3800 Series 2 Modding Basics

Mods and Vendors list
Short Stack Intercooler
UD Water Pump Pulley
UD Alternator Pulley
Ported Manifolds
Solid Motor Mounts
IAT Extention
3 Inch Downpipe
Intercooler Pump Harness/Relay
Shortened Dog Bones
Rear Strut Tower Brace
Aeroforce Scan Gauge
3 gauge Pod
U-Bend Delete
Throttle Body Heat Shield
Throttle Body Spacers

Ebay user "American Superchargers"
Modular Pulley System

All other parts not listed were purchased at various auto parts stores,Ebay users I dont remember and Walmart.

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Author MrGuitarguyadam (1 month)
These motors take 4.6 qts of oil. (I know bc I'm an auto technician and I
change oil in these every day) from personal experience... iv found that
the best way to wake these up is to run 4qts of Mobil 1 full synthetic
(5-30 is what this takes) with the other 0.6 qts Lucas additive. Along with
that, run 93 octane premium, always premium. If you are able to, use Shell
V-Power premium gas. Shell VPower premium gasoline is the next thing to
formula one car fuel. And it costs a just as much as every other premium
gas out there. Nice job on the home made intake. This should help out a

Author Shaun Preston (2 months)
Hey man thanks for the info! I have a 97 GTP, it threw a rod........ It had
some basic mods cold air intake, smaller supercharger pulley, 3 inch
exhaust with high flow mufflers. I'm in the process of pulling the motor.
When I rebuild I want to do some more mods.. but don't want to get too
crazy! I'm looking for basic mods. Probably go with better coils plugs and
injecters. Need to know what kind of good tuner pcms are out there aswell.

Author evilcowboy (3 months)
Got a L36 (yeah I know not a L67) but still liked it and the first mod I
did to mine was the aluminum gasket upgrade with aluminum elbows and
replace the UIM all together with a new one.

The second was to dump and flush the radiator and replace with conventional

The third was to upgrade with Heavy duty sway links (gm made plastic
spacers on the stock ones)

I painted the acoustic cover black and red (not really a mod but the grey
cover bothered the shit out of me)

New plugs and wires and new pcv and some other small stuff (coolant stepper
motor for the dash springs to mind had to solder a new one in)

The stupid pcv valve almost needs 3 o rings to properly seat and not
whistle. I put a small one below the pcv valve where it goes normally, Then
I had to put one under the spring to add extra push on the pcv valve into
it's seat so it wouldn't work loose and cause the whistle and of course the
big orange o ring. This has stopped the whistle that sounds like a belt
squeal so far. If it is not done eventually you'll hear a nice squeal sound
and it will cause the engine to stumble after starting sometimes. You'll
also throw a small evap leak code. It's just a pretty stupid design for it
to be honest.

good vid with good tips though

Author enginenut (4 months)
Needs a ZZP "Power Log"/PLOG, nice mods. !

Author 90jaybig (8 months)
I have a regal gse rebuilt 3800 series 2 msd coil packs & wires, ngk spark
plugs k&n filter, what pully should I use or whats mods can I ad to my car
to make faster. I was thinking of putting a tranny cooler on it!

Author Eric Mietz (6 months)
upgrade that mass air flow sensor.. these 3800 MAFs as opposed to their
cousin motors 3400 and 3100 MAFs are very peticular and their threshold
values are not what they should be with increased air mass. ( this may have
changed with your tuner along the lines of ecm re-call and personalization)
otherwise never hurts to throw some high electrical energy output ignition
coils on there higher dwells, stronger spark, more complete combustion
cycle, less carbon build up overall increased engine efficency. you may
want to replace alternator with a higher output due to increased demand for
voltage and possibly install a gel cell battery. isnt neccessary but,
doesnt hurt. again related to the mass air flow, (i assume youve done this)
remove that slighty co-efficent MAF screen on the throttle body. only
maintenance from there is to clean your MAF more frequently (which you
should be anyway given the performance filter and location in which its
installed). other than that you can always invest in a 4t65e HD transaxle
and some L67 fuel injectors (if not already equipped). sorry once agin with
the MAF sensor installing a performance aftermarket can sometimes loop up
the ho2s and furthermore catalyst efficency. just something to think about.

Author Jack Chandler (7 months)
Hey where did you get the pillars from?

Author jandro gonzo (10 months)
could you drop this motor in a 94 buck century ??

Author LBigJake14 (1 year)
I wouldn't

Author John fromSpace (1 year)

Author Mr09Scooby (2 years)

Author AutomotiveVlog (1 year)
Boost and Aeroforce is simple. Oil pressure takes a little more work but
not too hard

Author gargar75 (1 year)
@JohnFromSpace I checked out your vid of the Cobra. Sound great! I agree,
The 6.0 GTO is very nice. My taste, i really want a mint 02 TA ram air
loaded 6 spd. I never owned a 4x4 either. I have been thinking about it too
in my old age!

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
If you got the time and money it can be done. People put these motors in

Author Slinzoip (1 year)
How expensive is it to have the engine and supercharger rebuilt for these

Author Mr09Scooby (2 years)
Great video man i can personally vouch for intense they are in ohio and i
have been to the shope and spent a lot of money there ( LSJ mods and 3800
mods) met the owner and a couple of co-workers there those guys live and
breathe 3800's they have some damn quick cars as well!! LOVE the Regal
GS!!! good job on your car!

