Category Archive: XL Engine Tech, XL Off Road Feature, XL Tech Stories, XL Truck Feature, XL Videos

I’ve Always Wanted One Of These Import Mini 4×4 Trucks, But What’s It Really Like To Get One?

I know a lot of you out there have really wanted to get hold of one of these little import Mini 4×4 trucks, whether it is to drive on the street, around your property, or to take wheeling on...

The Big Fix: Watch This Welder Perform A Repair On A Massive Lanz Bulldog Piston

Ok, now this is neat. You are about to watch a welder perform a piston repair on a massive Lanz Bulldog piston. So a Lanz Bulldog is a tugboat engine? No. A locomotive engine? Negatory. How about a...

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...

Got A Duramax? Plug In For 150 More Horsepower And 300 Pound Feet Of Torque!

Diesel performance is absolutely nuts nowadays, as the manufacturers keep making more and more power with their diesel-powered pickup trucks, but there is still plenty more to be had with simple...

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...

Reassembly Video: Check Out This Little Honda Trail 70 Engine Assembly – Cool Little Engine!

On a day where we highlighted a video featuring a 900hp naturally aspirated NASCAR small block based build, it makes total sense to also look into the rebuild of a Honda Trail 70 engine, right?...

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...

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...

Boost Makes Better: This Build and Dyno Test Of An 8-71 Blown 427ci LS3 Is Awesome – Airboat Engine!

If you are going to build a kick ass airboat engine, you need a few things. The first is obviously some horsepower, the second is  a deep reservoir of torque, and the third is reliability so you are...

Gen 5 LT Intake Test: L83, L86 And MSD Intake Manifold Tests On Cammed 5.3, 6.2, And More!

It’s on baby, the intake test you have been wanting and needing! Is the L83 intake the best LT intake made? Or is the L86 better? Or does the bad boy MSD intake blow them both away and take the...

$1,000 Build: Yep, This F100 Is Coming Together With An Ultra Cheap Budget

This $1,000 F100 build has been incredibly popular, and for good reason! This is a no bull real deal $1,000 build that is cool, will be fun to drive, and can be done by you at home. Yes the real...

$1,000 Build: Is It Possible To Build A Rat Rod Style Hot Rod F100 For $1,000? Watch

Building low buck cars and trucks has kind of been one of my things, so when I saw this project I was intrigued. Of course the chassis swap is also one of my things, so this one makes sense in that...