Originally Posted by 5.7Unlimited
Pardon my ignorance but to Escape: why dont you sell your limited and get an SRT8 and do it up instead, I 100% mean no offense im just curious of your perspective
Then I would have to take the SRT8 all apart and redo it with limited parts!
There are high points and low points to each model. Long story short...cheaper my way with better end results!
Both have cast pieces in the engine...mine no longer does...so the engine didn't matter in that aspect. It was going to be built for a purpose (Turbo)! The 5.7 heads and intake manifold have proven to be better at producing hp/tq so I retained those parts (rebuilt the heads though, springs, ect). The 6.1 oil pump was bored out and enlarged, 6.1 stock Forged Cam, 6.1 Forged Crank custom ground, 6.1 Forged push rods. The 5.7 block has thicker piston walls (even after being bored out) = good for boost. Rods and Pistons in both are junk and have been replaced (Eagle H beams and custom made Diamond Pistons 9:1 compression).
More options and less problems with the Limited 545RFE Trans (stock and the soon to be installed SharaDon Stage 3) vs the 580. Stock Torque converter replaced.
NV245 Transfercase in the Limited is bulletproof and runs full-time 4WD (48% front/52% rear) vs the SRT8's T case which is know to be weak and full of issues and is an on demand all-wheel drive 90% rear/10% front.
ELS Diffs 7.9 front/8.3 rear we will see but so far they are holding up well and lock up instantly.
Fuel systems on both would have to be replaced so not an issue.
Braking on both replaced...lol most everything replaced.
Paid 16,500 for fully loaded 05 with 39,000 miles. SRT8's were going for 33K at that time, so for roughly the cost of a stock SRT8 I now have a Insane turbocharged Limited.