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    new guy cam question

    wuts up guys ive had my 98 ws6 M6 for about 3 months and have an exhaust and a lid on it. i want a cam but i dont want to go to big or to small. im in college so i have a limited budget so this will be a mild build for a while. with the Mods i already have im planning on adding gears, heads and a tune...so my question is can someone help me with a good cam for my situation and where to buy one. thanks guys
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    I'd look at the 228R. That's the cam I have in mine and I've been happy with it. Makes good power but is very streetable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    I'd look at the 228R. That's the cam I have in mine and I've been happy with it. Makes good power but is very streetable.
    hey Orion, i'm lookin at getting a here in afew months too. What kind of power increase could I expect with your cam (would you recomend going with a bigger cam in my situation) and I was thinking a 3,500 stall? or with a cam should I go higher stall? pacesetter Lt's, 3 inch true duals, cai, SLP maf, massive weight reduction and would get a tune.
    I drive it a lot, but its not a daily driver and does see track time. I'm looking for a large gain across the board, not just a high spike on a graph and I don't want to put the money out for heads this year.

    thank you

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    The stock MAF will work just fine so I wouldn't worry about a new one. You can be looking at 40-50 rwhp gains depending on the cam, but will really be limited on the full potential without heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UTVols98 View Post
    The stock MAF will work just fine so I wouldn't worry about a new one. You can be looking at 40-50 rwhp gains depending on the cam, but will really be limited on the full potential without heads.
    yeah, I'd love to get the heads now but I'm stuck on a budget....dam house payment lol

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    TR224 on 112. Tried and true. I suggest a search on it. Nice chop, good street manners and top of the line low and mid power. No slouch up top either.

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    When you say exhaust, do you mean headers also, cause if you don't have those yet I'd suggest getting them before a cam.

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    I agree, headers are a great mod and should be done before the cam. But idealy, do them both at the same time. You will be amazed with the power you pick up with both. But that cam needs to breath, if you do that before you do the headers you may be disappointed.

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    I agree with the others...if you don't already have headers, you should definitely do that mod first before a cam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcleveland@barrick.c View Post
    TR224 on 112. Tried and true. I suggest a search on it. Nice chop, good street manners and top of the line low and mid power. No slouch up top either.
    That sounds like a good cam. Most common error is getting a cam thats too big on an almost stock motor and wind up creating a motor that runs like a turd. I've seen it happen many times.

    But that cam sounds just like what the original poster is asking for. Its amazing the power that these 'baby' cams really do make. But in reality, 224 is not really a 'baby' cam. Thats a fairly good size cam when you compare it to stock.

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    Just some more info here for you . I have no problems on the street with my cam.

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    There are a TON of great cam selections out there that will accomplish exactly what you're looking for. The 224 and 228 cams referenced above are all proven performers and should net you a nice gain. Personally, I went with the Trick Flow cam listed below in my signature and I can attest that it has a nice bit of chop in the idle, however it still exhibits great street manners and makes great low and midrange power.
    2002 Camaro SS M6, 2.5 PRC 5.3L heads, TFS 228/230 cam, FAST 92, bolt ons + a 10 lb bottle in the back.


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