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Old 03-17-2021, 11:08 AM   #1
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Best place to buy or rebuild an 8.1 vortec

Where is the best place to buy a remanufactured 8.1 vortec or take one to be rebuilt. Engine is already out and I can do the install myself. Iím just looking for a reputable company that specializes in rebuilding the 8.1L. I already know of all the typical engine reman shops: Jasper, Powertrain Products, Blackwater, etc.. Iím looking specifically for shops that specialize in the 8.1L or for any firsthand experience from people who have had to replace an 8.1L.

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Honestly,....I'd check with local hot rod guys on a reputable (local) engine rebuilder.

Personally, my dad has had nothing but trouble from online big engine rebuilding companies.
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Where is the best place to buy a remanufactured 8.1 vortec or take one to be rebuilt. Engine is already out and I can do the install myself. Iím just looking for a reputable company that specializes in rebuilding the 8.1L. I already know of all the typical engine reman shops: Jasper, Powertrain Products, Blackwater, etc.. Iím looking specifically for shops that specialize in the 8.1L or for any firsthand experience from people who have had to replace an 8.1L.

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Years back I needed a 454 and got a GM reman with a warranty, you didn't mention them.
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This one popped up on a search...


https://www.blackwaterengines.com/pr...evygmc-engine/
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Raylar builds nice 8.1 engines.
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Blueprint engines through Summit carry a 30 mo/50,000 mile warranty.
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8.1 Vortec ....What happened to the original 8.1?
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Honestly,....I'd check with local hot rod guys on a reputable (local) engine rebuilder.

Personally, my dad has had nothing but trouble from online big engine rebuilding companies.
Itís looking like thatís what Iíll probably end up doing. It seems like all of the bigger name reman companies Iíve come across have nothing but bad reviews from using cheap parts and not honoring their warranties. Everyoneís sacrificing quality to make an extra buck. Iím just looking for an honest company that has experience with the 8.1.
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Where is the best place to buy a remanufactured 8.1 vortec or take one to be rebuilt. Engine is already out and I can do the install myself. Iím just looking for a reputable company that specializes in rebuilding the 8.1L. I already know of all the typical engine reman shops: Jasper, Powertrain Products, Blackwater, etc.. Iím looking specifically for shops that specialize in the 8.1L or for any firsthand experience from people who have had to replace an 8.1L.

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Tis would be my first place to look a bit. -https://www.ebay.com/itm/284111761325?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=284111761325&targetid=10683238504 70&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9007983&poi=&camp aignid=11612431626&mkgroupid=113527555336&rlsatarg et=pla-1068323850470&abcId=9300456&merchantid=114779685&g clid=CjwKCAjw9MuCBhBUEiwAbDZ-7vq85gPE9ENRZH2Ljyc2D2Ls3CuxYsWYtKx8uYTyG7DjTIo39o SshBoC7XIQAvD_BwE
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I would like to know the cause of your engine failure?
Did it run hot ?
Run lean?
How many miles?
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Years back I needed a 454 and got a GM reman with a warranty, you didn't mention them.
That was one of my first thoughts too but I couldnít find any 8.1ís coming from GM. You might still be able to buy individual parts for them from GM but I havenít seen any assembled 8.1ís for sale from GM. Iíve found a couple of sites claiming to sell genuine new or GM remanufactured 8.1ís but when you dig deeper and ask questions they admit that they are remanufactured by an outside source, not GM. At which point I might as well just buy a Jasper reman and hope for the best.
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