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This is a discussion on reading a cam card within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Hey guys I just saw someone else asking about cams but didn't want to jump on his thread. I don't ...

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    reading a cam card

    Hey guys I just saw someone else asking about cams but didn't want to jump on his thread. I don't know shit about cams. I have a 6spd,

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    gross valve lift .595 .600

    tappet lift 281 285

    intake center line 114.0

    duration@.050 232 236

    lobe lift .3500 .3540

    lobe sep 114.0

    Is this large , small , middle of the road

    how do you read all this mumbo jumbo ?

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    Middle of the road.

    If you need descriptions start reading. All those numbers are pretty basic and just require a little study time.

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    Ok let me ask this arethere certin numbers people generally look at when they are talking size of the cam or all of them together?

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    232/236 595/600 114lsa would be the typical description you would see for those specs. Its a middle of the road size cam for an LS1.

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    OK thanks for the info guys. Just trying to learn a few things

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniversary30 View Post
    OK thanks for the info guys. Just trying to learn a few things
    give this a read

    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/genera...cam-guide.html

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    I don't know that I would call that middle of the road though.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    I don't know that I would call that middle of the road though.......
    With the three choices he gave for sizes, I picked middle of the road Smaller then M-series. Like said, given the limited 3 sizes, its not LARGE.
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    It's big enough that it will be a top end cam with that 114 LSA regardless of driveability.

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    so your saying middle of the road or a touch larger? Driveability is good, it doesn't give me any trouble on the street even in traffic.

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    I was saying that it was a top end cam even though I'm sure that it can drive very easily if tuned properly. I bet it doesn't peak until 6500 or so which would leave you shifting around 6700.

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    I think it speaks volumes as to where the LSx cams have went that a 232/236 with lifts ~.600 would be called a middle of the road cam. To me that's a larger cam than I would ever want to run on something that wasn't track dedicated.

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    Yes,my shop ran it on the dyno to 6700. It's tuned preaty well I think, It took me on a 1800 mile road trip without a hicup.

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