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cam shaft quality?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sweetk30, Feb 13, 2005.

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best quality cam? for bbc

Poll closed Feb 23, 2005.
  1. crane cams

    19.0%
  2. comp cams

    71.4%
  3. crower cams

    9.5%
  4. other and please add to thread post

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  1. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    who makes the best cam in your opinon. and has the least problems with quality. this is for a bbc tbi. i will be changing the springs also. thanks
     
  2. boz42

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    i run comp in all my engines, 1 bbc included. it does help that they are here in memphis, but they have excelent tech support by phone also.
     
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    never known a person to have problems with any of the above. I am going to run a Comp roller, dad runs a Crower in his race car, my one friend runs a Crane in his TBI rig, so I don't know what to tell you. Look for what you think has the best duration setup and lift for what you want.
     
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    I run crane, I know a guy w/ a 454, ran 3 comp cams, flattened all of em, running the recommended comp springs. Hes got a crane now, no probs.
     
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    mudjunkie 82 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I run a Compcams Blower cam with serve duty roller lifters and comp Pacalloy valve springs with Titanium retainers.
     
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    Anyone have problems with Edelbrock??
     
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    Out of the 3 edelbrocks I've ran, 2 of which had flattened lobes in within 6-8 months. Somem folks I know have had similar problems so I stray from edelbrock now. Have had awesome results with Comp Cams.
     
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    Edelbrock cams are junk. They make CRAP for power compared to a similar Comp or Crane cam and they only have 2 options. I would never buy or recommend an Edelbrock camshaft.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Brand is not what I look at. I find the cam with the numbers that match my intended use.

    I've had both Crane and Comp so far, preferred the Comp.

    If you flatten a cam it is due to improper install or in the case of a BBC, improper breakin (have to use super light springs to break them in). Very few camshafts ever are returned and detirmined to be defective. 999 out of 1,000 are due to install or breakin.
     
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    All non-roller camshafts require break in.
     
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    Had good luck with a comp cams K kit for my 69 Camaro.. granted it's an SBC application, but the kit comes with matched springs and everything else you need. I like the fact that tech support will make sure you're getting the right package for the application. also popped for a cam degree kit from them, and a degreed balancer from fluidampr, just to wring out as much power as possible, and to make timing it simple.

    As for durability, I take long trips with it in the nice weather, and she'll turn 4 grand all day long on the freeway, with a lot more top end power to spare for passing.

    Tom
     
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    Comp Cams is my first choice.
     
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    You're correct, but agressive camshafts for BBCs are much more picky. BBCs are known to have camshaft oiling issues, and the use of heavy springs to break in a BBC cam is known to flatten them right away.

    Once a cam is broke in and the metal has hardened, it's pretty hard to have issues with them.
     
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    I have always wondered why cam manufactures can't service harden a cam before they ship it out? Than that would make it so you wouldent have to break it in:dunno:
     

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