SEMA 2011: Crane Cams Revitalized with LS Offerings

Crane Cams of Daytona Beach, Florida, is back in a big way, with a bunch of new LS hardware. As you might expect, cams lead the list – Crane’s Sean Holly tells us that they currently produce 108 different lobe profiles for the LS engine, with more on the way (some with truly amazing lift numbers). Their cams are available in a choice of billet 8620 copper plated, carburized steel, or 5150 induction hardened steel, and all their LS part numbers are ‘three-bolt’ designs.

What about LS engines that came with single-bolt timing setups? Crane has you covered with conversion timing chain sets, and if you’re running a cam with more lift than stock, they’ve got ovate wire beehive and dual spring sets to match. “Gold Race” aluminum stud mount rocker arm kits for LS1/2/6 heads are also on the menu, along with one-piece pushrods and hydraulic lifters in both OEM replacement and “long travel” flavors.

Threaded-and-staked brass oil jets direct lubrication from the integral gallery onto the rocker arms.

But enough teasing – let’s talk about those valve covers, shall we? If top-end oiling is a concern, Crane’s center-bolt LS valve covers are peace-of-mind carved from billet aluminum. An integrated gallery supplied by an external AN fitting feeds individual, replaceable brass oil jets that direct the vital fluid exactly where it’s needed. First seen in the world of circle track racing, where LS engines are increasingly popular, these top-end oiling setups are also helpful in drag applications, or even max-effort street engines where power and longevity are equally important.

In addition to the as-machined finish, Crane was also showing off a black wrinkle version of their valve covers.

Speaking of billet, the covers can be had with either a black crinkle finish or “natural,” and believe it or not, those aren’t polished. That’s just how they come out of the CNC machine, which gives you an idea of the tolerances and precision possible with these pieces. No matter what kind of LS engine you’re building, or where you intend to use it, Crane is striving to not just survive but thrive with a full line of parts for the modern small block Chevy.

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After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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