So, I've been hassling a lot of boys with questions (love ya's!) and researching. The plan is to rebuild a 3.5 block, for more power. I'm doing this in the cost effective manner that will give the most power for the smallest dollar. Stupid example, if I can get 20HP from $200 cams versus 20HP from custom made wiseco pistons for $2000 - I'll go with the cams.
Our motors offer a nice 255BHP, my goal would be 400BHP-500BHP. Stroker was always the main idea here, but as I look into other builds, costs, and readily available options, I'm contemplating perhaps a fresh bottom end and beefed up top end will give me the same results at a MUCH smaller cost. Inevitably, it's going to be boosted via turbo or supercharger, 6-12 PSI is what I'm thinking - but engine first... lol
The PCM plays a complicated role in all this. Nothing has existed in the LH community to tune these freaking things. I've contemplated throwing in 98-01 electronics as I have heard some people getting those ECU's tuned without much hassle.
I can go the expensive route as all my buddies, get a AEM piggy back system and the harness and throw it on a dyno to get a tune done up from scratch. But we're talking $3K in costs minimum.
Now the route I'm considering, it's truly bogus but just sounds like crazy fun and it's cheap. There are all sorts of tuners for LX PCM's (05,06,08,09) that can tune the A/F maps and virtually everything providing you have a wideband to see your A/F (playing with fire without one). Offers everything I would need to tune the engine N/a, and for a bit of boost (injectors, fuel pump and the like are another conversation when forced air induction is in the tubes).
Regardless if it sees any forced induction or not it will need to be tuned for the cams, heads etc. In short, I would need the engine harness, trans harness, ip harness, cluster, pcm, bcm and throttle pedal. I already have the engine intake manifold. From there it's mating the new engine and trans harness to the LH stuff or substituting LX sensors, and mating the the small crap like lights, speakers and door locks and windows to the LX stuff. A decent day worth of work for the engine bay and another day for the body.. lol
Carried away? Maybe, but it's built not bought.