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Speed Secrets: Less Valve Lash = More Horsepower?

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Speed Secrets with Richard Holdener has always had an unrelenting focus on the big parts of engine building, like camshafts, cylinder heads, intake manifold, and so on. However, there is more to achieving the right setup than just choosing the correct big ticket items. In an effort to present the affects the little details have on an engine, Richard turns ... Read More »

Speed Secrets: L82 Small Block Chevy Heads/Cam/Intake Upgrades!

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When picking out cylinder heads to upgrade an engine, in general most people think in terms of flow. However there are many more considerations to be made about such a big decision that can make or “brake” a good engine build. To demonstrate the importance of choosing the right cylinder heads, Richard Holdener teamed up with Comp Cams and RHS ... Read More »

Speed Secrets: Building and Testing a L79 Small Block Chevy

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The specs of the muscle car era engine were pretty standard across the board, but GMs L79 had a legendary reputation. To take a look at what set the L79 apart from the rest, Speed Secrets’ Richard Holdener teamed with Comp Cams to build a reproduction L79. With 4 bolt mains, a forged crankshaft, and 11:1 compression pistons, the main ... Read More »

Speed Secrets: Camshaft Swapping a Boss 302

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A legendary small block from Ford, the Boss 302 was originally offered only in 1969-1970 Boss 302 Mustangs and the Mercury Cougar Eliminator. In 2007, Ford started offering an engine using the Boss 302 nameplate as a crate engine. Getting your hands on an authentic Boss 302 might be a bit of a task. However, building a replica Boss 302 ... Read More »

Speed Secrets: Getting 500-Horsepower Out of a Small Block Ford

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When thinking of building a high horsepower Small Block Ford, the first modifications that come to mind are Induction system and head flow. While those simple modifications will get you a long ways, there are two key elements that will make hitting your target horsepower rating easier – Displacement and camshaft. One rule in making real power that has never ... Read More »

With a Little Luck: TPI Power Mods

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  Words and Photos by Richard Holdener The phrase, “I’d rather be lucky than good,” comes to mind, but every bit as appropriate is, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut”. What do we mean by these and what do they have to do with improving the performance of your average Tune-Port Chevy motor? This story began with a simple search ... Read More »

COMP Cams® NSR Drift Cam for GM LS Gen III/IV Applications

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Memphis, TN – COMP Cams® introduces its first ever No Springs Required camshaft specifically designed for GM LS powered drift cars. The NSR Drift Camshaft is designed to provide a significant bolt-in power increase, with some applications gaining over 90 HP.  Along with major gains in power, excellent throttle response is achieved and valve train stability is maintained up to ... Read More »

TCI® Electric Shift Solenoid Kit

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Ashland, MS – For hands-free, automated shifting with its new Outlaw-X™ Shifters, TCI® has developed a shift solenoid kit that helps to produce more consistent ETs.   At the drag strip, the first gear shift comes quickly and requires a faster than normal response time. The TCI® Electric Shift Solenoid Kit works with your RPM switch or timer to make ... Read More »

COMP Cams® .675” Lift Conical Valve Spring Kit for GM LS1/LS3 Engines

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Memphis, TN – The latest valve spring kit from COMP Cams® allows users to easily install revolutionary Conical Valve Springs on any high performance GM LS1/LS3 engine. In the tradition of its successful Beehive™ Spring Kits, the COMP Cams® LS1/LS3 Conical Valve Spring Kits allow enthusiasts and builders to better harness the power of popular LS race and street engine applications. Each kit features ... Read More »

COMP Cams® .675” Lift Conical Valve Spring Kits for GM LT1/LS7 Engines

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Memphis, TN – The latest valve spring kits from COMP Cams® allows users to easily install revolutionary Conical Valve Springs on any high performance GM LT1/LS7 engine. In the tradition of its successful Beehive™ Spring Kits, COMP Cams® LT1/LS7 Conical Valve Spring Kits allow enthusiasts and builders to better harness the power of popular LS race and street engine applications. Each kit features Conical ... Read More »