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Old 04-24-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Head/Cam Install

Hey Fellas, I am wondering if anybody in the Fort Worth/Burleson area would be able to help me install a cam and heads. I've never done a cam install so I'd have no idea how to go about it. I was contemplating taking it to a shop, but I can save about $500 by doing it myself. If anybody is down that would be fantastic.
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^^ Just for reference, there is an awesome write up around here and one on ls1tech. It is very straight forward and not very difficult. Just time consuming. Go slow and read the write up. It will be a great learning experience and save you a lot of money
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^^ i spend 20 mins earlier today scouring here and tech for those cam install threads. couldnt find em. Too many results pop up in searches with the words "how to install camshaft" :/ And it's not in our KB or tech's stickied list of How-Tos

Anyone wanna save myself and the OP some trouble?
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Here ya go bud:

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Thanks fellas! I'll check out the literature.
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Thanks fellas! I'll check out the literature.

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Thanks for all the literature fellas. I'm going to be doing this on a saturday here in a month or so, so i'll have a bunch of time to read up on this and get another pair of hands to help me.

By the way, does anybody know of a good cam kit that doesn't require cutting the pistons or anything of that nature? I want a nice aggressive cam but dont want to have to cut pistons or any of that nature.
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hey bud...Im off saturday afternoons and sundays...so let me know when ur doing this and I might be free to give you a hand...
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hey bud...Im off saturday afternoons and sundays...so let me know when ur doing this and I might be free to give you a hand...

Awesome man, thanks! I'm still looking for the right cam
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i can get you into the right cam for you needs. Good price on new heads also if you dont already have them.
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Awesome man, thanks! I'm still looking for the right cam

You realize that you're still going to have to get it tuned before you drive it right? SNL isn't terribly far from you (just north)...
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I would refer you to SNL also, I have seen many cars that they have done cam installs for. Good guys to work with too.
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i can get you into the right cam for you needs. Good price on new heads also if you dont already have them.

^ read dickieirish thread on his new build. It seems like a certain shop in Texas dosent check ptv! If I was you op I would go to snl


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I would refer you to SNL also, I have seen many cars that they have done cam installs for. Good guys to work with too.

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^ read dickieirish thread on his new build. It seems like a certain shop in Texas dosent check ptv! If I was you op I would go to snl


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As a matter of fact, I'd sit tight and wait for a Cam Day... They offer cam install and tune packages on those days.

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I will take it to snl to get it tuned, they did all my exhaust work, but I can save $500 just by installing everything myself and I'll tow it to snl for the tune. The money I would save on the install would pay for the tune
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Don't have custom exhaust work done..it's cheaper to buy a kit.
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good luck man enjoy it, dont get frustrated
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Don't have custom exhaust work done..it's cheaper to buy a kit.

I bought ARH 1 7/8th's LT's and the ARH 3" catted x-pipe because I had the intentions of building the rest of the exhaust myself, I'm the lead welder at a metal fab shop. When I took it to get the headers installed they basically cut the pipes right after the corsa x-pipe and welded them onto my ARH x-pipe. Once I get the rest of my piping in I'm going to cut it off and finish it off with 3" 304SS and reduce the very ends to 2.5" so the corsa mufflers will still go on.
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Thanks bud! I'll try not to lol
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I bought ARH 1 7/8th's LT's and the ARH 3" catted x-pipe because I had the intentions of building the rest of the exhaust myself, I'm the lead welder at a metal fab shop. When I took it to get the headers installed they basically cut the pipes right after the corsa x-pipe and welded them onto my ARH x-pipe. Once I get the rest of my piping in I'm going to cut it off and finish it off with 3" 304SS and reduce the very ends to 2.5" so the corsa mufflers will still go on.

Put them in the 04 location
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I bought ARH 1 7/8th's LT's and the ARH 3" catted x-pipe because I had the intentions of building the rest of the exhaust myself, I'm the lead welder at a metal fab shop. When I took it to get the headers installed they basically cut the pipes right after the corsa x-pipe and welded them onto my ARH x-pipe. Once I get the rest of my piping in I'm going to cut it off and finish it off with 3" 304SS and reduce the very ends to 2.5" so the corsa mufflers will still go on.

i like this idea a lot.
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i like this idea a lot.

Thanks bro, I will probably start the exhaust work within the next 2 weeks or so, I should have enough piping by then. I'm going to try the corsa mufflers at the end first and if that doesnt work I'll go with something in the 04 location, maybe some bullet style mufflers or something.
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I sent an email here over a month ago with no response, this was after I made a phone call to the shop telling me to email

OP, my vote is to do the install yourself if you're able to. With all the knowledge and write-ups online you can do it!!!

Take your time and enjoy..
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I sent an email here over a month ago with no response, this was after I made a phone call to the shop telling me to email

OP, my vote is to do the install yourself if you're able to. With all the knowledge and write-ups online you can do it!!!

Take your time and enjoy..

I just sent them an e-mail about 2 hours ago, waiting to hear back. I'm going to install it myself. I've asked a couple of shops on quotes for head/cam installs and theyre all in the $500-$700 range, that money can be spent on tuning and other such things. This will be my first time ever installing something like this so I definitely want help with the install if I can get some, just to make sure I dont mess anything up. I've been reading write ups for a few hours now and it SEEMS fairly easy as long as you have time and the correct tools. Mine is a DD so I'll have to be able to do it over a weekend.
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what cam and heads are you looking at? how long are you planning on driving it untuned?

if it's your dd and you're planning to this on a weekend then driving it around before you get tuned, you're asking for trouble unless you can have a tuner available to, at best, do a quasi street tune to at least make it safe and run ok.

in the end it will come down to how radical your choices are.
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I'm undecided on the heads/cam I'm not sure what the best package is for me. I'd more than likely work on it as soon as i get off work on a friday so I can be done saturday morning to go get it tuned. I'm open to suggestions as to what would be the best package for me to get. I plan on procharging next year if that helps.
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I'm undecided on the heads/cam I'm not sure what the best package is for me. I'd more than likely work on it as soon as i get off work on a friday so I can be done saturday morning to go get it tuned. I'm open to suggestions as to what would be the best package for me to get. I plan on procharging next year if that helps.

unless you plan on getting a blower cam now with the heads, i'd just wait. you'll end up having to go back in a do it over.
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unless you plan on getting a blower cam now with the heads, i'd just wait. you'll end up having to go back in a do it over.

Looks like I'm just going to do a basic head/cam/intake build. My dad just picked up an ls7 out of a wrecked z06 that still runs perfectly, so were going to start building the ls7 for the peocharger and swap it in when its done
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Looks like I'm just going to do a basic head/cam/intake build. My dad just picked up an ls7 out of a wrecked z06 that still runs perfectly, so were going to start building the ls7 for the peocharger and swap it in when its done

Personally, I wouldn't boost an LS7 and plan on it lasting. They aren't known to be boost friendly.
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Personally, I wouldn't boost an LS7 and plan on it lasting. They aren't known to be boost friendly.

I've heard the same thing, but my uncle has a procharged Z06 running on 8 psi and hes never had a problem with it. I don't plan on running stupid boost.
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