Will GM kill the LS engine? That’s a question that many are contemplating. The problem with that is, is the aftermarket ready to support the possible replacement, LT-series engines? If you do an Internet search, the companies that will, are getting close. One that is ready, is Pace Performance.
One project they have recently announced is its serpentine kit for the next generation LT1 and LT4 engines. This package incorporates modern technology in a kit specially made for the Gen-V GM “small-block” engine. “The big deal with these, is that they make running power steering and air conditioning very easy on the LT-series engines,” said Johnny McDevitt of Pace Performance.
Pace Performance has developed two packages – one specific for the LT1, and one specific to the LT4. Each kit includes new a new water pump, alternator, and power steering pump. Also, both kits include all of the needed pulleys and brackets for the accessory drive. And in case you’re are inclined, installation instructions. “It’s also the only system that features an independent belt for the supercharger on the LT4,” said McDevitt.
These new kits from Pace Performance deliver solutions for enthusiasts that are building a classic hot rod using either of these engines. Pace Performance even gives you a choice between between a conventional or polished finish.
Not only will these kits improve the look of your under-hood area, but we hear that these accessory-drive kits might even be tougher and more durable than the OE parts. But, building a quality part requires a big investment, and because of that, the kits start at $2,925 for the LT1 and $2,845 for the LT4.
“Another cool point is that they utilize a factory water pump and balancer of the current GM Performance wet-sump LT4, engines (the Camaro configuration, not the Corvette, and not dry sump)., Johnny continued. “If you’re purchasing a connect and cruise with a wet sump LT engine, this will go on without changing anything.”
As you would expect, Pace Performance has different kits that come in different configurations, and here are the available kits and pricing below.
SS-LT1-FEA-2 GM LT1 Serpentine Drive System with Alt and P/S
SS-LT1-FEA-1 GM LT1 Serpentine Drive System with Alt, P/S and A/C
SS-LT1-FEA-2P GM LT1 Polished Serpentine Drive System with Alt and P/S
SS-LT1-FEA-1P GM LT1 Polished Serpentine Drive System with Alt, P/S and A/C
SS-LT4-FEA-2 GM Wet Sump LT4 Serpentine Drive System with Alt and P/S
SS-LT4-FEA-1 GM Wet Sump LT4 Serpentine Drive System with Alt, P/S and A/C
SS-LT4-FEA-2P GM Wet Sump LT4 Polished Serpentine Drive System with Alt and P/S
SS-LT4-FEA-1P GM Wet Sump LT4 Polished Serpentine Drive System with Alt, P/S and A/C