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    Another cam queston for you automatic guys

    I bet you guys get tired of hearing people post what cam is the best, so, well, what cam would be the best for my daily driven Z-28? It's a 98 Z-28 with Long tubes, 3" ORY, LS6 intake, SLP airbox and Holley powershot air filter, MSD wires, cold temp thermostat and that's about it. It's a 3.23 gear car as well, runs damn strong but I want a little more out of it with a nice lopey idle. I'm going with a 3000 RPM stall converter and LS6 valve springs when I do the swap but as far as cam selection I'm a little confused since there are so many cam grinds out there. I'm looking at the TR 224/224 on a 114 LSA, I was told to keep my lobe seperation angle at 114 and not lower due to driveability. I want the most power and best sound from the mid of the power band on up through 6,000 RPM's. Basically a highway car that makes power from a roll being the LS1's like being up in the RPM's anyway.

    Any tips or advise is appreciated, thanks guys

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    the TR 224 is a nice cam. makes it's power up in the higher rpms though.

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    im not a huge fan of thunders 224 cam

    i like the comp 224/224 581/581 114 lsa.
    it has a higher lift than TR and makes more power threwout the band.

    i have above comp cam in my car.
    i also have a 3000 stall and above combo is perfect
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula
    im not a huge fan of thunders 224 cam

    i like the comp 224/224 581/581 114 lsa.
    it has a higher lift than TR and makes more power threwout the band.

    i have above comp cam in my car.
    i also have a 3000 stall and above combo is perfect

    Thanks, sounds like a better cam. I was kinda leary about the Thunder Racing cams basically because I've never heard of them before and didn't know the quality of their parts. I only run comp cams in my older motors and made good power, thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98-LS1
    Thanks, sounds like a better cam. I was kinda leary about the Thunder Racing cams basically because I've never heard of them before and didn't know the quality of their parts. I only run comp cams in my older motors and made good power, thanks again!

    comp cams grinds most ls1 tuners cams.
    i just dont like the specs of thunders cam.

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    With a 3000 stall, you can go with a bigger cam.

    You also said two things that contradict.....

    You want: 1. Lopey idle
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    2. High LSA for driveability.

    Lopey idle will come with a lower LSA (like 112).

    With my comp cam 220/224 .581 114 lsa you barely hear the lope at idle at all. With an auto (lower idle rpm) you may hear it a bit more, but not much.

    With a 3000 stall, you might consider a 228 or 232 cam with 114 or 112 lsa. Quite a bit more power up top. The only power loss with the bigger cam would be below 3000 rpm. So it wouldn't matter with your stall.
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    If you want 3000 rpm of stall you need to get a 3500 conv. I just put a 3000 in my car, 98 Z, and at about 2400 rpm it spins or pushes of the line.

    Just FYI

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    how driveable is a 3500 RPM stall? This is my first automatic LS1 car BTW, I'm trying to figure out what the best set up is while being able to drive it daily if I need to.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98-LS1
    how driveable is a 3500 RPM stall? This is my first automatic LS1 car BTW, I'm trying to figure out what the best set up is while being able to drive it daily if I need to.

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    very driveable.
    get a 2.0 or higher str and the car will drive tight.

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    it all depends on what kind of drive ability you want and how much power your looking for

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