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Welding is an essential skill for those who want to tackle fabrication on our own. Knowing the basics and having the right equipment is the beginning. MIG welding will open up new doors, so let’s step through them!

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Converting an LS engine to a carb might seem like taking a step backwards in technology, but there’s something to be said for “tuning with a screwdriver” simplicity. Read along as we show you how a standalone ignition system and aftermarket intakes can help all you carb junkies take full advantage of LS power…

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Your vehicle’s charging system was probably state of the art when it debuted forty plus years ago. Today’s modern components and accessories are often too much for those smaller output systems to keep up. How do you choose the right alternator for your car? Powermaster Performance helps us explain it here

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The fifth generation small block reintroduces the LT1 moniker – last used on the 1996 Corvette and ’97 Camaro Z28 – with a host of advanced technologies that Chevrolet says will make it the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever. Preliminary estimates tag the new LT1 with 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.

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General Motors is boasting that the new Gen IV LT1 engine has an “all-new combustion system,” but just how really new or innovative is it? EngineLabs takes a deep dive into the cylinders to talk with the engineers responsible for the claim.

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The SCT Livewire TS is a brand-new OBD-II programming and monitoring device from SCT Performance. We provide a full review of the options and features the unit provides.

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Curious to know whether or not your current LS-based engine needs a vacuum pump? We put one to the test; installing a GZ Motorsports Sportsman vacuum pump on a big-inch 454ci. LSx. What did the dyno numbers reveal? Read on to find out, right here!

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So how do you top off a glass that’s already full to the brim? That’s the problem we faced with our 2011 Z06 Corvette. We had to find a few select upgrades that would boost performance without taking anything away from the car’s near-perfection in stock form…

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Point at any high-end race car and most car and truck builds, and you’ll be able to find ARP fasteners on it. The team at ARP in California recently invited is in for a tour of their facility, check it out here!

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Rather than hide what makes an engine work, we’d prefer to embrace the chaos and turn it into something that looks and functions better than new. One way to accomplish that is with a complete race-spec plumbing makeover, but the expense of replacing every bit of rubber can be prohibitive…

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Building the ultimate engine requires a lot of work, but thanks to a number of offerings from companies like Racing Head Service (RHS), getting the initial setup for your monster LS engine is painless. For our 500ci engine being built by Late Model Engines, we chose RHS’ LS Race Block and LS7 Pro Elite Heads.

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We will be covering the introduction of the new Gen V Chevy small-block from Detroit. The press conference starts at 8:30 am (EDT) Wednesday, October 24. Check back often during the day to get the latest update on the engine that will power the new Corvette and GM trucks next year.

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If the front of your engine is lacking the impact the rest of your car has, then check out the pulley systems from Concept One. Designed for many Chevrolet engines, they give your engine a cool custom look and can make engine swaps a breeze. Follow along as we install a Victory Series drive on our LS7.

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If you own it, you should drive it. We’ve fit into that group of enthusiasts for years and aim to get every ounce of driving pleasure out of our project cars. That’s why we recently set our “Y2K” project Corvette up with a C5 Line Loc Kit and a LNC-002 Launch Control system from Lingenfelter.

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So which FAST intake is right for your application, and what makes them the go-to manifold for so many engine builders? We dug into the design and engineering of these plastic fantastic manifolds to answer those questions.

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Upgrading an older car with a modern electric cooling fan can be a confusing process if you don’t know what to look for. We sit down with Troy Wood of Derale Performance, about his insight on selecting the right fan for your musclecar, what things to consider, and his personal recommendations.

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TurnKeyEngine

We take a look at LS crate engines from the factory to the four corners of the United States to find some of the best ready-to-run combos available. Street or Street/Strip, there’s bound to be a turn key LS crate engine available that can take on the custom built engines.

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CC Tech, Corvette Central’s how-to library, recently added an excellent piece on brake bedding that’s a must-read for anyone who does their own pad changes. Even if your a “do it for me” kind of owner, it’s still worth reading and absorbing, because you will most likely be the person doing the break-in.

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There has been an electronic marvel that has been sitting on our desks for the last few weeks. Something we were sworn to secrecy on until today, when the SCT Livewire TS was officially released. Check out a few screen shots and all the details inside.

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There’s no denying that piston engines shake, some more than others. The vibration that is created by an engine has to be controlled somehow, and this is the reason why torsional dampers exist. But what are dampers? Is their power to be found by having the correct one for your application?

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