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Worthiness of cam gears

Discussion in 'Engine Building' started by jamesA, May 10, 2004.

  1. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Just want to know everyones opinions on getting some new cam gears, are they really worth the money and how do you use them to adjust timing? I never fully understood their usage for $400/set...
     
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    400/set?! how many cams you got, 5?! Cam gears are dirt cheap...and they are used to adjust the lift of the cams by rotating them + or - degrees. Best used when on a dyno and they can readilt adjust them for optimal performance.
     
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    They're just used to advance/retard the camshaft timing in relation to the crankshaft. If you're mostly stock, they'll help some- but if you're running aftermarket cams, they can be very helpful for extracting maximum power. You should be able to get some pretty good ones for about $200 a set. $400 is too high.
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    sorry. I was tryin to guess how much they were without looking it up, and I guess i picked the wrong price. skunk2s set are 270 for the Si, I over priced them. n/m. :p

    Would these help at all on a turbo application? Say on stock cams, edelbrock turbo kit, skunk2 cam gears?
     
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    They'll definitely help on a turbo application. You generally want to decrease overlap between the intake and exhaust events on a turbocharged engine so you don't bleed as much boost away as you would with the stock setting, so yes- they can help quite a bit under boost, even with stock cams.

    $400 isn't too steep for some makes of cam gears. Some of them are easily that much. I only paid $185 for my Skunk2s brand new though... look around for some sales or group buys, and you should be able to get a set of the same for much less.
     
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    Thanks Mike. I've added them to my list of planned upgrades.
     
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