to help it out: Using a Gates HD Green belt, HD tensioner and a Griptec pulley. On the stock 3.4" pulley, you'll probably be fine on the 6 rib, just step up to the HD tensioner and a green HD belt.

I also ditched the stock trans lines and went AN. So much easier to route and I always hated the hard lines that came up in front of the radiator.
 

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magnuson 31-12-00-082. HD tensioner, ok, cool. ya I don't want any belt issues, gonna do my damndest to align the pulleys, for sure.
green belt, you mean like this one? I was reading in some other thread somewhere that this one was pretty good, depending on length but that's the type, yes?

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That tensioner of course is hard to find, I know LC32 had some for a while, lemme scour the innerwebs and see if I can source one, maybe someone has one in stock somewhere.

scott750-- you running stock bottom end? I'd imagine your tune is spot on with 10 lbs if your on the stock short block.?

and thanks burnit53 for that POC

oh one other things about the an adapters on the 70E-

did you get 1/4 NPSM to 6 an? Do yours have an o-ring sealing to the case or brass washer? I haven't taken them out yet on mine to check; I've been reading and GM switched somewhere in 06/7 or something to or from 1/4 NPSM to something else for the fittings into the trans case. conflicting information on the forums, no surprise there but I haven't checked mine yet so nbd, just thought i'd see what yours is if you have the original 2008 70e case still in it
 

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also picked up some djm drop arms new shocks all around, gonna go to 31.5, I bought the rear spring replacement kit along time ago that came with the 1" spacer from the TBSS store and they've just been sitting on the shelf since the airbag lower method worked fine thus far. I figure I leave the spacer out and I should have 31.5 in the rear. gonna sh!tcan the air system tho, it leaked a lot on the way from VA to bama, compressor was running much longer than normal etc, should have done that along time ago but eh, it wasnt broken blah blah

ya and having the wheels professionally refinished back to OEM is almost as much as 20x10 TBSS +45 FR wheels, but that can wait for a bit. think i'll just do the strip and polish thing on the oem wheels, that should be fine for now
 

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Rpm trans fittings on left, look like the straight o ring type vs the NPT that came out of my original 07 case on the right (only have 1 for some reason). Interesting- i think they’re 9/16 o ring but im gonna have to look around and verify. Cool no more trans lines, yay an fittings.
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magnuson 31-12-00-082. HD tensioner, ok, cool. ya I don't want any belt issues, gonna do my damndest to align the pulleys, for sure.
green belt, you mean like this one? I was reading in some other thread somewhere that this one was pretty good, depending on length but that's the type, yes?

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That tensioner of course is hard to find, I know LC32 had some for a while, lemme scour the innerwebs and see if I can source one, maybe someone has one in stock somewhere.

scott750-- you running stock bottom end? I'd imagine your tune is spot on with 10 lbs if your on the stock short block.?

and thanks burnit53 for that POC

oh one other things about the an adapters on the 70E-

did you get 1/4 NPSM to 6 an? Do yours have an o-ring sealing to the case or brass washer? I haven't taken them out yet on mine to check; I've been reading and GM switched somewhere in 06/7 or something to or from 1/4 NPSM to something else for the fittings into the trans case. conflicting information on the forums, no surprise there but I haven't checked mine yet so nbd, just thought i'd see what yours is if you have the original 2008 70e case still in it
Yes that's the green belt I got. Not sure if that size is correct. I got several different length belts to see which length was correct and put the tensioner in the middle of its range. They also make a "black supercharger" that's got stronger reenforcing fibers and stickier rubber for even more reduced belt slip, but their sizes are limited. I could not find a size that worked for mine, so I stuck with the green one that a lot of people use.

My ls2 is built and forged now with heads and boost cam. Figured at 128k miles I better rebuild the motor and put some goodies inside so it can handle the boost. I think at the 6 psi the blower comes stock with you can probably get away with a stock bottom end

The trans fitting s I got did not have an oring, but a washer. I got Russell Performance 640520 fittings. They are NPT threads


also picked up some djm drop arms new shocks all around, gonna go to 31.5, I bought the rear spring replacement kit along time ago that came with the 1" spacer from the TBSS store and they've just been sitting on the shelf since the airbag lower method worked fine thus far. I figure I leave the spacer out and I should have 31.5 in the rear. gonna sh!tcan the air system tho, it leaked a lot on the way from VA to bama, compressor was running much longer than normal etc, should have done that along time ago but eh, it wasnt broken blah blah

ya and having the wheels professionally refinished back to OEM is almost as much as 20x10 TBSS +45 FR wheels, but that can wait for a bit. think i'll just do the strip and polish thing on the oem wheels, that should be fine for now
I think that 1" spacer is go to 32.5" ride height. I just used the 31.5" springs and 2 rubber isolators on top and bottom of the springs and my height is at 31.75".


Heres the snout of the TC, it is smooth as glass btw. Hows that rate on pump engagement? Im not a trans guru. Fluid is red and t case fluid is blue, which i take as good View attachment 103288
It will be hard to tell if the converter is sitting far enough into the pump without looking at the pump gear out of the trans. Usually the converter is spaced properly when its pushed all the way into the trans and the space between the converter face and flexplate are 1/8" to 3/16". Tha'ts a general rule of thumb for spacing. You might be able to check depth by looking into the converter snout cutout where the pump gear resides. There might be a little wear mark indicating how far the pump sits. Not sure if it's suppose to go all the way or 1/8" off the bottom of that channel.
 

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ya worse come to worse I can just shim it to proper depth, the 1/8"-3/16" you're talkin about, thanks for that info. 32.5" for the springs. arrgh add it to the list, actual 31.5 springs. thanks for confirming that belt type, also. 'black supercharger' belt, eh? hmm mmkay, cool


ya looks like the gates RPM belt. 'specifically designed for high-output and forced induction engines' ok cool
 
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