Best Crate Engines: Out with the Old and in with the New
Get your car back on the road with these reliable crate engines
This aggressive LS3 6.2L engine comes with an impressive 525 horsepower. That amount of power also gives you up to 6,200 rpm with 486 pounds of torque at 5,200 rpm.
It features a hydraulic roller cam with a .525-inch lift on both sides, 226 degrees duration on the intake side, plus 236 degrees on the exhaust. The camshaft is designed with higher-rate valve springs.
It will set you back a large amount of cash but will reward you with a high amount of power. It is also quite robust and extremely heavy, so you will need the correct tools and equipment to drop it into your vehicle.
This crate engine is capable of fitting into a wide selection of vehicles, such as cars, trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. It’s equipped with 8.5:1 compression with a base horsepower of 195 that can be pushed to 260.
The crate includes high-quality components, such as painted valve covers, oil pans, and timing covers. It is also made up of strong, durable, and reliable materials, including cast iron cylinder heads. The engine is also fitted with both left and right-hand dipstick.
While it is a great replacement engine, it isn’t the most powerful. If you are installing it yourself, handle it with care. It may be durable and reliable, but a few of the components can be easily dented or bent.
This small-block V8 crate engine is packed with 290 horsepower and up to 332 torque.
You get a Camshaft lift at .450 intake and .460 exhaust plus a Camshaft duration at 050 at 222 degrees intake and exhaust. It has durable aluminum heads and a hydraulic camshaft. The material is topped with sturdy cast-iron cylinder heads that maintain a decent amount of airflow through the engine.
It can be a pain to install, and you may end up having to make some modifications to your vehicle. It is also on the more expensive side.