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Old 03-03-2013, 06:10 PM   #18
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7) you obviously don't have money to play bud.
Without a college degree or at least 2 years experience in anything you're pretty much stuck with low paying dead-end fast food jobs, or a bag boy or cashier at a grocery store.....

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #19
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Yea...I have a hook up for the inspection.

Definitely prepared to spend $2,000-$3,000 on a complete "cam kit"! Just looking at what kind of cam and what price.

Thank you for the advice! I really do appreciate it!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #20
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A lot of the posts have given good advice. To do a cam correctly is going to be around $1300.00. This is after headers and hi flo cats. No use doing a cam before you can get the increased air flow out. I think your wasting your money on an LS7 or 9 cam. Same effort to install and you don't get much of an increase. I had Vengeance install there Stage II cam and the drivability is good. Look around at what some of the cars on here are running and PM the owners and ask questions about how there car drives is the best answer I can give you.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #21
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buy a cam 500 bucks or less
buy springs 200-300
push rods 100
tune 300-500
install 300-500
bolts gaskets and antifreeze 50
just guessing on prices. i had this done for around 1200 bucks . but diff areas means diff prices
the other stuff is for piece of mind. i didnt do anything else but what i listed above to my car. i know a few others that did the same and doing fine . just know that if someone else does it for u , do research on them and ask around .
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:40 PM   #22
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What kind of hp are you looking for? Top end...mid range. tq vs hp.

There are quite a few options out there...lethal, vengeance, jre, lg...or you can hit up ed curtis and get a custom grind based on your setup and end goal. Thats what I did...I'll be posting my specs and numbers after install in a few weeks.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:44 AM   #23
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You can run the cam that I have, its a newer Lunati voodoo ground for the ls3 heads. I am running this cam with the stock valve train... its only .565 lift and ground on a 112. With headers and a tune its making around 450 at the wheels, has a nice lope at idle and the drivability is not much different then stock. Little88 knows my car, its runs hard and the cam has been in my car for a year now with 10k miles, no issues.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #24
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As litle said do it right the first time. I installed a small cam and now im about to go back in to install bigger cam and stall.

Man you LS3 guys have it easy on cam installs. My whole set up was over 5000.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #25
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Give us a call & we can go over options with you. It helps to discuss the car & goals with you & from there we can put you together a good combo that will make the best possible power for your goals & $$$.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:47 AM   #26
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I guess I should've clarify...yes I am doing headers first. Looking at kooks or Stainless Power...not sure if the extra $ is worth it for kooks and definitely a tune with this. Then Cam...I was just trying to figure out what Cam would fit my needs. I already have an Intake.




I know this State is definitely going to hell...I love the weather but Politics suck! Maybe I should move to Texas! :flag2:

I do have money to play...I just don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a Cam and was seeing what others were using. Obviously different Cams for different needs. But your advice is appreciated.



sounds like good advice!



Thank you all for your advice...going to search for more info on headers and a tune!
you have a poor intake...one that heat soaks and doesnt close off the engine air very well. if you know you are getting a tune have your tuner custom spec a grind for you. can always find a tuner through your local regional forum
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:03 PM   #27
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Ok...so I got the kooks headers with high flow cats...ported throttle body and power bond 25% UD pulley and Vararam intake...so before I go get a tune...I was thinking...why not get the cam taken care of!

So with me living in the peoples republic of CA....what's a good smog legal cam? I know almost an oxymoron... but I have to be able to pass smog.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #28
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Ok...so I got the kooks headers with high flow cats...ported throttle body and power bond 25% UD pulley and Vararam intake...so before I go get a tune...I was thinking...why not get the cam taken care of!

So with me living in the peoples republic of CA....what's a good smog legal cam? I know almost an oxymoron... but I have to be able to pass smog.
So you should already be tuned if you have installed those parts and I'm thinking the long tube headers already kills your smog test. I could be wrong.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #29
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Lol...that's only the visual inspection...I have a hook up on that...I will still pass the sniffer test.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:35 PM   #30
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Lol...that's only the visual inspection...I have a hook up on that...I will still pass the sniffer test.
I'm thinking someone in the CA regional Forum might be of help to you. You can ask again there or I can move the thread there for you.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #31
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Lol...that's only the visual inspection...I have a hook up on that...I will still pass the sniffer test.
As of Jan this year, there is no sniffer test. The tech will plug into the OBD II port and check the system for failing codes.

Where you are wanting to stay NA, I'd call Ryne @ CMS or shoot him a PM on here. He can spec out a cam for the parts you currently have on your car and give you a very close estimate as to where you will be when everything is said and done. It would be a drive to get the tune done, but well worth it in my opinion.

He did a FI cam for me and I couldn't be happier. Before the blower I was right @ 460rwhp, after the blower, I picked up almost 200rwhp more. He did a NA version for SPCBA and his auto put down the same power as my manual.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #32
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Ok...so I got the kooks headers with high flow cats...ported throttle body and power bond 25% UD pulley and Vararam intake...so before I go get a tune...I was thinking...why not get the cam taken care of!

So with me living in the peoples republic of CA....what's a good smog legal cam? I know almost an oxymoron... but I have to be able to pass smog.
The cam has nothing at all to do with what is smog legal. All it does is TRY to pump air more efficiently. Your intake, headers, and to a lesser extent.. catback, take care of the rest. Every cam is smog legal.

Don't rush into this bud. I would take it slower if I were you. The cam is where you will start running into problems if you haven't done your research.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #33
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The cam has nothing at all to do with what is smog legal. All it does is TRY to pump air more efficiently. Your intake, headers, and to a lesser extent.. catback, take care of the rest. Every cam is smog legal.

Don't rush into this bud. I would take it slower if I were you. The cam is where you will start running into problems if you haven't done your research.
apparently you're not aware of this little thing called "cam overlap"
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apparently you're not aware of this little thing called "cam overlap"
Hehe... more like I apparently don't understand what they check for in a smog test. I was under the impression that once the factory cats were gone, you weren't going to pass regardless of cam.

Thanks for the cleanup Ryne. I don't want to misinform people.
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