LS BRACK­ETS

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This com­pany has been around for a few years, first cre­at­ing a bud­get-based Gen III/IV bracket so­lu­tion. Re­cently, owner Dar­rin Gartrell has cre­ated a sim­ple bracket assem­bly that mixes and matches sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of LS ac­ces­sory drive parts. The sim­plest ver­sion kit of­fers an al­ter­na­tor and power steer­ing pump drive assem­bly mounted with a large alu­minum plate and matched to an ear­lier L99/LS3 wa­ter pump, ten­sioner, and even a Gen III al­ter­na­tor from a truck or LS1 Ca­maro ap­pli­ca­tion. Like the other adapted kits, this sys­tem re­quires the use of the deeper Gen V truck bal­ancer. The ad­van­tage to these kits is us­ing early, less ex­pen­sive LS parts.

If air con­di­tion­ing is to be part of the plan, you can add the A/C mount that will in­te­grate with the ex­ist­ing pack­age. We have not listed all of the com­po­nents nec­es­sary to com­plete this pack­age since the op­tional belts get nu­mer­ous, but these are the main com­po­nents and LS Brack­ets sup­plies all the nec­es­sary fas­ten­ers with the brack­ets. The sys­tem was brand new when Gartrell let us in on this so the en­gine used is an L83 5.3L with the vacuum pump still at­tached to show that it will work with his mod­i­fied pack­age but it is not re­quired and can eas­ily be re­moved.

The LS Brack­ets kit of­fers a pair of brack­ets to mount an al­ter­na­tor, power steer­ing pump, and air con­di­tion­ing pump on a Gen V en­gine. This also en­tails us­ing sev­eral Gen IV '10 Ca­maro parts along with a Gen V truck bal­ancer. In this photo, the...

♦ This is the LT1 Corvette bal­ancer, which is the same depth as the Ca­maro ver­sion but they are not the same. Note how this Corvette ver­sion places the ser­pen­tine rib grooves to­ward the rear while a Ca­maro ver­sion will have two sets of ribs with six...

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