The reason that the LS engine is so dominant in the world of hot rodding today is the same reason that the flathead V8 was dominant in its day, and the traditional small block was dominant in its day. They are available, they are cheap, and they are easy to work on. They also respond to hot rodding tricks like few other factory engines ever have. The cylinder heads are generally good enough from the factory to support almost comedically large horsepower gains from simple stuff like cam swaps. We have seen LS engines pick up sixty numbers with a cam! If you start talking about boost then the numbers really get wacky (in a good way).
Since so many guys are delving into the world of LS engine ownership these days and because naturally we cannot leave anything alone, COMP has created this video featuring Richard Holderner and he takes us all the way through an LS cam swap from removing the coil pack all the way to putting the new bump stick in and buttoning the engine back up. While we can sit here and tell you how easy it is, if you have never messed with an LS engine this will be a great way for you to understand just why everyone is going nuts for these things. If you are swapping an LS engine into your car, take the time to watch this video and crank up the power before you bolt that baby in!