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Old 10-20-2019, 05:46 PM
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So I’m swapping a Lm7 5.3 with 862 heads in my 72 It will be carbed and Im looking for a cam so wanted to see what cams you guys are running that are working good. I have a 3500 stall i was looking into btr stage 4 v2 truck cam but I was also looking at Texas speed 224 duration with 600 lift is 600 lift to much for a 5.3 the btr stage 4 is 550 lift
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Augie, I went with comp cams 212-218 hi lift. No other mods but headers and put 330hp-340tq. I'm running a Phoenix 2600-2800 stall and have absolutely no traction through the .308 rear and street tires. Since you're going carb I can't say much else other than a co-worker went with a MUCH larger cam FI, and put down the exact numbers mine did. The intake is where your limit will be. The stock truck intake will only produce power to 5800 and drops like a rock after. So make sure your intake of choice and carb can feed that motor and you will be happy!

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Augie, I went with comp cams 212-218 hi lift. No other mods but headers and put 330hp-340tq. I'm running a Phoenix 2600-2800 stall and have absolutely no traction through the .308 rear and street tires. Since you're going carb I can't say much else other than a co-worker went with a MUCH larger cam FI, and put down the exact numbers mine did. The intake is where your limit will be. The stock truck intake will only produce power to 5800 and drops like a rock after. So make sure your intake of choice and carb can feed that motor and you will be happy!

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that’s what I’m hoping to make to the wheels! The carb intake is good for 1600-7000 rpm. I have 3.73 gears. Do you know the part number to the cam?
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Augie, XR265HR . I do have to mention that the lift requires the LS6 valve springs at minimum. I will say that the numbers I cited are RWHP. The idle is very smooth. My car does rock from side to side at idle around 700 right now but I'm gonna get that turned down a bit into the 600-650 range soon, and I'm sure it will be a bit lumpier sounding.

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Augie, XR265HR . I do have to mention that the lift requires the LS6 valve springs at minimum. I will say that the numbers I cited are RWHP. The idle is very smooth. My car does rock from side to side at idle around 700 right now but I'm gonna get that turned down a bit into the 600-650 range soon, and I'm sure it will be a bit lumpier sounding.

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did you use ls7 lifters? And if you did what length of pushrods did you use
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I used new LM7 lifters and stock pushrods. The only change was the LS6 blue valve springs. GM #12499224. .570 max lift and the comp cam is .563. I know it gives a small margin but the ZR1 uses the same springs and has a max lift of .562. Kind of splitting hairs at .001 difference for a street car. I just ordered my cam at Summit for an 05 Silverado with 5.3 and added the springs after. I've hit the gas more times than I can count way harder than I should and even one burnout that should have made the valves float and still holding up!

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