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Cam, Lifter Combo

This is a discussion on Cam, Lifter Combo within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I pretty much have all the bolt on mods covered and have been playing around with thought of putting a ...

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    I pretty much have all the bolt on mods covered and have been playing around with thought of putting a cam in. I want to break the 400hp barrier but keep it driveable. I'm looking for something that doesn't affect gas mileage too much that I can use with my stock heads. I'm not looking to spends a ton of money. If I get a new cam I will need new lifters correct? If that is the case what would be a good combo of lifters and a cam?

    I know nothing about this type of mod so any help is appreciated
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    You don't have to get new lifters but depending on your mileage I would. I would tell vengeance racing of your wants and they will be able to suggest some cams to you. You might want to look at upgrading your clutch depending on the cam you go with. In addition you are going to want to replace your valve springs with higher lift ones and you will want to replace your pushrods with chromoly ones as well. Since you have a 98 I would suggest replacing the oil pump and timing chain too since you will be down there anyways. I have a write up on how to do a cam swap here if interested: Camshaft swap "How to".....
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    I have a new clutch getting installed now so thats not a problem. I was looking at the cam packages from Tick Performance, they seemed to have a good selection and would be able to address what I am looking for. With the upgrades to the oil pump and timing chain it was almost $1,000. Is that a normal price for this type of upgrade. What should I expect to pay someone to install this. Would I need a tune after it was installed?


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    BTW: I only have 71k miles on it would lifters or rocker arms be neccessary

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    $1000 seems about right when said and done for this kind of upgrade. That is if you are doing the install yourself or someone you know is doing it and not charging you for it. For a shop to do this the cost would be astronomical. I would say at least double. A tune would definitely be required after the cam install. You may be able to get a mail order tune until you can drive it to get a dynotune depending on how big the cam is. With 71k I would say you are fine I was fine at way more miles than that but replaced the lifters only because I was replacing the heads.

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    Also add about $500 for tuning.

    As a fellow 98' owner I can not beg you or stress enough to spend the money on some better heads. You don't have to get CNC 2.5 but at least look for some 5.3 heads, used 241's or 243's. The 853 heads suck putting it politely. You'll need a tune anyways so why not just do it all at the same time.


    Does that package include push rods & valve springs rated for the cam?

    LS7 lifters are now the stock replacement for almost all LS motors.

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