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GM LS-Series Engines

The Complete Swap Manual (Motorbooks Workshop)

Joseph Potak


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In GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual, expert Joseph Potak walks you through all the steps involved in installing an LS engine into any vehicle, from concept to completion.

Variants of GM’s groundbreaking family of LS engines are installed in everything from the company’s most mundane panel vans to its earth-shaking Corvette ZR1. First underhood in the 1997 Corvette, the LS1, and its successors have proven powerful, reliable, and amazingly fuel efficient. Since that time, more than a dozen variants have been produced, ranging from bulletproof, iron-block 4.8-liter workhorses to the supercharged 7.0-liter LS7.

Performance enthusiasts have embraced this remarkable V-8, and it has quickly become a favorite for engine swaps. Why? Because the versatile engine offers fantastic power, a compact design, and light weight, and it responds very well to performance modifications. The key to this performance is a sophisticated electronics package that can intimidate even the most adventurous hot rodder.

In GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual, professional LS-series engine specialist and technician Joseph Potak details all the considerations involved in performing this swap into any vehicle. With clear instructions, color photos, diagrams, and specification tables, Potak guides you through:
  • Mounting your new engine
  • Configuring the EFI system
  • Designing fuel and exhaust systems
  • Sourcing the correct accessories for your application
  • Transmission, torque converters, and clutches
  • Performance upgrades and power-adders
  • Troubleshooting, should problems arise
This is the ultimate guide to installing an LS in your project car.

Praise For GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual (Motorbooks Workshop)

"Anyone contemplating such a swap - even if they have one or two under their belt - would be sure to save countless hours of thought and / or frustration by reading through this book first ...... and would likely keep it on the workbench during the entire process." - American Camaro Association

"Potak supplies the wealth of knowledge necessary to take advantage of this remarkable engine between the fenders of almost any car or truck you wish to upgrade. When you're finished you'll have a powerful and reliable LS powered vehicle that takes full advantage of all the best OEM and aftermarket technology to deliver the performance you desire." -

Motorbooks, 9780760336090, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2011

About the Author

Joseph Potak is a professional LS-series engine specialist and technician. He has worked for Texas Speed and Performance since 2002 and caters directly to the performance needs of owners of LSX-equipped vehicles. In his free time, Joseph volunteers as a Forum Director within the community.