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Old 03-15-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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LS3 Cam Worth it or Not

So here is the questions I have before I drop the cash and I figure you guys are the experts more so than I.

1) Is a cam worth the Money
2) Will reliability suffer from installing one.
3) Anybody have any issues after installing one.
4) How big is enough?

I'm doing long tube headers, hi flow cats, and a cam kit and I'm having a local trusted shop installing these and sounds like the car will put up some pretty good dyno numbers..

Thanks for any info u guys can give..

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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It all depends on what you want out of your car. If you are looking for a big HP number, put in a big cam, ported heads and all the other mods you mentioned. If this is a daily driver, you need to find a balance point between HP and driveability. Figure out your goals, then call some of the vendors here on C5. They will be happy to talk about your options. I would suggest talking with Andy at ADM. He has a great reputaion and is the only person I would trust for this kind of work, but I'm sure there are lots of other very qualified shops represented here on C5.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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Call up lethal racing good shop and great customer service their goin be doin my work in the next month. But in my opinion if you doin a cam swap don't go with am ls3 cam.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Pick a "streetable" cam kit. Livernois Motorsports has what u need and coined "2C." I have that set up with a CAI, long tube headers, 3" mid-pipe and 3" flow masters...that's it. 464 rwhp. F-ing LOVE it. Great chump-chump-chump at the stop light.

There are plenty of places to get what you want, but I recommend getting tons of technical information before you tear into a an installation.
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Is that through a manual.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:26 PM   #6
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Is that through a manual.
I'm betting it is...


The OP hasn't stated whether he has an LS3 or L99 yet..

just says he want's an LS3 cam which could go in either engine. Makes a difference...
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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AM LS3 Cam?
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the reasons why i say reliability will suffer little. is because you cant just go to your local chevy dealership for work. and i wont trust half the dealerships to work on my cammed camaro.
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I was actually asking if torked was an ls3 or l99.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #10
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rough idle blower cam by jannety racing 470 rwhp...and leave room to go di in the future. I you are 110 percent sure that you wont go FI theres other big head/cam packages but if a blower is even a possibility I would go with this. BTW its also my dd.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #11
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Oh u an ls3 wantn to know if a cam is worth it yes. I thought u might be an l99 asking if an ls3 cam was worth it my bad.
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Is a cam worth the Money----its costly but withbthis camn its mild until about 2800 rpm's and then its a beast
2) Will reliability suffer from installing one---I have had 0 problems...reliability is also alot in the insatll and TUNE!!!!
3) Anybody have any issues after installing one.----None here.
4) How big is enough? The jre 470 cam is one of the biggest blower cams that I personally wanted for a dd. I needed a mean cam with street manners as I drive 40-60 minuts in heavy traffic home from work 5 days a week.
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The biggest thing I tell anyone and everyone that asks these questions is

"Don't modify your engine if you're not willing to pay for the consequences of it failing. All things will fail eventually and if you don't do all of the supporting mods that need done at once you're setting yourself up for failure. P/V clearance checks, good springs good rods, check lifters, rockers, replace to melling oil pump, upgrade fuel pump (depending on cam size), tune done by a very qualified tuner, and obvious suspension and diff bushings to accept the added power without bad deflection."

Here's why I say this. My 1st cam was installed in my car two years ago tuned by a local tuner. After four months I started developing a small tick (thought it was nothing). The tick turned into a frozen lifter, flat spot on the cam and a bent exhaust valve.

