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Old 02-14-2021, 11:25 AM   #1
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So I had bought my Daughter a 2003 Saturn Vue to use for College. Well now she is done with college and has since bought a newer car. So I have the Vue and plan on rebuilding it into a some what of a hot rod project car. Has the V6 motor auto trans. I rebuilt the top half of the motor. New gaskets etc and E3 spark plugs. This car will get up and move.

The shocks are gone and need to replace them. But I would like to lower the car also. It sets up to high and need to lower the center of gravity. Can't seem to find a shock spring kit for this vue. Does anyone have a link they could share of a lowering kit for the vue? This will be the start of this project. Once I get going with this project I'll post a blog to follow a long.

Future plans are to get newer rims maybe 18 or 20" rims. Swap the v6 for a LS4. Or just turbo the v6. But I don't think the trans will handle the extra power.
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You didn't mention whether this Vue has awd or just fwd.

I don't have info on lowering set-ups, if your xmission can withstand an additional 50hp and whatever torque is generated above stock but I commend your desire for lowering. Presuming you're not into frequent off road excursions where high ground clearance is advantageous, the majority of suvs never leaving paved roads probably don't need the high clearance. If I ever decided to own an suv, I'd buy one with a lower stance or find ways to lower it. The few off road excursions would be into unpaved parking lots at ski areas or someplace unpaved. Lowering an suv still has plenty of clearance with stock tires. And I presume lowering its center of gravity may make it a little more desirable at above highway speeds without the boat ride. Even a Subaru Outback (2017) sits a little higher but has great suspension (firm) for a wagon.
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An LS4/4T65 swap would be pretty impressive.
And I imagine they are pretty cheap from salvage because the block is different than the RWD version.
I'd be tempted to go with FWD only to limit traction as that transmission can be a bit marginal unless upgraded internally (which can be done), however there was an awd version of the 4T65 used in some GMs also.

Even the production version has about 80lb-ft more torque than the 3.5 Honda which is no slouch, so it would be a fun driver.
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Old 02-15-2021, 09:55 PM   #4
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My Vue is FWD only. Don't plan on taking this off road any where. Mainly interested in daily driver with spirited driving Right now it sets up to high for me. I think larger rims/tires and lowering it a bit would set the look.

The LS4 would be a total engine and trans swap. Just a lot of planning will have to go into it. Major issues would be the wiring of the two systems together. Car with new motor setup. It only take about 3-4 wires to make it start. Its the other stuff that puts you on edge to make it driveable.
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