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Chevrolet Performance E-ROD LC9 5.3L / 326HP Engine
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Power your project with the
only CARB-certified OEM
hot rod crate engines!
E-ROD 5.3L System - CARB EO # D-126-31
Chevrolet Performance leads the industry with E-ROD
crate engine systems and supporting components that
enable enthusiasts to build a car that complies with
the law, satisfies their desire for a cleaner hot rod and
doesn't sacrifice the performance.
All E-ROD crate engine systems - 5.3L, LS3 and
LSA - are certified by California Air Resources Board
(CARB) and carry Executive Order numbers. This
enables enthusiasts to install the engine kit in 1995-
and-earlier cars and trucks that predate OBD II on-board
All engine systems are offered in automatic- and manual transmission
calibrations and each includes the engine
controller and other necessary components, including:
Oxygen sensors and sensor bosses
Fuel tank evaporative emissions canister
Mass airflow sensor and sensor boss
Accelerator pedal (for use with the
electronic throttle body)
About the E-ROD engine controller -
The engine control module included with each E-ROD crate
engine system is designed for true stand-alone performance
in older vehicles. All that's needed to get a vehicle running
with the engine controller are power and ground sources, a
high-pressure fuel pump and an electric cooling fan. Chevrolet
Performance recommends a 58-psi (400 kPa) fuel pump for
the 5.3L and LS3 engines; and a 65-psi (450 kPa) fuel pump
for the LSA.
Chevrolet Performance's specially calibrated engine controller
does not engage a number of features associated with
production-model systems, eliminating the possibility off
''trouble codes'' being set. It also includes a SES (service
engine soon) LED indicator embedded in the fuse box.
If you're looking for an affordable alternative to a used LS engine for
your swap project, check out Chevrolet Performance's new LC9 5.3L
engine. It is based on the workhorse powerplant used in hundreds
of thousands of GM trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado and
Suburban. It's rated at 315 horsepower and tuned to deliver exceptional
torque at low rpm.
Available in two configurations: a conventional 5.3L assembly, or the
E-ROD version that also includes performance-enhancing camshaft
The LC9 5.3L system features a complete Chevrolet Performance
controller system, aluminum engine block, intake manifold, thottle body,
and fuel rail. It's a great choice for hot rod cruisers and off-roader projects,
where torque and dependability are the priority in maximum horsepower.
In addition to the E-ROD system, the builder will need to
source additional components to complete the assembly
and get the vehicle running.
Fuel lines (re-circulating or returnless)
Fuel tank vent line from the tank to the evaporative
Pure line from the canister to the engine purge solenoid
Air induction system that incorporates the mass airflow sensor
Exhaust system behind the catalytic converters
Each E-ROD engine requires a front-end accessory drive
system suitable for the vehicle. The instruction manual
includes recommendations for the accessory drive kit, as
well as the transmission, gear ratios and more. Chevrolet
Performance offers two configurations of the accessory drive
systems to suit different applications; and each allows the installer
to easily delete air conditioning.
Chevrolet Performance recommends the LS1 Engine
Installation Guide P/N 809-88959384, which illustrates basic
procedures and offers helpful tips on installing an LS engine
into older vehicles.
NOTE: E-ROD systems do not come with a transmission.
Chevrolet Performance recommends the Hydra-Matic 4L65-E or
4L85-E - four-speed automatic overdrive transmissions, along with
SuperMatic transmission controller P/N 809-19257634 or 809-19257661.
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