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    My step-dad is telling me not to put a cam in my car for it will ruin the drivability and longevity of the engine im not planning on going with a real big cam just want somthing that i can smoke the other guys on the street. the one im looking at is a Texas Speed Torquer v.2 Camshaft. i read all the other forums and i wanted to know if anyone has installed a cam without the ticking noise. that just doesnt sit right in my head. and the only thing i can figure is that it could be the heads not being built up right. or too big of a lift with not enough spring. i plan on porting and polishing the heads and putting a new valve train in them. along with the stiffer rods. anyone with any knowledge on this would be greatly appreciated.
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    Bigger cam and it'll tick some. Just the valves opening and slamming shut. Mine does. It will kill your gas milaege some.

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    mine didn't tick that is untill I broke a piston

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    ok so i guess my question is how big can you go with the cam before it starts to tick. heres the stats with the one i want to go with. Texas Speed Torquer v.2 Camshaft
    TSP XS Series Camshaft: 232/234, .595"/.598" with 112 LSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbucks39 View Post
    ok so i guess my question is how big can you go with the cam before it starts to tick. heres the stats with the one i want to go with. Texas Speed Torquer v.2 Camshaft
    TSP XS Series Camshaft: 232/234, .595"/.598" with 112 LSA
    mine is a comp cams 234/238 duration 595/605 lift 114 lobe seperation the only "tick" I know of with an ls1 was the early ones and the wristpins ls1's have floating pins also the aluminum block lets more internal noise out than an iron block my suggestion to you is build a motor for your car while you can drive it then you can swap it out and sell the stocker for a decent amount

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbucks39 View Post
    ok so i guess my question is how big can you go with the cam before it starts to tick. heres the stats with the one i want to go with. Texas Speed Torquer v.2 Camshaft
    TSP XS Series Camshaft: 232/234, .595"/.598" with 112 LSA
    I have a 224/224 .563/.563 114lsa cam. Now, its not a very big cam, great for my DD, but I have the slight ticking noise, kind of like a sewing machine, but I guess thats normal for these motors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98formy View Post
    I have a 224/224 .563/.563 114lsa cam. Now, its not a very big cam, great for my DD, but I have the slight ticking noise, kind of like a sewing machine, but I guess thats normal for these motors.
    i have the same cam with only a bigger lift.
    the sewing machine sound is normal for cammed cars.
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    somone told me that putting a cam in these engines greatly depreciates the longevity of the engine is this completly true i know it could be to an extent but i really dont think it would be suggnificant if you took the right precautions

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    these engines are pretty durable. It's more of how you drive it and take care of it that determines it's longevity. I wouldn't spin the motor real high and stay on top of the maintenance and you should be fine. I also would look more at a 224 or 228 cam. The tune is also very important as far as how it drives so I would have a plan for who/where I was going have tune it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    these engines are pretty durable. It's more of how you drive it and take care of it that determines it's longevity. I wouldn't spin the motor real high and stay on top of the maintenance and you should be fine. I also would look more at a 224 or 228 cam. The tune is also very important as far as how it drives so I would have a plan for who/where I was going have tune it.
    so what would the difference in the tune be from cam to cam? you should be able to tune any cam that fits into the motor, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula View Post
    i have the same cam with only a bigger lift.
    the sewing machine sound is normal for cammed cars.
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