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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Gen III and Gen IV LS engine families have a lot of advantages in the valvetrain department over their small-block Chevy predecessors. But there’s always room for improvement – come along as we ask the experts to give us their best LS valvetrain advice!

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It’s no secret that the cylinder heads on LSX engines are the key to their power, and who would could know LSX cylinder heads better than the folks at Chevrolet Performance? We break down their entire LSX cylinder head lineup so you can pick the right setup to match both your your purse and your purpose.

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With plans to make almost 1,300 RWHP, we wanted to be sure we had all of our bases covered with the fuel system in Project BlownZ. So, we took BlownZ’s fuel injectors to RC Engineering, in Torrance, California for a good cleaning and flow test, and found out exactly what goes on during the process.

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Edelbrock’s E-Street A356 aluminum cylinder heads for Chevrolet small- and big-blocks are developed, cast, and machined right here in America. The E-Street head brings reliability, affordability, and performance.

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The debate on oil additives continues and is hotly debated by enthusiasts that are convinced that aftermarket oil additives work and those that are convinced that they do not work and may even be detrimental to engine lubrication. We talk to top experts in field to find out what oil additives are all about.

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