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    I just got my 01 camaro, traded my turbo s2000 away. Its completely stock I have a small build in mind for now I have about 2500$ budget to spend next weekend, I wanna get a 228r cam and cat back exhaust, with tuner and tune. I have a few questions will I need a stall converter? Why is it needed? Can I install the cam? I'm a pretty good mechanic but never have done a cam on cam in block engine. What power would be likely to be seen it's an A4 by the way. Average 1/4 mile time? If someone was in the same position ad me what would you recommend for starting parts selection? Thanks for yalls time I no it's pretty newbie questions I'm use to 4 bangers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jermocaleb View Post
    I just got my 01 camaro, traded my turbo s2000 away. Its completely stock I have a small build in mind for now I have about 2500$ budget to spend next weekend, I wanna get a 228r cam and cat back exhaust, with tuner and tune. I have a few questions will I need a stall converter? Why is it needed? Can I install the cam? I'm a pretty good mechanic but never have done a cam on cam in block engine. What power would be likely to be seen it's an A4 by the way. Average 1/4 mile time? If someone was in the same position ad me what would you recommend for starting parts selection? Thanks for yalls time I no it's pretty newbie questions I'm use to 4 bangers
    Stall converter is not needed but highly recommended for any A4 car. Especially when you are adding a higher power band cam.

    If you have never installed a cam, nor ever watched anyone do it, it can be a gigantic headache that you will be regretting taking on. Can it be done... of course, but it will require some know how and some tools to hold the lifters up while you pull it out, unless you feel like removing the heads.

    With that cam and a catback, I'd say you'd be right around 350-360 rwhp. And that's a maybe... you really need the supporting mods such as headers and CAI to wake the cam up.

    1/4 times have wayyyy too much to consider to give you an estimate. Suspension set up, tires, launch...etc.

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    Appreciate the wisdom why is the stall recomended

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    Congrats on moving into the LS world.

    These engines are a hell of a lot easier to work on than that OHC stuff and you only need one cam.

    Its the space in the engine bay(lack of) that makes thing a bit of a chore.

    Do your homework read the how to threads and have fun.

    A nice Yank 3600 stall with a trans cooler will wake up the party

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    A stall converter will allow the engine to rev higher (while in gear) which allows it to get into the power band quicker.

    It's akin to revving the engine and dropping the clutch (well more like feathering the clutch) in a manual tranny car.

    Todays newer cars will withstand a high (3400+) stall better than the older muscle cars did as they have a feature called "lock up" which is an extra clutch which locks up (returns it to normal function) after a pre-determined MPH (38 or so - it's adjustable).

    Also most hand held tuners are limited in what they can and/or will do. For proper tuning you need something along the lines of HPTuners. We also have a sponsor that does mail order tunes.
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    Back to basics: 1st thing I would do is add sub-frame connectors, preferably weld in type as these cars have been twist-o-flex since day 1.

    You do want to be able to close the doors and have the window seal down the road, yes?

    You need to define what it is you want to do with the car before you mod it.

    My 02 did a 13.6x @ 105mph (give or take) stone stock with 2.73 gears.
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    I'm really only looking for about 400whp daily driver with a badass lobe to it. I appreciate everything yuya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jermocaleb View Post
    I'm really only looking for about 400whp daily driver with a badass lobe to it. I appreciate everything yuya
    Through an A4 you'll probably need some heads in addition to the cam to hit 400rwhp. Plus you'll need all the supporting mods that go along with it. The 228 is a good start, and you'll see significant improvements with that cam, plus a good lope.

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    I did the cam install by my self takes a while and is a little tight just take your time and read the directions good.
    Here is a link for swapping your cam out: http://www.ls1howto.com/index.php?article=23

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