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LS-Engines are an old-enough platform to make junkyard scavenging fun. This is a guide for junkyard dogs who are looking to find good LS parts for a bargain.

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Edelbrock’s E-Force supercharger kit for the C6 made it easy for late-model Corvette owners to add a little boost to their naturally-aspirated Y-bodies. Now, the tuning experts at Lingenfelter have taken that hardware and adapted it for the C5, turning these inexpensive Corvettes into blown street terrors.

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Before you swap that LS engine into your project car, you’ll probably want to freshen it up and add more power with a rebuild. Chad Golen, from Golen High Performance Engines, lays out the basics of an LSx rebuild, and gives us tips on core selection, machine work, and areas to keep an eye on during assembly…

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Part 2 of our 2-part series wraps up Corvette Central Performance’s Stage 3 and 4 kits for the C5 Corvette, taking Project Y2k’s power to the next level with long tube headers and a cam swap, among other improvements. Check out how we’ve built our 2000 Corvette to outrun an LS3 C6!

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LSX aftermarket blocks are more popular than ever. We take a look at the latest offerings from GM Performance Parts, Dart, World and RHS – and tell you what you need to know before you go shopping.

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In Part 1 of our two-part series, we perform Stage 1 and Stage 2 upgrades from Corvette Central Performance on Project Y2k, our 2000 Corvette. Follow along as we free up trapped horsepower with improved intake and exhaust flow…

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In the second installment of our race engine build, we’ll see how the rotating assembly goes together at the skillful hands of Virginia Speed’s Shawn Miller.

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We walk you through the entire process of ordering a custom-grind camshaft from COMP Cams. Just like painting a car, ordering a custom grind cam is all about the prep work!

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If you’ve ever fussed with a multi-belt design in the past, then hanging the alternator, power-steering pump, and other drive accessories to your GM small-block could prove a bit challenging. We take you step-by-step and show you what’s involved when it comes to installing a Concept ONE Serpentine Kit…

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Edelbrock’s carbureted E-Street Crate Engine is their most popular package. It comes right from the crate and ready to drop in between your vehicle’s frame rails. With a traditional carburetor planted up top, Edelbrock kept it simple, clean, and removed all the headache.

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There’s nothing like the look and feel from a Holley double-pumper carburetor. However, just like other mechanical parts, a carb needs periodic rebuilding to keep it metering efficiently. We show you some tips and give the step by step details on how to rebuild one for your mill.

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RHS has been paying attention to all the innovation going into GM’s LS engines over the past few years. To meet the swelling of technology and performance coming out of the LS motors, RHS recently designed a fresh take on the LS engine block for extreme street and racing applications.

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On the surface, the bigger is better thought process seems to make sense. A larger 950cfm race carburetor is bigger and therefore should pump more fuel and air to the engine and make more power. That’s not necessarily the case and we’re going to show you why.

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Our ongoing 388 LSX race engine project with Virginia Speed is off to a good start, and we have a new video to introduce the project, let you in on our goals, and give you a preview of all the good stuff to come.

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There’s no replacement for displacement and usually there is a price tag to go with those cubic inches. It’s understood that horsepower comes at a price, so the question becomes one of compromise. BBC cylinder heads are a prime area where good money spent wisely can neutralize the price for power trade off.

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When adding boost to any engine, it’s all about detonation control to maximize power, boost, and engine life. Race gas can get expensive as an every day fuel, but water/methanol injection can give you that additional octane plus other positive benefits. We explain how it all works inside.

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Thanks to a unique program, Corvette buyers who select the Z06 or ZR1 models can opt to help build their own engines at GM’s Performance Build Center. Join us as we follow along with regular customer JD Haase as he gets to deliver his new baby LS7 engine into the world!

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We head over to local piston manufacture Ross Racing Pistons to see just how they make a set of their forged bullets. We will run you through a full slate of photos showing you Ross’ facility and what it takes to be one of the leading piston manufactures in the racing industry.

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High performance engines deserve a set of high performance valves, and because we’re in the business of squeezing the most performance possible out of any engine combination, valves are very much an important aspect to focus upon. And why not? There’s plenty of horsepower to be made from a good set of valves.

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If you drive a hot rod, muscle car, race car, or any other type of vehicle for that matter, chances are you probably have a K&N Air Filter installed in one of your rides. What has become one of the simplest performance upgrades you can add to your vehicle, is often the most overlooked, as far as maintenance.

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