2nd Cam - Installed by a different shop (very well known on camaro5), Pistons were flycut, valve replaced pushrods checked, melling pump installed, and lifter and rockers checked, Glad they did because I had a rocker set that was loose. Professionally tuned by Chuck Anders ChucksLSXTuning, Diff Bushings upgraded to pfadt, and I've had it over 10,000 miles of hard spirited driving and its been with me every step of the way. Things will fail. Stack your $ because insurance and warranty dont exist! ;-)
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Is a cam worth the Money----its costly but withbthis camn its mild until about 2800 rpm's and then its a beast
2) Will reliability suffer from installing one---I have had 0 problems...reliability is also alot in the insatll and TUNE!!!!
3) Anybody have any issues after installing one.----None here.
4) How big is enough? The jre 470 cam is one of the biggest blower cams that I personally wanted for a dd. I needed a mean cam with street manners as I drive 40-60 minuts in heavy traffic home from work 5 days a week.
+1 I am totally pleased with mine! Not that much heavy traffic driving, but it behaves really well at low speed. Just need to adjust your driving style/clutch usage a bit when trying to go really slow, as in across a parking lot. Serious power increase and the lope gets attention. Nice weather here today and a couple of younger guys about crossed out of their lane trying to get a better look at what was loping behind them.
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The biggest thing I tell anyone and everyone that asks these questions is

"Don't modify your engine if you're not willing to pay for the consequences of it failing. All things will fail eventually and if you don't do all of the supporting mods that need done at once you're setting yourself up for failure. P/V clearance checks, good springs good rods, check lifters, rockers, replace to melling oil pump, upgrade fuel pump (depending on cam size), tune done by a very qualified tuner, and obvious suspension and diff bushings to accept the added power without bad deflection."

Here's why I say this. My 1st cam was installed in my car two years ago tuned by a local tuner. After four months I started developing a small tick (thought it was nothing). The tick turned into a frozen lifter, flat spot on the cam and a bent exhaust valve.

2nd Cam - Installed by a different shop (very well known on camaro5), Pistons were flycut, valve replaced pushrods checked, melling pump installed, and lifter and rockers checked, Glad they did because I had a rocker set that was loose. Professionally tuned by Chuck Anders ChucksLSXTuning, Diff Bushings upgraded to pfadt, and I've had it over 10,000 miles of hard spirited driving and its been with me every step of the way. Things will fail. Stack your $ because insurance and warranty dont exist! ;-)

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So here is the questions I have before I drop the cash and I figure you guys are the experts more so than I.

1) Is a cam worth the Money
2) Will reliability suffer from installing one.
3) Anybody have any issues after installing one.
4) How big is enough?

I'm doing long tube headers, hi flow cats, and a cam kit and I'm having a local trusted shop installing these and sounds like the car will put up some pretty good dyno numbers..

Thanks for any info u guys can give..

Chad
Hello Chad, Before you can Consider a Cam upgrade you will have to Add Long Tube Headers to your Mod List.

If you Want HP and a Cool Idle sound, then They are Worth Every Penny.

Anytime you modify anything and Drive it Harder you increase your chances of Failure, Todays Parts are better than anything previously offered so Reliablility Is High with Proper Care.

Valve Springs should be inspected Yearly on a daily driver and Every 6 Months if Raced Regularly.

Our Cams are Plenty big enough to get you the Meat of the Power, and you have to go a Lot bigger to find the Crumbs.

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once the intake and headers are done, call any of the Camaro5 trusted vendors and yes... it is worth every penny.
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Just curious, does a cam install increase where your redline is? As in, can you push each gear farther up the rpm's with on of these aftermarket cams?
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Just curious, does a cam install increase where your redline is? As in, can you push each gear farther up the rpm's with on of these aftermarket cams?
Typically 2-400
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Yep Long Tube headers and hi flow cats is a part of this deal. The cam would be changed and all the supporting parts for the cam. I know parts fail and warranty would not exist on those parts so the question is why do it ????????
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Yep Long Tube headers and hi flow cats is a part of this deal. The cam would be changed and all the supporting parts for the cam. I know parts fail and warranty would not exist on those parts so the question is why do it ????????
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Yep Long Tube headers and hi flow cats is a part of this deal. The cam would be changed and all the supporting parts for the cam. I know parts fail and warranty would not exist on those parts so the question is why do it ????????

I don't know if I missed it, but did you mention the cam specs? The cam size along with the installation and tuning play a huge roll in dependability.

Poor installation and tuning can cause all kinds of issues. Also a poorly chosen cam can also create issues.
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I do not have the specs of the cam. I was just given expected rwhp numbers.
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