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    Should I buy?

    I got a guy that wants to sell me a comp cam. He said that it was on his car fo less thta 100 miles before he stripped and sold the parts. I don't know the numbers on it yet, but I am supposed to see it today. He is selling the cam ONLY. My question is (and I am pretty sure) don't these come in package deals too? If not, then what else would I need to install this cam? My car only has a lid and magnaflow pipes. Also, how much hp gain would this offer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    I got a guy that wants to sell me a comp cam. He said that it was on his car fo less thta 100 miles before he stripped and sold the parts. I don't know the numbers on it yet, but I am supposed to see it today. He is selling the cam ONLY. My question is (and I am pretty sure) don't these come in package deals too? If not, then what else would I need to install this cam? My car only has a lid and magnaflow pipes. Also, how much hp gain would this offer?
    need cam specs to guess power

    you will need harder push rods and better springs is a must

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    no. i would never buy a used cam...to many variables

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    + 1 new cam is the way to go

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    wow....that was quick.

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    the cam grind is on the back of the cam.I would buy a cam kit from a sponsor,you get a new cam with all the right parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    no. i would never buy a used cam...to many variables

    EXACTLY!!! cams are inexpensive really, when you think about it anyways... just under $400 brand new. Not to mention, the guy says he only had it in the car for 100 miles??? hmmm, I wonder why.

    Just buy a brand new one and get exactly what you want.

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    I bought a torquer 2 cam, push rods and springs from TSP for maybe $700....I might be off by a few $$$. I would not buy used either.

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    Only buy internals used if you know there history. I have an '02 Z06 cam in mine and it was used. But I bought it from a friend.

    ANY DOUBTS, buy new. No sense in thowing junk into a perfectly good motor.

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    Thanks guys

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    I bought a used cam. But it came from a reputable person & only had a few hours on it.
    And I've put thousands of miles on it since!
    In fact, I've put more miles on the car in the last month with the new additions than I did all of last year! It's just way too fun to drive now, ...

    But back to the topic at hand, ..., If the seller is a reputable person, then go for it. Of course it depends on how it was initally used, condition, etc, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PontiacFan View Post
    I bought a used cam. But it came from a reputable person & only had a few hours on it.
    And I've put thousands of miles on it since!
    In fact, I've put more miles on the car in the last month with the new additions than I did all of last year! It's just way too fun to drive now, ...

    But back to the topic at hand, ..., If the seller is a reputable person, then go for it. Of course it depends on how it was initally used, condition, etc, ...
    Well...he is a co-worker and said that he used it for less than 100 miles (I think he said something like 30-40mi). He wants to sell it for $200 and its a Comp Cam.

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    Nothing wrong in buying a user roller cam if you like the specs on it. Now if we were running a flat tappet cam that would be different. But I've sold several take outs to forum members with 0 problems. Just make sure you get the correct new springs and pushrods that you'll need to run it. Alot of people out there are just upgrading their cams when their cars just don't run fast enough for them anymore. But in your case unless its a sleeper cam or very small your not going to have the mods to pull off a cam change until you add some LTs and if your an A4 a convertor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PFM View Post
    Nothing wrong in buying a user roller cam if you like the specs on it. Now if we were running a flat tappet cam that would be different. But I've sold several take outs to forum members with 0 problems. Just make sure you get the correct new springs and pushrods that you'll need to run it. Alot of people out there are just upgrading their cams when their cars just don't run fast enough for them anymore. But in your case unless its a sleeper cam or very small your not going to have the mods to pull off a cam change until you add some LTs and if your an A4 a convertor.
    a4 converter?

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    a4 autmatic 4 speed
    converter stall converter ive been told by several people a yank 3500

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    a4 converter?
    Stall converter. Throwing a cam in your car right now, will be like breathing out of a coffee stir. You will not get the gains your looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00ls-1 View Post
    a4 autmatic 4 speed
    converter stall converter ive been told by several people a yank 3500
    yank 3600 *

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    yank 3600 *
    My baaad idk why I put that I've seen it enough times lol

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    dose he have the cam card?if not pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garygnu65 View Post
    dose he have the cam card?if not pass.
    He has all the papers with it, but it sounds like I might be better off going my own way brand new.

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