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This is a discussion on Cam swap DONE!!! within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by Speed_kills_WS6 Timing chains are good to replace at 100k miles. Thats a norm I guess you can ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed_kills_WS6 View Post
    Timing chains are good to replace at 100k miles. Thats a norm I guess you can say. Sometimes they last longer, sometimes not. However, if it does crap out on you while driving, could possibly warp valves & cause a lot of havoc. Then the cost of just replacing the chain turns into a total overhaul, lol.
    Sounds like i need to schedule a cam swap date so i can replace my timing chain!?! lol i just rolled 133k miles :-)

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    yes, i do believe your chain and cam are getting rather old and need to be replaced.

    Ive noticed alot of people do autocross with the t-tops off, why is that?.....referring to your signature picture thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by tav8ws6 View Post
    Ive noticed alot of people do autocross with the t-tops off, why is that?.....referring to your signature picture thing
    In autocross its not a requirement to have the tops in. Also, because its low speed (60-70mph) you dont have to worry about the aerodynamics too much.

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    Oh, I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed_kills_WS6 View Post
    Timing chains are good to replace at 100k miles. Thats a norm I guess you can say. Sometimes they last longer, sometimes not. However, if it does crap out on you while driving, could possibly warp valves & cause a lot of havoc. Then the cost of just replacing the chain turns into a total overhaul, lol.
    Any one have reports of chains breaking while driving??

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    ^ Nope but you can more then likely kiss the engine goodbye

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    FWIW my 100K LS1 timing chain and gear looked brand new, but I swapped for a LS2 chain anyways. The LS2 chain is very beefy and should hold up for a long time.

    Def upgrade the oil pump on a 100K+ motor during cam swap! You need the extra oil pressure on a cammed motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raysz28 View Post
    In autocross its not a requirement to have the tops in. Also, because its low speed (60-70mph) you dont have to worry about the aerodynamics too much.
    Plus helmet hitting t-tops and glass

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    Plus helmet hitting t-tops and glass
    Yeah, you feel like a dork when around every turn your helmet smacks the t-top! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by raysz28 View Post
    Yeah, you feel like a dork when around every turn your helmet smacks the t-top! lol
    The worse part is you never expect it

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    when you guys replace the chain with an LS2 one, do you replace just the chain or the whole assembly with the 2 gears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tav8ws6 View Post
    when you guys replace the chain with an LS2 one, do you replace just the chain or the whole assembly with the 2 gears?
    Its best to replace both gears and chain. There cheap, 60-70 bucks for the kit I think. At least change the cam gear/chain as that is coming off anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Its best to replace both gears and chain. There cheap, 60-70 bucks for the kit I think. At least change the cam gear/chain as that is coming off anyway.
    Is double chain set that is advertised everywhere really that much better than the LS2 one your talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tav8ws6 View Post
    when you guys replace the chain with an LS2 one, do you replace just the chain or the whole assembly with the 2 gears?
    I just changed the chain, you can use the stock gears with LS2 chain. However I agree w/ HiPo it is best to get the whole set and change it. Pretty inexpensive for the full timing set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raysz28 View Post
    Is double chain set that is advertised everywhere really that much better than the LS2 one your talking about?
    Wouldn't bother with a double chain setup personally. The install problems make it look poorly in my opinion. Just get the LS2 chain, cam and crank sprocket and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tav8ws6 View Post
    I hope no one cares about this thread being dragged on, but its getting alot of attention from knowledgeable people. so heres my question. how much power (torque i guess too) can the stock motor handle on average with NO adverse effects? I know a two guys with 425rwhp in corvettes (one an LS1, the other ans LS6) and they handle it just fine, daily driven or not. I like that number and think it would be a really fun and safe level of power. In my mind anything more than 425 is risky, but am I wrong?
    its not so much about the power as it is the rpm if you change out your rod bolts for a good set of arp's they can handal a lot. my stock ls1 is over 400hp at the wheels with some bolt on's and a cam and it runs just fine.

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    Hah, i just deleted my message because I finally found it through the search. I really only want 400-425 rwhp. No more. Im looking to get stock LS6 heads, and i guess port and polish them if necessary. A TSP 228/228 cam. Long tubes. And of course a tune. Think thatll get me to the 400 mark?

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    That should get you to the 400 mark. Or damn close

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Wouldn't bother with a double chain setup personally. The install problems make it look poorly in my opinion. Just get the LS2 chain, cam and crank sprocket and call it a day.
    This man speaks the truth

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    "...or damn close". Thats my fear. I dont want to do all that work and NOT hit the 400 mark. Id be so mad.

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