Ultimate E-Rod Build: Engine Dress Up
Dressing Up An LS Engine with Eddie Motorsports
Last month, we showed you how easy it was to install a 430hp, smog-legal GM Performance Parts E-Rod engine in a pre-’96 truck. This month, we’re building upon that solid foundation and adding the necessary components to make it ready to run, all while dressing it up in the process. Eddie Motorsports (EMS) recently launched its new S-Drive billet pulley and serpentine belt setup for LS engines, and we felt this was a perfect time to get our E-Rod engine up and going. Out of the crate, the GM Performance Part’s E-Rod comes with a water pump installed and a crank pulley, but it’s still missing an alternator, power steering pump, A/C compressor, and tensioner. Thankfully, opening the Eddie Motorsport’s box filled all of our needs with top-shelf components like an Edelbrock water pump, Sanden A/C compressor, Maval power steering pump, Powermaster alternator, and Gates tensioner with belt. Another perk to the Eddie Motorsports kit is its compact design, which is perfect for trucks with cramped engine compartments, or for show trucks that want a clean, simple look. Made in America out of 6061-T6 billet aluminum, this kit makes us proud to buy and install. Our square-body Chevy truck was still at PPC Customs, in Clovis, California, and it made perfect sense for them to install the S-Drive kit while we took the pics. If you’re in the market for a serpentine belt setup, check out Eddie Motorsports for all of their applications.