While cylinder head porting receives most of the attention, valve design is also important. After all, there’s no greater restriction in performance intake systems than the traditional poppet valve. Ferrea gives EngineLabs advice on selecting the right valve and insight into understanding airflow around the valve.
The 12-cylinder LS engine dubbed the “LS12″ has been creating quite a stir in the LS world. We spoke with one of the builders of the amazing Frankenstein V12 LS engine and have all the inside info on this incredible engine build inside. Click the link for all the info…
by Barry Kluczyk on April 16, 2013
With a budget in mind we put together the entry-level range of serpentine system offerings for Chevy’s three engine families: small-block, big-block and LS from Concept One. Check out these quality systems at prices that won’t break the bank for your next engine build project.
by Rick Seitz on March 20, 2013
We’re currently cooking up a ’69 Camaro project car that we’re going to call “Blank Slate.” Basically, it’s going to be a no BS, hardcore, badass pro-touring car – and we’re not going to cut any corners for this girl. For power, we’ll be using a 502 ci. LS engine, built by our good friends over at RHS.
If a torsional damper is not installed correctly, poor engine operation or damage can result. The key is to forget the hammer and use a dedicated damper installation tool that presses the damper into place and keeps it square to the crankshaft. Watch as we install a Fluidampr damper on a big-block Chevy.
Oil filters while not normally that expensive, can add up over time. Which has some people turning to re-useable billet oil filters. As we learned from talking with the experts at Canton Racing Products and K&N Filters, billet oil filters might be the best looking and most cost effective option.
Understanding the basics of oil formulas for both street and race engines can help engine builders make the right selection to achieve optimum performance and parts protection. EngineLabs talks with the experts at Driven Oil, Lucas Oil and Royal Purple to learn their strategies.
by Don Creason on January 10, 2013
Controlling pressure inside your engine’s crankcase can yield a significant increase in horsepower. This goes hand in hand with properly controlling your oil system. How much power and how you set things up are also tied together and will depend on your engine’s particular setup.
by Clifton Klaverweiden on December 21, 2012
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…
by Barry Kluczyk on December 10, 2012
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.
by Mike Magda on December 10, 2012
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.
by Sean Haggai on December 6, 2012
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!
by Paul Huizenga on December 5, 2012
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…
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…
by Lindsey Fisher on October 25, 2012
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.
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.
by Michael Harding on October 23, 2012
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.
by Paul Huizenga on October 17, 2012
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.
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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by Tim Kern on September 14, 2012
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?