How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines

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When first introduced in the 1997 Corvette, GM's LS1 engine shook the performance world. Its combination of massive power, light weight and impressive fuel economy set new precedents for performance engines—and continues to do so generation after generation. The latest version, the LS9, makes some 638 hp from just 6.2 liters, far eclipsing even the mightiest big-blocks from the muscle car era—while meeting modern standards for emissions and fuel economy. It’s no wonder, then, that the LSX engines have become some...

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Overview

When first introduced in the 1997 Corvette, GM's LS1 engine shook the performance world. Its combination of massive power, light weight and impressive fuel economy set new precedents for performance engines—and continues to do so generation after generation. The latest version, the LS9, makes some 638 hp from just 6.2 liters, far eclipsing even the mightiest big-blocks from the muscle car era—while meeting modern standards for emissions and fuel economy. It’s no wonder, then, that the LSX engines have become some of the most popular for high-performance applications.

For those who want to build or modify their LS engine, this book provides the most detailed and extensive instructions ever offered. Whatever your performance goals might be, How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines shows you what modifications are needed and how to make them. Premier LS engine technician Joseph Potak addresses every question that might come up, covering topics including crankshafts and piston assemblies, cylinder heads, camshafts, valvetrain, block modifications, intake manifolds, fuel system, header selection, and setting up ring and bearing clearances for particular uses. In short, this book is the ultimate resource for building the ultimate LSX engine.

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"There's plenty of new stuff to learn with these engines and Motorbooks' Workshop series book by Joseph Potak has got all the details and solid credentials to back them up . . . There's much to digest in this well assembled look at building and modifying LS engines. Novice builders get the straight scoop on the best methods for building LS engines and experienced builders gain a thorough understanding of the all new design and the modifications required to make these babies sing . . . Potak provides this and plenty more in a book that is clearly written to provide the best and most detailed information available." - HotRodEngineTech.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760335437
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 442,447
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Potak is a professional LS-series engine specialist and technician. He works for Texas Speed and Performance, catering to the performance needs of owners of LSX-equipped vehicles. Joseph is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Master Technician and has also completed GM Factory Training pertaining to the LSX-Gen III engine family. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and can also be spotted at the dragstrip, powering various LSX setups he has helped build throughout the years. In his free time, Joseph volunteers as a Forum Director within the LS1Tech.com Community. Ironically, and despite his “LSX-Only” mindset, he recently built and races a street-legal, 9-second turbo Mustang.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1     Engine Block

Chapter 2     Rotating Assembly

Chapter 3     Cylinder Heads

Chapter 4     Camshafts and Hardware

Chapter 5     LS-series Engine Machining

Chapter 6     Short-block Assembly and Setup

Chapter 7     Long-block Assembly and Inspection

Chapter 8     Finishing the Long-block: Preparation for Installation and Startup

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