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!
by Paul Huizenga on March 5, 2012
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.
by Paul Huizenga on January 12, 2012
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…
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.
by Robert Kibbe on November 22, 2011
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!
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…
by Sean Haggai on October 21, 2011
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.
by Sean Haggai on October 11, 2011
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.
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.
by Bobby Kimbrough on August 18, 2011
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.
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.
by Bobby Kimbrough on July 29, 2011
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.
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.
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!
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.
by Andrew Wolf on June 2, 2011
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.
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.
by Paul Huizenga on March 10, 2011
In this installment, we’re going to take a look at prepping the block itself, the proper way to install head studs, and how to set valve lash, and once again we’ve got Dart’s Jack McInnis as our sherpa as we climb higher.
by Paul Huizenga on January 11, 2011
We’re back with Part III of our Dart University series, in which we learn the ins and outs of putting together anything from a hot street engine to a full race motor. This time around, we’ll be looking at how to degree a cam, checking piston-to-valve clearance, and how manufacturing tolerances affect your build.
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The Accusump is simple and ingenious – it’s a reservoir divided by a piston. One side fills with oil, and on the other, trapped air acts as a spring to keep that oil under pressure. It’s totally self-regulating, with the oil side filling and emptying in response to the pressure in the engine’s lubrication system.