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Which cam is best for me?

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    Which cam is best for me?

    Thunder Racing Custom Camshaft
    "TR 224-112" - 224/224 .563/.563 112 LSA

    Thunder Racing Custom Camshaft
    "TR 224-114" - 224/224 .563/.563 114 LSA

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    "Reverse Split" - 230/224 .575/.563 111 LSA

    Thunder Racing Custom Camshaft
    "Reverse Split" - 227/224 .569/.563 114 LSA

    so here's my question... what does it all mean, and with my car being Auto, what's best for it?... I'm going to instal a 2,500rpm stall and 3.73's in the upcoming months...

    Car has, all the Bolt-ons necesary...and I got some descent ported heads ready to be installed...
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    Visuals: Angel eyes, rear eurolights and T/A rims
    Suspension: Eibach ProKit, UMI Adj. Panhard, SFC's, LCA Relocation brakets, KYB AGX shocks

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    What are your goals for the car?

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    400+whp

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    a stall will wake up your car...but youre gonna want bigger than 2500 i feel... and try to be realistic with goals not a hp goal, when we ask what are youre goals be specific, as in i want midrange power or im tryin to hit 12.5, or somethin on those lines.

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    Things is I do alot of runnin in the streets... as bad as it may sound to some...

    Track Times I'm not too concerned about, I run 12.8@109, with 332whp... and a bad trans...

    basicly I wanna be able to do a little bit of everything, but the car is not a daily driver, so I don't care about Gas, every day drivability... and all that stuff...

    I want my car... to run descent enough times to get noticed at the track, but still be able to go to the street and tell them Cobras, to bite my shinny chipped paint bumper... jejeje

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    I have a TR224 cam with all suppoting bolt ons and my #s are in my sig. It's a nice street racing cam, powerband kicks in early at 2400 RPMs for me and holds strong with a flat torque curve all the way up to above 5800+ RPMs. Now as far as your stall is concerned I agree with above, you should prol look into a bigger stall then a 2500, someone else will chime in with more on that I am sure. Maybe post a separate Q on that in the automaic section?

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    414 RWHP 395 RWTQ
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    check power #s and mods in sig
    '00 Black Ram Air TA TR224/224 PRC 5.3 59cc Heads
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    honestly... I'm happy if the power reaches nearly 400whp, since it's auto...I know it'll be harder to do... and next year... I'll probably go 383ci... on a stroker... I just want the car to be competitive... and I want it to have the same advantages as it has right now...

    I can launch from a low roll and make AWD cars look like they didn't launch... got plenty of torque for that, and the car grips like a motha... thing is people a loosing respect for power now a days... not a year ago, I was the terror of the streets around here, with my 294whp... now with 332whp... I'm mearly one of the many... with 400...my car will again become something to respect... jejeje... it's all about having fun, and getting my but kicked as little as posible...

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    224 cam won't be near 400rwhp, unless the dyno is generous. More like 370-380. I'd go with a 228 cam as it'll do everything the 224 will and then some with no further sacrifice in drivability. I've never owned an auto but been reading for at least 9 years that you want at least a 3,600 stall.

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    but why such a high stall?... I'm not actually gonna be drag racing it at the track all that much... still kinda wondering whats the diffrence...

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    Our converters lock up so that is why the higher stall is more acceptable to daily driving. I have a feeling you saw these reverse split cams on ls1tech. They make about the same power as there reverse counterpart just more torque under the curve. You also need some really free flowing exhaust to make the reverse split effective. If you in fact saw this on tech they have the dyno info and times in a number of threads.

    3rd choice for me.

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    I'm still checking out LS1 Tech actually, trying to find some info as we speak... thing is I wonder what such a high stall will do to low rolls on the street and such?...


    BTW, my Headers are 1 7/8" with 3" colectors, and I have 3" Y with a Cutout at about 6 inches from the point the Y comes together... I think it's free flowing enough? hehehe

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    with your goals I'd be looking at a 220 or a 230 camshaft with around .580-.600 lift and around a 3,500-4,000 stall.
    with the tuning capabilities of todays tuners, that combo can be very streetable (especially if you are looking for a weekend street toy)
    I'm running a 220/224 .570/.580 112lsa cam with a 3,800 stall right now in my goat and looking at going to a mid 23x cam soon.......i do daily drive mine 50+ miles a day.....and its fun

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    I wouldn't go any lower than a 3200-3400 Vigalante. I've got one and it is great on the street if you don't plan to do much drag racing. And if you ever descide you want something stalled higher you get 1 free restall from P.I. A custom cam is the way to go. That way you tell a expert what you got and what you want out of it and let him figure it out. I believe the going rate is around $25 and thats your best option for a cam choice.
    Last edited by PFM; 10-15-2009 at 12:36 PM.

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