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This is a discussion on Cam undertaking within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Looking to purchase and install a cam in the near future, but i really dont know where to start. I ...

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    Cam undertaking

    Looking to purchase and install a cam in the near future, but i really dont know where to start. I would really like more knowledge on what a cam does, what type of cam i should choose, and the other required material to accommodate the swap. All input appreciated
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    I'm no expert on cams but I've asked enough from people on here to know someone that can answer your question will want to know what you use the vehicle for dd,drag,ect. One thing is how aggressive you want the cam to be where you want your power to be low end mid or high end. Rods may need changed if you're an auto a higher stall 3400rpm up is what everyone tells me you'll need to be re tuned (frost). So start by giving that info and someone more experienced with the internal engine set up will hop on and let you know more. Good luck I'm gonna keep a watch on this cause like I said I'm still looking for a can in my ls1.

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    Thanks for the input. I def want something that im still able to drive daily, but puts down the work on the strip. I know that ill have to get the chrome moly pushrods and a stall of at least 3200, but beyond that im lost. I would really like a cookie monster level explanation of cams and their functions. Anywho, maybe someone is bored and will enlighten me.

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    Call up comp cam or Texas speed. They might be able to help figure out what you'll want to keep streetable and still push the quarter time a bit. They can even custom grind them.

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    there's really so much info out there that you could read for days and never cover it all. Crane has a pretty good FAQ list on cams. This should answer a lot of questions as far as what a cam does and it'll give you a better understanding of what the duration, lift, and LSA numbers mean
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    As far as materials needed....LS1Howto.com has a "how to" for a cam and valvetrain swap that's actually very detailed and has pictures to go along with it. Excellent write up really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    there's really so much info out there that you could read for days and never cover it all. Crane has a pretty good FAQ list on cams. This should answer a lot of questions as far as what a cam does and it'll give you a better understanding of what the duration, lift, and LSA numbers mean
    Crane Cams |

    As far as materials needed....LS1Howto.com has a "how to" for a cam and valvetrain swap that's actually very detailed and has pictures to go along with it. Excellent write up really.
    I just went through the entire "how to" and it seems very comprehensive. Very good instruction for a first timer.
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    There is a camshaft swap how to I wrote here:

    http://www.ls1.com/forums/f7/camshaft-swap-how-166914/

    I personally would get a custom grind and talk to a shop about your wants and goals and see what they suggest to you.
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