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    probably asked a million times

    just curious what would it cost to put a cam in a ls1 car and that would include the other parts as well , like the valve springs etc.Just wanted to get a rough estimate.

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    do it yourself? just north of $1000, I would change other things too such as oil pump, hardend pushrods, timing chain, to really do it right.

    edit: longtube headers definately if you dont already have them

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    you will need pushrods, springs and lifters will help, timing chain oil pump and a good tune.

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    you have to pull the heads to do lifters and is not very common on a cam only swap but would be recommended. I think with a tune and all around $1500

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    The rest of it is obvious, but why a new oil pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    The rest of it is obvious, but why a new oil pump?
    Our oil pumps wear out.

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    Be a good time to throw a U/D pulley on too...seeing how its coming off anyways. Another vote for new oil pump here too.
    '02 ws6.....mods? nope

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    Camshaft package from tsp, ls6 ported oil pump, a timing chain, and all the gaskets you need was all 1050.xx shipped i believe. Id definately buy NEW SEALS from GM for this project, or you could use the ones that came with the tsp pack, but in process of install one of the seals broke, and he used the stock ones, so you might as well just buy new GM ones theyre 45 dollars shipped.
    400 for the install
    35 dollars for brake parts cleaner.
    300 for the tune.
    You do the math, btw i think he asked the cost not what he should get.
    Last edited by Lunatikgixxer; 11-10-2010 at 07:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunatikgixxer View Post
    ..btw i think he asked the cost not what he should get.
    Quote Originally Posted by purplebat66 View Post
    just curious what would it cost to put a cam in a ls1 car and that would include the other parts as well , like the valve springs etc.Just wanted to get a rough estimate.

    cost is also dependent on what he gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    The rest of it is obvious, but why a new oil pump?
    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    Our oil pumps wear out.
    This and you have already done all the tear down work to get to the cam, now would be the time to replace it, so why not do it right then instead of later down the road and you have to and do all of the same work again.

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    bare minimum you can just do springs and cam if you feel lucky. wont get much power with stock exhaust and a ls1 intake though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    The rest of it is obvious, but why a new oil pump?
    The Pump needs to be removed to get to the timing chain, so while it's out why not replace it.
    Also the lifters don't need to come out for the job, but if your north of 100K miles it would definetely be a good idea to replace them aswell.
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    lots of answers about the oil pump
    Roger that, thanks guys

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    one of my friends asked a shop one time how much it would cost to JUST for a cam swap, nothing more...they wanted $900-1000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    one of my friends asked a shop one time how much it would cost to JUST for a cam swap, nothing more...they wanted $900-1000
    i got quoted 700-800 from a guy that my brother knows. I payed 450.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunatikgixxer View Post
    i got quoted 700-800 from a guy that my brother knows. I payed 450.
    who did yours?

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    my brothers friend that he grew up with, so he threw a nice discount in there for me..

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