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5.3L heads and cam

This is a discussion on 5.3L heads and cam within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; i was going to buy a cam package from texas speed next week but they also have a heads and ...

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    5.3L heads and cam

    i was going to buy a cam package from texas speed next week but they also have a heads and cam package that caught my eye. its stage 2.5 5.3L heads and any cam i choose. double spring kit and pushrods. I dont know a whole lot about changing out heads. besides gaskets and new bolts will i need anything else to put these heads on? i was going to get the 228R cam before i saw the heads package and is that still a good cam to go with or should i go bigger with the new heads? Thanks

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    Hey Matt,
    I think that could be a nice set up, what are your mods now?,are you m6 or auto?
    Your car's a 98 so I suggest timing chain and oil pump

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    its a 98 ss m6. mods now are loudmouth exhaust. slp k&n cold air intake, slp maf, i also have on the way an 85mm intake and pacesetter lt headers. ya i already bought an ls2 timing chain and and ls6 oil pump for when i put the cam in. how difficult is putting on new heads? i was wanting to know all the extra material i will need to do a head and cam install over just a cam install

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    OH OK, NO PRETTY MUCH COVERED IT W/BOLTS & GASKETS . PROB. 3-4 HOUR
    TIME ADDER
    MY BRO-INLAW HAS 02 SS W/SAME HEAD&CAM PKG 228R 112+2
    MADE 439WH 398TQ (thats w ls6 intake & 36# injectors)

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    Does Texas Speed sell those heads with perimiter style bolts for the 98? If not you'll need new valve covers and coil pack rails.

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    also a fine wire wheel for a drill or a 90° to clean the block deck.....dont use ANYTHING more aggressive than that.
    its actually a very easy job to do. took about 8-9 hour on mine, but probably 5 of those hours was porting the heads

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