11-06-2016, 11:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ram Year: 2008
Engine: 5.7 hemi
Originally Posted by KGBIGCOUNTRY
This will be an info thread for everyone looking to do a cam install on there Hemi. Read through the list and it will give you a good understanding of what all you need to track down for the install, have fun.
Things you will need for a cam install:
-Cam of your choosing
-Springs (most of us use 6.1 exhaust springs, you can use aftermarket)
-Pushrods (most of us use 6.1 intake and exhaust rods, if the cam is a regrind or your wanting fordged rods they can be ordered)
-Fluids (oil and antifreeze)
-Crank pulley puller
-RTV sealent for front cover and oil pan where they meet up
-Assembly lube (for cam and pushrods)
-Cam degree wheel
*The stock retainers can be used unless you want aftermarket or new
If you do the spring swap with the heads on your going to need:
-Miller valve spring compressor pn#9065B (or a make shift compressor due to the heads and the buckets on the 6.1 springs)
If you pull the heads to do a spring swap:
-Exhaust gaskets if you pull the manifolds or header
-C-clamp style spring compressor
Suggested parts to install while your there:
-New timing set (the tensioner slides do wear out)
-Crower adjustable timing set if you want to advance/retard a cam
-6.1 oil pump
If your unhooking the fuel line from the rail your going to need the slip insert to unhook the line.
Most leave the AC compressor hooked up and out of the way unless you own a shop.
Air tools and cordless impacts will make the job 100% faster and easier but not needed.
***** Some cams will require other mods to work the best so do research*******
-Small cams can run off base tunes or a canned tune, best performance will come from a custom tune
-Most cams will want a header (shorties, mids or full blown long tubes)
-Larger cams will want a converter to get into the power band
-Larger cams will want a good set of heads
for the 6.1 valve springs are they a direct drop in with the 5.7 head or do you need shims, cage, new retainers, valve seals, valve spring locators, etc...?
2008 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 5.7L Hemi - MODS Flowmaster, Airaid MIT, K&N Drop in filter, Diablo Sport I 1000 Tuner - Custom Tune From WhiteLightning, other mods to come Shorty Headers, Y pipe, Cam, springs, push rods.... SHHHHHH Maybe a turbo will sneak into the mix