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Cam and Intake

This is a discussion on Cam and Intake within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have longtubes, catted y, and catback. If I put in a new cam would the stock LS1 intake really ...

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    Cam and Intake

    I have longtubes, catted y, and catback. If I put in a new cam would the stock LS1 intake really rob a lot of my power or should I change it right away.

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    While you would likely still see relatively nice gains from the cam swap, you're still going to leave a bit of HP on the table by sticking with the more restrictive LS1 intake. Given that a cam swap is already pretty costly ($300+ for cam + springs + pushrods + install + tune), I'd go ahead and save the extra $300 - $350 and pick up a used LS6 intake.

    The amount of HP you're missing out on will be determined mainly by the cam you select. If you pick a cam that makes great power down low, the restrictive upper limits of the LS1 intake wouldn't be as much of a problem as it would be if you had a monster cam that makes most of its power up top.
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    I have a 224/112lsa under my ls1 intake and i was wondering the same thing.

    What cam do you have?

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    right now I have a comp cam but I dont know the specs on it, so I was wanting to go with a 226/226 585/585 112 LSA.

    How would this cam work with the LS1 intake Midnight02?

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    There is no doubt you will feel the difference of the cam with the LS1 intake, but you'll feel it a lot more with an LS6 or F.A.S.T

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    your leaving about 10 h.p on the table with a ls1 intake
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