Author killerspeed101 (2 years)
it was designed by buick when all the different brands made their own
motor. the roots of the 3800 date back to the fireball v6 made by buick in
1962. the 3800 was designed to be in buicks , but gm seen it wa s a great
motor and put it in alot more cars. the 3800 is a buick v6.

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
These things are easy to make power with. A few mods and your PA will
exceed an STS =)

Author gargar75 (1 year)
@JohnFromSpace John, i just posted 2 videos on the riv i just bought. I
would enjoy hearing any feedback you have for me. I am going to post maybe
a few more vids on my Cobras today too. I hope you at least enjoy the Cobra

Author Matt Herr (2 years)
or dont turn it on so we can hear it. thanks

Author niko carter (1 year)
hey i got a stock 3800 v6 no supercharger what all do i have to do to get

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
Sweet man! Yeah these Supercharged 3800s are Cobras on a smaller and
Cheaper scale. Same Idea, easy to add power fast and it has that cool Super
Charger whine once you get an intake on it. I would go
intake,Intercooler,Modular Pulley system and a tuner just to see if you can
run a 3.2. 3,3 should be no problem though. Riv and Cobra, cool combination!

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
Yeah you can. You need to swap out the top end from a supercharged motor

Author TheChevytruckguy (2 years)
the 3800 really is a truely fantastic engine they make good power in the
naturally aspirated version and get pretty good mileage i always got a
consistant 21-22 mpgs outta mine

Author Octane Anarchy David No Filter Austin (2 years)
Great video. Agree with the forum douches. Seems like every forum has a
whole bunch. And kudos to supporting 3800 vendors. I do the same and
support 3100 and 3400 as well. For my grand am

Author jon204 (2 years)
GM is the big brother to Buick,Pontiac,Chevrolet,Saturn,Oldsmobile, and
since 2006 now partnered with Cadillac

Author samuel cano (1 year)
where can I get a smaller pulley? for my supercharger

Author FFJNVT (2 years)
Did you ever change out the supercharger oil, or replace the factory
coupling inside the snout?

Author Eddie Rivas (1 year)
Where did u get them parts at???

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
I don't mind the FWD, but wish these cars came in manual

Author Alex Morie (2 years)
peeps call my 2000 Buick Regal GS a old mans car... then I leave em in a
cloud of dust :D

Author cummingsautocare (2 years)
You are stupid, and have no idea what the fuck you are talking about, but
thats ok. The fault is you actually believing your own bullshit since you
bullshit so much. Being a dick does NOT require being a boner all the time.
It is due to you stroking your ego all day. The side effects of being a
boner all the time is pissing in your own face a few times every day. maybe
I am wrong. Maybe you have avoided pissing in your face by being
"needle-dicked". This would also explain your shitty attitude.

Author Highninja13 (2 years)
I've got a 97 monte Carlo z34 and the engine is trash now I've pulled to
big chunks of metal out of it. So the summer I'm going to get a 3800 series
2 and replace the engine. I just don't know what all I need when I do.

Author Vandy5000 (2 years)
would you recommend the performance packages from 3800performance?

Author Alex Morie (2 years)
Hey man no matter what car you have you have be happy you have one!!! I
didn't have a car till I was way out of highschool!

Author EitiKipok (1 year)
Great video, tons of help, and thanks for the links to parks in your
description, very helpful

Author 1silver4 (2 years)
Yo question do you drive in rain ? How does your intake enjoy getting
drenched and i like your regal i have one as well the gs with a
supercharger 2000 full exhaust and intake short stage want a full
intercooler and chip would you suggest a power chip mod ? One that reads
through iphone hopefully like my friends honda trying to find one and
people are rattled

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
That would be sick!

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
3. It'll help when you up the boost

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
Appreciate the advice

Author John fromSpace (1 year)
Yeah check out the walkaround video

Author johnny blaze (1 year)
did it really help any by wrapping the cross-over pipe? If it did i will
wrap mine.

Author IronChefjoshfoss78 (1 year)
awesome small modds, where di d

Author Karl Bach (2 years)
try driving a 2001 buick lesabre in highschool...

Author gargar75 (1 year)
@JohnFromSpace I picked up the riv yesterday. On the drive home i gunned it
maybe 3 times, and now it is leaking coolant from the front drivers side
area, and the later in the day the emergency brake light went on and won't
stop beeping. I think i made a big mistake purchasing a car owned by a
little old lady. I have a bad feeling about modding this car now. I am
really bummed man.

Author jose5080007 (2 years)
I have a 1995 camaro with the 3800 series 2 motor and I was wondering could
I swap the motor with the Buick motor

Author Robert Childers (2 years)
looking at putting one in a 99 tracker and runing a 5 speed trans what you

Author Satobatsu Kaiba (2 years)
Great vid. Word of advise - when video recording, always have the light
behind the camera shining on the target object. Too much light from outside
coming (garage door being open) into the camera causing focusing problems.

Author Juan Mares (1 year)
L36 is a Series 2 3.8, L26/L36 are popular for Supercharging swaps due to
their higher compression ratio, matched with a top swap as many call it,
which is basically swapping over Heads, Lim, Supercharger, Injectors, etc
from a L67/L32, they can be a very good combination if done right. If your
average Joe puts it together half assed and beats on it, expect him to be
crying in forums about how his motor blew up.

Author IronChefjoshfoss78 (1 year)
where did you get the solid motor mounts??

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