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    I can't decide on a Cam

    I am trying to get everything together to rebuild the top end of my motor all at once, and I can't decide on what cam to use. I am going to be replacing the heads with the PRC Stage 2.5 5.3L Heads from Texas Speed. I am torn between 3 cams...

    228R - 228/228 .588/.588 112 LSA...1600-6300 RPM Powerband

    233/239 - 233/239, .595"/.603" 112 LSA...1900-6500 RPM Powerband

    Magic Stick 3 - 237/242 .603/.609" 112 LSA...2300-6800 RPM Powerband

    I don't drive the car everyday, but I want to to be streetable (228R cam would be great for this), but I want to be able to sort-of dominate at the track (MS3 would do this well), so my thinking was to get the 233/239 Cam and have a "middle ground".

    I was mostly leaning towards the MS3 cam because of the HP gains, but I am worried about loosing low end torque that is essential for the street (dig races on street tires). How much torque would I be looking at with the MS3? less than stock? or is it not a lot of torque compared to how much peak HP you gain?

    Also, is the MS3 completely "unstreetable"? and by-the-way...what does "unstreetable" mean? Does it mean that the powerband is too high in the RPM range to start off from a red light?

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    I've always been a fan of the 233/239 cam, that with the heads will be a great combo for sure. If you were going cam only I'd say MS3. You won't notice any loss of low end torque, I went from a 224/224 to a 232/236 and never noticed any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    I've always been a fan of the 233/239 cam, that with the heads will be a great combo for sure. If you were going cam only I'd say MS3. You won't notice any loss of low end torque, I went from a 224/224 to a 232/236 and never noticed any.
    off topic here, but im thinking of getting the torquer v2.
    worthwhile for me or not?
    im kinda leaning towards not.
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    i have a 228r 114 lsa and i gained 40 rwhp with a tune, and i like it but i kinda wish i had gone a lil bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula View Post
    off topic here, but im thinking of getting the torquer v2.
    worthwhile for me or not?
    im kinda leaning towards not.
    My tuner's not too fond of that one, but that's just his opinion. Why not get the 233/239 cam? Pretty much the same size, just slightly bigger. I've known a couple people with this cam and they ran real good at the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    My tuner's not too fond of that one, but that's just his opinion. Why not get the 233/239 cam? Pretty much the same size, just slightly bigger. I've known a couple people with this cam and they ran real good at the track.
    ive been debating, what to do if anything.

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    id say a 230 cam is about perfect

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    i'm looking at the Torquer V.2 also.
    found a link with sound clips... http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showth...uer+112+lsa+v2

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    Quote Originally Posted by raysz28 View Post
    i'm looking at the Torquer V.2 also.
    found a link with sound clips... http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showth...uer+112+lsa+v2
    Thats baby shit right there.

    I think I'ma go with at least a MS3 or maybe the MS4. Depends on how much it'll hurt the fuel economy. After all, I'ma hafta drive it every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squee View Post
    Thats baby shit right there.

    I think I'ma go with at least a MS3 or maybe the MS4. Depends on how much it'll hurt the fuel economy. After all, I'ma hafta drive it every day.
    neither are great for daily driving

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhraformula View Post
    neither are great for daily driving
    What would you recommend for a 383?

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