The GM LS based engine family has already dominated the automotive aftermarket industry and has quickly become the high performance standard in which the aftermarket marine industry is transitioning too. The LS engine shows all of the engineering and advancement that GM has invested in. A much more powerful and reliable engine than its predecessors with an economic advantage that can’t be ignored.
Hardin Marine has lead the charge to make the future of engine swap or conversion the easiest, smoothest, economic alternative available. Hardin Marine’s own Jeff Stull points out that the consumer demand for the engine platform is huge. “We go where the consumer wants us to go and that has lead us to develop the largest scale GM LS parts offering anywhere. With aging carbureted big block GM, Ford, and Olds engines the swap to modern power to restore and retro fit these boats has been strong.”
Hardin’s new kit is manufactured from 6061 T-6 aluminum and CNC machined from 3/8″ thick, motor mounts are 26″ wide and have an (optional) provision for a alternator mount. The engine mounts sit on top of heavy duty 2-1/2″ wide aluminum stringer rails and comes complete with fasteners.
With OEM GM LS engines coming from the factory with up to 638 horsepower and brands like Seven Marine showing the dominance and reliability achieved with them its no doubt the consumers are clamoring for the change. Customers want fuel injection, they want lighter weight, reliability, and the LS based engine is proving to drive this in spades. With consumers faced with nothing but a rainbow of color options on 50 year big block old technology coming from the industries largest supplier there is no doubt for the reason that sterndrive sales are at an all time low and declining.
Consumers demand technology, innovation, and reliability. Currently the outboard market and QV4c technology are giving it all the success, but the consumer is rapidly showing their hand with a lack of interest in heavy old technology designs.. So if you’re in the legion of people looking for modern engine power plant the time has come to do it yourself, the folks at Hardin are paving the way for you to go onward and upward!