Front Runner

The performance industry standard has always been to hang the accessories such as alternator, power steering pump and air conditioner compressor from the engine’s existing mount holes wherever possible using simple flat steel brackets. These brackets do provide mounting for the components, but often looked less than attractive. In fact, we manufacture steel bracket kits, and they offer a low-cost method of installing the engine drive components. But these conventional brackets can limit the choices of intake systems, exhaust options, and make deck-height machining problematic. And today, the introduction of modern engines such as the GM LS Series and the Ford Coyote modular engines requires an integrated mounting approach.

That is what the Front Runner drive systems are all about. By eliminating all mounting points beyond the engine block itself and designing a super-compact component package, we now overcome any intake, exhaust or cylinder head option problems. By specifying a more compact compressor and alternator, plus standardizing to a high-performance water pump, we create the smallest drive package ever available. The bonus to you is making your engine swap much easier because of improved clearances all around. And the final, and most important benefit, is that Front Runner brackets are designed to become an integral part of your engine’s block. A solid, totally rigid platform that virtually eliminates the kind of harmonic vibration that can destroy a conventional engine drive bracket.

Over the past 17 years, the Front Runner has proven to be one of our most successful products. While the term “Front Runner” has been used to describe drive systems offered by other companies, no other system is equal. The Front Runner was engineered from the start for maximum Performance First! These are not appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of “form following function.” Performance First is not just a slogan, it is our whole way of life at Vintage Air!
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LS/LT1 Cast Front Runner™ Replacement Water Pump Cartridge Assembly
Part #: 722001
Price: $184.00

This water pump cartridge assembly is a direct replacement for the water pump supplied with your Front Runner™ drive system.
Copper Crush Washers
Part #: 182011
Price: $4.00

Copper crush washers (2 required).
Front Runner™ Drive System, Small Block Ford, Black/Chrome, Power Steering without Pump
Part #: 176021
Price: $2,550.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

Designed for Small Block Ford applications with power steering (pump not included), this kit features a natural finish front cover/bracket, a chrome compressor and alternator, black hardcoat pulleys, and black anodized clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Front Runner™ Drive System, Small Block Ford, Black/Chrome, without Power Steering
Part #: 176022
Price: $2,500.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

Designed for Small Block Ford applications without power steering, this kit features a natural finish front cover/bracket, a chrome compressor and alternator, black hardcoat pulleys, and black anodized clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Front Runner™ Drive System GM LS Bright Low Profile with Power Steering
Part #: 174027
Price: $3,365.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

In response to requests for an extra-clearance LS Front Runner™ system, we have developed a low-profile kit that includes a redesigned main truss-type bracket which provides additional space for aftermarket intake systems and larger throttle bodies. The system also includes an Edelbrock water pump with a replaceable cartridge, along with NPT tapped heater hose inlets for increased chassis and suspension clearance flexibility.

Designed for GM LS applications with power steering, the kit features a Detroit Speed aluminum power steering pump, machined-finish brackets, a polished compressor and alternator, chrome pulleys and polished clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Front Runner™ Drive System GM LS Bright/Chrome Low Profile with Power Steering
Part #: 174028
Price: $3,465.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

In response to requests for an extra-clearance LS Front Runner™ system, we have developed a low-profile kit that includes a redesigned main truss-type bracket which provides additional space for aftermarket intake systems and larger throttle bodies. The system also includes an Edelbrock water pump with a replaceable cartridge, along with NPT tapped heater hose inlets for increased chassis and suspension clearance flexibility.

Designed for GM LS applications with power steering this kit features a Detroit Speed aluminum power steering pump, machined-finish brackets, a chrome compressor and alternator, chrome pulleys, and chrome clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Power Wire Boot
Part #: 220009
Price: $4.20

Power wire boot.
TiteFit Hardline, Silver Zinc Nickel Plated Steel
Part #: 852015
Price: $75.00

TiteFit Hardline, Silver Zinc Nickel Plated Steel
TiteFit Hardline, Black Zinc Nickel Plated Steel
Part #: 852016
Price: $75.00

TiteFit Hardline, Black Zinc Nickel Plated Steel
Front Runner™ Drive System GM LS Black Low Profile with Power Steering
Part #: 174029
Price: $3,265.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

In response to requests for an extra-clearance LS Front Runner™ system, we have developed a low-profile kit that includes a redesigned main truss-type bracket which provides additional space for aftermarket intake systems and larger throttle bodies. The system also includes an Edelbrock water pump with a replaceable cartridge, along with NPT tapped heater hose inlets for increased chassis and suspension clearance flexibility.

Designed for GM LS applications with power steering, this kit features a Detroit Speed aluminum power steering pump black anodized brackets, a natural finish compressor and alternator, black hardcoat pulleys, and black anodized clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Front Runner™ Drive System GM LS Black/Chrome Low Profile with Power Steering
Part #: 174030
Price: $3,415.00

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Our Front Runner™ drive systems are engineered for maximum Performance First. These are not merely appearance or dress-up components. They are the essence of form following function.

In response to requests for an extra-clearance LS Front Runner™ system, we have developed a low-profile kit that includes a redesigned main truss-type bracket which provides additional space for aftermarket intake systems and larger throttle bodies. The system also includes an Edelbrock water pump with a replaceable cartridge, along with NPT tapped heater hose inlets for increased chassis and suspension clearance flexibility.

Designed for GM LS applications with power steering, this kit features a Detroit Speed aluminum power steering pump, black anodized brackets, a chrome compressor and alternator, black hardcoat pulleys, and black anodized clutch and tensioner covers.

In addition to detailed installation instructions, all of the components listed below are included.
Front Runner™ Drive System GM LS Wet-Sump Polished/Chrome with Power Steering
Part #: 175021
Price: $3,250.00

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Some of the hottest new crate OEM installs are the newest GM LS and LT1 engines. This new Front Runner unit offers additional intake/throttle body clearance obtained by lowering the water pump 1" and tightening accessory mounting positions.

This is our elegant solution for custom air conditioning, alternator and power steering mounting.

System includes a power steering pump with natural finish pump housing, polished compressor and alternator, chrome pulleys, polished clutch and tensioner covers.