Front Engine Accessories for Any LS Engine Made Easy

Factory-Fresh Front Accessory Drive for Any LS Engine

Christian HazelPhotographer, Writer

Let’s face it: GM’s Gen III and Gen IV engine families have taken over virtually every facet of motorsports. Repowering your, well, anything with one of GM’s 1999-newer small-block engines, commonly referred to as LS engines, has become incredibly easy. But in an aftermarket world where wiring harnesses, motor mounts, exhaust systems, and oil pans are commonplace, one area that may leave you scratching your head is the front engine accessory drive system.

Maybe you are dealing with a Corvette engine that you want to make fit a truck application. Or perhaps your framerails won’t let you use the truck accessory layout and due to hood clearance or other factors you really need the F-body car setup. Or you are simply starting with a takeout junkyard or brand-new crate engine and need to dress up a bare long-block. Aftermarket systems can be overpriced, overly brackety, and overly complex.

Chevy Performance neatly packages factory drive systems for its engine family under one part number. The package includes everything you need to dress up the front of your engine with top-quality factory parts. Whether a supercharged LSA, a Corvette, an F-body, or a truck accessory drive layout, the fit and function is flawless and the price just can’t be beat.

We were sitting on a truck-based 5.3L LC9 crate engine destined to go into one of our vintage 4x4s. Instead of scouring junkyards for brackets and bolts and then fitting them with dubious used parts or parts-store replacements of questionable quality, we scanned the Chevy Performance catalog for a front accessory engine drive (FEAD) system that fit our needs. We ordered Chevy Performance’s LC9 FEAD (PN 19258438), which includes all the brackets, bolts, accessories, and belt to mount an alternator and power steering pump to the front of the truck V-8 for right around $450. Since this vehicle will have working air conditioning, we also ordered Chevy Performance’s add-on air compressor kit (19260892) for just under $390 and had everything installed in less than an hour.