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    What gains can i get with mild cam?

    I have the LS6 motor in my 99 ss and i was wondering what type of gains would i look for in a mild cam? i'm just doing the cam swap, using the same heads i already have! Thanks

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    you can get some pretty good gains from a mild cam...Most of the time it wont be more hp than those you would get with a larger cam, but its probably going to be in a more enjoyable powerband/range for a street car. Just be sure to do all the supporting mods so you can get the full benefit of the cam.

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    do you have bolt ons? I got around 55hp from adding the TSP228r cam, its pretty mild id call it.

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    i gained 39 rwhp with a 224/224 cam which is a mild cam
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    Here is the chart showing how much I gained with from adding my cam (226/228 .585/.588 112 lsa). SO far I think of it as a great DD cam, good street manners, and did nothing but give me more power.


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    And these gains are from the cam alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mglangley21 View Post
    And these gains are from the cam alone?
    Cam and tune, it was tuned before, just needs to be touched up for the new cam. Only other things I did when I did the cam as well was oil pump, timing chain and springs. Before it was just a LT header, TD exhaust, and lid only car with a tune.

    On street tires with a failing posi I have cut an 8.11@ 90.67mph in the 1/8th with a 2.02 60' time. Overall, I could not be happier with the cam for my purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mglangley21 View Post
    I have the LS6 motor in my 99 ss and i was wondering what type of gains would i look for in a mild cam? i'm just doing the cam swap, using the same heads i already have! Thanks
    what are you putting down now? i also have a LS6 swap and i'm thinking of geting a 228/230, 112 lsa cam... i'm thinking that it should net me around 450 rwhp...

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    i'M PUTTING DOWN 360RWHP IN A STOCK LS6 WITH NO BOLT ON AND MINES AN a4

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    Quote Originally Posted by mglangley21 View Post
    i'M PUTTING DOWN 360RWHP IN A STOCK LS6 WITH NO BOLT ON AND MINES AN a4
    is that with a dyno tune??? i'd get headers, y pipe and cat back exchaust before a cam... you won't see huge gains from a cam untill you open the exhaust up... the stock LS6 heads aren't as restrictive as stock LS1 but should have the exhaust and intake ported... then you'll see some nice gains...

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    I gained roughly 60hp with a little bigger cam and headers, and that is through the LS1 intake.

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    It's perfectly reasonable to expect 35 - 40 rwhp from a mild cam. Add in all of the supporting mods and a great tune and you could expect to get a bit more. There are plenty of guys out there running larger cams that have netted 50 - 65 rwhp from just a cam swap alone.
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    I have a Slp loud mouth exhast and port TB and a yank 3300 stall and a tune but that is it. What is a good mild cam to go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mglangley21 View Post
    I have a Slp loud mouth exhast and port TB and a yank 3300 stall and a tune but that is it. What is a good mild cam to go with?
    a decent "mild" cam would be a 224...

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    Probably around 40whp

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    i got 45hp with 224 cam stock ls1 intake

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89LX View Post
    218/218 527/527 114 LSA and bolt-ons. Dyno results in signature.

    I know this is over a year old, but what kind of idle do you have with this cam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH.WS6 View Post
    I know this is over a year old, but what kind of idle do you have with this cam?
    Should be near stock. My old cam220/224 112lsa was close to stock idle with just a hint of chop to it

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