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Best Torque Cam for 5.3L?

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    Best Torque Cam for 5.3L?

    Hey all, I've got a 2002 Yukon SLT 4WD that sees regular towing duty every weekend between May-September. I'd like to find a good cam that is suitable for towing while still retaining good DD characteristics. An upgraded torque converter is a given as I'll be rebuilding the trans sometime in the late spring/early summer anyways.

    Any reccommendations on what would be the best cam for torque low-mid RPMs on the 5.3L? It probably doesn't matter but the Vin DeCoder I used says it's got the FlexFuel engine in it as well.

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    19 views and no input? C'mon guys...

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    I would keep it around 220/220 Duration. If it were me with a 5.3, I would probably go with a TR224 on a 114 or 112 if you want the chop. A simple cutout on a 114 LSA will let you here the chop very well though.

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    Talk to a cam company about what you have. Since you probably have stock exhaust manifolds your going to need a longer exhaust split cam like a 219/228 215/232, 214/230.

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    Sent you a pm. I have a nice cam for your truck. I was going to use it in mine but I'm doing a turbo kit instead.
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    212/218 are supposed to be good for torque

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    I would go with something like a 224/224.

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    My buddy put a used LS6 cam in the 5.3 in his 67 Camaro. Broke the output shaft on the M6 during a 5K rpm clutch dump at the track. Is that enough torque for ya?

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    lol, it would seem like it at that instance, but I need something that would start developing more than 50% by 2k RPM, and carry across the table. More of a towing cam, as that's what I will be doing with the truck...

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    I sent you a PM. I have a brand new 220/220 .581 / .581 116 lsa cam for sale. It will idle like stock and make plenty of torque. Let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    My buddy put a used LS6 cam in the 5.3 in his 67 Camaro. Broke the output shaft on the M6 during a 5K rpm clutch dump at the track. Is that enough torque for ya?
    Good ole' stick shift racing. When you drive them like they need to be driven, it doesn't take long to find the weak links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMasterCraft View Post
    lol, it would seem like it at that instance, but I need something that would start developing more than 50% by 2k RPM, and carry across the table. More of a towing cam, as that's what I will be doing with the truck...
    In that case, you might want to look at Vinci. They have a large cam selection with quite a few grinds that are specifically for trucks and 5.3's that are designed for low rpm torque and towing applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    Good ole' stick shift racing. When you drive them like they need to be driven, it doesn't take long to find the weak links.
    That was Tom's Camaro (the Butternut Yellow one). It's fixed but he broke it at Firebird. He had MT's on it that night too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    That was Tom's Camaro (the Butternut Yellow one). It's fixed but he broke it at Firebird. He had MT's on it that night too.
    Those little 350 turbo style outputs shafts in the 6 speeds just weren't made for that.

    It's a wonder he hasn't snapped the tiny 1.438 pinion yet out of that little 8.2 10 bolt. That'll be next.

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