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LC9 5.3L 2WD E-ROD Automatic Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System

Brand: Chevrolet Performance

Part Number: CPSLC9EROD4L65E


The product's part number has been discontinued.

E-ROD LC9 5.3L Chevy Performance Powertrain System

320 hp @ 5,400 rpm / 335 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm / 2WD Automatic Transmission


CPSLC94L65E System Components:

19258004 – Engine (Includes Engine Control System)
19260380 – Automatic Transmission
19299802 – Torque Converter
19302405 – Transmission Control System
19259117 – Transmission Installation Kit


An affordable LS crate engine & transmission system that is smog-legal!

With the same displacement as the classic 327 engines from the 1960s, the E-ROD LC9 5.3L is a great choice for building an emissions-compliant resto-mod Corvette or early Chevy II – and as our most affordable E-ROD package, it’s a great value for any street rod, classic truck or muscle car. The LC9 5.3L was originally developed as a truck engine, so it delivers strong torque over a broad rpm range, giving you a great feeling of immediate power on demand. Match it with a 4L65-E transmission for the ultimate combination – which you can do with our Connect & Cruise E-ROD crate powertrain system.

All E-ROD systems include complete emissions equipment, including catalytic converters and a fuel tank evaporative emissions canister, along with an engine control module system.

About the E-ROD Engine Controller

The engine control module included with each E-ROD crate engine system is designed for true stand-alone performance in older vehicles. It does not engage a number of features associated with production-model systems, eliminating the possibility of "trouble codes" being set. It also includes a SES (service engine soon) LED indicator embedded in the fuse box.
All that's needed to get a vehicle running with the engine controller are power and ground sources, a high-pressure fuel pump and an electric cooling fan.
CARB EO#: D-126-31

CPSLC9EROD4L65E Chevrolet Powertrain System

Engine Specs:

  • LC9 5.3L (327 cu in)
  • 320 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • 335 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
  • 9.5:1 compression ratio

Transmission Specs 2WD:

  • 4L65-E four-speed automatic
  • Five-pinion gearsets
  • 3.06 first gear ratio, 0.70 overdrive ratio
  • 30.75 inches long (approx)


More about Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain Systems

The Complete Performance Package!

When it comes to factory-engineered performance and convenience, nothing beats Chevrolet Performance's industry-exclusive Connect & Cruise powertain systems. With one package you get the engine, automatic or manual transmission, electronic controllers and al the necessary wire harnesses. Even better, we deliver it for less than the cost of buying the components separately.

Our engineers matched the engines and transmissions for optimal performance and durability, so you can wring out every horsepower with total confidence! The specially calibrated controllers are designed for retrofit installations in older vehicles, for easier and quicker installation – and more importantly – operation without the need for third-party tuning.

Chevrolet Performance E-ROD powertrain systems provide the purchaser complete peace-of-mind with a 36-month / 50,000-mile limited warranty.

Chevrolet Performance pioneered the performance crate engine, so when it comes to performance innovations that save time, money and guesswork, we once again lead the way! All you have to do is install, connect, and start cruising!

NOTE: All components, engine, transmission, torque converter and controllers are ordered and delivered separately.

E-ROD Connect & Cruise Builders Guide

Each Chevrolet Performance E-ROD Connect & Cruise crate powertrain system includes:

  • Brand-new, fully assembled crate engine
  • Brand-new automatic or manual transmission
  • SuperMatic™ transmission control module and harness
  • Calibrated engine control module
  • Two oxygen sensors and mounting bosses (for installation in the exhaust system)
  • Mass airflow meter and mounting boss (for installation in the air intake system)
  • Throttle pedal assembly (for use with the electronically operated throttle)
  • Assembled wiring harness w/ fuse box and necessary cam and MAP sensor jumpers
  • Oil pressure sensor that is compatible with the harness
  • Instruction sheet

To facilitate a complete E-ROD installation, the builder will need to source additional components to complete the engine assembly and get the vehicle running, including:

  • Fuel tank and fuel lines (re-circulating or returnless)
  • Fuel pump – 58 psi (400 kPa) for all engines except LSA, which requires 65 psi (450 kPa)
  • Fuel tank vent line from the tank to the evaporative emissions canister
  • Purge line from the canister to the engine purge solenoid
  • Air induction system that incorporates the mass airflow sensor
  • Exhaust system behind the catalytic converters

Additionally, all E-ROD engines require a front-end accessory drive system suitable to the vehicle. The instructions included with each kit lists recommendations and Chevrolet Performance offers several configurations to suit different applications. Each allows the installer to easily delete air conditioning.

Chevrolet Performance recommends the LS1 Engine Installation Guide P/N 88959384, which illustrates basic procedures and offers helpful tips on installing an LS engine into older vehicles.

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