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what to replace with cam install

This is a discussion on what to replace with cam install within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; what needs to be replaced with the cam install mainly the oil pump and timing chain? I am going to ...

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    what needs to be replaced with the cam install mainly the oil pump and timing chain? I am going to replace the timing chain but is the oil pump a need to? thanks

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    the timing chaing is probably more important than the oil pump. i wouldnt really worry about it if your on a budget, just a good piece of mind, i know plenty of guys with heads/cam cars that are still running on stock oil pumps

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    will need prom re-programmed, will heads support the cam, do you have enough exhaust to support cam, enough fuel delivery?

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    thanks i was only really curious about the oil pump i have everything else

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    Your going to have to remove the oil pump to get the chain off. So why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by liss87
    what needs to be replaced with the cam install mainly the oil pump and timing chain? I am going to replace the timing chain but is the oil pump a need to? thanks
    You don't have to but I highly recommend it. Those stock LS1 oil pumps are a POS and if your going to do some racing I would go ahead and spend the extra $110 and get a ported LS6 pump. I think my oil pressure runs about 40 psi at idle and 60 psi at higher rpm on my LS6 pump. Cheap insurance if you ask me.

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    The oil pump is worth the few bucks for peice of mind.

    How many miles on the car and what cam are u going with? That'd determine if its worth to pull the heads and do the lifters also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert
    Your going to have to remove the oil pump to get the chain off. So why not?
    I absolutely agree. The last thing you'd want, is to go through the entire process of installing a new cam.... then have you're stock oil pump go bad on you a few months down the road, only to have to take everything back off all over again. Change the pump now, for peace of mind's sake.

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    I idle at 925 RPM's. Oil pressure is at 42-44 PSI at idle.

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