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Old 01-14-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default What's a good book on modifying LS engines?

There's a couple on amazon, but I just want to know which is the best to read to learn more about LS engines, how to change out parts of the engine, transmission, facts, best bolt-ons etc.

Information about changing and choosing heads, cams, valve terrain, pistons, nitrous. Every thing.

Is there such a book that covers all of it.

I know there is a sticky that shows a lot of books, just looking for the best one.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:28 AM   #2
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not sure on the best, but i do like How to Build High-Performance Chevy LS1/LS6 V-8s. its published by Cartech

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Will Handzel is the author of the book that nemss1 is talking about
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Thanks guys, that looks like the book I need. I am one click away from purchase, I will get it, if i hear no objections or better suggestions.

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I have "how to build and modify GM LS-Series Engines by Joseh Potak" who works at TSP. Its very informative and has tons of pictures, one major let down for me though. I was expecting the book to actually show you how to to do the mods your self i.e. step for step how to take heads off and all that. But it does give you a TON of information on what parts to buy and how to match them to give you the most bang for your buck and what combinations are best. Over all very great book, which brings me to my next point.

Is there a book that covers step by step how to actually perform mods (cam swap heads so on)?
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I have "how to build and modify GM LS-Series Engines by Joseh Potak" who works at TSP. Its very informative and has tons of pictures, one major let down for me though. I was expecting the book to actually show you how to to do the mods your self i.e. step for step how to take heads off and all that. But it does give you a TON of information on what parts to buy and how to match them to give you the most bang for your buck and what combinations are best. Over all very great book, which brings me to my next point.

Is there a book that covers step by step how to actually perform mods (cam swap heads so on)?
Good question. That is what I'm more interested in as well, anyways.
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The book suggested should have what both you and I are looking for. I'm just wondering if anyone has it.

I heard the book from TSP is great, but I just wanted an informative book to show me how to change out heads, cams, and pretty much any other parts, with pictures.
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I think ls1howto.com shows you how to change out heads, cams, etc. Poke around that site; definitely helped me a dozen times or so.
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Will Handzel is the author of the book that nemss1 is talking about
^^^yep, thats what the cover says
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I have the book they're talking about from Will Handzel. I bought it a few years ago with a Haynes book. Both for $1 I believe. I had a friend who used to work at Autozone who gave me a hook up.
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How to Rebuild GM LS-Series Engines (S-A Design) by Chris Werner is another option. Although, I have not read it.
http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/genera...-new-book.html
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Dare I ask why you need a book when u have Tech? This site has way more info than any one book, and it's free.
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Dare I ask why you need a book when u have Tech? This site has way more info than any one book, and it's free.
true true, ive found this site plenty more useful than any book. when your stumped somewhere, u cant ask the book questions
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How to Rebuild GM LS-Series Engines (S-A Design) by Chris Werner is another option. Although, I have not read it.
http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/genera...-new-book.html
That was the other one I was thinking about but could remember the name
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How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines by Joseph Potak, Motorbooks item #145825 Goes through machining, assembly, and part selection. Good read with pictures.
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How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines by Joseph Potak, Motorbooks item #145825 Goes through machining, assembly, and part selection. Good read with pictures.
^^I have this book. Very good read and does a good job of covering most components when building a motor. I'd recommend it
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Dare I ask why you need a book when u have Tech? This site has way more info than any one book, and it's free.
I'd say a book based on mechanical "how-tos" would be 95-100% fact. A forum is maybe 25%. You have to sift through the **** and wait for an answer.

Why not read and learn things you thought you wouldn't need to know.

Why not read a book and instead of having 1000 questions, you now have 10.

Don't get me wrong, Ls1tech, is a great tool as well.
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^^^well, ya, this is very true also. book and internet are great tools
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plus sometimes it's just easier to find the info you need in a hurry from a book you have on hand instead of having to come on here or any other forum and search through all the threads to find what you need.
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I have "how to build and modify GM LS-Series Engines by Joseh Potak" who works at TSP. Its very informative and has tons of pictures, one major let down for me though. I was expecting the book to actually show you how to to do the mods your self i.e. step for step how to take heads off and all that. But it does give you a TON of information on what parts to buy and how to match them to give you the most bang for your buck and what combinations are best. Over all very great book, which brings me to my next point.

Is there a book that covers step by step how to actually perform mods (cam swap heads so on)?
I have done a few non-book writeups like that (in-car mods), and I've submitted a few ideas to the publishers for other books. I'd love to do a 4th gen "How-to" manual, they are so easy to write.

I put as much info as I could fit into that first one and much of the included steps can be implemented in other areas of the engine, such as: if you are doing rockers only read that section, if installing full heads/cam swap and need to degree in the cam, that is in there too. Its just a matter of which section to follow, about the only thing missing is the specific in-car teardown and reassembly of external compenents.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, its nice to accidentally come across someone talking about my book work.
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