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CAM help for a newb

This is a discussion on CAM help for a newb within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; My transam is pretty lightly modded...intake and catback for now. Its probably going to get headers and cats soon. Other ...

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    CAM help for a newb

    My transam is pretty lightly modded...intake and catback for now. Its probably going to get headers and cats soon. Other than that I don't have too much else planned power wise.

    What would be a good cam to stick in there? Is there something that will give me good driveability though a fairly wide range of throttle application. I don't race it really, but I do like to get on it a bit.

    Another question...gas mileage, can I get a cam that won't affect it much, I don't want to loose any mpg if possible, but if it takes more than 1mpg off my highway cruising I would just rather stick with the stock cam.

    Oh..how long would a cam install take at a good shop? And what kind of power gains could I expect?

    Thanks for any advice you guys can give.....I'm totally knowledgeless when it comes to cams.

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    your gonna lose mpg with a cam. most of it has to do with your driving style.
    best streetable cam is out there the 224.
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    Yeah going to lose mpg and yes the 224 is the way to go

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    Perhaps I just won't cam it, a little extra omff is always good, but most of my time is highway cruising...and I love my mpg there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intrepidman View Post
    Perhaps I just won't cam it, a little extra omff is always good, but most of my time is highway cruising...and I love my mpg there.


    just to let you know..when you get your exhuast your mpg will go down..just for the fact that you will want to get on it more to hear the exhaust...to mod for mpg is silly..we mod for power..mpg should be only a after thought with our cars .

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    agreed... if you're that concerned about saving money on fuel. Pick yourself up a cheap beater that gets 30s on the highway and with the money you save on the vehicle initial purchase, insurance, and maintenance you can throw all that money at your sports car.

    thats what I did, 1990 Sunbird LE, so many of my girlfriends have called it cute that my ego is in pain but once they see the TA they have a different view on things

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    i know a cam will cause mileage drops, but how much are we talking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch0jr View Post
    i know a cam will cause mileage drops, but how much are we talking?
    When I put a cam in my car I actually noticed no difference in MPG. Of course that is only when I am driving normal. If I make it out to the track or something like that I don't even try and figure out my MPG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottesini View Post
    When I put a cam in my car I actually noticed no difference in MPG. Of course that is only when I am driving normal. If I make it out to the track or something like that I don't even try and figure out my MPG.
    Whats the specs on your cam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KING Z28 HAWK View Post
    Whats the specs on your cam?
    It is the VRx3 226/228 .585/.588 lsa 112

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