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This is a discussion on TSP MS4 Camshaft Magic Stick V.4 any good?? within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I currently have a TR 231/236 595./602. 112LSA in my car and am making 390RWHP with some bolt-ons but no ...

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    TSP MS4 Camshaft Magic Stick V.4 any good??

    I currently have a TR 231/236 595./602. 112LSA in my car and am making 390RWHP with some bolt-ons but no heads..

    The TSP MS4 Camshaft Magic Stick V.4 is a 239/242, .649"/.609" 112 or 111LSA

    My car is street driven and is currently a DD...Will the TSP cam give me more power under the curve for drag racing while still keeping my car able to be a DD or is it a waste of money to put this cam in???

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeeD4SpeeD View Post
    I currently have a TR 231/236 595./602. 112LSA in my car and am making 390RWHP with some bolt-ons but no heads..

    The TSP MS4 Camshaft Magic Stick V.4 is a 239/242, .649"/.609" 112 or 111LSA

    My car is street driven and is currently a DD...Will the TSP cam give me more power under the curve for drag racing while still keeping my car able to be a DD or is it a waste of money to put this cam in???

    Any thoughts?
    you will be much happier with what you currently have. going to that MS4 means you are going to a 'peak power' cam. there is no 'under the curve power' with a cam that size. you have no power until 5000rpm up to 7000rpm. are you really going to be spending your time driving that car daily at those rpm's? bigger isnt better and people with smaller cams can/have beat guys who run bigger cams because they have the power under the curve (usable power). personally i think it would be a waste of time, money and resources for you to go to that cam...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    you will be much happier with what you currently have. going to that MS4 means you are going to a 'peak power' cam. there is no 'under the curve power' with a cam that size. you have no power until 5000rpm up to 7000rpm. are you really going to be spending your time driving that car daily at those rpm's? bigger isnt better and people with smaller cams can/have beat guys who run bigger cams because they have the power under the curve. personally i think it would be a waste of time, money and resources for you to go to that cam...
    I appriciate the honesty man......Yea im looking to get down the track quicker not be a number whore.....Cuz the cam i have now starts up at 1800 but the TSP states that the powerband in from 2200-6800 is that accurate? But then it says that it's peak power is at 6200 so i see your point...So for better 1/4 mile times stick with wut ive got?

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    This is my dyno sheet for that cam...


    2002 Trans AM WS6 CE M6
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    Thunder Racing 231/236 .592/.602 111.5LSA Cam, Stock bottom end
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeeD4SpeeD View Post
    I appriciate the honesty man......Yea im looking to get down the track quicker not be a number whore.....Cuz the cam i have now starts up at 1800 but the TSP states that the powerband in from 2200-6800 is that accurate? But then it says that it's peak power is at 6200 so i see your point...So for better 1/4 mile times stick with wut ive got?
    stick with what you have. i currently have a 224 cam and im going a little bigger to a TSP 231/237 .598/.595 @112+2 lsa. it will give me more power and slightly move my 'peak power' up in the rpm band but not out of the range for daily driving...

    when they say the 'peak' power is at 6200rpm, that means that from 2200 (sometimes more like 3000rpm) the torque is a nice flat line (means you are pulling hard) upto that 6200rpm, and from there it tapers off...

    basically if you go with that bigger cam you would lose alot in the low rpm's. then you have to compensate that with gears, etc to get/keep it in the 'usuable' power band...

    attached is my dyno sheet with all my mods excpet for the Ls6 intake. you can see the 'under the curve' power it makes (nice flat torque curve)...

    if you dont have gears already, that should be you next mod over a bigger cam. the gears would make DD more fun and really give you results at the track...

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    Nice dyno sheet man...That is a nice flat TQ line you have there...I have my dyno sheet 2 posts up and mine is alittle more arched due to the larger cam but i see your point now...Peak TQ qould be farther up the powerband and my peak is at 4600 or so as it is so i dont want it higher then that... When my afr 205cc 66cc arrive and i have them milled my performance should jump into the 420-430rw area im hopeing with a nice tune....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    you will be much happier with what you currently have. going to that MS4 means you are going to a 'peak power' cam. there is no 'under the curve power' with a cam that size. you have no power until 5000rpm up to 7000rpm. are you really going to be spending your time driving that car daily at those rpm's? bigger isnt better and people with smaller cams can/have beat guys who run bigger cams because they have the power under the curve (usable power). personally i think it would be a waste of time, money and resources for you to go to that cam...
    Couldn't have said it better. On another forum I'm on, I know a guy who raced another guy who had MS4 cam. His cam was a little smaller, but had more 'under the curve power' and pulled on him through most of the RPM range. He said the other guy didn't start catching up till 5K or so. With both of them hooking from a dig, he was out front till about 115 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackLT1Z28 View Post
    Couldn't have said it better. On another forum I'm on, I know a guy who raced another guy who had MS4 cam. His cam was a little smaller, but had more 'under the curve power' and pulled on him through most of the RPM range. He said the other guy didn't start catching up till 5K or so. With both of them hooking from a dig, he was out front till about 115 or so.
    I see...So i guess my cam is the best i can get for under the curve cuz as u can see from the dyno it makes good power and torque down low so hopefully the heads will add to it more!!!

