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Do Tunnel Rams Really Make More Power? Carb vs EFI Intake Testing On A 468 Cubic Inch Stroker LS

Everyone in the hot rodding world seems to have a favorite intake manifold design, and there has never been a better time to be a hot rodder or racer because there has never been a time in our lives...

What Happens When You Max Out A Turbo? Will More Boost Make More Power?

When you talk turbos, and boost, everyone knows that more is better right? I mean the fact that a turbo is rated at a specific power level doesn’t matter if you can get it to give more boost...

Does A Turbo Car Need A Different Gear Ratio Than Any Other Combo? How Do You Determine Which Ratio Is Right For You?

Gears are a magical thing. They can be used to transfer power in all kinds of ways and by combining gears of different sizes, you can make gear ratios that effectively manage, multiply, or divide...

Here’s How You Balance A Crankshaft: Watch As Jim’s Automotive Machine Balances The Crank In This Pontiac Engine

Last week we shared a cool video about grinding the rod journals on the crankshaft that is about to get balanced, which is all a part of a series of videos from Jim’s Automotive Machine...

Ever Wonder How They Grind Crankshafts? Watch This Video And See Just How It All Happens Using This Pontiac Crank As The Example

Watching engine parts get machined is always cool, but some of the machining operations are way cooler than others. Decking a block is pretty mundane, and so is boring and honing, even though there...

How To Video: Building Custom Spark Plug Wires At Home Isn’t Hard, And Makes For A Super Clean Install

If you have a stock, meaning un-modified, car and need a new set of spark plug wires, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going down to your local parts store and buying a replacement set....

Holley Carb Tuning Tips And Tricks With Steve “The Carb Whisperer” Brule From Westech Performance!

Steve Brule is the smartest dyno operator and tuner I’ve ever seen or heard about. There, I said it. Are there other incredibly talented tuners and operators out there? Of course! Are there...

Too High? Holley Hi-Ram VS Mid-Rise VS Stock LS Truck Intake. Which Is Best For Which Engine?

Nobody, and I mean nobody, has done more LS engine intake manifold testing than Richard Holdener. You might have seen some of his videos on the subject, but know that this is a fraction of those...

Valvetrain Tech: If Light Weight And Low Reciprocating Mass Matter So Much, Do Stiffer Valve Springs Cost Horsepower?

Roller rockers, roller lifters, beehive valve springs, lightweight valves, lightweight locks and retainers, and the list goes on. These are all things designed to aid in controlling valvetrain at...

LS Turbo Tech: Stock Manifolds, Shorty Headers, Or Dedicated Turbo Headers – What’s The Real Difference?

Here’s the truth. If you connect the exhaust housing of a turbocharger to the exhaust on an LS engine, and the compressor side to the intake manifold, it will make boost and more power than it...

Let’s Build A Rotary! This Video Of A Mazda 13B Engine Being Assembled Is Really Cool

The Wankel Rotary engine has had an on-again/off-again affair with OEM production. Companies like NSU and Mazda were in on the rotary program hard and fast for years but time has not exactly been the...

Ford Godzilla 7.3 Supercharger Testing: This Thing Is A Beast!

These Ford Godzilla engines make big power stock, and we’ve heard of lots of dyno shops making 550 horsepower on the engine dyno in stock form other than headers and a tune. That’s stout...

Saving The Subie: Giving A Bug Eye Subaru WRX A New Lease On Life With A Budget JDM Engine Swap!

(Words and photos by Steve Baur) –¬†Long before I had seen one on the road, I was driving them in the PlayStation game Gran Turismo and watching them race in the FIA World Rally Championship....

DANGER: Stop Installing Harmonic Balancers The Wrong Way! Doug And Chad Both Tell You The Why’s And How’s!

Harmonic balancer, damper, whatever you call it, the job of installing them is often a confusing and intimidating one. If this describes your first time installing one, count yourself as one of the...