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Old 08-29-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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cam installation

im looking to get the stage 1 cam from ADM Performance. Does anyone know what a cam installation entails? and how long it takes?
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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Probably take an experienced back-yard guy a good weekend and special tools. Otherwise, a shop will probably charge a good 8 hours for the install - $800? You're going to probably want to upgrade springs too.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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It's really not hard at all. U can prolly keep ur stock springs if ur goin with the stage 1 cam bc there isn't much difference in lift.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:19 PM   #4
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yea they said i wouldnt need to change the springs.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #5
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What's the gain in a stage 1 cam?
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:41 PM   #6
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Seriously I would change the springs reguardless of the cam you put in. A tiny bit of valve float will cost you more than the $400 for decent springs. Oh, might as well throw in some hardened pushrods to.

If you havent done a cam swap before or are not real experianced with working on cars, do youself a favor and bring it somewhere, or get a buddy who knows what hes doing. Its easy cheesy after the first time, just like sex.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:02 PM   #7
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What's the gain in a stage 1 cam?


DYNO 1 = Completely stock(Tune and all) with 14 miles on it.
DYNO 9 = Completely stock(Stock Tune) with ADM Stage 1 cam.
DYNO 11= Completely stock(Stock tune) with ADM Stage 1 cam
and ADM Offroad downpipes.
DYNO 17= Completey stock(Stock tune) with ADM Stage 1 cam and
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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shouldnt take more than a few hours,
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:23 PM   #9
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Honstly if ur gonna go through with it go bigger than that stage 1 cam unless ur goal is most hp without a tune. You'll thank urself later
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:04 PM   #10
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can any one post a step by step link 2 an install
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:12 PM   #11
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That depends on if it is the LS3 or the L99, quite a few differences there.
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:14 PM   #12
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:31 PM   #13
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I checked Shopkey for some labor times for cam R&R. Nothing listed yet for the 2010 but a Corvette with LS3 takes 22.5 hours and an Avalanche with an LS engine takes 25 hours. An 02 Camaro takes 15.5 hours. These are the labor times many shops refer to when quoting a job.
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:38 PM   #14
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if you call me i will tell you everything you need to do i just got done with mine and will be starting in the am when my tune guy gets there i can tell you i have a auto shop and it takes longer and is alot more to it than what i have seen alot of people on here make it out to be so pm me and i will give you my number
ps you will need to get a/c sucked out before you start

also if your new cam is a 3 bolt then you will need to get and top gear for and ls7 vette because your ls3 stock cam has a single bolt gear

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Old 08-29-2009, 10:09 PM   #15
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those numbers are way high, because gm figures you should replace the lifters to do a cam swap(heads have to come off to swap lifters)

just a cam swap on these cars with someone who has done cam swaps on other ls engine can do it in a few hours easy
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:23 PM   #16
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i will try but you can pm me and i will give you my phone #

drain antifreeze, remove trans lines from radi, remove power steering cooling lines from the bottom of a/c cooler , upper and lower radi hoses from block,2 small hoses on top radi buy the radi cap, remove air box (2 10mm bolts) and just pull up there is nothing else holding but it will be feel tite and remove air tube from box to intake inlet, remove both 10mm bolts holding top of radi then lean radi toward motor and removed both 13mm bolts holding top & bottom a/c lines now remove a/c cooler & radi together, remove both heater hoses from water pump,then remove belt (the other belt for a/c will have to be removed when you pull the damper off, remove 6 (10 mm bolts ) from water pump & remove it ,then take 2 15mm bolts from alt mount the ones on the left side then losen the 15mm nut beside them so you can slide alt over a little bit, then remove 24mm bolt holding damper on and you will need a puller to remove it because is pressed on, then remove all (10mm ) timing chain cover bolts there are 2 bolts on bottom coming up to the bottom of cover, and the 2 10mm bolts holding cam sensor bracket and unplug both ends of it and remove it, now remove both vavle covers remove all rockers and push rods now you want to turn your cam around one full turn by hand then start pulling out if it feels like its hanging on smething that means all lifters are not up in there pocket and you may have to try to turn it again make sure you have your other cam ready to go right in so lifters dont fall because if they do you will have to remove heads because lifters are under heads i may have missed something the best thing to do is just call me
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:25 PM   #17
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there is noway you can do it in a few hours it will take that long just to get ready to pull it i started mine last night and worked on it 4 or 5 hours today and i still have to add fluids
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