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can i drive to get a tune after heads & cam?

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    can i drive to get a tune after heads & cam?

    i apologize if this has been went ove before. i want to replace my heads and cam, and i know i will need a tune after that. my question is this; the only place i know to get it tuned at is about an hour and a half away. is it safe to drive it that far after the r&r? any tips on that or the replacement would be appreciated. also, what are the best heads to get for an ls1? i heard trickflow or AFR. or should i just go with some ls6 heads?

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    depending on the cam, it will drive, but might be difficult to stay running at idle. just have to do the two foot drive.

    AFR are my first choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    depending on the cam, it will drive, but might be difficult to stay running at idle. just have to do the two foot drive.

    AFR are my first choice.
    what else do i need to buy or do you recommend i buy with the heads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semperfiws6 View Post
    what else do i need to buy or do you recommend i buy with the heads?
    head gaskets, head bolts, oil, oil filter, razor blades, shop rags, hand cleaner, coolant

    pics of my head swap
    http://www.stealthram.com/vhpheadinstall.html

    cam swap while fixing heads
    http://www.stealthram.com/camswap.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    head gaskets, head bolts, oil, oil filter, razor blades, shop rags, hand cleaner, coolant

    pics of my head swap
    http://www.stealthram.com/vhpheadinstall.html

    cam swap while fixing heads
    http://www.stealthram.com/camswap.htm
    do the heads come with new pushrods, rockers, springs etc?
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    complete heads come with valves, springs, retainers, and valve locks. you get your own pushrods and rockers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    complete heads come with valves, springs, retainers, and valve locks. you get your own pushrods and rockers
    i looked at AFR heads, and they are a bit pricey. what would your next choice be? would i be better off with aftermarket heads, or just getting mine ported/reworked?
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    If price is a big issue then go to the WS6store.com and check out there line of patriot heads. Great heads for the money. Just be sure to do your research and get a head and cam combo that fits exactly what you want to do with the car and you will be fine with the patriots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    depending on the cam, it will drive, but might be difficult to stay running at idle. just have to do the two foot drive.

    AFR are my first choice.
    lol yup.. and that sucks. mine is still untuned and i am constanty trying to keep it running at an idle but once it gets moving it is pretty smooth

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    just make sure its not running to rich. if it is you could wash out your rings. just keep an eye on the oil and smell it to make sure there is no gas in it. i have seen it happen. mine was to rich but they where all cam only cars so it may be differant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnypimp-ss View Post
    just make sure its not running to rich. if it is you could wash out your rings. just keep an eye on the oil and smell it to make sure there is no gas in it. i have seen it happen. mine was to rich but they where all cam only cars so it may be differant.
    shouldn't be anywhere near that rich unless larger injectors are swapped in without their respective tables being changed

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    running rich like that will ruin spark plugs and O2 sensors though at a minimum. It won't take near as long as you might think either.

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