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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.

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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.

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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.

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Question: Can the LS3 engine, one of GM’s newest offerings in it’s LS family of performance engines and certainly one of its strongest, stand up to the challenge that boost presents? To find out, we spoke with some of the leading engine builders in the country to find out just how tough the LS3 is.

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Setting and adjusting the valve lash is often overlooked as a simplistic and unsophisticated task for proper engine maintenance, yet much can be gained by paying attention to valve lash. Good initial set up and keeping a close eye on the valve lash can alert you to a problem before it leads to a pernicious […]

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You probably know Dart Machinery for their high-end race parts like billet blocks and 500-plus-CFM cylinder heads, but you might not realize that this company was born in Richard Maskin’s two-car garage during 1981. Though Dart has grown to an industry giant, they have never forgotten their roots.

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We partnered up with SCE Gaskets to show you some of the latest trends in gasket technology and get some tips for setting up your own application with the correct gaskets.

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A perfect example of the crossbreeding evolution of engines is World Products’ new Mowtown LS block, which combines the time-tested design of the traditional small block Chevy with the ability to bolt on a set of high flowing LS heads.

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The GM Performance Build Center has the sole purpose of the “PBC” is to produce General Motors’ most powerful factory built small block engines – including the vaunted LS9. In this article, LSX TV is going to take you – our reader – through an exclusive tour of the build of the ZR1′s monster powerplant.

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Today we spent some of our time helping out our friends over at Fastest Street Car Magazine install a FAST 92mm intake on their 2000 LS1 powered Camaro. While it was a little hard at times to get to some of the bolts and vacuum lines on the back of the intake to fit just right, it finally did go in.

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The head buzz of the LS community for the last couple years has been focused on the new L92/LS3 style ports. It’s true the new rectangular port style as cast from the factory is pretty incredible. Add some after market ingenuity, a CNC, and watch out.

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The wait is over. GM Performance Parts announced today that their crate motor production for LSX engines would be starting with two combinations. The 376 will be their budget engine and the LSX 454 being the all out LSX bad boy.

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The world is an imperfect place. No matter how hard we try, the things we make are always going to be just a little bit different than we want them to be. Normally, it’s just something we have to live with – “good enough” usually is, and a few thousandths of an inch doesn’t make a difference.

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A deep look inside the baddest piece of hardware ever to come out of the GM stables – the LS9 Supercharged engine going into the Z06 Corvette. Can you say 600+ hp of LS anger with OEM reliability? We can…

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When you upgrade your engine to make a substantial increase in horsepower, it goes without saying you also need to upgrade your oil system. Many people think of their oil pan and oiling system only after they have spent thousands of dollars on go-fast parts.

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Ever since we first realized that putting a bunch of lead into the air wasn’t such a great idea back in the late 60’s, there’s been an ongoing struggle between efforts to protect the environment and the quest for more speed.

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Coatings do great things – anything from keeping heat out, engine items lubricated, and parts looking good. Tech Line Coatings has released a line of professional and do-it-yourself coatings that allow you to cost-effectively coat parts with little to no prior knowledge.

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As you may faintly remember from biology class, evolution is a change in the inherited traits from one generation to the next. In the automotive ecosystem, designs evolve the same way living things do, with only the fittest designs withstanding the test of time.

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Fastest Street Car’s LS-Wonder Camaro is a typical LS1-powered automatic SS with bolt-on’s. It made 309 rear wheel horsepower with under drive pulleys, exhaust, cold-air, and a tune. However, we were looking for more, beyond the nitrous we had been squeezing at the track.

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