NA vs. NOS Plate (150-hp)-6.0L LS1Of course there is no denying the power potential of a good nitrous system. Case in point, the simple NOS plate system installed on this 6.0L LS. With the push of a button, our humble street motor was transformed into a serious strip terror. Adding an extra 150 horsepower required only that we keep the bottle pressure constant (with a bottle warmer) and retard the timing by 4 degrees. We took the liberty of adding a bottle of Lucas Oil octane booster to the 91-octane pump gas (from Rockett Brand) as a hedge against detonation. We figured the 150 hp shot deserved no less. As if the extra 150 horsepower wasn't exciting enough, just wait till you feel the extra 170 lbs- ft. of torque! While we had both LS1 and LS2 crate motors at our disposal, we decided to build one instead. Since we planned on running some juice to it, we decided forged internals were in order. A call to Lunati netted a steel crank (3.662 stroke) along with the necessary forged rods and pistons designed to fit into our 6.0L truck block. I know what you are thinking, where is all that wonderful weight savings we were raving about earlier? Truth be told, we have big plans for this particular mill, but the same components (or even factory equivalents) could be used at this power level, including the factory 5.7L LS1 or even 6.0L LS2 aluminum blocks. While the 6.0L block shared the 3.662-inch stroke with the smaller 5.7L, the additional displacement came from the larger bore offered in the 6.0L. With the Lunati internals stuffed inside our freshly machined 6.0L block, our short-block was ready for action. Next up were the cam, heads, and intake. Originally, we wanted to start our testing with a factory LS1, but all we had at our disposal was an LS6 grind. Compared to the stock LS1 cam, the high-performance LS6 grind offered both more lift (0.525 versus 0.500) and duration (204/218 versus 198/209). The reason we wanted to start with the factory cam was that we had a mild Lunati Voodoo cam waiting in the wings. The Lunati Voodoo cam offered 0.531 lift (on both the intake and exhaust) along with a 212/218 duration split. Note that the Lunati specs were only slightly wilder than the factory LS6 cam, but the Voodoo grind offered accelerated ramp rates to further improve power production. Once on the dyno, we planned a direct cam comparison. With the factory LS6 cam in place, we installed a set of AFR 205 Mongoose heads. The AFR heads featured full CNC porting to enhance flow. Designed for performance street use, these AFR 205s flowed nearly 300 cfm. The AFR heads were topped off with a single-plane intake from GM Performance Parts and a 750 HP carburetor from Holley. Finishing touches on the 6.0L motor included a set of Hooker long-tube (F-body) headers feeding a set of collector extensions and a Meziere electric water pump. The lion's share of the power potential goes to CNC-ported intake ports that flow nearly 300 cfm. The lion's share of the power potential goes to CNC-ported intake ports that flow nearly 3 With the Lunati stroker assembly and the NOS nitrous system waiting in the wings, we chose a Holley carburetor for our test mule. Our carb of choice was the Holley 750HP. With the Lunati stroker assembly and the NOS nitrous system waiting in the wings, we chose Since our LS1 was originally designed for fuel injection and therefore lacked a conventional distributor, we had to come up with a way to control the ignition timing. Luckily, MSD and Edelbrock got together to produce a Timing Control Module designed specifically for carbureted LS1 motors. Since our LS1 was originally designed for fuel injection and therefore lacked a convention Though MSD now offers fully adjustable controllers, this system came with five preprogrammed ignition timing curves to choose from. Though MSD now offers fully adjustable controllers, this system came with five preprogramm The next test involved a comparison between the GMPP single-plane intake and this dual-plane Performer RPM from Edelbrock. As expected, the dual-plane was the torque champ, while the single-plane produced the most peak power. Down at 3,200 rpm, the dual-plane offered an additional 44 lbs-ft of torque. The next test involved a comparison between the GMPP single-plane intake and this dual-pla The Edelbrock/MSD Timing Control Module plugged right into the factory LS1 harness and coil packs. The Edelbrock/MSD Timing Control Module plugged right into the factory LS1 harness and coi Our tester was run with a set of Hooker long-tube (F-body) headers feeding an 18-inch collector extension. Run on the engine dyno with the stock LS6 cam, the carbureted 6.0L produced 467 hp at 6,000 rpm and 457 lbs-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Our tester was run with a set of Hooker long-tube (F-body) headers feeding an 18-inch coll The final test involved running a simple plate nitrous system from NOS. Run with 150 hp jetting, the NOS kit upped the peak power of our mild carbureted street motor to an impressive 633 hp. The peak torque was up to an equally impressive 648 lbs-ft. The final test involved running a simple plate nitrous system from NOS. Run with 150 hp je The Timing Control Module also included plugs for the factory LS1 cam and crank position sensors. The Timing Control Module also included plugs for the factory LS1 cam and crank position s After swapping in the Lunati Voodoo cam, the peak power numbers jumped to 481 hp and 471 lbs-ft of torque. The Voodoo cam offered impressive power everywhere, registering a gain of over 20 lbs-ft. down at 3,200 rpm. Remember, this test was run against the already potent LS6 cam. Compared to the factory LS1 cam, this Lunati grind has been tested to be worth over 30 hp. After swapping in the Lunati Voodoo cam, the peak power numbers jumped to 481 hp and 471 l SOURCES GM Performance Parts www.gmperformanceparts.com Edelbrock Dept. 5.0 2700 California St. Torrance CA 90503 310-781-2222 www.edelbrock.com AFR MSD Ignition El Paso TX 9-15/-857-5200 msdignition.com Lunati 4770 Lamar Ave. Memphis TN 38181 901-365-0950 www.lunaticamshafts.com « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Richard Holdener Enjoyed this Post? 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