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JW51 #1504101 Wed Jun 07 2023 02:52 PM
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The rise of the aftermarket systems (such as the Sniper) in recent years seems to have pushed the GM TBI adaptation into the realm of a nearly lost art.

My hypothesis with this thread was that the GM approach might be better than the aftermarket in a couple ways:

1) Cheaper - I think we’ve almost disproven one. All the hard parts could be sourced cheaply. The only way it might be cheaper overall, is if you’re willing to learn to do some program tuning on your own.

2) More reliable - I still think this is an argument worth considering. The GM system, although not perfect, has been battle tested over eleventy trillion miles. I think the Sniper/FiTech systems will get more and more common, and will get more reliable. But they have a long ways to go in proving that.

JW51 #1504110 Wed Jun 07 2023 04:10 PM
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FiTech != Reliable. I can think of 6 people I know personally that have installed them and had significant reliability issues. I don't know anyone personally that has installed one and not had issues. That said, I believe Coilover has used them and had better success. If someone were considering one, I would recommend discussing it with him.

I put about 50k miles on my Holley Projection (precursor to the sniper) system without having to touch it. That is longer than the factory GM TBI unit I had on my S10 lasted between repairs.

I sold the projection unit to a buddy's uncle and we put it on his boat where it has been running flawlessly for almost 10 years.

Your mileage may vary (knuck knuck knuck), but if I were it do a TBI conversion I would buy a sniper.

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JW51 #1504405 Fri Jun 09 2023 01:06 PM
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Just bringing some personal insight to this, great discussion BTW. I have a '93 K1500 with factory TBI, it has had a few issues over the years but all in all it very relaible. This truck was designed to support fuel injection, in-tank fuel pump, fuel return lines, O2 sensors and the like. The engine in my '93 is stock. I have built several 4.3L V6's for people with great results. I built one for an S10 blazer that pushed over 400Hp on a Dyno, it tore the center out of the flex plate once it was installed in the truck. The point is to install a TBI on a non TBI vehicle all of these additional systems must be considered in the build.

I say this because having installed a Snipper EFI on a '57 3100 with an early '70's 350 V8 it became a mess very quickly. The Holley system directs all of the fuel and electrical connections out the rear of the throttle body, the area is already filled with the distributor, coil and various lines. Add to this that the fire wall is fairly close as well. The fuel lines run over the back of the engine block and down to the frame rails and are routed to the tank. The addition of a return line adds some issues it self, if the tank is in the factory location that is must be considered, if the tank is mounted to the frame (as many are) it still must accommodate the addition of a return line. The Holley system supplies all of the materials to install this EFI, the clamp on O2 bung and rubber fuel lines just made it feel cobbled together. All this can be done but it should be planned well ahead.

The discussion of the 4.3L TBI is much the same, it can be made to work, it just needs to be planned out. By "It can be made to work" that doesn't mean it will work well. As mention earlier there are some big differences in the make up of a V6 versus an L6.

I think that a Hybrid approach could be done, Jerry said the use of single port injectors with separate crank sensors could be done. Adding the fuel management ECU and being able to tune it correctly would be the hard part. Cost wise would it be worth it ? No , but it would be COOL.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Fri Jun 09 2023 01:08 PM.

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