Building the Chevy LS Engine HP1559 by Mike Mavrigian

By Mike Mavrigian

This can be an engine rebuilding and amendment consultant that comes with sections on historical past, engine specifications, disassembly, cylinder block and backside finish reconditioning, cylinder heads and valvetrain reconditioning, balancing, step by step engine reassembly, torque values, and OEM half numbers for the preferred Chevy LS sequence of engines.

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575" exhaust valves. TFS-30500001-C00—Gen X street CNC­ ported. For LS1/LS6. 58cc chambers, 205cc intake runners and 80cc exhaust runners. Cathedral intake ports and D-shaped exhaust ports. 575". Fully assembled. Chromoly retainers. Powdered metal valve guides. Steam holes not drilled. TFS-3050T001-C00—Gen X street CNC­ ported, fully assembled. LS1/LS6. 58cc chambers, 205cc intake and 80cc exhaust runners. Cathedral intake ports and D-shaped exhaust ports. 575". Titanium retainers, powdered metal valve guides, ductile iron valve seats.

The LS3, LS9 and L92 all use essentially the same cylinder head foundation, featuring a four-digit identification number (top of head just outside the valve cover rail) 5364. The LS7 cylinder head is unique, with identification number 8452. The LS3, LS9 and L92 head is an "as-cast" head, with intake and exhaust ports and combustion chambers shaped during the casting process. The LS7 cylinder head features intake and exhaust ports and combustion chambers that are finished by CNC machining. Identifying an LS7 head from the LS3, LS9 and L92 head is fairly easy…the LS3, LS9, L92 head features flat rocker pedestals (to accept separate rocker arm rails), and the ports and chambers feature a cast finish.

Running a cylinder head intended for a larger bore size can result in valves crashing into the block. For instance, you cannot install an LS3, LS9 or LS7 head on an LS1, LS6 or LS2 block (at least not without some creative deck/bore notching to clear the valves). One of the primary reasons that you can’t simply swap cylinder heads is due to the head’s valve layout and valve head diameter. Heads that were designed for larger bore blocks (such as the LS7, for example) can easily create valve to top-of-cylinder bore 32 The LS3, LS9 and L92 head features an exterior identification number of 5364.

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