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    you will love the heads...lol

    you think you get your ass planted now, oh buddy, just you wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    you will love the heads...lol

    you think you get your ass planted now, oh buddy, just you wait...
    LOL you make it sound so much mnore tempting.... Now i really cant wait muhahahah So what do you think with the heads milled plus the cam all tuned around 420-430rwhp and 400-410rwtq??

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    Whats the best Head/Cam package out of these 3 from TSP?
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    I kept hearing with the MS4 that fly cutting the pistons might be an issue, which is why I got the MS3. I haven't gotten everything in and installed yet but when I do in a few weeks I'll post it up. MS3 is only a little smaller than the MS4 237/242 and .603/.609 so Its a little large but with my 3600 stall I'll be alright especially when the bottle is activated .

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeeD4SpeeD View Post
    LOL you make it sound so much mnore tempting.... Now i really cant wait muhahahah So what do you think with the heads milled plus the cam all tuned around 420-430rwhp and 400-410rwtq??
    why would you mill the heads? that could lead to the possibility of you having to flycut the pistons for PTV clearance. more time, money and resources spent. then you have the issue of using gaskets of the correct thinkness to work will milled heads, etc. can it be done, yes it can be. all i am doing is asking you why you'd want to mill...

    yes i know that milling the heads will bump up your CR, but you wont really gain that much. the Patriots that i have are 59cc chambers and have bumped up my CR to about 11.1:1...but it needs to be known that Patriot welds up their Ls6 style heads to achieve this, not milling down the heads like other companies do.

    you about right in terms of gains to around 420-430rwhp, and TQ about the same as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    why would you mill the heads? that could lead to the possibility of you having to flycut the pistons for PTV clearance. more time, money and resources spent. then you have the issue of using gaskets of the correct thinkness to work will milled heads, etc. can it be done, yes it can be. all i am doing is asking you why you'd want to mill...

    yes i know that milling the heads will bump up your CR, but you wont really gain that much. the Patriots that i have are 59cc chambers and have bumped up my CR to about 11.1:1...but it needs to be known that Patriot welds up their Ls6 style heads to achieve this, not milling down the heads like other companies do.

    you about right in terms of gains to around 420-430rwhp, and TQ about the same as well...
    Reason being for the milling is i was told that milling the 66cc afr's to 63-62cc will help with the CR and give some more ponies..... I just wanna get the most outta the heads...i was never aware of fly cutting the pistons cuz im not up to that yet....What i was "TOLD" was millilg would be about $400 or so and would give an extra 10-15RWHP but if i need to go to all of that trouble and sacrifice my well build DD then screw it i dont have to mill em if i wont get much and it will cost a alot.....

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    Plus, with increasing the CR, you have to watch detonation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackLT1Z28 View Post
    Plus, with increasing the CR, you have to watch detonation.
    I kno im aware of that....Seems now that milling is more hassle and money then what its worth.....And i dont know what the numbers for milling would be but i probably wouldnt even get much xtra HP

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    Well not without manditory use of race gas anyway. I'm sure paying 5$ a gal for race gas will add to your overall cost quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    you will be much happier with what you currently have. going to that MS4 means you are going to a 'peak power' cam. there is no 'under the curve power' with a cam that size. you have no power until 5000rpm up to 7000rpm. are you really going to be spending your time driving that car daily at those rpm's? bigger isnt better and people with smaller cams can/have beat guys who run bigger cams because they have the power under the curve (usable power). personally i think it would be a waste of time, money and resources for you to go to that cam...
    as usual, right on the mark.

    also just to note, i have a buddy with the magic stick 4. he fly cut the pistons to be safe. i recommend doing it as a preventative measure. i have heard from a few credible sources that the magic stick 4 is quite a pain to tune correctly and for peak hp. not sure why because i think its just a question of retarding the timing a bit...? but i have no idea, didnt have time to get the reasons.

    to the O.P. no one is trying to shun you away from big lift cams and there peak potential, its just a question of what you will use. cams like the magic stick 4 have a rather narrow operating range and its not optimal for the street. if i had a weekend track star i would bore the ls1 .30 over and get a cam similar in size to the MS4 on a 110 lsa. but that isnt the case. im daily driving my z and occasionally tracking it. but the street is where i need the power. you just have to ask yourself and be honest about it. where is your car going to be the majority of the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by secondgearscratch View Post
    as usual, right on the mark.

    also just to note, i have a buddy with the magic stick 4. he fly cut the pistons to be safe. i recommend doing it as a preventative measure. i have heard from a few credible sources that the magic stick 4 is quite a pain to tune correctly and for peak hp. not sure why because i think its just a question of retarding the timing a bit...? but i have no idea, didnt have time to get the reasons.

    to the O.P. no one is trying to shun you away from big lift cams and there peak potential, its just a question of what you will use. cams like the magic stick 4 have a rather narrow operating range and its not optimal for the street. if i had a weekend track star i would bore the ls1 .30 over and get a cam similar in size to the MS4 on a 110 lsa. but that isnt the case. im daily driving my z and occasionally tracking it. but the street is where i need the power. you just have to ask yourself and be honest about it. where is your car going to be the majority of the time?
    Yea i mostly need the power on the street cuz that where my car mostly is but i still wanna tear ass at the track so im guessing form my dyno i posted just to stick with what ive got.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by slims00ls1z28 View Post
    Well not without manditory use of race gas anyway. I'm sure paying 5$ a gal for race gas will add to your overall cost quite a bit.
    Oh yea it will, bad enuff 93 octane here is $3.30

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