View Full Version : Crank strength question?

07-27-2012, 10:46 PM
I have been calling around to local machine shops about my ls build lately. last week I got into a discussion with a guy at a machine shop who said the ls stock crank is only good to 500 hp. Is this true? I plan on a build of the upper 400 hp. then it will be sprayed with a 150 shot rarely only when I really want some extra power. The nitrous wont be used all the time. This is a street car car. Do you guys think the factory crank is enough? or will it crack under pressure?

07-27-2012, 10:50 PM
the LS1 factory crank is perfectly fine up to 900 to 1000 hp. you will be perfectly fine. now the ls1 bottom end (factory rods/pistons) are only good to 500 hp. if this guy is telling you the crank is also than hes an idiot.

07-27-2012, 11:56 PM
The factory crank/block are usually more than enough for your average street car build, that's usually one of the last things on the list to worry about. However, your stock internals will definitely be a concern

07-28-2012, 12:32 AM
As already said, people have pushed the stock crank and block to 1k+.

07-28-2012, 09:28 AM
I believe the rule of thumb is 1100, the 4.8 cranks have been pushed further though

07-29-2012, 10:36 PM
Thanks guys. I knew what he said didnt sound right. That may answer my question about the machine shop haha

07-30-2012, 12:59 PM
LOL, yeah I would question their knowledge a little. We have pushed those cranks pretty hard in the past and never had an issue.