Project V8 RX-7: Part 4 – Dressing the E-Rod
by Jeff Naeyaert
So we’ve got our E-Rod kit, unpacked everything and laid it all out, but curiously missing are all the spinny things that go on the front of the engine—more specifically, the alternator, power steering pump, a/c compressor and the other pulleys and tensioners necessary to keep everything playing together nicely.
|What you see is what you get on the front of your E-Rod LS3.|
No, GM Performance Parts didn’t forget to send them, they’re actually not included in the kit—not because they’re stingy but because you have a couple options for your front end accessories drive or FEAD kit as labeled by GMPP. Both the Cadillac CTS and Corvette came with LS3’s and GMPP makes the FEAD kits available for the configurations found in each of them to suit your application.
|We thought that the CTS FEAD kit was a better fit in our FD than the Corvette kit. Here are the dimensions so you can measure up what works best for your project!|
For our project we went with the CTS FEAD kit, which as you can see from the illustrations above, has an overall thinner width and slightly taller height dimension than the Corvette kit. However, if we relocate the power steering reservoir as we plan to do you can have both a more narrow and shorter accessory drive arrangement—best of both worlds!