Ultimate Chevy 4.8 Vortec Performance Upgrades Guide
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Ultimate Chevy 4.8 Vortec Performance Upgrades Guide

From 1999–2014, the 4.8L Vortec V8 engine powered many half-ton trucks and SUVs in the Chevrolet and GMC lineups. It was a very capable engine that made 255-302 horsepower and 283-305 lb-ft of torque completely stock. Still, even with its impressive power numbers it often felt quite sluggish and pedestrian when hauling such heavy vehicles….

5.3 Vortec Cold Air Intake Upgrade Guide
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5.3 Vortec Cold Air Intake Upgrade Guide

The 5.3 Vortec V8 engine inside General Motors’ 1999-2013 light duty trucks and SUVs is one of the most popular engines to modify. From the factory, GM rated the engine at 275-325 horsepower and 315-350 lb-ft of torque. It was an extremely popular engine choice, and buyers loved it for its performance and reliability. Yet,…

5.3 Vortec Supercharger Guide
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5.3 Vortec Supercharger Guide

The 5.3 Vortec V8 engine was one of the mainstays in the General Motors lineup for over fifteen years. It powered various generations of Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Suburban 1500, and Tahoe, alongside their GMC counterparts the Sierra 1500, Yukon XL, and Yukon. Depending on the model and year, the 5.3 Vortec (Vortec 5300) produced 275-325…

Ultimate Chevy 4.8 Vortec Engine Guide
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Ultimate Chevy 4.8 Vortec Engine Guide

Now retired, the General Motors/Chevrolet 4.8 Vortec engine (or Vortec 4800) earned a reputation for itself as a solid and reliable power plant for nearly two decades. GM produced the engine from 1999–2014, and primarily used it to power the Silverado/Sierra 1500, Tahoe/Yukon, and Express/Savana. Depending on the specific vehicle and year, the engine produced…

7.4 Vortec Performance Upgrades Guide
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7.4 Vortec Performance Upgrades Guide

The General Motors/Chevrolet 7.4 Vortec V8 engine might not have had the longest production life, but it was still a solid motor for many years. In production from 1996–2001, the 7.4 Vortec put down 290 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque in most applications. GM/Chevy primarily used it inside their ¾ and 1 ton trucks,…

Ultimate 4.3 Vortec Performance Parts Guide
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Ultimate 4.3 Vortec Performance Parts Guide

For more than three decades, Chevrolet’s 4.3 liter V6 engine, also known as the 4.3 Vortec or Vortec 4300, powered a variety of trucks and sedans across the Chevy and GMC lineup. These ranged from trucks like the Chevy S10, Silverado, and Avalanches, to muscle cars like the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, El Camino, and Pontiac…

Ultimate 5.3 Vortec Engine Guide
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Ultimate 5.3 Vortec Engine Guide

General Motors/Chevrolet produced the Vortec 5300 V8 engine for nearly two decades from 1999–2014. It spanned two generations of their small block V8, and was finally succeeded by the 5th Generation EcoTec3. Known for its reliability, performance, and stout design, the 5.3 Vortec engine was hugely successful for GM/Chevy. Though it was discontinued nearly a…