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legitamate cam ?

This is a discussion on legitamate cam ? within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; if i was to get a mild cam, maybe upping power by 20-50hp, would i still need to replace my ...

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    legitamate cam ?

    if i was to get a mild cam, maybe upping power by 20-50hp, would i still need to replace my oil pump/lifters/springs/etc

    timing chain i know is a must

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    Springs are a must with any cam swap. If there is ONE thing that must be replaced, its the springs.
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    Yes, like he Hi-Po said, springs FOR SURE, and I would probably change pushrods for sure too, just to be on the safe side. But if you have the money, oil pump/timing chain/spark plugs if you use the air tool to keep your springs compressed then change them while they're out and get a 160* t-stat while your at it. Good luck with your swap, your going to LOVE a bigger cam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2K_CAMARO View Post
    Yes, like he Hi-Po said, springs FOR SURE, and I would probably change pushrods for sure too, just to be on the safe side. But if you have the money, oil pump/timing chain/spark plugs if you use the air tool to keep your springs compressed then change them while they're out and get a 160* t-stat while your at it. Good luck with your swap, your going to LOVE a bigger cam
    well i'm just debating all sorts of options

    if i'd just need to swap springs/pushrods/timingchain for a mild cam i'd figure <$1000 for all parts and i could do that this christmas

    but if i needed even more such as a oilpump/waterpump/lifters/etc/etc i'd have to wait,

    also weighing options of an ls6/lq9 as my motor has 121k on it now, so its getting aged

    last two options will have to wait until i have a GOOD paying job, probably out of college

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    With your engine having higher milage, I would strongly suggest a port LS6 oil pump. There are so many things that will nickel and dime you to death if your not ready for them. Remember, you still need a 400-600 dollar tune after the cam swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    With your engine having higher milage, I would strongly suggest a port LS6 oil pump. There are so many things that will nickel and dime you to death if your not ready for them. Remember, you still need a 400-600 dollar tune after the cam swap.


    yeah i'll just have to be stock for a few more years

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    oh thanks ya'll

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    You could get a mail order tune in the $150 range...

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