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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335437
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines: this is a very hands-on book with some of the best photography. Joseph Potak harnessed years of LS engine building knowledge and experience into this helpful book. From basic assembly type stuff to reviewing aftermarket components, describing when and why to use them, Potak covers all the bases. This book is one of the most recent printings, so it is therefore one of the most up to date in terms of new products." - blogs.gmhightechperformance.com


"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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GM's LS1 engine shook the performance world when it was introduced in the 1997 Corvette. It set a new precedent for massive power, light weight, and impressive fuel economy. Often referred to as the Generation III engine, it (and its most recent iteration, the Gen IV) is the high-water mark for performance V-8 engines. 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. And it does so while meeting modern emissions requirements and delivering respectable fuel economy.

 

With these credentials, it is no wonder that the LS-series engines are among the most popular engines for high-performance applications. They respond well to modifications and  can handle massive power, whether naturally-aspirated, nitrous-injected, or by way of forced induction.

 

How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines shows what modifications are needed to acheive any performance goal you desire. Topics include block selection and modifications, crankshaft and piston assemblies, cylinder heads, camshafts, valvetrain, intake manifolds, fuel system, and header selection. This is the ultimate resource to build the ultimate LSX engine!


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I like the color pictures and detailed information on the different engine series.
Frank L Williams
It is very well thought out & structured, highly researched, accurate, and goes into a lot of detail with excellent color photography.
Ian McDonald
If you are planning on building a Hot Rod with a GM LS Series motor this is the book to have.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hib Halverson on November 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the late-'90s, when I began covering the LS1 engine and it's truck engine siblings for magazines, there were no good technical books, other than Factory Service Manuals, on these engines. What a difference a decade makes. Today, there are many books on the Gen 3/4 engines, most good and some bad.

This book, How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines is one of the good ones...in spite of one of its little problems being the title itself. This book, by Texas Speed and Performance technician and ls1tech.com moderator, Joseph Potak, is really about how to properly assemble a high-performance street or racing Gen 3/4 engine. Content on modifications is pretty limited to engine hard parts and there's little or nothing on camshaft choices, headers, superchargers, nitrous oxide systems or other parts with which you'd modify an LS-series engine. This "problem" really isn't much of an issue-I look at it more as a typographical error in the title than anything else-because this book is a useful reference to anyone, especially DIY's, who are blueprinting and assembling a high-performance Gen 3/4 engine.

The book covers short block parts identification, machine work, short block assembly and upper end assembly and it does it with more detail than other books on the Gen 3s and 4s which I've reviewed. That is a good thing because the Gen 3/4 engine builders in the hobby are hungry for information. This book feeds that appetite.
On the modification front, there is useful information on aftermarket crankshafts, connecting rods, pistons and cylinder heads but, again, the information is limited and that limiting is a good thing. It allows the depth to which Potak goes in covering machine work and assembly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joecar on October 11, 2009
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If you work on or do mods on your LSx engine, then this book is a must-have, regardless of whether you're a raw novice, a seasoned pro, or a tech who works on these engines for a living. The book has substantial content fitted into the standard Motorbooks format/size, and contains many, many color pictures with detailed explanations and procedures that do not appear in the GM Service Manual. This book can be read either way: from cover to cover, or at random pages, or even backwards; it is layed out very well. The edge of the pages have a color coded section "tab" so you can quickly thumb to the section of interest. I can't put the book down, good job!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Kamas on October 9, 2009
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I bought the book to help with a new motor build, but i didn't know it was going to be as helpful as it was. Has many helpful hints to save time, and great tips on which parts to use and not to use. Overall it was the best [...] i ever spent. i recommend this book to everyone thinking about building from scratch or modifying an exsiting one. Even if you think you already know it all, you will soon see you don't. Thanks Mr. Potak for an excellent write.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Craft on October 13, 2009
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I bought this book to simply brush up on the basics of LSx building and was pleasantly surprised that it goes much farther into this platform than that! Mr. Potak included a multitude of images that should help even the newest of LSx enthusiasts jump into modifying this powerful engine series with a good plan and the knowledge needed to complete their project safely and efficiently! I highly recommend this book for any LSx powered vehicle owner! Thanks Mr. Potak!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oldsguru on April 29, 2010
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Excellent reading. Unlike some other books on LSX engines this one seems to be error free.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Alvarez on June 24, 2010
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This book is awesome. The pictures are numerous and high-quality color. The substantive content is amazing; the book even contains a year-by-year, highly detailed spec sheet for every LS engine ever produced! The only substantive error I saw was an incorrect bore x stroke = displacement specification for a certain engine, and that error was easy to spot and was probably just a typo. Typos, mispellings and poor grammatical usage are my pet peeve in technical books of this kind. However, only a few of these are scattered throughout the book and I did not find them overly distracting. They did not detract from the excellent and understandable technical content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david h harkness on December 16, 2012
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general break down of ls1 engine-wish it had more upgrading options to give ls1 more horsepower. Overall good book and good price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on December 6, 2012
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This is the bible of LS engine building. It's been an invaluable resource for me for both my 09' Pontiac G8 and my 98' Z28 builds.
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